• 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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  • Industry Governance
  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety

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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Algoma Equinox inbound to the St. Lawrence on her maiden voyage Dec 2013

In a major contribution to renewal of Canada’s domestic fleet, Algoma Equinox has been built for Algoma Central for Great Lakes trading. She is the lead ship of a class of eight vessels and forms part of a $400 million investment in fleet renewal. Her sister vessels were set for delivery at approximately three month intervals throughout 2014 and 2015 and are designed to meet the increasingly stringent air emission standards expected over the next several years. With this in mind, she is the first dry-bulk cargo ship in the Great Lakes to operate with a fully integrated, closed loop, exhaust gas scrubbing system that eliminates 97% of all sulphur oxide emissions.

Built by Mingde heavy Industy, Nantong, China in 2013
Owned and managed by Algoma Central Marine, St. Catherines, Ontario
LOA 225.5m
Beam 23.8m
GRT 24,284 tons
DWT 38.450 MT (29,650 tons on Seaway draft of 26’06”)
5 holds, 17 hatches

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The Equinox class is a gearless bulk carrier. The first four of the new class of vessels will be of this design while the second four will have self-unloading machinery, consisting of a conveyor belt below the holds, and a long boom with a converyer belt on deck which can be swung outboard to port or starboard.

Algoma Central Corporation was incorporated on August 11, 1899 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as the Algoma Central Railway Company and was founded to construct a railway from Sault Ste. Marie to a main Canadian Pacific Rail line for the transport of iron ore and timber. The company also assumed an obligation to maintain a Great Lakes fleet of four steel vessels, an obligation that was met.

Today as a public company, Algoma holds a wide portfolio of interests in many aspects of the transportation industry, including trucking, helicopters, air expediting services, while maintaining its focus on domestic dry-bulk, product tankers, ocean shipping, and real estate.


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