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.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Debris on Floats:
Nothing, including dinghies is to be left on the floats. Items left on the floats may be removed without further notification.
- Bicycling on Floats:
Bicycle riding on the wharf is prohibited.
- Swimming off Floats:
Swimming and diving from the docks are prohibited.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Public drunkenness on the docks will not be tolerated. Repeat offenders will be evicted from the docks.