• 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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         BW Singapore – Floating, Storage, Regassification Unit (FRSU)

Egypt is set to bring into operation the newly built Floating, Storage, Regassification Unit BW Singapore, its second Floating Storage and Regasification Unit deployed as an import terminal in the Red Sea.

Built by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industures, Geoje, South Korea
Delivered in 2015
Owned and operated by BW Maritime, Singspore
LOA 292m
Beam 44m
GRT 98,000 tons
DWT 85,200 MT
CBM 170,000

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The brand new BW Singapore arrived in Egyptian waters at the port of Ain Sokhna in the Red Sea this week and is expected to begin commissioning operations before unloading its first cargo in the third week of October, according to Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), as charterer of the vessel. She is the second FSRU to be chartered in by Egypt to meet domestic gas demand. The FRSU Hoegh Gallant FSRU completed commissioning tests and began operations at Ein Sokhna in April 2015 under a five-year contract with EGAS.

BW Singapore is designed to ensure a low environmental footprint, high efficiency, storage capacity in excess of 170,000 cubic metres and a peak regasification capacity of 750 standard cubic feet per day of natural gas according to her owners BW Group, the operator of a fleet of 21 LNG carriers. BW is also broadening its LNG activities under a shipping joint venture involving Singapore wealth fund Temasek's LNG subsidiary, Pavilion Energy called BW Pavilion LNG. The new venture was specifically set up to acquire, manage and charter maritime LNG assets, including LNG carriers.


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