Thousands of workers locked out at Canada's Port of Vancouver -CBC
Thousands of longshore workers at Canada's biggest port, the Port of Vancouver, were locked out on Thursday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.The B.C. Maritime Employers Association, which represents 55 companies, such as ship owners and terminal operators at the port, issued a notice this week that it would lock out some 6,000 workers who load and unload ships due to a labor dispute. (Reuters, Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Editing by Dan Grebler)
Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales
Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) regulator recommended on Friday that Ottawa approve expansion of the government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline, but made new, nonbinding recommendations to mitigate harm to Pacific Ocean killer whales and the environment.The pipeline is in the national interest as it will create jobs and give Canadian oil access to more markets, the NEB said in a report. But expanding it is likely to significantly harm the killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia and increase greenhouse gas emissions from ships…
CN Buys TransX
Canadian National Railway (CN) has signed a deal to acquire the Winnipeg-based TransX Group of Companies as part of its strategy to expands its North American intermodal supply chain services.TransX, one of Canada’s largest and oldest transportation companies, provides various transportation and logistics services, including intermodal, truckload, less than truckload and specialized services. The 55-year-old company will continue to be based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and operate independently…
Karl Senner Adds Canadian Sales Representative
Karl Senner, LLC, announced it has added a new manufacturer’s representative for the Eastern and Central region of Canada including the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Bruswick, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. RAD-Power, based in Beaconsfield, Quebec, will become the representative for Karl Senner, LLC’s product lines including REINTJES Marine Gearboxes, beginning April 1, 2018, and Steerprop Azimuth Drives, beginning June 1, 2018. RAD…
Kwan re-elected vice chair, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors has re-elected Eugene Kwan as vice chair for a third term commencing March 25, 2018. Mr. Kwan was appointed to the board of directors by the federal minister of transport as recommended by the Port User Group Nominating Committee. Mr. Kwan is also a member of the Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee and the Major Capital Projects Committee. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s board of directors is composed of 11 members: one federal appointee…
Spivak Appointed CFO, Seaspan
Seaspan Corporation announced today that David Spivak is joining the Company as its Chief Financial Officer, starting May 2, 2016. Mark Chu will continue to serve as interim CFO until David's arrival, whereupon Mark will continue in his current roles as Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel. David has over 20 years of corporate finance and global capital markets experience. From 1995 to 2012, he worked at Citigroup, serving in various roles, including as a…
November Cargoes Reflect Diversity of Seaway Shipments
“Agricultural commodities along with dry bulk, general cargo and containerized goods continued to enhance cargo tonnage on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System during the month of November,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The general cargo dock operated by Midwest Terminals had a good month of November at the Port of Toledo. “The ability to handle a diverse array of cargo at this large facility with new material handling equipment is really helping move the economy of Northwest Ohio forward…
Two Tugboats Capsize on St. Lawrence River
Two tugboats capsized and sank close to each other on the St. Lawrence River on Monday. They are the latest in a recent flurry of adverse incidents on the waterway. Witnesses say the first tug tipped over around 4 p.m. while the crew managed to escape before the boat capsized. Social media reports suggested the ship is the Lac Manitoba, owned by Nadro Marine. About five hours later, a second tug overturned in the river on the south side of the barge, closer to the Cornwall Island side of the river about 500 feet downstream of the new low-level bridge.
Deal to End Lockout at Canada Uranium Mine
Canadian uranium producer Cameco Corp and the United Steelworkers union, which represents 535 workers at the world's largest uranium mine and a nearby mill, have agreed to a tentative deal ending a nearly two-week lockout, both sides said on Friday. Shortly after the lockout began, the union said outstanding issues included pensions, benefits and compensation for working in a remote region. The previous contract expired on Dec. 31, 2013. Mike Pulak, a staff representative for United Steelworkers…
CWB to Build Third Canadian Grain Elevator
Canadian grain marketer CWB said on Thursday it will build a third grain elevator on the western Prairies, as the former Wheat Board pieces together a crop-handling network. Winnipeg-based CWB will build an elevator that can store 42,000 tonnes of grain near Pasqua, Saskatchewan. It expects the elevator, adjacent to a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd line with the ability to load 134 rail cars, to open in January 2016. The elevator is the latest project to expand Western Canada's grain-handling capacity, including country elevators and port terminals, as Canadian farmers increase production. Richardson International Ltd, Cargill Ltd and Viterra have also announced building projects. Viterra said last week that it would build a grain terminal at Ste.
Grain Company to Buy Canadian Crop Terminal
Canadian grain marketer CWB said on Monday it has agreed to buy Great Sandhills Terminal Ltd, a farmer-owned 20,000-tonne grain handling facility in Leader, Saskatchewan, for $16.3 million. The deal, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals, is expected to close by Sept. 1. It also includes a majority stake in a short-line railway in Saskatchewan. CWB did not release further financial details. CWB, which was previously known as the Canadian Wheat Board, has made several deals to piece together a grain-handling network in the past year as it moves toward operating outside of government control. Ottawa stripped the board of its western wheat and barley marketing monopoly in 2012 and agreed to guarantee CWB's borrowings until it is sold or develops a plan to be self-sustaining by 2016.
West Coast is Key for Exporting Bigger Canada Crops
Canada needs to invest in shipping more grains and oilseeds off the West Coast as harvests get larger, to avoid the massive transportation backlogs that followed last year's record crops, industry officials said on Wednesday. Last year, 19.3 million metric tons of grain moved in bulk and containers combined through Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, the country's biggest port, which connects Canadian commodities with Asian buyers, according to the port. But handling Canadian…
Officials Lobby for Extended Season
Officials from the northern Canadian port of Churchill, Manitoba, last month lobbied insurance giant Lloyd's of London to reduce the rates and extend the season for the Hudson Bay shipping terminal. "There's a clear business case for this," Steve Ashton, Manitoba's government services minister said. "We felt that giving the current weather patterns and also the technology that's out there, and the general ability to get ships in, that there was a clear argument for the enhancement of the shipping season, said Ashton. Ashton is part of a Canadian delegation in Europe that is meeting with Lloyd's officials, international shipping companies and specialty crop merchants to boost Churchill's profile and long-term viability.
Lloyd's Lobbied to Extend Hudson Bay Season
Officials from the northern Canadian port of Churchill, Manitoba, are lobbying insurance giant Lloyd's of London to reduce the rates and extend the season for the Hudson Bay shipping terminal, Reuters reported. "There's a clear business case for this," Steve Ashton, Manitoba's government services minister told Reuters on Wednesday. "We felt that giving the current weather patterns and also the technology that's out there, and the general ability to get ships in, that there was a clear argument for the enhancement of the shipping season, said Ashton. Ashton is part of a Canadian delegation in Europe that is meeting with Lloyd's officials, international shipping companies and specialty crop merchants to boost Churchill's profile and long-term viability.
Latest US Navy Contracts
The Department of Defense, has issued the following relevant Navy contracts. Teras BBC Ocean Navigation Enterprise Houston, LLC, Bellaire, Texas, is being awarded a $9,847,700 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursable elements, for the worldwide charter of one U.S. flagged, self-sustaining, non-cellular containership. The containership will be employed in worldwide cargo delivery to support the U.S. Department of Defense. Work will be performed at sea worldwide and is expected to be completed by May 2014. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $47,281,490. Military Sealift Command, Washington, DC is the contracting activity.
Canada Introduces Compulsory Pilot Cert. on Great Lakes
The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), announced changes that will allow the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority to maintain safer and more efficient pilotage services on the Great Lakes. The updated regulations allow the authority to ensure that officers have the local knowledge required to navigate their vessels in the region. "These regulatory changes will improve the safety of people and goods crossing the Great Lakes," said Minister Fletcher. Under the changes to the Great Lakes Pilotage Regulations, and in compliance with thePilotage Act, all Canadian ship officers who operate within the Great Lakes region will be required to hold a valid pilotage certificate.
Protecting Canadian Fisheries: Ministers Reach Agreement
Federal and provincial Ministers have concluded the annual meetings of the Atlantic and Canadian Councils of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers, commit to working together to protect fisheries and develop Canadian fishing and aquaculture industry. Ministers discussed a range of topics, including recreational fisheries, the lobster fishery, the continuing importance of the seal hunt to Canadian coastal communities, the federal Fisheries Protection Program, aquaculture, and aquatic invasive species. The challenges and opportunities facing the recreational fisheries.
Vericor Awarded $20.5m Navy Contract
Vericor Power Systems, LLC, Alpharetta, Ga., is being awarded a $20.5m firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture, testing and delivery of 16 ETF40B marine gas turbine engines for the fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) requirements. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $57,779,224. Work will be performed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The solicitation was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
New Navy Contracts
Vericor Power Systems, LLC, Alpharetta, Ga., is being awarded a $32,102,544 firm fixed price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4117) to exercise an option for the manufacture, testing and delivery of 24 ETF40B marine gas turbine engines for the Landing Craft - Air Cushion (LCAC) Service Life Extension Program fiscal year 2009 requirements. Work will be performed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is expected to be completed by August 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracti ng activity. Tetra Tech EC Inc., San Diego…
Canada Bolsters Arctic Sovereignty
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a series of scientific and infrastructure projects to help bolster Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. At a scientific research and education facility in Churchill, Manitoba, Prime Minister Harper unveiled the final 26 projects selected by the Government of Canada as part of its $150m commitment to International Polar Year (IPY). Launched in March 2007, IPY is bringing together thousands of scientists and researchers from more than 60 nations to conduct scientific research focused on the Arctic and Antarctic regions. In total, 43 Canadian-projects are already underway. Topics to be studied include: how polar bears…
Arctic Policy Brief Issued by CIGI
‘Great Melt’ in the Arctic calls for increased co-operation between Canada and United States, policy brief argues. The “great melt,” an unprecedented geophysical change, in the Arctic is cause for heightened leadership, attention and cooperation between Canada and the United States. Without a national strategic vision, current policies are inadequate to protect economic and environmental interests, argues a new policy brief issued by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). In Canada-US Arctic Marine Corridors and Resource Development, global governance experts John Higginbotham, Andrea Charron and James Manicom argue that “clear imperative” exists for the two North American countries to develop their marine resource and community potential for the Arctic.
Canada Grain Handlers to Expand, Crops Overwhelm System
Three Canadian grain handlers said this week that they will expand facilities to handle the country's crops, after a record-smashing harvest overwhelmed the transportation system. Viterra, owned by Glencore Xstrata PLC, said on Thursday it will spend C$100 million ($92 million) to boost grain shipping through Port Metro Vancouver, while CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, said it is building a second Western Canadian grain elevator. Global commodities trader Cargill Ltd said on Wednesday that it would expand an elevator site in Manitoba. The moves come as the country's grain handlers and railways have struggled to move a record harvest to port, causing a massive backlog.
Port of Churchill Receives First Vessel of the Shipping Season
Hudson Bay Port Company, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, has received its first vessel of the 2005 shipping season. The MV Federal Polaris, a bulk carrier, docked at Churchill on July 28, 2005. The ship's arrival signals what is presently expected to be a positive season with a forecast of 500,000 tonnes of grain products. In addition, efforts to diversify import and export opportunities for the port continue. Over three days the Port Company loaded the MV Federal Polaris to capacity with 30,000 tonnes of wheat. The ship departed on July 31 for delivery of the cargo to Lagos, Nigeria. Transportation of the wheat to the Churchill Port was via the Hudson Bay Railway, a 900-mile rail route linking Churchill to farmers and shipping interests throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.