• 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.
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 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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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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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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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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372 Fennica

                           MSV Fennica

Still with the oil industry, MSV Fennica is a Finnish multipurpose icebreaker and platform supply vessel built in 1993. She was the first Finnish icebreaker designed to be used as an escort icebreaker in the Baltic Sea during the winter months and in offshore construction projects during the open water season.

Built by STX Rauma, Finland in 1993
Owned and managed by Arctia Offshore, Espoo, Finalnd
LOA 116m
Beam 26m
GRT 9,392 tons
Class DNV POLAR-10 Icebreaker
Propulsion: Diesel-electric 2 x Aquamaster US ARC 1 azimuth thrusters (2 × 7,500 kW) & Brunvollbow thrusters (3 × 1,150 kW)
Speed; 16.5 knots, 9.5 knots in 80 cms of ice
Accomodation for 80 people
Sister ship: Nordica

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For offshore construction projects Fennica is equipped with a 30 MT SWL Hydralift crane and a 120-ton A-frame for trenching machines and ploughs. Since she acts as an escort icebreaker during the winter season, she is also equipped with an Aquamaster-Rauma anchor handling and towing winch along with a stern notch for towing. An oblique bridge design maximizes visibility from the starboard side steering position.

When Fennica entered service it was agreed that Finalnd’s multipurpose icebreakers would be chartered for offshore duties about 180 days per year during the ice-free season and for the winter months, they would return to Finland for routine escort icebreaking duties. In November 2011, Shell Oil Company signed a three-year contract with Arctia Offshore and chartered the Fennica and her sister Nordica to serve as primary ice management vessels in the Chukchi Sea during the summer seasons. The primary purpose of Fennica would be to protect the drillship Noble Discoverer by steering large ice floes so that they would not endanger the drilling operation.  Subsequently in November 2012, the two vessels became the first Finnish icebreakers to sail through the Northern Sea Route when they returned to Finland for the 2012 icebreaking season.

Earlier this month, while underway with a certified pilot onboard to the Chukchi Sea to support Shell's drilling operations, Fennica was forced to return to Dutch Harbor after being holed in a ballast tank. The U.S. Coast Guard announced the discovery of a previously uncharted shoal where the sea depth was shallower than indicated on nautical charts and less than the draft of Fennica. It was decided that she would make for Vigor Shipyard in Portland, Oregon, for permanent repairs before returning to the Arctic for the balance of the summer season. The formal investigation report into this incident seems unlikely to be published for several months.

Fennica is also unique in that she carries a capping stack designed to fit over a damaged well in an emergency and with significant spill response equipment.

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Following her repairs in Portland, a group of 13 Greenpeace activists this week suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge over the Columbia River (picture above) in an effort to delay Fennica’s return to Alaska. 

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However, the delay was short lived when yesterday evening the police in cooperation with the Coast Guard cleared the way for the vessel to leave even with a few protesters still hanging from the bridge.


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