Navy Buoy Procedure

Navy Buoy Moorage - T and B Moorings


The Council of Marine Carriers (CMC) administers the collection of fees and oversees the maintenance of the Navy Buoys on behalf of T. and B. Moorings. T. and 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 because of the buoy itself moving out of position. You are therefore advised that barges which are moored at T. and B. Moorings buoys are 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. and 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 they are always securely moored and maintained in a seaworthy condition.

Therefore, prior to using any of the Navy Buoys or the Kitsilano Buoy, you are required to name and waive 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. and B. Moorings. No barges are to be moored at any T. and B. Moorings buoy unless you have named us on your insurance polity and provide proof of coverage as soon as possible.

The Navy Buoys and Kitsilano buoy were established as a communal facility for the use of Council of Marine Carriers member companies. As such their use is shared by barge owners and operators. For these moorings to be available to as many operators as possible, barges are permitted to be moored at T. and 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.

Reporting Arrival/Departure to Navy Buoys

Please use the Navy Buoy Moorage Activity Form to report any arrivals/departures.

The following procedures and limitations apply to all buoys:

Note: Buoy lines are 2.25” 8 stranded lines of 35’ in length.

See the barge diagram below for proper mooring arrangements.

The following limitations apply to the specific buoys:

  • North Buoy – limited to barges of 67m (220’) or less
  • East Buoy – limited to barges of 106 m (350’) or less
  • South Buoy – limited to barges of 106m (350’) or less
  • West Buoy – limited to barges of 67 m (220’) or less

When winds are forecast to blow out of the west, southwest or northwest exceeding 20 knots as per the Environment Canada Marine Weather, Georgia Strait-South of Nanaimo Report, Kits Buoy will be closed for barge moorage. This will be an automatic closure and no notice will be provided by T and B Moorings or the Council of Marne Carriers.

Barge Length
Tier I CMC Members
Non-CMC Members
200' or less
Over 200'


  • Rates are based on a per calendar day basis and not prorated.
  • Extended moorage surcharge: Barges moored continuously in excess of seven (7) days are subject to a $500/day surcharge in addition to the posted daily rates.
  • T and B. Moorings reserves the right to deny moorage or apply a surcharge to operators for the following reasons:
    • Non-Reporting of Arrivals or Departures from the Buoys 
    • Non-compliance with the Navy Buoy Moorage requirements.
    • Non-compliance with Navy Buoy insurance requirements.
    • Operators accounts in arrears for more than 6 months.
  • Daily Moorage Rates are subject to change at the discretion of the Directors of T. and B. Moorings.