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


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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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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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                               Stena Germanica

Stena Germanica is one of the two sister ferries sailing on the route from Kiel in Germany to Gothenburg in Sweden and the largest ferry in the Nordic region. She is also about to become the world’s first methanol-powered vessel with a new fuel arrangement which will combine methanol as the primary fuel with marine gas fuel (MGO) as a back-up. SOx emissions are expected to be cut by 99%; NOx by 60%; particulates by 95% and CO2 by 25%. The conversion which be overseen by Lloyds Register began on January 28 at  Poland’s Remontowa shipyard and is scheduled to take 45 days. The current Stena Germanica is the third vessel to be given the name by the company.

Built by Astilleros Espanoles, Spain in 2001
Owned and operated by Stena Line, Gothenburg
LOA 240m
Beam 29m
GRT 51,837 tons
DWT 10,670 MT
Machinery: 4 x Sulzer8ZAL40S diesel engines, 2 controllable pitch propellers, 3 bowthrusters
Speed: 21.5 knots
Passenger capacity 1,300
Vehicle capacity 300
Registered in Gothenburg
Sister ship: Stena Scandinavica

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Preliminary tests on a methanol-modified Wartsila engine 6ZAL40S similar to the Stena Germanica’s were overseen in Trieste by five Lloyds Register teams from Copenhagen, Trieste, Gotheburg, Venice and Southampton offices.  If the project proves to be a success, Stena Line is on record as saying they will look to convert several additional vessels “in the quest for alternative, more fuel-efficient sources of power in the shipping industry”.  

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Stena Germanica offers 24 different categories of cabins varying from standard cabins to family cabins and luxury themed suites complete with jacuzzi and a private terrace. The vessel also offers two high-end restaurants. The sale of beer, wines and spirits is a key source of revenue on the Stena Line fleet of 36 ferries.

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For the European ferry buffs out there, the first Stena Germanica built in 1967 is shown above left, and 2nd Stena Germanica built 1987 is shown above right.


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
Vessel registrations with the certified response organization.

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