Two of our longstanding Principal members, Empire Shipping Agency and Compass Marine Services, have joined forces to create a new venture - Wheelhouse Shipping Agency.  Their combined staff, experience and expertise will put them in a strong position for shipping agency on the West Coast.  The address for Wheelhouse Shipping Agency will be suite 640 - 1050 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC  V6E 3S7 and website: wheelhouseshipping.com.    For more information view the attached press release.

Friday, 03 February 2017 09:40

Port Saint John signs Xanatos Marine

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North Vancouver member company, Xanatos Marine, has received a contract to install a multi-layer Vessel Traffic Monitoring System at Port Saint John to enhance its maritime domain awareness.  Port Saint John is Canada’s third largest port by volume and has a diverse cargo base which handles an average of 28 million metric tonnes of cargo annually. The deep-water port's user community includes fishing, oil and gas, cargo, pleasure crafts, ferries and cruise ships. The first phase of the project includes the innovative TITAN Sentinel VTMS software solution from Xanatos Marine, AIS, multiple long-range day/night cameras along with computing and display systems. The system sensors will be installed at three sites providing a maximum coverage area. Xanatos Marine will be providing system training and ongoing service as part of the companies complete support program.  The project is scheduled to be completed and delivered by April 2017. 


The US Coast Guard's Marine Safety Center has received its fourth application for Ballast Water Management System type-approval.  The BalClor Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Sunrui Environmental Engineering, Co. Ltd. uses electrolysis technology and its treating process consists of Filtration, Electrolysis and Neutralization. 

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The Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation have established an agreement on Environmental Monitoring of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project.  Through this historic agreement, First Nations will work directly with provincial and federal authorities to ensure the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project is developed in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.  The committee is the product of input and feedback from Indigenous peoples regarding their desire to play an active role in monitoring the project on an ongoing basis and affirms the federal government's commitment to the Interim Approach and Principles for environmental assessments.  The co-operative agreement sets out the principles, structure, and roles and responsibilities of an Environmental Monitoring Committee for the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project, in British Columbia.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:49

Khouri named acting chair of the FMC

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Michael Khouri has been named acting chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Donald Trump, replacing Mario Cordero.  Khouri joined the FMC in December 2009 and is one of two Republican commissioners, the other being Rebecca Dye.  Khouri has worked in the maritime industry for 45 years, holding positions in marine vessel operations, legal and executive positions. He also served on the board of directors at the Waterways Council, Inc. and the American Waterways Operators.

Khouri now leads the FMC as it considers how to respond to a shipper-led rulemaking petition to require container lines and terminals to extend free time for container storage or equipment use when ports are disrupted by events outside the control of shippers, truckers, and transport intermediaries. In addition to reviewing the proposal and determining whether to proceed, the agency will also be closely monitoring the launch of three new carrier alliances on April 1.

Elaine Chao was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Transportation by a vote of 93-6 earlier this week.

Friday, 27 January 2017 13:22

BWM - Beyond Type Approval


The US Coast Guard article "Ballast Water Management - Beyond Type Approval" has been posted by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). The article discusses the next steps in the ballast water management (BWM) process now that various BWM systems have received type approval.   To date, over 13,000 requests for extensions to vessel compliance dates have been received and the USCG has granted just under 12,000 requests, and recently denied 9 requests. Due to the volume of these requests and time that it takes to review them, it is extremely important for vessel owners/operators to pay close attention to the extension requirements. 

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Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 02/2017 outlining interim measures for small marine diesel engines with respect to compliance with IMO Tier III nitrogen oxides emissions standards set out in the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations.  The bulletin applies to Canadian vessels, that voyage within Canadian waters with a combined nameplate propulsion power of less than 750 kW, installing a small marine diesel engine with a power rating between 130 kilowatts and 750 kilowatts, that must comply with subsection 110.3 (4) of the Regulation.

Friday, 27 January 2017 12:18

Korea revives shipping industry

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The Korean government has earmarked a 6.5 trillion won ($5.57 billion) subsidy program to boost the competitiveness of the nation`s embattled shipping industry. Hyundai Merchant Marine is expected to receive a $644 million rescue package that will involve buying 44 container vessels from HMM and leasing them back to the operator.  The government has allocated 2.6 trillion won to finance orders for new vessels and State lenders have been asked to create a maritime fund to subsidize a local shipper to purchase the terminal at Busan New Port from Hanjin Shipping.

Friday, 27 January 2017 11:46

CFIA cost recovery consultations


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has initiated its first phase of consultations on the cost recovery of services provided in its efforts in safeguarding food, animals and plants. From January 26 to March 31, 2017, the CFIA is undertaking consultations with Canadian businesses and consumers. During the phase one consultations, the CFIA is seeking input on:

  • a proposed streamlined list of services that allows fees to be charged consistently for similar CFIA services
  • proposed service standards
  • the appropriate level of cost sharing between regulated parties and taxpayers
  • impacts of potential fee increases on businesses

Comments should be submitted by March 31, 2017 to:

Director – User Fees
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y9
or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The CFIA is not proposing any changes to fees at this time. It will consult on a proposal for new and updated fees as part of a second phase of the consultations.

Friday, 27 January 2017 10:55

Garneau delivers speech on OPP

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The Transport Minister, Honourable Marc Garneau, was in Vancouver this week to address the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan and the briefly the 2030 Vision for Transportation.  The Chamber of Shipping and Green Marine were both recognized in the Minister's speech in reference to initiatives underway to address underwater noise and the recovery strategies for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales.  

Friday, 27 January 2017 10:48

Western Diversification Call for Proposals

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The Western Diversification Program (WDP) has issued a Call for Proposals which will expire on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  WDP is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives with not-for-profit organizations that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.  Eligible activities for this round of funding must directly support one (or more) of WD Strategic Priorities on clean technology and/or Indigenous economic growth.  For more information on the criteria or application process visit: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/301.asp.

Friday, 27 January 2017 10:42

FMC opposes tug services bid

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The Federal Maritime Commission has voted to disapprove the agreement amendment involving Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL), Eukor Car Carriers, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier LLC (ARC), and Hyundai Glovis.  The cooperative working agreement between four roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) carriers had hoped to negotiate collectively for US tug services.   

The American Waterways Operators argued that “foreign carriers should not be permitted to collectively negotiate rates with domestic maritime service providers, including tugboat operators. Such a provision would allow ocean carriers to gain an advantaged bargaining position because domestic entities have no counterbalancing ability to take collective action with immunity from the antitrust laws of the United States.”


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