COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 19 March 2021
Port of Montreal longshoremen to vote on final offer Sunday
Following a seven-month truce reached between the Maritime Employers Association and the FTQ-affiliated Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local last August. On Sunday, the 1,125 longshoremen will be called to vote to end the truce. The two parties have not yet reached an agreement, even after months of discussions, with the help of three mediators and intensive mediation sessions. Instead, the longshoremen will decide on a final and comprehensive offer. It is unknown whether the union will recommend that its members accept the final offer or whether it will remain neutral on the offer, leaving it to its members to decide after the details of the offer are presented. It was agreed that at the end of the truce, the parties would regain their right to lock out and strike.
Chevron to put funding on hold for Kitimat LNG
Chevron Corp. is halting funding for the Kitimat LNG joint venture in northern British Columbia after no buyers surfaced for the much-delayed project that revamped its designs in a bid to meet British Columbia’s climate goals. New designs for the export terminal, unveiled in mid-2019, promote electric-motor technology in an effort to comply with British Columbia’s clampdown on carbon emissions. Various owners have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into site preparation at Bish Cove, but the project been effectively stalled for several years. Kitimat LNG’s proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline sought to transport natural gas from the Summit Lake area in the B.C. Interior to the terminal at Bish Cove.
CP announces Hydrogen Locomotive Program
Ballard Power Systems and Canadian Pacific announced today that CP will employ Ballard fuel cell modules for CP’s pioneering Hydrogen Locomotive Program. The modules will provide a total of 1.2 megawatts of electricity to power the locomotive. By retrofitting a formerly diesel-powered locomotive with Ballard hydrogen fuel cells the fuel cells will work with battery technology to power the locomotive’s electric traction motors. Once operational, CP will conduct rail service trials and qualification testing to evaluate the technology’s readiness for the freight-rail sector. This will be North America’s first hydrogen-powered line-haul freight locomotive. Ballard plans to deliver six of its 200-kilowatt fuel cell modules to CP in 2021.
Seaspan invests $1M in new UBC Faculty Chair position
Seaspan Shipyards and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have announced the establishment of a new faculty chair position at UBC. The chair, the third to be funded by Seaspan at UBC, both supports the priorities of the university and addresses the needs of the marine sector for technological innovation and highly qualified personnel. The chair will perform research and teach in emerging areas such as hybrid electrical propulsion, shipboard communication, cyber security, digital controls, underwater radiated noise and situational awareness. Seaspan will be investing $1M over five years.
Women are taking their place in the marine shipping industry
There is an exciting shift taking place in North America’s marine shipping industry, where an increasing number of women are emerging as executives, ship captains, engineers and other leaders. The impact is being recognized across the country, so much so, that the National Post recently released an article
focusing on some of the women who are making a splash in the industry.
The Chamber joins the Minister's Blue Economy Round Table
This week, the Chamber's President participated in a Round Table hosted by Minister Bernadette Jordan of the Department of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. The meeting brought together International and Canadian experts on marine spatial planning, which is expected to be an important component of the developing Blue Economy Strategy
. Robert Lewis-Manning expressed the importance of reviewing the current governance associated with managing shipping in Canada, as the coordination between numerous Federal departments and agencies has become inefficient...
BC announce priority vaccines for front-line workers
The Province of British Columbia has announced that more than 300,000 front-line workers will be eligible for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations starting in April. The priority groups announced include cross-border transport staff and the presentation
provided with the press release
indicates that further discussion with the Port of Vancouver stakeholders will follow to determine priority with this group. Details are expected to follow in the coming weeks. Meanwhile vaccinations are open to all 12,000 residents of Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities.
FMC issues economic impact of COVID-19 on cruise industry
Commissioner Louis E. Sola of the Federal Maritime Commission released “Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Cruise Industry on California, Hawaii, and the Pacific,”
the latest in a series of interim reports being issued as part of the ongoing Fact Finding 30 investigation. The report examines direct and indirect economic impacts to ports and cities in California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan. The report notes that the passenger cruise industry is an important part of the tourism sectors for both California and Hawaii. Furthermore, while cruise calls to American territories in the Pacific are infrequent, the services that stop at those islands create tourism revenues without the need for investment in physical infrastructure necessary to attract tourists. This is the fourth in a series of Interim Reports issued by Commissioner Sola examining economic impacts to cities and states as a result of the cessation of cruise ship operations. Previous reports have focused on Florida
, Alaska/Pacific Northwest
, and Texas/Gulf of Mexico
. Further reports are planned.
USCG issues bulletin supporting crew changes
The US Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-21
to summarize available resources for those experiencing issues with crew changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 25, 2021, the U.S. joined 53 other International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states in Circular Letter No.4204/Add.35/Rev.3
in pledging to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers
Maritime Single Window Project looking for port partnership
The IMO issued a news release
calling for expressions of interest from countries with a medium-sized port willing to take part in a pilot project to establish an efficient digitalized system for electronic exchange of information in ports for ship clearance. The "Single Window for Facilitation of Trade (SWiFT) Project" will develop a Maritime Single Window system in partnership with Singapore and the pilot port. We vote that Canada sign on to the SWiFT project as there is an obligation and strong need to make ship clearance more streamlined and efficient.
Getting to Zero Coalition mapping shows trends for alternate fuels
The uptake of zero emission pilots and demonstration projects is a fundamental component of the maritime industry’s transition to zero emission fuels. The Getting to Zero Coalition’s biannual Mapping of Zero Emission Pilots and Demonstration Projects
outlines the spread and scope of existing zero emission projects, encompassing the full value chain of technologies needed to facilitate shipping’s transition to zero emission fuels. The second edition
sees a significant increase in the number of identified projects – up from 66 to 106 – focusing on ship technologies, fuel production as well as bunkering and recharging facilities.
Wärtsilä’s barge-mounted energy storage system to be developed for the Philippines
Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading power companies, has ordered a barge-mounted 54 MW / 32 MWh energy storage system to be delivered by Wärtsilä on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis. The Wärtsilä barge will be placed next to TMI’s existing thermal power barge of a total of 100 MW in the municipality of Maco in the province of Davao de Oro. The order was placed in September 2020. The project will be handled on a fast-track basis, with expected delivery in Q4 2021. This will be the first ever deployment of a floating energy storage solution in the South East Asia region. The solution will provide flexibility for TMI in their ancillary service contract with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.
Day of the Seafarer seeks Fair Future for Seafarers
Day of the Seafarer 2021 campaign is calling for a fair future for seafarers. The campaign will discuss issues that will still be relevant to seafarers after the pandemic, such as fair treatment of seafarers, fair working conditions, fair training, fair safety, etc.
The annual Day of the Seafarer, June 25th, will provide a platform to advocate for higher standards of working conditions. Seafarers will be invited to share their views
about their future in seafaring.