Monday, 14 October 2019 09:22

Open Letter to Party Leaders

  October 14, 2019   The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Leader of the People’s Party of Canada Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada Yves-François Blanchet, Leader of the Bloc Québécois An Open Letter from the Chamber of Shipping to the Leaders of Canada’s Federal Political Parties Dear Party Leaders: Our members, who are the marine transportation companies responsible for delivering Canada’s international trade, are urging political leaders to consider the development of a holistic and cohesive Canadian marine transportation strategy. Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and moves more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. Canada’s…
Vancouver BC, September 26, 2019 – Today we are pleased to celebrate World Maritime Day and proud to support this year’s theme, "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”  The Chamber of Shipping joins the International Maritime Organization in its aim to raise awareness of the important contribution of women in the maritime sector and the need to further promote opportunities for women in shipping. This year’s theme also provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Employment in commercial shipping at sea and ashore has historically been male dominated, but over recent years the presence of women in the sector has been progressing worldwide. Educational, corporate, labour, and government leaders need to continue improving governance structures, living and working conditions, and compensation and benefits to attract and…
Vancouver BC, June 18, 2019 – Following an extensive reconsideration process, we are pleased that the Government of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The decision comes with a strategy to address a number of key issues identified by the National Energy Board, including capacity building, cumulative effects management, added response capacity and quieter vessels. The approval will further enhance Canada’s marine transportation framework to appropriately manage risk and protect coastal waters, while opening up access to new markets for our members. “The marine transportation industry is supportive of the safe and responsible export of oil to world markets and we are pleased to see that the federal government is supportive of our ability to move oil safely,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “We are optimistic about the future of this…
Vancouver, May 10, 2019 – As Canada continues to increase its focus towards sustainable trade growth, nine key groups have come together in support of conservation on the nation’s west coast. The Conservation Agreement, announced today by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast supports the continuation of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program (ECHO), a Port of Vancouver-led initiative aimed at better understanding and mitigating the impact of shipping activities on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in the Salish Sea. Commercial shipping accounts for nearly 50% of the acoustic noise in the Salish Sea. The Conservation Agreement encourages large commercial vessels to slow down in key foraging areas for the SRKW to reduce underwater noise that may disrupt their ability to find prey. The agreement also pledges ongoing support to the ECHO…
Vancouver BC, April 10, 2019 – With an emphasis on good governance and adapting with emerging technologies, the Government of Canada’s proposed amendments to the Pilotage Act deliver long-awaited changes. Wrapped into the Budget Implementation Act, the amendments to the Pilotage Act follow an extensive review chaired by Mr. Marc Grégoire and adopt several key recommendations tabled in the final report. Bill C-97 addresses several themes, including centralization of regulatory powers and standardization, increased transparency, and necessary powers of enforcement. The Chamber of Shipping applauds these changes and supports the improvements that they will have on the safety, efficiency, and overall competitiveness of the industry. “Canada’s pilotage framework is executed by a team of professional mariners that is second to none. These recent amendments will enhance safety and competitiveness at a time when marine transportation faces new pressures for coastal…
Friday, 22 February 2019 14:06

Chamber of Shipping Applauds NEB Decision

Vancouver, Canada – Today, the National Energy Board (NEB) released its report and recommendations on the Reconsideration Hearing. The report will play a substantial role in the Governor in Council’s decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The Report determines that the Project is in the interest of all Canadians and imposes 156 conditions and provides 16 recommendations to the Government of Canada that specifically address the potential impact of the Project-related marine activity, including: safety, cumulative impact, response planning, protection of species at risk, reduction of greenhouse gases, and continued engagement with First Nations. “We are pleased with the NEB’s recommendation to proceed with the Project and the determination that marine shipping can support the safe and responsible export of oil to world markets,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “As many of the 16 recommendations address…
U.S. and Canadian Marine Transportation Interests Urge Governments to Respect Binational Collaboration to Protect the Salish Sea Vancouver/Seattle – The Canadian based Chamber of Shipping and the United States’ based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association today expressed their joint support for continued binational federal leadership in ensuring safe and sustainable shipping. Both organizations are focused on the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea as a vital gateway for marine commerce in Canada and the United States, and as a significant part of the larger North American supply chain that supports businesses, jobs and a high standard of living in both nations. The Salish Sea is a sensitive ecosystem and, while it plays a crucial role in our economies, ensuring its ecological sustainment and protecting species at risk is a shared responsibility. The marine transportation industry is committed to doing its part, including…
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:53

COS appears before TRAN Parliamentary Committee

Canadian Transportation & Logistics Strategy Study Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Vancouver, British Columbia September 24, 2018 Speaking Notes for Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping   Good afternoon Madam Chair and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to offer certain observations and recommendations that pertain to the Committee’s study. My comments are provided from the perspective of commercial marine transportation and international trade more generally.  Who We Are The Chamber of Shipping represents the interests of ship owners, agents, and service providers responsible for moving people and commodities globally to and from Western Canada. Our members’ ability and capacity to move them safely, in a timely manner, and competitively is good for Canadians, the Canadian economy, and our environment. Commercial marine carriers compete in a global marketplace and generally view the Canadian market positively but…
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 18:47

Industry remains committed to SRKW recovery

Vancouver, September 5, 2018 – Commercial marine shipping is delivering tangible protective measures for Southern Resident Killer Whales on Canada’s West Coast now, and is committed to progressing innovative and practical solutions into the future. Southern Resident Killer Whales face at least three anthropogenic threats including prey availability, acoustic and physical disturbance, and contaminants from the environment. They are known to frequent the waters off the B.C. coast and a large part of the Salish Sea is designated as critical habitat and protected by law. Approximately 50 per cent of the vessel-generated noise in the Salish Sea is attributable to international shipping. For the past three years, the Chamber of Shipping and its members have participated in the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program. This multi-stakeholder forum has progressed science associated with vessel-generated noise that led to a successful…
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:15

Recommendations on Interim Anchorage Protocol

Dear Minister Garneau, Transport Canada, with the support of the commercial marine transportation sector, the Pacific Pilotage Authority, and the Vancouver Fraser and Nanaimo Port Authorities, has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the six-month Interim Anchorage Protocol established to reduce the impact of anchorage operations on local coastal communities on the South Coast of British Columbia. The Protocol has resulted in a more equitable distribution of vessels using existing anchorage locations and has diminished to a degree of noise and light pollution from vessels anchored in the region. While it was not anticipated, the launch of the Interim Anchorage Protocol coincided with extreme supply chain congestion as railways encountered significant constraints in their ability to deliver Canadian commodities to the west coast. The trade corridor challenges resulted in a high demand for all available anchorages for an extended…
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