• 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.
  • Industry Governance
  • Projects
  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety


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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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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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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368 Savarona1

The Motor Yacht Savarona is the Presidential yacht of the Republic of Turkey reserved exclusively for the use of the country’s leader. When launched back in 1931, she was the largest private yacht in the world and is named after an African swan.

Built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany
Designed by naval architects Gibbs & Cox for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwallader, grand-daughter of John A. Roebling, engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Original cost $4 million
Retrofitted 1989-92
Refitted as state yacht in 2014
LOA 124m at waterline, 136m to bowsprit
Beam 16m
GRT 4,646 tons
Main engine: 2 x 3,600 HP Caterpillar diesels
Service speed 15 knots, maximum 18 knots
Passenger capacity 34, crew 44

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In 1938, the Turkish government gifted the yacht to Mustafa Atatürk, the first President of Turkey, who spent six weeks aboard before dying a few months later. She then lay idle through World War I and until 1951 when she was converted to the training ship Güneş Dil.  In October 1979, the yacht was extensively damaged by fire while alongside at the Turkish Naval Academy off Heybeliada Island in the Sea of Marmara and was pretty much abandoned for ten years until in 1989, she was chartered for 49 years by Turkish businessman Kahraman Sadıkoğlu.  Mr. Sadıkoğlu had the vessel entirely refurbished her for about $45 million, removing the original steam turbines and installing Caterpillar diesel engines. She also features a Turkish bath (of course) and a library devoted to the life of Ataturk.


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