Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:53

COS appears before TRAN Parliamentary Committee

Canadian Transportation & Logistics Strategy Study Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Vancouver, British Columbia September 24, 2018 Speaking Notes for Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping   Good afternoon Madam Chair and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to offer certain observations and recommendations that pertain to the Committee’s study. My comments are provided from the perspective of commercial marine transportation and international trade more generally.   Who We Are The Chamber of Shipping represents the interests of ship owners, agents, and service providers responsible for moving people and commodities globally to and from Western Canada. Our members’ ability and capacity to move them safely, in a timely manner, and competitively is good for Canadians, the Canadian economy, and our environment. Commercial marine carriers compete in a global marketplace and generally view the Canadian market positively…
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 18:47

Industry remains committed to SRKW recovery

Vancouver, September 5, 2018 – Commercial marine shipping is delivering tangible protective measures for Southern Resident Killer Whales on Canada’s West Coast now, and is committed to progressing innovative and practical solutions into the future. Southern Resident Killer Whales face at least three anthropogenic threats including prey availability, acoustic and physical disturbance, and contaminants from the environment. They are known to frequent the waters off the B.C. coast and a large part of the Salish Sea is designated as critical habitat and protected by law. Approximately 50 per cent of the vessel-generated noise in the Salish Sea is attributable to international shipping. For the past three years, the Chamber of Shipping and its members have participated in the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program. This multi-stakeholder forum has progressed science associated with vessel-generated noise that led to a successful…
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:15

Recommendations on Interim Anchorage Protocol

Dear Minister Garneau, Transport Canada, with the support of the commercial marine transportation sector, the Pacific Pilotage Authority, and the Vancouver Fraser and Nanaimo Port Authorities, has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the six-month Interim Anchorage Protocol established to reduce the impact of anchorage operations on local coastal communities on the South Coast of British Columbia. The Protocol has resulted in a more equitable distribution of vessels using existing anchorage locations and has diminished to a degree of noise and light pollution from vessels anchored in the region. While it was not anticipated, the launch of the Interim Anchorage Protocol coincided with extreme supply chain congestion as railways encountered significant constraints in their ability to deliver Canadian commodities to the west coast. The trade corridor challenges resulted in a high demand for all available anchorages for an extended…
Vancouver, June 21, 2018 – Today, on National Indigenous People’s Day, the Chamber of Shipping welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection. This is a critically important step in an effort towards reconciliation and underlines a commitment by the Government of Canada to work with Central and North Coast First Nations to develop and manage marine initiatives on the Pacific Coast.  Moving forward, the Chamber will continue to be a collaborative partner with coastal First Nations’ communities and the federal government, providing credible industry and shipping knowledge that is rooted in marine safety and environmental responsibility. This is especially true for British Columbia’s Central and North Coast, one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world and of enormous cultural significance to the people who live there; sensibly and safely…
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…
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