China's CNOOC Ltd. has cancelled a liquefied natural gas project planned for Digby Island in Prince Rupert. CNOOC, through its Calgary-based Nexen unit, and its partners, has announced its decision to scrap Aurora LNG, stating, “. . . the current macro-economic environment does not currently support the partners' vision of developing a large LNG business at the proposed Digby Island site." Through Nexen, CNOOC owns 60 per cent of Aurora LNG. The remaining 40 per cent is held by Inpex Corp., JGC Corp., and JOGMEC, all based in Japan. The $20-billion deal to buy the Digby Island site was aimed at eventually shipping 24 million tonnes of LNG product from BC to Asia every year.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a Notice of Amendment, dated September 8, 2017, for the Port Information Guide. The amendments are to be published in the Port Information Guide on or after October 8, 2017 following a 30-day notification and comment period. Included in the proposed amendment is the designation and introduction of the First Narrows Movement Restriction Area (MRA-1) and associated procedures which govern the movement of all vessel traffic of this area. The Notice of Amendment, and a draft copy of the Port Information Guide including proposed amendments, is available at https://www.portvancouver.com/news-and-media/news/notice-of-amendment-port-information-guide/?doing_wp_cron=1504913001.9219489097595214843750.
Widely praised as a visionary leader, Prince Rupert Port Authority's CEO and President, Don Krusel, has announced his retirement after 25 years shortly after participating in the opening of the second berth at Fairview Container Terminal. Krusel first joined the port in 1987 as the chief financial officer and was appointed CEO and President in 1992. During Mr. Krusel’s tenure, his tenacity was instrumental in overseeing the conversion of Fairview Terminal from a forest and agri-products facility to the fastest growing container terminal in North America. Under his leadership, a number of foundational port projects have been completed, including the development of the Northland Cruise Terminal, Westview Wood Pellet Export Terminal, Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor, Ridley Island project cargo facility, and Fairview Container Terminal conversion and recent expansion. Krusel's leadership will be missed throughout the port communities across Canada. PRPA’s Chief Financial Officer Joe Rektor will be assuming the role of interim President and CEO, effective immediately. There will be a search for Mr. Krusel’s replacement.
Congratulations to BC Ferries as they are one of recipients of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards announced in Singapore last week. The awards recognize outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness. Among the winners was BC Ferries (British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. and BC Ferry & Marine Workers’ Union) – one of the largest ferry operators in the world - for the Global Safety Award. Jury President Mieke Jacobs, Executive Coach with 20 years of Operations Management experience at DuPont, said that jury members were particularly impressed by both the quality and quantity of the projects submitted for consideration this year. “This growth is quite heartening, as I feel quite strongly that the recognition of positive contributions to workplace safety and corporate sustainability is crucial in galvanising the public and private sectors to promote and pursue improvement projects.”
Congratulations to Marko Dekovic, Vice President, Public Affairs for GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., for being named as one of Vancouver's top Forty under 40 for 2017. The awards highlight the achievements of 40 of BC’s outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals. Winners are under 40 and have demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution. Each winner will be profiled in Business in Vancouver on December 4.
The Celebration of Life for Stan Webber will be held on Saturday October 14th at the Arbutus Club (2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver) at 2pm. Friends and colleagues are invited to join and share stories and memories with the group. Please forward this email with your friends/associates that may wish to be there.
Wolverine Terminals ULC today announced it is proposing to construct and operate a marine fuel delivery service for the Port of Prince Rupert that would enable cargo vessels anchored or berthed in the Port to fuel locally. Prince Rupert is one of the only major ports in the world to not offer marine fueling services for cargo ships, a significant competitive disadvantage. Designed with the latest marine fueling technology, the fuel would be supplied via rail with the distribution being marine based. Prince Rupert’s extensive rail network access means that fuel can be sourced from anywhere at the best price available across North America.
Wolverine Terminals is conducting an environmental effects evaluation for a proposed storage location in Prince Rupert’s inner harbour, while engaging with First Nations and potential stakeholders as part of their regulatory approval application to the Prince Rupert Port Authority. In the coming months Wolverine will share further information about the roposed marine fueling service with the community, host an open house event, and seek community feedback. Should the proposed service receive its necessary regulatory approvals, the Prince Rupert Marine Fuels Service will be constructed and operational by mid-2019.
Wolverine Terminals ULC is a Calgary, Alberta-based company focused on the safe and efficient development of energy-related marine terminals at key ports in Canada and the U.S. Wolverine’s experienced team has the resources and a strong track record of building and operating safe, environmentally responsible and successful energy service businesses.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has approved the permit application from Kinder Morgan Canada to upgrade and expand the existing Westridge Marine Terminal in the Port of Vancouver. The decision was made after a thorough and robust project and environmental review of the application, including consultation with Aboriginal groups and community feedback on the impacts of construction activities at the Westridge Marine Terminal, such as noise, dust, lighting and proposed mitigations.
The Nanaimo Port Authority and Island Ferry Services Ltd. have reached an agreement on an Offer to Lease certain facilities at 100 Port Drive that will support operation of a fast, passenger-only ferry service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver. Island Ferries has been identified as the preliminary preferred proponent and the next steps to move this forward include an environmental review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012), further discussions with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, continued engagement with the City of Nanaimo and the broader community, and completion of a long-term lease agreement to operate the passenger-only ferry service from the Port property.
December 10, 1941 - August 22,2017 - With great sadness we pass on the news with regards to the sudden death of our past Director and Chair, Stan Webber. Left to mourn are his cherished wife, Dawn, his three children, Kelly Storms (Andrew), Stephen (Eyrely) and Sullivan (Soleil); his sisters, Sandra Dumont and Joan Weston; his adored grandchildren (Liam, Taya, Koen, Zef and Mason) plus nieces, nephews and good friends near and far. He was a respected and devoted port agent in the shipping and cruise industry. 'Stan the Man' had a way of making everyone's life seem brighter when he was around. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Stan's memory. A Celebration of Life will be held in Vancouver at a later date.
On Sunday morning, September 3, 2017 DP World Prince Rupert reported an incident which occurred at Fairview Container Terminal. The Port of Prince Rupert, other port partners and relevant response agencies were fully aware of the situation and supported DP World's assessment and response to the incident.
DP World's response was based on safety and emergency response procedures; including, the precaution of evacuating all personnel from the terminal’s container yard and suspending operations until the reported incident could be fully investigated. DP World declared the site safe at 4:30am on Monday, September 4, 2017. There was no inhalation hazard to the community of Prince Rupert nor hazard to the marine environment as related to this incident. DP World resumed normal operations after the Labour day weekend.
Ray-Mont Logistics has launched its new facility in Prince Rupert with an opening ceremony held on August 28th. The facility will help expand export business through the Port of Prince Rupert by loading empty containers with Canadian grains, pulses and cereals. Located on Ridley Island it will be the first facility on the west coast of Canada that can handle a 100 car-unit train in three to four days. Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne also attended the ceremony along with Chief councilor of Metlakatla Harold Leighton.
Tuesday, August 29th - DP World celebrated the completion of the Phase 2 North expansion of Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was attended by more than 1,000 community members, employees, First Nations, customers and supply chain partners, and government. As one of the fatest growing container terminals in North America, by adding a second berth the expansion increases the terminals annual throughput from 850,000 to 1.35 Million TEU annually. The Malacca-max cranes will allow 20,000+ TEU vessels to access the terminal through one of the deepest port harbour terminals in the world. The facility currently supports over 800 jobs, and an additional 200 new jobs are expected to be created as cargo volume grows. High profile attendees included the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, John Helin, Mayor of Lax Kw'alaams, Harold Leighton, Chief Councillor of Metlakatla, and Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.
K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) and Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) celebrated the opening of a state-of-the-art potash handling and storage facility at PCT’s Port Moody terminal on Monday. The facility will be the export outlet for KSPC’s new multibillion dollar Bethune mine in southern Saskatchewan with potash destined for China, Southeast Asia, India, Brazil and other international locations. KSPC, a subsidiary of the K+S Group, an international resources company headquartered in Germany, celebrated the Grand Opening of the mine in May of this year and commenced production the following month. Modifications to the site include a railcar unloading facility; underground and above ground conveyor belts; new transfer towers; and a 263 metre-long storage warehouse with capacity for 160,000 tonnes of product. The facility is able to unload a 18,000-tonne train in just four and a half hours.
BC Ferries has taken delivery of its latest addition to the fleet in Greece on August 30th. The Northern Sea Wolf will provide a new direct service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola starting in the summer of 2018. The name is inspired by a First Nations legend in which the Sea Wolf is a manifestation of the Orca and symbolizes family and loyalty. The spirit of the Sea Wolf protects those travelling their waters. Northern Sea Wolf is a secondhand vessel built in 2000 and is able to accommodate a minimum of 35 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew. The vessel is scheduled to arrive in British Columbia this fall, where it will undergo upgrades.
The Federal Court of Appeal has granted the BC provincial government the right to be an intervenor in a legal battle over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The approval comes with a tight turnaround, and several conditions, including a deadline for the government to file its submission by today, September 1st. As part of the decision, the judge ruled that BC may not introduce any new issues and must pay $7,500 to Trans Mountain which will have to to prepare a late response to the arguments.
This year's Mission to Seafarers cycling event in Vancouver was a great success with nearly 90 riders and several local organizations taking part in this annual fundraiser. The Chair of the Mission to Seafarers Board of Directors, Stephen Brown, says "On behalf of the Board and management team at the Mission to Seafarers, may I offer thanks to everyone involved in making the August 26 Cycling for Seafarers event a resounding success. A very special thanks to the organizing committee, our volunteer helpers, corporate and individual sponsors, our rest station teams and last, but not least, to our many riders."