Imagine spending your life at sea? Away from your family and friends. Apart from your community. This is normal for seafarers around the world and little about it is normal. The Mission to Seafarers makes the life of seafarers a little better by being present in the lives of seafarers while ships are in port. The Mission does this through 'presence' and 'hospitality' and by visiting seafarers on their ship, listening and letting them know they care, by providing centres a 'home away from home' where they can go and relax, speak with family, watch TV, play pool, send money home, or buy a snack or two. It can be as simple as providing transportation to take them to the centre or to the mall. On August 25th, the Chamber of Shipping staff will cycle with our friends to raise funds for the Mission to Seafarers. If every one of our newsletter subscribers were to donate just $10, it would make a significant difference to the Mission. After you have finished reading the newsletter, please consider making even a small donation by following this link. Let’s show we care and appreciate the incredible sacrifice of seafarers and the great work ministered by the Mission to Seafarers. Thank you!
The 19-metre-long tug, George H. Ledcor, was hauling a loaded gravel barge when it went down Monday night in the north arm of the Fraser River. While the vessel has the capacity to carry 22,000 litres of diesel fuel, the quantity of fuel on board at the time is unknown. The fuel tanks were sealed underwater on Tuesday and 600 litres of fuel was recovered in the first 24 hours. By Thursday the vessel was lifted out of the water by using a barge, equipped with a large crane, assisted by divers and other specialized crew. The Transportation Safety Board has deployed a team of investigators to the site to gather information and assess the incident.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca voluntary lateral displacement trial will start on Monday August 20, 2018. The purpose of the trial is to help reduce vessel noise in key southern resident killer whale feeding areas along the southern shore of Vancouver Island. The trial will remain active until October 31, 2018. If it is safe and operationally feasible to do so, all deep-sea vessels transiting outbound through the Strait of Juan de Fuca are requested to navigate as far south as possible within the outbound lane of the traffic separation scheme (without entering the separation zone), in the area between 124’ west and 124’ 40” west, over a distance of approximately 34 nm. Vessels entering the lane from the Victoria pilot station should do so using the cut to remain on the north side of lane as they enter, then shift to the south when safe to do so. For more details, please review the Strait of Juan de Fuca trial backgrounder. Week 4 of the voluntary slowdown trial in Haro Strait to reduce underwater noise in the key foraging area is seeing a remarkable 91% participation rate from our industry.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has released its 2018 mid-year statistics showing that overall cargo through the port increased 4.4 per cent to 72.1 million metric tonnes (MMT) over the same time last year to reach record mid-year volumes. Container volumes (measured in 20-foot equivalents or TEUs) increased by five per cent compared to mid-year 2017 to a record 1.64 million TEUs. A breakdown of the commodities: potash (23 per cent), autos (8 per cent), coal (9 per cent), forest products (4 per cent) and petroleum products (40 per cent) and declines in grain (-10 per cent), and chemicals and minerals (-5 per cent). Cruise passenger traffic is up 12.7 per cent over mid-year 2017.
In Prince Rupert, container volumes have seen an increase of 16% over last year with total and total tonnage for the port up 12% to 15.1 MMT. Prince Rupert Grain is down 17% while coal through Ridley Terminals is up 31% over 2017 YTD.
JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN has announced senior management appointments, tapping experienced precision scheduled railroaders to drive cost efficiencies and capacity utilization initiatives, while advancing CN’s supply chain mindset and customer focus. Doug MacDonald and Keith Reardon, two veteran commercial leaders, will head CN’s sales and marketing initiatives and all non-rail supply chain operations, such as intermodal container terminals and transload facilities, to produce solid supply chain services that compete across all markets. John Orr, an experienced operator across CN’s three regions, has been named senior vice-president and chief transportation officer responsible for CN’s day-to-day rail operations, to push network velocity, drive cost leadership, and increase production in gross ton miles.
A study released July 31st, highlights the need to increase awareness among youth about career opportunities in the oceans industry, including aquaculture, shipbuilding, boatbuilding, tidal energy, and ocean technologies. A survey of over 3,200 students in grades 6-9 across New Brunswick regarding careers in the Oceans Industry was key to developing the Student Intentions and Perceptions report. This study provides insights into the future educational and career plans of this cohort, and reveals that the greatest sources of influence to their career exploration are, in order of preference, their parents and family, their peers, and the internet. The survey, that we can all learn from, leveraged insights gained from a national study funded in part by Irving Shipbuilding to examine workforce development in the greater marine industry, entitled Marine People Partnership: The Challenges, Needs and Opportunities.
Through our strategic planning exercise, we have validated the need for an additional staff member here at the Chamber of Shipping in the communications role. With so many initiatives underway we often feel we’re behind in keeping our members update of everything that is going on. If you know of a Communications person that might fit our team, please have them check out our posting for a Communications Specialist.
On Thursday this week, the Honourable Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology was on hand to officially welcome the opening of the China Navigation Co. (CNCo) in Vancouver, BC. With 15 other offices located worldwide, CNCo is a leading provider of sustainable shipping solutions, based in Singapore and held directly by the parent company John Swire & Sons, headquartered in the U.K. The company has three business divisions: Swire Bulk (dry bulk shipping), Swire Shipping (multipurpose liner services) and Swire Bulk logistics (marine solution specialists). The company owns and operates over 130 eco-friendly vessels with one of the highest Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) rated fleets globally. Swire joined the Chamber of Shipping in April 2018. (Pictured with Minister Ralson on the left is Chris Daniells, CNCo's Commerical Director)
Western Canada Marine Response Corp.has signed a 25-year lease for land and water in Nanaimo to serve as its main Vancouver Island base. The WCMRC inked the deal with the Port of Nanaimo for 130,000 square feet, made up of land and water lots on Nanaimo Harbour. The Nanaimo base will have 35 full-time response personnel and 15 response vessels. The bases are required by the National Energy Board as a condition of approving the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Nanaimo will be headquarters on the Island with bases in Sidney, Becher Bay and Port Alberni, as well as an offshore supply vessel based at Ogden Point.
Through its PSA Canada Holdings Ltd. subsidiary, PSA International Pte Ltd. (PSA), has signed an investment agreement with Ashcroft Terminal to take a 60% stake in Ashcroft’s business in Western Canada. Ashcroft Terminal is a privately owned 320-acre inland trans-load and storage terminal 340 kilometres east of Vancouver and 90 kilometres west of Kamloops. Ashcroft, which was been in operation since 1997, is the only inland port in Canada that has both Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) and Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) mainlines running through it. PSA is a major global port player. It’s involved with 40 terminals in 16 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Ashcroft acquisition is PSA’s first foray into Canada.
The Board of Directors of Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. has appointed Claus Thornberg as President following the retirement of Jim Belshiem. Claus is an international business leader with extensive experience in shipping and energy sectors. He joins Neptune after several years with Cenovus Energy in Calgary, where he had leadership responsibility for commercial operations, marine and land transportation. Originally from Denmark, he previously held senior executive roles with both the Clipper Group and Nordic Tankers Group. He is a Master Marine and has also had a long seagoing career as a navigational officer and ship’s captain.
BC Ferries has issued Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the procurement of five new vessels to replace aging fleet assets. The competitive bidding process is open to local, national and international shipyards, including consortiums. BC Ferries is encouraging local and national companies to bid on these projects. The first RFEOI is for the procurement process for the construction of four 81-metre Island Class ferries, each with a capacity of 450 passengers and 47 vehicles. The expected delivery date for the first two of these vessels is in 2020, with the following two ships delivered in 2021.
Seaspan Shipyards has announced that Mark Lamarre will be the new Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan Shipyards, effective immediately. Mr. Lamarre succeeds Brian Carter, who has stepped down from his role at the company to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Lamarre is a seasoned shipbuilding executive with over 30 years of experience in operations, and business transformation. Most recently, Mark served as CEO of Australian Shipbuilding Company (ASC), where he led a $600 million shipbuilding division of ASC engaged in the engineering, construction, activation and post-delivery support of Naval surface combatants to the Australian Navy.
CN's Board of Directors have appointed Jean-Jacques Ruest as President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Ruest, 63, has been with the CN for 22 years, the last eight as Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. Ruest was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer on March 5, 2018 following the sudden departure of Luc Jobin.
Last Saturday, a workplace accident at Fraser Surrey Docks tragically claimed the life a mechanic and member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 502, and injured one other. Few details have been released but it has been reported that mechanic was working on a piece of equipment, a lift truck, and was crushed by a part of the machine. An investigation into what led to the accident is underway.
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has signed a 25-year lease agreement for 6.225 acres of land in Port Alberni. The Port Alberni response base, which is part of a larger $150 million expansion plan, will work with vessels forward-stationed in Ucluelet to respond to spills on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Construction of the response base in Port Alberni is expected to cost $8 million. When complete, it will be home to 20 full-time response personnel. Also this week a lease agreement covering waterlot areas and land on Shelter Island in Richmond was signed.
Japan has just reopened its market to Canadian wheat after trade was temporarily suspended following the discovery of a handful of genetically modified wheat plants in Alberta. Genetically modified wheat is not allowed to be commercially grown anywhere in the world. As a result of the Canadian discovery, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended Canadian wheat imports but tests have since confirmed that this was an isolated incident that did not affect the food supply. Both markets have since reopened. Wheat exports to all destinations are up 14.6 percent overall year over year, posting 13.616 million tonnes, compared to 11.881 million tonnes at the end of May in the 2016-17 crop year. China has tripled its Canadian imports over last year.