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
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
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
R/VInvestigator – new Australian research vessel
RV Investigator is an Australian mariner research vessel designed by RALion (joint venture between Robert Allan Ltd. and Alion Science and Technology). She is owned and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO), through Australia's Marine National Facility, with its operations funded by the Australian Government to undertake oceanographic, geosciences, ecosystem and fisheries research. In 2011, Teekay Australia successfully won the tender for the design and build of the vessel and signed a contract for the work with Sembawang Shipyard.
Built by Sembwang Shipyard, Singapore
Ordered in 2011, commissioned in December 2014
GRT 6,082 tons
Propulsion Diesel Electric incorporating 3 x 9 Cylinder Diesel MaK 9M25C Generators (3000 kW each), 2 reversible electric propulsion motors (2600 kW each) driving two slow-speed fixed-pitch propellers
Complement: 20 crew and up to 40 scientists
Speed 12 knots
Port of Registry Hobart, Tasmania
Cost A$120 million
The RV Investigator is able to accommodate up to 40 scientists, go to sea for up to 60 days at a time and spend up to 300 days of the year at sea on research voyages. Special features of the ship are a "gondola", similar to a winged keel, mounted 1.2 m below the hull, and two drop keels (which can be lowered to a maximum of 4m below the hull), to carry scientific instruments below the layer of micro-bubblescreated by the movement of the ship’s hull through the water. Instrumentation includes acoustic mappers and apelagic sedimentprofiler to produce maps of the sea floor. The hull and the machinery has been designed to operate as quietly as possible to enhance scientific capabilities.She is to make her maiden voyage in March 2015.