Friday, 18 May 2018 09:34

CBSA update on e-House Bills

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has issued Customs Notice 18-04 outlining changes to the interim process for electronic House Bills for freight forwarders and warehouse operators. 

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Western Stevedoring Company Limited and Grieg Star AS are pleased to announce that Western Stevedoring has purchased 100 percent of Squamish Terminals Ltd. from Grieg Star effective May 10, 2018.  Squamish Terminals is a major break-bulk terminal situated at the north end of Howe Sound in the District of Squamish, British Columbia providing cargo handling services to market globally.

"This acquisition strengthens Western Stevedoring's continued commitment to the break-bulk sector in British Columbia's Gateway and expands the service options currently provided to our customers with greater capacity for the coordination of efficent service and consolidation of cargo," said Western Stevedoring's President, Brad Eshleman.  "We have full confidence in the team at Squamish Terminals and look forward to building on their long-standing relationships with customers, partners and the community"

"Grieg Star has been the owner of Squamish Terminals for almost half a century. The hard work and dedication of the organization over these years have impressed us more than once.  We are proud of what has been achieved over these years, but now is the right time for the temrinal to continue under new ownership.  Western Stevedoring has the right focus and expertise to further strengthen the terminal, and we are confident it is in the right hands going forward" said Squamish Terminals Chair, Rune Birkeland.

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CN Rail is buying 350 centrebeam cars to serve the growing demand from lumber producing customers across its North American network. The new-build, 73-foot riserless centrebeams, with a maximum load capacity of 286,000 pounds, are expected to be delivered starting in September. CN is also looking at an option to purchase or lease an additional 300 cars.  

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Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation have formed a new partnership to monitor and improve the health of Burrard Inlet. The objective is to better understand the cumulative effects of climate change, industry, and development on environmental conditions in and around the inlet. The new partnership is supported by a $1.5 million investment by the federal government in scientific observing systems and training for Tsleil-Waututh community members. The systems include a state-of-the-art Internet-connected seafloor observatory and a mobile application that allows vessel operators to collect ocean  data.

Friday, 11 May 2018 09:08

Carriers reviewing operations in Iran

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US sanctions on the direct or indirect sale, supply, or transfer to or from Iran of graphite, raw, or semi-finished metals such as aluminum and steel, coal, and software for integrating industrial processes are requiring carriers to review their services, operations and business relationships with Iran. Shipping lines serving Iran have a six-month window to leave or cease their operations in the country, following the announcement that the US is withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which in 2015 agreed to lift economic sanctions on Iran in return for the country ending its nuclear weapons programme. Some containers lines have already stopped taking bookings for certain cargoes that would be impacted by the sanctions program.  Iran relies on seaborne trade for both imports as well as for sales of its goods apart from oil and the country had struggled with logistical difficulties before international sanctions were lifted in 2016. Iran’s port operators and shipping sectors, including top cargo operator the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and oil tanker group NITC, will once again be blacklisted on Nov. 4.  The US will separately re-impose sanctions on the provision of insurance and reinsurance, which had been another challenge for Iran in the past.

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Consultation under the Oceans Protection Plan is now underway on certified spill response organizations.  The review aims to enhance the regulations and standards for response organizations certified by Transport Canada. It will address a wide range of topics under five themes:

  1. Recognizing local conditions and risks
  2. Strengthening response times and capacity
  3. Planning for cascading resources (e.g. bringing extra people and equipment from other regions)
  4. Improving the federal government’s certification process for response organizations
  5. Improving public awareness and participation

The discussion paper and on-line portal for comments can be found at:  The deadline for submissions is July 3, 2018.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:06

BC trucking rates increase June 1st

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Effective June 1, 2018 regulated trip rates and hourly wages under the Container Trucking Regulation will be raised by 2.6% and the minimum daily call out rate will be raised to $300 from $200.  In addition, the BC Minister of Transportation has directed the Container Trucking Commissioner to consult with industry on the sector's regulated rate structure, including looking at payments on a "round trip" basis and the regulation of "off-dock" trips, and deliver final recommendations to the Minister in the fall of 2018.

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The proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48) passed third reading in the House of Commons this week, and is expected to go through second reading in the Senate Friday. The bill will prohibit oil tankers that are carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil or persistent oil as cargo from stopping, or unloading crude oil or persistent oil, at ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. The Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band and the Nine Tribes of the Lax Kw’alaams have filed a legal challenge against Canada and British Columbia based on Canada’s action to impose an oil tanker moratorium along the northern coast of British Columbia. The Lax Kw’alaams seek a court declaration that Bill C-48, and any subsequent enactment, has no effect in Lax Kw’alaams territory.

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As weather prevented two national aerial surveillance flights over a period of 7 days, a speed limit of 10 knots is now in effect in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in part of the shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island, until flights can resume.  Under this year's measures to protect the North Atlantic Right Whale, a slowdown is to be activated when one right whale is seen in a section of the two shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island section or within a 2.5-nautical-mile buffer area adjacent to the section. If a right whale is seen within 2.5 nautical miles of a border between sections, a slowdown will be activated in the adjacent section. Each slowdown will be in force for 15 days.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:19

D20-1-1 Exporter Reporting updated

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Canada Border Services Agency has released an update to Memorandum D20-1-1 on Exporter Reporting. The revisions to the memorandum include a reduction in the length of time a Summary Reporting Program (SRP) application is valid (from 5 years to 2 years); updates to the SRP contact information; and changes in style and formatting.  SRP will no longer be available to bulk cargoes shipped in containers.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:12

CSL acquires 50% of Eureka Shipping

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The CSL Group has entered into an agreement with SMT Shipping to acquire 50% of Eureka Shipping Ltd., SMT’s pneumatic cement vessel business. The new joint venture will allow Eureka and CSL to combine expertise, resources and innovative technologies to expand services to customers in the seaborne cement powder and fly ash transportation markets around the world. CSL’s Australian cement shipping business is not included in the joint venture.  Eureka shipping operates a fleet of four cement carriers.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:05

Teekay 45 years strong

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This week Teekay celebrated its 45th anniversary – 45 years of bringing energy to the world. Teekay has come a long way since our founder Torben Karlshoej established the company in New York in 1976 and in 1991 moved it to Vancouver. With more than 8000 employees worldwide and large and diverse fleet, the company takes the opportunity to reflect on their history, the man that started it all and the legacy he left behind at:

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