The Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) has joined Green Marine, notably, as the first marine pilotage authority in Canada to join the environmental certification program as a participant. The LPA was already a Green Marine partner but wanted to become a participant so that the Authority’s vessels could be certified.
The M/V Cape, a 30,000-ton bulk carrier carrying unrefined sugar from Guatemala, has arrived at the Port of Toronto, kicking off its 2019 season. The Captain was crowned with a 200-year-old ceremonial top hat made of silk and beaver fur and awarded, C$100 for captaining the first vessel to port in 2019 (a prize that has remained unchanged since 1861). The Port of Toronto has been handling growing volumes of cargo, hitting a record 2.2 million metric tons in 2018.
LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz will be replaced by Peter Zebedee, effective July 1st, 2019.
Zebedee is currently Vice President Canada Manufacturing and GM Scotford at Shell. With more than 22 years’ industry experience, he is currently responsible for all elements of Shell’s downstream manufacturing portfolio in Canada, including all operations at the Shell Scotford complex and the operation of Quest carbon capture and storage facility, one of the most effective GHG-reduction technologies. Andy Calitz will be returning to Shell.
L-Pod, a group of 25 Southern resident killer whales have been spotted off the coast of Monterey, Calif. While the pod is typically in the waters off B.C. and Washington, researchers suggest that they have ventured more than 1,000 kilometres south in search of food. It is unknown if travelling south for food will become a trend for the whales, but according to researchers, the whales appeared to be in good health.
Congratulations to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority team who received the Award for Conservation Leadership in Support of Corporate Responsibility for its work on the ECHO program at this week’s Ocean Awards gala held at the Vancouver Aquarium. The award recognized the progressive efforts of the ECHO Program and its ability to collaboratively advance meaningful ocean conservation work. Launched in 2014, the program has advanced a number of world-leading research projects on reducing underwater noise from vessels and has implemented several large-scale voluntary underwater noise reduction initiatives, made possible because of the collaborations of many partners and participants.
Prince Rupert has added Zim Integrated Shipping Services to its portfolio of shipping lines. The line is concentrating its presence in the Pacific Northwest operating out of Prince Rupert will allow it to expand its options for serving the US interior. Zim will be taking slots on a 2M Alliance trans-Pacific service operated by Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co., with most cargo directed to Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans. Asian cargo destined for eastern Canada will be shipped mostly through Zim’s Vancouver service.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced the following appointments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Board of Directors:transportation sector:
This week, the Chamber partnered with three prominent national industry associations in a joint OpEd (paywall) that was carried nationally in the Globe and Mail. This followed a joint appearance by the Chamber and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on February 26 before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications. The legislation proposes prohibiting the export of oil from the B.C. North Coast and did not include a formal risk assessment in its development. Ironically, the legislation would not prohibit the transit of tankers through the coastal waters of B.C. The Senate Committee will continue its review of the bill in April, including holding hearings in B.C. the week of April 22.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s first of three new fisheries science vessels crashed on its first test run last week, raising concerns that the summer delivery date may not be met. The CCGS Sir John Franklin was returning from its first week of sea trials and being piloted by a contractor when it ran into the Ogden Point breakwater near Victoria on Friday. No injuries were reported, but the propeller and rudder were damaged. The vessels are being largely built in order, meaning the potential delay on the CCGS Sir John Franklin has the potential to affect the rest. Seaspan Shipyards is currently two years behind schedule to deliver the CCGS Sir John Franklin but are still aiming for a June delivery.
The Stewart J. Cort, a 1,000-foot freighter was the first vessel to go through the Soo Locks, officially kicking off the 2019 Great Lakes navigation season at 12:01am on March 25th. The ship was met by fans gathered near the huge lock system in Sault Ste. Marie as the vessel pulled into the Poe Lock, which handles all the big freighters upbound for Lake Superior. This marks the official launch of the 2019 season, but also the reopening of the locks, which had been closed for its annual winter maintenance work since late January, a process which sees more than 73 million gallons of water drained from the Poe and MacArthur locks for cleaning. Less than a week ago, three Coast Guard cutters from the U.S. and Canada were the first vessels to go through the lock into Lake Superior, where they began breaking up ice so freighters could start making their way through.
The Emerald Princess is due to arrive at Canada Place in Vancouver today, kicking-off a record-breaking cruise season. More than one million cruise passengers on 290 ship visits are expected in Vancouver this year, which is a 21 per cent increase in passenger numbers compared to 2018 and will mark an all-time record for cruise passengers through Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver. The port expects to see 41 different ships from 24 cruise lines, ranging from luxury, expedition-style ships designed to carry small groups of passengers, to some of the largest ships in the Alaska cruise market.
Richardson is no longer the only Canadian canola producer being shut out of the Chinese market. There are now 18 members of the group that represents the industry in Canada, including Viterra Inc., Louis Dreyfus Company, Cargill Ltd. and Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. which say that their contracts to sell in China are drying up. Canada's Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau said China only recently agreed to have scientists assess the claim that they have found organisms in Canadian canola, after they claimed that about Richardson's. About 40 per cent of Canada's canola seed exports last year went to China, worth about $2.7 billion. Canada also sent about $1 billion worth of canola oil to China, and about $500 million worth of canola meal. Up until the recent disruption, Chinese demand for Canadian canola has been strong, the group says.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and LOGISTEC Corporation have announced that Viau Terminal will undergo construction to increase its handling capacity by 250,000 TEUs, bringing its total capacity to 600,000 TEUs. The project will help the MPA to accommodate anticipated growth in the container sector, When the expansion is fully operational in December 2020, Viau Terminal will generate 2,500 direct and indirect jobs, as well as $340 million in economic benefits. The terminal will continue to apply new technologies, including electrification and the noise mitigation systems. This is the final phase of Viau Terminal's construction, and was largely funded through investments from the MPA, LOGISTEC and the federal government.
Canship Ugland and Suncor who jointly operate the bunkering vessel, CL Aquarius, has announced that upgrades to its home berth at Roger’s Sugar have been completed, providing shore power to the vessel. The infrastructure was installed and commissioned with the assistance from Lantic Sugar electricians as well in-house technical expertise within Canship’s company.
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating a vessel colliding with another at anchor in Vancouver Harbour early Sunday. The Caravos Harmony was laden inbound for bunkers when the collision with the Pan Acacia occurred. No injuries or pollution resulted from the collision. The hull of the Pan Acacia was punctured above the water line and is awaiting repairs while the investigation continues.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a Notice of Amendment to the Port Information Guide. The amendments include
Comments or concerns re the proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the VFPA by April 18, 2019.
At the Chamber of Shipping’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, two new directors were elected. Vacancies on the Board opened following the resignation of the Chair, Kim Christensen of ACGI Shipping who retires after nearly 50 years in the marine industry, and Marc Fellis of Westward Shipping declined to seek another term. The Board of Directors for 2019 are as follows:
• Chair, Garth Mitcham, of CSL International
• Vice Chair, Peter Amat of Pacific Basin Shipping (Canada) Ltd.
• Treasurer, Oscar Pinto, of Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd
• Director, Stan Bowles of MOL Chemical Tankers - America
• Director, Richard Chappell of Westwood Shipping Lines
• Director, Anthony Damron of G2 Ocean
• Director, Dave Hill of Wheelhouse Shipping Agency
• Director, Tony Pearkes, of Oldendorff Carriers – Vancouver
• Director, George Runyon of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation
• Director (Associate), Donna Spalding of Cruise Line International Association
• Director (Associate), Peter Swanson of Bernard LLP
The AGM provided an opportunity to update members on pressures facing the industry with efforts focussed on increasing marine mammal and environmental protection, reducing supply chain congestion, and improving overall competitiveness. Wrapping up the AGM was our guest speaker, Andy Calitz, President & CEO of LNG Canada, who presented an exciting update on its $40B project in Kitimat, BC that will create approximately 10,000 jobs at peak construction and new opportunities for First Nations.