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Parks Canada is revising its policy for national marine conservation areas (NMCAs) to ensure that it aligns with the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act (2002). The updates will reflect the experience Parks Canada has gained from more than 20 years of establishing and managing NMCAs. Changes to the NMCA policy and the development of regulations under the CNMCAA will help guide managers in their decision making, and will help to ensure that NMCAs are managed effectively. Between May 8 and June 20, 2019, feedback is requested on proposed changes to the policy framework and the development of regulations.  For information on the proposed changes visit, https://www.letstalknmcas.ca/lets-talk-nmcas.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an advisory on the Whale Advisory Vessel Speed Reduction Zone in Southern California - Santa Barbara to reduce the impact of ship strikes on whales. NOAA strongly recommends that vessels 300 gross registered tons or larger transiting the Whale Advisory Zone do so at speeds not in excess of 10 knots. These areas contain populations of endangered blue, humpback, and fin whales that are federally protected under various Acts. The whale advisory zone extends from approximately Dana Point to Pt. Arguello and vessels are requested to transit at 10 knots or less anywhere in this zone. Vessels transiting the voluntary Western Traffic Lanes are also encouraged to transit within the Voluntary Western Zone to reduce the overlap of ships and endangered whales. Please report any collisions with whales or any observed injured or dead whales to NOAA at 877-SOS-WHALE (877-767-9425) or to the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16. NOAA is asking for the public’s help in tracking whales. Please report sightings through WhaleAlert.



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The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast announced the Conservation Agreement today, which supports the continuation of the ECHO Program. The agreement brings together the Department of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA), and the commercial marine sector. It extends the voluntary measures designed to reduce the impact of large commercial vessels and hopes to attain an 80% participation rate. Since the Salish Sea is bi-national waters, shared between Canada and the USA, these voluntary measures can establish effective measures and guidelines in a way that traditional regulation cannot, as it would be outside the Government of Canada’s jurisdiction. This agreement is the first of its kind in Canada and may prove to be a model for future agreements/partnerships to protect Canadian Coasts. 

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On behalf of GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., Doron Grosman, President & CEO as GCT Canada announces a $160 M investment to densify and modernize its operations at GCT Vanterm.  This investment will create 1186 new direct and indirect jobs and generating $77M in wages and $187M in GDP per year. The $160 million Vanterm upgrade will increase container handling capacity and allow it to handle larger container ships within its existing footprint while reducing emissions as a result of new equipment. This announcement demonstrates continued investments in the Western Trade Corridors which will support high paying port jobs in British Columbia.

Friday, 10 May 2019 11:31

DP World acquires Fraser Surrey Docks

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DP World will be acquiring Fraser Surrey Docks terminal from a Macquarie Group fund. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019. The purchase consideration is below 2.5 percent of DP World’s net asset value as of December 31, 2018, which Reuters calculated to be under $300 million. DP World believes that the major steel terminal has the right location and infrastructure to service the increasing demand from their customers for a multi-purpose facility.


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The Port of Nanaimo has released the 2019 Tariff documents, which come into effect on June 1st. the documents can be found here: https://deepsea.npa.ca/en/tariffs/


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Two Holland America Line’s cruise ships collided at the Port of Vancouver’s Canada Place terminal on May 4. Just before 7:00am, the 82,820 GT Oosterdam collided with the 86,273 GT Nieuw Amsterdam while docking stern to stern. The collision did not result in any injuries, though both vessels sustained minor damage well above the waterline. There will be no impact to the future itineraries of either ship.



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CN has announced that it is increasing its operations in Western Canada with two additional major export supply chain projects coming online. The new projects are focused on maximizing the use of rail into the Port of Prince Rupert. The first train of thermal coal from Coalspur’s Vista Mine in Hinton, Alberta has shipped to Ridley Terminals. CN is also delivering the first unit train of propane from Alberta for export via the new AltaGas Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. 

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The Port of Halifax’s most recent economic impact report has found that the port’s economic output from operations in 2017/18 is $1.97 billion, up 15% from 2015/16. Combined Port of Halifax operations output and exporter output is $4.56 billion in economic output to Nova scotia (up 25%) In 2018, the total economic output for Halifax Cruise was $171.8 million (up 40%). The Port also supports 14,965 full-time equivalent jobs from port operations (up 20%).

Friday, 10 May 2019 11:24

Clear Seas launches LNG focused site

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Clear Seas has launched a new site to help Canadians access information about liquefied natural gas (LNG). The fuel is set to become the second leading energy source worldwide by 2040. The site will be a timely addition to the public policy discussion around energy and outlines a number of central issues relating to LNG as a cargo and a cleaner fuel source for the commercial marine shipping industry. Visit the site here: https://clearseas.org/en/lng/



Friday, 10 May 2019 11:18

Mike McLeod Retirement Announcement

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Following a well-respected and distinguished 38-year career with Fraser Surrey Docks, Mike McLeod, Senior Manager Sales & Marketing, has announced his retirement effective May 31, 2019.  Mike is the last management person remaining within Fraser Surrey Docks to be originally hired by Johnston Terminals - the original owners of Fraser Surrey Docks. Mike has always eagerly been involved in company and industry functions as well as community events.  He is a past President of the Vancouver Transportation Club and still maintains a role on the scholarship and audit committee. The Chamber of Shipping wishes to congratulate Mike on his well-earned retirement.

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The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government has announced the launch of the External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness. The committee seeks to bring together business leaders, academics and consumer representatives from across the country to advise the Treasury Board on regulatory competitiveness and innovation while ensuring Canadians’ health, security and safety, and protecting the environment. In addition, the committee will champion the use of regulatory pilots and identify areas of focus for the Centre for Regulatory Innovation.

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