• 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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  • Safe Navigation
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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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354 Cielo dItalia1

                         Cielo d’Italia

On February 3 2015, the d’Amico Group took delivery of the Handy-Cape type vessel, described as the largest and most innovative ship in the history of the well known Italian ship owner. On assuming delivery, Mr. Cesare d’Amico, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico Societa di Navigazione SpA,commented “today we celebrate the delivery and naming of the largest ship in the history of our company which further consolidates our leading position among the youngest and most innovative fleets all over the world. The extraordinary commitment to seek an even higher level of safety, environmental awareness and performance, shared with an absolutely reliable partner such as Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation, today allows us to deliver on the market a ship with unique features that sets new standards for the future of shipping in this segment.”

Built by Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation’s shipyard in Mizushima 2015
LOA 245m
Beam 43m
Draft 15.35m
GRT 63,087 tons
DWT 116,900 tons
Speed 13.5 knots on 27 tons/day in ballast, 13,5 knots on 35.5 tons/day loaded
7 holds/hatches – gearless
Sister vessel to be delivered Q1 2016

354 Cielo dItalia2 354 Cielo dItalia3 354 Cielo dItalia4

The vessel is described as being capable of reducing consumption and emissions by 20%, compared to other ships operating in the same segment. Safety is enhanced with the award of additional certification classes in excess of current statutory requirements but in anticipation of new industry standards that will become effective in the years ahead. The decision to build two new generation “Handy-Cape” vessels is said by d’Amico to be motivated by the versatility of this type of vessel, larger than the traditional Post-Panamax vessels though much smaller than Capesize vessels.

For the 2014-2016 period, the Group has invested approximately $1.2 billion by ordering 38 new ships comprising bulkers and product tankers. The company has become particularly strong in the latter market with a fleet of 53 product tankers operating globally.


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