The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has announced $1.06 million in funding over three years for 10 projects that aim to help restore and protect the Great Lakes. The funding is part of the additional investment of $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative announced in Budget 2017. The projects receiving funding tackle issues including addressing toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and, creating and restoring the aquatic habitat in the bays and coastal wetlands of Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park by installing underwater reefs and managing invasive grasses.
The Canadian Government has announced that Dominic Barton will be the next ambassador to Beijing, a move which will end a months-long gap without a top diplomat in the country. Mr. Barton has been a prominent Canadian figure in China and in international economic affairs, with a long career at consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where he served as global managing partner for nine years. Mr. Barton chaired the Advisory Council on Economic Growth and has worked directly for Chinese interests, as a member of the advisory board for the China Development Bank Capital Group and as an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.
After devastating the Bahamas with 185-mph winds, Hurricane Dorian’s eye made landfall on the US mainland earlier today in South Carolina. The weakened Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 90-mph and is was moving northeast at 21 mph. Yesterday the US Coast Guard released important information about what their crews have seen since beginning rescue missions. They report a high risk of debris in the water, sunken vessels and destroyed or missing aids to navigation and pier facilities. They also warn about the risk of chemical spills and topography in ports and marinas from the storm surge of the Category 5 hurricane. The Ports of Charleston and Savannah have reopened to deep draft vessels with restrictions.
Disney has committed to donating more than $1 million to help relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. This commitment includes a donation to non-profit relief agencies who will be undertaking recovery and rebuilding efforts, as well as the provision of to impacted areas. Additionally, Disney employees with immediate needs in impacted areas of the Bahamas will have access to a range of resources.
The US Federal Maritime Commissioners approved a set of recommendations today to bring about fairness in the way demurrage and detention fees are administered by ocean carriers and marine terminal operators. The FMC will soon publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish “interpretive” rules to address the following:
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the launch of Incoterms® 2020, a new edition of the Incoterms® rules which will become available in September 2019 and will take effect as of January 1, 2020. The new rules will reflect the changing economic landscape and will provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of goods. For more information about Incoterms®, please visit the ICC’s Incoterms® Rules page.
Maersk is aiming to allow US and Canadian importers to coordinate customs activity through a single process flow as it seeks to more fully leverage its acquisition of the North American customs broker Vandegrift. Maersk is seeking to become more digital, highlighted by its decision to launch the Maersk Customs Navigator, a solution that Maersk is seeking to integrate into its origin and supply chain management services. The product is intended to give shippers a ‘single window’ experience where customers don’t have to go to multiple systems to get their supply chain management milestones and customs house broker milestones, but instead go to one place for this information.
COSCO Shipping Ports have ended the first two quarters of the year with a total throughput rise of 5.4 percent year on year; the container throughput increased to 59.8 million TEUs in H1 2019 from 56.7 million TEUs recorded in H1 2018. The growth was backed by the increased calls from the shipping alliances at the group’s container terminals and the contributions from newly acquired terminals.
HaiSea Marine, a joint venture partnership between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC has been awarded LNG Canada’s contract to design, build and operate the escort and harbour tugs for their LNG export facility in Kitimat, BC. The contract is valued at approximately $500 million over 12 years and will result in employment for approximately 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus other roles for employees of the partner organizations. Benefits will also be available to the Gitxaala Nation and the Gitga’at Nation through a transit agreement with the Haisla.
The Port of Vancouver is looking at the feasibility of a new cruise ship terminal near the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond and Delta. The port authority has been assessing need for a secondary terminal since 2017 as the newer and larger cruise ships are constrained by the height of the Lions Gate Bridge while en route to and from Canada Place. Public engagement is expected to begin in 2020.
The Mission for Seafarer’s 12th annual Cycle for Seafarers event took place last Saturday with 90 cyclists joining one of the four routes. While early still, estimates indicate that almost $50k was raised through personal and corporate sponsorships. Romeo Rusan once again was the top fundraiser for this event. On behalf of the Mission to Seafarers Vancouver, Senior Chaplain Reverend Peter Smyth, extends a big thank you to participating cyclists, their sponsors, and the following corporate sponsors who donated in money and gifts in kind;
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority | Seaspan | Tymac | BCMEA | Chamber of Shipping | Western Stevedoring | CN Corporate | Bernard LLP | Canfisco | Helijet |Harbour Cruises | Chevron | Saam Smit | Samson Tugs | Pacific Pilotage Authority | BC Coast Pilots | Canadian Coast Guard Kitsilano | DP World | Clearly Printing | BC Shipping News
“Thank you to the seafarers, who it is all about, who on ships brought us our bicycles, the food we ate, the cars we drove to get there and much more.”
Compliance and enforcement measures under the Canada Labour Code are undergoing a number of changes. Existing provisions are being clarified and new tools and administrative procedures are being introduced to create stronger incentives for employers to comply. The next step in the modernization of compliance and enforcement measures is the implementation of Part IV of the Code, namely an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) regime and the ability to publicly name employers that have committed a violation. The regulations required to implement the new AMPs regime were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I and are open for comments until November 22nd.
Parks Canada has released never-before-seen images and video footage of the HMS Terror as part of one of the largest, most complex underwater archaeological undertakings in Canadian history. The footage was taken by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team over seven days using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that explored 20 cabins/compartments on the fabled ship that sank during the 1845 Franklin Expedition.
In response to industry feedback, the Government of Canada has made amendments to the invitation to qualify (ITQ) for a third shipyard under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Specifically, the changes reflect a previous inconsistency in the vessel dimensions that shipyards’ must be capable of building and launching. Given these changes, the deadline for ITQ submissions has been extended to August 30, 2019, to allow interested Canadian shipyards more time to prepare their submissions.
The new Canadian Navigable Waters Act and the Major Works Order came into effect this week, replacing the Navigation Protection Act. The legislation restores lost protections on all navigable waters in Canada and provides new opportunities to create partnerships with Indigenous peoples to be involved in the administration of the Act.
The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have released a Co-Management Plan to safeguard the SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area. The plan protects an underwater mountain 180 km off the coast of Haida Gwaii known as SGaan Kinghlas. The Plan identifies goals, strategic objectives, and operational objectives for the MPA and describes how they will be achieved. It identifies management tools, addresses surveillance, enforcement and user compliance, and highlights education and outreach. Four implementation priorities are identified for the MPA: cooperative governance and adaptive co-management; research to support conservation outcomes; monitoring; and education and outreach.