Anchorage Assignment – Pilot Transfer Request Form


Anchorage- Port of Nanaimo

Anchorage Assignment

Transport Canada has asked the Nanaimo Port Authority to assist in the protocol by assigning anchorages within its jurisdiction in the Nanaimo Anchorage Area.  We use an algorithm to assign anchorages fairly, considering the following factors: size of vessel, anchorage use in Nanaimo, the number of days an anchorage has been vacant, when it was last used, and the average number of days it was occupied. Wherever possible, we avoid assigning ships too close to Protection Island.

Concerns about ship noise and light

We ask vessel operators to minimize noise and lights whenever possible, without compromising safety and security, and pursuant to regulatory requirements.

Members of the public who have concerns pertaining to light and noise related to a specific vessel anchored in the Nanaimo Anchorage Area can complete this form. When a complaint about a specific ship’s operations is received, we contact the ship’s agent and request corrective action. We also log the complaint and advise Transport Canada through monthly reports.


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