Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency has released Customs Notice 19-03 to provide guidance to carriers that wish to reposition empty containers. The new Transportation Modernization Act now permits vessels of any registry to reposition empty containers they own or are leasing, between locations in Canada (on a non-revenue basis) without the requirement of obtaining a coasting trade licence. The provisions are retroactive to December 10, 2018. The Chamber of Shipping is seeking further clarification on the reporting requirements and will advise members accordingly.



543 wreck


The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to London Offshore Consultants from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for the development of a risk assessment methodology related to hundreds of vessels of concern (abandoned, wrecked or dilapidated vessels) in Canadian waters or on Crown land. The risk assessment methodology, expected to be delivered by this summer, will help the Canadian Coast Guard assess the level of risk these vessels pose to the environment, the economy and public safety.  The contract valued at $551k is part of the Government of Canada's $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan.

Friday, 11 January 2019 14:38

Ship Safety Bulletin – Timber Deck Cargo

Transport Canada logo


Transport Canada has released Ship Safety Bulletin No. 01/2019 to clarify its interpretation of maximum height of timber deck cargo above the ship’s weather deck. The bulletin states that the height of cargo is measured from the base of the timber deck cargoes stow to the highest part of the cargo. For example, in case of a crowned top surface, the height shall be measured to the top of the crown. There are concerns with this interpretation and the lack of consultation. The Chamber will be discussing this further in upcoming meetings and with Transport Canada.



543 ManolisL OilRemoval


The Canadian Coast Guard announced that 208.7 cubic metres (208,769 litres) of oil was removed from the Manolis L shipwreck. This is enough oil to fill 1313 oil barrels.  The operation led by the CCG and undertaken by Ardent Global Marine Services was successfully completed in September 2018. The operation was conducted using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in 70 meters of water depth, in cold water of approximately one Celsius. The heavy fuel oil was heated for removal using steam, recovered from the wreck, transported to shore and transferred to an environmental company for proper disposal. During the bulk oil removal operation, 14 of the tanks onboard the Manolis L were pumped and flushed. The amount of oil recovered exceeded the estimate of 115-150 cubic metres (115,000 - 150,000 litres) that was expected to be in the vessel. This was the first operation of its kind in these conditions. The success of this operation is an example of the Coast Guard’s ability to effectively address vessels that pose environmental risks.

Friday, 11 January 2019 14:30

Ocean Networks Canada receives $12.6M

543 Ocean Networks Canada


The Government of Canada has provided Oceans Network Canada (ONC), a national network of ocean observation systems based at the University of Victoria (UVic), with $12.6 million in funding over the next four years.  The funds will build on ONC’s ocean noise monitoring program and will expand its monitoring of sea surface currents in Pacific waters. This data will help inform our efforts to protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale and will help make our oceans safer by improving navigation and emergency response. The announcement was made with the official opening of the new Ocean-Climate building at UVic’s Queenswood campus where ONC is housed with over 200 researchers, scientists and students.



Friday, 04 January 2019 15:07

Customs Notice 18-27 CPTPP

542 cptpp

In support of the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has issued Customs Notice 18-27 to implement a number of regulatory amendments and new regulations, effective as of the date of coming into force December 30, 2018.  Included are new regulations re the certification of origin of goods imported from a free trade partner. The regulations will set out the criteria by which an importer may complete the CPTPP Certificate of Origin for goods for which preferential tariff treatment under the CPTPP will be claimed.The changes are implemented in accordance with paragraph 167.1(b) of the Customs Act, and remain subject to future decisions from the Governor in Council.

Cdn Intl Trade Tribunal

On January 2 2019, a Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Decision has determined that a complaint filed against the Department of Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC) by Horizon Maritime Services Ltd. / Heiltsuk Horizon Maritime Services Ltd. was to be valid in part. The Complaint regarding the procurement process for two emergency towing vessels alleges that PWGSC did not conduct a fair procurement process, as the successful bidder was non-compliant with certain mandatory requirements in the solicitation process, including requirements relating to the pulling power of the towing vessels. Pursuant to subsections 30.15(2) and (3) of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act, the Tribunal recommends that the PWGSC re-evaluate mandatory requirement No. 12 of the Request for Proposals for all of the bids received prior to bid closing, as soon as practicable and no later than within six months of the determination. The Tribunal has also recommended that the current designated contract remain with the winning bidder, Atlantic Services Limited (ATL), until the completion of the re-evaluation. However, the Tribunal recommends that no further expenditure under the contract be undertaken by PWGSC pending the re-evaluation.

541 garneau


Transport Canada has announced that Minister Garneau has cleared Santa Claus for take-off for this year’s round-the-world flight to deliver presents to millions of good boys and girls everywhere. This year’s delivery mission will include a special co-pilot - Mrs. Claus! While reviewing this year’s pre-flight checklist with Mrs. Claus, Minister Garneau stressed how important it is for her, Santa and the reindeer to get adequate rest and to avoid consuming alcohol or drugs to ensure that everyone is #FitToFly on this very important mission. Earlier this month, Transport Canada inspectors travelled to the North Pole to inspect Santa’s sleigh and its safety systems. The inspectors checked the landing gear and the reindeer harnesses, as well as the communications and navigation systems. Rudolph’s nose was tested to make sure that it is operating at maximum brightness. In addition, Santa’s gift bag full of presents was checked using the latest screening technology to ensure it is secure and ready for delivery.

While this is excellent news for all good boys and girls, one of our long-standing ships' agent has asked, "so if Santa was coming to Canada would he...

  • Declare his packages 24 hrs prior loading through ACI (hopefully no DO NOT LOADS)
  • ACI departure
  • File 96 / 24 hrs offshore messages including his last 10 ports and security levels
  • Asian Gypsy Moths (AGM) shouldn’t be any issue at this time of year. But heck the sleigh goes to the high-risk areas for AGM every year
  • (I don’t think ballast is an issue but best send it anyway or you may get threatening emails from the Government of Canada)
  • Crew list to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) should be easy enough with just the reindeers and Santa, BUT hopefully he has no criminality in the past like a DUI with the sleigh 30 years ago when he was younger
  • Seek permission from CBSA for a carrier code (bonded)
  • Not sure how you would report arrival of a conveyance… I suppose the first household he touches would be reported through Seatech."

Great to see that at least one of our members still has a sense of humour at this time of the year!

541 SPR

The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau has announced that the Government of Canada will begin a call for proposals under the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF).  As part of the Fall Economic Statement, the Government proposed a new Export Diversification Strategy to help businesses succeed, and increase Canada’s overseas exports by 50 per cent by 2025. The government will begin accepting expressions of interest starting on that date. Detailed information on the process and how to apply, along with the applicant guide, will be added to the website on January 15, 2019. Transport Canada will evaluate projects on specific trade-related criteria that:

  • Improve the fluidity and/or performance of the transportation system to contribute to an increase in the value and/or volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets.
  • Increase existing, or generate new, overseas trade flows as a result of the investment.

In addition to the above criteria, projects will be assessed for the extent to which they will add capacity or address bottlenecks near major ports, airports, or along road and rail corridors in Canada that help generate or increase overseas trade.

Friday, 21 December 2018 12:48

Interactive Map for Oceans Protection Plan

541 opp

Transport Canada has released an interactive map of the Oceans Protection Plan initiatives across Canada. The map displays and provide details of the various initiatives under the $1.5 billion plan and will be updated regularly.

Friday, 21 December 2018 12:46

CBSA In-transit Steel Goods Remission Order

cbsa logo

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced in Customs Notice 18-24 that remission is granted for those goods described in the Schedule to the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods under the following conditions:

  • the goods described in the Schedule were imported into Canada on or after October 25, 2018 and are subject to the 25% provisional safeguard surtax;
  • the goods were in transit to Canada before October 25, 2018 (i.e. began their physical journey to Canada);
  • the importer makes a claim for remission by completing a B2 and sending it to a CBSA regional office within two years after the date of importation; and
  • the importer files, on request, the evidence or information that the CBSA requires to determine eligibility for remission.
Friday, 14 December 2018 13:41

New rail service and performance indicators

540 rail

Under the Transportation Modernization Act passed earlier this year, new data on rail performance is on available.  Canada's major freight rail companies, Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, are required to submit specific data on their service and performance on a weekly basis. This information is available in four tables on the Statistics Canada website as well as a summary table on the Transportation Data and Information Hub of the Canadian Centre on Transportation Data.

Page 8 of 41