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BC marine industry salutes health care workers


2020-04-03

 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver, BC - Ships all along the coast of British Columbia will sound their horns at 7 pm today in solidarity with the movement to thank health care workers in the province who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

"This audible celebration of health care workers by the marine shipping industry is noteworthy, as the essential marine transportation workforce also continues to support the movement of critical cargo, some of which directly supports medical efforts, and ensures the delivery of supplies that keep our communities functioning," said the Vancouver-based Chamber of Shipping.

This marine workforce includes longshoreman, terminal operators, tug operators, seafarers from Canada and all over the world, marine pilots, port staff, and professional mariners, vessel traffic controllers, and inspectors from Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Canada Border Services Agency. With the current threat of COVID-19, their workplace challenges are immense, and they are working collaboratively to find innovative and safe ways to keep ships and cargo moving.

 


 
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IMO urges keyworker exemptions for crew changes and repatriations

L'OMI demande aux gouvernements de reconnaître les gens de mer comme « travailleurs-clés »



2020-04-02

 

 

 

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr. Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting (1 April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting addressed the impact of COVID-19 on, among other things, disruption and restrictions to travel, trade flows, global logistics, supply of food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

During the meeting, Mr Lim highlighted the importance of welfare and well-being of maritime personnel and particularly seafarers and the significance of crew changes to support the global supply chain. He also highlighted the major restrictions to crew changes due to travel bans and restrictions that are being increasingly imposed by governments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Lim reiterated his message that shipping is a vital artery for the economy to enable the global supply chain and global trade flows, including in particular urgently needed pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and food supply. Seaborne trade is still flowing but challenges are growing due to restrictions being introduced by countries. Mr. Lim added that

«IMO and the maritime industry were committed to ensuring and supporting global trade flows and the global supply chain».

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Federal Review Panel underlines environmental risks of Roberts Bank container terminal project


2020-04-02

 

By Leo Ryan, Editor


A federal Review Panel report assessing whether to allow the construction of a planned new container terminal at the Port of Vancouver at Roberts Bank has acknowledged its potential competitive benefits for Canadian marine shipping markets and regional employment but has also underscored "significant adverse" effects on the nearby wetlands, fish habitat and migratory birds as well as on the quality of life of local populations and cultural heritage of Indigenous groups.

Proposed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to meet future container cargo demands, the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project at Delta, known as RBT2, has been undergoing an environmental assessment by a Review Panel appointed in 2016 by the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Providing capacity for an additional 2.4 million TEUs annually by 2025, it would require the conversion of177 hectares of intertidal and subtidal habitat on Roberts Bank to build a new three-berth terminal, expand an existing causeway and enlarge an existing tug basin. It would be located immediately adjacent to Tsawwassen First Nation lands.

The Panel made 71 recommendations to mitigate impacts on wetlands, aquatic species and other sectors, including the development of a marine mammal management plan and the establishment of an Indigenous advisory committee.
Among its comments, the Panel said :"While the Panel understands there would be relatively few ship movements associated with the Project, each ship travelling through the shipping lanes causes an incremental effect on the ability of Indigenous groups to access sites where they conduct cultural activities."

The Panel further declares: "The Project would result in a residual adverse effect on daytime and nighttime visual resources and on outdoor recreation as well as a significant cumulative effect" during both construction and operations.
The Panel notes that "several participants have highlighted that the Salish Sea is already highly noisy and that there should be, at a minimum, no future net gain in underwater noise."

 

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MSC unveils new flexible cargo service to meet demand from Asia


2020-04-01

 

 

Mediterranean Shipping Company's new "Suspension of Transit" (SOT) programme is a flexible cargo service that will help to fulfil the imminent resumption of demand from Asia and ensure service continuity. It includes container yard storage in six transshipment hubs across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, ensuring that goods can be shipped close to their destinations as soon as possible and providing easier cargo flow for customers.

Since China has shown signs of recovery with factories restarting production, the new SOT programme will help avoid high storage costs at ports of discharge

As part of its ongoing response to the impact of COVID-19, MSC has developed a Suspension of Transit (SOT) container shipping programme to prepare for a recovery in demand for freight services once the impact of the pandemic eases.

The programme builds on MSC's ongoing efforts to ensure business continuity and the maintenance of vital container carriage services, such as the movement of food, fresh produce, medical equipment and other essential goods. The new SOT initiative is focused in particular on a resumption of demand of a wide variety of goods from Asia.

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CSL vessel opens Seaway's MLO section for 2020 season

Navire de CSL ouvre la section MLO de la Voie maritime


2020-04-01

 

 

 

St. Lambert, Québec - The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of its Montreal / Lake Ontario section today, with the transit of the CSL Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock.

"With the COVID-19 outbreak, we are living in exceptional times. As the 2020 navigation season gathers momentum, we continue to witness a tremendous response by our employees and members of the broader marine community in overcoming a range of challenges" said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC. "The St. Lawrence Seaway provides an essential transportation service that literally feeds nations around the world, including Canada and the U.S., and supplies the inputs which keep many of our industries operating. We will strive to do our part during this difficult period."

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation continues to work closely with Transport Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and many other authorities. A series of comprehensive practices and procedures are in place to manage risk and minimize all non-essential interactions between personnel in view of COVID-19.

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