Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:50

Centerm's new crane set to arrive

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DP World Vancouver is expecting delivery of its new quay crane with the arrival of the MV Zhen Hua around February 17th.  The new crane, manufactured by ZMPC will be one of the largest and most advanced cranes in the Port and will increase Centerm's operational capacity with twin-twenty capability, 23 rows wide and 10 containers high on deck.  The vessel will be using Berth 5 and is expected to be there for a period of 5 days during the off loading process.  The new crane is expected to commence regular operation around April 2, 2017 and during the 5 week period, Berth 5 will be partially available.

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is accepting director nominations for the port authority's Board of Directors. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017.  The nominating committee is seeking eligible candidates who have generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community. They should also possess relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, to the operation of a port or to maritime trade.  For more information visit:

Friday, 10 February 2017 15:46

Zeaborn Group takes over Rickmers-Linie

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German shipping firm Zeaborn has announced the acquisition of rival breakbulk shipper Rickmers-Linie.  The acquisition will see Zeaborn take over all locations, employees, management and the charter fleet of Rickmers-Linie, including subsidiaries NPC Projects and MCC Marine Consulting & Contracting. Rickmers-Linie will remain as a separate company, continuing its brand and business.

Headquartered in Bremen in the north of Germany, Zeaborn will now expand to operate a combined fleet to 50 multipurpose vessels, with deadweight capacities between 7,500 and 30,000 tonnes. Employee count is expected rise to almost 200.

Rickmers-Linie is one of the leading breakbulk shippers worldwide, and the acquisition brings with it offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S., as well as an extensive agency network.

Friday, 10 February 2017 15:34

Hong Kong release compliance levels for LSF

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Since July 1, 2015, ocean-going vessels (OGVs) must use compliant fuel for combustion purposes for operating any of the specified machinery while at berth in Hong Kong (except during the first hour and the last hour of the berthing period), and compliant fuel means low sulphur marine fuel (i.e. marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5 per cent by weight), liquefied natural gas or any other fuel approved by the air pollution control authority. As at January 2017, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) conducted surprise inspections to 166 ocean-going vessels (OGVs) berthed mainly in the vicinity of residential areas. The number of inspections at different berthing locations is shown in the table below:

Berthing locations Number of Inspections
Container Terminals 153
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal/Ocean Terminal 9
Buoys / Anchorages 4

As at end of January 2017, the EPD spotted four non-compliance cases and initiated prosecutions accordingly.  Owners and masters of the OGVs concerned were convicted and fined in a range from $5,000 to $15,000.

From July 2015 to June 2016, the average concentration of sulphur dioxide recorded at the Kwai Chung Air Quality Monitoring Station was 50 per cent lower than that recorded in the preceding 12 months when it was downwind of the container terminals. This indicated an improvement of air quality at areas, including coastal areas, affected by emissions of OGV at berth subsequent to the implementation of the Regulation.

Friday, 10 February 2017 14:08

CN announces $2.5 billion for infrastructure

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CN has announced a C$2.5 billion capital program in 2017 focused on hardening its core infrastructure. Approximately C$500 million is expected to be spent on equipment, expansion projects and information technology initiatives to serve growing business, improve service for customers and advance safety. This includes planned growth investments to capitalize on Canadian west coast port expansions and key customer projects, and safety technology investments such as wayside inspection systems and track testing vehicles.  Approximately $1.6 billion will be spent on track infrastructure, work on bridges, and 600 miles of new rail, while US$1.2 billion will be spent on the implementation of safety technology mandated by the US Congress.

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Environment Minister Mary Polak and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender have issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement project, which includes:

  • building a new 10-lane, clear span bridge over the South Arm of the Fraser River;
  • replacing the Westminster Highway, Steveston Highway and Highway 17A interchanges;
  • widening Highway 99 between Bridgeport Road in Richmond and Highway 91 in Delta to accommodate dedicated transit/High Occupancy Vehicle lanes; and
  • decommissioning the George Massey Tunnel.

There are 33 conditions that are part of the Environmental Assessment Certificate. Design requirements are specified in the certified project description. Each of the conditions and the certified project description are legally binding requirements that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must meet to be in compliance with the certificate. A record of the factors that the ministers considered in making their decision can be found in the Reasons for Ministers’ Decision at:

Key findings that assisted ministers in concluding that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur from the project include:

  • the design of a clear span bridge across the Fraser River to avoid instream footprint effects on fish and fish habitat;
  • tunnel decommissioning would not result in changes to the size of vessels using the Fraser River; and
  • analysis that indicated the project would eliminate congestion delays and idling at the tunnel, providing relief for a number of local Richmond roads.

Key conditions and requirements mean that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must:

  • Develop a management plan to minimize potential impacts on fish and fish habitat during project construction;
  • Develop a fish habitat offsetting plan that includes restoration of Green Slough and Deas Slough;
  • Establish a marine users group and develop a plan to manage marine access during construction to reduce potential disruption to commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal marine users;
  • Ensure access to fisheries for Aboriginal and commercial fishers during project construction;
  • Participate in any initiatives related to the monitoring, assessment, or management of cumulative environmental effects;
  • Develop a traffic and access management plan and establish a transportation working group for Highway 99, in order to share the results of traffic monitoring data and identify and discuss the operation of transportation infrastructure and the integration with adjacent infrastructure; and
  • Continue to consult with Aboriginal groups, including during the development of management plans, and provide opportunities for Aboriginal groups to participate in environmental monitoring activities.


The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended the comment period on its proposed modification and revocation of ruling letters relating to Customs application of the Jones Act to the transportation of certain merchandise and equipment between coastwise points mentioned in last week's newsletter to April 18. CBP also seeks comments on whether a further extension of the comment period is warranted. 

Friday, 10 February 2017 12:47

Key appointments announced by Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service that included the Commissioner's job at the Canadian Coast Guard.  Jody Thomas, currently Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard will become the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence effective March 13, 2017 and taking on the role of Commissioner is Jeffery Hutchinson, currently Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard.  

Today, the Prime Minister named Jim Leech as the Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank.  Mr. Leech will work in collaboration with the Privy Council Office, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Minister of Finance to expedite the swift and successful creation of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.  The Canada Infrastructure Bank is a key component of the government’s Investing in Canada plan and will provide innovative financing for infrastructure projects, and help more projects get built in Canada. 

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BC Ferries’ Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mark F. Collins as President and CEO effective April 1, 2017. A senior marine executive for the past 20 years, Mr. Collins’ experience includes roles as the President of Rolls Royce Marine Brazil and Italy, and Vice President of Global Technical Services, CSL Group. Mr. Collins is currently Vice President of Strategic Planning & Community Engagement at BC Ferries, and was the Vice President, Engineering between 2004 and 2012.

Friday, 10 February 2017 12:37

Salish Raven artwork revealed

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BC Ferries, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Musqueam Nation revealed today the third of three Coast Salish artistic designs for BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels. Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Raven. The artwork will also be displayed inside the vessel for customers to view along with a profile of the artist. Coast Salish artist Thomas Cannell’s design depicts the beauty of the powerful, intelligent raven. 

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The Maritime Employers Association has concluded an historic 9-year agreement with the CUPE Trois-Rivières/Bécancour Local section 1375 which represents 103 longshoremen working at the Ports of Trois-Rivières and Bécancour. The agreement includes more flexibility regarding working hours to better meet the expectations of these Ports' clientele and to deal more effectively in an increase of tonnage; this being possible subsequent to the Trois-Rivières Port's expansion and to the implementation of the Quebec government's Maritime strategy.

The agreement also provides a wage increase as well as a significant augmentation to the pension fund's contribution for all longshoremen. The MEA claims that the modifications to the Collective Agreement will be leading to the creation of more job positions in the following weeks and therefore an increase in the pool of employees. 

The MEA has for mandate to act on behalf of its Members in the negotiation and management of the collective agreements for more than 1,400 employees working in the Ports of Montreal, Trois-Rivières/Bécancour, Hamilton and Toronto.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:46

Thorco Crown suffers engine room fire

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The Canadian Coast Guard was called to assist a disabled cargo ship Tuesday about 32 nautical miles off the coast of Port aux Basques.  The Thorco Crown was en route to Montreal when the fire broke out in Cabot Strait. The Thorco Crown, a 13-year-old vessel, registered to Antigua and Barbuda, was en route to Montreal after having unloaded cargo in Argentia on Sunday evening.  The crew was able to extinguish the fire but the ship had become disabled.  The vessel was towed into Nova Scotia port Thursday night and the Canadian Coast Guard said there was no pollution as a result of the situation and that all 13 crew members are safe.

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