Vancouver changes port name…again

by MM&D Online Staff

Vancouver, BC Vancouver’s port has been re-named, dropping Port Metro Vancouver to become the “Port of Vancouver.”

In addition, the port authority will implement the consistent use of its legal name, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, when referencing activities or decisions of the port authority. The change is intended to strengthen the port’s recognition with stakeholders and customers as well as provide clarity and distinction between the activities of the port authority and those of the greater port community.

Prior to the formation of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2008 , there were three separate port authorities in the Metro Vancouver region: the Port of Vancouver; the Fraser River Port Authority; and the North Fraser Port Authority.

Feedback and research has indicated the use of “Port Metro Vancouver” to refer to the port and the federal port authority created confusion between activities of the port authority, port tenants and terminals, and even the regional government. Internationally, the port is already widely referenced as the Port of Vancouver in keeping with customary naming conventions for ports.

The Port of Vancouver extends from Roberts Bank and much of the Fraser River up to and including Burrard Inlet.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority remains the steward of the Port of Vancouver.

As a Canadian port authority, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority was established by the Government of Canada pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and is accountable to the federal minister of transport. The port authority’s mandate is to facilitate Canada’s trade, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.