• 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.
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 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.
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  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety


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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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              R/VInvestigator – new Australian research vessel

RV Investigator is an Australian mariner research vessel designed by RALion (joint venture between Robert Allan Ltd. and Alion Science and Technology).  She is owned and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO), through Australia's Marine National Facility, with its operations funded by the Australian Government to undertake oceanographic, geosciences, ecosystem and fisheries research.  In 2011, Teekay Australia successfully won the tender for the design and build of the vessel and signed a contract for the work with Sembawang Shipyard.

Built by Sembwang Shipyard, Singapore
Ordered in 2011, commissioned in December 2014
LOA 93.9m
Beam 18.5m
GRT 6,082 tons
Propulsion Diesel Electric incorporating 3 x 9 Cylinder Diesel MaK 9M25C Generators (3000 kW each), 2 reversible electric propulsion motors (2600 kW each) driving two slow-speed fixed-pitch propellers
Complement: 20 crew and up to 40 scientists
Speed 12 knots
Port of Registry Hobart, Tasmania
Cost A$120 million

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The RV Investigator is able to accommodate up to 40 scientists, go to sea for up to 60 days at a time and spend up to 300 days of the year at sea on research voyages.  Special features of the ship are a "gondola", similar to a winged keel, mounted 1.2 m below the hull, and two drop keels (which can be lowered to a maximum of 4m below the hull), to carry scientific instruments below the layer of micro-bubblescreated by the movement of the ship’s hull through the water. Instrumentation includes acoustic mappers and apelagic sedimentprofiler to produce maps of the sea floor.  The hull and the machinery has been designed to operate as quietly as possible to enhance scientific capabilities.She is to make her maiden voyage in March 2015.


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