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Transport Canada has released its news release today advising of the interim anchorage protocol that was implemented on February 8th for a six month trial period.  As noted, the protocol includes temporary measures such as ensuring the equitable distribution of anchorages among the Southern Gulf Islands; implementing noise and lighting restrictions for anchored vessels; monitoring, and a monthly review of the South Coast anchorages, including overflights of the area by the National Aerial Surveillance Program. 

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:07

New federal appointments for the West Coast

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has made the following long-awaited appointments and reappointments:

Pacific Pilotage Authority:

  • Peter Bernard (reappointed as Director; term of two years);
  • Katherine Bright (reappointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Captain Allan Ranger (reappointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Vasiliki Raptis (newly appointed as Director; term of four years); and
  • Victoria Withers (newly appointed as Director; term of four years).

Ridley Terminals Inc.:

  • David Bromley (reappointed as Director; term of one year);
  • Shiva Dean (newly appointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Melanie Mackay (newly appointed as Director; term of four years); and
  • Catherine Wade (newly appointed as Director; term of four years).

Prince Rupert Port Authority

  • Beverley Percival (newly appointed as Director; term of three years).


Friday, 09 February 2018 13:20

Bill-69 updates Navigation Protection Act

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The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts in the House of Commons.  The key proposal is a assessment process that shifts away from “environmental assessments” towards “impact assessments”, which will consider socioeconomic impacts of a project in addition to environmental considerations. According to the Environment Minister, this process will also consider whether projects are consistent with Canada’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement. Impact assessments will be overseen by a new agency called the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

With respect to navigable waters, the legislation includes amendments to the Navigation Protection Act, that will:

  • provide new, modern safeguards to ensure a new standard of transparency;
  • create new partnership opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, including in the administration of the Act; 
  • include a number of robust powers to enhance compliance with the Act;
  • provide clear rules about permit and notification requirements for project affecting navigable waters.

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:16

Oceans Protection Plan - Prince Rupert

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The Canadian Coast Guard, and Environment and Climate Change Canada will hold its second round of Pacific Dialogue Forums for the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan on March 8 & 9 in Prince Rupert.  This upcoming engagement session will seek further input of select ongoing initiatives, along with the introduction of several new initiatives. Topics of focus will include:

  • Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness
  • Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping
  • Regional Response Planning and response related initiatives
  • Proactive Vessel Management

To register, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15, 2018. Attendee numbers may be limited based on available space. 

Friday, 09 February 2018 13:05

RFP issued for two emergency towing vessels

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On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids for the lease of two vessels capable of towing large commercial ships in distress off the coast of British Columbia.  These vessels will be leased by the Canadian Coast Guard and operated by crews trained in Canadian Coast Guard emergency response and search and rescue procedures. The RFP closes on March 20, 2018.

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Transport Canada issued a news release stating that $12.6 million over three years to the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium to deliver a Marine Training Program in the North.  he Marine Training Program will reduce barriers to marine training for underrepresented groups in the marine labour force, such as women, Northerners, Inuit and Indigenous peoples. The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium will establish a marine training facility in Hay River, Northwest Territories through partnership with the Government of Northwest Territories. The Consortium will also expand its existing training program in Nunavut and Nunavik. Funding will help curricula development and the purchase of new specialized marine training equipment.

Friday, 02 February 2018 13:21

BC adds more uncertainty to TMEP

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The BC government is creating more uncertainty around Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project (TMEP) with a proposal to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies.  The Province will create an independent scientific advisory panel to help address the scientific uncertainties outlined in the report, The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel: The Behaviour and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released into Aqueous Environments. The recommendations of the advisory panel will inform future regulatory development and approaches to spill response.  While the advisory panel is proceeding, the Province is proposing regulatory restrictions to be placed on the increase of diluted bitumen transportation.  Alberta's Premier Notley has retaliated by suspending talks with BC on the purchase of electricity, representing revenues of about $500 million to the province annually.

Friday, 02 February 2018 13:15

New tech for border security

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The Government of Canada, World Economic Forum (WEF), and other global partners are testing a new concept in border security, which will let travellers digitize their personal information and share it with airport and government authorities before traveling. The Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype, launched at this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, aims to exploit an array of emerging technologies including biometrics, blockchain and artificial intelligence to boost cross-border security, reduce the threat of cyber-terrorism and streamline international travel, according to the WEF.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency and Transport Canada are involved in discussions about implementation.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:27

New website on trade barriers for exporters

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The Government of Canada has launched a new webpage where exporters can register a trade barrier. Through this new web page Canadian businesses can now register a trade barrier and then work with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and partner departments to address trade barriers affecting their exports or investments abroad. Barriers can be (and are not limited to) administrative procedures, quantitative restrictions (such as quotas), price controls, licensing requirements, product labelling requirements and privacy requirements.

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The Canadian Coast Guard will be seeking proposals to remove all "recoverable oil" from the Manolis L shipwreck on Newfoundland's northeast coast. The environmental impact of the Liberian-flagged Manolis L that sank in 1985 has been monitored routinely and annual maintainance has helped contain leaks from the damaged hull.  The government plans to award the contract by spring of 2018 with operations commencing in summer 2018 to remove most of the estimated 115,000 to 150,000 litres of oil that remains onboard. 

Friday, 19 January 2018 11:12

$700M fund available for Clean Tech

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Government of Canada will invest $700 million through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) over the next five years to grow Canada’s clean technology industry, protect the environment and create jobs. The investment will enable the BDC to take on more risk to help high-potential clean tech firms expand by providing them with the capital they need to hire new staff, develop products, support sales, and scale up and compete globally.

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Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada’s domestic legislation.

The Polar Code addresses the unique hazards encountered by certain vessels that operate in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Polar Code and Canada’s new regulations include a variety of safety and pollution prevention measures, including those related to vessel design and equipment, vessel operations and crew training. Drawing from decades of experience as an Arctic regulator, Canada played a key leadership role in developing the Polar Code at the International Maritime Organization.


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