Security Information for Vessels

PCT/Vessel Communications

24 Hour Security Number (604) 868-4879 / (604) 931-9211
PCT On-Call Manager (604) 931-9242
PCT MFSO – Craig McDougall (604) 866-4664
Emergency Services 911
Transport Canada Security (604) 666-6978

The first call for any security concerns should always be to the 24 hour security contact number above (use the gate intercom if you don’t have a phone).

All non-security related communications between the facility and the vessel should be done through the vessel shipping agent(s).

IMO – ISPS Compliance
Pacific Coast Terminals is in all respects compliant with the new ISPS Code, and is on the approved facility list from the IMO. Transport Canada has approved PCT’s Marine Facility Security Plan, and has issued PCT with a Statement of Compliance of a Port Facility.

Certificate Number 001706 (1MB pdf)

Access to the Vessel
As per the new Transport Canada Marine Transportation Security Regulations, the vessel/berth interface is deemed a restricted area while your vessel is berthing at PCT. And as such, PCT will only allow authorized personnel to have dock access from/through the facility. This authorization is given to:

Pre-authorized Port Pass holders:

  1. All PCT employees (staff, foremen, and longshoremen).
  2. Contractors/Vendors necessary for the vessel loading operation (Captains, pilots, shipping agents, surveyors, government agencies, emergency personnel, etc.).
  3. Contractors/Vendors explicitly requested by the vessel (including all delivery chandlers, couriers, repair technicians, etc.), usually communicated through the shipping agent(s).Failure to advise PCT in advance, of who you expect to attend your vessel (and their Port Pass numbers) will result in denied access through PCT (and to your vessel).
  4. All pre-authorized Port Pass holders can access the dock by swiping their Passes at the berth gate readers.

Non-Port Pass holders:

  1. All non-Port Pass holders must be registered as a Visitor at the main gate, and issued a PCT Visitor’s Badge.
  2. NO VISITORS ARE ALLOWED ON THE DOCKS WITHOUT ESCORT, as the berths are restricted areas. If you require a visitor to access your vessel, you must pre-arrange this with PCT through the shipping agent(s).Failure to advise PCT, in advance, of who you expect to attend your vessel will result in denied access through PCT (and to your vessel).
  3. Once you have arranged with PCT to have a Visitor attend your vessel, your Ship Security Officer (or delegate) must meet the visitor at the main security gate, and escort him/her to your vessel. PCT security will drive the Ship Security Officer to the main gate.

In emergency situations, PCT will allow access to your vessel without prior notification. However, to avoid missed deliveries and turned aside visitors, please ensure you communicate all vessel access requests to PCT as far in advance as possible (through the shipping agent(s)).

Ship Crew Access to the Shore
For both security and safety reasons, PCT will no longer allow ship crews to access the shore through the terminal on foot. Any ship’s crew requiring access to the shore (and back) must be driven through the terminal by PCT Security.
Valid Seaman’s ID must be presented to PCT Security upon exiting and returning to the dock.

Egression from the Berths

Normal Egress
All Port Pass holders can swipe the exit reader at either berth to egress from the dock. This automatically opens the gate to Pedestrian Open mode (6ft for 10 seconds) and does not require the guard to open.Any Port Pass holder can egress from the berths by swiping their card at the exit reader, regardless of whether or not they swiped to get in, or if their card has been approved. If for any reason the gate does not open when swiping the card, contact the guard via the intercom.

Emergency Egress
Both Berth #1 gate and Berth #2 gates are equipped with an emergency (manually-operated) man-gate in the middle of each gate. If an emergency egress is required from either berth, simply pushing the emergency release lever will open the man-gate (no card reads are required in an emergency situation), and sound an alarm to indicate an emergency situation. The emergency man-gates are only to be used in case of a legitimate emergency, and are not to be used to bypass the card reader system. Misuse of the emergency exits will not be tolerated.


Only use these exits in a legitimate emergency situation.


Marsec Levels
As of July 1, 2005, PCT along with the rest of the Port of Vancouver has adopted the new ISPS marine security levels, from Marsec 1 (lowest security risk) to Marsec 3 (highest security risk).The current Marsec level will be displayed at both berth gates (and the main site gate) at all times. In the event the site Marsec level is increased, the sign will be updated, and you will be notified of the change.

Declarations of Security

As per the Marine Transportation Security Regulations from Transport Canada, PCT and a visiting vessel will enter a Declaration of Security when their respective Marsec levels are different, or a security deficiency is noted by either party.PCT has no obligation to enter a Declaration of Security with a vessel except in the above cases. However, should your vessel request a Declaration of Security (for record-keeping purposes), this must be faxed to PCT well in advance to your visit. This form will be signed and returned on loading commencement. Further security concerns should be directed to the Marine Facility Security Officer.

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