• 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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  • 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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320 ArklowSpray

                               Arklow Spray

Being a conservative European coastal shipping company operating a fleet of modern single deck, box hold and container fitted vessels, Arklow Shipping took an out of character plunge in 2011 when it entered the big league with an order for a pair of handysize bulk carriers. The second of these is Arctic Spray which was delivered to her owners earlier this year. 

Built by Daesun Shipbuilding and Engineering, Pusan, South Korea
Delivered in February 2014
Owned and operated by Arklow Shipping, Wicklow, Ireland
LOA 182.0m
Beam 30.0m
GRT 22,868 tons
DWT 34,905 MT
5 holds/hatches
Cranes: 4 x SWL 30 tons
Grab fitted
Main engine: MAN B&W 5S50ME-B9.2 (Tier II)
Speed 14 knots on HFO 22 tons/day
Sister ship: Arklow Spirit delivered in 2013

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The company’s origins go back to 1966 since when the company has ridden out good times and bad but always managing to maintain steady expansion. The fleet currently stands at 45 ships with a combined carrying capacity of some 6 million tons annually. The company is an acknowledged leader within the European dry bulk trades, with chartering teams based in Arklow, Rotterdam and Liverpool. Arklow itself is a town in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland just outside of Dublin. Today it is a thriving commuter town with a population of 13,000 people.


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