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
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
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
The all-electric, aluminum car and passenger ferry “ZeroCat 120” owned by the Norwegian ferry operator Norled and designed and built by compatriate yard Fjellstrand was awarded the ‘Ship of the Year’ award at the SMM trade show in Hamburg last week. The new ferry will be the world’s first to operate solely on battery power and will have capacity for 360 passengers and 120 cars.
Based on the successful design, The Norwegian Ministry of Transport has awarded the company a 10year license to operate the Lavik-Oppedal route with 34 crossings a day, 365 days a year beginning January 1. The route is considered ideal for battery-powered ferries because of the short routes.
The ferry features a light-weight catamaran hull made with aluminum and an all-electric power train with battery technology from Siemens. She will be equipped two batteries placed on both ends to permit recharging during all turnaround times. In addition, all systems are optimized for low energy consumption and heat recovery, with LED lighting and solar panels.
The ‘Ship of the Year Award’ is in instituted and selected by the Norwegian-based maritime trade journal, Skipsrevyen based on several criteria. The “ZeroCat 120” is the first passenger vessel to win the award since 2001 when the residential cruise ship “The World” was the winner.