Friday, 03 March 2017 10:33

Seaspan's second LNG ferry arrives

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Seaspan Ferries Corporation's (SFC) second new dual-fuelled/hybrid ferry, the Seaspan Reliant, has arrived at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, arrived home after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles following its construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.  The 148.9 metre ferry, which can accommodate up to 59, 53’ trailers, will now undergo a series of regulatory inspections and crew training programs throughout March before entering operation in April. The Seaspan Reliant, along with its sister ship the Seaspan Swift – which arrived in December 2016 and entered operation in January 2017, mark the first vessels added to SFC’s fleet since 2002.


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*** NOTE CORRECTION TO THIS STORY - CLICK TO VIEW ***** Clipper Navigation is launching a new service in spring 2018 offering a passenger service between Victoria Harbour to Vancouver Harbour under the V2V Vacations banner.  Clipper has acquired the Halunder Jet catamaran from its parent firm FRS. The 52-metre catamaran has a 579 passenger capacity and will be retrofitted and reflagged upon arrival from Hamburg and made ready for service on May 1st.  This will be a luxury 31/2 cruise between the city centres and fares are expected to range between $120 to $240 each way.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 21:40

Jonathan Whitworth announces retirement

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The Board of Directors of Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) announced this week that long-serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jonathan Whitworth, will be retiring at the end of 2017.  Jonathan, who refers to himself as the “luckiest CEO in Canada,” has been working on his Freedom 50 plan for some time and has, at no surprise to many of us, attained his goal.  Frank Butzelaar, President and CEO of a related company, Southern Rail Link (SRY), has been identified as Jonathan’s permanent replacement effective April 3, 2017. Frank’s transition will commence on March 3 and he will continue to work closely with Jonathan throughout 2017 to ensure a smooth handover.  Also due to the magnitude and specialization of the National Shipbuilding Strategy Non-Combat contracts, Brian Carter, President – Seaspan Shipyards, will continue to report to Jonathan until year-end and then will report directly to the Board of Directors.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 21:37

Brock Chrystal joins Wheelhouse



Bruce Rothdram, President of Wheelhouse Shipping Agency Ltd. is pleased to announce that Brock Chrystal (formally of International Chartering Services Ltd. / Logistics Ltd.) has joined the Wheelhouse Shipping Agency team effective March 1st, 2017. 

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 22:34

Ron Anderson Scholarship Fund established

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In recognition of the legacy he left behind during his tenure at Squamish Terminals,a scholarship endowment fund has been set up in the memory of Ron Anderson with seed funding from Squamish Terminals, and additional contributions from Neptune Terminals, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Envirochem Services Inc. and individual donors. “The fund will create a long-term legacy of supporting post-secondary education for students in the corridor,” said the Squamish Community Foundation in a news release. “Ron Anderson was a consummate leader in the Squamish community and we are truly honoured to recognize his legacy through the management and distribution of the Ron Anderson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.” Applications will be accepted in the spring from students wishing to apply with the first scholarship being awarded for the 2017/2018 school year. For more information and to donate to this fund visit

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:41

Vancouver Shipyards receives further funding

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The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced a $230 million contract with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. that will help develop and finalize the design of the Navy’s Joint Support Ship (JSS). Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.  The JSS will allow naval task groups to remain at sea anywhere in the world for long periods of time without going to shore for replenishment. It will provide fuel, ammunition, spare parts, food, and water to Canadian and allied vessels. These modern ships will also support deployed forces with medical and dental care facilities, as well as helicopter repair capabilities.


Minister Foote also took part in a steel-cutting ceremony for the third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) being built for the Canadian Coast Guard. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards now has all three of OFSVs under construction, with the first ship scheduled for delivery in early 2018.

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The Government of Canada is investing $250 million to modernize the Esquimalt Graving Dock.  $150 million will go towards the completion of the waterlot remediation project, which saw the removal of almost 100 years of contamination, the replacement of high- and low-voltage cabling at the south substation and the replacement of the electrical supply on the north landing wharf.  The other $100 million will include projects to replace and upgrade the electrical distribution system, to refurbish the dewatering pumps and to reconstruct the south jetty. These projects will restore berth space that was lost during the renovations allowing for greater operational capacity of the Esquimalt Graving Dock.  

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:58

COS announces new directors

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At the Chamber of Shipping's Annual General Meeting yesterday, three incumbent and two new directors have been appointed to the Board effective immediately.  The Board welcomes Garth Mitcham of CSL International and Oscar Pinto of Valles Steamship Canada.  Incumbent re-appointed include Dave Hill of Wheelhouse Shipping Agency, Marc Fellis of Westward Shipping Ltd., and Peter Swanson of Bernard LLP.  A copy of our 2016 Annual Report is available on-line.  Pictured above is the Chamber of Shipping's 2017 Board of Directors.

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:46

Vessel Fire Safety Regulations updated

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The Vessel Fire Safety Regulations have been published in Canada Gazette Part II, February 22, 2017 to incorporate the new SOLAS Convention requirements by reference, as amended from time to time. Recognizing that the SOLAS Convention leaves certain discretionary items to be decided by each country to address international requirements or unique conditions, the Regulations make use of the flexibility provided in the SOLAS Convention by specifying some Canadian modifications, such as the likelihood of equipment being unusable due to freezing or the necessity to accommodate vessels that operate seasonally or in close proximity to shore.

Part 1 specifies the classes of vessels for which compliance with the recommendations on fire safety systems of the revised SOLAS Convention is mandatory. The classes of vessels include passenger vessels that are Safety Convention vessels; cargo vessels of 500 gross tonnage of more; non-Safety Convention passenger vessels 24 m or more in length; passenger vessels of more than 15 gross tonnage but of less than 24 m in length transporting more than 36 berthed passengers; and vessels carrying dangerous goods other than in limited quantities. 

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:37

Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Areas

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As noted last week, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced the implementation of the new Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area (MPA).  The regulations have now been published in Gazette Part II, February 22, 2016.  The MPA is comprised of three spatially distinct components to encompass the northern reef, the two central reefs, and the southern reef. Each component will have three management zones: a core protection zone (CPZ), an adaptive management zone (AMZ) and a vertical adaptive management zone (VAMZ). Together, the establishment of these zones, and the associated prohibitions, will provide for the conservation and protection of the biological diversity, structural habitat and ecosystem function of the glass sponge reefs through the management of human activities. With respect to the navigation of vessels within the defined areas, this can be continuted in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and its regulations, however no anchoring is permitted in the core protection zones.  

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India has rejected a long-standing exemption on pest treatment for peas and lentils. The CFIA has confirmed the Indian government has not granted another six-month exemption that would have crops fumigated on arrival, rather than before export, as has been allowed for more than a decade.  The decision puts Canada’s pulse exports to the country, worth $1.1-billion in 2016 and $1.5-billion in 2015, in jeopardy because the required treatment of methyl bromide is ineffective in cold weather and is being phased. Pulse Canada says the fumigation treatment is not needed because the insects India is concerned about aren’t in Canada, and the cold winters help reduce the threat of other pests.  The two countries are working on a potential solution that could see Canada’s system of management practices and controls stand in for treatment before export. The trade issue comes after exports of peas and lentils to India grew by 20 per cent a year between 2010 and 2015 to account for about a third of all pulse exports for Canada’s 12,000 pulse farmers.

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:17

WSF benefits from new simulators

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With about one-quarter of Washington State Ferries’ 1,800 employees eligible for retirement within five years, new simulators in the Seattle Maritime Academy, part of Seattle Central College will help WSF recruit and train employees using the bridge simulator and engine-room simulator starting in March.  Through an agreement with the Maritime Academy Washington State Ferries will have access to the simulators for 60 days a year.  About 70 percent of Ferries’ chief engineers are eligible for retirement within 10 years, as are nearly 90 percent of staff masters.

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