• 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

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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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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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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330 HMASCanberra

                          HMAS Canberra

HMAS Canberra (LHD 02) is the first of two Canberra class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Construction began in Spain in 2008, where the bare bones hull was launched in 2011. The hull was then carried to Australia in late 2012 for completion by BAE Systems Australia.

Built by Navantia, Ferrol, Spain – fitted out by BAE Systems Australia, Williamstown, Victoria
LOA 230.8m
Beam 32.0m
Displacement 27,500 tons
Combined diesel and gas propulsion with two azimuth thrusters
Speed 20 knots +

Complement: 358 personnel plus capacity for 1000 troops and 110 heavy vehicles
Airwing: Up to 18 helicopters (plus a ski ramp to allow for emergency operations with fixed-wing aircraft)
Sister Ship: HMAS Adelaide

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The LHD has a stern ramp/door that provides access to the well dock for landing craft and vehicles along with a fixed ramp (steel beach) between the well dock and the heavy vehicle/cargo deck (1410m2). Additionally two lateral ramp doors are located on the starboard side and provide wharf access to the heavy vehicle/cargo deck for vehicles up to 65 MT. Vehicular access between the heavy and light vehicle decks is achieved via a fixed ramp located on the port side.

The Canberra class design is based on Spain’s Juan Carlos I built by the Navantia for the Spanish Navy. On completion of the hull up to the level of the flight deck, Canberra was transported to Williamstown, Victoria, on the heavy lift ship MV Blue Marlin which sailed via the Cape of Good Hope to avoid any risk of hijack by Somali pirates. At Williamstown, the installation of Canberra's island superstructure and the internal fit-out of the hull was completed by BAE Systems Australia. Canberra is predicted to commission into the Royal Australian Navy in late 2014 and will be the largest warship ever operated by that country.


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