Deep Sea Ship Anchorages

Located within Port Limits in Northumberland Channel and off the east side of Protection and Newcastle Islands, are six deep sea ship anchorages. Designated NA-1 through NA-6 these provide anchorage for ships, six in total, up to 300 metres in length in depths of 40 to 80 metres.

Harbour Dues are payable by any ship assigned an anchorage, as outlined in the NPA Tariff.

Ships assigned an anchorage within Port Limits shall have on board the largest scale chart available, such as Canadian Chart 3447 which is available through the local Agent or Chart Supplier. An anchored ship shall at all times have its engine(s) on standby, ready for immediate manoeuvring and its second anchor ready to let go should the wind at the ship exceed twenty-five (25) knots.

Pilot transfers to or from ships at anchor can be arranged through the local Agent or by contacting the Harbour Master. Deliveries of stores, crew transportation, etc must be arranged by the local Agent. Launch services are available from the Nanaimo Port Authority Patrol Division.

Ships at anchor should expect representatives from the Nanaimo Port Authority to board the vessel to conduct bilge, sewage and ballast water checks. Ships are prohibited from dumping, releasing or discharging any pollutants over-board and from using on-board incinerators while within Port Limits.

Bunkering available by prior approval from Harbour Master’s office.

Life boat drills can be conducted with prior approval of Harbour Master’s office, under normal circumstances a Nanaimo Port Authority Patrol Division vessel must be in attendance.


Anch Lat (n)/Long (w) Position Depth (m)/Bottom LOA (m)/Radius (c) Shackles
NA-1 49° 08.76’ N
123° 50.88’ W
0.47 nm @ 223 T
Harmac East Dock South
55/sand 225 / 2.5 6
NA-2 49° 10.44’ N
123° 54.08’ W
0.70 nm @ 250 T
Gallows Point Light
50/clay/sand 300 / 3 6
NA-3 49° 11.00’ N
123° 54.27’ W
0.95 nm @ 214 T
Gallows Point Light
1.24 nm @ 318 T
McKay Point
45/gravel/sand 225 / 2.5 6
NA-4 49° 11.57’ N
123° 54.09’ W
1.00 nm @ 290 T
McKay Point
80/sand 300 / 3 8
NA-5 49° 12.09’ N
123° 54.44’ W
0.73 nm @ 255 T
McKay Point
35/mud/gravel 225 / 2.5 6
NA-6 49° 12.32’ N
123° 55.17’ W
1.0 nm @ 278 T
Jesse Island Light
35/mud/gravel 200 / 2.5 6