COS Weekly News - Friday, 22 April 2022

COS Weekly News - Friday, 22 April 2022

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 22 April 2022


Port of Prince Rupert Green Wave recipients announced

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced that four companies are being honoured for their outstanding participation in its Green Wave environmental incentive program for their 2021 performance. They include intermodal shipping companies COSCO Shipping Lines and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, liquefied gas shipping company Navigator Gas LLC, and BC Ferries. Commercial vessels are scored on air emission controls and underwater noise reduction measures and allotted savings through a tiered system. Last year, there were 163 vessel calls that met the strict criteria to qualify for the Green Wave program, including ten different vessels that qualified for the top tier and benefited from the incentives offered. In 2021, there were 28 vessel calls that qualified for Green Wave through the RightShip GHG Rating criteria. As a result, approximately 3,190 tonnes of GHG emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to removing 677 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. While the Port of Prince Rupert is already one of the top performers in the area of environmental performance, PRPA has set a goal to reduce the carbon intensity of the Gateway by a further 30% by the year 2030 as part of a long term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 – the Green Wave program and its recognition system are a key lever to facilitating these ambitions.

TMX halfway completed

Construction on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project has reached a major milestone with more than 50 per cent completion as of March 2022. The halfway mark of construction for the Expansion Project includes more than 412 kilometres of pipe in the ground, 574 kilometres of the pipeline right-of-way stripped and graded, 471 kilometres of pipe welded and the completion of 32 major trenchless crossings.

Since construction began on the Expansion Project, more than 20,000 people have been employed across Alberta and British Columbia. Trans Mountain has negotiated agreements with local governments across BC and Alberta, dedicating more than $16 million to community legacy projects, such as trails and recreational infrastructure improvements, that will have positive and lasting impacts on the lives of thousands of Canadians.

New CEO for LNG Canada named

 Jason Klein replaces Peter Zebedee as the new chief executive officer at LNG Canada during the B.C. project’s peak construction phase. Mr. Zebedee stepped down in late March as CEO and joined Suncor Energy Inc. this week as executive vice-president of mining and upgrading in Alberta. The appointment of Mr. Klein makes him the third LNG Canada CEO to be hired from Shell Canada since the project applied for approvals from environmental regulators in 2014. Andy Calitz served as the project’s CEO for the first five years, followed by Mr. Zebedee for nearly three years.

Royal Canadian Navy weekend planned for Vancouver

From April 29 until May 1, the Royal Canadian Navy will be two Halifax-class vessels (Frigates), two Kingston-class vessels (MCDVs), three Orca-class vessels, the Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) Bomb Truck, and the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) personnel stationed at the Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver.  Displays and other activities will be open to the public.

Murray Mather (1956 - March 10, 2022)

Last week a Celebration of Life was held for Murray Mather who passed away last month following his ongoing battle with cancer.  Murray started his career in the shipping industry in 1987 with North Pacific Shipping.  Since then he worked as a shipping agent at Bulk Export Services, Pacific Northwest Ship & Cargo, and then finally at Colley West Shipping until he retired in June 2016.  He loved being on the water, fishing, skiing, and hiking and spending time at his family cabin on Thormanby Island. Murray leaves behind his wife Kathy and two sons, Nicholas and Brandon.


Transport Canada has released a Ship Safety Bulletin No.: 10/2022 to enforce Canadian discharge requirements for cruise ships operating in waters under Canadian jurisdiction in 2022. The bulletin applies to the authorized representatives of cruise ships certified to carry more than 100 people and equipped with overnight accommodations. In addition, the authorized representative of a cruise ship operating in water under Canadian jurisdiction must provide a report outlining their compliance with Transport Canada.

The non-mandatory environmental measures are as follows:

  1. Prohibiting the discharge of greywater and sewage within three nautical miles from shore where geographically possible;
  2. Treating greywater together with sewage before it is discharged between three and twelve nautical miles from shore to the greatest extent possible;
  3. Strengthening the treatment of sewage between three and twelve nautical miles from shore using an approved treatment device

Annex 1 provides further details on the current regulatory and new environmental discharge measures.


Canada invests in Critical Minerals Strategy

The Government of Canada is creating the Canada Growth Fund which will be a new public investment vehicle that will operate at arms-length from the federal government. The fund will initially be capitalized at $15 billion over the next five years to attract substantial private sector investment to help meet important national economic policy goals. Up to $3.8 billion over eight years will go to support the implementation of Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy which would include geoscience and exploration programs and doubling the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for targeted critical minerals, such as nickel, copper, cobalt, rare earths elements and uranium.

‍US News

US West coast labour negotiations to start in May

Negotiations on a new contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are set to begin in May, prior to the expiration of the existing agreement on June 30. The ILWU in this negotiation represents approximately 14,000 port workers in California, Oregon, and Washington, with more than 40 percent of U.S. incoming container traffic moving through West Coast ports at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to industry estimates. The PMA represents shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 West Coast ports.  ILWU's top executive is expressing optimism that a new deal will be reached without further disrupting the US supply chain.

California to establish four inland depots

The California Inland Port (CIP) project, a $30 billion, 400-mile trade corridor that will stretch from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Sacramento continues planning for four major inland hub ports and seven smaller satellite ports that would relieve congestion at the seaports while increasing cargo velocity to and from California's container ports.  The CIP project is expected to unfold quickly over the next 12 to 18 months, with facilities likely to be completed in three to five year. The project is supported by a coalition of ports, importers, exporters, and transportation interests.

US-Mexico border disruption comes to an end

Border crossings between the US and Mexico were disrupted last week amid growing frustration due to extra inspections of commercial trucks ordered by the governor of Texas.  On April 6th Governor Greg Abbott ordered officials to conduct vehicle safety inspections at entry ports to uncover the smuggling of people and contraband. Mexican truckers blocked the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in protest resulting in average border wait time of up to 15 hours. Governor Abbot ended his policy of increased inspections of commercial trucks on April 15th after reaching migrant border security agreements with governors of nearby Mexican states. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas stated that the loss of fresh fruit and vegetable due to delays are estimated to be more than $240 million.

‍International News

Running low of MGO in Europe

Supplies of a vital ship fuel are running low in northwest Europe as the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to upend oil markets. Adding to the shortage is the planned seasonal maintenance happening at many European refineries. The cost of low-sulfur marine gasoil has surged in Antwerp in recent weeks. The price has risen even more quickly than Brent crude futures, indicating increased competition for the ship fuel. MGO is similar to diesel, the price of which has also soared since the war began.



Apr 25 - May 5 - National Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meetings 
Apr 26 - WMCC Board of Directors Meeting @ 1300

Apr 27 - COS Operations Committee Meeting @ 1200
May 4 - VGE Council Meeting @ 0930

May 11-13 - Nautical Institute BC Branch 2022 Conference - Victoria, BC
May 12-14 - 24th BC Tugboat Conference - Whistler, BC
May 16-18 – IAPH World Ports Conference 2022 – Vancouver, BC
Jun 2 - The Plimsoll Golf Tournament
Jun 9 - VMAA Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting @ 1200

Jun 17 – Vancouver Grain Exchange Golf Tournament
Jun 23 – ISSC Peak Challenge – Grouse Mountain

‍Ship of the Week

April 22 - ElbBLUE

The 1,036-TEU container ship ElbBLUE, former "Wes Amelie"  has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 27% by operating on a blend of climate-neutral, synthetic natural gas (SNG) and conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG). In the case of the ElbBLUE, nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) dropped by almost 87%, while emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulates were almost completely eliminated (~99%). These values were achieved in both the exclusive operation on LNG and on a blend of LNG and SNG. This was the world's first conversion of a container ship to a multi-fuel operation with climate-friendly LNG.

Course/Speed: 34.0/0.0 kn

Current draught: 6.0 m

Navigation Status: Moored

IMO/MMSI: 9504059/212787000

Callsign: 5BVX4

Flag: Cyprus

Length/Beam: 153/24 m

Click to view online