Western's History

Since our founding in 1948, we’ve transformed from a small company into a major player in BC’s shipping industry. Read about how our story began, the individuals who enabled our success and our many achievements over the past 70 years, . Take a journey through our rich history:
1948
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1948

Western Stevedoring started as McKay Stevedoring and Contracting Company.  The first contract was to load lumber onto the ‘S.S. Bell’ at Port Alberni, BC over 6 decades ago
1962
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1962

Sells majority interest to Seaboard Shipping Company Ltd. and Empire Shipping Co., and moves main office to Vancouver, BC
1971
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1971

Appointed as labour and equipment contractor at Seaboard International Terminal, one of the world’s largest private forestry products terminals
1977
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1977

Appointed as service contractor at the newly built Lynnterm terminal in North Vancouver, BC, by the National Harbours Board
1986
1986

1986

Signs 10 year long term lease with Vancouver Port Corporation to operate Lynnterm
2000
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2000

Head office consolidated at Lynnterm, North Vancouver
2001
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2001

Purchases Seaboard International Terminal, now known as Lynnterm West Gate
2003
2003

2003

Acquires Westcan Terminals and Westcan Stevedoring, based in Victoria with operations in Cowichan Bay and Northern Vancouver Island
2004
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2004

Acquires Coast2000 Terminals Ltd., a container reload facility located in Richmond, BC
2005
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2005

50% of Western Stevedoring acquired by Seattle-based Carrix Inc., the world's largest privately held marine and rail terminal operator
2006
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2006

Remaining 50% of Western Stevedoring acquired by Carrix
2007
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2007

Western-owned CVS Cruise Victoria Services launches shuttle and tour services for Victoria cruise ship passengers
2016
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2016

Forms joint venture partnership with G3 to convert Lynnterm West Gate to state-of-the-art grain terminal
2017
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2017

Lynnterm consolidates breakbulk business to Lynnterm East Gate location