GCT Canada- Port of Vancouver Update May 28

As of May 28th – Tuesday afternoon PST

Members of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) will lock out members of the International and Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in B.C. ports as early as Thursday May 30, effective Friday, May 31, the association said Tuesday, May 28.

“The BCMEA did not arrive at this decision lightly as it followed significant discussion understanding the economic impact this will have on the Canadian economy. Our preference still remains to arrive at a negotiated settlement between the parties and we continue to be committed and available to meet with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and ILWU – Canada to achieve this end.” the association said in a statement.

This lockout does not include cruise ship operations or employees required to service grain vessels.

The BCMEA includes 55 ship owners and agents, stevedores and container, bulk and break terminal operators in ports from Victoria to the Alaska border.

As this is a developing story, please contact customerservice@canaangroup.ca for further updates. 



Vancouver Port- Union promises no disruption

As previously advised, the strike action will start May 27, Monday at the Port of Vancouver. On Sunday afternoon, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada issued a press release stating there would be “limited and targeted job action” on Monday.
The limited job action includes an overtime ban, but the union is not putting up picket lines.

This is of course good news to hear for all parties and are hopeful that a quick resolution will be found with minimal effect on GCT Vancouver’s operations

Please contact customerservice@canaangroup.ca for further updates.

Rotary World Help 400th Container

Congratulations to Rotary World Help on their 400th container shipment of medical supplies to countries all around the world.  This particular container is bound for Kiev, Ukraine.

For more information please visit: https://rotaryworldhelp.com/

ILWU votes 98% for BC Port Workers Strike

Results of the May 8 and 9 International Longshore & Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) vote show 98% in favour of a strike to secure a new contract with BC Maritime Employers Association companies

Please contact customerservice@canaangroup.ca for any updates.

DP World acquires Fraser Surrey Docks in Vancouver, Canada

DUBAI (Reuters) – DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Canadian marine terminal Fraser Surrey Docks from a Macquarie Group fund.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019, DP World said. The terminal is being acquired from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners a fund managed by the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) division of Macquarie Group.

Dubai government-controlled DP World also operates a container terminal in downtown Vancouver and another terminal in Prince Rupert.

The complete article can be found at

PSA International is acquiring the Halterm Container Terminal in south end Halifax

Officials with PSA International confirmed on Monday the Singapore company is acquiring the Halterm Container Terminal in south end Halifax, from Australia’s Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for an undisclosed amount.

According to a report by U.S.-based Journal of Commerce, the deal also includes PSA taking over multipurpose terminal Penn Terminals in Pennsylvania from the same Macquarie Infrastructure Partners fund.

The complete article can be found at  https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/business/singapores-psa-acquires-halterm-308644/

BC Longshoreman- Holding Strike Vote May 8-9

Workers represented by ILWU Canada locals will vote on strike action May 8-9th after more than a year without a collective agreement.

The Port of Vancouver could be disrupted as unionized longshore workers in B.C. prepare to vote on strike action.

The vote on strike action will take place on May 8-9 (Wed-Th) Please contact us at customerservice@canaangroup.ca for any updates.

Port of Vancouver

Vancouver Port:Cautiously Optimistic for an Agreement

April 29, 2019 – Since the present Collective Agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) covering the West Coast of Canada expired in March 2018, The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the ILWU Local 514 have been in bargaining with the goal of a renewal agreement. As key issues have remained unresolved, the Minister of Labour appointed Ms. Kathy M. Peters as Conciliation Officer back in February. A 60-day conciliation period was agreed upon, and already expired on April 13th. The parties are now in a 21-day cooling off period that expires on May 4, thereby enabling either party to strike or lock out at 12:01 am on May 5, provided a strike lockout vote was taken and 72 hours’ written notice was given. Meeting dates with ILWU Canada are scheduled from April 29 to May 2; during this period, it continues to be business as usual in all waterfront operations, BCMEA said. The association said it remains “cautiously optimistic” that the parties will achieve renewal agreements with the assistance of The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Conciliator in the days ahead. On April 22, CIFFA has written to the Hon. Patricia Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, to express concern on behalf of member firms about the status of negotiations between the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents longshore workers at B.C. ports, including the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The letter notes that, should a work stoppage happen at the Port of Vancouver, it would have far-reaching negative consequences for the Canadian economy and for the workers in many Canadian industries. We will continue to keep our customer’s informed.