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Transport committee  Yes. In fact, I should have extended my comments by confirming that the volume of cargo has increased substantially over the last 20 years. In the most recent calendar year, we handled about 140 million tonnes of cargo. Four million tonnes or so was liquid bulk products. The aver

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Specifically I was referring to the recently developed—in the last two years—Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. It's an agency that was created to inform this conversation. Frankly, I would say that there are a number of relevant sources out there that could pro

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  From our perspective, the oceans protection plan encompasses many of the elements of the tanker panel's recommendations. What I perhaps didn't say—which was mentioned by some of the previous presenters—is that area-based risk assessments and planning are things that make a lot of

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Certainly we're pleased to see the additional investment in equipment occurring within the transit route. As I've said, it's very close to the Trans Mountain facility. A number of other steps have been taken with regard to the protocols of engagement with WCMRC by the port author

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Of course our primary focus has been looking at the increased vessel traffic that would ensue from that project. I'm confident that we've taken appropriate steps to incorporate that volume. From a total traffic perspective, I mentioned it's a fairly modest increase in total traff

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  That is certainly the intention. I mentioned that our mandate as a port authority, as is Prince Rupert's, is to enable trade. We're taking steps necessary to make sure that we can do that safely while protecting the environment.

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Thank you for the question, Mr. Donnelly. The WCMRC facility that I'm most familiar with is adjacent to New Brighton Park in the vicinity of the Second Narrows Bridge. The new location is one of several new investments that will be made by WCMRC. Trans Mountain, of course, is a

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  The overall number of ship movements has actually been static for the last 20 years. There have been somewhere between 3,000 and 3,200 vessel movements per year since 1995, when I joined the port authority. The projected increase, should the Kinder Morgan volume materialize as pr

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority directly creates 115,000 jobs across the country, all of those in the supply chain, not in the productive capacity of either generating or selling the cargoes. It's about $500 million worth of cargo every day. Of course, that's all varieties of

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Kinder Morgan itself has produced that information. I don't have it available to me at this time, but we can certainly make it available to the panel.

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Once again, I'd mention that the tanker transits through our gateway have occurred for the better part of 60 years without significant incident. The heightened scrutiny, both from a regulatory perspective and, frankly, just from a community perspective, on the west coast has gene

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  I think my associate from Prince Rupert has talked about the impact on potential opportunities for employment and investment in Canada. Clearly there is significant investment in Canada that relies on the west coast, Vancouver in particular. The job impact of extending the morato

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  A number of provisions are in place, and there are probably experts in the room whom you've heard from who could go into more detail. I think our track record of performance, particularly on the west coast—obviously I'm familiar with Vancouver most—is exceptional. In addition to

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  With regard to the vessel transits within the port's jurisdiction, if I can focus on that, our obligations would be similar to those of other Canadian port authorities, Prince Rupert included. We have a variety of marine restricted areas where we are very precise in the Port In

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Thank you very much, Madam Chairman. Thank you for the invitation to make some comments. While the oil tanker moratorium act does not directly impact Canada's largest port from an operational perspective in Vancouver's Lower Mainland, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is pleas

November 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Peter Xotta