• 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.
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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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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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                               Russian cruiser – Aurora

Having been launched in 1900 the Russian cruiser Aurora served in the Russo-Japanese war, surviving the Battle of Tsushima before going on to serve again in World War 1. She was stripped of her guns which were used in the defence of Leningrad in World War 2., however she is perhaps best known as having fired a blank shot from her forecastle gun at 9.45 pm on 25 October 1917 which signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace, which was to be the beginning of the October Revolution and the end of the Russian Monarchy.

Laid down at the Admiralty Shipyard, St. Petersburg, May 1897
Delivered May 1900 and commissioned in July 1903
LOA 126.8m
Beam 16.8m
Displacement 6,731 tons
Triple shaft with 3 triple expansion reciprocating steam engines developing 11,610 HP
Speed 19 knots
Complement: 590 crew
Armament: A variety of heavy weapons including 3 torpedo tubes

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The laid up Aurora was damaged and eventually sank in 1941 but was raised and fully repaired between  1945-47 before being permanently moored on the Neva River in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) as a monument to the Bolshevik Revolution. A further phase of restoration was carried out in in drydock from 1984-87

As a museum ship, the Aurora is one of many historic attractions in Saint Petersburg. As the oldest commissioned ship of the Russian Navy, still flying the ensign under which she was commissioned, but now under the care of the Central Naval Museum, she is still manned by an active service crew commanded by a Captain. In January, 2013 the Russian Defence Minister announced plans to re-commission Aurora and make her the flagship of the Russian Navy on account of her historical and cultural importance. A visit to St. Petersburg on our Baltic Sea cruise last month provided me the opportunity for a firsthand look at this magnificently preserved vessel – Stephen.


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