Friday, 25 January 2019 15:29

Ice jams cleared from St. Lawrence River

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The Canadian Coast Guard has successfully cleared an ice jam that was stalling maritime traffic in the St. Lawrence River for several days. Located near Trois-Rivières (about 140 km northeast of Montreal), the ice jam left up to 16 ships stuck in various ports from Tuesday to Thursday of this week. Coast guard escorted two large ships to the jam, using their size to dislodge the blockage. They remain concerned another ice jam could form.     

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Seaspan Shipyards has awarded INDAL Technologies Inc. a contract valued at almost $20M for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships. INDAL is providing its Aircraft Ship Integrated Securing & Traversing System for JSS. The System is an integrated helicopter handling system for surface combatants which provides the functionality necessary to support helicopter handling, including deck securing on touchdown, on-deck manoeuvring and traversing to/from the hangar space, and helicopter launch. INDAL will also be supplying all the installation support and training, as well as the required maintenance and logistics documentation.

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ACS Group, through its affiliate Dragados, has won a bid for the design and construction of $400 million container terminal extension at Centerm, operated by DP Word. This will be the group's first large-scale port project in North America. Dragados is one of the world’s biggest specialists in delivering complex offshore projects provided its broad experience from over 75 years, from executing new ports in deep-open waters to developing large container terminals. The expansion will  increase capacity from the current 900.000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs annually. The project is expected to be completed in December 2021.

Friday, 25 January 2019 15:26

Fraser Grain Terminal Construction Update

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Pile driving will start the week of February 11th as construction gets underway for the new Fraser Grain Terminal Export facility located adjacent to Fraser Surrey Docks.  This will be intermittent over the months of February and March and over the subsequent months various activities will take place on the site during the port authority’s approved hours of construction between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 

Friday, 18 January 2019 14:27

Yantian Express seeks refuge in Halifax

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The fire on board Hapag-Lloyd’s Yantian Express is still smouldering but is under control. She remains approximately 1700 kilometres southeast of Halifax. The 17 Filipino crew members taken off the ship are now safely back in the Philippines while five crew members returned to the ship after the fire was contained. The salvors have made a request to Transport Canada for a place of refuge in Halifax.



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Several years ago Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd. filed a service complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) against CN, saying that the company failed to provide enough rail cars to some of its grain elevators during the 2013-14 record crop year. Since then, after a series of court appearances and appeals, the Federal Court of Appeals has just upheld the ruling that the courts have jurisdiction to determine the damages CN must pay for breaching its service agreement. The tribunal did not disclose any damages to be paid by CN.


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A majority of the longshoreman union members serving the Port of Montral have voted 99.49 per cent in favour of a strike if needed.  Key demands include better working conditions and a change to schedules. The vote took place on  Dec. 16, 2018, giving union leaders a 60-day window to call the strike, which is believed to be largely symbolic. The union is negotiating a new contract, which expired in December 2018, with the Maritime Employers Association, a group that includes ship owners, operators, agents and stevedoring companies.


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In an effort to make Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping more competitive, the Chamber of Marine Commerce has unveiled a 2019 wish list for legislative and policymakers. Despite an unpredictable business environment of tariff wars and trade negotiations, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes increased almost 7 per cent in 2018, reaching 40.9 million metric tons for the first time since 2007. The wish list seeks to build on that momentum. Items include:

  • Adoption of the Pilotage Review recommendations and support the Government’s commitment to introduce legislative change to the Pilotage Act before the 2019 Canadian federal election.
  • Work towards a common ballast water management standard for the region.
  • Advocate for marine-related investments as Canadian/U.S. governments advance their infrastructure plans.
  • Collaborate with partners to inform policymakers of capabilities and constraints around environmental concerns related to Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan.
  • Continue to encourage governments to recognize that ships are the most fuel-efficient and carbon-friendly way to move goods and an important part of the solution to address climate change.

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The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced a land use decision that ensures the protection of important marine habitat within its jurisdiction. The moratorium on Flora, Agnew and Horsey Banks will prohibit any industrial development in this marine area adjacent to Lelu Island, despite the environmental assessment of the Pacific Northwest LNG project by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in 2016, which determined that a terminal project can be developed without significant adverse environmental effects in the area. The area was the focus of intense controversy a few years ago over a now-abandoned plan by Petronas to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal on Lelu Island, which opponents feared would destroy sensitive salmon habitat in Flora Banks. The moratorium will be formalized in PRPA’s Land Use Management Plan, as part of a review of the plan beginning later in 2019.


Friday, 18 January 2019 14:12

Port of Nanaimo names Marr as Port CEO

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For the past several months, Ian Marr and Mike Davidson have served the Port of Nanaimo as Co-CEOs. The Port has now named Marr as the permanent CEO and Davidson as the COO. As CEO, Marr plans to continue with current initiatives such as the developing the vehicle processing centre, drawing more business and creating jobs while reconnecting with stakeholders, partners and other members of the community in prioritizing and planning. As COO, Davidson will oversee day-to-day business operations.

Friday, 11 January 2019 13:33

NEB Draft Recommendations Released



Yesterday the National Energy Board (NEB) released its draft project conditions and recommendations for comment by the Proponent, Government Departments/Agencies, and Intervenors in the Reconsideration process for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Nine of the 13 recommendations are of significance to the commercial marine sector, including suggestions for:

  • slowing down vessels possibly out to the 12-nautical mile territorial sea to address acoustic and physical disturbance;
  • establishing targets for noise reduction for ferries;
  • identifying specific whale congregation and migration areas and consideration of specific routing and speed restrictions where whales congregate and migrate;
  • enhancing tug escort requirements in the Salish Sea; and
  • implementing a marine bird monitoring program.

The Chamber of Shipping is an Intervenor in the reconsideration process and will be responding to draft recommendations and statements provided by other Intervenors before the January 22nd deadline.



Skeena River Salmon


The Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program has dedicated $1 million from Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund to partner specifically with local organizations on projects that increase salmon stock productivity and the maintenance and rehabilitation of critical habitat in the Skeena River watershed.  The fund will also seek to support innovative pilot projects that will achieve these objectives and support the health, resilience and sustainability of Skeena River salmon during this International Year of the Salmon.



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