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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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Canada fully supports global ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

2020-02-18

 

OTTAWA - The Canadian government has formally confirmed its support for a global ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters to help reduce the environmental impacts of increased marine shipping in the North. Such a ban has existed in the Antarctic region since 2011.

As the Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee of the International Maritime Organization was meeting in London this week, Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced they will be seeking a phased-in approach of the ban as Canada discusses with IMO countries ways to help balance the environmental benefits with the economic realities of northern, Indigenous and Inuit communities.

Analysts consider the ban will result in increased shipping costs that carriers will seek to pass onto customers in northern communities already hit by lower incomes and much higher costs for food and other supplies than fellow Canadians south of the 60th Parallel. In this connection, the government of Nunavut rapidly indicated Tuesday (Feb. 18) that it will be seeking compensation.

With Russia presently the sole holdout, Canada will be the seventh Arctic country to back a proposal that has been championed by environmental groups and the Inuit Circumpolar Council in recent years but has faced criticism from Canadian shipping companies involved in Arctic sealift operations. (See MM web report on Feb. 17, 2020 including views expressed by Suzanne Paquin of NEAS.)

 

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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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Mounting impact of CN Rail blockades on ports of Montreal and Vancouver


2020-02-18

 

As blockades paralyzing virtually the entire CN Rail network by indigenous groups opposed to a large pipeline project in British Columbia entered an 11th day, the negative impact was mounting on Canada's two leading ports on the west and east coasts, Vancouver and Montreal.

Prime Minister Trudeau, who cut short a trip to the Caribbean to hold an emergency cabinet meeting today (Feb. 17), was under growing pressure from business and political circles to force an end the widely-perceived illegal blockades. But he has been so far reluctant to do so, putting his faith in negotiations, affirming that Canada is not a country "where politicians get to tell the police what to do in operational matters."

Emerging from the cabinet meeting in mid-afternoon Monday as well as talks with premiers and indigenous leaders, Mr. Trudeau said his government was committed to finding a quick and peaceful resolution. But he offered no details.

"We calculate that there are today between 60 and 70 ships waiting off the West Coast as a result of the supply chain disruptions," indicated Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Vancouver-based Chamber of Shipping.

"It is regrettable," he told Maritime Magazine, "that Transport Canada has still not convened the supply chain partners. "The conflict has underlined the vulnerability of the supply chain. A broader issue is the protection of the supply chain."

 

 

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