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The Government of Canada has released a discussion paper, Strengthening Marine Environmental Protection and Response: Potential Legislative Amendments, to provide information on the overall direction of the potential changes being considered to better protect marine environments from the impacts of shipping, strengthen the spill response regime, and support research and innovation.

Friday, 24 August 2018 13:43

Tahsis to serve as new SAR station

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A new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station will be built in Tahsis, BC to allow for an enhanced response to marine emergencies on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. The new station will be home to a 14.7-metre Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat, and will operate 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. It is expected to open in early 2020. The Government of Canada worked closely and in partnership with the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation in selecting the location for this new station.

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:34

Navy to receive upgrades

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The Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet will benefit from two contracts awarded to acquire, upgrade, and sustain defensive systems for the Royal Canadian Navy. The two contracts are as follows:

  • A $94.2-million contract to Lockheed Martin Canada to maintain and overhaul, the Reprogrammable Advance Multimode Shipboard Electronic Countermeasures System (RAMSES).
  • A $21.1-million contract to Rheinmetall Canada to procure and install a third launcher on the frigates, improving the current MASS configuration.

RAMSES is an electronic attack system that protects the modernized Halifax-class frigates against radio frequency guided missiles. It employs jamming signals to track and distract anti-ship missiles from hitting the ship. MASS is an integral part of the anti-ship missile defence suite. It is a firing system used to launch decoys to project vessels against anti-ship missiles guided by radio frequency, laser and infrared seekers.

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A $610-million contract has been awarded to Chantier Davie, of Lévis, Quebec for the acquisition of three icebreakers and work to prepare the first ship for service in the Canadian Coast Guard. The first vessel is expected to begin operations for the upcoming icebreaking season, beginning in December 2018. The second and third vessels will be converted, refit and available to support Coast Guard programs by the summer of 2019 and the winter of 2019-2020, respectively. This contract will help to secure up to 200 well-paying middle class jobs at Chantier Davie.

Friday, 10 August 2018 14:10

Consultation on sale of Ridley Terminals

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The Government of Canada announced that in advance of a sale and in the spirit of reconciliation, that it will be engaging with six First Nations in the Prince Rupert area to discuss the potential divestiture of Ridley Terminals. The sale of Ridley Terminals Inc. to a private sector owner will be initiated through a competitive sale process. The Canada Development Investment Corporation, a federal Crown corporation under the purview of the Minister of Finance, has been mandated to manage the sale process on behalf of the Government of Canada. Parties interested in participating in the sale process should contact the Canada Development Investment Corporation for further information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, 10 August 2018 14:07

Atlantic Towing coming to BC

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Following an open and competitive process initiated through the Oceans Protection Plan, Atlantic Towing Limited of Saint John, New Brunswick, has been awarded a three-year contract worth $67M for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels that will operate in the waters off the coast of British Columbia. The vessels are capable of towing large commercial ships in distress, such as tankers and container ships, before they get too close to shore. As part of the contract, Atlantic Towing Limited will also provide training in offshore emergency towing to Coast Guard personnel and partners, including Indigenous communities, involved in marine safety.

Friday, 10 August 2018 14:03

Ports transferred to Government of Quebec

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On March 30, 2020 the ports of Matane, Gaspé, Rimouski and Gros-Cacouna will be transferred from Transport Canada to the Government of Quebec under the Port Facility Transfer Program. In addition to the commercial docks, the transfer includes buildings and storage areas, breakwaters at the Matane and Gros-Cacouna ports and a spur pier at the Port of Rimouski.  The Government of Canada will provide $163 million for the four ports, including a $148.8 million grant to the Province to support the future costs of operating and maintaining the ports, the balance representing investments in specific projects and other costs to be incurred by Transport Canada prior to their transfer.

Friday, 03 August 2018 13:01

CN 18-12 Coasting Trade Vessels

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Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 18-12 Coasting Trade Vessels Leaving Canadian Waters.  At present, the policy is to cancel a coasting trade licence when a temporarily imported vessel leaves Canadian waters and goes international, irrespective of the authorized dates the licence was issued for. Effective immediately a coasting trade licence will no longer be cancelled by the CBSA when a vessel leaves Canadian waters, unless the vessel has completed the activity for which the licence was issued or if the authorized dates indicated on the licence have passed.  A new coasting trade licence is not required providing the dates on the existing coasting trade licence remain valid.

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Six Canadian innovators will lead roundtable discussions with Canadians on digital and data innovation  From early August to mid-September, innovative experts will host roundtable discussions in cities across Canada with business, academia, civil society and others. Target cities for roundtables include Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, St. John’s, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit. All Canadians are invited to participate in the National Digital and Data Consultations online.

Friday, 27 July 2018 12:15

Steel products under investigation

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The Canadian International Trade Tribunal says it has found there is a reasonable indication that dumping and subsidizing of some steel products by several Asian countries have harmed or could harm Canadian steel producers. The tribunal says it found the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam all likely interfered in the market for cold-rolled steel in coils and strips. The tribunal’s inquiry follows investigations by the Canada Border Services Agency on dumping and subsidies. The agency’s investigation continues and it will issue preliminary determinations by August 20.  On July 18, 2018, the CBSA issued assessments of anti-dumping duty against two importations of steel rebar from Turkey that arrived in Canada in 2017. The total amount of anti-dumping duty retroactively assessed by the CBSA was over $1.8 million.

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The Government of Canada has granted $25,000 for a University of Alberta project called “A genetic algorithm approach towards optimizing container placement in intermodal trains for reduced aerodynamic drag.” The project will help develop a computerized method to optimize the loading of trains in order to reduce wind drag.  Canadian National Railway estimates that each aerodynamic gap greater than 10 feet between containers can increase the train’s fuel consumption by up to 1%.

Friday, 27 July 2018 11:56

BC consults on GHG reductions

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The BC government has released the first three intentions papers for consultation on sectoral strategies for reaching the government's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. These papers which cover Clean Transportation, Clean, Efficient Buildings and a Clean Growth Program for Industry will be integrated into the energy roadmap, economic development strategy, tech strategy and the new emerging economy taskforce.  The intentions paper for Clean Transportation include integrating transportation and land use planning; supporting electric or hybrid ferries; increasing use of clean electricity and technologies in ports; integrating cleaner and more efficient shipping corridors; examining ways to shift modes of transportation, such as moving more goods by rail; and, increasing engagement with stakeholders to make trade and shipping more efficient in BC. 

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