Thursday, 27 September 2018 06:05

World Maritime Day 2018

World Maritime Day – We’re All Connected to Shipping

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Vancouver, September 27, 2018 – Today is World Maritime Day and this year it recognizes the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 70th anniversary. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the safety, security, and environmental standards for international shipping. Canada was instrumental in its establishment and leads innovation on key challenges such as reducing greenhouse gases, eradicating invasive marine species, and protecting marine mammals.

Canada is a trading nation that relies upon marine transportation to connect consumers, shippers, and communities to domestic and global markets.  The national economic impact of marine shipping is equal to approximately 1.8% of the Canadian economy, moving over $205 billion of goods annually.

The importance of diversification in trade is ever so more important in the face of growing uncertainty in our trading relationship with the United States. International shipping moves approximately 90% of world trade.

While Canada expands to reach a global marketplace, Canadians and Indigenous communities are also resolute in the need to protect the oceans and its vast coastline. The commercial marine industry shares this focus and is heartened by the Government of Canada’s significant investment in protecting our coastal waters through the Oceans Protection Plan.

The most visible symbol of the challenge before us, is the plight of the declining population of Southern Resident Killer Whales. This past summer, Canada’s marine industry implemented operational measures to assist with this species’ recovery, including reducing speed and routing vessels away from foraging areas. We will continue to progress world-leading science and operational and technical measures focused on reducing ship-generated noise through the Port of Vancouver’s ECHO Program.

Canada’s ability to move people and goods safely without harming coastal waters is critical to the economic security of the country. Canada has demonstrated the ability to move all types of cargo safely, and continues to evolve and implement improved practices that are robust and innovative.

On this day, we encourage you to consider how shipping touches your life. Whether you are a consumer, live in a remote coastal community, or work in the manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, or energy industry - you have a connection to shipping.

 

About Chamber of Shipping

The Chamber of Shipping represents commercial carriers and their agents in Canada which trade internationally and domestically. The marine transportation sector is vital to supporting Canadian trade and our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner. Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports.

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Denien Ford

 

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Vancouver, July 13, 2018 – The commercial marine transportation industry has initiated a voluntary slow-down for large commercial ships transiting Haro Strait in the Salish Sea as endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) have recently returned to the area.

The key threats to the SRKW are prey availability, physical and acoustic disturbances, and environmental contaminants. In 2017, a voluntary vessel slowdown trial in Haro Strait demonstrated that reducing vessel speed is an effective way of reducing the underwater noise generated at the vessel source, as well as reducing total underwater noise in nearby habitats which may in turn benefit the behaviour and feeding success of the SRKW. Large commercial ships represent approximately 50 per cent of the total sound energy in local waters.

“The implementation of this complex slow-down of vessels by global shipping companies is indicative of the tremendous understanding and commitment to protecting endangered whales in Canada,” stated the Chamber’s President Robert Lewis-Manning. “The expertise of many partners, including First Nations, the Federal Government, scientists, and non-governmental organizations continues to support innovation in developing pragmatic and effective measures.”

The marine shipping industry and its partners have already developed a suite of innovative protective measures that are based on science and which will continue to support an overall recovery strategy. This level of complex planning in both Canada and the United States to implement measures would not have been possible without the leadership of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program initiative spear-headed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and, at 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, many Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network, committed to environmental protection and stewardship.

About Chamber of Shipping
The Chamber of Shipping represents commercial carriers and their agents in Canada which trade internationally and domestically. The marine transportation sector is vital to supporting Canadian trade and our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner.

 

The Chamber of Shipping is pleased to announce the appointment of its Directors and Officers for 2018-2019, comprising a broad range of experienced leaders from the Canadian marine industry. The Board of Directors includes:

Kim Christensen (Chair), General Manager Operations, ACGI Shipping Inc.
Garth Mitcham (Vice-Chair), Director, CSL Americas
Peter Amat (Treasurer), General Manager, Pacific Basin Shipping (Canada) Ltd
Richard Chappell, Regional Vice-President of Operations Canada, Westwood Shipping Lines
Marc Fellis, President, Westward Shipping
Dave Hill, Executive Vice-President, Wheelhouse Shipping Agency Ltd.
Jack Mahoney, President, Maersk Line Canada
Oscar Pinto, Director, Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd.
George Runyon, Senior Vice-President, Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp.
Donna Spalding, Director Administration, Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada
Peter Swanson, Partner, Bernard LLP

The competitiveness of Canada’s transportation gateways is critical to the economic viability of all shippers, especially in view of the increased competitive pressures in the United States.  The Chamber of Shipping is advocating for efficient transportation corridors and continues to address concerns with risks and environmental impacts on local communities. Canada is poised to increase international trade and should strive to manage its supply chain holistically, embrace innovative technologies, and develop a highly trained and experienced workforce at sea and ashore.

Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and, at 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, many Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:13

Our Statement on World Maritime Day 2017

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Vancouver, September 28, 2017 – Today the Chamber of Shipping encourages Canadians to observe the United Nations’ World Maritime Day. This year’s theme, Connecting Ships, Ports and People, acknowledges the many facets of the marine transportation industry, and promotes a collaborative approach on a range of issues, including navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and marine security. 

As Canada’s international trade continues to grow, it will become increasingly important to develop an integrated coastal strategy that ensures our marine ecosystems are protected for future generations.

“Coastal management must address areas of high activity where the need for sustainable growth should be proactively managed,” said Chamber of Shipping President Robert Lewis-Manning. “This should include the establishment and management of marine trade corridors with provisions that build confidence for Indigenous and coastal communities, and provide a predictable and efficient trading environment for marine transportation.”

The federal government’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan supports the premise of World Maritime Day’s theme and we urge the federal government to move forward in combining its safety management framework with ongoing marine protection planning initiatives, as integrated marine spatial planning and management is essential to the sustainable development of our coasts and greater efficiencies in shipping.

The Chamber recognizes the importance of, and heartily supports, the protection of our pristine coast. We work closely with Indigenous and coastal communities, governments, scientific and conservation groups to ensure shipping operations remain safe and environmentally sustainable. The shipping industry continues to invest heavily to reduce the environmental impact of its operations both locally and globally. Ports in British Columbia are viewed as global sustainability leaders and were the first to implement ballast water exchange programs and shore power technology in Canada. Furthermore, our members’ vessels are currently supporting a voluntary speed reduction trial in Haro Strait to assist in the development of a recovery strategy for Southern Resident Killer Whales.
 

About Chamber of Shipping

The Chamber of Shipping represents commercial carriers and their agents in Canada which trade internationally and domestically. The marine transportation sector is vital to supporting Canadian trade and our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner. Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports. 

Vancouver, July 20, 2017 – The recovery of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale is a top priority for the members of the Chamber of Shipping. Existing science indicates that the species faces three anthropogenic threats, including contaminated water, a lack of prey, and physical and acoustic disturbance. Research suggests that underwater noise from vessels can interfere with killer whale communications, constraining the ability to hunt and navigate. It also suggests that vessels operating at lower speeds typically generate less underwater noise.  

Our member companies representing international cruise lines, container, tankers, auto, bulk and breakbulk carriers have indicated their full support for the two-month trial to reduce vessel transit speeds through Haro Strait to 11 knots from August 6th.  Haro Strait is a prime feeding area for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale and also serves as the marine corridor for vessels calling western Canadian ports in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, with an average of 7-8 inbound and outbound transits per day.

“The path to this trial has been years in the making and is the result of progressive leadership and collaboration inherent in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s ECHO Program,” said Chamber of Shipping President Robert Lewis-Manning. “Our member companies are serious about supporting solutions that are based in science and this commitment is indicative of new and innovative approaches by a network of First Nations, scientists, researchers, regulators, NGOs, and industry.”

Throughout the trial, researchers will measure the change in underwater noise from the speed reduction in Haro Strait. Additionally, the commercial marine industry will collect data to determine the impact of the slow-down as it relates to safety, supply chain efficiency, and commercial operations. The results of the trial will not only determine if a speed reduction could have a positive impact for this iconic whale species, but will also inform the Government of Canada of other necessary and complementary regulatory and operational measures that would ensure the safety and competitiveness of marine transportation during the recovery of the species.  The Chamber of Shipping will look forward to remaining an engaged and vocal participant in this ongoing dialogue. 

About Chamber of Shipping

The Chamber of Shipping represents commercial carriers and their agents in Canada which trade internationally and domestically. The marine transportation sector is vital to supporting Canadian trade and our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner. Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports. 

 

For more information

Denien Ford
Chamber of Shipping
T +1 604 681 2351
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Vancouver, July 5, 2017 – The Chamber of Shipping welcomed the launch of the ederal government’s Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI), which will include $2 billion over 11 years to strengthen Canada's trade infrastructure, including ports and waterways that are essential to ocean carriers calling on Canadian ports.

Canada’s trading gateways are facing increased competitive pressures and must strive for greater efficiencies across the supply chain. The government’s intent to support projects that address urgent capacity constraints and keep goods moving efficiently along Canada’s trade corridors will be beneficial to shippers, consumers, and Canadian businesses. These investments should also benefit coastal communities, as addressing inefficiencies in the supply chain reduces negative impacts on communities and the environment.

“Canada is a trading nation and this commitment indicates the importance Canada places on trade,” stated Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “This fund will also complement the government’s commitments under the Oceans Protection Plan, ensuring that marine transportation is safe, sustainable, and efficient. We look forward to working with Canadian Port Authorities and the federal government to identify priority infrastructure investments that support Canada’s marine corridors.”

In British Columbia and across Canada, our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner. Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports. In order to preserve our competitiveness worldwide, it is critical that the Canadian government supports our national supply chain.

 

About Chamber of Shipping

Since 1923, the Chamber of Shipping has been the representative voice of the marine industry on Canada’s west coast. The importance of that voice is arguably more important today than ever before as North America’s trade with Asia undergoes unrelenting growth and Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway plays a vital role in facilitating trade efficiency for the benefit of the entire nation.

 

Contact for more information:

Douglas Larsson
Chamber of Shipping
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Vancouver, January 11, 2017 – The Chamber of Shipping applauds the B.C. government for approving the environmental assessment for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and ensuring that the five conditions established by the province were met. This decision marks an important step towards growing Canada’s trade capacity and improving coastal protection.                                                                  

In British Columbia and across Canada, our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources in a responsible and competitive manner. For over half a century, petroleum products have been shipped through Vancouver without incident and tens of thousands of vessel movements occur safely in our waters annually.

 “Through the Oceans Protection Plan, Canadians have been given the opportunity and resources to significantly improve the safety and protection regime for Canada’s West Coast,” stated Robert Lewis-Manning, the President of the Chamber of Shipping. “The Chamber of Shipping is committed to working with governments and communities in implementing the elements of the $1.5B Oceans Protection Plan that will support both this project and all aspects of marine transportation in B.C.”

Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports. In order to preserve our competitiveness worldwide, it is critical that Canada is able to build market access and secure new customers overseas.


About Chamber of Shipping

Since 1923, the Chamber of Shipping has been the representative voice of the marine industry on Canada’s west coast. The importance of that voice is arguably more important today than ever before as North America’s trade with Asia undergoes unrelenting growth and Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway plays a vital role in facilitating trade efficiency for the benefit of the entire nation.


For more information:

Denien Ford
Chamber of Shipping
Tel: +1 604 681 2351
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Friday, 02 December 2016 09:08

Vancouver Sun Op-ed published Dec. 2, 2016

Opinion: Canadian prosperity rests on safe shipment of products — including oil

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By Robert Lewis-Manning
President, Chamber of Shipping

The government of Canada’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project shines a spotlight on marine transportation and the unquestionable reality that Canada is a trading nation. The positive effects attending the decision to approve this $6.8-billion infrastructure project go well beyond the significant and sustained economic benefits anticipated for Alberta and B.C.

As Canadians, our prosperity and generally high standard of living depends on being able to responsibly and competitively deliver our resources, products and services globally. The reality is that one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product are directly linked to exports such as oil and other energy products, metals and minerals, wood products, fertilizer, grain, chemicals, and manufactured goods. The Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada, supports commerce with more than 170 trading economies worldwide.

As with our railways and highways, our marine waterways sustain our economy, and like those other transportation systems it is vital to our interests to manage them in a sustainable fashion.

There are well over 10,000 vessel movements annually that transit B.C.’s west coast safely and without incident. These transits are executed by professional mariners who have extensive training and experience and employ innovative technology that is as advanced as modern airliners. They are responsible and accountable for peoples’ lives, high-valued assets and cargoes and managing risk in a dynamic environment.

The planning for the movement of large vessels includes risk analysis, advanced modelling and simulation and a safety framework that includes internal safety management systems, a third-party vetting process by the owners of cargo and extensive federal regulations and inspection regimes.

Notwithstanding, there will always be some degree of risk and a combination of conditions that is problematic to predict. While some people might prefer zero risk, this is likely an unrealistic scenario for a nation that is profoundly dependent on marine transportation. The challenge that demands our utmost attention is the relatively small portion of risk that could have significant consequences.

In Canada, we are incredibly fortunate to have some of the best and brightest academics, scientists, government officials, marine professionals and innovators. Canada’s on-the-water presence includes an increasingly capable Coast Guard, Navy and police forces. We have been given the opportunity and reason to significantly improve the safety and protection regime for Canada’s coasts and now is the time to turn ideas and policies into tangible effects.

While the $1.5-billion value of the recently announced federal Oceans Protection Plan is unprecedented, it is the intent that is truly transformational and deserves recognition. This plan includes embraces an ecosystem-based approach, melding traditional risk planning with impact analysis. It also includes scientific benchmarking to better understand and mitigate the impacts of industrial and other activity on our oceans. Finally, it embraces co-management of our oceans with Indigenous People and will leverage their inherent knowledge and proximity of the coast.

A commitment to marine safety should include those communities that best understand the local environmental conditions and potential impact on marine ecosystems and could be involved in responding and mitigating the impact of a marine incident. It is time to turn the passion and energy into delivery of tangible results that builds real trust, real capabilities and real protection.

Canada’s prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to responsibly and competitively deliver our resources, products and services globally. We may continue to debate the mix of products transported on our marine waterways but we can achieve consensus about marine safety measures. The Oceans Protection Plan is an effective way to reach this shared objective.

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VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2016 - The government's approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion recognizes the importance of growing capacity on all of Canada's trade corridors in the safest and most responsible manner possible. This is especially critical as Canada seeks to meet global demand from key foreign markets, and seize on all growth opportunities available. 

While trade relationships and international markets remain uncertain, it has become crucial for our leaders to open doors to new customers overseas, and protect Canada's competitiveness on the international stage. With one in five jobs directly linked to exports, the federal government's decision will mean security and jobs numerous Canadians.

"Canada's prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to responsibly and competitively deliver our resources, products, and services globally," says Chamber of Shipping's President, Robert Lewis-Manning. "Canada's marine industry supports the continued safe and efficient transportation of Canada's resources to world markets and welcomes the Trans Mountain pipeline approval as an important step toward seeking new opportunities in markets abroad."

The Chamber acknowledges that many Canadians remain concerned about the safety and environmental implications of shipments of petroleum products. All British Columbians, including Chamber of Shipping members, are passionate about ensuring the protection of our coast. For over half a century, petroleum products have been shipped through Vancouver without incident and tens of thousands of vessel movements occur safely in our waters annually. While there is no such condition as a zero-risk environment, there is a desire to work collaboratively on preventing incidents and providing adequate response when needed.

Through the recently announced Oceans Protection Plan, Canadians have been given the opportunity and reason to significantly improve the safety and protection regime for Canada's coasts. Moving forward, the Chamber of Shipping is committed to doing its part as the marine transportation stakeholder community – industry, government, Indigenous Peoples, environmental and community groups, and others – work together to ensure we continue to have the safest and cleanest maritime trading environment in the world.

About Chamber of Shipping

Since 1923, the Chamber of Shipping has been the representative voice of the marine industry on Canada's west coast. The importance of that voice is arguably more important today than ever before as North America's trade with Asia undergoes unrelenting growth and Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway plays a vital role in facilitating trade efficiency for the benefit of the entire nation.

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NEWS RELEASE

Chamber of Shipping supports the federal government’s efforts to improve safety and environmental protection for B.C.’s coast

Vancouver, November 7, 2016 – The Chamber of Shipping congratulates the federal government for taking a new direction to protect the British Columbian coast for future generations. The Chamber is thoroughly reviewing the federal government’s National Oceans Protection Plan with our membership, which includes a broad base of marine industry-related businesses. Our diverse membership brings a multitude of perspectives to shipping and the marine industry.

The Chamber has long enjoyed a positive working relationship with our federal government partners and is pleased with today’s announcement of increased support and capacity for the Canadian Coast Guard. We also fully agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that “First Nations are always first responders” and recognize this important and developing relationship between the federal government and Indigenous People. Protecting our waterways to ensure long-term sustainability will be achieved through dialogue and partnerships with governments, coastal communities, and industry.

“We are impressed with the federal government’s progressive approach to improving Canada’s marine safety regime,” stated Chamber of Shipping’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning. “The marine industry has asked for many of the actions tabled by the government and these actions should go a long way to build the confidence of Canadians that governments, industry, and coastal communities are committed to keeping our waters safe.”

Marine shipping in B.C. is a critical industry and a key driver for the Canadian economy. Canada is a trading nation that is largely dependent on ships to move goods to and from coastal communities and international markets. The competitiveness of Canada’s gateways is essential and the Chamber is encouraged that the government continues to focus additional effort on this front, including adopting many of the recommendations made during the review of the Canadian Transportation Act and this government’s review of the future of transportation.

Quick Facts

  • 1 in every 5 Canadian jobs is directly linked to exports.
  • Over 60 percent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is directly linked to exports.
  • Estimated 80 percent of volume of all global trade is carried by sea and handled by ports worldwide.

 

For more information:
Denien Ford,
Chamber of Shipping
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Vancouver – The official opening of the Kitsilano Canadian Coast Guard Base with enhanced capabilities is a progressive step in increasing both marine safety and environmental protection.

“The opening of this base not only signifies the government’s commitment, but also the progressive leadership of the Canadian Coast Guard. It has responded to feedback and is progressing a sophisticated strategy that includes partnerships with Indigenous People, coastal communities, and industry,” remarked the President of the Chamber of Shipping, Robert Lewis-Manning.

Moving forward, the marine industry asks the government to continue supporting additional capabilities for the Canadian Coast Guard, which include the appropriate statutory authority to fulfil its current mandate and consideration for an increased role, acceleration of the renewal of its fleet of vessels, and increased involvement with domain awareness and information systems.

Lewis-Manning added, “With increasing trade opportunities, our Coast Guard is vital to the protection of our pristine waters and supporting economic activity important to Canadians. Canada is evolving as a leader in sustainable marine transportation and continuous improvement.”

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 23:59

Conversations that Matter

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Conversations That Matter features Robert Lewis-Manning, the president of the Chamber of Shipping in B.C., on the state of the industry in the coastal waters of British Columbia.

Lewis-Manning comes to the job after a distinguished career in shipping that includes 24 years in the Canadian navy. He says when it comes to shipping safety on the West Coast and in Canada, the numbers speak for themselves.

“We have a safety record that is among the best in the world and on the West Coast we have the best record in Canada,” Lewis-Manning says. “The reasons why are many. They include, but are not limited to, a culture of safety, a pilotage system that is world-class, guide ships, tugs, traffic control systems and traffic management strategies that focus on environmental protection.

Lewis-Manning says the Port of Vancouver, the Coast Guard, the Pacific Pilotage Authority, the Chamber of Shipping and the shipping companies that generate more than $500 million a day of economic activity all have safety as the No. 1 priority.

Conversations That Matter is a partner program with the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Join veteran Broadcaster Stuart McNish each week for these important and engaging Conversations shaping our future.

 

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