• 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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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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Earlier this month in an elaborate ceremony, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named the industry’s first ever LNG-ready ultra large container vessel, MV Sajir. She is the first vessel in UASC’s current new build program, comprising 17 of the world’s most eco-efficient vessels.

Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea
LOA 368m
Beam 51m
Nominal capacity 15,500 TEU (A15 class)

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                                      MV Sajir

The DNV GL A15 class of vessel is described as the largest and most eco-efficient container vessel in this capacity range. Preliminary calculations indicate an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit established by the IMO. In a major capacity boost, ten further A15 vessels and six 18,800 TEU (A18) container vessels are scheduled for delivery by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to UASC by mid-2016.

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Sajir takes her name from an area in Saudi Arabia that is known for its productive agricultural heritage.  Mr. Jorn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer of UASC (above right at the naming ceremony) commented that “these highly efficient vessels help us significantly reduce the amount of fuel we consume per container as we operate one of the world’s youngest container vessel fleets and are committed to making it more environmentally sustainable. The A15 vessels go beyond what regulations require and set new standards in terms of efficient, safe and sustainable operations.”

By way of comparison, the CO2 output per TEU for this new vessel class will be 22% less than for a 13,500 TEU vessel delivered only two years ago and they are also designed for an expedited LNG retrofit at a later stage. The vessels will benefit from DNV GL’s CLEAN class notation and aare equipped with a type approved ballast water treatment system and a shore-to-ship power supply solution to enable zero emissions at berth which is documented by the “Shore Power” class notation.

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Also this month it was announced that an agreement on international  rules for the construction and operating gas-powered ships have been made by the IMO.  Known as the International Gas as Fuel Code (IGF), it has been agreed that the code will likely be adopted when the Maritime Safety Committee meets next summer and enters into force in July 2017. Crew training on LNG fuel use and bunkering operations has also been discussed at the IMO with new recommendations set to be included into an amendment to the crew and officers working on gas-powered ships.

Following widely publicized incidents of structural failure in large containerships including those of MSC Napoli and MOL Comfort, new rules to ensurestructurally stronger vessels will also take effect from mid-2016. The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) council met in London earlier this week to review new unified requirements for containerships designed to avoid another failure. 

Our next newsletter will be out on January 9, 2015



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