The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has joined the World Ports Climate Action Program, along with the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, and Barcelona. Under this new initiative the ports will collaborate on projects aimed at addressing global warming and focus on five specific actions:
After 38 years with Seaspan, Drew Connolly, Commercial Manager - Ship Assist & Harbour Services, will retire on October 5th. Lorri Stewart has been promoted to the new Manager, Ship Assist & Harbour Services.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, has announced the Government of Canada’s path forward on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. The National Energy Board (NEB) has been tasked with reconsidering its recommendations on the effects of project-related marine shipping. The NEB will be required to complete a thorough and prompt review and deliver its report within 22 weeks. In addition, the Government will present what actions will be taken to protect the southern resident killer whale. A special marine technical advisor will be appointed to the NEB. We are committed to ensuring that the NEB has the expertise and capacity to deliver the best advice to the Government.
Steelhead LNG has closed a deal with South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to provide engineering and design of two LNG hulls as part of phase one of the Kwispaa LNG project on Vancouver Island. Each hull is expected to measure 340 metres in length and 60 metres wide and feature five individual tanks that provide approximately 280,000 cubic metres of LNG storage. The construction of the two hulls will cost US$500 million and the contract secures the price for future construction of additional hulls. The Kwispaa LNG Project is a proposed LNG export facility located at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island on land owned by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, who co-manage the project that is expected to be operational in 2024.
Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) has announced the closing of its public offering of 6,000,000 shares for US$150 million. Seaspan said it will use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include funding acquisitions, debt repayments, and redeeming certain preferred shares. Seaspan charters vessels for long-term, fixed-rate, time charters to container shipping lines. Seaspan’s operating fleet consists of 112 containerships with a total capacity of more than 900,000 TEU.
Business in Vancouver shares its findings as British Columbia’s municipal election campaigns ramp up. There is clearly a growing proportion of the population with a not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) attitude and we can expect that over the next five weeks, this will dominate political discussions in various municipalities.
The tentative five-year collective agreement reached for GCT Canada Planners and Assistant Planners on September 6, 2018 was ratified on September 12, 2018 by GCT Canada employees that are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 502 bargaining unit.
Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping commissioned Vard Marine Inc. to examine the capabilities required for a single emergency towing vessel (ETV) that is expected to render assistance to a disabled ship drifting along Canada’s Pacific coast. The newly released Emergency Towing Vessel Needs Assessment is intended to inform decision makers, response professionals and the public regarding the extensive capabilities that are required to be able to respond to emergency towing scenarios.
Six conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court over the Canadian government's failure to issue an emergency order to protect the endangered southern resident killer whales (SRKW). The application names the federal fisheries and environment ministers as respondents and asks for a court order compelling the government to recommend emergency protection for the whales and their habitat. The Chamber of Shipping released a statement affirming our commitment to working with stakeholders in pursuing effective measures to address potential ship impacts to the SRKW's survivability. Participation levels in the voluntary speed reduction in Haro Strait have been impressive so far in the second year of the trial. The federal government issued a news release in response to the lawsuit, outlining the actions being taken to address the recovery of the species at risk. Stakeholders are invited to share their views on the Amended Recovery Strategy for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales through a commentary period ending November 3, 2018. Ecojustice, a non-profit organization of lawyers and scientists, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defence, Greenpeace Canada, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the Wilderness Committee.
Shortly after the ILWU Local 502 representing Planners and Assistant Planners for GCT Canada served strike notice on Sept. 3rd, a tentative five-year collective agreement for GCT Canada Planners and Assistant Planners was reached. ILWU Local 502 withdrew its strike notice and is now recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement. This will be the first collective agreement for the GCT planners.
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that Canada’s regulatory review of Trans Mountain’s pipeline expansion project was flawed and that the government must re-submit its project plans to the National Energy Board. The decision means the National Energy Board must conduct a new review of the impacts of increased tanker traffic on the marine environment and that the government must consult more meaningfully with First Nations. Perhaps a good reminder to us all is the Federal Court’s interpretation of consultation which must involve “responsive, considered, and meaningful dialogue” between parties, and “is not simply a process of exchanging information.” Shortly after the court ruling Thursday, company shareholders voted more than 99 per cent in favour of the sale.
The 11th annual Cycling for Seafarers fundraiser held this past weekend was a tremendous success despite the wet weather. The senior chaplain, Reverend Peter Smyth expresses, “On behalf of everyone at the Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver, BC a big thank you goes to all the corporate sponsors and individuals for your support. This financial support will enable the Mission to continue the work of caring for the seafarers in the Port of Vancouver. The good food and good company made it a fun event with cyclists able to stretch their legs for a good cause. Already looking forward to 2019.” Photos from the event, courtesy of Jane McIvor of BC Shipping News, are available on Flickr.
The Halifax Port Authority has unveiled its expansion plans to accommodate larger container vessels. Phase one of the project will include a temporary expansion of Halterm that will take the existing pier 42 and extend it to the south about 135 metres in length and 63 metres wide to allow two ultra-class container ships to tie up by 2020. Phase two would be a more permanent expansion of Halterm to the north, expanding the terminal’s capacity to 800,000TEU. The port authority is will cover the $35 million cost for the temporary expansion.
The Government of Québec is providing a total of $185 million in financial assistance to BlackRock Metals to support the construction of an open pit mine of iron, vanadium and titanium near Chibougamau, in the Nord-du-Québec region. In addition, a further $63 million will go to the Saguenay Port Authority for energy infrastructure that will include a secondary processing plant in the Grande-Anse sector of the industrial port area. The project represents investments valued at nearly $1.3 billion and will create more than 800 jobs during the construction of the mine and mill. Some 200 jobs will also be created during the operation of the mine, while the operation of the processing plant will result in the creation of about 300 jobs. The Québec Maritime Strategy aims for an optimal and responsible use of Quebec's maritime potential. It will generate, by 2030, billions of dollars in investments and support the creation of 30,000 direct jobs in all regions of Quebec.
Environmental concerns over a proposal to open Canada's only commercial spaceport near the small community of Canso, NS have been raised. While not for Canada’s “space force,” the Canso Spaceport Facility is a proposed 20-hectare site aimed at attracting firms that want to put satellites into orbit. The project's backer, Maritime Launch Services, was recently informed by Nova Scotia's environment minister it must address a number of concerns before it can proceed with the project, including a response to any accidental discharge of unsymmetrical dimenthyl hydrazine (UDH) on the land or surface water. Nova Scotia's Environment Minister Margaret Miller has determined that the environmental assessment requires further work and the company has one year to provide additional information and studies. The $155M spaceport plans to have 8 launches by 2022.
Congratulations to Christopher J. Giaschi, partner at Giaschi & Margolis, for his appointment as judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. He replaces Justice S.A. Griffin, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal effective February 6, 2018.
The Québec Port Authority (QPA) has appointed Don Krusel as the new managing director of the Port of Québec's $190M container terminal project. The Port of Québec has expansion plans in the Beauport sector that would see 17 hectares of graded land added to adjacent available lands, for an additional 610 metre wharf line with a depth of 16 meters. The Port of Québec would use the new land to build a new deepwater container terminal with direct intermodal access to major rail and highway networks. With the new container terminal and its 15 metre draft, the St. Lawrence River will finally boast a real alternative to the deepwater ports of the Eastern Seaboard.