• 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


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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345 LibertyBay

            Liberty Bay – US flag Jones Act tanker

The 2014 delivered Aframax newbuilding, Alaska Bay, is purpose built for Senator McCain’s beloved Jones Act protected crude oil trade between Aalaka and the US west coast.

Built by Aker Philadephia Shipyard to a Samsung design
Owned and operated by SeaRiver Maritime, Houston, Texas (ExxonMobil affiliate)
LOA 251.1m
Beam 43.8m
GRT 62,318 tons
DWT 115,000 MT
Main Engine: M AN-B&W 6S60M E-C8.2, 2-stroke, 6-cylinder
Design speed 15 knots
Sister ship: Eagle Bay (now fitting out)

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Liberty Bay and her sister Eagle Bay were built to replace existing double-hull tankers operating on the Alaska-West Coast route and are the largest vessels ever built at Aker Philadelphia, according to the shipyard. ExxonMobil says the two ships came at an aggregate price of $400 million.

The vessels are equipped with ballast water treatment systems and hulls have been treated with a non-tin based anti-fouling coating, which will help prevent the accumulation of non-native organisms. Other safety and environmental features include crew fall protection equipment, a deck rainwater collection system, an oil mist and gas detection system and a non-halon fire-fighting system. The main engine and auxiliaries conform to IMO Tier II standards along with a waste heat recovery system and energy efficient deck lighting.

Several features provide for a high level of service reliability. The frames of the ship have been specially reinforced to withstand the forces generated by the powerful escort tugs routinely used in Prince William Sound. Steel piping, the sea chest, and cargo tank sumps have all been upgraded and other systems, such as the cooling water system, main engine exhaust valves, and fuel oil tank low level alarms, include redundancy features to improve performance reliability.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard still has four medium range 50,000 DWT tons tankers on the books for Crowley and two dual fuel 3,600 TEU containerships for Matson.


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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