• 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.
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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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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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334 BuenaVentura

      Buena Ventura - on long term charter to Baja Bulk

In March this year, NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers signed a 15-year contract with Baja Bulk Carriers for the charter of a new build bulk carrier to replace the Isla de Cedros in continuous carriage of salt from Mexico to Vancouver. Isla de Cedros completed 216 successful voyages.

334 BuenaVentura2 334 BuenaVentura3

Built by Oshima Shipbuilding, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, 2014
Operated  by NYK Ship Management, Singapore
LOA 209.3m
Beam 32.2m
GRT 35,669 tons
DWT 62,915 MT

Propulsion: Mitsubishi UEC50LSE-Eco-B1, maximum continuous output 8110 KW, HP 10871.31 / RPM 102

Eco-ship structural design

The vessel was delivered to NYK in August 2014. She comes with an eco-ship structural design and is equipped with an advanced electronically-controlled engine. For cargo handling she has two mobile cranes rated at 750 tons/hour each, a belt conveyor, a boom conveyor, and a hopper in order to meet charter party requirements.

Precise specifications:

Travelling Deck Crane         2 sets x 750 t/h

Hopper with above              2 sets x 1000 t/h

Main Belt Conveyor             1 set x 2000 t/h

Cross Conveyor                  1 set x 2000 t/h

Boom Conveyor                  2 sets x 2000 t/h

Grab  Bucket                       3 sets x 15 m3

Baja Bulk Carriers, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and the Mexican government, engages in the transportation of salt.  The company was incorporated in 1976 and is based in San Diego, California.  The salt load port is Guerrero Negro, Mexico. The same group has supplied salt to Canexus and its predecessors for 50 years and is certainly one of the oldest customers of PMV.  For her part, Buena Ventura is proving to be a very well made ship that is fully living up to expectations.


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