The Safe and Accountable Rail Act, amending the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act to strengthen the liability and compensation regime and government oversight of the railways has received Royal Assent.
The new liability and compensation regime under the Canada Transportation Act will be brought into force next year and is based on the "polluter pays" principle.
Canada Border Services Agency has embarked on a Border Modernization agenda to change the way it conducts business. Through the voices of employees from across the Agency, a video illustrates how CBSA is transforming to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
The Canadian Transportation Agency is phasing in a new process for reviewing applications under the Coasting Trade Act which reserves the carriage of goods and passengers between two points in Canada and any other marine activity of a commercial nature to Canadian-registered, duty paid ships. The CTA will publish all applications on its website and notify subscribers by email. CTA will process the application and issue a ruling based on the responses received within the specified time period. Canadian ship operators and other interested organizations are encouraged to subscribe by completing an online form on the CTA website.
Published in the Canada Gazette Vol. 149, No. 23 — June 6, 2015, is the Pacific Pilotage Authority proposal to implement a charge of $60 per assignment that embarks or disembarks using a pilot boat or helicopter to recover the cost and upgrades to the second-hand pilot boat purchased from the Columbia Bar pilots. Included in the proposed amendments is an adjustment to the existing Pilot Boat Fuel Charges for Pine Island in order to reflect the higher fuel costs of a larger ship transiting Pine Island.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) remind all exporters of the importance of using the appropriate Harmonized System (HS) Code for their exportation as previously stated in the Custom Notice 14-005.
Regardless of the method of reporting, the classification code provided must accurately describe the goods. CBSA is monitoring the use of classification codes, and Administrative Monetary Penalties could be issued to exporters in cases where the classification code is inaccurate.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport has proposed new amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations that would enhance reporting requirements and expand data collection. The proposed amendments would apply to the transportation of dangerous goods in all transportation sectors and seeks to broaden the scope of the original reporting requirements and help improve emergency response and risk analysis through stronger, more comprehensive data collection.
The main objectives of the proposal are
Other safety requirements include Emergency Response Assistance Plans, proper documentation, safety marks, reporting, and training. The deadline for comments is July 6, 2015.
Following a complaint filed in April, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has initiated investigations into the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate originating in or exported from India and Russia.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (Tribunal) will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by August 10, 2015. While the Tribunal is examining the question of injury, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and/or subsidized, and will make a preliminary decision by September 8, 2015.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced the following appointments this week:
Port Alberni Port Authority
Mr. Allan Robert Haggard, and Mr. Dennis Lawrence Jonsson both from Port Alberni, British Columbia, were appointed to the board of directors of the Port Alberni Port Authority for terms of two years. Mr. Haggard, a building technologist is currently the remediation construction manager on the Pacific Place project, and volunteering as project manager for improvements to the domestic water system in a rural community in the Alberni Valley and Mr. Jonsson sits on the City of Port Alberni Harbour Quay Committee, on the BC Court of Revision, and on the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Ms. Gillian Gail Kirk of Port Coquitlam has been appointed to the board of directors of Ridley Termianls for a term of four years. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, she participates on the FortisBC Energy Efficiency and Conservation Group, and is a member of the Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group.
Canadian Transportation Agency
Mr. Scott Streiner of Ottawa, Ontario, has been appointed as Chairperson, Member, and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Transportation Agency for a term of five years. Mr. Streiner has occupied several executive positions, including Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Economic and Regional Development Policy at the Privy Council Office, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy at Transport Canada, Executive Director of the Aerospace Review, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy with the Labour Program, and Vice President, Program Delivery at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
Environment and Parks Canada Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, announced that 74 lighthouses have been designated under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act to ensure that they can be "enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come."
Transport Canada has releases Ship Safety Bulletin No. 06/2015 to inform tug masters of additional safety measures being taken by the department to assess the safety of a dead ship towing operation prior to departing Canada on an international voyage. The owner, operator or master of the towing vessel must now contact Transport Canada to arrange for a safety assessment prior to departure.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister, the Honourable Gail Shea welcomed the new Canadian Coast Guard vessel Captain Goddard MSM, to the west coast at a ceremony in Sidney, BC last weekend. The last of nine new hero class vessels, the Captain Goddard MSM will be deployed by DFO to manage and protect fisheries, and to support search and rescue activities. CCGS Captain Goddard MSM was built in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Irving Shipbuilding and sailed south through the Panama Canal to reach its current home.
The Marine Liability Act (MLA) has been amended to increase the limits of liability as provided for in Article 8 of the Protocol of 1996 amending the IMO's Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976. The MLA amendments are expected to come into force on June 8, 2015. Note that the new limits of liability in Part 3 of the MLA will also apply to the current regime of liability and compulsory insurance requirements under the Bunkers Convention in Part 6 of the MLA.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today that Canada plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is in line with other major industrialized countries. Canada has now formally submitted its target, referred to as an intended Nationally Determined Contribution, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Canada will continue to take cooperative action with its continental trading partners, particularly the United States, in integrated sectors of the economy, including energy and transportation.
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Effective 6 May 2015 (Wednesday), Transport Canada will direct Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) to communicate with them through the services of a call centre that will provide 24/7 support. The same call centre, Angel Answering Service will also be handling after hour calls for cargo inspection services. Please note the attachment and the numbers below:
Please be aware this procedure does not apply to communications with Transport Canada relating to marine security reporting nor Pre-Arrival Information Reporting (PAIR).
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, have agreed to work together on new initiatives to promote closer trade, investment and development ties between the two countries and enhance security collaboration to counter threats to regional and global security. President Aquino's State visit to Canada from May 7 to 9th includes stops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Among other commitments, Canada will provide C$3.58 million towards three initiatives focused on training security personnel and enhancing maritime security.
On May 6, 2015, regulatory amendments supporting the Canada Border Services Agency’s eManifest initiative were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. This final step in the Government of Canada regulatory process makes the eManifest requirements for all carriers, freight forwarders and warehouse operators, as set out in the regulations, legally binding and potentially subject to administrative monetary penalties.
Following publication of the regulatory amendments was released clarifying the mandatory requirements for electronic notification of conveyance arrival in the air and marine modes through the Conveyance Arrival Certification Message (CACM). For further details refer to Customs Notice 15-019.
Transport Canada has released two Ship Safety Bulletins with respect to MARPOL Annex VI and the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemical Regulations.
Ship Safety Bulletin 04/2015: Regulations for Vessel Air Emissions: Fuel Oil Change-Over Operations addresses challenges with changing over from high to low sulphur fuels during operations and emphasizes the need to document procedures and fully flush out all fuel oil exceeding 0.1% sulphur content before entering the Emissions Control Area. Any issues with loss of power, paritcularly those affecting vessel navigation should be reported to Transport Canada through the nearest Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centre (MCTS).
Ship Safety Bulletin 05/2015: Vessel Air Emissions: Criteria of an "Identical Engine" clarifies how Transport Canada will determine compliance for replacement engines under the new NOx standards.