Chamber of Shipping

Becoming a Member of the COS

The Chamber of Shipping fosters the development of collaborative solutions and promotes the development of effective and responsive legislation to support the shipping industry. To become a member is to become further engaged in international trade through Canada’s Pacific gateway. 

Are you interested in becoming a member? Find out more about our different membership levels here.





Marine operations in Canada is increasingly complex and navigating a path to competitive maritime trade is the mandate of the Chamber of Shipping. We not only focus of the challenges of today but are preparing for the challenges of the future. The Chamber’s team includes experts in national and international marine policy, operations, Canada’s regulatory and legislative framework, and government affairs. We are increasing our capabilities to engage proactively with Indigenous communities to supplement our extensive industry, government, and stakeholder networks.

The marine transportation sector faces significant challenges in the next five years, including congestion of waterways and ports, pressure to reduce impacts from marine shipping, and climate change and a push for decarbonization. The Chamber of Shipping is recognized as a credible and progressive advocate for the marine transportation sector in Canada. Through engagement within our sector and through strong collaboration with industries that support growth in jobs and trade in the marine sector, we have developed a solid reputation among all levels of government, Indigenous groups and marine stakeholders.

By joining the Chamber and directly influencing the many factors that impact on your business’ costs and operations, you will be part of a unified voice that promotes a competitive, sustainable, and properous international trade environment. What affects one of us, affects all of us. Your voice matters and together we will achieve our common vision of a robust marine trade on Canada’s west coast.

Dues vary by class

Principal Membership

  • Ship Owners
  • Operators
  • Shipping Agencies
  • Commodity Shippers

Associate Membership

  • Law Firms
  • Classification Societies
  • Surveyors
  • Government Agencies
  • Port and Harbour Authorities
  • Ship and Cargo Brokers
  • Terminal and Tug Operators

Subscriber Membership

Open to any organization with interest in marine operations and trade