The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has appointed Michael Robert John McPhie as Chairperson of Ridley Terminals Inc. for a term of five years. Mr. McPhie holds a Master of Science in Environment and Management, and has completed a Directors Education Program at the Simon Fraser University/Institute of Corporate Directors. Since 2014, he has been Managing Director at JSD Gold Ltd. and Executive Chairman at IDM Mining Ltd. He is also CEO and founder of Falkirk Resources Consultants Ltd.
President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing economic sanctions against any person that, among other things, operates in the transportation industries in North Korea or is engaged in the importation or exportation to North Korea of any goods, services, or technology.
On September 20th the Federal Maritime Commission met to receive briefings in open session on changes to the agreement review process, progress with the Supply Chain Innovation Teams, and the recently concluded London International Shipping Week. In a closed session, it received a briefing on Petition Number P4-16, the petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for rulemaking. Petition Number P4-16 concerns demurrage, detention and per diem business practices and charges being assessed at various ports around the country by marine terminal operators (MTO) and vessel ocean common carriers (VOCCs). Following discussions on the various causes of such assessments and the wide variety of MTO and VOCC business practices disclosed by the comments, the Commission voted to hold public hearings on the petition. Witnesses to be invited to testify at the hearing will include: legal representatives of the petitioners, trade and shipper associations representing various interests, individual importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics companies, trucking and drayage companies, VOCCs, port authorities, and MTOs.
The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long has completed its historic voyage through Canada’s Northwest Passage and is heading towards the Bering Strait near Alaska in China’s first circumnavigation of the Arctic. Xue Long voyage started in east China's Qingdao at the end of August and will cover around 35,000 sea miles in its 260-day mission which is scheduled to finish in Qingdao on May 15, 2018. The vessel, operated by the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, is conducting scientific research and exploring new shipping routes created by the melting Arctic seas. Sharing the journey through the Northwest Passage are Canadian scientists and an ice navigator.
Norway's IMS group AS announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the OceanSaver Trustee to acquire the ballast water management system (BWMS). Last week OceanSaver filed a petition to liquidate with Norway's Register of Bankruptcies last week, shortly after losing an arbitration against filter maker Bollfilter Nordic and had to pay both sides’ a sum that has not been made public. OceanSaver’s BWMS was one of the firsts to secure US Coast Guard type-approval on 2016, but blamed the IMO's MEPC 71 decision to defer installation deadlines by two years as having a major impact on the market for retrofitting ballast treatment systems. In addition, ship newbuilding activity continues to be low and the combination has led to significant downward pressure on equipment prices. OceanSaver has sold approximately 200 ballast water treatment systems.
A.P. Moller-Maersk has agreed a $1.71 billion deal to sell its oil tanker division to the controlling shareholder, APMH Invest A/S (APMHI), who in turn will enter an ownership consortium with Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Maersk Tankers is the second unit to go following the APM group's decision last fall to sell its energy-related business to focus on container shipping and logistics. Last month APM sold its oil and gas business to French energy group, Total, in a $7.45 billion deal. APMHI is a 100% owned subsidiary of A.P. Møller Holding A/S who is the controlling shareholder of APMM. Maersk Tankers will continue trading as “Maersk Tankers” and will continue using the APMM seven-pointed star-logo as part of its brand.
China's CNOOC Ltd. has cancelled a liquefied natural gas project planned for Digby Island in Prince Rupert. CNOOC, through its Calgary-based Nexen unit, and its partners, has announced its decision to scrap Aurora LNG, stating, “. . . the current macro-economic environment does not currently support the partners' vision of developing a large LNG business at the proposed Digby Island site." Through Nexen, CNOOC owns 60 per cent of Aurora LNG. The remaining 40 per cent is held by Inpex Corp., JGC Corp., and JOGMEC, all based in Japan. The $20-billion deal to buy the Digby Island site was aimed at eventually shipping 24 million tonnes of LNG product from BC to Asia every year.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a Notice of Amendment, dated September 8, 2017, for the Port Information Guide. The amendments are to be published in the Port Information Guide on or after October 8, 2017 following a 30-day notification and comment period. Included in the proposed amendment is the designation and introduction of the First Narrows Movement Restriction Area (MRA-1) and associated procedures which govern the movement of all vessel traffic of this area. The Notice of Amendment, and a draft copy of the Port Information Guide including proposed amendments, is available at https://www.portvancouver.com/news-and-media/news/notice-of-amendment-port-information-guide/?doing_wp_cron=1504913001.9219489097595214843750.
Widely praised as a visionary leader, Prince Rupert Port Authority's CEO and President, Don Krusel, has announced his retirement after 25 years shortly after participating in the opening of the second berth at Fairview Container Terminal. Krusel first joined the port in 1987 as the chief financial officer and was appointed CEO and President in 1992. During Mr. Krusel’s tenure, his tenacity was instrumental in overseeing the conversion of Fairview Terminal from a forest and agri-products facility to the fastest growing container terminal in North America. Under his leadership, a number of foundational port projects have been completed, including the development of the Northland Cruise Terminal, Westview Wood Pellet Export Terminal, Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor, Ridley Island project cargo facility, and Fairview Container Terminal conversion and recent expansion. Krusel's leadership will be missed throughout the port communities across Canada. PRPA’s Chief Financial Officer Joe Rektor will be assuming the role of interim President and CEO, effective immediately. There will be a search for Mr. Krusel’s replacement.
Congratulations to BC Ferries as they are one of recipients of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards announced in Singapore last week. The awards recognize outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness. Among the winners was BC Ferries (British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. and BC Ferry & Marine Workers’ Union) – one of the largest ferry operators in the world - for the Global Safety Award. Jury President Mieke Jacobs, Executive Coach with 20 years of Operations Management experience at DuPont, said that jury members were particularly impressed by both the quality and quantity of the projects submitted for consideration this year. “This growth is quite heartening, as I feel quite strongly that the recognition of positive contributions to workplace safety and corporate sustainability is crucial in galvanising the public and private sectors to promote and pursue improvement projects.”
Congratulations to Marko Dekovic, Vice President, Public Affairs for GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., for being named as one of Vancouver's top Forty under 40 for 2017. The awards highlight the achievements of 40 of BC’s outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals. Winners are under 40 and have demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution. Each winner will be profiled in Business in Vancouver on December 4.
The Celebration of Life for Stan Webber will be held on Saturday October 14th at the Arbutus Club (2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver) at 2pm. Friends and colleagues are invited to join and share stories and memories with the group. Please forward this email with your friends/associates that may wish to be there.
The high risk period for Asian Gypsy Moth ends on September 15th in Canada. During the period between September 16 to February 28th in Western Canada, a phytosanitary certificate for vessels arriving from regulated areas is not required but vessels may be subject to a random inspection.
The Government of Canada has announced a $50.8 million Coastal Environmental Baseline Program that will support scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and community partners in collecting comprehensive baseline data in six areas of the country where there is existing or potential increasing vessel traffic: Port of Vancouver, BC; Port of Prince Rupert, BC; Lower St. Lawrence Estuary, QC; Port of Saint John, NB; and Placentia Bay, NL. The sixth area will be located in the Arctic. By studying the current state of these areas, the intention is to better detect changes in the environment and improve our understanding of the effects of human activity on the marine environment over time. Partnerships with local Indigenous and coastal communities will have valuable insights and expertise about their local ecosystems, and are expected to assist in determining what data will be collected in each area.
Following last week's penalty on the Seven Seas Navigator, Transport Canada has issued another $6,000 penalty this time to the vessel Petalon for an alleged non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island. While the shipping industry in general has been proactive in respecting the speed limits, the Government of Canada is determined to enforce the temporary mandatory slow down.
The Bellingham Shipping Terminal is set to receive its first regular cargo shipment in over 17 years. The 590-foot MV Diana Bolten is scheduled arrive on September 28 loaded with 10,700 metric tons of organic corn and soybeans destined for local markets. The organic corn and soybeans from Turkey will be placed in temporary storage at the Shipping Terminal warehouses. Sunrise Foods will distribute the grains to producers of organic livestock in northwest Washington and southern British Columbia for use as animal feed. The Port has recently made significant capital investments to the Bellingham Shipping Terminal to encourage new business. At its last meeting, the Port Commission authorized a rental agreement, with the option to purchase, equipment necessary to load and unload grain and other bulk commodities. Over the summer, the Port completed a $500,000 project to replace the roof on Warehouse 2 allowing the facility to be certified for the storage of organic grains.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has used London International Shipping Week to launch a new brand identity, to better serve its important role as the global trade association for shipowners, representing national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries and over 80% of the world merchant fleet. Based on an update to the historic ICS logo, the refreshed brand pays homage to the iconic silhouette of a sailing ship that has been part of the ICS brand for nearly 100 years. Taking this heritage as a starting point, the symbol has been redrawn to be more contemporary in its style, combining the hull of a modern cargo vessel with the iconic sails of a traditional merchant ship. The refreshed logo aims to speak of the larger shipping community with which ICS works on behalf of shipowners worldwide. The orientation has been rotated from profile to portrait making it stronger, prouder and more contemporary.To promote the new brand, ICS has produced a short film which can be seen here.