Bloomberg provides a tally of plans from five producers including Cenovus Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Imperial Oil Ltd. that forecasts an additional 270,000 barrels a day of exports on tank cars to potentially surpass 400,000 by the middle of next year. Most of it is headed to the US Gulf Coast. Initially reluctant to commit to rail, producers are finally giving in to using rail transportation after court filings have delayed two major pipeline projects.
The Pacific Pilotage Authority, located in Vancouver, BC, is currently seeking a part-time Chairperson. In addition to the roles and responsibilities of a Board Director, the Chairperson is also responsible for managing the development and effective performance of the Board of Directors. The Chair's primary role includes making sure the Board functions properly, meets its obligations and responsibilities as well as fulfills its mandate. The opportunity is posted on the Government of Canada’s web site under the Governor in Council (GIC) appointments section.
Green Marine welcomes proposals for presentations from marine transportation community members focusing on real-life experiences, case studies and/or leading edge research that show delegates how best practices, new technologies and insightful partnerships make a difference. Presentation for Greentech will be June 5-7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The deadline for submissions is December 3, 2018 and for more details visit: https://www.green-marine.org/greentech/agenda/
The Port of Prince Rupert will be receiving $21.9 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support three separate projects that will enable transportation infrastructure and gateway growth. $15 million will go towards the Fairview-Ridley Connector, $3.7 million for the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor (RRUC) Expansion, and $3.2 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Mainline Expansion. The Fairview-Ridley Connector will facilitate a rerouting of container trucks from local customs and transload facilities to Fairview Container Terminal. By eliminating downtown truck traffic, the project will achieve improved vehicle and pedestrian safety, ease traffic congestion, reduce wear on provincial and municipal road infrastructure, and drastically reduce the GHG and local air emissions from each truck trip by an estimated 75%. The RRUC is an infrastructure platform built to support access to future terminals and logistics operations on Ridley Island; its expansion is critical to unlocking future development on Ridley Island and the mainline expansion supports the engineering and design of CN’s mainline entry and exit to and from the Gateway, focusing particularly on the Zanardi Bridge and related bridge accesses.
Following a well respected and distinguished 31-year career with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) President and CEO, Terry Duggan, has announced his retirement effective March 31, 2019. Terry leaves a legacy of leadership that focused on collective bargaining with both longshore and foremen unions, pension and benefit administration, finance and audit, labour legislation and regulations, corporate governance and risk, employment equity and government relations. The Board of Directors for the BCMEA has announced that the current Senior Vice President Employee Relations, Dispatch and Corporate Secretary, Mike Leonard, will be appointed as President and CEO from April 1st.
The Canadian government is looking to sell a 90 per cent stake in Ridley Terminals Inc., a federal Crown corporation. The remaining 10 per cent stake will be transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation at the close of the sale. Canada Development Investment Corp. says the sale will be conducted on an open and competitive basis and says it’s seeking the best value from a buyer who will operate Ridley Terminals on a long-term sustainable basis and with open access.
Construction is well underway at the Port of Nanaimo site that will be home to the new BC Vehicle Processing Centre (BCVPC). A key component of Phase 1 of the project includes renovating an existing 60,000 square foot building, is expected to be completed January 1 in time for the first shipment carrying approximately 400 new vehicles slated for arrival to begin the detailing process later that month. The Terminal will be the initial offloading terminus and preparation area for new European automobiles that will be sent to vehicle dealerships throughout Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, eventually expanding throughout western Canada. The Port of Nanaimo is partnering with Western Stevedoring and their affiliate organization, the Auto Division of SSA Marine, to design, build, finance and operate the terminal.
Canadian Pacific Railway has broken all-time records for the shipment of grain, moving 2.64 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products in October. This makes October 2018 CP's biggest month ever for moving Canadian grain, breaking the record from September 2017. During the month of October CP also set a new record for biofuels shipped.Through 14 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year, CP shipped more than 7.5 MMT of grain and grain products, and since harvest began in September has averaged more than 5,500 empty railcars to country elevators each week.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project has received a gold rating under the Stewardship Centre for B.C.’s Green Shores® for Coastal Development program. The New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project is a collaboration between the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The project enhances fish and wildlife habitat in Burrard Inlet, and increases public access to nature. Since project construction was completed in September 2017, juvenile salmon have been observed using the tidal wetland as a stopover on their way through Burrard Inlet.
The Province of BC has appointed Cynthia Dick to the Port Alberni Port Authority Board of Directors. This appointment of a three-year term took effect October 24, 2018. Ms. Dick is the Chief Councillor of the Tseshaht First Nation since her appointment to that role in 2016. She brings her vision to continue the work of creating a brighter future for the community and future generations. Ms. Dick believes that through more community engagement she will be able to work towards common goals and visions on behalf of Tseshaht people. As the proud mother of a young daughter she holds value in creating a better place for future generations as her highest motivation.
The Port's Advisory Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for the Board position in the user group category. The Canada Marine Act section 16(e) precludes an individual who is a director, office or employee of a person who is a user of the port. The Director appointment approach supports an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process – one that will result in the recommendation of high-quality candidates who achieve gender parity and truly reflect Canada’s diversity. Nominations will be received until 4:00 PM, December 31, 2018. For more information call tel: (250) 723-5312 or visit www.alberniport.ca.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced that the organization was awarded a 2018 Governance Professionals of Canada Excellence in Governance award for its sustainability governance practices during the 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards on October 25, 2018. Awards are given out annually to recognize the critical role that governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada’s public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy. The port authority won in the category of Best Practices in Sustainability and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG). In their comments, the award judges noted that sustainability has “clearly become an obsession” for the port authority, specifically calling out how sustainability has been integrated into governance and business processes, including all board structures and director orientation and skill development.
October 31 marked the last day of the ECHO Program Haro Strait voluntary vessel slowdown and the Strait of Juan de Fuca lateral displacement trial for 2018. Overall, the cumulative vessel participation rates in the slowdown initiative is currently tracking 88% as of October 21st. The efforts of those involved helped to reduce acoustic impact in key southern resident killer whale foraging areas and will have a direct impact on the quality and quantity of the data collected and will help to inform future science-based mitigation options to protect this endangered whale population.
The final cruise ship of the 2018 season set sail last Saturday, marking the end of the 32nd consecutive cruise season at Canada Place terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Star Princess was the first ship to kick off the 2018 season and her sister ship, the Emerald Princess, was the last to depart. Vancouver welcomed more than 900,000 cruise passengers on 243 ship visits, reflecting a seven per cent increase in passenger volumes over 2017. Cruise continues to be a key economic driver for the region as each cruise ship adds about $3 million to the local economy.
Stu McNish of the Conversations that Matters video series, interviews Dr. Andrew Trites, a professor at UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, on the challenges facing the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) and a research project focussed on addressing the lack of available prey. The Salish Sea Marine Survival project is examining a wide range of factors that have contributed to the decline of chinook, coho and steelhead – factors that include eelgrass depletion, a reduction in the volume of phytoplankton and zooplankton, algae blooms, spawning ground distribution as well as great blue herons, harbour seals and sea lions who also love to dine on chinook.
Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock (Seaspan) has completed the work on the Silver Explorer for Silversea Expeditions. 125 contractors worked on the vessel to complete a variety of upgrades, including the manufacturing and installation of a stabilizer – or ducktail – on the stern of the Silver Explorer. In addition to assembling a stabilizer, work taking place on the vessel included tank top repairs and changes to functionality of tanks, propeller repair and polishing, blast and painting work of the underwater hull. Work on the vessel was completed October 11th, on time and on budget. The Silver Explorer returned to the ocean that same day.
This this week the Chamber of Shipping together with the Western Marine Community Coalition submitted an appliction to intervene in the EcoJustice lawsuit against the federal government seeking an emergency protection order for the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Under the Species at Risk Act, when it is determined that a species is facing imminent threat, the government must assess the situation and make recommendations to Cabinet for emergency measures if needed. EcoJustice filed an affidavit on October 5th on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund Canada. The rationale behind the intervention is for industry to present the success of the voluntary efforts and investment already made by the marine sector over the last several years and hold off any potential regulations or measures that may be less effective or have unintended consequences on marine safety and gateway competitiveness.
On October 15, 2018 the 10,000 TEU Cosco Pacific operated by COSCO Shipping Lines became the first container vessel to successfully plug into shore power in Canada. The vessel was plugged in for almost 24 hours without experiencing any issues during cargo operations. COSCO has been working with DP World and had undergone testing with two other vessels over the last few months. Congratulations to all parties involved in this significant event!