• 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
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  • Safe Navigation
  • Tanker Safety


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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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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                                              VLCC Mesdar

Typical of the approximately 650 strong fleet of modern VLCCs is Mesdar operated by Glasgow based Norbulk Shipping.
Built by Cosco Nantong Shipyard, Nantong PRC in 2007
Owned by New Ocean Shipping Venture Ltd.
Operated by Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd. in Glasgow
LOA 333m
Beam 60m
GRT 160,295 tons
DWT 315,802 MT
Summer draft 21m
Registry: Monrovia
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas

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Privately owned Norbulk Shipping Company is headquartered in Bermuda with Management offices are located in Glasgow, Riga, Helsingborg, Saint John NB, Genoa and St. Petersburg. The company manages a diversified fleet of VLCCs, LPG carriers, product and chemical tankers, ro-ro’s, refrigerated cargo container vessels and bulk carriers in addition to providing construction supervision to new builds.

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Following a strong 2015, the crude oil tanker market is expected to maintain healthy returns for owners in 2016 despite fleet growth of around 4%. The real concern is that scrapping of older vessels is certain be deferred so long as they can make good money in the spot market.  Around 35 million tons DWT was of tankers were ordered in 2015 including 66 VLCCs. See the fleet growth history and projection in the chart above left and the correlation between the declining price of oil and average VLCC rates from the Gulf to Asia above right.


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