The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Regional Minister for British Columbia, announced that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will build an additional 10 Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, valued at $3.3 billion.
By Gavin van Marle
New regulations that will make it mandatory for containers to be weighed – or have their stated weight otherwise verified – are set to be introduced to international shipping after International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states voted in the amendment to its Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) regulations.
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, welcomed the September 27 grand opening of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association’s (BCMEA) Waterfront Training Center in Richmond, B.C. as an important contribution to transportation safety. “I’m delighted to be here for the grand opening of this new training centre,” said Minister Raitt. “By encouraging the creation of training projects such as this one, I am confident that our government is helping all Canadians to benefit from the critical work of the men and women who staff our marine facilities and keep our ports and the marine transportation system safe and efficient.”
Claude Mongeau, President and CEO of CN said that current forecasts call for Western Canada crop production of more than 60 million tonnes – one of the largest harvests in history – and stressed that supply chain collaboration and information sharing will be essential to moving the crop efficiently. “Our grain customers have advised us in recent weeks that they are raising their original forecasts for this fall’s shipments, as well as the amount of grain they intend to export between now and the end of this crop year next July,” Mongeau said. “The current grain crop is now forecast to be among the largest in history. This is very good news for all of us involved in the business.
CN announced plans to start freight service on approximately 75 per cent of the rail network operated by bankrupt short-line Kelowna Pacific Railway Ltd. (KPR) in southern British Columbia.