Richardson is no longer the only Canadian canola producer being shut out of the Chinese market. There are now 18 members of the group that represents the industry in Canada, including Viterra Inc., Louis Dreyfus Company, Cargill Ltd. and Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. which say that their contracts to sell in China are drying up. Canada's Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau said China only recently agreed to have scientists assess the claim that they have found organisms in Canadian canola, after they claimed that about Richardson's. About 40 per cent of Canada's canola seed exports last year went to China, worth about $2.7 billion. Canada also sent about $1 billion worth of canola oil to China, and about $500 million worth of canola meal. Up until the recent disruption, Chinese demand for Canadian canola has been strong, the group says.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and LOGISTEC Corporation have announced that Viau Terminal will undergo construction to increase its handling capacity by 250,000 TEUs, bringing its total capacity to 600,000 TEUs. The project will help the MPA to accommodate anticipated growth in the container sector, When the expansion is fully operational in December 2020, Viau Terminal will generate 2,500 direct and indirect jobs, as well as $340 million in economic benefits. The terminal will continue to apply new technologies, including electrification and the noise mitigation systems. This is the final phase of Viau Terminal's construction, and was largely funded through investments from the MPA, LOGISTEC and the federal government.
Canship Ugland and Suncor who jointly operate the bunkering vessel, CL Aquarius, has announced that upgrades to its home berth at Roger’s Sugar have been completed, providing shore power to the vessel. The infrastructure was installed and commissioned with the assistance from Lantic Sugar electricians as well in-house technical expertise within Canship’s company.
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating a vessel colliding with another at anchor in Vancouver Harbour early Sunday. The Caravos Harmony was laden inbound for bunkers when the collision with the Pan Acacia occurred. No injuries or pollution resulted from the collision. The hull of the Pan Acacia was punctured above the water line and is awaiting repairs while the investigation continues.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a Notice of Amendment to the Port Information Guide. The amendments include
Comments or concerns re the proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the VFPA by April 18, 2019.
At the Chamber of Shipping’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, two new directors were elected. Vacancies on the Board opened following the resignation of the Chair, Kim Christensen of ACGI Shipping who retires after nearly 50 years in the marine industry, and Marc Fellis of Westward Shipping declined to seek another term. The Board of Directors for 2019 are as follows:
• Chair, Garth Mitcham, of CSL International
• Vice Chair, Peter Amat of Pacific Basin Shipping (Canada) Ltd.
• Treasurer, Oscar Pinto, of Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd
• Director, Stan Bowles of MOL Chemical Tankers - America
• Director, Richard Chappell of Westwood Shipping Lines
• Director, Anthony Damron of G2 Ocean
• Director, Dave Hill of Wheelhouse Shipping Agency
• Director, Tony Pearkes, of Oldendorff Carriers – Vancouver
• Director, George Runyon of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation
• Director (Associate), Donna Spalding of Cruise Line International Association
• Director (Associate), Peter Swanson of Bernard LLP
The AGM provided an opportunity to update members on pressures facing the industry with efforts focussed on increasing marine mammal and environmental protection, reducing supply chain congestion, and improving overall competitiveness. Wrapping up the AGM was our guest speaker, Andy Calitz, President & CEO of LNG Canada, who presented an exciting update on its $40B project in Kitimat, BC that will create approximately 10,000 jobs at peak construction and new opportunities for First Nations.
On March 8th the vehicle carrier, Tranquil Ace, delivered the first batch of Mercedes Benz cars to the Port of Nanaimo’s new Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC). Western Stevedoring together with the Auto Division of SSA Marine, developed the 60,000 square foot facility to provide the final detailing on European cars prior to their distribution to BC dealerships. The Tranquil Ace was the first vehicle carrier to ever arrive in the port. The expanded Panama Canal, together with Vancouver Island’s designation as a Foreign Trade Zone, is expects to be attractive for European car manufacturers to ship directly to Nanaimo for further detailing and distribution to west coast markets. Once fully operational, the VPC will be able to handle between 10,000 and 12,000 vehicles per year, expanding to a possible 40,000 each year by as early as 2024.
The Port of Vancouver is seeking input to a survey on an international initiative to improve the collaboration of ports on incentive programs aimed at encouraging early adoption of GHG reduction measures. Responses will help to validate the approach and identify barriers or opportunities to inform next steps. The survey can be accessed at: https://erg.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6y5PMwSsKgysxz7
A two-day operation by Global Diving and Salvage successfully recovered the Samantha J from the site of Anchorage 1 in the Port of Nanaimo. The tug sank in Northumberland Channel in October 2014 and took only two hours to raise using divers and remotely operated underwater equipment at end of February. Anchorage 1 is finally available again.
BC Ferries is inviting communities to provide input on the next generations of vessels that will join their fleet. They are currently planning on building five new ferries to replace four existing vessels. New ships will deliver enhanced environmental sustainability and offer flexibility to meet changing travel demands into the future. Feedback can be provided online from March 12 to April 12, or customers can participate in customer engagement sessions on board the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes.
The Montreal Port Authority has announced that COSCO Shipping Lines will be expanding to the Port of Montreal in April. This marks the arrival of the seventh international shipping line to the port. The additional of COSCO will connect Montreal with several northern European cities, such as Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre and Liverpool, for the benefit of importers and exporters. COSCO containers will be handled at the terminals of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.
Business in Vancouver awarded this year’s Influential Women in Business. This year’s winners include Susannah Pierce, Director of External Relations for LNG Canada, Sarah Morgan-Silvester, past director of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre. We are thrilled to have so many women that have engaged with the marine industry recognized this year. Congratulations!
It is so fitting for us to be recognizing Yvette Myers today as she retires after 35 years of public service, coincidentally on International Day of the Women. Yvette has been an integral part of our marine community over her years of service with the federal government and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Last week the Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, awarded Yvette the Minister’s Medal for exceptional service – only the second time it’s been awarded in 20 years. Yvette, ever so humble, is admired by many and continues to be a role model for those in public service and the industry across Canada and in Washington State. Starting her career as a teenager in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and working her way up the ranks of the Canadian Coast Guard, she retires as the Executive Director of the Oceans Protection Plan with Transport Canada, where she is highly regarded for her expertise and passion for all things marine. We expect that she will continue to be instrumental in bringing industry, government, and Indigenous groups together to face challenging issues head-on. Her contributions have left a lasting mark, and while we are sad to see her leave Transport Canada, we’re excited to see what the future holds for Yvette.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has joined SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. VFPA is fourth port member to join the coalition, alongside Port of Rotterdam, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation, and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Together, the ports remain committed to supporting the coalition’s vision of a competitive global LNG value chain for cleaner maritime shipping. The coalition advocates for collaboration, demonstration, and communication on key areas such as regulation, emissions, infrastructure, and the economic case, to provide the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020 and beyond.
Three coastal spill response boats for Nanaimo, Sooke and Ucluelet have been unloaded on Vancouver Island, but due to funding delays they are not yet active. Delays in starting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are one of the key contributors keeping the boats from entering service. The three vessels, christened Strait Sentinel, Coastal Sentinel and Gulf Sentinel are nearly identical, weighing 300-tonnes and purpose-built for the west coast. The vessels fall into a new class of spill response vessel, known as coastal response vessels, designed to work in heavier seas.
Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals in fostering greater environmental sustainability in the maritime sector. The agreement, signed earlier this year, will serve as a framework to enhance technical cooperation between the two parties and encourage the exchange of information to raise awareness for both organizations and in program development towards environmental advancement.
Terry Duggan, another industry stalwart is retiring from his role of President & CEO of the BC Maritime Employers Association this month. For 32 years, Terry has dedicated his career to the BCMEA and WEBC teams, playing an integral part in supporting the growth of BC ports and developing the workforce for the waterfront over this period. Terry is big on family and we wish him, and his wife Lynnda, all the best as they embrace their new role as grandparents to fullest. Thanks for everything Terry!