• 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.
  • Industry Governance
  • Projects
  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety


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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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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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                              Olive Bay

A recent visitor to BC on her maiden voyage was Olive Bay, reputedly the world’s largest single deck, self trimming bulk/log carrier. She is seen here approaching Inchon on her return voyage to Asia.

Built by Oshima Shipbuilding, Japan, delivered 2015
Owned and managed by Pacific Basin Shipping, Hong Kong
LOA 190.0m
Beam 32.3m
GRT 32,100 tons
DWT 54,750 MT
5 holds / hatches
Cranes: 4 x 30MT SWL with 26m outreach

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Headquartered in Hong Kong, Pacific Basin’s activities span 12 offices in Asia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. The owned and operated fleet comprises more than 220 vessels and is supported by approximately 3,000 seafarers and 340 shore-based staff. The pictures above show Olive Bay loading logs on deck in Port Alberni during her maiden voyage. Her namesake Olive Bay Hotel, one of Oshima shipyard’s affiliates opened in April 2013.

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