The investigation on damages caused to Yamachiche residences by the vessel EM KEA travelling on Lake Saint-Pierre on April 26, 2017 has concluded that the vessel contravened the Notice to Mariners in effect. The Notice to Mariners issued earlier that month requested mariners to navigate at safe speed in order to avoid damages to shore properties and to pay particular attention when meeting or overtaking. AIS data has confirmed that the vessel was transiting at a speed of 17.6 knots and the investigation confirmed that at the time of the incident, a licensed pilot, a member of the Corporation des pilotes du Saint-Laurent Central (CPSLC), was on board the EM KEA and that there was no critical situation requiring the vessel to travel at such a speed on Lake Saint-Pierre. The Minister of Transport has stated that he intends under the Pilotage Act review to address the need for greater accountability and penalties for actions deemed to be negligent on the part of pilots performing their duties on behalf of recognized pilotage organizations.
Transport Canada issued a news release announcing a five-year extension to the Government's agreement with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to manage, maintain, and operate the Seaway. This extends the agreement until 31 March 2023.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the seizure of over 4,000 litres of MDP-2-P at the Vancouver Container Examination Facility (CEF). In May 2017 the CEF border services officers (BSOs) processed a commercial container arriving from Vietnam. The shipment was targeted for inspection based on an intelligence analysis and was referred for an in-depth examination upon arrival. The contents were declared as “dishwashing liquid”; however, when officers inspected the containers they noticed inconsistencies between the liquid inside the jugs. Over 2,800 jugs were tested and sent for chemical analysis. More than 800 jugs tested positive for MDP‑2‑P, a Class A precursor chemical listed in Schedule VI of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. MDP‑2‑P is a substance used in the final stage of manufacturing MDMA and ecstasy. The amount of MDP-2 seized would have contributed to the production of up to 38 million doses of ecstasy depending on the synthesis method utilized to produce the narcotic.
Also just released, the Montreal CEF seized 57 kilos of cocaine hidden inside an industrial pipe imported from Trinidad and Tobago following a more in-depth examination on January 17, 2017. CBSA officers used specialized tools to cut the pipe open. Upon opening the pipe, they found 57.4 kg of cocaine hidden in its walls.
Four men in their 30s believed to be from the Soviet republic of Georgia were discovered in a container that also contained a vehicle and some food at the Port of Montreal. The container arrived on OOCL Montreal after calling ports in Hamburg and Antwerp. The men are being treated for dehydration and OOCL is assisting Canada Border Services Agency with an internal investigation.
Northern Biomass Consulting Ltd., currently located in Prince George is moving its operations to Nanaimo adding 45 full-time and 200 contractor jobs to Central Vancouver Island. Talby McKay, President & owner of the company has a clear vision in renewable energy and resources. McKay has indicated that plans are in the works for a $20 million plant at Duke Point with a $50 million annual operating budget. Northern Biomass will occupy the Port Authority's original administration building located at 104 Front Street.
David Emerson, P.C., O.B.C., Chair of the Board for GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT)announced the appointment of Doron Grosman as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Doron replaces Stephen Edwards, who served in the position since 2012. On behalf of the entire organization, Mr. Emerson extends GCT’s sincere thanks to Stephen for his service leading the company, and wishes him well. Doron is a seasoned, multi-industry executive with with more than 30 years of leadership experience including in a variety of C-suite roles at global Fortune 1000 companies as well as middle market private equity-owned companies. Doron holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School as well as a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
The Trump administration has approved its first offshore drilling plan and gave Italian oil company Eni a quick green light on Wednesday to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it has approved the Eni Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan. The plan calls for drilling into a federal outer continental shelf (OCS) reservoir from a pre-existing gravel island. Eni US is a subsidiary of Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni S.p.A. In its plan, Eni describes its intent to drill four exploration wells into the federal submerged lands of the Beaufort Sea from its Spy Island Drillsite, a pre-existing facility located in Alaska state waters. Drilling will be conducted during the winter months only and is scheduled to begin in December 2017.
Snuneymuxw First Nation has informed the federal government that it expects to have Nation-to-Nation discussions on the future of Nanaimo harbour in order to bring alternative harbour governance models forward to replace the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA). In a letter written to Ministers Marc Garneau (Transport Canada), Jody Wilson-Raybould (Department of Justice) and Carolyn Bennett (Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs), Chief John Wesley of the Snuneymuxw First Nation said that Snuneymuxw and the surrounding community is united in its desire to work with the federal government on a new harbour governance model. This past April, both Snuneymuxw First Nation and the City of Nanaimo resolved to work with the marine industry and undertake innovative work to explore and develop a new harbour governance model. That work continues, and forms the basis of the upcoming public dialogue The Future of Nanaimo Harbour, to be hosted in September.
Dave Bedwell is officially retiring from his position as Executive Vice President of China Ocean Shipping (Canada) Inc. on September 1st. Dave was part of the management team that established China Ocean Shipping (Canada) Inc. in Canada in 1994 and is well know throughout industry as he has been a true champion for the ocean carriers. He will be retiring from his position as Vice Chair of the Chamber of Shipping, after serving 13 on its Board of Directors and he will also be stepping down from the BC Maritime Employers Association's Board of Directors where he has served for several years. His presence will be missed at the boardroom table and of course at our local golf tournaments, but no doubt the grass will be greener in Kelowna. Congratulations!
Following the recent deaths of seven North Atlantic Right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has highlighted work underway, including:
There has been an increased presence of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this year and more frequent sightings near shipping lanes. The population of endangered North Atlantic righ whales is around 500. Earlier this week, DFO and partners responded to a whale entanglement in the area. Tragically, one of the partners, Mr. Joe Howlett of the Campobello Whale Rescue, lost his life while attempting to free the whale.
The Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on July 13, 2016 set out new requirements for safety equipment, written safety procedures and vessel stability for small commercial fishing vessels operating in Canada.
The International Maritime Organization has released its report of the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held last week. Of significance are the draft amendments to the Ballast Water Management Convention which enters into force on September 8, 2017. The amendments provide existing ships a date for compliance with the D-2 standards that links to the renewal survey of the ship associated with the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate under MARPOL Annex I, essentially establishing the earliest date for compliance as September 8, 2019. Other achievements include identifying the scope of work needed to implement the 0.5% global limit of sulphur content of ships' fuel oil which will come into effect from January 1, 2020 and developing a strategic outline to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. and Shanghai International Port Group have offered $6.3 billion to acquire Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). Shareholders are being offered a 31 percent premium over the stock's last closing price and the Tung family, which founded OOCL in 1969, has agreed to sell its 68.7% stake, but the deal still needs regulatory approvals and consent from Cosco's investors. The combined entity will have a fleet of more than 400 ships, totaling a capacity of 2.9 million TEU including orderbook. Together Cosco and OOCL would operate the third largest mega-ship fleet and become the dominating player on the Asia Pacific trade and the second-largest mover of US containerized goods. Cosco has pledged to continue the OOCL brand, something Maersk and CMA CGM did with their respective acquisitions, retaining Hamburg Sud and APL. Over 12 global container carriers will remain in the market by early 2018 compared to 20 in 2016.
The Government of Canada is conducting public consultations on NAFTA in preparation for discussions with the United States and Mexico on the renegotiation of NAFTA. Input is sought on areas of the agreement that could be clarified, parts that should be updated or new sections that should be part of a modernized agreement. For more information on the consultation or to provide input, visit: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/consultations/nafta-alena/index.aspx?lang=eng.
Canada’s pulse industry has been granted another three-month reprieve from Indian pest treatment requirements for goods such as lentils and peas. The temporary exemption will expire on September 30th providing more time for the federal government to achieve a long-term, sustainable solution. AgCan also has confirmed that Canadian shippers will not be required to pay a fumigation fee upon arrival at Indian ports. India requires methyl bromide fumigation to guard against nematode pests from gaining a foothold in the country while Canada is trying to phase out the use of methyl bromide because it is classified as an ozone-depleting substance and the treatment prescribed doesn’t work in cold temperatures. India buys one-third of Canadian peas and lentils worth about $1.1 billion last year.
The Government of Canada has announced a $1.26-billion fund that will attract high-quality business investments leading to more jobs, skills and opportunities for Canadians. The Strategic Innovation Fund is a new program to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy. The program is now accepting application in four Streams, each with its own precise objective: