How do you fill a boat with fuel safely?

fireWe have all seen news articles of a boat which has caught fire at a marina, or at a marina’s fuel dock.  These are dramatic scenes that are almost always preventable.  We take safe refuelling very seriously, as we want to ensure your safety, our safety, the safety of the environment, and the safety of our dock!

Always feel free to ask one of our marine fuelling experts for any safety advice when you are at our dock.  Here is a guide for safe refuelling which applies to both gasoline and diesel vessels.  Also, be sure to adhere to directions given to you by dock staff.

  • Moor boat securely to the dock
  • Shut down engines, generators
  • Shut down heaters/furnaces
  • Shut down electrical system(s)
  • All persons not involved in refuelling the vessel must come ashore
  • No smoking
  • Close all doors, windows, ports, and hatches
  • Portable tanks ashore for refuelling
  • Ground fuel nozzle against fill pipe
  • Do not overfill the tank – know your tank’s capacity and know your ullage
  • Keep a rag at hand to catch, cleanup spillage
  • Once refuelling is complete, open engine hatch and sniff for fumes.  Run blower(s) for four minutes
  • Restart engine BEFORE  guests reboard the craft

Cleaning up a spill

Should you spill fuel as a result of the fuelling process, utilize water discriminating absorbant pads.  DO NOT dump detergent on the spill.  This simply spreads the fuel out – it does transform it, nor does it clean it!  It is wise to ask the fuel attendant where the nearest spill kit is in case of spill.  False Creek Fuels keeps containment boom, absorbant boom, and absorbant pads on hand to contain and clean up any spills.

How much is marine gasoline or diesel?

A common question we receive is “how much is marine gas (or diesel)?”.  This is a great question!  Just like our roadside counterparts, the price of fuel is not static – it changes every day.  We are happy to provide our daily price to you – please call us at 604-638-0209.

Many folks ask us about the lack of a ‘road tax’ on our marked marine fuel.  It is true, that marine fuel is exempt from some taxes, however we are still subject to the Provincial Motor Fuel Tax, the Provincial Carbon Tax, the Federal Excise Tax, and GST.

In order to provide boaters with the best fuels balanced at the best price, we serve an ethanol-free mid grade gasoline.  On the diesel side, we serve a B5 Bio Diesel (5% bio) which has a 60c flash point.

We also recognize that many boaters require large amounts of fuel – we are able to offer volume discounts for purchases over 200 litres.  If you are a commercial operator, we urge you to apply for a Commercial Account, where we can assign pricing, purchasing controls, and seemless billing which will make fuelling your vessels a breeze!

Our fuel discounts kick in at:

  • 200 Litres
  • 400 Litres
  • 600 Litres
  • 800 Litres
  • 1,000 Litres
  • 2,000 Litres
  • 3,000 Litres
  • 6,000 Litres
  • 10,000 Litres
  • 17,000 Litres


Marine Fuel Docks in Vancouver

False Creek Fuels Fuel Dock

Vancouver Marine Fuel Information & Current Fuel Prices: 604-638-0209

False Creek Fuels serves over 10,000 boats fuel every year.  Our location is located in a very active boating hub which is home to over 2,000 boats, and attracts thousands of visiting boats every year.  Although we hope that you utilize our location and enjoy our ValvTect Marine Fuel each time you refuel your boat, we understand that you may need fuel when you are away from False Creek.

Here is a list of fuel docks that service the Greater Vancouver area:

West Vancouver/Howe Sound

  • Fisherman’s Cove Marine Fuels – Located in Fisherman’s Cove/Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver, Fisherman’s Cove Marine Fuels serves gasoline and diesel and has a store.  Staff are there to assist.
  • Sewell’s Marina Fuel Dock – Located in Horseshoe BaySewell’s fuel dock serves gasoline, diesel, and has a store on the dock with bait, tackle, ice, and sundries.

False Creek/English Bay (Vancouver)

  • False Creek Fuels – Located between the Canadian Coast Guard Station Kitsilano and the Burrard Street Bridge.  Serves ValvTect Marine Fuels, Shell Rotella and Sierra Lubricants.  Helpful staff are there to assist with lines.  Floating marine store is packed with Fishing Tackle, Marine Supplies, Lubricants, Filters, Ice, and Snacks.

Vancouver Harbour/Coal Harbour

  • Mosquito Creek Marina – [CALL AHEAD – This dock may now be closed].  Serves mid grade gasoline, diesel, oil, bait, tackle, ice, and snacks.
  • Coal Harbour Chevron – The Chevron Legacy fuel barge is located in Coal Harbour near Stanley Park and serves gasoline, diesel and Chevron Delo lubricants.

Fraser River/Richmond

  • Steveston Marine Chevron – Serves mid-grade gasoline, diesel, and Delo oil.  Located at entrance to Steveston Harbour, South/Main Arm, Fraser River.
  • Richmond North Arm Marine Chevron – Serves mid-grade gasoline, diesel, and Delo oil.  Located beside the Arthur Lang Bridge, North Arm, Fraser River (use caution on ebb tide due to strong current around bridge pier).
  • Captain’s Cove Marina – Serves gasoline and diesel.  Located in Ladner/Delta near George Massey Tunnel.

False Creek Fuels’ Bulk Fuel Service

Do you require a large quantity of diesel fuel?  If so, give us a call – we can meet your large delivery requirements!