• 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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358 Hermione

        Hermione – replica 18th century frigate

Visitors to the south-western French port of La Rochelle have recently been treated to the sight of a newly constructed 18th Century frigate preparing for sea. The Hermione is faithful replica of the original French ship of that name completed in 1779, and the outcome of 18 years determination to complete the task thanks to funding given to the Hermione-Lafayette Association. During construction, thousands of people visited the renovated shipyard at Rochefort to see the work which consumed €26m ($30m) in public and private money.

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Last weekend the vessel was seen off by French President Francois Hollande as she finally sailed for Yorktown, the scene in 1781 of England's surrender to George Washington in the final days of the American Revolution.  In 1780 the original Hermione carried the young French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, to Boston and who still wears the mantle of America's Best French Friend - ever.  Therefore, tall ships, history, and Franco-US friendship devotees combined to make the Hermione project an opportunity to celebrate all three events.

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