Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme focusses on ocean plastics and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. The Chamber of Shipping's President, Robert Lewis-Manning, is featured with an op-ed in today's Vancouver Sun, titled Sustainable oceans key to British Columbia's prosperity
A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness, calls on governments to modernize their regulatory frameworks and give businesses in Canada room to thrive. Canada’s regulatory system is smothering business in Canada, thanks to a growing mix of complex, costly and overlapping rules from all levels of government. The report is available at https://regulatesmarter.com/.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors announces Judy Rogers as its incoming chair effective August 30, 2018 for a two-year term. Ms. Rogers joined the port authority board of directors on December 19, 2017. Ms. Rogers replaces outgoing chair, Craig Neeser, whose term of office expires on August 29, 2018. Mr. Neeser has served as chair since 2011 and was originally appointed to the board of directors in August 2009.
Ms. Rogers operates her own consulting firm, advising private, public and Crown corporations in government affairs and communications. She held the role of city manager of the City of Vancouver from 1999 to 2008. Ms. Rogers is chair of the board of directors of the B.C. Assessment Authority. She is past chair of the B.C. Housing Commission and the UBC Alumni Association, past president of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and served on the board for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Ms. Rogers received the Order of Canada in 2017, and is the recipient of two United Nations public service awards. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and an honourary Doctorate of Laws from Capilano University.
Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, BC. The Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 per cent stake in the LNG Canada project. Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 per cent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 per cent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 per cent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd., would have the remaining five per cent. Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.
The Government of Canada has provided the Raincoast Conservation Foundation with $2.6M over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in the Fraser River Estuary of British Columbia. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s estuary connectivity project will improve connectivity and natural processes on the banks of the Fraser River Estuary for the benefit of juvenile chinook, pink and chum salmon, as well as other fish species, and the species which rely on them. The work will involve the collaborative efforts of many people working and living on the lower Fraser River. The funding comes from the $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund commited to help rehabilitate some of the most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems.
The Government of Canada has launched WhaleMap, a new interactive mapping tool that displays the recent known locations of the whales as they travel in Canadian waters. The map displays near real-time whale detection information provided by various partners who contribute airborne, vessel and acoustic glider detections of the North Atlantic right whale. By providing this information on the web, partners will be better able to work together and ocean industries and members of the public will have rapid access to the most comprehensive information available. Users will be able to view recent right whale detections and also customize the map to display various surveillance efforts and protection measures. The project received $57, 500 in funding support from the Oceans Protection Plan.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved changes that will relieve regulatory burdens on Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) and simplify requirements for using non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) and NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs). NSAs and NRAs are instruments created by the Commission, at the request of shipper and carrier stakeholders, respectively in 2004 and 2010. They provide shippers and OTIs with a more efficient way to comply with Shipping Act reporting requirements while relieving them from the tariff filing process. The vote came during a public meeting of the Commission that also included a briefing on staff practices and procedures for monitoring ocean carrier and Marine Terminal Operator agreements.
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.3 billion budget for the Port of Los Angeles for the ensuing year. The budget focuses on priorities set out earlier this year in the Port’s revised 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, which calls for a focus on growth-supporting infrastructure; security, supply chain efficiency and sustainability; improved financial performance of port assets; and building strong relationships with port stakeholders. In the approved budget, $91.0 million is dedicated to Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), a 6.9% decrease over the previous fiscal year. Of that amount, $31.6 million will go toward terminal improvements, primarily focused on upgrades to better accommodate larger vessels and facilitate more efficient cargo-handling processes.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the seventh US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, Inc., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application. The treatment principle of the Techcross Electro-Cleen BWMS consists of electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 150 m3/h and 12,000 m3/h. This week USCG also received its 15th application for type arpproval from HiBallast Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has become the first carrier in the international transportation and logistics industry to receive the Gold Award at the 2017 BOCHK Corporate Environmental Leadership Awards. The shipping line was selected from among 600 participant as being the best at promoting environmental and low-carbon best practices in the manufacturing and services sectors in Hong Kong and the Pan Pearl River Delta region. The shipping line supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, green investments on our assets, development of green IT solutions and GHG management and other programs to protect the marine ecosystems from invasive species and underwater noise.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has awarded $6 million to FueLNG Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd for the building of two LNG bunker vessels, in a move that will help promote ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in Singapore. The vessels are slated for delivery in 2020, and will be amongst the first of their kind in Asia. This is a significant step towards cementing Singapore’s position as a leading LNG bunkering hub in the Far East, catering to large ocean-going LNG-fuelled vessels.
In the first quarter of 2018, mexican authorities have found that there has been a robbery of a train every 2.5 hours. The main products that have been taken from the cargo trains have been grain and flour, finished consumer products, auto parts and construction materials. Criminal organizations are believed to be sabotaging the remotely operated trains and causing derailments in order to provide an opportunity for the thieves. What the sabotaging of trains in Veracruz shows is the impact that criminal organizations can have on industry. They can have a debilitating effects on companies and their operations. Grupo Mexico Transporte, the company whose trains were involved in the Orizaba involving 39 cars and four locomotives, said it lost 312 million pesos (CAD $19.8M) from the derailment and 6 previous derailments that occurred in April and May 2018, with 11 million (CAD $700K) of that money going to cover the loss of cargo and 171 million (CAD $10.8M) going to repair the tracks and trains.
This week, Karen Ludwig, Liberal MP for New Brunswick Southwest, brought forward a motion for private members bill M-154, Study on the Situation of Canada's Endangered Whales. In an uncommon occurance in the Commons, M-154 was supported by a vote of 278-0. Introduced in April, the motion called on the House fisheries committee to be mandated to:
The global population of the North Atlantic right whales is estimated to be 450, the current population of the St. Lawrence estuary beluga at 900, and there are only 76 Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) announced on Wednesday, June 6 that the parties had struck a tentative deal for a new, six-year master contract. More than 200 members of the ILA met with the East Coast port employer representatives to discuss a contract renewal before the current pact expires on September 30, 2018. The local ILA and individual port authorities have been directed to reach individual deals to supplment the master contract by July 10, 2018. If this deal is approved by ILA members, there would be labour peace on both coasts of the US until at least 2024, and parallels a labour deal for US West coast ports lasting until 2022.
On June 4 2018, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, and Peter Wallace, Secretary of the Treasury Board, joined with the Honorable Mick Mulvaney, Director of the US Office of Management and Budget, and the Honorable Neomi Rao, US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator, to reaffirm this commitment by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). This MOU also establishes a foundation for the ongoing work and growth of the RCC, which is a practical and proven bilateral forum for resolving regulatory barriers and improving business investment between Canada and the United States. Businesses will continue to benefit from the removal of unnecessary costs and duplicate requirements, as well as better market access. Consumers can benefit from timely access to products with consistent quality and safety standards.
Last week the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority awarded twelve shipping lines, two cruise lines, three coastal marine operators and two terminal operators with a Blue Circle Award for their voluntary efforts to conserve energy and reduce air emissions in the Port of Vancouver. The awards recognize industry partners that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest level of participation in the port authority’s EcoAction Program and Energy Action Initiative. For the first time this year, the port authority recognized two Blue Circle Award winners under the Energy Action Initiative for achieving specific energy conservation targets. The Energy Action Initiative is a joint program with BC Hydro that helps terminal operators and other port tenants enhance their energy-conservation practices and save costs. The goal of this program is to protect the energy security of our growing port by reducing energy waste.
2017 Blue Circle Award recipients in EcoAction Program category:
2017 Blue Circle Award recipients in Energy Action Initiative category: