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Waterfront Shipping Co (WFS) has partnered with four shipowners to order four 49,000 dwt vessels from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard which can run on methanol or fuel oil. Two of the vessels will be owned by a joint venture between WFS and Marinvest, one will be owned by NYK and the fourth will be owned in a joint venture between IINO Kaiun Kaisha and Mitsui & Co. All four vessels will be chartered by WFS and the newbuilds will join a fleet of seven methanol powered vessels chartered by WFS. Waterfront Shipping, along with Methanex, is advocating methanol, which is produced from natural gas, as one route for the shipping industry to meet the International Maritime Organisation's 2020 emissions cap.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:15

GCT orders new RTGs and Upgrades

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GCT Canada has ordered 10 Konecranes rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes for (4) Vanterm and (6) Deltaport with new Tier 4f standard for diesel engines, an eco-efficient design that can create fuel savings and reduced emission.  The cranes are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019 and will complement the existing 12 Konecranes RTGs. The new models will include Auto-Steering, Auto-TOS Reporting, and Auto-Positioning with yard screen in the operator cabin.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:13

Management changes at Nanaimo Port Authority


Rodney Grounds has been appointed as Harbour Master and Director of Marine Operations following the resignation of Captain Edward S. Dahlgren on February 2nd and Emil Tomescu, MBA, P.Eng. PE, FEC has been appointed as the new Vice President, Asset Maintenance with Nanaimo Port Authority, effective March 1st.  As a member of the senior management team, Emil will provide strategic and managerial leadership in project engineering design, field investigations, procurement and construction management as well as asset maintenance in support of the organization's objectives.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:43

Petition for an Emergency Order filed

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On January 30, 2018 EcoJustice filed, on behalf of group of non-governmental organizations, a petition for an emergency order for the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) under section 80 of the Species at Risk Act. The petition addressed to the Environment Climate Change Minister and the Fisheries and Oceans Minister seeks to impose a series of operational measures to reduce noise and disturbance from commercial vessels traveling in or near SRKW foraging areas. Key actions recommended include:

  • Seasonal speed controls for commercial vessels transiting Haro Strait and waters adjacent to key foraging areas in Juan de Fuca Strait;
  • Direct lateral displacement within existing shipping lanes to reduce acoustic exposure to key foraging areas;
  • Quiet commercial vessels servicing local routes in SRKW critical habitat;
  • Mandate no net increase in overall noise levels relative to 2016 levels; and
  • Develop and adopt a set of noise reduction targets that are biologically relevant and meaningful to the recovery of the SRKW.

The NGO petitioners— the David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund Canada— are seeking a formal response by March 1, 2018. Legal action is threatened in the absence of any response.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:39

Eagle Spirit Pipeline lays out a backup plan

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Vancouver-based Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Roanan Corp., a private landowner in Hyder, an old gold-rush town on the Alaska side of the Canada/US border at the head of the Portland Canal, to locate the pipeline’s new endpoint. This latest development follows in light of the proposed ban on oil exports from northern BC under Bill C-48.  The project is now proposing that tankers could load Canadian oil and sail through the disputed waters of Dixon Entrance, claimed by both Canada and the United States. 

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:36

Port of Nanaimo Open House



The Nanaimo Port Authority will be holding a number of Public Engagement Open Houses during 2018. The first Open House is scheduled for Thursday February 22 at the Port Theatre, 4PM to 7PM – Mezzanine Level.  The Board of Directors & Senior Staff will be in attending and updates will be provided on the following: 

  • Downtown Marina Revitalization Project
  • Harbour Safety & Security
  • Environmental Impacts and Protection
  • Development of the Deep Sea Terminals
  • Land Use in and around the Harbour

Friday, 02 February 2018 14:07

Update on grain loading in inclement weather

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In the wake of last week’s industry arbitration ruling regarding new safety measures for grain loading in inclement weather, the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) has responded quickly to address the concerns. The BCMEA is in the midst of procedural and training development, while grain stevedores work to train foremen and obtain the required fall protection equipment specified in the arbitrator’s decision.

Friday, 02 February 2018 14:02

BCMEA and ILWU begin collective bargaining

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Collective bargaining has started between the BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union–Canada (ILWU–Canada) on behalf of Longshore Locals (500, 502, 505, 508 and 519) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Ship and Dock Foreman Local 514.  All parties remain optimistic that bargaining will result in new agreements without any disruptions to cargo shipments or port operations. The existing agreement expires at the end of next month.

Friday, 02 February 2018 13:55

VFPA's approval of FSD permit stands

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Community groups opposed to the coal facility proposed for Fraser Surrey Docks have lost a four-year-long legal battle challenging the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s approval of the project. Ecojustice lawyers argued in May 2017, on behalf of concerned parties, that the Port didn’t have the legal power to approve the project and that it was “biased in its decision-making.”  The case was heard in Vancouver on May 18, 2017, and Justice James O’Reilly of the Federal Court in Ottawa released his judgment and reasons on Jan. 15 for dismissing the case.  “I can find no basis for overturning the Port Authority’s decisions — they were made fairly and lawfully, and untainted by a reasonable apprehension of bias,” O’Reilly said in his judgment and reasons. “They were made fairly and lawfully, and untainted by a reasonable apprehension of bias. I must, therefore, dismiss this application for judicial review.”

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The Montreal Port Authority has submitted plans to develop a new container terminal on its land in Contrecoeur on Montreal's South Shore, a land reserve it acquired between 1988 and 1992.  The project submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency marks a key milestone for the project.  When completed, the terminal will add 1.14 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year pushing Monteral's capacity to 2.1 million TEUs.  The plan is to create a new 675-metre platform with eight cranes and a container storage yard by 2023, but it is subject to federal government approval on two fronts: Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Western chorus frogs were last in the news in Quebec after the federal government halted a development project in La Prairie in 2016 with an emergency order to protect the frogs' habitat. Environment Canada lists the population of the Western chorus frog as "threatened," specifically in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes areas. On top of the famous frog, the study also points to the Copper redhorse, a North American species of freshwater fish unique to Quebec. Fisheries and Oceans Canada considers the copper redhorse to be endangered — only a couple of hundred fish are thought to remain between Valleyfield and Sorel.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:37

Arbitration decision impacts grain loading

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An industry arbitration ruling issued this week has stopped the loading of grain ships during inclement weather in the Port of Vancouver. The arbitrator has ruled that when labour is working on hatch covers during the loading of grain through feeder holes in rain or snow, that guardrails or fall equipment must be used.  The BC Maritime Employers Association is in the process of working with the stevedores and their respective safety committees in establishing new and acceptable safety procedures. Once those measures are approved and finalized, we expect grain loading in inclement weather to resume. This is expected to have an immediate impact on the fluidity of the grain movements and the extended use of the anchorages throughout the south coast during this period of wet weather. The Port of Vancouver exports over 20 million metric tonnes of Canadian grain and specialty crops each year.

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Indigenous groups behind the $16 billion Eagle Spirit pipeline project has launched a GoFundMe campaign to sue Ottawa over the proposed ban in Bill C-48, Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.  The funds raised through  campaign would help pay for legal and administrative costs.  The Eagle Spirit project would be twice the size of the Northern Gateway project, transporting as much as one million barrels a day, and has secured support from First Nations from Bruderheim, Alta., through Northern BC, to Grassy Point, BC.  Eagle Spirit is backed by the Aquilini Group of Vancouver. Major Canadian oil producers including Suncor Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc. and Meg Energy Corp. want it to go ahead and investment broker AltaCorp Capital Inc. has been lined up to organize financing. The lawsuit deals with the broader issues of Indigenous rights and title over traditional territories.

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