Friday, 02 February 2018 12:51

TOTE cancels plans for new Hawaii service

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TOTE Maritime, which announced last August that it intends to establish a new domestic shipping service from the US mainland to Hawaii, is putting the plan on hold indefinitely after a technical review determined that its berths in Honolulu would need considerable upgrade and improvements.  TOTE had plans to build four new Jones Act ship to compete with Matson and Pascha Group.

Friday, 02 February 2018 12:47

CP opens office in Shanghai

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CP Rail has opened a new Asia office in Shanghai, China, as it looks to further build its book of business, strengthen existing customer partnerships and continue its pursuit of sustainable, profitable growth. The Shanghai office will serve as CP's new Asian home base, to complement the company's existing offices in Beijing and Tokyo. CP offers shortest routes and industry-leading service to key markets, and is a premier partner at the Port of Vancouver, the key entry point for Asian goods into the North American economy.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:37

Arbitration decision impacts grain loading

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An industry arbitration ruling issued this week has stopped the loading of grain ships during inclement weather in the Port of Vancouver. The arbitrator has ruled that when labour is working on hatch covers during the loading of grain through feeder holes in rain or snow, that guardrails or fall equipment must be used.  The BC Maritime Employers Association is in the process of working with the stevedores and their respective safety committees in establishing new and acceptable safety procedures. Once those measures are approved and finalized, we expect grain loading in inclement weather to resume. This is expected to have an immediate impact on the fluidity of the grain movements and the extended use of the anchorages throughout the south coast during this period of wet weather. The Port of Vancouver exports over 20 million metric tonnes of Canadian grain and specialty crops each year.

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Indigenous groups behind the $16 billion Eagle Spirit pipeline project has launched a GoFundMe campaign to sue Ottawa over the proposed ban in Bill C-48, Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.  The funds raised through  campaign would help pay for legal and administrative costs.  The Eagle Spirit project would be twice the size of the Northern Gateway project, transporting as much as one million barrels a day, and has secured support from First Nations from Bruderheim, Alta., through Northern BC, to Grassy Point, BC.  Eagle Spirit is backed by the Aquilini Group of Vancouver. Major Canadian oil producers including Suncor Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc. and Meg Energy Corp. want it to go ahead and investment broker AltaCorp Capital Inc. has been lined up to organize financing. The lawsuit deals with the broader issues of Indigenous rights and title over traditional territories.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:34

Vote for the Echo Program

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We are pleased to advise that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's ECHO Program has been nominated for the 2018 Green4Sea Awards. The winners are selected by popular vote and we therefore encourage you to VOTE NOW to recognize, not only the work of the VFPA, but also the valuable support and contribution by our industry members. Voting closes March 6, 2017.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:33

GVHA welcomes new directors

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GVHA has four new members on its Board of Directors for the 2018 – 2022 term, including Township of Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Bruce Hale, general manager at Finest at Sea Ocean Products, representing the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society, and Chief Ron Sam as representative for the Songhees Nation. Starr McMichael was also re-appointed to her second term as an independent director. An open application process was created to recruit a second independent director, which was filled by Gordon Safarik. (Pictured above from left to right: Bruce Hale, Barbara Desjardins, Gordon Safarik)

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:32

CN announces $3.2B capital program

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CN Rail is planning for a $3.2 billion capital program focussed on key capacity projects to meet growing freight demand and to enhance safety and efficiency through improved infrastructure maintenance.  Approximately $1.6 billion will be spent on track and railway infrastructure maintenance, $200 million on equipment including new locomotives, and $800 million to increase capacity and enable growth through track expansion, investments in yards, and information technology.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:30

VFPA seeking Board candidates

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee is seeks written applications to the Nominating Committee for candidates to be considered as directors on the port authority’s board of directors.  The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018.  The Committee is seeking eligible candidates who have generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community with relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, operation of a port or maritime trade, major capital infrastructure projects, and executive leadership in a corporate or board setting.  For more information visit the Port of Vancouver website.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:29

CN Police ratify new agreement

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Members of the Canadian National Railways Police Association (CNRPA) have ratified a new collective agreement with CN. The six-year agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2023 represents approximately 65 officers with CN Police across Canada.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:27

New website on trade barriers for exporters

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The Government of Canada has launched a new webpage where exporters can register a trade barrier. Through this new web page Canadian businesses can now register a trade barrier and then work with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and partner departments to address trade barriers affecting their exports or investments abroad. Barriers can be (and are not limited to) administrative procedures, quantitative restrictions (such as quotas), price controls, licensing requirements, product labelling requirements and privacy requirements.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:25

Transpacific Stabilization Agreement to end

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After almost 30 years of acting as a strong voice for the ocean carrier industry in the US transpacific trade, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) will officially close its doors on February 8, 2018. Established in 1989, TSA was among the first carrier discussion agreements formed after passage of the 1984 Shipping Act in the US. In addition to TSA’s commercial initiatives, the Agreement has provided a forum for the lines to discuss trade conditions, market developments, and business and economic trends.  Changes to the commercial and operational environment has resulted in the TSA’s original mission becoming less important and no longer viable. 

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The United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea.  The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas.  The proposed two-way routes will be voluntary for all domestic and international ships.  No additional Aids to Navigation (ATON) are being proposed to mark the recommended two-way routes and the routing measures do not limit commercial fishing or subsistence activities.

China has also just announced plans to develop shipping lanes through the Arctic to become a "Polar Silk Route" that could 20 days off the 48 days it currently takes to get to Rotterdam from China via the Suez Canal, estimates suggest.

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