Kudos to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for receiving the 2017 North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) Marine Environment Protection Award that is awarded in recognition of an individual or organization’s efforts in environmental stewardship as exemplified by a commitment to a program which has specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement, and which is innovative and goes beyond minimum environmental compliance. The awards are given out annually and recognize companies, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals whose efforts support NAMEPA’s mission to “Save Our Seas.” The port authority has won in the ports category.
The Royal Canadian Navy is changing its procedures in response to concerns from whale watchers about the effect of its explosive training exercises on nearby whale populations. After a confrontation with whale watchers that witnessed explosions occurring in the proximity of orcas, the navy has now increased its safety radius from one to two kilometres, along with reducing the number of explosives used by half. Military officials say the new measures are just a precaution and that whales were not at risk previously, but whale watchers are still concerned noise and vibration can damage the echo-location system that orcas use to hunt and to find their way underwater.
The Hereditary Chiefs' Council of Lax Kw'alaams has issued a declaration out of frustration for not being consulted on the establishment of the Great Bear Rainforest or the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, Bill C-48. Nine tribes are concerned that these decisions will have significant impacts on their members' ability to eke out a living and precludes the leadership from selecting balanced holistic options in the productive use of their traditional territories. The declaration goes as far as rejecting the interference of outside environmental NGOs (especially those foreign-based) who appear to be dictating government policy within their traditional territory. The Council intend to protect their inherent rights by exercising the full authority of indigenous, Canadian, and international law.
The Vancouver Mission to Seafarers this week hosted a meeting of Regional Mission to Seafarers Directors from across the globe. In addition to Reverend Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the Mission based in the London HQ and Mr. Tom Boardley, Chair of the Mission’s Board of Trustees, the meeting was attended by representatives for Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, the Gulf and South Asia, East Asia, the United States and Oceania.
Tulip Misri passed away peacefully on September 6th after a valiant three-year battle against cancer. A service was held for her earlier this week, however the family requests donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the BC Cancer Foundation, in lieu of flowers. Tulip was well known through the industry as she eventually took over the family business, Maritime Couriers and Maritime Steamships Assistants.
Canadians, including Canadian business owners of all sizes and from all sectors are poised to benefit from unprecedented access to the EU market of half a billion customers, with a GDP of $22 trillion and procurement opportunities worth $3.3 trillion. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has provisionally removed 98% of tariff lines—9,000 tariff lines—will be duty- free, whether it’s wind turbines, timber or medical devices heading to the European Union or French wine, Italian vinegar or German tools coming to Canada. This benefits Canadian and European Union exporters, importers and, ultimately, consumers, who will enjoy more choices and lower costs for a variety of products and services. Canadian exporters now enjoy unprecedented duty-free access to the world’s largest import market for agriculture and agri-food. Canadian industry estimates CETA will boost agriculture and agri-food exports by up to $1.5 billion annually. This historic Agreement will give the sector a competitive advantage in the EU and help Canada move towards meeting its target to grow agri-food exports to at least $75 billion annually by 2025.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has appointed Michael Robert John McPhie as Chairperson of Ridley Terminals Inc. for a term of five years. Mr. McPhie holds a Master of Science in Environment and Management, and has completed a Directors Education Program at the Simon Fraser University/Institute of Corporate Directors. Since 2014, he has been Managing Director at JSD Gold Ltd. and Executive Chairman at IDM Mining Ltd. He is also CEO and founder of Falkirk Resources Consultants Ltd.
President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing economic sanctions against any person that, among other things, operates in the transportation industries in North Korea or is engaged in the importation or exportation to North Korea of any goods, services, or technology.
On September 20th the Federal Maritime Commission met to receive briefings in open session on changes to the agreement review process, progress with the Supply Chain Innovation Teams, and the recently concluded London International Shipping Week. In a closed session, it received a briefing on Petition Number P4-16, the petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for rulemaking. Petition Number P4-16 concerns demurrage, detention and per diem business practices and charges being assessed at various ports around the country by marine terminal operators (MTO) and vessel ocean common carriers (VOCCs). Following discussions on the various causes of such assessments and the wide variety of MTO and VOCC business practices disclosed by the comments, the Commission voted to hold public hearings on the petition. Witnesses to be invited to testify at the hearing will include: legal representatives of the petitioners, trade and shipper associations representing various interests, individual importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics companies, trucking and drayage companies, VOCCs, port authorities, and MTOs.
The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long has completed its historic voyage through Canada’s Northwest Passage and is heading towards the Bering Strait near Alaska in China’s first circumnavigation of the Arctic. Xue Long voyage started in east China's Qingdao at the end of August and will cover around 35,000 sea miles in its 260-day mission which is scheduled to finish in Qingdao on May 15, 2018. The vessel, operated by the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, is conducting scientific research and exploring new shipping routes created by the melting Arctic seas. Sharing the journey through the Northwest Passage are Canadian scientists and an ice navigator.
Norway's IMS group AS announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the OceanSaver Trustee to acquire the ballast water management system (BWMS). Last week OceanSaver filed a petition to liquidate with Norway's Register of Bankruptcies last week, shortly after losing an arbitration against filter maker Bollfilter Nordic and had to pay both sides’ a sum that has not been made public. OceanSaver’s BWMS was one of the firsts to secure US Coast Guard type-approval on 2016, but blamed the IMO's MEPC 71 decision to defer installation deadlines by two years as having a major impact on the market for retrofitting ballast treatment systems. In addition, ship newbuilding activity continues to be low and the combination has led to significant downward pressure on equipment prices. OceanSaver has sold approximately 200 ballast water treatment systems.
A.P. Moller-Maersk has agreed a $1.71 billion deal to sell its oil tanker division to the controlling shareholder, APMH Invest A/S (APMHI), who in turn will enter an ownership consortium with Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Maersk Tankers is the second unit to go following the APM group's decision last fall to sell its energy-related business to focus on container shipping and logistics. Last month APM sold its oil and gas business to French energy group, Total, in a $7.45 billion deal. APMHI is a 100% owned subsidiary of A.P. Møller Holding A/S who is the controlling shareholder of APMM. Maersk Tankers will continue trading as “Maersk Tankers” and will continue using the APMM seven-pointed star-logo as part of its brand.
China's CNOOC Ltd. has cancelled a liquefied natural gas project planned for Digby Island in Prince Rupert. CNOOC, through its Calgary-based Nexen unit, and its partners, has announced its decision to scrap Aurora LNG, stating, “. . . the current macro-economic environment does not currently support the partners' vision of developing a large LNG business at the proposed Digby Island site." Through Nexen, CNOOC owns 60 per cent of Aurora LNG. The remaining 40 per cent is held by Inpex Corp., JGC Corp., and JOGMEC, all based in Japan. The $20-billion deal to buy the Digby Island site was aimed at eventually shipping 24 million tonnes of LNG product from BC to Asia every year.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a Notice of Amendment, dated September 8, 2017, for the Port Information Guide. The amendments are to be published in the Port Information Guide on or after October 8, 2017 following a 30-day notification and comment period. Included in the proposed amendment is the designation and introduction of the First Narrows Movement Restriction Area (MRA-1) and associated procedures which govern the movement of all vessel traffic of this area. The Notice of Amendment, and a draft copy of the Port Information Guide including proposed amendments, is available at https://www.portvancouver.com/news-and-media/news/notice-of-amendment-port-information-guide/?doing_wp_cron=1504913001.9219489097595214843750.
Widely praised as a visionary leader, Prince Rupert Port Authority's CEO and President, Don Krusel, has announced his retirement after 25 years shortly after participating in the opening of the second berth at Fairview Container Terminal. Krusel first joined the port in 1987 as the chief financial officer and was appointed CEO and President in 1992. During Mr. Krusel’s tenure, his tenacity was instrumental in overseeing the conversion of Fairview Terminal from a forest and agri-products facility to the fastest growing container terminal in North America. Under his leadership, a number of foundational port projects have been completed, including the development of the Northland Cruise Terminal, Westview Wood Pellet Export Terminal, Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor, Ridley Island project cargo facility, and Fairview Container Terminal conversion and recent expansion. Krusel's leadership will be missed throughout the port communities across Canada. PRPA’s Chief Financial Officer Joe Rektor will be assuming the role of interim President and CEO, effective immediately. There will be a search for Mr. Krusel’s replacement.
Congratulations to BC Ferries as they are one of recipients of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards announced in Singapore last week. The awards recognize outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness. Among the winners was BC Ferries (British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. and BC Ferry & Marine Workers’ Union) – one of the largest ferry operators in the world - for the Global Safety Award. Jury President Mieke Jacobs, Executive Coach with 20 years of Operations Management experience at DuPont, said that jury members were particularly impressed by both the quality and quantity of the projects submitted for consideration this year. “This growth is quite heartening, as I feel quite strongly that the recognition of positive contributions to workplace safety and corporate sustainability is crucial in galvanising the public and private sectors to promote and pursue improvement projects.”
Congratulations to Marko Dekovic, Vice President, Public Affairs for GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., for being named as one of Vancouver's top Forty under 40 for 2017. The awards highlight the achievements of 40 of BC’s outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals. Winners are under 40 and have demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution. Each winner will be profiled in Business in Vancouver on December 4.