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The Heiltsuk Nation is calling for the creation of an Indigenous Marine Response Centre capable of responding within five hours along a 350 kilometre stretch of the coast.  The centre proposal follows what the report calls the "inadequate, slow and unsafe" response to the October 2016 grounding of the tug the Nathan E. Stewart that spilled about 110,000 litres of diesel and other contaminants.  The report says the proposed centre, on Denny Island across from Bella Bella, and satellite operations dotted along the central coast, would need a total investment of $111.5 million to be operational by next summer.  Unlike current response programs which the report says are limited specifically to spills, the new centre would answer all marine calls with the potential for oil contamination, including groundings, fires, bottom contacts and capsizings. 

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The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has appointed Dave Earle as President & Chief Executive Officer effective January 8, 2018. Dave Earle most recently provided service to BC’s building trade signatory contractors as Vice President, Government Relations and HR Services for the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC (CLR). Before CLR, he worked as an adviser, manager and executive director with the provincial Ministry of Labour’s Employers’ Advisers Office.  He will replace Louise Yako who announced earlier this year that she will be leaving the BCTA in December 2017.

Friday, 17 November 2017 15:25

Munroe appointed to VFPA Board

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Craig T. Munroe has been appointed to the board of directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, for a term of three years. Mr. Munroe is a recognized leader in British Columbia’s legal and business communities. Mr. Munroe, a practicing lawyer and a partner at Fasken Martineau, is a recognized leader in British Columbia’s legal and business communities. He is a member of the firm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights group, and has been practicing law in British Columbia for over 18 years. 

Friday, 17 November 2017 15:20

PCT wins international bulk industry award

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Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) has won a prestigious International Bulk Journal Award which recognizes achievements by individuals and companies that improve and enhance efficiency, safety and environment protection at bulk terminals around the world.  PCT has been awarded the 2017 Safety in Bulk Handling Award for their leadership and effective management of safety programs that have produced the lowest accident frequency and severity statistics than any other terminal in the Port of Vancouver. 

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Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced $1.4 million from Western Economic Diversifiction, to establish the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at the University of Victoria (UVic). The institute, led by mechanical engineer Dr. Brad Buckham, will help develop and commercialize marine renewable energy technologies. Marine renewable energy is generated by moving water like tides, waves and river currents. PRIMED will bring together the skills, tools and knowledge of companies, academics to develop new marine energy sources for remote, off-grid communities in British Columbia. 

Also UVic will benefit from an investment of $1 million by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan Shipyards. The investment will support innovative teaching and hybrid electric technology research, led by Dr. Zuomin Dong in mechanical engineering, for cleaner and more environmentally friendly transportation solutions.


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Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning, appeared before the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO) to provide industry's comments to Bill C-55, an Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, that seeks to enshrine the precautionary principle and allow the Minister to create interim marine protected areas without due process and scientific evidence.  Click to access speaking note or the audio clip from Robert's appearance.

Friday, 10 November 2017 13:44

Shipyards under pressure

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Members of the Quebec National Assembly unanimously passed a motion Wednesday requesting that the federal government adjust Canada’s national shipbuilding strategy so Quebec gets what it believes is its fair share of federal contracts. The motion also asked Ottawa to “grant Quebec the contracts necessary” for the replacement of coast guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships, including the acquisition of a second Resolve-class tanker. 

“Today, Quebec is at risk of losing a significant number of middle-class jobs due to bureaucratic intransigence and road-blocks within a broken procurement system, despite the clear and obvious need for Canada to urgently renew the entirety of its fleet,” Alex Vicefield, chairman of Davie Shipyard, said in a news release.

Similar concerns are being raised in North Vancouver at the Seaspan Shipyards with delays in preliminary work on the fourth ship, an offshore science vessel, that might result in significant layoffs to the workforce of 600 trades people. The shipyards is aggressively pursuing new work to fill in the schedule and has recently landed some two and three-month contracts for refit work on other federal vessels including a Coast Guard ship, an orca-class Royal Canadian Navy patrol vessel and a commercial research ship which will keep workers busy in the yard for a while.

Friday, 10 November 2017 13:37

SS Beaver Award 2017 Recipients

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The following individuals were presented with the SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence by the Lt. Governor of BC Judith Guichon on behalf of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in a ceremony held on November 9th in Victoria.

  • Mr. Campbell Black, entrepreneur who established a yacht repair and overhaul company in Sidney and subsequently a training institute to school marine service technicians (resident of Sidney)
  • Mr. Barrie Farrell, innovative fish boat builder (resident of Nanaimo);
  • Captain Keith McLaren, retired deepsea and coastal mariner, formerly Senior Master of Spirit of Vancouver island, author of award-winning books on seafaring (resident of North Saanich);
  • Mr. Roland Webb, Certified Marine Engineer and senior executive in the ship repair and shipbuilding sector, currently Senior Vice President Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Vancouver BC 9resident of White Rock);

A special award was given to the Sail life and Training Society (SALTS) of Victoria for its youth sail training and motivational programs.

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.

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