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Industry Insight: The year ahead by Captain Stephen Brown - Subscriber Access Only

By BCShippingNews 26 January 2015

As 2015 is now in full swing, it is becoming a tradition that at this time of the year BCSN provides me an opportunity to share some thoughts on what lies ahead for the next 12 months.

Looking back 100 years to January 1915, Canada was gearing up to play its part in the 20th century’s first European war with the dispatch of Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry to the trenches in France. By the end of February they were in action and in April took the full force of the first chemical weapon attack of that truly dreadful conflict.

Photo above: Artist's rendering of proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (courtesy Port Metro Vancouver).

On a more positive note, also in January 1915, the Canadian Northern Railway Line was completed between Quebec City and Vancouver via Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton. This led to the formation in 1910 of the Canadian Northern Steamship Company which, until the outbreak of the First World War, operated between Montreal and the U.K. under the name Royal Line. Under immense financial pressure, the entire company was merged into Canadian Pacific in 1923.

Energy projects

The past year has seen a number of highs and lows for the development of new projects in the marine sector and there will be more in 2015. However, the headline of my 2014 look ahead was:

On a local level, the more extreme environmental and self-interest groups will step up their campaign of misinformation designed to discredit our industry.