Vancouver, April 9 - The Chamber of Shipping is disappointed that ongoing investment uncertainty has resulted in Kinder Morgan Canada’s decision to halt all non-essential activities on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The protection of Canada’s West coast is a top priority for the Canadian marine industry as it continues to deliver safe and environmentally responsible marine transportation. “What is most concerning to me about the Kinder Morgan decision is that it comes at a time when Canada is making the most significant level of investment and improvements to marine safety and environmental protection in many years,” stated the Chamber’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning. “From improved traffic management to more spill response capability and protecting species at risk, Canada’s marine industry is more progressive and accountable in our actions than ever before.” Safety statistics for the shipment of petroleum products to…
Vancouver, March 13, 2018 – The Chamber of Shipping was pleased to host federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, at its Annual General Meeting of members. The Minister used this opportunity to highlight the Government of Canada’s support for the marine shipping industry and the importance it plays in ensuring a competitive, fluid and environmentally sustainable national supply chain and trade corridor. “Over the past year, we have been working closely with the federal government on many issues related to the shipping industry, but specifically on those that help to deliver on commitments made under the Oceans Protection Plan,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “We see a real opportunity to contribute to this critical dialogue by providing evidence-based advocacy which will ultimately help us to strike a balance between a strong economy and a healthy environment.”…
Vancouver, March 8, 2018 – The Chamber of Shipping wishes to stress the urgent need for Canadian railways to meet the service expectations of shippers and customers as it relates to the prompt shipment of all commodities and containers to and from Western Canadian ports.  The importance of a predictable and well-functioning supply chain cannot be overemphasized as supply chain efficiency is critical to the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of Canadian ports. Trade growth, which is further enabled through agreements like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) being signed today in Chile by Canada’s Minister of International Trade, requires that our internal systems and networks are reliable and prepared for further growth.   At present, the lack of fluidity and congestion in the supply chain has caused an undesirable number of vessels to wait at anchor until sufficient cargo is available for loading. This inefficiency has negative consequences on coastal communities in addition to extra costs that make Canadian gateways less competitive. Every year, commercial shipping results in…
Vancouver, February 22, 2018 – The Chamber of Shipping welcomes the Government of Canada’s announcement of further details concerning the review and modernization of anchorage operations as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. The success of the Canada’s international trade through its western gateways continues to put pressure on the need for anchorages when fluidity of the supply chain is challenged during the winter months.The current framework for managing anchorages throughout the South Coast of British Columbia has not been coordinated in a manner that addresses the impacts on coastal communities. The Interim Anchorage Protocol implemented on February 8, 2018 was developed with the support of the Chamber of Shipping, Pacific Pilotage Authority, and the Vancouver and Nanaimo port authorities, in an effort to immediately lessen the impact of vessels in anchorages where possible. During the period of the Interim…
VANCOUVER, Feb. 6, 2018 /CNW/ - The Chamber of Shipping reiterates its commitment to the protection of the Southern Resident Killer Whale and other threatened and endangered species. This commitment includes ongoing and substantive actions to mitigate the effects of vessel-generated noise and physical disturbance, many of which are developed through multi-stakeholder efforts such as the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation program spear-headed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. A coalition of non-governmental organizations has recently petitioned the Government of Canada to implement an Emergency Protection Order under the Species at Risk Act, including recommendations related to commercial shipping. While our sector is supportive of action to address all anthropogenic threats, such action must be considered with a complete understanding and appreciation of the complexity of operating large commercial vessels safely, all while avoiding unintended safety, operational, or ecological consequences.…
Vancouver, November 28, 2017 – This weekend’s marine incident off British Columbia’s Central Coast involving an articulated tug and barge operation in gale force winds highlights the need for improved risk prevention and management for Canada’s coastal waters. B.C.’s Central and North Coast is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, has enormous cultural significance to the people who live there, and contains important resources for British Columbia’s economy - protecting it should be a priority. While the response actions by the vessel’s crew, the Canadian Coast Guard, and supporting commercial vessels in adverse conditions was heroic, this incident demonstrates the urgent need to focus efforts on preventing such incidents. “The concerns of the Heiltsuk First Nation and coastal communities are notable and reflect both an innate understanding of the environment and commitment to protect it,” stated the…
Vancouver, November 17, 2017 – The Chamber of Shipping welcomes the federal government’s announcement of details concerning the review and modernization of anchorage operations as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and, at 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, many Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network. The current framework for anchorage operations for the South Coast of British Columbia is not optimized for efficient commercial operations and results in unnecessary costs, delays, unpredictability, and impacts on certain coastal communities. As trade in this region is expected to increase, the time has arrived to develop a more holistic approach…
Speaking Notes   Bill C-55 An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act to theStanding Committee on Fisheries and Oceans November 9, 2017 8:45 – 9:45 Rm 410, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street Speaking Notes for Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping   Good morning Mr. Chair and members of the Committee. I am pleased to join you and to provide certain observations and recommendations on the provisions proposed in Bill C-55. My comments are provided from the perspective of commercial marine transportation and trade more generally. This trade is both international and domestic in Canada. The Chamber of Shipping represents the interests of ship owners, agents, and service providers responsible for over 60 per cent of Canadian international trade by ship. It also includes some coastal domestic trade. This includes everything from people in…
Bill C-48An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located alongBritish Columbia’s north coastSubmission by the Chamber of ShippingTo theStanding Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities November 2017 INTRODUCTION The Chamber of Shipping represents the interests of ship owners, agents, and service providers responsible for over 60 per cent of Canadian international trade by ship. Some of our members also move bulk liquid products of all types, including petroleum and chemical products on both the East and West Coasts. Marine transportation includes everything from people in ferries and cruise ships, to bulk commodities such as grain that is exported to Asia, to large container ships moving goods Canadian companies sell globally and manufactured goods that Canadians use in their day-to-day lives. Needless to say, marine transportation and…
Our letter to Ms. Yvette Myers, Executive Director, Oceans Protection Plan Implementation   August 9, 2017. Dear Ms. Myers, Subject: Anchorages for the South Coast of British Columbia We are very pleased that the federal government has acknowledged that it is time to review anchorage operations as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and, at 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, many Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network. The current framework for anchorage operations for the South Coast of British Columbia is not optimized for efficient commercial operations and results in unnecessary costs, delays, unpredictability, and impacts on certain…
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