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Statement on Seaway Strike

October 23, 2023

Please click here to read our statement on St. Lawrence Seaway strike.

Our Fall Newsletter is Hot Off the Press!

September 21, 2023

Read our Fall Newsletter for an overview of recent ShipFed activities and industry developments (and don’t forget to select the link at the top lefthand corner of the page if you want to become a subscriber).

New Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website! Here you will find the same resources you value, in addition to some updates in a mobile-friendly format.

Members will need to create a new username and password to access the Member Resources on this site.

#11610 - Winter Navigation Information From Transport Canada

December 4, 2023

Further to our Winter Navigation Meeting on November 21, please click here for the Winter Navigation Information to Vessels from Transport Canada.  It brings to your attention that the requirement for Sea Water Cooling system for vessels transiting the St. Lawrence waterway, west of Les Escoumins pilot station, will come into effect December […]

#11609 - Winter Navigation 2023 Report

November 24, 2023

The Federation held its annual Winter Navigation Meeting virtually on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. The event was attended by well over 70 participants including Federation members, the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Port Authorities, Pilotage Authorities, and other industry stakeholders. The meeting provided participants with both a recap […]

#11608 - Survey From Great Lakes Pilotage Authority

November 20, 2023

The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) is conducting a survey regarding their Quality of Service (QOS) to gather feedback with a view to better understand and address any areas that require improvement.  Your input towards that end would be highly appreciated. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and is accessible […]

Events & Training

Winter Navigation Meeting

November 24, 2023

Held Tuesday, November 21, 2023.  Please click here for Agenda.  Please click here for the report and presentations.

Mariners’ Workshops

The Federation’s Annual Mariner’s Workshop is  tailored to the needs of mariners, focusing on topics such as single maritime window.

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

Comments on Bill C-47 as relates to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

May 16, 2023

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Comments on labour shortages in Canada’s marine sector

April 27, 2023

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Comments on jurisdictional authority for managing anchorages on B.C.’s south coast

April 23, 2023

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