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
April 26th marked a significant milestone for containerized shipping as Malcolm McLean used a converted tanker to move the first containerized cargo by sea from New Jersy to Houston, 60 years ago in 1956. Four years later, Sea-Land introduced the first Transatlantic service, and in 1969, in the UK, Overseas Container Lines launched its first service.
Owner: Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company
Port of Registry: United States
Builder: Rebuilt as container ship at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, MD
Launched: 30 December 1944
Tonnage: 16,460 GRT
Propulsion: Elliot Company steam turbine, electric propulsion.
Capacity: 58 33-foot containers (10,572 DWT)
In the early 1950s Malcolm McLean, later to be referred to as the Father of Containerization, was moving his company's trucks on ships along the US Atlantic coast but soon realized that the "trailerships", as they were called, were inefficient because of the large waste in potential cargo space on board the vessel. The original concept was modified into loading just the containers, not the chassis, onto the ships, hence the designation containership or "box" ship. At the time, US regulations would not allow a trucking company to own a ship line so in 1955, McLean sold his trucking company for $25 million and purchased the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company and the Gulf Florida Terminal Company from Waterman Steamship Corporation, with the idea of using Pan-Atlantic's vessels and operating rights to carry containers.
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