Ms. Katherine BamfordDirector, Trade DevelopmentVancouver Fraser Port Authority100 The Pointe, 999 Canada PlaceVancouver, BC V6C 3T4   Dear Ms. Bamford, Re: VFPA Priority Gateway Infrastructure Projects Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the 13 priority gateway infrastructure projects outlined in the letter and information package distributed on March 8th.  The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority continues to play a key role in identifying critical infrastructure projects that aim to improve the movement of goods to and from the port and securing much needed federal and provincial funding to implement these projects. While we are pleased that the Port is reaching out to its customers and is responding positively to previous recommendations, it remains difficult to differentiate the benefit of specific projects when the overall context and existing supply chain constraints are not fully apparent in the documentation. Furthermore, there…
Friday, 30 December 2016 09:27

Our 2016 Wrap Up

While 2016 was a very busy and challenging year for marine transportation worldwide, it was particulary active for the Chamber of Shipping as we adapted to working with a new federal government, continued to support industry through a challenging commercial period, formalized policy positions and advocacy strategies, and transitioned new leadership and staff. Early in the year, the federal government tabled the Canada Transportation Act Review Report, and later announced its strategic plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada (Transportation 2030) and the broad programming initiatives of the Oceans Protection Plan. Both Pacific Northwest LNG and Trans Mountain Expansion projects received federal approval this year, providing a degree of optimism for new  investments into the local economy and marine industry in general. While some outcomes in 2016 were tangible, some were less tangible and designed to prepare for and…
Monday, 31 October 2016 17:34

Roberts Bank T2 Endorsement

The Chamber of Shipping has submitted a conditional letter of support for the Robert Bank T2 development to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.  To read our submission view  Roberts Bank T2 Endorsement Letter.
Thursday, 29 September 2016 08:20

World Maritime Day 2016

NEWS RELEASE Chamber of Shipping Calls on Federal Government to Support Trade on World Maritime Day 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 Vancouver – The United Nation’s International Maritime Organization celebrates World Maritime Day today with a theme to remind us that “Shipping is Indispensable to the World.” Canada is a nation that is largely dependent on ships to move goods to and from coastal communities and international markets. An estimated 80 per cent of global trade by volume and 70 per cent by value are carried by sea and handled by ports worldwide. Recognizing concerns voiced on the cumulative impact of shipping, we encourage the federal government to foster the collaboration on marine spatial planning that currently includes communities, Indigenous People and stakeholders, including the Chamber of Shipping. An integrated coastal strategy that is developed through meaningful dialogue and actions…
Friday, 16 September 2016 08:38

Future of Transportation in Canada

On April 27, 2017 the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau began consulting Canadians, stakeholders, and provinces and territories, and Indigenous groups to hear their views and discuss ideas for a long-term agenda for transportation in Canada. The Minister focused on five themes: Safer transportation – How can we keep travellers and communities safe? Trade corridors to global markets – How can we get the best economic benefits from Canada's key trade routes to global markets? Green and innovative transportation – How can new technologies help us? The traveller – How can we provide Canadian travellers with better service as well as more, and more affordable choices? Waterways, coasts and the North – What improvements to the marine transportation system do you think would balance economic growth, greater environmental protection, and boating safety? View our response to the Minister on the Future of Canada's Transportation System. 
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:59

Submission on the SARA draft action plan

The Federal Government has issued a draft Action Plan for consultation as part of this species’ recovery strategy, as required by the Species at Risk Act (SARA). These species were listed as Threatened and Endangered in 2003 and have not seen any noticeable positive change since then. Consequently, there is significant pressure on the Government to implement measures quickly. In fact, the government has already received over 9,000 submissions during this consultation, many of which identify shipping as a major contributor to underwater noise, and are demanding that the government implement a “moratorium” and stop any growth in marine transportation activity that might add to the noise profile until such time as the cumulative impact is understood. SARA is a powerful law and there are regulatory options in this law that could have a significant impact the marine industry.  …
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:10

Policy Objectives for 2016

Canada is well-positioned to increase trade in North America and globally which will build prosperity for Canadians and businesses across Canada. Such trade will positively leverage numerous industries, including agriculture, wood products, manufacturing, tourism, natural resources, and renewable and non-renewable energy. Promoting a safe, efficient, and competitive transportation framework is essential to Canada’s prosperity and competitiveness in a global marketplace. This must be achieved in a sustainable manner that respects the importance of the marine eco-system and its value to Canadians. A safe, efficient and competitive marine transportation framework should include: A Canadian Coast Guard that has the statutory authority to manage and enforce international and national regulations for marine transportation while providing key services to Canadians, including environmental response, icebreaking, search and rescue, marine traffic management and management of navigational aids. Establishment and promotion of trade corridors on the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:08

Establish Marine Corridors to Enable Trade

Canada’s reputation as a world leading trading partner should include a clear governance framework for managing and protecting trade corridors through comprehensive marine spatial planning. This should be delivered under the auspices of federal agencies with strengthened roles and clear responsibilities. The current framework relies upon the statutory authority of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and to a limited extent, Environment and Climate Change Canada through its agency, Parks Canada. This inevitably leads to a patchwork of initiatives and often does not include the necessary expertise or data to support informed planning. The current approach is not optimizing protection of the environment or trade. Canada is a trading nation with over 60 per cent of our annual gross domestic product and one in every five Canadian jobs being directly linked to exports. This strong position could grow substantially with further trade…
Canada has been gradually increasing its market share of international trade volumes in the Asia Pacific. The success of the Western Gateway can be attributed to strategic investments in infrastructure, competitive pricing and labour stability. Building on this success is a significant amount of private sector investment in Canadian ports and marine terminals. An efficient and cost–effective transportation system is critical in supporting these investments.  With further commitments to increase federal funding in infrastructure, it is critical that the cumulative impact of cost recovery for infrastructure, added services and competition for rail service does not erode competitiveness of Canadian gateways.  Competitiveness in our trade corridors can be realized by: A regional process that is tasked with overseeing the competitiveness of our gateways from an overall cost and regulatory compliance perspective. Such an authority should aim to reduce red-tape and cost…
Canada has an enviable marine safety record that continues to deliver transportation in diverse and challenging conditions. This is the product of a strong safety culture, comprehensive international and national regulations, and a pollution preparedness and response framework that has evolved to respond to the growth in marine commerce in Canada. While Canada’s marine industry enjoys an excellent safety record, it must seek continuous improvement, especially as growth in Canadian and international trade is expected in the future. Canada’s safety framework must be sufficiently adaptive to recognize the increased interest by regional and local communities to be more involved in the protection of the environment in which it operates. Furthermore, the safety framework of tomorrow should incorporate advanced technologies that could provide advanced warning of potential risks, increased transparency, and support supply chain efficiencies. An effective Canadian Marine Safety Framework…
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