CN Rail has announced plans to invest approximately $340 million across BC in 2018 to expand and strengthen the Company's rail network throughout the province. The investments in BC are part of CN's planned $3.4 billion capital program for 2018 and include track expansion projects that will boost capacity for better service to forest products, grain, intermodal and industrial customers. Other elements will focus on key track infrastructure to improve safety and effeciency. Planned expansion projects include:
Western Canada Marine Response has launched Sential 30, a new oil spill response vessel. The 26-foot vessel and landing craft was built in Prince Rupert by Broadwater Industries. The Sentinel 30 will be undergoing spill response trials in Prince Rupert and will utlimately be transited to the new response base in Saanich on Vancouver Island.
The results of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program's Vessel Slow Down Trial that took place in Haro Strait last summer are in. The voluntary Vessel Slow Down Trial was initiated to study the relationship between slower ship speed, underwater noise levels, and effects on the endangered southern resident killer whales. More than 60 marine shipping organzitions participated in reducing vessel speeds to 11 knots, when safe and feasible to do so. The results from the trial demonstrate that reducing vessel speeds is an effective way of reducing noise generated by the vessel, as well as reducing total underwater noise in nearby habitats. This summer, another volunary vessel slowdown initiative will take place in Haro Strait. This measure will test levels of participation when the vessel slowdown speed is optimized based by vessel class, and will take effect when there are confirmed sightings of southern resident killer whales in the area. The final report from the 2017 trial is now available on the ECHO Program slowdown trial webpage.
On June 8th GCT Deltaport welcomed the first Ocean Network Express (ONE) vessel to Canada. The ONE Commitment arrived at Deltaport on June 8th and is the first magenta vessel to arrive in the Southeast China-South China-Taiwan-Tacoma-Vancouver-Japan rotation, following the merger of the Japanese lines, NYK Line, Mitsui OSK, and “K” Line on April 1, 2018.
Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme focusses on ocean plastics and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. The Chamber of Shipping's President, Robert Lewis-Manning, is featured with an op-ed in today's Vancouver Sun, titled Sustainable oceans key to British Columbia's prosperity
A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness, calls on governments to modernize their regulatory frameworks and give businesses in Canada room to thrive. Canada’s regulatory system is smothering business in Canada, thanks to a growing mix of complex, costly and overlapping rules from all levels of government. The report is available at https://regulatesmarter.com/.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors announces Judy Rogers as its incoming chair effective August 30, 2018 for a two-year term. Ms. Rogers joined the port authority board of directors on December 19, 2017. Ms. Rogers replaces outgoing chair, Craig Neeser, whose term of office expires on August 29, 2018. Mr. Neeser has served as chair since 2011 and was originally appointed to the board of directors in August 2009.
Ms. Rogers operates her own consulting firm, advising private, public and Crown corporations in government affairs and communications. She held the role of city manager of the City of Vancouver from 1999 to 2008. Ms. Rogers is chair of the board of directors of the B.C. Assessment Authority. She is past chair of the B.C. Housing Commission and the UBC Alumni Association, past president of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and served on the board for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Ms. Rogers received the Order of Canada in 2017, and is the recipient of two United Nations public service awards. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and an honourary Doctorate of Laws from Capilano University.
Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, BC. The Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 per cent stake in the LNG Canada project. Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 per cent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 per cent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 per cent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd., would have the remaining five per cent. Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.
Last week the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority awarded twelve shipping lines, two cruise lines, three coastal marine operators and two terminal operators with a Blue Circle Award for their voluntary efforts to conserve energy and reduce air emissions in the Port of Vancouver. The awards recognize industry partners that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest level of participation in the port authority’s EcoAction Program and Energy Action Initiative. For the first time this year, the port authority recognized two Blue Circle Award winners under the Energy Action Initiative for achieving specific energy conservation targets. The Energy Action Initiative is a joint program with BC Hydro that helps terminal operators and other port tenants enhance their energy-conservation practices and save costs. The goal of this program is to protect the energy security of our growing port by reducing energy waste.
2017 Blue Circle Award recipients in EcoAction Program category:
2017 Blue Circle Award recipients in Energy Action Initiative category:
Canadian Pacific Railway workers went on strike on Tuesday night, but by Wednesday it was announced that a four-year tentative agreement was reached with the conductors and locomotive engineers at CP, and a five-year agreement with conductors and locomotive engineers at the Kootenay Valley Railway. Full operations resumed on Thursday morning. Ratification votes will take place over the coming months and although details are being withheld until then, the union president has called the deal a fair contract.
Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) and the Government of Canada have announced that work will begin soon on the Joint Support Ships (JSS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). These purpose-built vessels will play a vital role in meeting Canada’s domestic and international obligations and will fully meet the operational needs of the RCN. The $66.6 million contract will allow the shipyard to start construction early and avoid any gaps in production for the workers the site. This move demonstrates the value of the long-term, strategic partnership established between the Government of Canada and Seaspan under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
Last week we announced that Waterfront Shipping won the Best Fuel Solution Award this year from Lloyds’ List North America, and at the time of writing we were not privy to the impressive list of winners, which includes a number of other Canadian recipients. Congratuations to the following list of award winners:
Best Fuel Solution Award - Waterfront Shipping
Best Technology for Cleaner Emissions - General Electric
Company of the Year - Groupe Desgagnés
Cyber Security Innovation Award - Naval Dome
Deal of the Year - Port Corpus Christi
Environment Award (Dual Winners)- Vancouver Fraser Port Authority & CMA CGM
i-law Maritime Law Award - Norton Rose Fulbright
Port Infrastructure Development of the Year - APM Terminals
Port Operator of the Year - Port Houston
Safety Training Initiative - Shell Trading US Company, Shipping & Maritime, Americas
Ship Operator of the Year - International Seaways
Lloyd’s List Intelligence Data Innovation Award - Maersk Line
Cruise Safety Innovation Award - Holland America Group
Lifetime Achievement Award - Foremost Group founder Dr James Chao
The City of Vancouver has filed a federal court claim against the owner of the M/V Marathassa for the oil spill in English Bay in 2015, as part of the city’s efforts to get compensation for the $550,000 expended in its response efforts. The claim which was filed only two years after the incident is still under review by federal government’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund. Despite media reports no formal offer of compensation has yet been made to the city.
Green Marine, the premier environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry, released its 2017 Performance Report showing continued improvement in the sustainability of its existing participants. From 2016 to 2017, performance criteria were added and/or strengthened, making it more difficult to achieve the same levels as in previous years. For example, ship owners had to meet more demanding criteria to achieve Level 5 for the greenhouse gas performance indicator. Ports and terminals were given revised criteria for spill prevention, as well as for the community impacts performance indicator. The greatest improvement was made for one of the newest performance indicators, specifically the criteria for ports and terminals to address waste management. The relevant participants increased their performance by a total of 16 levels for an overall average of 2.5 in 2017 on the program’s 1-to-5 scale from their 2.3 average in 2016. Alll the participants' results are published in the annual performance report and these are listed on the Green Marine website at www.green-marine.org.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority took the opportunity at the GreenTech conference to present its Green Wave Awards to company representatives of vessels that have qualified for one of three tier levels above the base rate based on environmental performance. These tiers are based on the level of commitment towards aspects such as reducing air emissions and pollutants, using more energy efficient technology, and participating in the marine sustainability organizations and initiatives that are being rapidly adopted worldwide. Pictured above from the left are William Song of COSCO Shpping Lines (Canada), Lee Kindberg of Maersk, Marc Gagnon of Fednav, and Jason Scherr of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
CP Rail has been advised by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) that members of both unions - the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) – have voted down CP’s final contract offers. CP has expressed disappointed with the outcome of the vote given that both final offers provided for significant improvements to wages, benefits and working conditions that are consistent with agreements recently reached with other CP unions in both the United States and Canada. CP will be meeting with both unions later today to discuss next steps. A minimum of 72 hours’ notice needs to be provided before any work stoppage can occur.
The good news is that CN Rail's 1,800 locomotive engineers have ratified a new collective agreement on Wednesday. The five-year contract with the TCRC runs through Dec. 31, 2022. It provides wage and benefit improvements in each year of the agreement and modifies work rules that were of concern to both CN and the engineers.
This week Waterfront Shipping received Lloyd's List Americas 2018 Best Fuel Solution Award for their investment in sustainable marine technology! This award recognizes improvements in fuel efficiency, and environmental performance, including efforts to bring forward low emission sustainable fuel technology to the market. What a great achievement for Waterfront Shipping and for methanol’s recognition as a clean burning, economical alternative marine fuel for the future. Paul Hexter, President of Waterfront Shipping was in attendance to receive the Award.
In 2016, in collaboration with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Westfal-Larsen Management, and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest, Waterfront Shipping invested in and delivered seven of the world’s first methanol fueled ocean going vessels. These innovative vessels are built with the first-of-their kind dual fuel engines that can run on clean burning methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil to enable fuel flexibility, support economics and lower emissions. Due to the success of this technology Waterfront Shipping announced that this year they invested in another four vessels – resulting in 40% of their fleet powered by clean-burning methanol fuel technology in the coming year.