Friday, 16 February 2018 13:07

New federal appointments for the West Coast

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has made the following long-awaited appointments and reappointments:

Pacific Pilotage Authority:

  • Peter Bernard (reappointed as Director; term of two years);
  • Katherine Bright (reappointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Captain Allan Ranger (reappointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Vasiliki Raptis (newly appointed as Director; term of four years); and
  • Victoria Withers (newly appointed as Director; term of four years).

Ridley Terminals Inc.:

  • David Bromley (reappointed as Director; term of one year);
  • Shiva Dean (newly appointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Melanie Mackay (newly appointed as Director; term of four years); and
  • Catherine Wade (newly appointed as Director; term of four years).

Prince Rupert Port Authority

  • Beverley Percival (newly appointed as Director; term of three years).


Friday, 16 February 2018 13:04

USCG Guidelines for inoperable BWTS



The US Coast Guard has issued Policy Letter 18-02, “Guidelines for Evaluating Potential Courses of Action When a Vessel Bound for a Port in the United States has an Inoperable Ballast Water Management (BWM) System to give guidance to vessel masters, owners, operators, agents, and persons in charge of vessels subject to Subparts C and D of Part 151 of Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D) as well as Coast Guard personnel when evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel destined for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system (BWMS).  This policy letter does not address situations where the inoperable BWMS is the result of an emergency situation caused by weather, vessel casualty, flooding, etc.

Friday, 16 February 2018 12:49

US reconsiders Harbor Maintenance Tax

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Earlier this week the White House released President Donald Trump's budget proposal for 2019-2028 which included a reduction in the Harbor Maintenance Tax in order to provide ports with "greater flexibility to finance their capital and operating costs on their own."  This line item's net impact on the budget in 2019 would be $378 million less than what ports will receive in 2018 resulting in less federal funds for dredging and jetty maintenance.  The proposal is thought to bring in line what is collected with the funds appropriated.  In fiscal 2017, US ports received about 75 percent of the $1.5 billion collected.  How US ports will pass on higher tariffs for infrastructure costs will be of interest.

Friday, 16 February 2018 12:23

UN Environment visits IMO

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Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, paid a visit to the International Maritime Organization today to talk with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim about collaboration between the two Organizations, and particularly focussed on Sustainable Development Goal 14 that addresses life below water and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. The issue of microplastic and how to curb its presence in the ocean was discussed as a high priority, and a potential partnership with the World Maritime University, particularly its new Ocean Institute, was explored. There are clearly many areas where the two agencies can find synergies and this visit was a positive step in that direction.



Friday, 16 February 2018 12:11

BIMCO Terminal Survey Results In

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BIMCO has released its survey results for terminal and port performance from around the world covering the period between January 2015 to December 2017.  In total 115 ships provided 598 report from 278 different terminals.  Overall the survey indicates good and safe performance of the vetted dry bulk terminals. Vancouver terminals saw 10 entries with an average performance rating of 3.6 out of 5.  For further details, view the BIMCO news release that contains a link to download the survey results.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:52

US oil exports booming

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In the two years since Washington lifted a 40-year ban on oil exports, tankers filled with US crude have landed in more than 30 countries, ranging from massive economies like China and India to tiny Togo. The US is now the second largest oil exporter in the world and country currently produces more oil than top exporter Saudi Arabia and the US is likely to take over the No.1 producer spot from Russia by the end of the year.  The export boom has filled pipelines and sparked a surge of investment in new shipping infrastructure on the Gulf Coast.  Export volumes would be even greater but no U.S. port can handle the Very Large Crude Carriers(VLCC). US producers now export between 1.5 million and 2 million barrels of crude a day, which could rise to about 4 million by 2022. The nation’s output is expected to account for more than 80 percent of global supply growth in the next decade, according to Paris-based International Energy Agency.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:43

Petition for an Emergency Order filed

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On January 30, 2018 EcoJustice filed, on behalf of group of non-governmental organizations, a petition for an emergency order for the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) under section 80 of the Species at Risk Act. The petition addressed to the Environment Climate Change Minister and the Fisheries and Oceans Minister seeks to impose a series of operational measures to reduce noise and disturbance from commercial vessels traveling in or near SRKW foraging areas. Key actions recommended include:

  • Seasonal speed controls for commercial vessels transiting Haro Strait and waters adjacent to key foraging areas in Juan de Fuca Strait;
  • Direct lateral displacement within existing shipping lanes to reduce acoustic exposure to key foraging areas;
  • Quiet commercial vessels servicing local routes in SRKW critical habitat;
  • Mandate no net increase in overall noise levels relative to 2016 levels; and
  • Develop and adopt a set of noise reduction targets that are biologically relevant and meaningful to the recovery of the SRKW.

The NGO petitioners— the David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund Canada— are seeking a formal response by March 1, 2018. Legal action is threatened in the absence of any response.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:39

Eagle Spirit Pipeline lays out a backup plan

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Vancouver-based Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Roanan Corp., a private landowner in Hyder, an old gold-rush town on the Alaska side of the Canada/US border at the head of the Portland Canal, to locate the pipeline’s new endpoint. This latest development follows in light of the proposed ban on oil exports from northern BC under Bill C-48.  The project is now proposing that tankers could load Canadian oil and sail through the disputed waters of Dixon Entrance, claimed by both Canada and the United States. 

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:36

Port of Nanaimo Open House



The Nanaimo Port Authority will be holding a number of Public Engagement Open Houses during 2018. The first Open House is scheduled for Thursday February 22 at the Port Theatre, 4PM to 7PM – Mezzanine Level.  The Board of Directors & Senior Staff will be in attending and updates will be provided on the following: 

  • Downtown Marina Revitalization Project
  • Harbour Safety & Security
  • Environmental Impacts and Protection
  • Development of the Deep Sea Terminals
  • Land Use in and around the Harbour

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:20

Bill-69 updates Navigation Protection Act

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The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts in the House of Commons.  The key proposal is a assessment process that shifts away from “environmental assessments” towards “impact assessments”, which will consider socioeconomic impacts of a project in addition to environmental considerations. According to the Environment Minister, this process will also consider whether projects are consistent with Canada’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement. Impact assessments will be overseen by a new agency called the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

With respect to navigable waters, the legislation includes amendments to the Navigation Protection Act, that will:

  • provide new, modern safeguards to ensure a new standard of transparency;
  • create new partnership opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, including in the administration of the Act; 
  • include a number of robust powers to enhance compliance with the Act;
  • provide clear rules about permit and notification requirements for project affecting navigable waters.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:16

Oceans Protection Plan - Prince Rupert

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The Canadian Coast Guard, and Environment and Climate Change Canada will hold its second round of Pacific Dialogue Forums for the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan on March 8 & 9 in Prince Rupert.  This upcoming engagement session will seek further input of select ongoing initiatives, along with the introduction of several new initiatives. Topics of focus will include:

  • Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness
  • Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping
  • Regional Response Planning and response related initiatives
  • Proactive Vessel Management

To register, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15, 2018. Attendee numbers may be limited based on available space. 

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:05

RFP issued for two emergency towing vessels

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On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids for the lease of two vessels capable of towing large commercial ships in distress off the coast of British Columbia.  These vessels will be leased by the Canadian Coast Guard and operated by crews trained in Canadian Coast Guard emergency response and search and rescue procedures. The RFP closes on March 20, 2018.

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