Friday, 09 February 2018 13:36

Port of Nanaimo Open House



The Nanaimo Port Authority will be holding a number of Public Engagement Open Houses during 2018. The first Open House is scheduled for Thursday February 22 at the Port Theatre, 4PM to 7PM – Mezzanine Level.  The Board of Directors & Senior Staff will be in attending and updates will be provided on the following: 

  • Downtown Marina Revitalization Project
  • Harbour Safety & Security
  • Environmental Impacts and Protection
  • Development of the Deep Sea Terminals
  • Land Use in and around the Harbour

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:20

Bill-69 updates Navigation Protection Act

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The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts in the House of Commons.  The key proposal is a assessment process that shifts away from “environmental assessments” towards “impact assessments”, which will consider socioeconomic impacts of a project in addition to environmental considerations. According to the Environment Minister, this process will also consider whether projects are consistent with Canada’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement. Impact assessments will be overseen by a new agency called the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

With respect to navigable waters, the legislation includes amendments to the Navigation Protection Act, that will:

  • provide new, modern safeguards to ensure a new standard of transparency;
  • create new partnership opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, including in the administration of the Act; 
  • include a number of robust powers to enhance compliance with the Act;
  • provide clear rules about permit and notification requirements for project affecting navigable waters.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:16

Oceans Protection Plan - Prince Rupert

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The Canadian Coast Guard, and Environment and Climate Change Canada will hold its second round of Pacific Dialogue Forums for the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan on March 8 & 9 in Prince Rupert.  This upcoming engagement session will seek further input of select ongoing initiatives, along with the introduction of several new initiatives. Topics of focus will include:

  • Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness
  • Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping
  • Regional Response Planning and response related initiatives
  • Proactive Vessel Management

To register, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15, 2018. Attendee numbers may be limited based on available space. 

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:05

RFP issued for two emergency towing vessels

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On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids for the lease of two vessels capable of towing large commercial ships in distress off the coast of British Columbia.  These vessels will be leased by the Canadian Coast Guard and operated by crews trained in Canadian Coast Guard emergency response and search and rescue procedures. The RFP closes on March 20, 2018.

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Transport Canada issued a news release stating that $12.6 million over three years to the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium to deliver a Marine Training Program in the North.  he Marine Training Program will reduce barriers to marine training for underrepresented groups in the marine labour force, such as women, Northerners, Inuit and Indigenous peoples. The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium will establish a marine training facility in Hay River, Northwest Territories through partnership with the Government of Northwest Territories. The Consortium will also expand its existing training program in Nunavut and Nunavik. Funding will help curricula development and the purchase of new specialized marine training equipment.

Friday, 09 February 2018 11:28

ICS names successor to Hinchliffe

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Following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has announced that Guy Platten will assume the role of Secretary General upon the retirement of Peter Hinchliffe, who has held the position since 2010.  Mr. Platten will step down from his role as CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping to take up the ICS role in mid-2018. Also in recognition of his long and invaluable contribution to the work of the ICS, Simon Bennett, currently Director Policy and External Relations, is promoted to a new position as Deputy Secretary General.

Friday, 09 February 2018 11:09

IMO and EBRD support sustainable shipping

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to promote sustainable shipping through a range of safety and environment-focused capacity-building activities in the maritime and port sectors. It brings together IMO, the United Nations maritime agency which sets global standards  for safe, secure, efficient and environment-friendly international shipping, and the multilateral development bank EBRD, which has experience in supporting comprehensive transport related development activities and practices in the maritime and port sectors.

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IMO’s pollution prevention and response sub-committee (PPR 5) met this week and proposed that IMO consider implementing a worldwide ban on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels to encourage the enforcement of the 0.5% global marine sulphur cap in 2020. The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC), which has consultative status at IMO, welcomed the recommendation that the IMO imposes the ban at its MEPC meeting in April.  IMO PPR also agreed to move forward with the consideration of measures to control black carbon emissions from ships and their impact on the Arctic. 

Friday, 09 February 2018 10:48

Seaspan charters new vessels with Maersk

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Seaspan Corporation has purchased two 2006-built geared 2500 TEU containerships and entered into fixed rate time charter agreements for the vessels with Maersk Line A/S ("Maersk"). The time charters will be for a term of four years with options for up to an additional two years at increasing charter rates. Seaspan’s operating and managed fleet, including newbuilds, will expand to 112 vessels, of which 18 vessels will be in Seaspan’s managed fleet.

Friday, 02 February 2018 14:23

Dohle and Costamare join forces

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Two of the largest non-operating container shipowners have merged their chartering operations, creating probably the biggest exclusively managed tramp container ship fleet. German shipowner Peter Döhle and Greek owner Costamare advised their clients in a 1 February circular that their chartering desks have now been integrated in a company called Blue Net Chartering. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, the chartering outfit will be in charge of marketing a combined fleet of 220 container vessels with an aggregate capacity of 1.1 million TEU. The official launch took place on 1 February.

Friday, 02 February 2018 14:07

Update on grain loading in inclement weather

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In the wake of last week’s industry arbitration ruling regarding new safety measures for grain loading in inclement weather, the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) has responded quickly to address the concerns. The BCMEA is in the midst of procedural and training development, while grain stevedores work to train foremen and obtain the required fall protection equipment specified in the arbitrator’s decision.

Friday, 02 February 2018 14:02

BCMEA and ILWU begin collective bargaining

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Collective bargaining has started between the BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union–Canada (ILWU–Canada) on behalf of Longshore Locals (500, 502, 505, 508 and 519) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Ship and Dock Foreman Local 514.  All parties remain optimistic that bargaining will result in new agreements without any disruptions to cargo shipments or port operations. The existing agreement expires at the end of next month.

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