The Voyage

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The Voyage

The Voyage highlights how ships get not just from Point A to Point B, but all the steps in between. From design and construction, to conforming to both global and local regulations, to navigating our waters safely with the environment in mind.  The journey started centuries ago and continues to evolve and adapt with new technologies, changes to global trade and new the changing operating environment.changes in global trade. 




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.


Ship Design & 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.


Prevention + Protection

Prior to arriving in a Canadian port, vessels must demonstrate that they have sufficient insurance coverage and an arrangement in place will an oil spill response organization certified by the Government of Canada.



The majority of global trade occurs because of shipping and Canada’s ports play an integral role in facilitating these trades.


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.


Climate Change

Shipping has a relatively small footprint and is an environmentally friendly method of mass transportation. With the increased climate change symptoms across Canada, GHG and sulphur regulations are more important than ever.



The marine transportation sector takes the conservation of Canada’s coastal ecosystem and the protection of marine aquatic species seriously. In certain situations, international treaties, and national legislation and regulations determine industry technical and operational performance standards, while in some specific situations, the marine sector adopts an innovative approach that exceeds national standards that may not be possible through regulations.


Ports & Terminals

British Columbia’s ports are the most diverse in Canada and play a crucial role in the country’s economy. Our interactive map will help you see not only who is moving goods, but what types of commodities they are moving.