Friday, 28 April 2017 13:41

Workers' Memorial Day

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International Day of Mourning or Workers’ Memorial Day is recognized every year on April 28. The day’s purpose is to remember and honour those who’ve lost their lives in work-related incidents or to occupational disease.  Although progress has been made in making workplaces safer for workers, more still needs to be done. For example, according to the most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, in 2015, there were 852 workplace deaths in Canada.  This is also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. The Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers will observe Day of Mourning in a variety of ways. Some light candles, lay wreaths, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.


Friday, 28 April 2017 13:11

Sewol wreck recovered

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The salvaged wreck of South Korea's Sewol ferry finally made it to land, and was moved by module transporters at a port in Mokpo 410km south-west of Seoul. This came almost three weeks after the sunken ferry was raised from the depths. The Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, killing more than 300 people, most of them high school students on a school excursion. Inspectors will start searching for any remains of the nine victims who are still unaccounted for.  

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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) believes that a shipper's misdeclaration of hazardous cargo resulted in the fire that broke out on the MSC Daniela early this month while she was en route to Port Said from Singapore.  The 13,800 TEU vessel was forced to re-route to Colombo where Sri Lankan and Indian vessels spent more than 12 hours extinguishing the blaze.

Friday, 28 April 2017 12:54

Pier 66 re-opens this season

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The Port of Seattle has kicked off its biggest cruise season yet with more than one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.  The Port of Seattle's renovated Pier 66 cruise facility opens this year and will serve as the homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line. This 15-year lease is estimated to generate $2.3 billion in total business revenue for the region, nearly 900 jobs and more tham $65 million in state and local taxes.

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The federal and provincial government have reacted strongly to the Trump Administration's 20% tariff on Canada's softwood lumber exports to the US.  The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, released a joint statement that "the Government of Canada will vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry, including through litigation. In ruling after ruling since 1983, international tribunals have disproved the unfounded subsidy and injury allegations from the US industry. We have prevailed in the past and we will do so again."  There is a commitment to working with the US to achieve a mutually beneficial solution.  BC Premier Christy Clark who is currently in the midst of an election campaign, has retaliated by encouraging Prime Minister Trudeau to ban the export of US thermal coal through Canadian ports.  Billionaire Jim Pattison, the biggest investor in Westshore Terminals Investment and major shareholder in Canfor has a lot to lose in this trade war.  


We are pleased to announce that our President, Robert Lewis-Manning has been appointed to the Species at Risk Advisory Committee, which is a multi-stakeholder advisory body, established under subsection 9(1) of the Species at Risk Act with a mandate to provide advice on the administration of the Act.  The first meeting of the Committee was held this week and included a ministerial round table with the Environment and Climate Change Minister, the Honourable Catherine McKenna.  Pursuant to Section 127 of the Species at Risk Act, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change must, at least once every two years, convene a round table of persons interested in matters respecting the protection of wildlife species at risk in Canada to advise the Minister on those matters. 

Friday, 28 April 2017 11:47

CP meets with gateway stakeholders

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Canadian Pacific (CP), and senior officials from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the Montreal Port Authority, Global Container Terminals Canada, Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, DP World Canada, Logistec Corp. and Fraser Surrey Docks yesterday met at CP's head office in Calgary to discuss their commitment to working together in promoting Canada's largest and two most important gateways to the international supply chain.  In February of this year, CP made significant changes to its international intermodal bench including the appointment of Jonathan Wahba as Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Grain.

Friday, 28 April 2017 11:32

CBP releases comments on Jones Act



The US Customs and Border Protection has published comments received to its notice of proposed modification and revocation of ruling letters relating to CBP’s application of the Jones Acton its trade website.  The deadline for comments was April 18, 2017.  As reported previously the key item of debate is the definition of vessel equipment that CBP has used in its coastwide trade rulings since the 1930s. Lobbyists for the maritime industry point to early statements by Trump cabinet officials, including Treasury Secretary Elaine Chao, in support of strengthening the Jones Act, but it remains unclear if the administration is willing to push forward a change opposed by American Petroleum Institute and others in the oil and gas sector.

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Cruise ships, together with their passengers and crew, make a significant annual contribution to the Canadian economy – and cruise industry spending is increasing at a healthy rate in all three of Canada’s major coastal cruise regions – BC, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.  The study, entitled The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Canada 2016, prepared by Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) finds that the industry's total economic impact of $3.2 billion – including direct and indirect spending – increased 34% since 2012, attributed to gains in cruise line, passenger and crew spending, along with increases in business taxes such as those on food, fuel and retail items, and a favourable Canadian exchange rate. The 9% increase in passenger visits between 2012 and 2016 is about to be eclipsed by a 14% single-year growth forecast for 2017, ensuring further gains in cruise industry spending in the coming year.


Friday, 28 April 2017 11:04

VFPA 2016 Blue Circle Awards Recipients


Twelve shipping lines and two cruise lines are the recipients of the eighth annual Blue Circle Awards presented by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.  The Blue Circle Awards recognize marine carriers that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest participation rates in the port authority’s EcoAction program.  The program recognizes vessels that exceed the environmental standards for marine air emissions and underwater noise. This year's recipients are: 

  • CMA CGM (since 2013)
  • Disney Cruise Line (since 2009)
  • Evergreen Line
  • Grieg Star (6th award)
  • Hamburg Süd
  • Hapag-Lloyd (7th award)
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine (since 2013)
  • “K” Line (since 2009)
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company (since 2013)
  • NYK Line
  • Princess Cruises (since 2009)
  • The China Navigation Company
  • United Arab Shipping Company
  • Yang Ming

Friday, 28 April 2017 10:47

GCT announces Global Commitment

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In celebration of Earth Day on April 21st, Global Container Terminals announced that preserving the planet is its priority in everything they do, from operating procedures to equipment deployed. A new Global Commitment seal serves as a visible pledge for a sustainable future. Eight new, electric cantilevered rail mounted gantry cranes and two ship-to-shore Megamax cranes at GCT Deltaport are among the first to bear the seal but moving forward, it will be placed on all new heavy iron GCT equipment that meets its environmentally friendly standards.

Friday, 21 April 2017 14:37

Ship's crew rescue whale

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This week a video was shared of a crew member on board the Cheikh El Mokrani LNG tanker jumped from the deck of the ship to help a fellow seafarer in a lifeboat rescue a large whale entangled in a fishing net.  It was happy ending thanks to the determined efforts of the crew.  (Thanks to Lucky H. for sharing this story.)

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