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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%).
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/
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.
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.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Company (LEEDCo) has placed 16 high-tech buoys around the lake that are equipped with sensors that transmit a variety of real-time weather and scientific data back to shore, as well as a webcam mounted to its 6-foot-tall mast that relays 30-second snapshots of current lake conditions once hourly. The buoys detect a variety of data, including wind speed, wave height, water and air temperature, oxygen counts within the lake, and walleye migration patterns. Anyone can text certain buoys or view them online to get an up-to-date weather report.
The Port of Seattle has shortlisted three teams for the development and operation of a new cruise facility at the north end of Terminal 46. The shortlist includes: Cruise Industry Leaders Group, a partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruise, MSC Cruises, Carnival Corporation and SSA Marine, a subsidiary of Carrix; Global Ports Holding and Civil & Building North America; and, the third one Ports America, teaming with Jacobs Engineering Group. The three teams responded to the port’s RFQ in March and will now be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be released in June. The Port is targeting delivery of the new cruise terminal for the 2022 cruise season with early estimates pointing to costs of around USD 200 million.
Carriers are warning that missed sailings may be an issue in the fourth quarter when several vessels are taken out of service for a week at a time to prepare the ships for the transition to low-sulfur fuel. While each carrier will handle the transition slightly differently based upon its fleet profile and those of its alliance partners, there is a hope that transitions will be underway well inn advance of the 2020 deadline. Installing a scrubber can take a vessel out of service for 30-40 days.
Macquarie Group Ltd. has reached a deal to sell Halterm terminal at the Port of Halifax and Penn Terminals in Philadelphia to Singaporean group, PSA International Pte Ltd. Halterm is the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada. The value of the deal and closing date have not been released.
After scientific evidence was presented at CSA 2020, concluding that the wastewater generated by the exhaust gas cleaning process was well within regulatory limits and satisfactory from an environmental aspect, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has stated it will not ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters.
Through coordinated efforts from both the Spanish and Equatorial Guinea navies, the crew that was held hostage in the violent hijacking of the Royal Boskalis Westminster Boskalis heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin are now safe. The hijacking took place on Sunday, 5 May around 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea after the vessel was boarded by several armed pirates. The 20 crew members locked themselves in the ship’s citadel until help could arrive. The vessel sustained significant damage, as the pirates shot several times while onboard, rendering the ship un-sailable. The vessel is currently situated around 40 miles off the coast of Equatorial Guinea in international waters.
Negotiations between the BC Maritime Employers Association and ILWU Canada with the conciliator appointed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) were slated to end yesterday, May 2nd. With the 21-day cooling off period expiring May 4th, we are still hopeful that an agreement and or an extension can be reached. May 5th is the earliest that a work stoppage could occur, but there is no indication of an immediate disruption.