• 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.
  • Industry Governance
  • Projects
  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety


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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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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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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357 PacificSpike

                       Pacific Spike – dedicated long rail carrier

Pacific Spike is a unique custom built vessel design to carry 440-foot lengths of steel rail destined for Union Pacific Railroad expansion and replacement projects throughout the western United States.

Built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard, Onishi, Japan
Owned and operated by Sky Tree Shipping
Completed August 2014
LOA 189.9m
Beam 28.2m
GRT 20,500 tons
DWT 24,000 MT
Cargo hold 155m long
3 x 50T cranes
Handles 480’ long steel rails
14 knots

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The vessel is purpose built to discharge at Stockton’s Rough and Ready Island Terminal complex and feed the new Union Pacific $18m welding facility where rails are welded into quarter mile long sections for track replacement. The welding facility will produce 1,320-foot, or quarter-mile, rail segments that will be laid for company improvement and expansion projects and further welded together into continuous “ribbon rail,” running as long as 10 miles. As can be seen from the pictures above, Pacific Spike’s 150m long cargo hold runs the length of the vessel on the starboard side with her three cranes set off to the port side. She is expected to ship 120,000 tons/year over about 6 voyages. Her cargoes,  world's longest railway rails, are being produced in the City of Kitakyushu, Japan.

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                              Union Pacific dedicated long rail train

Please see the Youtube video as Pacific Spike sails from the Kanmon Strait to the Yahata wharf in the port of Kitakyushu to load https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs_G_DpR5Nk



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