• 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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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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                                                            Hoegh Target

Höegh Autoliners took delivery of Höegh Target, the world's largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier vessel in June this year. She has capacity for 8,500 car equivalent units (CEU) spread over 14 decks, 5 of which are hoistable, and is the company’s first post Panamax beamed vessel.  Over the next 18 months will be joined by five “new horizon class” sister vessels.

Built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry, PRC
Owned and operated by Höegh Autoliners
LOA 199.9m
Beam 36.5m
GRT 75,717 tons
DWT 20,766 MT
Stern ramp 12m in width, capacity 375 tons

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In the pictures below she is making its maiden call in Rotterdam on August 21 as she passes the Caland Bridge and in the Brittaniëhaven under tow by KOTUG International’s hybrid Rotortugs RT Evolution and RT Adriaan.

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At the age of 20, Leif Høegh took up a career in shipping practice both in the USA and Norway before starting his own company in 1927, at the age of 31. After initially making his mark by successfully operating tankers on long-term charter-parties he turned his hand to the hazardous world of liner shipping. He lived to see the transformation of his company from a small entrepreneurial enterprise into an organization headed by a professional management team under the leadership of his sons. Upon his death in 1974, Leif Höegh & Co ranked as one of the largest privately owned shipping companies in Europe. Today Mr. Leif I. Höegh serves as Chairman of Höegh Autoliners and Deputy Chairman of Höegh LNG while Mr. Morten W, Höegh serves as Chairman of Höegh LNG and Deputy Chairman of Höegh Autoliners.


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