PortVan eHub mobile app for Port of Vancouver
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority launched an innovative mobile app today that brings real-time monitoring of port operations to users across the supply chain.
Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, the PortVan eHub app offers insight into the operating status at the Port of Vancouver's four container terminals, as well as road advisories, rail activity on Vancouver's south shore, cruise terminal vessel embarkation windows at Canada Place, and the status of vessels in port.
"Over the past several years, we have been introducing innovative ways to provide transparent, real-time information to our port users and stakeholders," said Peter Xotta, vice president, planning and operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. "The PortVan eHub app is another way we can quickly share what is happening in the port to the people who need that information the most."
The PortVan eHub app combines information collected from the mandatory GPS units on container trucks, live monitoring of port operations from the port authority's 24/7 Operations Centre, and cross-agency information from organizations like the Regional Transportation Management Centre.
Notifications about terminal operating status, rail crossing activity on port property along Vancouver's south shore, or traffic interruptions on major routes can now be received through immediate and automatic updates, allowing those travelling to or from the port to plan their routes accordingly.
The PortVan eHub app is available for free download on Apple iPhone with iOS 9.0 or above and on Android smartphones with version 4.0.3 or above. The app will also be made available for tablets in future version releases.
Download PortVan eHub:
For more information visit the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority website.
BCMEA Executive Appointments – July 29, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2016 – 12:00pm
British Columbia Maritime Employers Association Executive Appointments
Vancouver, British Columbia - The Board of Directors of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (the “BCMEA”) are pleased to announce two Executive appointments which are effective immediately.
Mr. Terry Duggan
Mr. Duggan has been promoted from Vice President Finance and Acting CEO to the role of President and CEO of the BCMEA. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Mr. Duggan will assume overall responsibility for organizational strategy and leadership of the BCMEA. One of the immediate priorities will be a renewed focus on Government and Stakeholder Relations.
Mr. Duggan is a Finance Executive who brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to the role from many facets of BCMEA operations, including: overseeing the organization’s financial reporting activities, Corporate Secretary duties to the Board of Directors as well as responsibility for the IT Department. In addition, he possesses a wealth of experience in working with the industry Pension and Health and Welfare Plans with the ILWU and has also been a longstanding member of the BCMEA bargaining committees for both longshore and foremen Collective Agreement negotiations.
Mr. Mike Leonard
Mr. Leonard has been promoted from Vice President Labour Relations to the role of Senior Vice President Employee Relations, Dispatch & Corporate Secretary. Reporting to the President and CEO, Mr. Leonard will continue to have responsibility for Labour Relations and Dispatch functions and will also assume responsibility for the duties of Corporate Secretary to the BCMEA Board of Directors.
Mr. Leonard is an Industrial Relations Executive with over 25 years of experience, 15 of which were gained in the industry where he has been an active participant in industry bargaining since 2002 and spokesperson since 2008. He provides strategic and tactical advice to members of the Executive Team, Board of Directors, internal customers and external customers of the organization on a broad range of topics including government relations as it relates to labour relations matters.
"These appointments bring depth and stability to the organization in the near term” said Richard Chappell, Chair of the Board. “The BCMEA’s senior management team continues to demonstrate to the BCMEA Board and all of its stakeholders considerable capacity to lead this organization into the future. The industry has benefited greatly from the current senior management team since October 2015 and with these appointments the BCMEA is well-positioned for the future."
About the BCMEA
The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) is a multi-employer, waterfront organization representing approximately 58 ship owners and agents, stevedores, container, bulk and break bulk terminal operators on Canada's west coast.
At its core, the BCMEA is a service provider of labour relations for the waterfront employers in British Columbia, representing employer interests on regulatory issues in the areas of labour relations, pensions, legislative reform, Canada Labour Code, health and safety, human rights and employment equity.
In addition to labour relations activities, the BCMEA oversees the training and recruitment of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Canadian Area and the daily dispatch of labour for the Vancouver Local of the Union.
It operates a world-class waterfront training facility located on 6 acres of land on Mitchell Island, that supports a wide range of hands-on practical training for the safe handling of a wide variety of commodities moving through B.C.’s ports.
New Lost Port Pass Fee Beginning July 1, 2016
To address Transport Canada concerns relating to the number of lost Port Passes reported and encourage better safekeeping of this government credential, Port Metro Vancouver is implementing a new recovery fee for a replacement lost Port Pass.
Please refer to Port Metro Vancouver's 2016 Fee Document for more information: portmetrovancouver.com/about-us/port-fees/
Effective July 1, 2016, the fee for a replacement lost Port Pass is as follows:
*For the third lost Port Pass and each lost Port Pass thereafter within a five-year period: An interview with Port Metro Vancouver will be required in addition to payment of the $150 fee. Port Metro Vancouver will collect statistics during the initial year of implementation of this initiative to determine if additional non-monetary measures are warranted after July 2017.
Lost Port Pass fees are applicable over the five-year life of the Port Pass. The Lost Port Pass Fee will be collected prior to receiving a replacement Port Pass.
The Lost Port Pass fee will not apply to:
For more information, please visit portmetrovancouver.com/portpass or contact the Port Metro Vancouver MTSC/Port Pass Office at (604) 665-9661.
Only 40% of Shippers Sufficiently Informed on Weighing Rulesnews source
With just over a month to go before new container weighing rules come into force, a survey of shippers has found that only 40% have received sufficient information from their service providers. Of the 49 shippers who responded to Drewry‘s survey, 20 were under-informed, 22 were sufficiently informed and 7 declined to answer.
The new global rules require shippers to prove that every container they ship is accurately weighed, or their containers will not be accepted on board a ship.
While almost all of the survey’s respondents were aware of the rules, the majority of shippers and carriers expected them to cause delays to container shipments and/or cargo rolls. When asked where these delays would occur, respondents were most likely to point to Asia followed closely by North America, Africa, South America and Europe. Respondents were more optimistic about Oceania, although delays were still predicted.
Criticism from shippers focused mainly on a perceived lack of communication. “No communication between carriers and terminals,” one anonymous shipper complained. “Advice from shipping lines and ports of loading is either conflicting or unclear,” said a freight forwarder.
Others said that, while the regulation is necessary, it has been introduced too quickly, not giving the supply chain time to create the necessary infrastructure. Some called for implementation to be delayed.