Smart buoy for a safer Port

Buoys are a Maritime fixture; bright colours, bobbing in the water, helping seafarer’s navigate.
Now, they are getting smarter.

Port Saint John just announced $91,000 in funding for a SmartATLANTIC Buoy.

This is another step toward strengthening our country’s tanker safety system. The buoy will provide accurate and real-time meteorological/hydrological data that will be used to produce high-resolution forecasts of weather and sea conditions. The data will be used to help guide vessels more safely to their destination, as well as contribute to valuable scientific research on the Bay of Fundy.

“As with any major industry, ports come with their share of risk. We have an excellent record of safety at Port Saint John and a commitment to keeping that record strong,” Peter Gaulton, chairman of Port Saint John’s Board of Directors, said at the announcement.

In addition to the Port’s contribution, Transport Canada will Transport Canada will contribute up to $185,000 under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The Province of New Brunswick is also contributing $91,000, with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure providing in-kind services of $30,000. The Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association will be providing in-kind services of $8,000.

The total project cost is approximately $417,000.

The SmartATLANTIC buoy will also help minimize the potential for incidents, reduce the risk of an oil spill, and help support the region’s ship-based trade in energy products such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum products.
This announcement is the second contribution to risk-management the Port has invested in this year. In May, the Port announced $75,000 in funding for the Saint John Fire Department’s Grandview Avenue training facility – complete with a ship rescue training module.

The marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters and researchers will be able to access this highly valuable, real-time information to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents. It will not only help improve safe navigation and environmental protection, but it will also maximize the efficiency of commercial traffic using the Port Saint John, and lower costs for the marine industry in the area.

“Advancing technology is critically important to a growing port because it allows for more efficient and cost-effective operations for vessels arriving and departing Port Saint John,” Jim Quinn, president and CEO of the Port, said.

Our biggest Community Day yet!

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From Port Saint John’s rooftop patio looking down, the parking lot was a sea of colour.

Bright bouncy castles, deep blue water, cotton candy pink, army green and a cherry red train – to name a few.

Our fourth annual Community Day was the brightest (and biggest) yet. Thousands of people flocked to the waterfront for the afternoon, with fun and fundraising in mind. The event raised $10,000 for PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools), an organization helping local schoolchildren in priority neighbourhoods with the tools they need to learn and play.

We had CN Rail’s Little Obie, Irving Oil’s right whale, a tugboat watershow from Atlantic Towing, military displays and LAV rides from CFB Gagetown, equipment from Irving Equipment, trucks and a gorilla from O’Leary Buick GMC and four packed tours of the Port aboard the Aquila Tours trolley. All this, plus displays from stakeholders and community partners, cotton candy, inflatables, musical acts, Magical Memories princessesfacepaint and our brave roster of dunk tank participants! Phewf. After all that, people relaxed in the sunshine by the barbecue – sponsored by Giant Tiger and Costco.

Fully expressing our gratitude would take until next Community Day (June 7th, 2015, in case you were wondering), so we’ll share some photos and list our supporters instead.

PRESENTING

Irving Oil
TransCanada

GOLD 

Giant Tiger
F. Andrew Simpson Contracting Ltd.
CN Rail
Saint John Airport Inc.

SILVER

Saint John Marina
Larry’s Crane
Saint John Energy

BRONZE

Hilcon
MIDI Construction
Conquest Engineering
Shades of Green Garden Centre
OPUS International Consultants
O’Leary Pontiac Buick GMC
Design Art Signs
Clayco Construction (2001) Ltd.
CBCL Limited
Fundy Fencing Ltd
Commercial Tent Rentals & Sales Ltd.
Mark Campbell Plumbing & Drain Services
NRB Construction
PBX Engineering
Costco
Stevens Septic Services
Dinmar
Reno-Vison Construction (Harry Rowe)
Dykeman’s

MEDIA

Country 94 and 97.3 The Wave
Telegraph-Journal

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How can Atlantic Canada be competitive on the global marketplace?

Maybe you already know the answer. Maybe not. 

Share and learn during Port Days!

Tomorrow, June 10, a panel of esteemed industry leaders will be sharing their insight on Atlantic Canada’s place on the global shipping map. 

This business session, part of Port Saint John’s annual Port Days networking and business development event, is free and open to the public. Port Days is presented by platinum sponsor Mediterranean Shipping Company.

The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Loyalist Room of the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. 

Geoff Britt, former reporter and Communications Officer with J. D. Irving Limited will be moderating the panel. 

The business session will feature discussion between: 

Michel Têtu, Former Diplomat & Consultant in Trade & International Relations; Dale Thibodeau, President, DJ Thibodeau & Associates; Dan Bresolin, Director of Marketing, CN Railway; Raymond Johnston, Executive Vice-President, Green Marine Management Corporation and Amanda Neadow, Director of Advocacy, Canadian Importers and Exporters Association. 

Britt will be asking questions of our panelists and members of the audience are encouraged to submit questions. Ask away by tweeting with the hashtag #sjportdays. Using this hashtag by the end of day on June 10 enters you in a draw for one of two afternoons on the Port City.  You could win one of two pairs of tickets to ride Ambassatours Big Pink Bus and $50 to Saint John Ale House. 

After the session, Port Days continues with a keynote address from Francois Poirier, President of the Energy East Pipeline Project. The luncheon is hosted in conjunction with The Chamber. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by visiting the Port Days website. Follow that link for tickets and more information. 

Port Days: Community, Connections, Commerce

 PORT DAYS

The three Cs of Port Days – Community, Connections and Commerce.

These are the things our industry has grown from and these are the things we’ll be celebrating June 8th through 10th on the waterfront.

During Port Days, the Port will play host to industry leaders and local citizens alike. At its core, Port Days is a learning opportunity. The community learns more about Port Saint John as they open their gates for an afternoon of fun. Industry leaders connect at the Port, sharing best practices, visions for the future of Port Saint John and building business relationships.  

COMMUNITY

Port City, this is where you come in.

On June 8, our gates open for Community Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join us for an afternoon of fun and fundraising. The event raises funds for PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) and is sponsored by Irving Oil and TransCanada.

The Marco Polo Cruise Terminal and Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal will be filled with displays and entertainment, while the parking lots will be filled with games, treats and activities.

Cotton candy and barbecued hot dogs are on the menu, with proceeds supporting PALS. Activities are free of charge, with the exception of the barbecue and snack station which will be cash only. There will also be a pay-to-play dunk tank featuring some local celebrities!

Local acts entertaining the crowd that day include Fredericton funky musician Stephen Lewis and the BIG Band of One and tomato/tomato. InterAction School of Performing Arts will be doing live theatre and some princesses will be making a magical appearance for photos.

There will be bouncy castles, air brush face painting, carnival games and multicultural displays.

CFB Gagetown will be on site with LAV rides, equipment displays and camouflage-style face painting. The tugboats from Atlantic Towing will be doing a water show in the harbour.

New for this year, our rail industry partners at CN Rail will bring their ‘Little Obie’ train and offer rides to attendees.   Little Obie’s message about railroad safety is an important one for families.

Community Day is also a learning opportunity. Aquila Tours will be offering trolley rides throughout the Port for people to learn more about what goes on behind the gates. The tour will span the east and west sides of the Port. 

Of course, we’re hoping for sun. But, if it rains, take shelter in one of the terminals or under our gigantic tent where tons of activities are taking place.

CONNECTIONS

Port Days isn’t strictly business.

It’s also an opportunity for transportation industry leaders to connect and share best practices.

June 9th is all about making connections. There is a river cruise up the picturesque St. John River and a golf tournament that day.

That evening, the province’s Department of Economic Development has partnered with Port Days for the Export Awards. The event celebrates transportation excellence and collaborative partnerships in New Brunswick.

Port Days closes on June 10 with a true Maritime feast. Seafood Fiesta is a longstanding tradition at Port Saint John, with hundreds of people showing up for a relaxing lobster dinner.

COMMERCE

Port Days has long been a vehicle for driving business to and through Port Saint John.

The event is made possible by platinum sponsor Mediterranean Shipping Company.

This year, the event’s business session will include an interview-style panel moderated by J. D. Irving Limited communications officer Geoff Britt.

Panelists have been carefully selected for their background and unique perspective on making Atlantic Canada competitive in the global marketplace.

The list includes: Joy Nott, president, Canadian Importers and Exporters Association; Michel Têtu, former diplomat and consultant in trade & international relations; Dale Thibodeau, president, DJ Thibodeau & Associates; Dan Bresolin, director of marketing, CN Railway and  Raymond Johnston, president, Green Marine Management Corporation.

 

This is the first year the business session will engage the online community. Using the #sjportdays on Twitter, people can direct questions to the panelists. The session is open to the public.

 

Following the business session, Francois Poirier of TransCanada Corporation, president of the Energy East Pipeline Project, will be giving a keynote address. The event is being held in partnership with The Chamber.  

 

For more information about Port Days or to register, visit www.sjport.com/portdays

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Fire safety means Port safety

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As with any major industry, ports come with their share of risk.

Today, Port Saint John made a commitment to reducing risk and keeping our community safe.

The Port is contributing $75,000 to the Saint John Fire Department’s (SJFD) training centre on Grandview Avenue. The funds will support the Grandview Avenue Emergency Services Building, offering training to SJFD personnel, other municipalities and businesses.

The announcement was unveiled Thursday morning during a safety exercise held on Port property.

We have an excellent record of safety and a commitment to keeping that record strong. Supporting our local fire department and ensuring this community continues to have world class emergency responders is vital,” Jim Quinn, president and CEO of Port Saint John, said.

The Port deals with high-risk cargo on a regular basis, including energy products. Ensuring the city’s 136 fire fighters and 30 relief personnel have up-to-date training is essential to the safety of the Port and surrounding community.

“Our Board of Directors recognizes the value of emergency preparedness and are pleased to support this initiative which will prepare local firefighters even more thoroughly for not only potential industrial incidents but also for their excellent service to the entire City of Saint John,” noted Peter Gaulton, chairman of Port Saint John.

The Live Fire Emergency Training Structure is a simulation-based training module that will allow SJFD firefighters to more efficiently and effectively respond to land based ship board fire and rescue events specific to passenger or cargo ships. Part of the module contains ship doors, stairwells, narrow hallways, engine compartments and the international ships connection on the deck of the ship.

The presentation was accompanied by a live rescue simulation in which Port Saint John board director Al McNulty and Port president and CEO Jim Quinn were rescued from the roof of the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal by SJFD’s Ladder Tower 1, a 114-foot rescue ladder. The ladder also reaches downward, capable of rescuing someone in need in the harbour, for example.

The Grandview Avenue Emergency Services Building is expected to open in May of this year.

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Q&A: Introducing Green Marine to the Port City.

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Port Saint John was the first east coast port to join Green Marine, a voluntary environmental program, back in 2011. This June, coinciding with Port Days, the Port will play host to the organization’s GreenTech conference.

We’re proud to be involved with Green Marine and the strides they’ve made across North America as ports adopt more sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. Find out more below from Green Marine executive director David Bolduc.

Tell us more about what Green Marine does.

Green Marine is an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry.

It is a voluntary, transparent and inclusive initiative that addresses nine key environmental issues such as greenhouse gases, pollutant air emissions, dry bulk handling and storage and spill prevention. Participants are shipowners, ports, terminals, Seaway corporations and shipyards based in Canada and the United States. The program encourages its participants to reduce their environmental footprint by taking concrete actions. To receive their certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through our exhaustive self-evaluation guides. They also need to have their results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to publication of their individual results.

How has Green Marine grown since its inception?

Green Marine has more than doubled its membership since it started, in 2007. The program now counts 81 participants, compared to 34 when it started. The program was originally conceived for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence corridor, but the interest it has generated throughout the marine industry has enabled it to evolve and cover North America in its entirety. The scope of the program was broadened too. From the six initial environmental issues, Green Marine has grown to cover nine priorities and to include international shipowners and shipyard within its program.

To what do you attribute this growth to?

The program has rapidly gained a reputation for credibility and transparency, and for challenging participating companies to improve their environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance. The performance indicators are tailor-made for the industry and really address the relevant issues for the sector. Year after year, the results provide graphic evidence of the environmental program’s effectiveness in motivating a large segment of the maritime industry to undertake concrete action to protect the environment. I think companies are looking for a simple but rigorous program that can help them benchmark and improve their environmental performance and for a way to showcase what is being done. Green Marine is viewed as a results-oriented initiative that makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to reduce its environmental footprint, no matter the size of the company.

What are Green Marine’s long term goals in terms of lessening the transportation industry’s environmental footprint?

Continuous improvement is the keyword here. Green Marine is designed to encourage companies to go beyond regulatory compliance and the program itself is highly adaptive and flexible to take into account new regulations, new technologies and new best practices. That means it will never stop evolving in order to remain relevant.

So far, the global average continues on its upward trend, despite a growing membership and a more stringent program. Our goal is to continue on this path and develop new indicators to address other topics of interest and broaden our scope of evaluation. Our participants have shown how committed they are in always rising the bar higher

How does having Green Marine-certified organizations benefit the community at large?

One of the most important goals of the Green Marine program is to improve, in the long-term and collectively, the relationship between the industry and its stakeholders on sustainability issues. So far, we have been successful beyond expectations in that regard with unprecedented support and endorsement from governments and high-profile NGOs. Green Marine allows companies and ports to not only demonstrate and communicate their environmental commitment and achievements, but also to work in collaboration with these stakeholders to find concrete solutions to environmental issues. This is the right thing to do and it is certainly the key to maintaining our social license to operate.

Anything else you want to add.

We certainly hope that companies in Saint John, New-Brunswick and Atlantic Canada will seize the opportunity provided by the conference to learn more about the Green Marine program and take the decision to be part of this great initiative.

Why the Port supports Energy East

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From the moment the idea was first raised, Port Saint John, servicing our entire province, has been a strong supporter of the proposed Energy East pipeline that will bring western crude from Alberta to Eastern Canada.

It is true the pipeline will help the port grow, and increase our business and commercial activity, but first and foremost, this is a project that benefits the entire province. From Saint John to Edmundston to Shippagan and beyond, we’ve seen what impact our struggling economy has had on our communities and families in New Brunswick. Jobs have been hard to find and when that happens, people start looking elsewhere for work.

In fact, a lot of our young and skilled workers have already left the province to pursue opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

Energy East isn’t going to change that by itself, but it will go a long way to turn the economic tide in New Brunswick. This project will create more than 4,000 full time jobs throughout the province in the development, construction and operational phases of the project. That’s going to provide lots of opportunities for New Brunswickers who want to stay home and work, something that is sorely needed in the coming years.

And what’s also exciting about Energy East is that it gives New Brunswick an opportunity to become a more important player in the oil and gas industry. A recent report indicated that the oil and gas industry accounts for 20 per cent of private sector investment in Canada, and the sector is a big reason our country weathered the global economic storm of 2008 and 2009 better than most. With our refinery, LNG plant and related industries, New Brunswick already has a foothold in the sector. Energy East allows our port to become a gateway to the world for western crude, making us a powerful player in world markets.

At Port Saint John we believe this is an opportunity we can’t let slip through our fingers. It was great to see our Mayor and the Chairman of Enterprise Saint John appear before a Commons committee in Ottawa recently. The message was clear. This is an opportunity for the province to thrive without handouts from the public purse. Please let us succeed.

During the development and construction of this project many workers will be needed. New Brunswick-based companies will have the opportunity to bid on different contracts related to the construction and TransCanada is committed to using local companies and workers wherever possible. There will be spinoff business and jobs for motels, stores, trucking firms and suppliers of hardware and construction materials.

At Port Saint John, the main benefit will be seen once construction is complete, with increased shipping activity to and from our facilities. What’s advantageous for us is that we are very experienced with handling this type of cargo at our port. We are Eastern Canada’s largestport facility, currently handling over 28 million metric tonnes of cargo each year. Much of that business involves the import of crude and export of petroleum products produced by the largest refinery in Canada right here in Saint John. We have the expertise and desire to seamlessly and safely handle the increased activity that would be generated by Energy East.

Jobs are the first and foremost concern in our province now as we look to keep our people home. But it’s important to remember that Energy East will also generate roughly $700 million in tax revenue for the province, according to a report on the economic impact of the pipeline by Deloitte. That will go a long way to helping us control our provincial deficit and debt over the long term. That means less pressure on our health care and education systems, and better roads and services throughout the province. The positive impact of Energy East will be province-wide and long-lasting.

This is a critical year for Energy East as it formally enters the approval process. We believe it’s important that we rally together as a province, and make the argument that this is a project our province needs and wants in order to thrive. Port Saint John is only too happy to add its voice of support. As so many have noted, as goes the Port so goes the city and we believe so goes our Province. And that is something we should all be striving for.

Peter Gaulton is Chairman of Port Saint John. Jim Quinn is its President and CEO.