Northern Biomass Consulting Ltd., currently located in Prince George is moving its operations to Nanaimo adding 45 full-time and 200 contractor jobs to Central Vancouver Island. Talby McKay, President & owner of the company has a clear vision in renewable energy and resources. McKay has indicated that plans are in the works for a $20 million plant at Duke Point with a $50 million annual operating budget. Northern Biomass will occupy the Port Authority's original administration building located at 104 Front Street.
David Emerson, P.C., O.B.C., Chair of the Board for GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT)announced the appointment of Doron Grosman as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Doron replaces Stephen Edwards, who served in the position since 2012. On behalf of the entire organization, Mr. Emerson extends GCT’s sincere thanks to Stephen for his service leading the company, and wishes him well. Doron is a seasoned, multi-industry executive with with more than 30 years of leadership experience including in a variety of C-suite roles at global Fortune 1000 companies as well as middle market private equity-owned companies. Doron holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School as well as a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
The Trump administration has approved its first offshore drilling plan and gave Italian oil company Eni a quick green light on Wednesday to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it has approved the Eni Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan. The plan calls for drilling into a federal outer continental shelf (OCS) reservoir from a pre-existing gravel island. Eni US is a subsidiary of Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni S.p.A. In its plan, Eni describes its intent to drill four exploration wells into the federal submerged lands of the Beaufort Sea from its Spy Island Drillsite, a pre-existing facility located in Alaska state waters. Drilling will be conducted during the winter months only and is scheduled to begin in December 2017.
Snuneymuxw First Nation has informed the federal government that it expects to have Nation-to-Nation discussions on the future of Nanaimo harbour in order to bring alternative harbour governance models forward to replace the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA). In a letter written to Ministers Marc Garneau (Transport Canada), Jody Wilson-Raybould (Department of Justice) and Carolyn Bennett (Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs), Chief John Wesley of the Snuneymuxw First Nation said that Snuneymuxw and the surrounding community is united in its desire to work with the federal government on a new harbour governance model. This past April, both Snuneymuxw First Nation and the City of Nanaimo resolved to work with the marine industry and undertake innovative work to explore and develop a new harbour governance model. That work continues, and forms the basis of the upcoming public dialogue The Future of Nanaimo Harbour, to be hosted in September.
Dave Bedwell is officially retiring from his position as Executive Vice President of China Ocean Shipping (Canada) Inc. on September 1st. Dave was part of the management team that established China Ocean Shipping (Canada) Inc. in Canada in 1994 and is well know throughout industry as he has been a true champion for the ocean carriers. He will be retiring from his position as Vice Chair of the Chamber of Shipping, after serving 13 on its Board of Directors and he will also be stepping down from the BC Maritime Employers Association's Board of Directors where he has served for several years. His presence will be missed at the boardroom table and of course at our local golf tournaments, but no doubt the grass will be greener in Kelowna. Congratulations!
Following the recent deaths of seven North Atlantic Right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has highlighted work underway, including:
There has been an increased presence of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this year and more frequent sightings near shipping lanes. The population of endangered North Atlantic righ whales is around 500. Earlier this week, DFO and partners responded to a whale entanglement in the area. Tragically, one of the partners, Mr. Joe Howlett of the Campobello Whale Rescue, lost his life while attempting to free the whale.
The Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on July 13, 2016 set out new requirements for safety equipment, written safety procedures and vessel stability for small commercial fishing vessels operating in Canada.
The International Maritime Organization has released its report of the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held last week. Of significance are the draft amendments to the Ballast Water Management Convention which enters into force on September 8, 2017. The amendments provide existing ships a date for compliance with the D-2 standards that links to the renewal survey of the ship associated with the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate under MARPOL Annex I, essentially establishing the earliest date for compliance as September 8, 2019. Other achievements include identifying the scope of work needed to implement the 0.5% global limit of sulphur content of ships' fuel oil which will come into effect from January 1, 2020 and developing a strategic outline to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. and Shanghai International Port Group have offered $6.3 billion to acquire Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). Shareholders are being offered a 31 percent premium over the stock's last closing price and the Tung family, which founded OOCL in 1969, has agreed to sell its 68.7% stake, but the deal still needs regulatory approvals and consent from Cosco's investors. The combined entity will have a fleet of more than 400 ships, totaling a capacity of 2.9 million TEU including orderbook. Together Cosco and OOCL would operate the third largest mega-ship fleet and become the dominating player on the Asia Pacific trade and the second-largest mover of US containerized goods. Cosco has pledged to continue the OOCL brand, something Maersk and CMA CGM did with their respective acquisitions, retaining Hamburg Sud and APL. Over 12 global container carriers will remain in the market by early 2018 compared to 20 in 2016.
The Government of Canada is conducting public consultations on NAFTA in preparation for discussions with the United States and Mexico on the renegotiation of NAFTA. Input is sought on areas of the agreement that could be clarified, parts that should be updated or new sections that should be part of a modernized agreement. For more information on the consultation or to provide input, visit: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/consultations/nafta-alena/index.aspx?lang=eng.
Canada’s pulse industry has been granted another three-month reprieve from Indian pest treatment requirements for goods such as lentils and peas. The temporary exemption will expire on September 30th providing more time for the federal government to achieve a long-term, sustainable solution. AgCan also has confirmed that Canadian shippers will not be required to pay a fumigation fee upon arrival at Indian ports. India requires methyl bromide fumigation to guard against nematode pests from gaining a foothold in the country while Canada is trying to phase out the use of methyl bromide because it is classified as an ozone-depleting substance and the treatment prescribed doesn’t work in cold temperatures. India buys one-third of Canadian peas and lentils worth about $1.1 billion last year.
The Government of Canada has announced a $1.26-billion fund that will attract high-quality business investments leading to more jobs, skills and opportunities for Canadians. The Strategic Innovation Fund is a new program to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy. The program is now accepting application in four Streams, each with its own precise objective:
The US Coast Guard posted a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) to remind masters, owners/operators, agents and persons-in-charge of vessels that the United States is not signatory to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and Sediment (BWM Convention) and that vessels discharging ballast water (BW) into the waters of the US must comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D.
Under the US BW regulations, meeting the BWM Convention requirements for sequential exchange is not an acceptable BWM method for vessels beyond the compliance date specified in 33 CFR 151.1512 & 151.2035 without a valid Coast Guard extension. Accordingly, vessels beyond their compliance date are reminded to employ one of the following BWM methods when operating in the waters of the United States:
This week the Canadian delegation to the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) had two opportunities to put concerns on vessel radiated underwater noise on the international stage. Carrie Brown, Director Environmental Programs of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, provided an information session to IMO delegates of the work underway on the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program to better understand the impact of underwater shipping noise on the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Canada then took the stage the following day when Michelle Sanders, Director of Clean Water Policy Division of Transport Canada (pictured centre), presented paper MEPC 71/16/5 entitled,"Collaboration to reduce underwater noise from marine shipping," under other business. Canada is inviting countries to collaborate to develop a better understand of ship noise and its impact on marine mammals and to identify measures to mitigate any adverse impacts, thus building on the previous work of the Committee and Members States as outlined in the guidelines issued in MEPC.1/Circ. 833. Both presentations were well received and sparked renewed interest on the subject with several Member States and organizations expressing an intent to collaborate. Coincidentally, an article on the ECHO Program and the voluntary speed reduction trial in Haro Strait starting this summer was featured in the Vancouver Sun on July 6th.
Canada also co-sponsored MEPC 71/14/4 paper, entitled "Measures to reduce risk of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters," along with Finland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway and the United States for a new output in the Committee's work programme to develop measures to reduce risk of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) as fuel by ships in Arctic waters. This was generally supported and the PPR 5 Sub-Committe was tasked with identifying the scope work to be assigned to PPR 6 at the next MEPC 72.
The world’s sixth largest liner shipping company has officially been formed in Tokyo as K Line, MOL and NYK Line enter into joint venture that will begin operating in April 2018. The One Network Express (ONE), will bring together the container divisions of Japan’s three major carriers with a combined fleet of 250 ships and a capacity of 1.38 million TEU.
The Regulations Amending the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations – 2015 submission (http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2017/2017-06-28/html/sor-dors124-eng.php ) were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette, on June 28, 2017, and are now in force. The amendments to the Regulations made changes proposed by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations and were administrative in nature and no new restrictions or major changes were sought.