• 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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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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                   Viking Star - Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking River Cruises, well known for its fleet of European River Cruise Boats has now entered the big league with the maiden voyage of the Viking Star, the first of three boutique ocean going cruise ships. The vessel was christened last week in Bergen on Norway’s Constitution Day, May 17.  Ms. Trude Drevland, Mayor of Bergen played the role of godmother in the presence of the legendry Torstein Hagen, company Chairman. From Bergen, the vessel sailed to Greenwich, Rouen, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Pula and Dubrovnik.

Built by Fincantieri, Trieste, Italy
Owned and managed by Viking Ocean Cruises, California
LOA 228m
Beam 29m
GRT 47,800 tons
Propulsion: twin azipods
Speed 20 knots
Passengers; 930, crew 600
Sister ships: Viking Sea (2016) and Viking Sky (2017)

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Viking Star’s ultra-modern Scandinavian design is consistent with that of Viking Cruises' river cruisers, and was intended to mix onboard elegance with a focus on destinations. As a relatively small cruise ship Viking Star is able to access most ports directly and thus facilitate efficient and trouble-free embarkation and debarkations. She also has a hydro-dynamically optimised streamlined hull and bow for maximum fuel efficiency.

Viking’s cruise itineraries are designed with few days at sea, long days in ports and more overnight stays in main ports than offered by other cruise lines. Packages include many extras including a selection of free shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served without charge at lunch and dinner. All cabins have above average sized balconies. Traditionalists can also enjoy Viking Star's walk-around promenade deck that fully encircles the vessel. The Explorer's Lounge, an airy two-deck top-of-the-ship venue, offers an observation area , a feature that many of today's cruise ships have dispensed with.

To manage varying climates, the ship is fitted with a magradome pool, with a glass roof that opens in warm weather and can be closed when it’s cool. In a distinct difference with other cruise ships, what you won't find on Viking Star is a casino, lavish evening entertainment or a kids' club.

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Mr. Torstein Hagen’s involvement with the company goes back to the original early 1970’s built sister-ships Royal Viking Star, Royal Viking Sea and Royal Viking Sky, later joined by the Royal Viking Sun. All are impeccably maintained, popular cruise ships under their new owners.  Royal Viking Star these days sails as Boudicca for Fred Olsen Cruise Line (original and now pictures above).


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