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BC Ferries named one of B.C.'s top employer for 2020

2020-02-20

 

VICTORIA - BC Ferries has been named one of B.C.'s Top Employers for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes companies that offer exceptional workplaces for their employees by providing forward-thinking and progressive programs. BC Ferries works to create a positive environment for its employees who are focused on delivering great service to customers every day.

Many BC Ferries employees have worked their way up through the company, starting in entry level positions and taking on new opportunities. The varied departments, team atmosphere and some of the most beautiful views in the province start many people on a marine career path.

"I met a BC Ferries Captain when I was 14 who gave me a bridge tour and set me on my own personal course. Since that time, I've grown and learned so much at BC Ferries," says Captain Erika Brockhausen, Master at Tsawwassen. "I've enjoyed gaining the skills to successfully lead a team and positively influence others. You are not limited working at BC Ferries because there is so much opportunity."

The B.C.'s Top Employer award evaluates companies on several criteria, including physical workplace, work atmosphere, health, financial and family benefits, vacation time, employee communications, performance management, training and community involvement. At BC Ferries, initiatives that support work-life balance are complemented by a health and wellness program that encourages employees to develop healthy habits with their teams

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DP World returning to private ownership

2020-02-20

 

DP World, the Nasdaq Dubai-listed company that includes terminals in three Canadian ports amongst extensive operations in 40 countries has announced a return to private ownership as part of a refocused global business strategy. Based in the United Arab Emirates, DP World is a world leader specializing in cargo logistics, port terminal operations, maritime services and free trade zones. Its facilities move some 190,000 containers each day.

DP World operates Fairview container terminal in Prince Rupert, Centerm container terminal in Vancouver (pictured) and the Rodney Container and Navy Island Terminals at Saint John, New Brunswick. Last spring, it acquired Metro Vancouver's Fraser Surrey Docks marine terminal from a division of Australia's Macquarie Group.

DP World's parent company Port and Free Zone World has offered to acquire the 19.55 per cent of DP World's shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai, returning the company to private ownership. DP World will be 100 per cent owned by Port and Free Zone World, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai World.

 

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CN rail blockades increasingly hitting Port of Montréal cargo flows

2020-02-19

 

There appears to be no immediate threat that the two-week long Indigenous blockades that have crippled much of the CN Rail network across Canada will force a shut-down of the Port of Montréal. But port officials and stakeholders at Canada's second largest port after Vancouver acknowledge that it will be "a huge problem if the crisis persists."

"The conflict needs to be resolved soon in order to avoid permanently damaging Canada's reputation as a reliable trading partner," Michael Fratianni, President and CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, told Maritime Magazine. MGT is the largest container terminal operator at a port which handles more than 1.7 million TEUs annually.

"So far, the operational and commercial impact has been important and we are quickly approaching a critical point," said Mr. Fratianni (pictured in photo).

The potential "serious reputational damage to the reliability and efficiency of Canada's transportation system" was underscored in a joint letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, the Freight Management Association of Canada, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities and the Shipping Federation of Canada.

 

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