Vancouver, May 25, 2017 – As a new report reveals the substantial value of shipping to Canadians across the country, the industry seeks assurance from the Government of Canada that coastal management will recognize the need to secure marine trade corridors through a focused spatial planning effort. Today, the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping released a study, The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada, estimating the economic value of commercial shipping at $30 billion. At 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, thousands of Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment. These figures are significant and reflect a dependence on marine transportation to support trade activity as Canada pivots its focus to markets overseas and increasingly away from…
Vancouver, May 12, 2017 – The Canadian government’s decision to implement a moratorium on crude oil shipment to and from ports in Northern British Columbia sends a dangerous economic signal while not addressing risk appropriately. The Chamber of Shipping strongly advocates for the vigorous protection of our pristine coastlines, and we have been proud to lend our voice to the chorus of support for initiatives like the government’s Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). Our members have eagerly participated in a range of programs designed to advance safe shipping practices and reduce our ecological impact. However, we do not support the moratorium announced today. Firstly, it contradicts a crucial pillar of the federal government’s stated approach to environmental protection: evidence-based decision making. It also flies in the face of the OPP, which commits to focusing resources on determining and addressing real safety…
The Oceans Act’s Marine Protected AreasStanding Committee on Fisheries and OceansMay 9, 2017 09:15 – 10:45Rm 228, Valour Building, 151 Sparks Street Speaking Notes for Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping Good morning Mr. Chair and members of the Committee. I am pleased to join you for a brief discussion this morning about the key role that the Oceans Act and Marine Protected Areas play in the management and protection of Canada’s coastal environment and how our industry integrates into this management approach to support both protection and trade. Overall, I hope that you will appreciate that there is an increasing need for coastal management that is transparent, predictable, and adaptable. While significant progress is being made by all stakeholders involved in coastal protection, there are several aspects where modest investments in resources and changes in approach would yield significant…
Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:07

Response to NOAA on Whale Protection Zone

  Samuel D. Rauch IIIActing Assistant Administrator for FisheriesNational Marine Fisheries Service1315 East-West HighwaySilver Spring, MD 20910Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject:  Petition Under the Administrative Procedure Act Requesting that NMFS Establish a Whale Protection Zone to Support Recovery of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales Dear Mr. Rauch; The Chamber of Shipping appreciates the opportunity to comment on the “Petition to Establish a Whale Protection Zone for the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Distinct Population Segment Under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.” We have two significant concerns that we believe have not been adequately supported in the petition. The first is the potential negative impacts on the safety of large commercial vessels, and the second is the lack of supporting documentation to support the petition. Overall, this petition does not include sufficient information to analyze and evaluate the…
Ms. Katherine BamfordDirector, Trade DevelopmentVancouver Fraser Port Authority100 The Pointe, 999 Canada PlaceVancouver, BC V6C 3T4   Dear Ms. Bamford, Re: VFPA Priority Gateway Infrastructure Projects Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the 13 priority gateway infrastructure projects outlined in the letter and information package distributed on March 8th.  The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority continues to play a key role in identifying critical infrastructure projects that aim to improve the movement of goods to and from the port and securing much needed federal and provincial funding to implement these projects. While we are pleased that the Port is reaching out to its customers and is responding positively to previous recommendations, it remains difficult to differentiate the benefit of specific projects when the overall context and existing supply chain constraints are not fully apparent in the documentation. Furthermore, there…
Friday, 30 December 2016 09:27

Our 2016 Wrap Up

While 2016 was a very busy and challenging year for marine transportation worldwide, it was particulary active for the Chamber of Shipping as we adapted to working with a new federal government, continued to support industry through a challenging commercial period, formalized policy positions and advocacy strategies, and transitioned new leadership and staff. Early in the year, the federal government tabled the Canada Transportation Act Review Report, and later announced its strategic plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada (Transportation 2030) and the broad programming initiatives of the Oceans Protection Plan. Both Pacific Northwest LNG and Trans Mountain Expansion projects received federal approval this year, providing a degree of optimism for new  investments into the local economy and marine industry in general. While some outcomes in 2016 were tangible, some were less tangible and designed to prepare for and…
Monday, 31 October 2016 17:34

Roberts Bank T2 Endorsement

The Chamber of Shipping has submitted a conditional letter of support for the Robert Bank T2 development to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.  To read our submission view  Roberts Bank T2 Endorsement Letter.
Thursday, 29 September 2016 08:20

World Maritime Day 2016

NEWS RELEASE Chamber of Shipping Calls on Federal Government to Support Trade on World Maritime Day 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 Vancouver – The United Nation’s International Maritime Organization celebrates World Maritime Day today with a theme to remind us that “Shipping is Indispensable to the World.” Canada is a nation that is largely dependent on ships to move goods to and from coastal communities and international markets. An estimated 80 per cent of global trade by volume and 70 per cent by value are carried by sea and handled by ports worldwide. Recognizing concerns voiced on the cumulative impact of shipping, we encourage the federal government to foster the collaboration on marine spatial planning that currently includes communities, Indigenous People and stakeholders, including the Chamber of Shipping. An integrated coastal strategy that is developed through meaningful dialogue and actions…
Friday, 16 September 2016 08:38

Future of Transportation in Canada

On April 27, 2017 the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau began consulting Canadians, stakeholders, and provinces and territories, and Indigenous groups to hear their views and discuss ideas for a long-term agenda for transportation in Canada. The Minister focused on five themes: Safer transportation – How can we keep travellers and communities safe? Trade corridors to global markets – How can we get the best economic benefits from Canada's key trade routes to global markets? Green and innovative transportation – How can new technologies help us? The traveller – How can we provide Canadian travellers with better service as well as more, and more affordable choices? Waterways, coasts and the North – What improvements to the marine transportation system do you think would balance economic growth, greater environmental protection, and boating safety? View our response to the Minister on the Future of Canada's Transportation System. 
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:59

Submission on the SARA draft action plan

The Federal Government has issued a draft Action Plan for consultation as part of this species’ recovery strategy, as required by the Species at Risk Act (SARA). These species were listed as Threatened and Endangered in 2003 and have not seen any noticeable positive change since then. Consequently, there is significant pressure on the Government to implement measures quickly. In fact, the government has already received over 9,000 submissions during this consultation, many of which identify shipping as a major contributor to underwater noise, and are demanding that the government implement a “moratorium” and stop any growth in marine transportation activity that might add to the noise profile until such time as the cumulative impact is understood. SARA is a powerful law and there are regulatory options in this law that could have a significant impact the marine industry.  …
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