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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. 



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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.



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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.



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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.



Friday, 05 April 2019 11:34

VFPA wins award for ECHO Program

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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.



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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.



Friday, 05 April 2019 10:52

VFPA Board Appointments

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced the following appointments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Board of Directors:transportation sector:

  • Bruce Andrew Chan (appointed as director, term of three years), earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and several accounting titles (Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant), and has been a portfolio manager with Anglemont Financial since 2014.
  • Clarence Louis (appointed as director, term of three years), has been Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band since 1984, and chairperson of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board since 2017.

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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.



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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.



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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 25thThe 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.



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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.



Friday, 22 March 2019 13:58

All canola shipments to China stopped

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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.

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