• 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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             Durban Highway – pure car carrier

A regular feature of traffic in the Fraser River is that of car carriers. One such caller last week was Durban Highway which is chartered to K-Line, one of the largest operators of vessels in this sector with over 300 vessels.

Built in 2011 by Shin Kurashima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, Toyohashi, Japan
Owned and managed by Taiyo Nippon Kisen, Kobe, Japan
LOA 199m
Beam 32m
GRT 58,997 tons

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In 1968 K-Line commissioned the company’s first conventionally built vehicle carrier Toyota Maru No. 1 with a capacity of 1,250 vehicles followed by a series of similar vessels until Toyota Maru No. 10, Japan's first pure car carrier (PCC) appeared in 1970, along with the European Highway, the world's largest PCC at the time with 4,200-vehicle capacity.

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                                             Toyota Maru No.1

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Back in my China days 1991-94, we handled quite a bit of ro-ro traffic at Gearbulk’s Tianjin terminal including on this occasion K Line’s 1985 built Hume Highway –Stephen.

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Consistent with the company’s focus on evolving innovation, earlier this year K” Line launched the company’s “DRIVE GREEN PROJECT” designed to achieve environmental protection and energy savings with advanced technologies to be integrated on a series of eight 7,500unit car carriers on order with Japan Marine United Corporation. The investment is intended to reduce CO2 emissions 25% or more compared to a conventional design. Its NOx reduction method, the world's first NOx generation suppression device to be installed on a main engine, reduces both CO2 and NOx emissions by a combination of an exhaust gas recirculation system and water emulsion. In addition, energy-saving LED lighting will be adopted throughout almost all of the ship, and the energy power of LED lights in car decks will be supplied by a solar power generation system of Solar Frontier K.K.

Founded in 1919, "K" Line (named after three K initials) was formed when Kojiro Matsukata placed Kawasaki Kisen, Kawasaki Zosen and Kokusai Kisen under joint management to build a fleet of 40 to 50 ships serving the Atlantic, North and South America, Africa, the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.


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Arrangements and Vessel Status
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