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About COS

The voice of the marine industry on Canada’s west coast.

Since 1923, the Chamber has been the representative voice of the marine industry on Canada’s west coast. The importance of that voice is arguably more important today than ever before as North America’s trade with Asia undergoes unrelenting growth and Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway plays a vital role in facilitating trade efficiency for the benefit of the entire nation.  

Ship Design
Safe Navigation

Did you know that ships carry more than 90 percent of global trade by water? In order for global industries to maintain consistency, international shipping governance is essential. Learn more about shipping governance here.


Ship Design and Construction

The design and construction of a ship is crucial to ensuring that the vessel can be operated in an evolving marketplace and regulatory environment for decades to come. Learn more about the importance of ship construction here.


Prevention + Protection

The majority of global trade takes place because of shipping. Canada’s ports play a significant role in facilitating these trades. Learn more about the integral role that shipping plays in global trade here.


Safe Navigation

British Columbia has over 25,000 kilometers of coastline and more than 30 diverse marine ports. Safe navigation through our ports and along the coast are regulated by a combination of international and Canadian federal bodies who work together to ensure safe vessel transit. 


Become a Member

Choose between three types of membership and explore the many
benefits of becoming a member of the COS.