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BC Ferries is required to comply with the regulations in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act & Regulations (TDG) and the Canada Shipping Act & Dangerous Goods Shipping Regulations. Failure to declare dangerous goods is an offence under Canadian law.

There are more than 3,600 dangerous goods listed in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act.

Declaring dangerous goods

If you plan to travel on our ferries with dangerous goods, or you’re shipping a trailer with dangerous cargo, you need to complete a dangerous goods shipping document ahead of travel. Print your completed document and present it to the ticket agent when you arrive at the terminal.

Important: 
  • If you’re travelling on our North Coast routes, there may be additional regulations
  • Contact your departure terminal (or nearest alternative listed below) for more information
    • Graham Island (Skidegate): call (250) 559-4485
    • Port Hardy (Bear Cove): call 1-877-223-8778
    • Prince Rupert: call (250) 624-9627


Non-commercial vehicles

Dangerous goods include all gas or propane tanks, outboard motors with attached tanks, chainsaws, scuba tanks and more. View the full dangerous goods list.

Notes:
  • Your hand baggage must not contain any dangerous goods on the ferry, at any time
  • BC Ferries baggage vans will not carry dangerous goods of any kind


Commercial vehicles

In addition to the dangerous goods shipping document (above), you also need:

Dangerous goods driver certificate
All drivers transporting dangerous goods must be properly trained, and carry a valid certificate issued by their employer.

Vehicle safety markings
All vehicles transporting dangerous goods must have the appropriate safety markings clearly indicated.

Clearance process 48 hours before travel
You can save time if you clear your hazardous goods ahead of travel. Complete and fax our dangerous goods pre-clearance fax cover (available below) along with the completed dangerous goods shipping document to your departure terminal at least 48 hours before travel.
Additional Information for commercial operators

Check-in times - travelling with dangerous goods

Drivers must declare all dangerous goods before booking their sailing. Failure to declare dangerous goods is an offence under Canadian law.

Drivers can declare their dangerous goods based on the route booked and departure terminal:
 
  • If making an online booking, select the dangerous goods option when entering the vehicle information
  • If travelling without a reservation or on a non-bookable route, drivers must declare all dangerous goods upon arrival at the terminal:
    • to the ticket agent in the ticket booth prior to purchasing a ticket
    • where there is no ticket booth, declare to a terminal attendant
    • at unstaffed terminals, declare to a vessel officer prior to departure
 

The following terminals require drivers to check-in 45 minutes prior to sailing time. This means they must have their vehicle at the terminal, with all dangerous goods declared, and their shipping documentation provided 45 minutes before their scheduled departure time:

  • Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
  • Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)
  • Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
  • Nanaimo (Duke Point)
  • Sunshine Coast (Langdale)

For North Coast terminals including Prince Rupert, Port Hardy (Bear Cove) and Skidegate, drivers will need to call to check terminal specific time limits:
  • Graham Island (Skidegate): call (250) 559-4485
  • Port Hardy (Bear Cove): call 1-877-223-8778
  • Prince Rupert: call (250) 624-9627

For all other terminals drivers are required to check-in 30 minutes prior to sailing time.
 

Important:

  • If drivers do not have their vehicle at the terminal, with all dangerous goods declared, and their shipping documentation provided as per the check-in time requirements above, travel could be delayed until the next sailing

More dangerous goods information

Dangerous goods definitions
  • Cleaned and purged is a process used to neutralize any residue of dangerous goods in a container. In the interest of safety, BC Ferries requires a note on the shipping document if this has occurred
 
  • Containers (download Cylinders and Containers Sizes Chart below)
    • Large containers with a capacity greater than 450 litres (99 gallons); also called large means of containment
    • Small containers with a capacity of less than or equal to 450 litres (99 gallons); also called small means of containment
    • Tidy Tank is a trade name for what the regulations call a "small container" with a capacity of not more than 450 litres (99 gallons). It is designed to fit in the back of a pick-up or other small truck, and is usually used to transport fuel for its own use or other equipment. Depending on the type of fuel carried, Tidy Tanks may or may not be permitted.
 
  • Empty containers, which once contained dangerous goods (usually flammable liquids), are still considered to be dangerous, and are therefore subject to Regulations. They cannot be loaded on our ferries until they have been cleaned or purged, and declared as being free of all residues so that no danger remains.
 
  • ELS means a permit for Equivalent Level of Safety issued by Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act & Regulations Directorate, Ottawa
 
  • Flammable liquids transported in marine mode must have the flash point of all Class 3 flammable liquids in the shipping documents. For limits, contact the terminal of departure.
 
  • Flash point is the temperature at which a liquid gives off vapour sufficient to form an ignitable mixture with air near the surface of the liquid. You will need to report the flash point for all flammable products on the dangerous goods shipping document.
 
  • Limited quantity/consumer commodity applies to products intended for industrial consumers, shipped by a common carrier, and packed in small sizes. Products shipped in limited qualities are exempt from some of the requirements of Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act & Regulations (TDG) and the Canada Shipping Act, provided they meet certain conditions. For further information on acceptable limited quantity sizes, contact the terminal of departure.
 
  • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is the information bulletin required to be prepared by every manufacturer of every product. In addition to identifying the technical properties and characteristics of a product, it contains safety, first aid and emergency response data.
 
  • Waste is any product or substance that is no longer used for the original purpose and that is recyclable material or intended for treatment or disposal. The product may or may not be a dangerous good. Check with the terminal of departure for details. 

 
Dangerous goods links
Prince Rupert dangerous goods permit
If you plan to travel with dangerous goods on a sailing that departs or arrives at Prince Rupert, you will need to get a dangerous goods permit from the Prince Rupert Port Authority at least 24 hours before your scheduled sailing

Apply for a permit

Important: 
  • You will also need to have a completed BC Ferries dangerous goods shipping document to provide to the ticket agent when you arrive at the terminal
  • The Prince Rupert Port Authority is closed on weekends and will not be able to issue permits until the following Monday

 
Contact us
If you have any questions about travelling with dangerous goods, contact us via email dg.bcf@bcferries.com, phone 250-978-1152, or fax 250-386-1652.
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