Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf
General Harbour Policies

The following document explains the policies and guidelines to be followed when berthing a vessel at our facility.

  1. Introduction:
    This is an operational policy for Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf, Department of Fisheries and Ocean, Small Crafts and Harbours Facilities, administered by the Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf Association. Our wish is for these facilities to be a safe and enjoyable place for everyone.
  2. Responsibility:
    It is the responsibility of all vessel owners to register their vessel at the wharf Manager’s Office. The Wharf Manager administers the facility on behalf of the Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf Association and may issue any order necessary to carry out the operation of the facility.
  3. Change of Address:
    The Wharf Manager is to be informed of any change of address or phone number. The Wharf Manager is also to be informed of any vessel being sold, and be given the name and address of the new owner if the vessel is to remain in Ladysmith Harbour.
  4. Berthage:
    All berthage is payable in advance. Cheques should be made payable to the “Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf Association”. Vessels behind in berthage may be removed from the facility at the owner’s expense.
  5. Vessel Safety:
    The owners are responsible at all times for the safety of their vessels. A bow and stern line must be secured from each vessel to the float where feasible. The owners must make arrangements for daily inspections of their vessel. The owners must also leave the name and phone number of a contact person clearly visible aboard the vessel in case of emergency. The name and phone number of the contact person should also be registered with the Wharf Manager.
  6. Emergency Service Charge:
    Should the Wharf Manager be required to attend at an emergency, the service of the Wharf Manager and any assistants will be charged to the owner at a rate of $25.00 per hour per person.
  7. Electrical and Fire Marshall Restrictions:
    a. Electrical cords must meet Fire Marshall Standards. A twenty-amp plug requires a minimum 12/3 wire size. All cords must be suitable for outdoor use. Cord caps must be corrosion resistant (yellow case-stainless steel contacts);
    b. All electrical, heating, cooking installations and connections must comply with all the requirements of the Fire Marshall;
    c. Wood burning stoves are prohibited;
    d. Failure to comply with the Fire Marshall regulations may result in refusal of berthage privileges;
    e. A fire lane must be kept clear at all times between the floats;
    f. See the Wharf Manager for power hook up.
  8. Relocation of Vessel:
    Permission is required from the Wharf Manager or the owners of affected vessels before a vessel can be moved, except in emergency situations. The person who moves the vessel is responsible for properly securing the moved vessel in its new location.
  9. Debris on Floats:
    Nothing, including dinghies is to be left on the floats. Items left on the floats may be removed without further notification.
  10. Bicycling on Floats:
    Bicycle riding on the wharf is prohibited.
  11. Swimming off Floats:
    Swimming and diving from the docks are prohibited.
  12. Pets:
    a. Owners are responsible for cleaning up their pet’s droppings.
    b. All pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  13. Grid:
    Use of the grid is by advance booking only, on a first come, first served basis. All grid users must sign a grid user agreement. See the Wharf Manager to make arrangements. Emergency repairs may take priority over seasonal maintenance. Grid is to be used for regular underwater maintenance and repairs. No scraping or power washing of bottom paint is allowed due to environmental concerns. Grid user must take precautions to prevent contamination of seafloor.
  14. Wharf Head Winch:
    Use of the crane is free to those who have paid moorage, on a first come, first served basis. See the Wharf Manager to turn off the power.
  15. Dryland Vessel Repair/Storage:
    a. Use of the parking lot area for dryland boat repair or temporary storage is charged out at the regular moorage rate plus a $500.00 damage deposit.
    b. Allowed use of the parking lot is for a maximum of six months.
    c. After removal of the vessel, the area must be left in a clean and tidy condition, and all garbage removed in order to have the damage deposit refunded.
  16. Garbage Disposal:
    Garbage from vessels may be disposed of in the bin at no cost for those who have paid moorage. If you have an excessive amount of garbage from vessel clean up or refit, please make arrangements with the Wharf Manager. An extra bin will be ordered at the vessel owner’s expense.
  17. Use Oil Disposal:
    Used oil from vessels must be deposited in the recycling container. Care must be taken to avoid spills. Please read the guidelines for oil disposal posted above the oil bin.
  18. Parking on Wharf Head:
    No Parking is allowed on the Wharf Head. This is a loading and unloading zone only. Vehicles parked on the wharf head will be towed away at the owner’s expense.
  19. Drunkenness:
    Public drunkenness on the docks will not be tolerated. Repeat offenders will be evicted from the docks.

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