The Chamber of Shipping has released an open letter to the Federal Party leaders in advance of next week’s election to ensure that the priorities are included in the transition books following the post-election period. Below are some of the marine related issues noted by the main parties during the election campaign:


  • Continue aggressive approach to oceans conservation
    • 20% by 2025 & 30% by 2030
  • Legislate targets to address climate change
  • Infrastructure funds to continue for major projects


  • Launch a national energy corridor initiative
  • Repeal Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act
  • Repeal Bill C-48, the Tanker moratorium Act
  • Scrap the Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Prioritize funding for key projects including George Massey Tunnel replacement

New Democratic Party

  • Protect at least 30 per cent of our land, freshwater, and oceans by 2030
  • Ban ships from anchoring in the Southern Gulf Islands
  • Increase funding for BC Ferries by $30 million
  • Create a $40 million coastal protection fund
  • Abandon the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

Green Party

  • Protect at least 30 per cent of freshwaters, oceans and land by 2030
  • Cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline
  • Not approve any new pipelines, or coal, oil or gas drilling or mining, including offshore wells
  • Phase out bitumen production between 2030 and 2035



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:16

BC Ferries raises $250 million

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BC Ferries has raised $250 million through the issuance of senior secured bonds through a syndicate of investment banks. The bonds will bear interest at 2.794 per cent per annum and will mature in 30 years. Along with cash in hand, the proceeds from the sale will be used to provide for capital expenditures and general corporate purposes.



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:15

Kitimat LNG to detail climate change impact

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The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has asked Chevron Corp. to provide details on the impact of its proposed terminal at Bish Cove on climate change. Kitimat LNG has indicated that it will be one of the lowest GHG emitters of its type by using technology powered by electric motors using hydroelectricity. A draft document released by EAO opens the door for a discussion on taking a worldwide view on GHGs. “Spatial boundaries will not be defined, as GHG and climate change are, by nature, both regional and global,” according to the regulatory filing. The expanded scope would support the approach taken by the four First Nations noted in last week’s newsletter that are in support of energy exports that would help reduce reliance and pollution from coal-fired plants overseas.



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:13

Pinnacle signs new contract with Mitsui

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Pinnacle Renewable Energy has entered into a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. Under the terms of the contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tons per annum of industrial wood pellets to Mitsui beginning in Q3 2023. The industrial wood pellets will be used by a biomass power generation plant in Japan.



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:12

GCT joins TradeLens Blockchain Platform

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Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) has joined the TradeLens supply chain platform in an effort to securely connect with supply chain partners including ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners, and railways through blockchain technology. TradeLens project is a technological solution developed by IBM and Maersk that has expanded to include five of the world’s top six ocean carriers. The program will be rolled out in phases at all four of GCT’s terminals adding visibility to the east and west coasts of North America.

According to the data collected by the system itself, the use of TradeLens allows to reduce the transit time of a shipment by 40%, which represents an important economic saving. The developers of TradeLens have indicated that the information contained in this system grows at the rate of one million daily data shipments, surpassing EDI systems used in the common way, in addition to avoid the use of emails, messaging and fax services.



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:06

Vancouver Shipping Lunch

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The local marine industry turned out in force for the Vancouver Shipping Luncheon on October 16, 2019 at the Terminal City Club. Organized by Vancouver ShipInvest and Management, attendees enjoyed networking opportunities and two very relevant presentations on issues that are impacting the shipping industry. The first presentation, from Rick Mackenzie, Vice President of RBC Global Asset Management, gave an overview of the current issues affecting the world economy and the potential impacts. The second presentation from Casey McCawley, Vice President, West Coast Operations of Parrish and Heimbecker, focused on Canadian grain exports and the drivers which were impacting supply and demand. The date of the next Vancouver Shipping Lunch will be announced shortly.



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Yesterday Victoria city council passed a controversial cruise ship motion proposed by Mayor Lisa Helps and two councillors that would limit the number of cruise ships allowed to dock in the city each year, and prevent any long term contracts from being signed until the industry takes significant steps to reduce ship emissions and waste. BC Hydro has confirmed that it could meet the energy demands for shore power and would require a reconfiguration of the system to support the facility at Ogden Point.



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:03

California – ocean-going vessels at berth

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a bulletin announcing that a public hearing will be held in Oakland on 5 December to consider the proposed Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels at Berth. The proposed regulation includes adding requirements on ports and terminals, expand covered vessels to include ro-ro and tankers to further reduce GHG and black carbon emissions.  Written comments must be submitted by 2 December. 



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:01

PMSA notes higher costs in California ports

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In a JOC article this week the president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), John McLaurin speaks to concerns with California’s ports losing market share over the past decade due to high costs, regulatory uncertainties, and environmental restrictions. While California ports have the highest usage of shore power, the costs of complying with state regulations has eroded ports’ competitiveness in the absence of offsets and any recognition or advantage provided. Expensive terminal leases are another concern as marine terminal leases in Southern California are twice as expensive on a per-acre basis compared to terminal costs in other parts of the US.



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:59

California – ballast water amendments

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The State of California has adopted Assembly Bill (A.B.) 912 amending the state’s Marine Invasive Species Act. The Bill requires the State Lands Commission to adopt regulations that would require an owner or operator of a vessel, as defined, carrying, or capable of carrying, ballast water that operates in the waters of the state to implement specified federal standards regulating ballast water discharges and to comply with certain federal performance standards for implementing approved ballast water management methods. The bill would also require that those regulations set a date no later than January 1, 2040, by which the final performance standard for the discharge of ballast water of zero detectable living organisms for all size classes would be required to be met, and would revise certain requirements for the submission of that report regarding ballast water discharges, as prescribed. This also delays implementation of the state’s interim ballast water discharge performance standards until 1 January 2030. 



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Washington Maritime Blue, the Port of Seattle and WeWork Labs have collaborated to launch Washington’s first maritime accelerator with the goal of helping budding maritime companies innovate and grow. Funded by the Port of Seattle and a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the accelerator aims to advance three key strategies, including helping maritime companies innovate and grow, establishing Washington as a global leader in maritime innovation, and increasing the sustainability of maritime businesses in both Seattle and beyond. The first accelerator cohort is expected to formally begin in January 2020.



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:55

Golden Ray to be dismantled and removed

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The Unified Command unit established for car carrier, Golden Ray, that ran aground and capsized in St. Simons Sound while it was leaving the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, on Sept. 8th has decided that the vessel is impossible to safely right and refloat fully intact, and will therefore be cut in place and removed.

As of Oct. 12, 225,000 gallons of fuel have been removed from the forward fuel tanks and removal of the remaining fuel and lubricant tanks continues.  Around 300,000 gallons of fuel was on the ship when it overturned. The Golden Ray is operated by the South Korean shipping and logistics company Hyundai Glovis.



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