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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Pacific Spike is the first cargo ship specially built to transport 150m train rails, the longest lengths in the world. Her single long hold with no bulkhead and her synchronized three deck cranes, operable through remote control, allow her to load 150m lengths of train rails, which previously required sectioning to load aboard a ship; thus, enabling the export of Japanese-made high-quality train rails in their full length. Union Pacific was the first in the rail industry to import long rail from Japan to its custom facility at the Port of Stockton
The Pacific Spike has been at Squamish Terminals since the beginning of the week discharging approximately 4,000 bundles (19,000 MT) of 80' rail from Japan. She was our Ship of the Week on April 17, 2015, but we wanted to feature her on her inaugural voyage to British Columbia.
Vessel type : Long rail carrier
Owner : Sky Tree Shipping S.A.
Builder : Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd.
Delivery : August 29, 2014
LPP × B × D–d : 187.0 m × 28.2 m × 14.0 m–8.0 m
GT : 20,506 tons ( 24,041 DWT )
Speed : 14 knots
Main engine : 6S42MC7.1 5,100 kW
Youtube video as Pacific Spike sails from the Kanmon Strait to the Yahata wharf in the port of Kitakyushu to load https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs_G_DpR5Nk
Photos courtesy of Empire Shipping Agency.