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The Government of Canada has announced that it has surpassed its commitment to increase the protection of marine and coastal areas to 5% by the end of 2017.  New marine refuges off the coast of British Columbia and in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence in Quebec together contribute an additional 1.59% of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. The next target is to reach 10% of coastal protection by 2020.

The marine refuge in the Pacific coast is located within the boundaries of the new large Offshore Pacific Area of Interest, and protects underwater seamounts and several hydrothermal vents by prohibiting all bottom-contact commercial and recreational fishing activities within the refuge. In addition, 11 new marine refuges in the Gulf of St. Lawrence will make a lasting contribution to marine conservation in Canada. They aim to protect cold-water coral and sponge communities and prohibit the use of bottom-contact fishing gear, whether it be for commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal subsistence fishing.  

Friday, 03 November 2017 14:08

COS on Conversations that Matter

The Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning appeared again on Conversations that Matter hosted by Stu McNish.  In the video Robert Lewis-Manning addresses the challenges facing the industry and the various opportunities presented in the Oceans Protection Plan. To view the video visit: https://vimeo.com/239665164.

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:55

Appearance on the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

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On October 31st the Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning, appeared before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities via videoconference on the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, Bill C-48.  The Committee has heard from several witnesses, some of which are proposing the moratorium be extended to the south coast and others more critical of the consultation process and lack of evidence based decision making in determining what persistent oils would be captured in the export ban.  Our formal submission was sent to the committee today. 

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:38

Seaspan Corporation announces new CEO

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Seaspan Corporation has announced that Bing Chen will be joining the Company as its Chief Executive Officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in January, 2018. Gerry Wang will be retiring as CEO and Director of Seaspan effective November 3rd. Upon Mr. Wang's retirement, Peter Curtis, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will also serve as Seaspan's interim chief executive officer until Mr. Chen's arrival, after which he will continue in his current role.  Over his twenty five year career Mr. Chen has held executive positions in ChinaEurope and the United States. Most recently, Mr. Chen served as CEO of BNP Paribas (China) Ltd. where he led the bank's growth strategy in China.

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:33

Northern Sea Wolf sets sail for BC

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BC Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf, the vessel acquired for the new route from Port Hardy – Bella Coola, and named through a community engagement process, is on its way to British Columbia. The vessel departed from the port of Piraeus in Athens, Greece, on Nov. 3 for the 10,097 nautical mile journey to its new home in British Columbia. The Transatlantic voyage will take approximately 35 days, depending on weather, fuel stops and canal transit.  The ship’s progress can be tracked virtually, including course, position and speed at www.vesselfinder.com. The ferry is expected to begin service in summer 2018.

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:25

GVHA seeking Board nominations

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The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is seeking up to two independent Directors to join its Board of Directors for a four-year term commencing January 1, 2018.  Applicants should have previous board knowledge with an organization of similar size and complexity, knowledge of current and emerging harbour and Victoria-area community issues, and strong business acumen. Expertise in one or more of the following areas would be an asset:

  1. Cruise industry experience at the executive level and an understanding of its relationship with destination tourism
  2. Commercial marine experience and an understanding of the harbour business sector
  3. Significant experience in harbor related business enterprises
  4. Significant experience in terminal management and transportation expertise
  5. Commercial real estate experience
  6. Significant knowledge or experience in urban planning and design

Additional information is available at http://www.gvha.ca/about-gvha/governance and application are due by the end of day, November 20, 2017.

 

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:22

Algoma reaches tentative deal

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Algoma Central Corporation announced on Oct. 27th that it had reached a tentative agreement with the navigation and engineering officers in the Company’s product tanker fleet, ending a strike that began on October 21st. The union represents 54 employees of Algoma Tankers Limited. Vessels tied up as a result of the strike resumed operations once arrangements were made to return the crews to the ships.

Friday, 03 November 2017 13:13

Greentech 2018 - Call for Speakers

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The Green Marine team is enthusiastically planning for GreenTech 2018 which will be held at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, in Vancouver, BC from Wednesday, May 30th to Friday, June 1st.  The event is open to everyone involved or interested in maritime transportation and its greater sustainability through greener technologies, innovation and best practices.


Green Marine welcomes proposals for presentations from marine transportation community members focusing on real-life experiences, case studies and/or leading edge research that show delegates how best practices, new technologies and insightful partnerships make a difference.  Click here to submit a proposal.

Friday, 03 November 2017 10:20

Teekay takes delivery of new shuttle tankers

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Samsung Heavy Industries has completed delivery of the first of three Suzemax shuttle tankers destined for offshore operations in Canada. The 155,000 DWT Beothuk Spirit was delivered on 25 October to Teekay Offshore Partners, a division of the multi-national Teekay tanker, offshore and gas company, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Beothuk Spirit is the first of Teekay's three newbuild shuttle tankers set to operate on Canada's east coast. Sister vessel Norse Spirit is scheduled for delivery in November 2017, followed by Dorset Spirit in early 2018.

Although generally classified as a crude oil tankers, shuttle tankers are to normal tankers like starships to skateboards; some differences are obvious, like higher superstructure to provide visibility over bow loading housing, but many more are hidden. In this case, there are no less than 6 propellers (plus extensive control system) taking care of the vessel's dynamic positioning capabilities: one variable pitch propulsion propeller, one tunnel thruster aft, one azimuth thruster aft, one tunnel thruster forward, and two azimuth thrusters forward. 

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On October 25th the first ship carrying product from K+S Potash Canada’s (KSPC) Bethune mine left its potash handling and storage facility at Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) in Port Moody, BC.  The MV Daiwan Champion operated by Pacific Basin Shipping was loaded with 30,000 tonnes of potash and will supply customers in Asia. KSPC’s potash handling and storage facility can receive trains carrying up to 18,000 tonnes of product, offer storage for 160,000 tonnes of potash and can dispatch ships carrying 70,000 tonnes from its own berth. 

Friday, 27 October 2017 15:28

Port of Vancouver publishes 2018 fees

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) Board of Directors has approved the Port Authority’s proposed fee amendments that will take effect on January 1, 2018.  In summary, the fee amendments for the auto, cargo and container sectors reflect a CPI increase for Berthage and Wharfage rates.  Harbour Dues rates remain unchanged and include revised criteria to qualify for Harbour Dues discounts. The VFPA is accepting comments on the proposed fee amendments or any other matter in the prior to January 1, 2018.

Friday, 27 October 2017 15:27

Beckett appointed new ICHCA Chair

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At the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) 65th Anniversary Conference & Exhibition in Las Palmas earlier this month, John Beckett, VP of Training at the BC Maritime Employers Association was introduced as the new Chair.  The ICHCA, founded in 1952, is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.

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