• 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


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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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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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353 Nexus

                    Nexus – cable laying ship

The new Van Oord owned cable-laying shipNexuswas christened in early March by Mrs J. Damen-Carli, the wife of Mr Kommer Damen, chairman of Damen Shipyards Group.  This highly specialized vessel is designed to connect the extensive array of power cables inherent to offshore wind farms.

Built by Damen Shipyard, Galata, Rumania
Owned and managed by Van Oord, Gorinchem, The Netherlands
LOA 123m
Beam 27m
GRT 8,650 tons
DWT 8,400 tons
Accommodation for 90 crew and technical staff

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Nexus is equipped with a 5,000 ton rated cable carrousel and a 100-ton rated main crane. The first project for Nexus will be the Gemini offshore wind park that will be built 85km off the coast of Groningen, The Netherlands. The construction phase has started and will be fully operational in 2017. The 600MW wind park will consist of 150 wind turbines with a capacity of 4MW each and designed to deliver electricity to more than 1.5 million people. Van Oord is involved in the Gemini project as a 10% shareholder and as the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor. The EPC contract encompasses supplying and installing the foundations, the entire electrical infrastructure, including the offshore and onshore high voltage stations, the cables, and the installation of the Siemens wind turbines. In addition to Nexus, Van Oord will be deploying several vessels, including the specially developed offshore installation vessel Aeolus for construction of the park.

Nexus is the Latin word for connection, more than a suitable name for a ship that will connect offshore wind turbines with each other and to the Dutch mainland.


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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