• 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.
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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.


  • Industry Governance
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  • 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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                                                          Pacific Spike

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. 

411 PacificSpike4  411 PacificSpike3

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.  


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