COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 31 March 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 31 March 2023

‍COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 31 March 2023

‍Local News

Conciliation Officers appointed in BCMEA-ILWU negotiations

The BC Maritime Employers Association has advised that two conciliation officers from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service have been appointed following ILWU’s filing of the Notice of Dispute. The Conciliation Officers appointed include Ms. Kathy Peters, Regional Director – Pacific Region and Mr. Peter Simpson, Director-General. Pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, the conciliation officers have a 60-day mandate from the day of appointment (up to May 28, 2023). Any extension beyond 60 days can be made only by mutual consent of the parties. At the end of the conciliation period, a 21-day cooling off period begins (up to June 18, 2023). Conciliation meetings have been scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 12.

New transload facility in Calgary announced

CN, Trealmont Transport Inc. (Montship Inc.) and Kaptan US LLC announced an agreement earlier this week to develop a multimodal transload facility to be located in the Class I's Calgary Logistics Park. Kaptan and Trealmont (Montship) have agreed to purchase land inside the park, where they'll construct a facility for transloading containers originating and departing from the ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Expected to be operational in third-quarter 2024, the facility will feature a multicommodity crossdock, warehouse, container yard for storage and rail spur within the park. It will serve importers to central Canada and the U.S. Midwest, as well as Canadian exporters with direct rail service,

Green Marine welcomes first in Australia

The Spirit of Tasmania fleet is the first Australian-based company to benchmark their environmental performance for continual improvement using the Green Marine environmental certification program. Spirit of Tasmania (operated by TT-Line Company Pty Ltd), provides both passenger and freight services between mainland Australia and Tasmania aboard the two Spirit of Tasmania ferries. By enrolling in Green Marine, the ferry operator has committed to implementing best practices that go beyond regulatory requirements, thereby demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship. Green Marine was established in 2007 in North America and expanded to Europe in 2020 with the consistent mission to advance environmental excellence in the maritime industry by encouraging participants to voluntarily implement sustainable best practices and technological innovations beyond regulatory compliance.


RCN introduces recruitment opportunity

Starting today, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is launching a new recruitment program to give Canadians the opportunity to experience the Navy as a sailor on a one-year contract and provide them with exposure to a variety of naval trades before deciding if a career in the Navy is the right fit for them. Through the new Naval Experience Program (NEP), the Navy is rethinking the way it attracts, recruits, and trains sailors. The aim of the program is simple: to reduce the amount of time it takes to train civilians as sailors, to foster the development of sailors who love their work, and to attract those who enjoy the unique lifestyle that the Navy offers.

Public service strike vote underway

Strike votes for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) started in February for nearly 100,000 workers in the core public service, performing jobs in program and administrative services, operational services, technical services, and education and library science covered under four bargaining units. Voting will end on April 11th and should a strike mandate be given, 72-hour notice must be provided before any strike action can be taken. The union is seeking a 13.5 percent raise over three years for the four bargaining units — at 4.5 percent a year. The government has since increased their initial offer to an average of 2.06 percent per year. PSAC is also calling for solutions to harassment, discrimination and systemic racism in the workplace, along with an end to contracting out and privatization. Should a disruption occur essential services will continue but anticipate delivery timelines to be affected. PSAC is set to resume negotiations with the assistance of a third-party mediator during the first two weeks of April.


CARB At Berth Regulation Update

The California Air Resources Board has issued an Enforcement Notice to provide further guidance on reporting and enforcement during the transition period from January 1, 2023, through thirty (30) days after the date the U.S. EPA publishes its issuance of authorization for the 2020 Regulation in the Federal Register (referred to in this Notice as the “transition period”). As described in more detail below, during the transition period, all vessel operators and terminal operators under the 2020 Regulation may choose one of two enforcement path options and must submit the choice to CARB by May 1, 2023. The two enforcement path options are as follows: (1) achieving the per-visit emission reduction provisions of the 2020 Regulation, or (2) achieving the 80 percent emission or power reduction provisions set forth in the 2007 Regulation.

Webinar of the Tug Escort and ERTV analysis

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is working with the Board of Pilotage Commissioners (BPC), using a quantitative model we developed, to analyze tug escort requirements for oil tankers, articulated tug barges, and towed oil barges in Washington waters of the Salish Sea. The analysis will evaluate potential changes to escort requirements for their effects on oil spill risk. On April 4th at 0900 (PT) DOE will share the preliminary results. To register visit the DOE website.

WSF launches bid for hybrid electric conversion

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has launched an invitation to bid in the conversion of its three Jumbo Mark II ferries from diesel to hybrid electric. The hybrid-electric conversions of the Jumbo Mark IIs is just the first part of an electrification journey that will include building 16 new hybrid-electric vessels, converting six existing vessels to hybrid electric, and bringing electrification to 16 terminals. The conversion will incorporate energy storage technology and rapid charging of the batteries from each applicable ferry terminal. According to WSF, the conversion will reduce emissions from the Jumbo Mark II vessels by more than 20% initially, then by nearly 95% when terminals are electrified in 2026.


Guidelines on transport of lithium batteries released

Together with its partners, the Cargo Incident Notification System Network (CINS) has compiled a comprehensive publication covering the properties of these batteries and their potential to explode, initiate fires and emit toxic gases. Extensive measures to safely transport what is an exponentially increasing volume of lithium-ion batteries, in their various states of charge and when also contained in electronic devices are fully examined. This includes aspects such as classification and regulation, container packing, landside storage, stowage on board ships, incident detection and fire suppression, and loss prevention and risk mitigation. Intended as the first of an on-going series of publications to be updated as circumstances require, this first, Lithium-ion Batteries in Containers Guidelines (101.A), provides a general overview, and will be followed by three further documents – regulatory compliance check-lists, risk assessment and emergency response, and training and educational awareness. Stakeholders in the supply chain are encouraged to implement the advice according to their specific operations and requirements, but to always keep safety of life as their primary consideration.

EU continues to recognize seafarer certificates issued in Philippines

The European Commission has decided to continue recognizing certificates for seafarers issued by the Philippines, one of the world’s largest maritime labour supply countries. In December 2021, following a detailed assessment of the training and certification system in place, the Commission had informed the Philippines that recognition of their seafarer certificates would be withdrawn unless serious measures were taken, including the compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW). Since then, the Philippines has made serious efforts to comply with the requirements, in particular in key areas like the monitoring, supervision and evaluation of training and assessment. In the coming months, the Commission intends to provide the Philippines with technical assistance to further improve its education, training and certification system for seafarers.

Cargill and Viterra exit Russian grain export market

The two biggest western shippers of Russian grain, Cargill Inc. and Viterra will halt purchases for export in a shift that will give local firms more control over shipments. Glencore-backed Viterra's management team in Russia plans to create an independent Russian grain exporter once the company ceases export activities in the country, Cargill will take a further step back from the Russian market by no longer handling the top wheat supplier's grain at its export terminal from July, although its shipping unit will continue to carry grain from the country's ports.


Apr 6 - COS Operations Committee Meeting @ 12:00 

Apr 7 - Good Friday - Office Closed
Apr 10 - Easter Monday - Office Closed 

Apr 12 - Vancouver Grain Exchange Council Meeting @ 14:30 

Apr 12-13 - Canadian Marine Advisory Committee Meetings - Ottawa
Apr 13 - VMAA Board of Directors Meeting @ 13:00 

Apr 18/20 Maritech Conference & Exhibition in Vancouver, BC
Apr 18 - The Plimsoll Club Board Meeting @ 13:00
Apr 18 - CILTNA - Changing Face of the BC Marine Industry @ 16:30
Apr 27 - ICS Pub Night @ 16:30
May 4-5 - WESTAC Spring Forum - Winnipeg 

May 11 - The Plimsoll Club Golf Tournament @ Mayfair Lakes 

Jun 2 - The Plimsoll Club Nooner at the Nat @ 11:30

June 12/14 - Green Marine GreenTech 2023, Seattle, WA
Jun 14 - Vancouver Grain Exchange Golf Tournament @ Northview

Jun 21 - ISSC Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge @ Grouse Mountain


Ship of the Week

Mar 31 - futuristic cruise ship

This week at Seatrade Cruise Global in Ft. Lauderdale, the Meyer Werft shipyard had an interesting cruise ship prototype on display that had everything from wind generators to drone launching/landing pads. The model is a future vision for what cruise ships could look like in the year 2100.

Called the “Reverse” concept it has an aerodynamic exterior with a closed glass facade and features urban gardening areas and drone landing pads, with central public areas forming the focal point inside the ship. The cabin structure is detached from the outer hull, enabling the use of efficient modular manufacturing methods.

The energy concept on board also relies on innovation: using wave energy generated by horizontal wings on the hull, solar and fuel cells, along with wind energy, to operate without fossil fuels.


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