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Read our Summer 2024 Newsletter

July 2, 2024

The Summer 2024 edition of newsletter is here and is full of news about the Federation’s recent and upcoming activities.

Annual Conference Recap

May 23, 2024

Thank you to all who came to our Annual Conference at the Mount Royal Centre on May 7th.

Article on underwater noise: whales and ships

February 22, 2024

The CBC recently interviewed the Federation’s Director of Environmental Affairs, Miako Ushio for this article and radio segment about how whales communicate, and underwater noise from ships.

Submission on Supply Chain Regulatory Review

February 6, 2024

Please read our comments submitted on supply chain regulatory review.

Our Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2023 Issue

December 20, 2023

The Winter 2023 Issue of our Quarterly Newsletter has just been released!  We take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday.

American Great Lakes Ports Association: New Investment Survey Released

December 13, 2023

$8.4 Billion Committed to Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

Today, a binational coalition of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence maritime organizations released a new survey of infrastructure investments by both the public and private sector in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system.

The report was sponsored by the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the Lake Carriers Association, the Shipping Federation of Canada, the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

#11685 - Notice to Industry from Pacific Pilotage Authority Re. Ship Maneuverability

July 16, 2024

s, The Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) has noted the installation of power limiters on ships’ main engines to comply with Energy Efficiency Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) requirements. These Shaft Power or Engine Power Limitation (SHaPoLi/EPL) systems, using load limiting software or mechanical-based governors, may restrict maneuverability crucial for safe navigation […]

#11684 - West Coast Labour Update – ILWU Strike Notice Ruled Illegal by CIRB

July 7, 2024

Further our CL sent out earlier today, the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has determined that ILWU Local 514’s declaration of strike action against DP World is in contravention of the Canada Labour Board, and has directed the union to withdraw the 72-hour strike notice issued yesterday.  The full text of the CIRB’s […]

#11683 - West Coast Labour Update – BCMEA Issues Lock-Out Notice

July 7, 2024

Further to yesterday’s CL regarding the 72-hour strike strike notice issued by  ILWU Local 514 against DP World (which could commence as of July 8 at 4:30 PM Pacific), the BCMEA responded yesterday evening by issuing a NOTICE announcing the following: The BCMEA has requested urgent intervention by the Canada Industrial Relations Board […]

Events & Training

Mariners' Workshop 2025

June 26, 2024

We are excited to announce the dates for the next Mariners’ Workshop! Please save January 21 and 22, 2025, for this important event at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver.

Certificate in Marine Transportation

In collaboration with Concordia University, the Federation offers a university-level program composed of 5 marine courses focusing on key aspects of the commercial shipping industry.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods

This one-day virtual seminar on the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and its applicability to commercial marine operations is designed to help companies meet Transport Canada’s transportation of dangerous goods training requirements.

Government Training Sessions

The Federation provides training sessions to familiarize government departments and agencies with the marine industry.

Benefits of International Shipping

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Environmentally Sustainable

International Shipping is sustainable and environmentally proactive.

Shipping has the lowest environmental impact and the highest level of energy efficiency of all the forms of commercial transportation.


A ship can carry one ton of goods a distance of 250 kilometres for every litre of fuel it consumes, compared to 100 kilometres for a freight train and 30 kilometres for a truck. The industry has also recorded a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last two decades, despite a massive increase in the volume of world seaborne trade. At the same time, the industry continues to move foreward on the environmental front, with a view to further minimizing its impacts with respect to such key issues as air emissions, fuel efficiency, and operational discharges.

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Safe and Secure

International Shipping is committed to safety.

A commitment to safety has long been a hallmark of every aspect of marine transportation, making international shipping one of the world’s most heavily regulated industries.


The industry’s main regulator is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is the United Nations agency responsible for ensuring the safety of life at sea and protecting the marine environment. The IMO has developed a comprehensive framework of global maritime safety regulations that are enforced on a worldwide basis. These regulations are supplemented by those of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is responsible for developing labour standards that are applicable to seafarers throughout the world.

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Facilitator of International Trade

International Shipping is an essential service to world trade.

Shipping is essential to the world economy. Without shipping, the ability to trade between continents, to transport huge quantities of raw materials, and to import and export affordable food and manufactured goods would come to a grinding halt.


Ships are the primary transportation tools of international trade because much of the world’s surface is covered by water and there are simply no comparable means of accessing other continents at the relatively low cost afforded by marine transportation.  Immense tonnages of oil, primary commodities, and manufactured goods are carried by sea day in and day out, year after year, and over very long distances – safely, inexpensively and efficiently.  Indeed, there are about 50,000 merchant ships trading throughout the world, carrying every kind of cargo conceivable and manned by over a million seafarers of virtually every nationality.

Briefs and Submissions

Commentaires sur le renouvellement de la Vision maritime
Avantage Saint-Laurent

June 28, 2024

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Comments to CBSA – Marine Program Review

June 21, 2024

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Investigation into Conditions Affecting United States Carriers in Connection with Canadian Ballast Water Regulation in the United States/Canada Great Lakes Trade (Docket FMC-2024-0008)

June 20, 2024

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