Friday, 16 June 2017 15:00

Value of Canadian Ports

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The C.D. Howe Institute has released a report on “Casting Off: How Ottawa Can Maximize the Value of Canada’s Major Ports and Benefit Taxpayers,” by author Steven Robins. The report suggests that major port authorities should rely on private capital to finance expansion, and Ottawa should harvest some of the value of its $3 billion stake in major sea ports for investment in other priorities.  

Friday, 16 June 2017 14:41

Dave Roels (1949-2017)

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It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dave Roel's passing on Tuesday, June 13th after a sudden and brief battle with cancer.  Dave was our favourite photographer who had an unabated level of enthusiam for the marine industry. Over the years he has contributed a number of photos to our websites, newsletter and publications and most recently his photos were selected for publication in the International Chamber of Shipping's 2017 Annual Report.  Dave is probably best known as the resident photographer for BC Shipping News and we share the sentiments of the editor, Jane McIvor, on her tribute page to Dave. Jane has also put together a compilation of his cover shots on BC Shipping News at

The service for Dave has been set for Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 1:00pm at Broadway Church, 2700 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Dave’s name to:  Club Freedom (homeless shelter for Van East), c/o: Broadway Church, 2700 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8 or to the Missions To Seafarers401 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6A 4G9.

Friday, 16 June 2017 14:34

New $130M Delta iPort Project

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Details on a three-phase Delta iPort container logistics centre being built on a 57-acre portion of Tsawwassen First Nation 300-acre industrial development site adjacent to Deltaport were released last week.  The $130 million development spearheaded by TFN Economic Development Corp. (TFNEDC) is aimed at expanding containerized cargo distribution capacity in a region where industrial land suitable for goods movement and other Asia Pacific Gateway trade activities is increasingly constrained. Lead developer on the project is GWL Realty Advisors Inc. is developing Delta iPort as a speculative venture on behalf of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).

Friday, 16 June 2017 14:29

Clear Seas - Tankers 101

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In response to the recent approval of pipeline projects in Canada and the expected increase in the number of tankers transiting Canadian waters, Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping, has created a terrific section on their website to share objective information about oil tankers in Canadian waters, and to encourage informed conversations about marine shipping at

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Earlier than expected, K+S produced the first tonnes of marketable potash in its new Bethune potash mine in Saskatchewan last weekend.  K+S intends to produce 600,000 to 700,000 tonnes of potash in the Bethune mine this year. The annual production capacity of 2 million tonnes is expected to be reached by the end of 2017. The first potash transport from Bethune to the new harbor terminal at Vancouver should leave during August. From there the potash will be shipped to clients around the world.


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The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, introduced amendments to the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act under Bill C-55 yesterday. These amendments provide the Department with the ability to create an Interim Protection Marine Protected Area and essentially "freeze the footprint" of current activities and prohibit any new activities.  The Bill proposes to add new enforcement powers to direct a ship to any place in Canadian waters or within the EEZ and detain a ship if they suspect an offence may be committed.  The proposed amendments are a signficant concern to our industry. 

Friday, 16 June 2017 13:52

Global Talent Stream details released

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The Global Talent Stream (GTS), a fast-track stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), was launched on June 12, establishing a two-week standard for the processing of work permit applications for highly skilled occupations. The two categories of the GTS target high-growth companies, and workers in identified in-demand occupations pimarily in the tech sector.  Two new work permit exemptions are also in effect as of June 12. Workers in occupations classified as skill type 0 or skill level A in the NOC may enter Canada for one 15-day stay in a six-month period, or one 30-day stay in a 12-month period, and may work without a work permit. Researchers undertaking projects in Canada may stay for 120 days in a 12-month period, without requiring a work permit, as long as they are working on a research project at a publicly-funded degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has started an investigation following the threat of a "dirty bomb" in a container on board the Maersk Memphis that arrived in South Carolina from New Year on June 14th.  The Port of Charleston's Wando terminal received two calls at 8pm on Wednesday notifying them of a possible dirty bomb containing radioactive material on board the Maersk Memphis.  Authorities evacuated the terminal and scanned four containers on the ship and cleared them, reopening the terminal around 3:30 am on Thursday.  The FBI is involved as it is a crime to make a false threat against a US-flagged ship.

Friday, 16 June 2017 13:32

USCG approves 4th BWMS



The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center has issued its fourth Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd. after a detailed review of the type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.  The Sunrui BalClor system incorporates a three step process consisting of filtering and electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers fourteen models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 170m3/h and 8500m3/h.

Just this past week four more States became Party to the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. The Bahamas deposited its instrument of accession on Thursday (8 June), following accession by Singapore (8 June), ratification by Australia (7 June) and accession by United Arab Emirates (6 June). Saudi Arabia became a Party in April. This brings the number of States party to the BWM Convention to 59, representing 65.18 % of the world's merchant fleet tonnage. The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and will require ships to manage their ballast water, which can contain thousands of aquatic or marine microbes, plants and organisms, which are then carried across the globe.

Friday, 16 June 2017 12:39

US Regulatory Reviews

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Both the US Coast Guard and the Department of Transport have initiated regulatory reviews of existing policies, guidance and regulations to identify non-statutory requirements and impediments to infrastructure projects that should be removed or revised.  The reviews are in response to President Trump's Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.  

Friday, 16 June 2017 12:31

Day of the Seafarer - June 25

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With less than ten days to go until Day of the Seafarer on June 25th, IMO is encouraging everyone to join the campaign and show that #SeafarersMatter. Under this year's theme, Seafarers Matter, the campaign is focussed on engaging people responsible for the world’s ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them by featuring great initiatives that support and promote seafarer welfare.  In addition, IMO has launched a new Day of the Seafarer quiz, testing your knowledge of ports, maritime affairs and IMO instruments. As in previous years, the Day of the Seafarer campaign is centered on social media, so join the movement and show your support online using the hashtag #SeafarersMatter.

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Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, but a “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety and Shipping Review 2017.  In 2016, there were 85 total losses reported worldwide, down 16% compared to 2015, the report noted. Preliminary figures also show that last year set safety records with the lowest number of losses in the past decade. The number of shipping incidents also declined year-over-year by 4%, largely driven by new safety enhancing technology and a more robust safety culture in shipping. More than a quarter of shipping losses in 2016 (23) occurred in the South China, Indochina, Indonesia and Philippines region – the top hotspot for the last decade.

Despite the encouraging figures, Allianz believes that the shipping and insurance industries must still be prepared for factors such as tighter regulations, cost-cutting measures, and the overreliance on technology.  Environmental scrutiny is increasing with record fines for vessel pollution. New ballast water management rules that come into force in 2017 are welcomed, but the cost of complying could have a significant impact on already-stressed ship operators. Political risk is increasing, with activity in hotspots such as Yemen and the South China Sea having the potential to affect vessel routes, and the threat of offshore cyberattacks on vessels is still a potential concern. 

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