Asian Gypsy Moth Policy Update
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has advised that the current directive D-95-03, Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria Dispar L.) – Plant Protection Policy for Marine Vessels, will be updated within the next few days to include an additional four Japanese ports as high risk for Asian Gypsy Moth. Ships calling on the ports during the listed "period of risk" in 2009 shown below must obtain a pre-departure certificate as outlined in the policy in order to avoid delays entering Canadian ports from March 1 - October 15, 2009 and 2010. The USDA policy will also be updated and reflect the additions for 2009.
|Ooita||June 1 to August 15|
|Hiroshima||June 1 to August 15|
|Hannan||June 1 to August 15|
|Sakata||July 1 to September 15|
|Hachinohe||July 15 to October 1|
|Hakodate||July 15 to October 1|
|Kobe||June 1 - August 15|
|Shimizu||June 15 - September 1|
|Otaru||July 1 - October 1|
|Tomakomai||July 15 - October 1|
CFIA’s website link to the port list for 2009 associated with the directive will be updated at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/portlste.shtml
Gypsy Moth - Urgent Advisory
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have issued an urgent notice to industry. The United States and Canadian authorities have intercepted live Asian gypsy moth (AGM) egg masses on an unprecedented number of commercial vessels calling on west coast ports in 2008. This number has not been experienced since the early 1990's. Ten of these events were severe enough to consider vessels significantly infested resulting in the vessels being ordered into international waters.
U.S. and Canadian officials seek increased collaboration with shipping lines, agents, and associations in order to try to minimize these events with support of port monitoring and vessel pre-inspection techniques.
It will be necessary for shipping lines to order all vessel crews to conduct intensive vessel inspection to remove (scrape off) and destroy all egg masses prior to entering U.S. and Canadian ports. The egg masses can be found anywhere on the vessel superstructure and anywhere that doors were open while in port. Locations include barrel containers used for trash or liquid.
Egg masses may also found on the lines used to moor the vessel to the dock, extra lines laying on the deck, very high on the vessel super structure, on air intake vents, vessel smoke stack, on the tracks used for crane movement, on the outside hull, on a container stored on the deck, and inside a wheel/tool house or room on the aft deck. The egg masses will also be seen throughout the vessel meaning on the aft deck, starboard and port sides of the deck and housing, on the bow, and on the main deck and upper decks of the main super structure, cargo hold framing, and other vessel framing including safety rails. The outside of containers must also be inspected.
Download the CFIA/USDA Gypsy Moth Urgent Advisory.
CFIA has also released a Gypsy Moth Inspectional Pocket Guide for vessels that have called the high risk areas in Northern Japan and Russia. The Guide provides helpful instructions to vessel crew on what the egg masses look like, where they might be found on vessels, and how the eggs should be removed.
Download a copy of the AGM Inspection Pocket Guide.
Security Exercise Feb 9-13th
Mariners are advised that there will be an increase in government vessel activity in the areas of Strait of Juan De Fuca, Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and the Port of Vancouver associated with Exercise Silver during February 9-13 2009 inclusive. Exercise Silver is a government exercise associated with preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games.
Within the Vancouver area, operations will be concentrated in Burrard Inlet, the East Basin of False Creek and the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.
Mariners are requested to exercise caution when in vicinity of government vessels and avoid interfering with exercise operations.
In general Exercise Silver operating areas outlined above will not be marked with the exception of a specified area in the vicinity of Canada Place and the New Vancouver Trade and Convention Center, this area will be marked by a series of small unlit floats. Mariners are advised to avoid operating in the vicinity of these buoys.
Government vessels will monitor VHF channel 16 and the applicable vessel traffic channel.
PMV Appoints New CEO
Today, Port Metro Vancouver Chair Sarah Morgan-Silvester announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Robin Silvester as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Silvester is currently based in Australia as Chief Executive of United Group Services ANZ, an organization that focuses on property and facilities management in Australia and New Zealand. Silvester has spent a significant part of his career in the Ports sector, working in a number of senior roles.
PMV to Enhance TLS Enforcement
Port Metro Vancouver (PMV), together with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, have announced that they will implement enhancements to the container truck licensing dispute resolution program beginning February 1.
The enhancements include increased audits on companies that fail to comply with the licence agreement and PMV applying sanctions and a range of penalities leading to the termination of a licence.
View PMV Release.