On March 8th the vehicle carrier, Tranquil Ace, delivered the first batch of Mercedes Benz cars to the Port of Nanaimo’s new Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC). Western Stevedoring together with the Auto Division of SSA Marine, developed the 60,000 square foot facility to provide the final detailing on European cars prior to their distribution to BC dealerships. The Tranquil Ace was the first vehicle carrier to ever arrive in the port. The expanded Panama Canal, together with Vancouver Island’s designation as a Foreign Trade Zone, is expects to be attractive for European car manufacturers to ship directly to Nanaimo for further detailing and distribution to west coast markets. Once fully operational, the VPC will be able to handle between 10,000 and 12,000 vehicles per year, expanding to a possible 40,000 each year by as early as 2024.
The Port of Vancouver is seeking input to a survey on an international initiative to improve the collaboration of ports on incentive programs aimed at encouraging early adoption of GHG reduction measures. Responses will help to validate the approach and identify barriers or opportunities to inform next steps. The survey can be accessed at: https://erg.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6y5PMwSsKgysxz7
A two-day operation by Global Diving and Salvage successfully recovered the Samantha J from the site of Anchorage 1 in the Port of Nanaimo. The tug sank in Northumberland Channel in October 2014 and took only two hours to raise using divers and remotely operated underwater equipment at end of February. Anchorage 1 is finally available again.
BC Ferries is inviting communities to provide input on the next generations of vessels that will join their fleet. They are currently planning on building five new ferries to replace four existing vessels. New ships will deliver enhanced environmental sustainability and offer flexibility to meet changing travel demands into the future. Feedback can be provided online from March 12 to April 12, or customers can participate in customer engagement sessions on board the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes.
The Montreal Port Authority has announced that COSCO Shipping Lines will be expanding to the Port of Montreal in April. This marks the arrival of the seventh international shipping line to the port. The additional of COSCO will connect Montreal with several northern European cities, such as Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre and Liverpool, for the benefit of importers and exporters. COSCO containers will be handled at the terminals of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.
Business in Vancouver awarded this year’s Influential Women in Business. This year’s winners include Susannah Pierce, Director of External Relations for LNG Canada, Sarah Morgan-Silvester, past director of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre. We are thrilled to have so many women that have engaged with the marine industry recognized this year. Congratulations!
It is so fitting for us to be recognizing Yvette Myers today as she retires after 35 years of public service, coincidentally on International Day of the Women. Yvette has been an integral part of our marine community over her years of service with the federal government and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Last week the Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, awarded Yvette the Minister’s Medal for exceptional service – only the second time it’s been awarded in 20 years. Yvette, ever so humble, is admired by many and continues to be a role model for those in public service and the industry across Canada and in Washington State. Starting her career as a teenager in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and working her way up the ranks of the Canadian Coast Guard, she retires as the Executive Director of the Oceans Protection Plan with Transport Canada, where she is highly regarded for her expertise and passion for all things marine. We expect that she will continue to be instrumental in bringing industry, government, and Indigenous groups together to face challenging issues head-on. Her contributions have left a lasting mark, and while we are sad to see her leave Transport Canada, we’re excited to see what the future holds for Yvette.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has joined SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. VFPA is fourth port member to join the coalition, alongside Port of Rotterdam, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation, and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Together, the ports remain committed to supporting the coalition’s vision of a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping. The coalition advocates for collaboration, demonstration, and communication on key areas such as regulation, emissions, infrastructure, and the economic case, to provide the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020 and beyond.
Three coastal spill response boats for Nanaimo, Sooke and Ucluelet have been unloaded on Vancouver Island, but due to funding delays they are not yet active. Delays in starting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are one of the key contributors keeping the boats from entering service. The three vessels, christened Strait Sentinel, Coastal Sentinel and Gulf Sentinel are nearly identical, weighing 300-tonnes and purpose-built for the west coast. The vessels fall into a new class of spill response vessel, known as coastal response vessels, designed to work in heavier seas.
Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals in fostering greater environmental sustainability in the maritime sector. The agreement, signed earlier this year, will serve as a framework to enhance technical cooperation between the two parties and encourage the exchange of information to raise awareness for both organizations and in program development towards environmental advancement.
Terry Duggan, another industry stalwart is retiring from his role of President & CEO of the BC Maritime Employers Association this month. For 32 years, Terry has dedicated his career to the BCMEA and WEBC teams, playing an integral part in supporting the growth of BC ports and developing the workforce for the waterfront over this period. Terry is big on family and we wish him, and his wife Lynnda, all the best as they embrace their new role as grandparents to fullest. Thanks for everything Terry!
For the second consecutive year, the Port of Vancouver has reached record cargo volumes, with increases in many commodities through 2018. Overall cargo volume through Canada’s largest port reached a record high of 147 million tonnes, up 3.5 per cent from 2017. Dry bulk and containerized grain hit record levels of 27.4 million metric tonnes, potash exports increased 27.6 per cent, and breakbulk was up 11.7 per cent over 2017 due to strong imports of steel products and increased movement of domestic logs along the Fraser River. The cruise industry in Vancouver also grew 5.5 per cent in passenger numbers. With the growth of international trade, it is anticipated that Canadian west coast container ports will reach capacity by mid-2020s unless new capacity is created.
Algoma Tankers has purchased a 16,512 dwt, 2010-built product tanker to be re-named to Algoterra. The Algoterra will be youngest in the company’s fleet of eight tankers when delivered in April. The acquisition of a second tanker vessel in just over three months demonstrates Algoma’s willingness to invest to meet the growing needs of marine-based transportation of petroleum products in Canada.
The Maritime Museum of BC is taking nominations for the SS Beaver Medals, which are awarded to those making outstanding achievements in BC’s marine sector, including those who have contributed to science, technology, business, applications of marine skills, nautical heritage and culture and academic offerings. An award is also available to recognize a noteworthy organization, vessel or technological project. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 17. For more information visit http://mmbc.bc.ca/s-s-beaver-medal/
The Review Panel established to conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (the Project) has determined that the information provided by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority can now be discussed at the public hearing. The Review Panel intends to start the hearing on May 14, 2019, in Delta, British Columbia. Anyone who wishes to participate at the public hearing must register as a Participant by March 22, 2019. Detailed information on how to request to participate and what should be included in a request is contained in the Public Hearing Procedures, Attachment A. Participants are encouraged to use the Public Hearing Registration Form to register to participate at the public hearing.
The Huu-ay-aht Nation was disappointed to learn that Steelhead LNG has ceased current project work on the Kwispaa LNG project, a planned LNG development on Vancouver Island. The project was announced in March 2017, and Steelhead LNG indicated only four months ago that the project had moved into the next stage of development. When the project was announced, Steelhead LNG said they had NEB licences to export 24 million tonnes of LNG through the Sarita Bay facility annually, though how the natural gas would be transported from northeastern B.C. and Alberta to Vancouver Island was still being worked out. Huu-ay-aht remains committed to pursuing initiatives for meaningful economic reconciliation and creating opportunities to generate value, employment and, revenue.
The BC Government has completed its review of BC Ferries and the report produced by special advisor, Blair Redlin, is now available on-line. The Redlin report was very comprehensive with more than 60 recommendations directed to all parties working under the unique and complex coastal ferry governance model. The BC Government is increasing service on 10 ferry routes that were cut in 2014, restoring 2,700 round-trip sailings for people living in coastal communities. Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure announced these service changes. The ministry has been working with BC Ferries to respond to the BC Ferry Advisory Committee chairs’ request to restore some services cut in 2014 and have reached an agreement to return these services over the next year with the majority starting as early as this spring.The Province will also be amending the Coastal Ferry Act to implement some of Redlin’s recommendations to ensure the model is putting people first.