Frequently Q&A

1) What is deemed acceptable and not acceptable government issued identification to obtain a temporary 1 day visitor pass?

You must provide a valid government issued identification with a photo. Examples of acceptable identification may include:

  • Valid driver’s license (a temporary driver’s license document is not acceptable)
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Valid foreign government issued identification
  • Valid restricted area identity card (RAIC) government issued identification this will be acceptable.
2) How long does it take to get a valid port pass and/or MTSC?

You will receive your port pass on the same day your scheduled appointment is at the port pass office.

It may take approximately up to 6 months to get a valid MTSC port pass issued.

Examples of 2 different port passes:

3) What sort of repercussions could one anticipate should one not adhere to the conditions of an issued port pass or breach of security in an attempt to gain access into the facility?

Each case will be evaluated under its own merits and circumstance.

Any attempts to gain access onto the facility without proper authorization by FSD security MFSO (marine facility security officer) and/or person(s) who fail to comply with these conditions maybe:

  • Escorted off the terminal or port lands
  • Disciplined by the issuing facility and/or the employer
  • Subject to financial penalties from Transport Canada
  • Subject to legal prosecution
4) What sort of repercussions could one anticipate should one not adhere to the conditions of an issued port pass or breach of security in an attempt to gain access into the facility?

Each case will be evaluated under its own merits and circumstance.

5) When do I need to obtain a port pass?

If you are an ILWU employee, FSD management employee and/or employeed by another federally regulated marine government agency to include: BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), Canada Border Crossing Agents (CBSA) and VFPA already possess a valid port pass to perform required marine industry work.

Other persons(s) evaluating the need to obtain a valid port pass should measure their frequency to the facility and consult an MFSO at mfsomanagement@fsd.bc.ca. Refer to the following conditions to be issued a temporary 1 day visitor pass in the section “Fraser Surrey Docks Temporary Visitor Pass”.

6) What happens when I meet my max allowable temporary visitor pass issuances?

It is the sole responsibility of the person to manage and track this issuance within a calendar year prior to arriving on site. This condition has been establish by FSD security to ensure fairness is given to everyone requesting access to the facility. FSD also reserves the right to deny access to person(s) that have met this site specific practice.

7) Why do I need to provide a government issued identification to obtain a temporary visitor pass?

As part of the security accountability process we review the provided 1 piece government issued identification to verify who you are in reference to your scheduled noted visit to our facility. Our security team uses this and/or another piece of government issued identification to hold in good faith to issue you the temporary 1 day visitor pass to gain access onto the site. Upon completion of your scheduled visit it will be returned back to you once you also return the temporary visitor pass issued to you.

8) Is there a cost to get a port pass or MTSC?

There is no cost to get a port pass or/an MTSC.

However, if you require a replacement lost port pass, see below from the VFPA fees:

9) Where do I get my port pass and/or MTSC if I am a non-FSD ILWU unionized employee, highway trucker, contractors servicing FSD or a general contractor providing marine services for the port community or vessels
  • Non-FSD ILWU unionized employees = BCMEA
  • Highway truckers = BCTA (See conditions “Highway Truck Drivers Providing Services to Fraser Surrey Docks“)
  • General contractors for the marine industry/vessels=Chamber of Shipping or Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Contractors servicing FSD (See conditions “Contractors & Visitors (not including highway truck drivers) Providing Services to FSD
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