Seaspan has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Marine Simulator Facility, the first and only of its kind in North America. It is the cornerstone of Seaspan Marine’s $6.5-million, multi-year safety and training program first announced in May of 2018. This training program was developed in collaboration with SeaWays Global, the international standard bearer in tug training, simulation, auditing and assessments. The facility provides advanced educational opportunities for Seaspan Marine mariners, giving them access to continuous, real-time training. The two fully-enclosed simulators feature 17 computers and 12 displays, providing a floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree environmental visual that completely immerses trainees in real-world scenarios.
Electric vessels have arrived on the BC coast. The Seaspan Reliant, is one of two natural gas/electric hybrid ships working on the BC coast. The vessel’s batteries are recharged by large engines burning natural gas. The hybrid technology allows ships to reduce the amount of engines that need to run at any given time, leading to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Chamber President, Robert Lewis-Manning is presenting our Engineering Award and Deck Award at this year’s BCIT Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering Convocation.
Emily Buck is this year’s Engineering Award recipient. Emily completed her Cadet time with Teekay on tankers around the world and with Norcon Marine Services serving aboard a passenger ferry on the East Coast. Prior to joining the Marine Engineering program, she served aboard Seismic streamer ships as a data processor in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Guinea, the North Seas, Barents Sea and the western North Atlantic. She was also previously a heavy equipment technician in northern Alberta. She has just joined the Ramform Titan, the most powerful and efficient seismic ship in the world.
Kris Fredheim is the Deck recipient. He completed his Cadet time in the program with Marine Link, Algoma Central Corporation and BC Ferries. Prior to coming to the program he worked as a deckhand of a 50 ft troller in BC coastal waters from Campbell River to the Alaska border. He played many years of hockey including the NHL where he was a defenseman with the Minnesota Wild 2011/2012.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in coordination with Centerm container terminal operator DP World, is donating $2 million to community initiatives as part of the Centerm Expansion Project in the Port of Vancouver. The donation as part of the Centerm Expansion Project was determined based on input received from the community through formal engagement on the project. The donation includes: $1 million toward improvements to CRAB Park at Portside, $250,000 toward First Nations initiatives, $125,000 to Strathcona Community Centre Association, $125,000 to Ray-Cam Co-operative Association, and $500,000 to create the three-year Centerm Community Fund to support projects proposed by organizations in Downtown Eastside.
As part of the 2019 Canada Day celebrations, on-water fireworks displays will occur on the evening of July 1st, commencing at 21:00. Locations of the barges include Coal Harbour and Dundarave.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority anticipates greater than normal volumes of recreational traffic in these areas both during and transiting through the port after these events. To promote safe navigation during this event, no deep sea vessel traffic movement (including those vessels operated under pilotage waiver) or commercial towing activity is to occur between the western boundary of TCZ1 (First Narrows) and the eastern boundary of TCZ2 (Second Narrows) between the hours of 21:00 and 24:00 of July 1st, 2019. Pilotage assignments and commercial towing activity should be coordinated accordingly.
The new collective agreement between ILWU Canada and the BC Maritime Employers Association has been ratified. The 5-year agreement is effective retroactively from April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2023 with an average increase to the ILWU of 2.8% per year. Bargaining between the ILWU Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen is now set to resume with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Canada has been asked to suspend meat exports to China over "forged certificates.” In response, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ceased issuing export certificates to China for all beef and pork products. The Chinese embassy has said that customs authorities detected ractopamine in a batch of pork products that Canada had sent to China. Ractopamine is a feed additive that’s banned in certain countries, but it can be used in Canada. About 388% more beef was exported to China as of April 2019 compared with the same timeframe last year, and nearly 53% more pork, according to Statistics Canada.
Dozens of grain silos on the port industrial waterfront in East Vancouver have been found to be contaminated with rat and bird droppings. Built in 1918, they are now in the process of being demolished. The facility was permanently shut down in 2010 due to its poor condition, and it has been completely unoccupied for the last two years. A hazard materials assessment report conducted for the site found dangerous substances including PCB’s, mercury, and asbestos, which is present in both within the structure and on the exterior. Demolition work began earlier this month and is scheduled to continue through May 2020.
The International Sailors’ Society Canada’s third annual Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge took place on Tuesday, June 25th up the Grouse Grind®. This year’s event saw tremendous support from the marine community with 34 teams of three registered in the challenge. Proceeds from this event will benefit seafarer centres across Canada. Final results and photos from the 2019 Peak Challenge and have been posted to: http://sailorssociety.ca/index.php/news-events/peak-challenge
Capt. Shri Madiwal has been announced as the new Director, Marine Operations and Safety, and Harbour Master with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Capt. Madiwal joins the port authority with more than 20 years combined experience at sea and in senior management. He is leaving his role as Director of Fleet Operations for Marine Atlantic and is known to many in the local community from when he held a senior operating role at Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd. Capt. Madiwal assumes his responsibilities with Vancouver Fraser Port Authority July 15.
BC Ferries has postponed its plan to start selling liquor aboard its vessels this month, as it is still waiting for a liquor licence. They had originally planned to pilot alcohol sales on three vessels this June. The three vessels expected to feature wine and beer sales are the Coastal Celebration, the Spirit of British Columbia and the Spirit of Vancouver Island, all travelling between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.
At this year's Clean Pacific Conference, Robert Lewis-Manning shared the stage with Michael Moore, the President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, in a keynote address that focussed on the need for continued Federal leadership from both Canada and the United States in managing the Salish Sea. On the heels of the Prime Minister announcing the Government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the conference attendees were interested in the practical aspects of increasing spill response capability, the future of Indigenous response capabilities, and how the accommodations announced as part of the Government’s approval would be implemented. Both Lewis-Manning and Moore highlighted the successes of the binational relationship at numerous levels over an extensive period of time, and the need to enhance the relationship moving forward, including increasing outreach with Indigenous and coastal communities. The Clean Pacific Conference brings together a tight-knit response community in the Western United States and Canada to address spill prevention and response matters pertinent to the region's environmental and cultural sensitivities. It is attended by spill response professional, federal, provincial, and state governments, non-governmental organizations and academia. Clean Pacific 2020 will be held June 9 – 11 at the Hyatt Regency, Lake Washington.
Credit: Nicole Le Baron, June 5, 2019
Since June 1, marine mammal observers working for the ECHO Program have spotted humpback whales almost every day in Boundary Pass. Slow moving humpbacks are highly susceptible to vessel strikes. Mariners are encouraged to report all marine mammal sightings to the Whale Report app and to download the WhaleReport Alert System (WRAS) app to be informed of where whales are in order to reduce the potential for collision and disturbance. The WRAS app will send you a text whenever there is a whale is within 10nm of you. Find out more here.
Green Marine has released their participants’ 2018 sustainability results. The program has 133 participants – up 12% from last year. Participants rank their efforts on a 1-to-5 scale based on the detailed criteria addressing greenhouse gas emissions, community impacts, garbage and waste management, and other prioritized environmental issues. 144 reports were submitted for 2018 with some participants filing for more than one type of business activity or distinct locations, a 17% increase from last year. Read the full report here: https://green-marine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2018Perfo_Report_WEB.pdf
The Port of Halifax has launched a vessel forecast report that enabling better scheduling of labor and yard preparation leading to improved cargo flow. The report is generated by a tool developed with the port by Copenhagen-based eeSea, which provides forecasts up to 30 days in advance of each vessel scheduled to call. The data, which is posted on the port’s website, enables users to see the scheduled arrival date, the forecast arrival date, and the difference between the two.
Quebec-born Wendy Williams is set to make history as the first Canadian female captain of a major cruise ship when she takes the helm of Virgin Voyages' newest ship. Williams will be the master of Scarlet Lady, set to sail next spring. Williams has more than 28 years of experience working on ships and started her career on a commercial fishing boat. She has held roles as a deckhand, ferryboat captain, and working on the bridge of other cruise ships. Fewer than 3 percent of the world's mariners are women, and the company announced last year that it plans to bridge the gender gap in leadership roles. Along with Williams, almost a dozen female officers and engineers have been recruited to join Virgin Voyages.
Canadian Pacific has used a strategically placed land holding as the home of its new Vancouver Automotive Compound (VAC). The VAC is in a prime location to handle vehicles made in North America for distribution in British Columbia, northern Washington State and parts of Alberta, as well as vehicles imported through the Port of Vancouver. The facility is built on 19 acres of CP-owned land adjacent to CP's Vancouver Intermodal Terminal. The compound has capacity for 36 multi-level auto racks and has nearly 1,200 bays for vehicles. CP has deployed a new yard logistics system that automates yard processes and supports real-time inventory reporting to give customers better visibility of their shipments. It also strengthens CP's damage prevention processes by enabling immediate uploading of inspection images. This new system was introduced in Vancouver and is being rolled out to all CP automotive compounds.