The following communities will receive a portion of the $1,273,045 provided to assess and remove abandoned boats under Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program:
These announcements come on the eve of the coming-into-force of the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act, on July 30, 2019, which will make it illegal to abandon boats and increase vessel owner liability, and strengthen the Government’s response in cases where owners do not behave responsibly in disposing of their vessels at the end of their useful life.
On July 8th Transport Canada expanded the slowdown zone where vessels are required to travel at 10 knots through the season where North Atlantic Right Whales are present. Mandatory speed restrictions were expanded to include any vessel over 13 metres long operating in areas of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Transport Canada has fined three vessels for alleged non-compliance of a temporary mandatory speed restriction. Vessels have been assessed penalties of up $7,800 CAD.
The Minister Transport, on his tour through BC this week, announced $5.8 million in Indigenous and Local Communities Engagement and Partnership Program funding for 21 projects with Indigenous groups. This funding will allow for longer-term Indigenous participation in engagement activities linked to Oceans Protection Plan initiatives or Canada’s marine safety system. Specially this will support building local capacity and expertise to help Indigenous communities take a greater role in the design and implementation of aspects of the transportation system and environmental protection measures.
In addition to this announcement was an addition $6.9M to extend the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness (EMSA) initiative pilot project through to March 2022. EMSA uses technology to provide accessible, near real-time, vessel movement data to coastal partners and stakeholders. This funding is going towards new maritime data sources, enhancing existing data sources, and building capacity for partners piloting the system.
Transport Canada has announced $102M of funding towards transportation improvements, including:
The Port of Nanaimo will be receiving $46.2M in funding by the federal government to enable the Port to make significant infrastructure improvements and expansions at its Duke Point facilities. The existing wharf will be expanded to 325 metres from its current 182, an existing crane will be replaced with two 24-metre cranes, a new warehouse will be built for general cargo, a new maintenance and administration building, truck gate, increasing the terminal’s storage area and upgrades will be made for electrical, sewer, drainage, water and security systems around the facility. An estimated 900 jobs will be created in the region during construction, besides the long-term employees who will be working at the expanded facilities.
As part of the government’s efforts to protect the North Atlantic right whale, DFO fishery officers and the Canadian Coast Guard spent three days searching for and retrieving lost fishing gear, known as ‘ghost gear,’ from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In total, teams removed 101 lost snow crab traps and over nine kilometres of rope from the water. The operation focused on the areas of the Gulf of St. Lawrence where the most gear was reported lost or missing by responsible fish harvesters. Since 2018, harvesters in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence have been required to report lost gear and there have been over 1,000 reports of lost fishing gear this year. Fishery officers will return any legal fishing gear that was reported lost, but all unreported gear will be held pending investigation, which may lead to charges.
The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing updated guidance regarding seafarers’ access to maritime facilities. As of February 3, 2020 a system providing seafarers, pilots and representatives of seafarers’ welfare and labour organizations access to and from the vessel alongside at “no cost” to the seafarer or other individuals, must be documented in the Facility Security Plan (FSP) for each facility and approved by the local USCG Captain of the Port.
The project to modernize Port of Los Angeles’ APM Terminals is set to move ahead as they have struck a tentative deal with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on the training and upskilling of workers. The agreement follows several months of negotiations between the two groups. The project had been opposed by the ILWU due to the threat of loss of jobs that could be caused by automation. The two sides have now reached the agreement under which workers at the terminal would be paid while they receive training.
The 2018 International Maritime Prize for 2018 will be awarded to Mr. Joseph J. Angelo in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the work and objectives of IMO and to the international maritime community as a whole. Mr. Angelo is a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.
Australia has submitted a notification to the WTO’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures regarding “2019-2020 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)”, applying to a wide range of manufactured products from a number of countries including Canada.
The proposed measures will apply to goods loaded from September 1, 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by May 31, 2020 (inclusive), and vessels arriving in Australian territory between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 (inclusive).
This year’s concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) by port state authorities under the Tokyo and Paris MOUs start on 1 September 2019 and focus on emergency systems and procedures, including emergency drills for crew. The CIC will be included as an additional part of routine port state control (PSC) inspections during the implementation period and attending PSC officers (PSCO) will use a tailored questionnaire to verify specific topics and areas relevant to the CIC. According to a press release by the Paris MOU, the CIC Questionnaire on Emergency Systems and Procedures is now available.
Shipping associations are calling on ship owners to alert the British Navy of their movements before sailing into the Middle East Gulf and Strait of Hormuz due to the escalating international crisis in the region. About a fifth of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz and shipping companies are already deploying more unarmed security guards as an extra safeguard. The information provided would be passed onto the U.S. Navy and other naval forces involved in efforts to create a United States-led multinational security initiative known as Operation Sentinel. Washington says the plan is to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East.
CSL Group and Oldendorff have joined the Trident Alliance, a network of shipping companies and other stakeholders with a shared interest in robust and transparent enforcement of environmental regulations. By joining the Alliance, the companies have committed to compliance with the new IMO 2020 maritime sulphur regulations and support transparent enforcement of the regulations.
Chevron, the lead of the Kitimat LNG venture is seeking a 40-year export licence. Co-owned with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd., the facility currently has a 20-year license in place. Last week, Chevron submitted a plan to BC and federal regulators aiming to start terminal construction by 2023. The new plan calls for electric-motor-driven technology to supercool natural gas into liquid form, relying on hydroelectricity from BC Hydro instead of using natural gas-powered turbines. The site is on Haisla Nation reserve land near Kitimat, and the elected Haisla band council supports their project, along with the Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led LNG Canada project. Chevron and Woodside are also proposing construction of the Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) to transport natural gas from the Summit Lake area in the B.C. interior to Bish Cove. Chevron became a co-owner of the project in 2013, with Woodside joining 2015. The companies suspended most construction work by late 2015 after prices in Asia for LNG plunged.
The next series of meetings dates have been scheduled with Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) has scheduled bargaining to resume on September 30, 2019 to and including October 4, 2019. The goal is to reach a new collective agreement with Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen.
Seaspan has entered into a five-year contract worth $500 million to perform dry-dock maintenance on Canada’s navy frigates. The contract is estimated to support approximately 400 jobs a year at the shipyard, which employs about 1,100 workers in various trades. The contract is Seaspan Victoria Shipyards’ share of a $1-billion federal maintenance program for Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates. The ships were first launched in the 1990s and are considered the workhorses of the Royal Canadian Navy. The initial five years of the contract will see each of the yards perform maintenance work on three frigates, expected to begin in the early 2020s. A similar deal is now being finalized with Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia.
Kirby Corp., a Texas based company deemed responsible for the fuel spill that contaminated the fishing territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC’s central coast has been fined $2.9 million. Kirby Corp. pled guilty in May to three separate counts under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act for the spill that damaged both fish and birds after the tug Nathan E. Stewart ran aground and sank, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016. The Transportation Safety Board ruled last May that a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch. Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation wants the company banned from its territorial waters until there is proper restitution in accordance with the nation’s traditional laws to respect the land and people who depend on the sea for sustenance and jobs.