About Us

The INNAV website is one way used to provide pertinent information on marine traffic to MCTS (Marine Communications and Traffic Services) clients and partners.

In Canada, the VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management Information System) is identified by the acronym INNAV. VTMIS-INNAV is a system used mainly by MCTS operational centres. Those centres are located all across Canada and cover all navigable waterways.

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Before deciding to subscribe, please read Important notices to find out if you are eligible. There, you will also find information on copyrights and reproduction rights, confidentiality, legal notices, official languages, hyperlink establishment and access to federal government sites.

To access the various levels of information, based on your interests and your involvement in marine affairs, you must select “Subscription Application”, follow the instructions and wait for confirmation.

Requests for access or access code changes will be processed as soon as possible between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Access to this site is currently free. Government and non-government organizations working in the marine field may obtain access rights, conditional on prior approval by the MCTS. Your subscription application will thus be evaluated before you are sent a confirmation e-mail and an account is created in your name. Access control to this site also means that the Canadian Coast Guard will limit customized data posted for each user account.

Log ons are validated so that only authorized users can access the INNAV website. To do this, a cookie identifying your computer will have been placed on it. Except in exceptional circumstances, the user is responsible for ensuring that cookie is not destroyed. If you do not accept the cookie, you will not be able to use the INNAV website. If you delete or destroy it, you will be asked to fill in a new identification request for your computer the next time you log on.

Once you have subscribed, select “Log on”. Enter your user name and password. You will then have access to only the information for which you have received permissions.

Need help?

System Management and Support Centre CenHelpDesk@innav.gc.ca
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
101 Champlain Boulevard
Quebec, Quebec
G1K 7Y7

Do you have comments to help us improve the site’s quality?

INNAV System Life Cycle Manager james.harrison@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
101 Champlain Boulevard, Room 4R-224
Quebec, Quebec
G1K 7Y7

What information is available?

It is primarily CCG (Canadian Coast Guard) marine traffic management centres that make information available on this site. Those centres provide services for all navigable Canadian waterways accessible to commercial and government vessels. Information is generally limited to participating vessels, i.e. vessels that must comply with marine traffic regulations in Canada. The area affected by those regulations can extend to up to 24 hours before vessels enter Canadian waters.

For safety, security and other reasons, some vessels may not appear on the INNAV website. Also, depending on the rights you have been granted, certain groups or types of information will not be accessible to you.

Here is a summary of the main kinds of information available on this site.

  • Marine traffic currently active in Canada, including regulated vessels located in zones that can be extend up to 24 hours before their entry into Canadian waters.
  • Vessels’ current position, origin, destination, estimated arrival time, passage times at specific points, source position, etc.
  • Vessels’ characteristics.
  • Detailed itineraries.
  • Detailed movement reports.
  • Arrival/departure histories.
  • Traffic histories.
  • Transit forecasts at pilot boarding points.
  • Traffic forecasts.
  • Vessel positions on marine chart, satellite and relief backgrounds. Include speed, source position, etc.
  • Search for places near or on navigable waterways.
  • Traffic statistics.
  • Various reference documents.

Filtering and sorting tools are available to help you perform searches more easily based on your specific needs.