• 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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338 Quantum1

                          Quantum of the Seas

Having just entered service from her New York home port, The world’s third largest cruise ship is being touted as a technical marvel and the world’s first smartship.  She is certainly different with a number of innovative features including a jewel-shaped pod that lifts passengers over the ocean and robots that serve cocktails. She reputedly has the fastest wi-fi at sea, wristbands that serve as room keys, virtual balconies in her inside cabins, the first dodgem ride on water, and a skydiving simulator.

Built by Meyer Werft, Papenberg, Germany 2014
LOA 348m
Beam 41m 
GRT 166,168 tons
Speed 22 knots (cruising)
Bowthrusters: 4 x 4694 HP each
Guests: 4,905
Crew; 1,500

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Entertainment Features:

  • Two70: A revolutionary multi-level great room with capacity for 540 guests, named for its 270-degree panoramic sea views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls spanning almost three decks, and seamlessly fusing entertainment and technology.
  • SeaPlex: The largest indoor active space at sea comprising bumper cars, a circus school with flying trapeze and roller skating
  • Music Hall: A live music venue for guests to enjoy DJs, theme events, billiards and more. Capacity 559 guests
  • Royal Theater: The main theater is a state-of-the art space for 1,300 guests that takes advantage of the latest technology to create a unique performance venue.
  • Restaurants: 18 individual

First at Sea Activities:

  • RipCord by iFLY: The first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers – to enjoy the sheer thrill of skydiving in a safe, controlled environment
  • North Star: A jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises more than 300 feet in the air taking guests on a spectacular journey of 360-degree views

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Quantum of the Seas was named last Friday while docked in Cape Liberty, New Jersey. Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain spoke to those in attendance about what makes Quantum of the Seas special, "Our ships are built to be 1/3 traditional, 1/3 evolutionary and 1/3 revolutionary." During the ceremony, godmother Kristin Chenoweth used a tablet on the main stage to launch the traditional champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Also part of the event were performances by the New York Police Department bagpipes and drums.


Port Security


Port Passes and Security Clearances
Information on how to obtain a port pass or a Transportation Security Clearance.

Spill Response


Arrangements and Vessel Status
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