Monday, 14 October 2019 09:22

Open Letter to Party Leaders

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October 14, 2019

 

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Leader of the People’s Party of Canada
Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Yves-François Blanchet, Leader of the Bloc Québécois

An Open Letter from the Chamber of Shipping to the Leaders of Canada’s Federal Political Parties

Dear Party Leaders:

Our members, who are the marine transportation companies responsible for delivering Canada’s international trade, are urging political leaders to consider the development of a holistic and cohesive Canadian marine transportation strategy. Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and moves more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets.

Canada’s effort to protect its coastal waters is admirable and ambitious, and largely delivered through the Oceans Protection Plan. Notwithstanding, this effort has resulted in diverting limited Federal Government resources away from essential trade development and marine transportation policy initiatives.

Commercial marine shipping in Canada remains negatively impacted by an overly complex regulatory and administrative framework managed by multiple federal departments and agencies with competing jurisdictional controls. This burdensome approach to administering the marine supply chain negatively affects Canada’s competitiveness globally, especially in comparison to ports in the United States. A recent report by the World Economic Forum confirmed Canada’s decreasing competitiveness in the global marketplace.

If Canada is to be serious about growing international trade and moving Canadian goods and products globally while addressing climate change, it needs to significantly increase its focus and resources on addressing the efficiency and productivity of Canada’s Supply Chain. This should include:

  1. Eliminating the multiple and inconsistent marine safety frameworks for evaluating and mitigating risk from commercial marine shipping – marine carriers need a consistent and predictable operating environment;
  2. Increasing funding and the allocation of departmental resources to collect and disseminate supply chain data, and assess, benchmark, and resolve inefficiencies in Canadian ports;
  3. Increasing resources and technical expertise to better evaluate and develop appropriate environmental regulations necessary to address climate change while balancing the requirements of trade and competitiveness; and
  4. Eliminating the duplication of reporting and establishing a single window for reporting marine conveyance data.

Canada is poised to increase its market access but the absence of a strategic vision that is coordinated between federal departments results in the loss of productivity, creates inefficiencies and adds to the regulatory burdens within the marine transportation system. Failing to optimize the use of the supply chain constrains trade growth and is contrary to Canada’s climate change targets. Protecting Canada’s incredible coasts must include building marine transportation corridors that maximize safety, environmental standards, and efficiency.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Lewis-Manning, OMM, CD, MBA
President
Chamber of Shipping

Vancouver BC, September 26, 2019 – Today we are pleased to celebrate World Maritime Day and proud to support this year’s theme, "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”  The Chamber of Shipping joins the International Maritime Organization in its aim to raise awareness of the important contribution of women in the maritime sector and the need to further promote opportunities for women in shipping. This year’s theme also provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Employment in commercial shipping at sea and ashore has historically been male dominated, but over recent years the presence of women in the sector has been progressing worldwide. Educational, corporate, labour, and government leaders need to continue improving governance structures, living and working conditions, and compensation and benefits to attract and retain more women to careers at sea and ashore.

It is proven that inclusiveness in the business culture will help improve productivity and innovation and serve as a catalyst for change.

For more context visit the International Chamber of Shipping video:

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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 BC, June 18, 2019
– Following an extensive reconsideration process, we are pleased that the Government of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The decision comes with a strategy to address a number of key issues identified by the National Energy Board, including capacity building, cumulative effects management, added response capacity and quieter vessels. The approval will further enhance Canada’s marine transportation framework to appropriately manage risk and protect coastal waters, while opening up access to new markets for our members.

“The marine transportation industry is supportive of the safe and responsible export of oil to world markets and we are pleased to see that the federal government is supportive of our ability to move oil safely,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “We are optimistic about the future of this project, and the value that it will bring to the Canadian economy”.

The marine transportation industry remains focused on protecting the Salish Sea and is committed to mitigating the impact of shipping. The industry has already entered into a five-year commitment with the Government of Canada to increase protection for Southern Resident Killer Whales through a Conservation Agreement, and we look forward to future advancements which will help us in this endeavor.

The Chamber of Shipping also welcomes the Salish Sea Initiative and its long-term investment strategy to better understand the cumulative impact of all human activities on local ecosystems. The marine industry will continue to work with the Government Canada, First Nations, and other stakeholders through the Oceans Protection Plan and in support of a clear marine spatial plan for Canada’s West Coast.

 

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: 

Janet Kelly
Chamber of Shipping 
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Vancouver, May 10, 2019 – As Canada continues to increase its focus towards sustainable trade growth, nine key groups have come together in support of conservation on the nation’s west coast. The Conservation Agreement, announced today by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast supports the continuation of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program (ECHO), a Port of Vancouver-led initiative aimed at better understanding and mitigating the impact of shipping activities on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in the Salish Sea.

Commercial shipping accounts for nearly 50% of the acoustic noise in the Salish Sea. The Conservation Agreement encourages large commercial vessels to slow down in key foraging areas for the SRKW to reduce underwater noise that may disrupt their ability to find prey. The agreement also pledges ongoing support to the ECHO program from the signatories, and details joint efforts to grow international engagement and collaboration while also collecting and sharing data and research between key groups.

The coalition 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.

“We appreciate the Government of Canada’s continued support in implementing effective, protective, and flexible measures that respect the inherent challenges of safe and responsible trade,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “This significant commitment by ship operators comes at a period of unprecedented trade volatility, and at a time when ship operators are implementing costly technical changes to their practices and fleets as they prepare to transition to low-sulphur fuel in 2020, in addition to installing ballast water treatment systems to stop the spread of invasive species. With the support of the Government, our industry has banded together to commit to tackling problems efficiently, effectively, and transparently”.

The agreement 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.

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, continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner.

Vancouver BC, April 10, 2019 – With an emphasis on good governance and adapting with emerging technologies, the Government of Canada’s proposed amendments to the Pilotage Act deliver long-awaited changes. Wrapped into the Budget Implementation Act, the amendments to the Pilotage Act follow an extensive review chaired by Mr. Marc Grégoire and adopt several key recommendations tabled in the final report. Bill C-97 addresses several themes, including centralization of regulatory powers and standardization, increased transparency, and necessary powers of enforcement. The Chamber of Shipping applauds these changes and supports the improvements that they will have on the safety, efficiency, and overall competitiveness of the industry.

“Canada’s pilotage framework is executed by a team of professional mariners that is second to none. These recent amendments will enhance safety and competitiveness at a time when marine transportation faces new pressures for coastal protection,” stated the Chamber’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning. “We encourage the Federal Government to focus effort on modernizing Canada’s pilotage to be more flexible and better support conservation objectives, including species at risk, while ensuring the competitiveness for Canadian imports and exports.”

As the maritime industry has been challenged with the existing pilotage framework, we applaud the Government of Canada with its decision to move forward with modernizing the Pilotage Act with the most substantive amendments since 1972. The Chamber and its members will remain engaged stakeholders and look forward to working with Transport Canada and Pilotage Authorities in further enhancements to Canada’s pilotage framework.

Friday, 22 February 2019 14:06

Chamber of Shipping Applauds NEB Decision

Vancouver, Canada – Today, the National Energy Board (NEB) released its report and recommendations on the Reconsideration Hearing. The report will play a substantial role in the Governor in Council’s decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The Report determines that the Project is in the interest of all Canadians and imposes 156 conditions and provides 16 recommendations to the Government of Canada that specifically address the potential impact of the Project-related marine activity, including: safety, cumulative impact, response planning, protection of species at risk, reduction of greenhouse gases, and continued engagement with First Nations.

“We are pleased with the NEB’s recommendation to proceed with the Project and the determination that marine shipping can support the safe and responsible export of oil to world markets,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “As many of the 16 recommendations address non-project shipping and key Canadian export commodities, we strongly encourage the Government of Canada to focus effort on removing barriers to competitiveness immediately.”

The marine transportation industry is concerned about the state of the Salish Sea and has been actively working with all levels of government and stakeholders to mitigate the impact of shipping on our ecosystems and progress Canada’s conservation efforts.

Certain NEB recommendations associated with offsets are worthy of coordination by Federal Governments accountable for safe and responsible shipping in both Canada and the United States. Future measures should appropriately balance the requirements of safety, the reduction of anthropogenic threats, and continued competitive global trade by both countries.

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. 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:

Janet Kelly
Chamber of Shipping 
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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.

 For more information:

 

Denien Ford

 

Chamber of Shipping
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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.

 

Vancouver, June 21, 2018 – Today, on National Indigenous People’s Day, the Chamber of Shipping welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection. This is a critically important step in an effort towards reconciliation and underlines a commitment by the Government of Canada to work with Central and North Coast First Nations to develop and manage marine initiatives on the Pacific Coast. 

Moving forward, the Chamber will continue to be a collaborative partner with coastal First Nations’ communities and the federal government, providing credible industry and shipping knowledge that is rooted in marine safety and environmental responsibility. This is especially true for British Columbia’s Central and North Coast, one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world and of enormous cultural significance to the people who live there; sensibly and safely protecting it should always be a top priority.

“Northern BC affords significant opportunities for economic development and capacity to facilitate international trade, all of which must be achieved with the highest level of protection for our coastal marine ecosystem, including better marine spatial planning” stated the Chamber of Shipping’s President Robert Lewis-Manning. “We as a country only stand to continue to benefit from coastal First Nations’ voices. Their traditional local knowledge and innovative approaches to managing risk from coastal shipping are important towards the overall planning, implementation, and integration of marine planning initiatives.”

The Chamber of Shipping on behalf of its members remains committed to the vigorous protection of Canada’s pristine coastlines and has been proud to lend its voice to the chorus of support for the government’s Oceans Protection Plan, including its important work with coastal First Nations’ communities. 

Vancouver, April 9 - The Chamber of Shipping is disappointed that ongoing investment uncertainty has resulted in Kinder Morgan Canada’s decision to halt all non-essential activities on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The protection of Canada’s West coast is a top priority for the Canadian marine industry as it continues to deliver safe and environmentally responsible marine transportation.

“What is most concerning to me about the Kinder Morgan decision is that it comes at a time when Canada is making the most significant level of investment and improvements to marine safety and environmental protection in many years,” stated the Chamber’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning. “From improved traffic management to more spill response capability and protecting species at risk, Canada’s marine industry is more progressive and accountable in our actions than ever before.”

Safety statistics for the shipment of petroleum products to and from the Port of Vancouver -   Canada’s busiest port – are strong. They demonstrate the many tangible actions being made by industry that are enforced by government on a daily basis. As such, the Oceans Protection Plan will continue to augment this framework of safety guidelines with further capabilities. Examples consist of additional emergency towing vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, regional spill response plans that include British Columbia’s First Nations’ communities, in addition to improved spill response capacity and capability.

“The uncertainty associated with this decision runs the risk of discouraging investments in Canada and clearly in British Columbia,” said Mr. Lewis-Manning. “We respectfully request that the federal and provincial governments work diligently together to resolve this situation promptly, as too much is at stake.”

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, thousands of Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network.

 

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
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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.

Friday, 03 November 2017 14:08

COS on Conversations that Matter

The Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning appeared again on Conversations that Matter hosted by Stu McNish.  In the video Robert Lewis-Manning addresses the challenges facing the industry and the various opportunities presented in the Oceans Protection Plan. To view the video visit: https://vimeo.com/239665164.

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
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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
Tel: 604-681-2351
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