• 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

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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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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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                                       CCGS Gordon Reid

Most people had probably never heard of CCGS Gordon Reid, a mid-shore fisheries patrol vessel, until she was pressed into service two weeks ago on a rough night west of Haida Gwaii to assist the disabled Russian multi-purpose vessel Simushir.

Built in 1990 by Versatile Pacific Shipyard, Vancouver
LOA 49.95m
Beam 11m
GRT 880 tons
Propulsion: 4 × Deutz SBV 9M628
Speed 12 knots
Complement: 12 crew
Based in Patricia bay, Sydney BC

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Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are used to support the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Compliance and Enforcement program on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. As part of this program, Canadian Coast Guard personnel and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Fishery Officers work together to:

  • Conduct surveillance of fisheries operations to ensure all regulations and guidelines are being respected
  • Seize, recover, store and transport illegal fishing gear
  • Monitor and patrol the oceans (coastlines and international boundaries) and provide a Canadian presence
  • Discourage smuggling and fish poaching.

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Between 2012 and 2014, the Coast Guard has taken delivery of a series of eight new mid-shore patrol vessels (above) built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax. The design is based on Damen’s Stan Patrol 4207 standard.


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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