• promoting safe shipping and competitive ports

    establishing low-risk marine corridors
  • our 2016 policy objectives

    aim to strengthen governance and competitiveness Read More
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For information on our services

Obtain a port pass for access to restricted areas on the marine terminals and in the Port of Vancouver
Port Pass Security Clearance
Spill response information and vessel registration status.
WCMRC Vessel spill coverage
Check out job postings for the marine industry in our careers section.
Careers Jobs
  • RidleyIsland
    Shorter sailing distances combined with efficient rail service make Western Canada gateways a good choice.
  • Nanaimo
    Western Canada's gateways generate over $21B in economic output and benefits families and communities across Canada.
  • 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.
  • 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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Ship of the Week

Ship of the Week
Aircraft Carrier Guiseppe Garibaldi Read More

Guiseppe Garibaldi

The impressive vessel is the fourth ship of the Italian Navy to be named after the 19th century Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi. Her active military service includes participation in NATO bombing during the 1999 war in the Balkans, Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and the Libya campaign in 2011.


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