VANCOUVER, Feb. 6, 2018 /CNW/ - The Chamber of Shipping reiterates its commitment to the protection of the Southern Resident Killer Whale and other threatened and endangered species. This commitment includes ongoing and substantive actions to mitigate the effects of vessel-generated noise and physical disturbance, many of which are developed through multi-stakeholder efforts such as the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation program spear-headed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. A coalition of non-governmental organizations has recently petitioned the Government of Canada to implement an Emergency Protection Order under the Species at Risk Act, including recommendations related to commercial shipping. While our sector is supportive of action to address all anthropogenic threats, such action must be considered with a complete understanding and appreciation of the complexity of operating large commercial vessels safely, all while avoiding unintended safety, operational, or ecological consequences.…
Vancouver, November 28, 2017 – This weekend’s marine incident off British Columbia’s Central Coast involving an articulated tug and barge operation in gale force winds highlights the need for improved risk prevention and management for Canada’s coastal waters. B.C.’s Central and North Coast is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, has enormous cultural significance to the people who live there, and contains important resources for British Columbia’s economy - protecting it should be a priority. While the response actions by the vessel’s crew, the Canadian Coast Guard, and supporting commercial vessels in adverse conditions was heroic, this incident demonstrates the urgent need to focus efforts on preventing such incidents. “The concerns of the Heiltsuk First Nation and coastal communities are notable and reflect both an innate understanding of the environment and commitment to protect it,” stated the…
Vancouver, November 17, 2017 – The Chamber of Shipping welcomes the federal government’s announcement of details concerning the review and modernization of anchorage operations as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. 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. The current framework for anchorage operations for the South Coast of British Columbia is not optimized for efficient commercial operations and results in unnecessary costs, delays, unpredictability, and impacts on certain coastal communities. As trade in this region is expected to increase, the time has arrived to develop a more holistic approach…
Speaking Notes   Bill C-55 An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act to theStanding Committee on Fisheries and Oceans November 9, 2017 8:45 – 9:45 Rm 410, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks Street Speaking Notes for Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping   Good morning Mr. Chair and members of the Committee. I am pleased to join you and to provide certain observations and recommendations on the provisions proposed in Bill C-55. My comments are provided from the perspective of commercial marine transportation and trade more generally. This trade is both international and domestic in Canada. The Chamber of Shipping represents the interests of ship owners, agents, and service providers responsible for over 60 per cent of Canadian international trade by ship. It also includes some coastal domestic trade. This includes everything from people in…
Bill C-48An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located alongBritish Columbia’s north coastSubmission by the Chamber of ShippingTo theStanding Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities November 2017 INTRODUCTION The Chamber of Shipping represents the interests of ship owners, agents, and service providers responsible for over 60 per cent of Canadian international trade by ship. Some of our members also move bulk liquid products of all types, including petroleum and chemical products on both the East and West Coasts. Marine transportation includes everything from people in ferries and cruise ships, to bulk commodities such as grain that is exported to Asia, to large container ships moving goods Canadian companies sell globally and manufactured goods that Canadians use in their day-to-day lives. Needless to say, marine transportation and…
Our letter to Ms. Yvette Myers, Executive Director, Oceans Protection Plan Implementation   August 9, 2017. Dear Ms. Myers, Subject: Anchorages for the South Coast of British Columbia We are very pleased that the federal government has acknowledged that it is time to review anchorage operations as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. 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. The current framework for anchorage operations for the South Coast of British Columbia is not optimized for efficient commercial operations and results in unnecessary costs, delays, unpredictability, and impacts on certain…
Vancouver, May 25, 2017 – As a new report reveals the substantial value of shipping to Canadians across the country, the industry seeks assurance from the Government of Canada that coastal management will recognize the need to secure marine trade corridors through a focused spatial planning effort. Today, the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping released a study, The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada, estimating the economic value of commercial shipping at $30 billion. 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, thousands of Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment. These figures are significant and reflect a dependence on marine transportation to support trade activity as Canada pivots its focus to markets overseas and increasingly away from…
Vancouver, May 12, 2017 – The Canadian government’s decision to implement a moratorium on crude oil shipment to and from ports in Northern British Columbia sends a dangerous economic signal while not addressing risk appropriately. The Chamber of Shipping strongly advocates for the vigorous protection of our pristine coastlines, and we have been proud to lend our voice to the chorus of support for initiatives like the government’s Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). Our members have eagerly participated in a range of programs designed to advance safe shipping practices and reduce our ecological impact. However, we do not support the moratorium announced today. Firstly, it contradicts a crucial pillar of the federal government’s stated approach to environmental protection: evidence-based decision making. It also flies in the face of the OPP, which commits to focusing resources on determining and addressing real safety…
The Oceans Act’s Marine Protected AreasStanding Committee on Fisheries and OceansMay 9, 2017 09:15 – 10:45Rm 228, Valour Building, 151 Sparks Street Speaking Notes for Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping Good morning Mr. Chair and members of the Committee. I am pleased to join you for a brief discussion this morning about the key role that the Oceans Act and Marine Protected Areas play in the management and protection of Canada’s coastal environment and how our industry integrates into this management approach to support both protection and trade. Overall, I hope that you will appreciate that there is an increasing need for coastal management that is transparent, predictable, and adaptable. While significant progress is being made by all stakeholders involved in coastal protection, there are several aspects where modest investments in resources and changes in approach would yield significant…
Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:07

Response to NOAA on Whale Protection Zone

  Samuel D. Rauch IIIActing Assistant Administrator for FisheriesNational Marine Fisheries Service1315 East-West HighwaySilver Spring, MD 20910Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject:  Petition Under the Administrative Procedure Act Requesting that NMFS Establish a Whale Protection Zone to Support Recovery of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales Dear Mr. Rauch; The Chamber of Shipping appreciates the opportunity to comment on the “Petition to Establish a Whale Protection Zone for the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Distinct Population Segment Under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.” We have two significant concerns that we believe have not been adequately supported in the petition. The first is the potential negative impacts on the safety of large commercial vessels, and the second is the lack of supporting documentation to support the petition. Overall, this petition does not include sufficient information to analyze and evaluate the…
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