• 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.
  • BC Projects
  • Industry Governance
  • 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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The all-electric, aluminum car and passenger ferry “ZeroCat 120” owned by the Norwegian ferry operator Norled and designed and built by compatriate yard Fjellstrand was awarded the ‘Ship of the Year’ award at the SMM trade show in Hamburg last week. The new ferry will be the world’s first to operate solely on battery power and will have capacity for 360 passengers and 120 cars.

Based on the successful design, The Norwegian Ministry of Transport has awarded the company a 10year license to operate the Lavik-Oppedal route with 34 crossings a day, 365 days a year beginning January 1. The route is considered ideal for battery-powered ferries because of the short routes. 

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The ferry features a light-weight catamaran hull made with aluminum and an all-electric power train with battery technology from Siemens. She will be equipped two batteries placed on both ends to permit recharging during all turnaround times.  In addition, all systems are optimized for low energy consumption and heat recovery, with LED lighting and solar panels.

The ‘Ship of the Year Award’ is in instituted and selected by the Norwegian-based maritime trade journal, Skipsrevyen based on several criteria. The “ZeroCat 120” is the first passenger vessel to win the award since 2001 when the residential cruise ship “The World” was the winner.


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Spill Response


Arrangements and Vessel Status
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