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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Hermione – replica 18th century frigate
Visitors to the south-western French port of La Rochelle have recently been treated to the sight of a newly constructed 18th Century frigate preparing for sea. The Hermione is faithful replica of the original French ship of that name completed in 1779, and the outcome of 18 years determination to complete the task thanks to funding given to the Hermione-Lafayette Association. During construction, thousands of people visited the renovated shipyard at Rochefort to see the work which consumed €26m ($30m) in public and private money.
Last weekend the vessel was seen off by French President Francois Hollande as she finally sailed for Yorktown, the scene in 1781 of England's surrender to George Washington in the final days of the American Revolution. In 1780 the original Hermione carried the young French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, to Boston and who still wears the mantle of America's Best French Friend - ever. Therefore, tall ships, history, and Franco-US friendship devotees combined to make the Hermione project an opportunity to celebrate all three events.