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Port of Vancouver BC, Canada - Filipino Seaman Crew Change Guide & Port Information

Vancouver Port, Canada
Source: Port of Vancouver, Wikipedia
The Port of Vancouver was the name of the largest port in Canada, the largest in the Pacific Northwest, and the largest port on the West Coast of North America by metric tons of total cargo, with 76.5 million metric tons. The port amalgamated with the Fraser River Port Authority and the North Fraser Port Authority in 2008 to form Port Metro Vancouver.

Vancouver is the 50th largest port in the world.

Port Name      :  Port of Vancouver BC
Country          :  Canada

Nearest Airport (International)   :  Vancouver International Airport

Estimated time of travel from airport to seaport: It is approximately 1 to 1.5 hrs transit to vessel at berth




Possible Flight Route:

Sample Only

MANILA TO VANCOUVER  BC, CANADA
VIA PHILIPPINE AIRLINES(PR)
FLIGHT #   ROUTE     ETD / ETA
PR  118    MNL/YVR   1510/1105

VIA CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS(CX)
FLIGHT #   ROUTE     ETD / ETA
CX  906    MNL/HKG   1100/1320
CX  838    HKG/YVR   1625/1145

VIA CHINA AIRLINES (CI)
FLIGHT #   ROUTE     ETD / ETA
CI  704    MNL/TPE   1655/1905
CI   32    TPE/YVR   2340/1815

VIA PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PR)
FLIGHT #   ROUTE     ETD / ETA 
PR  117    YVR/MNL   2255/0510+2

VIA CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS (CX)
FLIGHT #   ROUTE     ETD / ETA
CX  889    YVR/HKG   0125/0700+1
CX  901    HKG/MNL   0900/1110

VIA KOREAN AIR (KE)
FLIGHT #   ROUTE     ETD / ETA
KE  072    YVR/ICN   1255/1745+1(06NOV)
KE  623    ICN/MNL   1915/2215

LEGEND : MNL - MANILA, PHILIPPINES
               HKG - HONG KONG, HONG KONG S A R                             
               TPE - TAIPEI, CHINESE TAIPEI           
               ICN - SEOUL INCHEON INT, KOREA REPUBLIC                      
               YVR - VANCOUVER  BC, CANADA  


Visa Requirement for Filipino Seaman / Seafarer:  Canada Transit Visas must be secured before crewmembers arrive.
Exit permit/visa for the off-signers:  NOT required
Letter of Invitation must be secured from agent for Visa application in Manila.


Possible Crew Handling Agent: 


Colley West Shipping Ltd.

#2170 – 1050 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3S7
Tel: 604.687.3733
Fax: 604.687.2034
www.colleywest.bc.ca

Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd.

1001 Low Level Road, North Vancouver, BC
ph: 604-983-4429 cell: 604-209-5304 fax: 604-648-8553
www.neptuneterminals.com


PACIFIC NORTHWEST SHIP & CARGO SERVICES INC.

TEL: 604 924 1830
FAX: 604 924 1835
EMAIL: pnw@pnwship.com



Updated Crew Change Procedure

as of 18 January 2022


Latest guidelines regarding crew change in times of Covid, and government definition of the crew considered “fully vaccinated”.

Both joining/disembarking crew are exempt from quarantine requirements.

All joining crew will have to take a PCR test upon arrival as per requirement from the terminal where the vessel will be loading, otherwise they won’t be allowed to board.

They will have to stay at the hotel until they get the results, and join the vessel closer to the end of cargo operations.

Disembarking crew can be taken from the vessel directly to the airport if they are fully vaccinated and meet the attached requirements.

If they are not fully vaccinated, they will have to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding the plane.



Definition of fully vaccinated:  


Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel:


  • at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel
  • or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation. 

For more information on coming to Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller please visit: COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada - Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca.



New Updates – Checklist for Crew Members

CONTENTS:

Please note that we have made a number of updates to our CHECKLIST for arriving and departing crew members in light of new information that has been brought to our attention. More specifically, the updated checklist:

  • Clarifies that the entry prohibition for individuals who have recently been in a high risk country for the Omicron variant only applies to crew members arriving by air (and NOT to crew members arriving on board a vessel).

  • Confirms that crew members travelling to Canada are still exempt from any post-arrival testing requirements for Covid-19 (although these requirements are evolving quickly and could be subject to change).

  • Provides additional instructions for completing the ArriveCan application prior to travelling to Canada, with a view to ensuring that crew members identify themselves as "exempt essential travellers" from the outset of their application.

  • Clarifies that as "exempt essential travellers," crew members are not required to quarantine or submit any reports after entering Canada, and should not receive any further e-mails or notifications to that effect from ArriveCan or the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

  • Highlights the need for departing seafarers to ensure they are aware of any entry restrictions in their country of destination, as these may impact their ability to board their outbound flight from Canada.

  • Strongly recommends that all departing seafarers have a copy of Transport Canada's Ship Safety Bulletin 19/2021 with them when travelling, as this may be used to provide clarification to airline personnel who are unaware of the most recent travel requirements as they relate to seafarers.

We will continue to make updates to the checklist as requirements evolve and advise members accordingly.  In the meantime, members with questions on any of the above should contact the undersigned.

Sincerely,

Karen Kancens
Vice President

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Reference:
Circular Letter: 11364
Subject: New Updates – Checklist for Crew Members
Author: Karen Kancens, Vice President
Date: 7 December 2021
Karen Kancens
Vice President
SHIPPING FEDERATION OF CANADA
514-246-8755




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NOTE: The purpose of this post is for immediate information only when conducting crew change or replacement of Filipino crew / seaman at Port of Port of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada . This is also for guidance of crewing officers, crewing manager & crew operation staff, especially for ship manning agent in the Philippines.   

Above information is based on collected data only. Please send inquiry to your crew handling agent for further updates. Please also share your updated information on the comments section.


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