NAVY BUOY MOORAGE


INFORMATION

The Council Of Marine Carriers administers the collection of fees and oversees the maintenance of the Navy Buoys on behalf of T&B Moorings. T&B Moorings does not carry insurance to cover any loss you may incur as a result of using the buoys, or to insure against damages incurred by your barge should it come adrift from the buoy or as a result of the buoy itself moving out of position. You are therefore advised that barges are moored at T&B Moorings buoys completely at the risk of the owner of the barge. Your barges are your responsibility and remain so while moored at the buoys. Neither T&B Moorings nor the Council of Marine Carriers take any responsibility for your barge, or for any damage your barge may cause, at any time while moored at our buoys. It is incumbent upon the owner of the barge to ensure that they are securely moored at all times and are maintained in a seaworthy condition.

Therefore, prior to using any of the Navy Buoys or the Kitsilano Buoy, you are required to name T&B Moorings and the Council of Marine Carriers on your insurance policy and advise us that you have done the same. No uninsured property is to be moored at any buoy operated by T&B Moorings. No barges are to be moored at any T&B Moorings buoy unless you have advised us that you have named us on your insurance policy.

The Navy Buoys and Kitsilano buoy were established as a communal facility, mainly for the use of Council of Marine Carriers member companies. As such their use is shared by barge owners and operators. In order for these moorings to be available to as many operators as possible, barges are permitted to be moored at T&B Mooring buoys for short periods only, mainly while barges are awaiting a dock or other mooring facility for longer term storage. Vessels other than barges are not permitted to moor at any buoy.

Seaspan performs daily checks of the Navy Buoys on behalf of T&B Moorings, for the sole purpose of billing users. These checks in no way constitute inspections of any vessel or the mooring arrangement of any vessel moored at the buoys.

GENERAL RULES

These rules equally apply to the use of the Navy Buoys and to the Kitsilano Mooring Buoy;
1. T&B Moorings and the Council of Marine Carriers are to be named as an additional insured party on barge insurance policies.
2. Operators are to ensure that barges are not occupying any buoy for lengthy periods. Owners of any barge found to be located on a buoy for longer than one week will be charged a premium rate for each day or part of a day that the barge is moored.
3. No loaded or partially loaded oil barges are to be left at the Buoys at any time. Oil barge moorage at the buoys is strictly prohibited.
4. No cargo operations are permitted to take place whilst moored at any buoy.
5. Barges secured at the Buoys remain in the care and custody of the tug and/or the company securing the barge to the buoys. Neither T&B Moorings nor CMC assume any responsibility for any barge moored at the buoys.
6.All lines used to secure barges at the Navy Buoys and the Kitsilano Buoy are to be of good quality and condition and to be of sufficient strength, diameter and of appropriate length to ensure mooring is maintained throughout the length of stay at the buoy.

Mooring procedures

The following procedures and limitations apply to all buoys;

a. Operators can inquire with Seaspan Dispatch on VHF channel 63A to determine if there is any suitable moorage available at the Navy Buoys.
b. There are to be no more than four barges moored to a buoy either directly or rafted to another barge moored to the buoy, at any time.
c. Whenever possible, standing buoy lines are to be used for securing the barges to the buoys.
d. Buoy lines are to be secured to the bow or stern of barges.
e. Buoy lines shall not be secured to the side deck mooring fixtures of barges.
f. There is to be a minimum of one head line and one stern line between barges secured to the Navy Buoys.
g. Rafted barges (i.e. a barge secured with no buoy lines, alongside a barge which is secured directly to a buoy) shall utilize a minimum of 4 lines between barges. These lines will consist of a bow line, two spring lines and a stern line.
h. Rafted barges shall be positioned so that their forward ends are aligned with one another.
i. If standing lines are unavailable at a buoy, it is the towing Master’s responsibility to ensure that the barge they are securing to is safely moored and that their own barge is properly secured as described above.
Note: Buoy lines are 2.25” 8 stranded lines of 35’ in length.

Limitations to be observed

A. The following limitations apply to the specific buoys:

i. North Buoy – limited to barges of 67m (220’) or less
ii. East Buoy – limited to barges of 106 m (350’) or less
iii.South Buoy – limited to barges of 106m (350’) or less
iv. West Buoy – limited to barges of 67 m (220’) or less

No derelict barges are permitted to be moored at the buoys at any time.
All barges must be in a safe and seaworthy condition with proper boarding ladders and handrails.
All hatches and manholes are to properly closed and secured.
Barges with raised foredecks exceeding 7.6m (25’) shall not be secured to the buoys

MOORAGE RATES

Owners of barges will be charged the following rates for mooring their barges at the buoy

Barges less than 200 feet in length

CMC Member $16.00 Non CMC Member $75.00

Barges 200 feet or greater in length

CMC Member $32.00 Non CMC Member $150.00

Penalty for mooring in excess of one week Mooring rate as above plus $500 per day or part of day.

Contact T&B Moorings at (604) 687-9677 or at cmc@comc.cc Monday to Friday 0900 to 1600 hrs