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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A special award was given to the Sail life and Training Society (SALTS) of Victoria for its youth sail training and motivational programs.
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.
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.
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 China, Europe 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.
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.
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is seeking up to two independent Directors to join its Board of Directors for a four-year term commencing January 1, 2018. Applicants should have previous board knowledge with an organization of similar size and complexity, knowledge of current and emerging harbour and Victoria-area community issues, and strong business acumen. Expertise in one or more of the following areas would be an asset:
Additional information is available at http://www.gvha.ca/about-gvha/governance and application are due by the end of day, November 20, 2017.
Algoma Central Corporation announced on Oct. 27th that it had reached a tentative agreement with the navigation and engineering officers in the Company’s product tanker fleet, ending a strike that began on October 21st. The union represents 54 employees of Algoma Tankers Limited. Vessels tied up as a result of the strike resumed operations once arrangements were made to return the crews to the ships.
The Green Marine team is enthusiastically planning for GreenTech 2018 which will be held at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, in Vancouver, BC from Wednesday, May 30th to Friday, June 1st. The event is open to everyone involved or interested in maritime transportation and its greater sustainability through greener technologies, innovation and best practices.
Green Marine welcomes proposals for presentations from marine transportation community members focusing on real-life experiences, case studies and/or leading edge research that show delegates how best practices, new technologies and insightful partnerships make a difference. Click here to submit a proposal.
Samsung Heavy Industries has completed delivery of the first of three Suzemax shuttle tankers destined for offshore operations in Canada. The 155,000 DWT Beothuk Spirit was delivered on 25 October to Teekay Offshore Partners, a division of the multi-national Teekay tanker, offshore and gas company, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Beothuk Spirit is the first of Teekay's three newbuild shuttle tankers set to operate on Canada's east coast. Sister vessel Norse Spirit is scheduled for delivery in November 2017, followed by Dorset Spirit in early 2018.
Although generally classified as a crude oil tankers, shuttle tankers are to normal tankers like starships to skateboards; some differences are obvious, like higher superstructure to provide visibility over bow loading housing, but many more are hidden. In this case, there are no less than 6 propellers (plus extensive control system) taking care of the vessel's dynamic positioning capabilities: one variable pitch propulsion propeller, one tunnel thruster aft, one azimuth thruster aft, one tunnel thruster forward, and two azimuth thrusters forward.
On October 25th the first ship carrying product from K+S Potash Canada’s (KSPC) Bethune mine left its potash handling and storage facility at Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) in Port Moody, BC. The MV Daiwan Champion operated by Pacific Basin Shipping was loaded with 30,000 tonnes of potash and will supply customers in Asia. KSPC’s potash handling and storage facility can receive trains carrying up to 18,000 tonnes of product, offer storage for 160,000 tonnes of potash and can dispatch ships carrying 70,000 tonnes from its own berth.