Friday, 01 November 2019 13:34

Port of Vancouver Fee Document 2020

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) Board of Directors has approved the Port Authority’s proposed fee amendments that will take effect on January 1, 2020.  In summary, the 2020 fee amendments for the auto, cargo and container sectors reflect a CPI increase for Berthage and Wharfage rates. Harbour Dues rates reflect a CPI increase and include revised criteria to qualify for Harbour Dues discounts.The VFPA draft fee document for 2020 is available at  Persons interested in making written representations to the VFPA on the subject of the proposed fee amendments or any other matter in this notice may do so, prior to January 1, 2020.


Friday, 01 November 2019 11:37

COS and ICS host Business of Shipping course

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Partnering with ICS, we hosted another successful Business of Shipping course this week! Designed as an introduction to various aspects of the shipping industry, the course featured experts on containerization, vessels, ports, and terminals, ship brokering and cargo chartering, maritime law, and the roles and responsibilities of pilotage. If you are interested in attending our next course, please let us know!



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About 3,000 CN conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have threatened to launch a strike starting November 11, following six months of negotiations. 99.2% of members voted in favour of the strike, as they have been working without a contract since July 23. Should no agreement be met, the union will provide at least 72 hours notice before the strike.



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Recently, the Prince Rupert Port Authority hosted two screenings of the Emmy-Award winning film Sonic Sea. The film highlights the impact of human-made ocean noise on marine mammals. Following the film, the Chamber’s President, along with the film’s producer, Michael Jasny, and local marine mammal scientist, Dr. Lance Barret-Lennard, hosted a panel session focused on the success of partnerships in British Columbia in reducing acoustic disturbance from shipping.

The Port of Prince Rupert has an active and popular marine mammal program that includes collaboration with partners on programs, initiatives, and data sharing. The program is based on science, research, engagement, education and the development s of practical tools. Components of the program include: support of the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative; underwater noise work with hydrophones; Green Marine’s underwater noise performance indicator; modeling of current and future noise; and incentivizing quieter vessels through Green Wave Program (one of only two ports in the world). Additionally, there has been recent collaborations with partners on the Mariners Guide to Walks for Western Canada, Whale Report Alert System, Whales in our Waters, the North Coast Whale Festival and the screening of Sonic Sea.



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Border services agents discovered three people on board a vessel in Argentia. Though no significant details have been disclosed, the three individuals are being examined and processed by the CBSA under Canadian law before being transported to St. John's for final processing. The CBSA said the ship's captain and the shipping line are co-operating fully with the agency.



Friday, 25 October 2019 12:39

COS Members Appreciation

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Last night, the Chamber hosted our annual members appreciation event. The event offered a great opportunity to get all our members together to network and get to know each other. The Chair of our Board, Garth Mitcham, addressed the crowd and highlighted some of our big wins in the last year, including the hard work put towards getting the Conservation Agreement to the finish line, as well as the success of the shipping slowdown this year. Chamber President, Robert Lewis-Manning, thanked our members for all of their support and hopes that in the coming year we will continue to be able to improve our ports, approaching problems with climate change and reconcilliation in mind. A great event and we hope to see everyone again at next year's!



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Several new ferry routes for Vancouver Island are being assessed by the BC government. Possible connections include a crossing between the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley, a passenger-only service from Colwood to Esquimalt, and a new terminal connecting the island with Vancouver International Airport. There are also considerations improved ferry service across the Saanich Inlet at Mill Bay. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposals during consultations planned for the new year.



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Researchers studying the St. Lawrence belugas’ sensitivity to noise are seeking more time to assess the impact of shipping LNG noise on the animals. With several potential projects out for approval, marine traffic in the area could double. Specifically, researchers are interested in the impact of increased traffic due to a proposed LNG pipeline expansion. The beluga is currently listed as endangered, with an estimated population of 900.



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The Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal has reported that its number of visitors has more than doubled this year, with 36 calling at the port, bringing approximately 12,000 passengers. The increase in traffic aligns with the growth of the Great Lakes cruise industry.





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.



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