• RidleyIsland
    Sailing distances to British Columbia's ports can be up to 68 hours shorter than calls to US west coast ports. Efficient rail services connect customers to major urban centres in Canada and the US mid-west.
  • Nanaimo
    Shipping activities in British Columbia's ports benefit families and communities throughout Western Canada by supporting over 100,000 jobs and over $6.1 billion in wages each year.
  • SouthShore
    The marine community and vessel operators comply with strict regulations to protect our coastal communities and our environment.
  • ThirdBerth
    Each year west coast ports generate over $21 billion in economic output. and an estimated $1.5 billion in tax revenue.
Vancouver Harbour
 The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia represents vessel owners, operators and shipping agencies engaged in international trade through Canada’s Pacific gateway.  The association fosters the development of collaborative solutions and promotes the development of effective and responsive legislation that continues to support a robust and sound shipping industry.
  • BC Projects
  • Industry Governance
  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety

cat projects

British Columbia is seeing an unprecedented level of investment in ports, terminals and infrastructure to support Canada's growing trade with Asia.  Each project helps create a more competitive environment for our ports and more jobs for communities throughout Western Canada.

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cat imo

Shipping is the most efficient means of moving cargo worldwide, with ships carrying more than 90% of global trade by water.  As ships transit through many jurisdictions and can cross several boundaries in one voyage, the international governance of shipping is essential for industry to maintain a degree of consistency and global acceptance.

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Norwegian Jade Ships Bridge

While international shipping has embraced the use of new technologies to enhance the mariner's toolkit for safe navigation, ships still look to our professional marine pilots to assist in the safe navigation of vessels along our coast and in the Fraser River.  The requirements for the safe navigation of ships are embodied in the Canada Shipping Act 2001 and other key pieces of marine-related legislation in Canada.

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Tankers have been calling BC ports for several decades and continue to demonstrate that industry best practices, which often exceed regulations, can ensure that these transits are done safely and without any harm to the surrounding environment. 

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                                       Aries Leader

In May 2014, NYK Line took delivery of a new pure car carrier, Aries Leader, which was built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. She is the first post-Panamax car carrier to be built in Japan, however, she will be handily placed to take advantage of the widened canal which is expected to be open for business in 2016.


 199.9 m


   35.8 m

Depth Molded

   37.7 m

Total car capacity

 7,000 units


18,808 MT


69,931 tons

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This new state of the art car carrier includes the latest energy-saving technology such as an air-lubrication system and a hybrid turbocharger, both of which have been installed on a car carrier for the first time, in addition to an electronically controlled engine and the use of water-emulsified fuel in the boiler. These investment will achieve a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per unit compared with existing large pure car carriers. The vessel also incorporates an air lubrication system, an energy-saving technique that reduces the frictional resistance between a vessel’s bottom and the seawater by supplying air to the vessel’s bottom and thus generating bubbles

The NYK Group has embarked on a program known as "More Than Shipping 2018," which is designed to achieve continuous improvement in innovative environmental technology for stable car transportation.



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Arrangements and Vessel Status
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