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
Maersk Viking – ultra deepwater drillship
Maersk Drilling this week took delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship. She is the first in a series of four such drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet in 2014, representing a total investment of $2.6 billion. The vessel has already begun its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico where it will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil.
Built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard, South Korea in 2013
Rated water depth 3,600 meters
Rated drilling depth 12,000 meters
Propulsion 6 x 5,500 KW azimuth thrusters
Accommodation for 230 persons
Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. With an advanced positioning control system, the ship automatically maintains position in severe weather conditions with waves of up to 11 meters and wind speeds of up to 26 meters per second. In addition to the three drillships and four jack-up rigs in order, the existing Maersk fleet is already 17 drilling rigs including deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs. Established in 1972, Maersk Drilling employs an international staff of 3,600 people and aims to become a significant revenue earner for its mother company A.P. Moller – Maersk Group with a profit target of $1 billion per annum by 2018.