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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).

We Are Hiring! Two Great Opportunities at the Shipping Federation of Canada

August 14, 2023

The Shipping Federation of Canada is currently looking for candidates to fill the following two positions:

Manager, Marine Operations


Details at the links above.  To apply, please send your cover letter and resumé to by September 11th, 2023.

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.

#11578 - End Of High Risk Period for Flighted Spongy Moth Complex

September 15, 2023

Attached please find Memo from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency advising us that the high risk period for Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (FSMC – formerly AGM, Asian Gypsy Moth) ends after September 15, 2023.  Thus, from September 16, 2023 until February 29, 2024 (for Western Canada) and until March 14, 2024 (for Eastern […]

#11577 - Gulf of St. Lawrence – 2023 Voluntary Slowdown in Cabot Strait to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales – Fall Portion Begins September 27

September 13, 2023

As a reminder, the fall portion of the Voluntary Slowdown for North Atlantic Right Whales in Cabot Strait will run September 27th – November 15, 2023. The purpose of this voluntary slowdown is to prevent deadly strikes by vessels as the slow-moving, endangered North Atlantic right whales transit through Cabot Strait on their […]

#11576 - Arctic HFO Prohibition – Clarification Concerning LSFO, VLSFO

September 12, 2023

As noted in previous communications, an IMO prohibition on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) use and carriage as a fuel in Arctic waters will come into effect on 1 July, 2024. Background Concerns about HFO use in the Arctic fall into two categories: A spill of HFO would be very difficult to clean up […]

Events & Training

Pre-Season Winter Navigation Meeting

Held annually in November, stay tuned for details.

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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