The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is supporting the Marine Rescue Society (MMRS) by providing $116,121 from its Community Investment Fund towards a new, enclosed, fully equipped vessel for its Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station. The vessel will significantly improve MMRS’s emergency response effectiveness and range off the coast of Haida Gwaii. Efforts to acquire a new vessel have been underway since 2015 when the MMRS’s existing RCM-SAR vessel surpassed its 10-year operating period. Faced with the decision between refitting the existing vessel or purchasing a new, modern vessel, it was decided that a new vessel would be safer for volunteers and more appropriate to the conditions of the North Coast.
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we are pleased to see that CN Rail is donating $25,000 to the Mission to Seafarers Halifax. CN’s donation recognizes to an organization that is doing impressive work with seafarers who come to the Port of Halifax.
A grain vessel has left the northern Manitoba port of Churchill for the first time in four years. The vessel arrived at the port on Aug. 25, but loading was delayed due to adverse weather. The hope is that this first shipment will re-establish the Port of Churchill as an important part of Canada’s position as an agricultural export leader in the world.
CN has recently extended its intermodal agreements with both Evergreen and COSCO Shipping. For Evergreen this is a continuation of a 27-year relationship, whereas with COSCO Shipping, CN will be its exclusive rail provider in the Ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, and Halifax. By partnering with CN exclusively, COSCO hopes to be well positioned to benefit from tri-coastal access.
Jeanne Socrates has set the record for the oldest person to sail around the world alone, non-stop and unassisted. The 77-year-old grandmother left Victoria last October aboard the 11-metre S/V Nereida, and spent more than 330 days at sea before returning to Victoria last weekend. During the journey, the boat sustained damage to its radar dish and backup sail, the mainsail was ripped, and solar panels were washed overboard. Socrates already holds the record for the oldest woman to make such a trip around the world. She set that record in 2012 and 2013 with a 259-day journey that also started and finished in Victoria.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority has appointed Frans Tjallingii as the new chair of the board. Tjallingii has been a member of the board since 2017 and is replacing Bud Smith, who had held the role of chair since 2012, with John Farrell serving as the acting chair since Smith retired in June. Tjallingii is a businessman and entrepreneur, and co-founded and chairs the New Leaf Project, which works to find innovative solutions to homelessness. He has over two decades of experience in maritime, oil and gas and technology sectors, including with First Coin Capital, SAAM SMIT Canada and the government of the Netherlands.
Parrish & Heimbecker, a Winnipeg-based grain company has announced its acquisition of 10 Louis Dreyfus Company locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Through this investment, P&H is seeking to grow a more competitive grain supply chain in Canada by expanding grain terminals, flour milling facilities, feed mills and elevators.
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.”
The Chamber of Shipping has a new logo! Branding ourselves with new colours, look, and feel is just one of the many ways that we are looking to the future and embracing the changing times that we are experiencing today. There are more changes to come so keep an eye out!
A BC judge has ruled that the combined fines of $2.7 million issued under the Fisheries Act, $200,000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and $5,000 under the Pilotage Act be put into an environmental damage fund administered to benefit the Heiltsuk Nation. The incident spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and 2,200 litres of lubricants into the water. Kirby Offshore Operating admitted full responsibility for the spill and paid almost $6 million in compensation to the Canadian Coast Guard ($1.94 million), provincial government ($410,000) and the Heiltsuk Nation ($3.6 million). The sentencing hearing following the guilty plea was held on July 16, 2019, in Bella Bella.
BC Ferries is supporting a one-year research project at Galiano Island with the installation of thermal imaging cameras at their Sturdies Bay terminal. The project funded primarily by Fisheries and Oceans will help determine if automated thermal imaging technology, when used in combination with visual and acoustic detection, can be a reliable and effective way to detect whales. If the pilot is successful, the system could be used to alert ships to the presence of marine mammals in narrow waterways in the Salish Sea, and identify high-risk areas so mariners can make real-time decisions to slow down or use avoidance tactics when whales are present.
After nine impactful years, Jane McIvor has announced that the September edition of the BC Shipping News will be its last. Jane, President and Editor of the magazine together with her team of writers and assistants, have been instrumental in elevating the profile of the commercial marine industry in Canada. While losing this publication will certainly create a void in the industry, we are grateful for the years of knowledge and insights that they have shared, and we wish all those involved the best in their future endeavours. All back issues will continue to be available at https://issuu.com/janemci.
Captain Satinder Singh has just been appointed the Vice-President, Marine Operations and Harbour Master for the Port of Nanaimo. He brings 21 years of experience to the position and will be responsible for the safety and security within the Port’s jurisdiction. He has previously worked for the Department of National Defense at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Victoria, as the Auxiliary Fleet Manager with Port Operations and Emergency Services Branch, and as the Detachment Superintendent with the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range. Capt. Singh holds a Master in Maritime Management (MMM), Bachelor in Maritime Studies (BMS), and Diploma in Nautical Sciences, Certificate of Competency as a Master Mariner (MM) with Transport Canada. He also holds the Enforcement Officer Designation from Transport Canada under the Canada Marine Act.
Two Vancouver-based Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers have been appointed to high-level positions within prominent Canadian maritime law organizations.
Shelley Chapelski, partner and shipping lead in the law firm’s Canadian transport group, was elected to serve as president of the Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA); she is the second woman to hold this position in the association’s 68-year history.
Kaitlin Smiley, senior associate on Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution and litigation team, was named chair of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Maritime Law Section. Smiley became the second woman to hold this position after Chapelski, who served as chair 15 years ago.
We are now one week away from the Mission to Seafarers’ annual and most important fund raiser of the year – the 12th Annual Cycling for Seafarers. The Mission is solely focussed on the welfare of seafarers who play such a vital role in ensuring that Canada’s domestic and international trade is delivered safely and efficiently. Please reflect on the importance of this initiative and consider making a contribution. The details of the ride can be found here and you are welcome to call or email Robert Lewis-Manning, Chairperson – Mission to Seafarers for further details.