Friday, 28 September 2018 14:37

Vancouver joins World Ports Climate Action

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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:

  1. Increasing efficiency of supply chains using digital tools.
  2. Advancing common and ambitious public policy approaches on emission reductions within larger geographical areas.
  3. Accelerating development of in-port renewable power-to-ship solutions or other zero emission solutions.
  4. Accelerating the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems.
  5. Accelerating efforts to fully decarbonize cargo-handling facilities in our ports.

Friday, 28 September 2018 14:33

Changes at Seaspan

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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.

Friday, 21 September 2018 14:48

Path forward established for TMX

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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.

Friday, 21 September 2018 14:43

Steelhead LNG contracts design of newbuilds

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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.

Friday, 21 September 2018 14:39

Seaspan closes US$150M Public Offering

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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.

Friday, 21 September 2018 14:35

BIV statistics on NIMBY-ism

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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.

Friday, 14 September 2018 11:30

GCT Canada Planners Ratify Agreement

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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. 

Friday, 14 September 2018 11:29

Clear Seas releases ETV needs assessment

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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.

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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.

Friday, 07 September 2018 15:47

GCT reaches tentative agreement with ILWU

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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.

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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.

Friday, 31 August 2018 14:53

Mission to Seafarers thanks you!

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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.

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