COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 April 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 April 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 April 2023

Local News

Response underway on fuel truck incident

Several agencies have responded to a diesel leak after a fuel truck rolled off a barge last week off the east coast of Vancouver Island, near Sayward. The incident happened, in Chancellor Channel in high evening winds on April 20. The channel includes a rockfish-conservation area. There are 17,000 litres of diesel in the five tanks attached to the truck, and one has an intermittent leak. The affected tank holds 2,200 litres.

The Marine Link Transportation barge had set out from Menzies Bay to take a supply of fuel to a logging company operating on Hardwicke Island. The truck sank in about 36 metres of water.

Divers surveyed the truck on the weekend and are making ongoing efforts to patch any leaks which appear to be intermittent and minimal.

CN announces new Mexico-US-Canada service

Canadian National (CN), Union Pacific Railroad, and Mexico’s Grupo Mexico Transportes (GMTX) have announced the creation of Falcon Premium, an intermodal rail service that will directly connect all CN origin points within Canada and Detroit, Michigan to GMXT terminals in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and Silao, Guanajuato, in Mexico. The service will benefit customers shipping automotive parts, food, home appliances, and temperature-controlled products. Falcon Premium will be the fastest and most reliable intermodal rail service between Canada and Mexico, combining the unique strengths of each partner. The service is designed to maximize lading weights between Mexico and Canada for greater efficiency, and it will also contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions through reduced rail miles and significant truck-to-rail conversion.

Waterfront partners construct new union hall

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 505 (ILWU Local 505) is partnering with the B.C. Maritime Employers Association, Prince Rupert Port Authority, and DP World Prince Rupert to construct a new Union Hall in downtown Prince Rupert. The new 10,000 square foot three-story building will replace the 100-year-old building and support the continued sustainable growth of the Port of Prince Rupert. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2023, and the project is being led and funded by ILWU Local 505, with the other partners contributing $2.6M in support. The new Union Hall will provide a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the continuation and expansion of well-paying jobs for the waterfront workforce. The redevelopment project reflects the commitment of waterfront partners to Prince Rupert's long-term sustainable growth and the recognition of the vital, sustained growth of the port industry in Prince Rupert. The new Union Hall will also support Prince Rupert's 2030 vision to revitalize the city's downtown by creating a balanced and vibrant center for job growth.


CGC implements contigency plan for grain inspections

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has made changes to its inspection procedures for grain loading onto vessels on the West Coast due to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) strike, which has affected 65% of CGC's employees, including grain inspectors. While grain shipments continue unaffected, the CGC is temporarily allowing grain companies or third-party inspection firms to collect composite samples for CGC while loading ships, and a limited number of managers and specialists provide final inspection and certification. The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has called for third parties to provide the entire outward inspection that CGC is required to perform. Other CGC services, such as ensuring producer payment protection, are also affected by the strike, but are still active. PSAC members have established a picket line at Viterra's Cascadia port terminal in Vancouver, and the company has not commented on whether any operations have been affected by the strike.

2023 Seasonal Measures for SRKW

The Government of Canada has announced a suite of measures to support Southern Resident Killer Whale survival and recovery. Similar to previous years all vessels must stay at least 400m away from all killer whales in southern BC coastal waters between Campbell River and Ucluelet, including Barkley and Howe Sound. Interim Sanctuary Zones speed-restricted zones take effect from June 1st. Area-based closures will be in place in Southern Resident Killer Whale key foraging areas for recreational and commercial salmon fisheries in a portion of Swiftsure Bank, Strait of Juan de Fuca, southern Gulf Islands and Mouth of the Fraser River.


California port data partnership

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a $30 million investment to create a shared data system between six major seaports in the state, including the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Hueneme, and another. The shared system called the California Port Data Partnership aims to develop computerized and cloud-based data interoperability to support improved freight system resilience, goods movement efficiency, emissions reduction, and economic competitiveness. The seaports will jointly work on developing the interoperability of their digital systems and sharing shipping data to reduce delays and improve efficiency in cargo movement. The partnership’s primary goal is to maximize efficiency and visibility in cargo movement throughout the supply chain, from docks to doorsteps. The Port of Long Beach will use the funding to enhance its Supply Chain Information Highway, a digital solution designed to maximize efficiency and visibility in cargo movement. The partnership aims to reduce delays and aid the entire goods movement industry by sharing vital shipping data.


ABS launches green shipping corridors simulation service

In a world first, ABS has launched a pioneering new Green Shipping Corridors Simulation service designed to support international design and development of clean energy initiatives. The advanced modelling capability provides a detailed simulation of the complex nexus of stakeholders involved in corridor development, providing the data required to support policy and investment decisions.

Complementing the modelling and simulation service is a new ABS publication, ‘An Approach to Green Shipping Corridor Modeling and Optimization’, exploring two green shipping corridor case studies: the Singapore-Rotterdam containership initiative and the Australia-Japan iron ore bulk carrier proposal.

The model is capable of generating a broad range of rich data including fleet fuel mix, newbuilding vessel investment needs, annualized port investments, fuel demand prediction in specific ports, fuel storage requirements at specific ports, and year-over-year fuel procurement for port bunkering stations and more.

Deal to resume Ukraine transit

The European Commission has reached a deal in principle to allow the transit of Ukrainian grain to resume through five European Union countries that had imposed restrictions. Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia cited concerns that grain from Ukraine meant to be exported to other countries had ended up in their local markets, which was pushing down prices for local farmers.

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis tweeted that the EU executive had reached "an agreement in principle" with the five "to address concerns of both farmers in neighbouring EU countries and Ukraine".  The deal includes "safeguard measures" for four products - wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed and a support package worth 100 million euros ($110.25 million) for local farmers.

EU Emissions Trading Directive moves forward

The European Parliament voted in favour of the legislative amendments published on 8 February 2023 to the EU Emissions Trading Directive (the “Amendment”) to include the maritime sector in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (“EU ETS”). The EU ETS will be extended to cover Maritime Transport in respect of (i) 100% of the emissions from intra-EU maritime voyages; (ii) 100% of emissions from ships at berth in EU ports; and (iii) 50% of emissions from voyages which start or end at EU ports, where the other destination is outside of the EU. The Amendment also provides that if the IMO fails to introduce a global market-based mechanism (“MBM”) similar to the EU ETS or in the form of a global carbon levy then the Commission will consider whether to capture “more than” 50% of international emissions from ships after 2028. This aspect of the Amendment has been watered down from the originally proposed 100% of international emissions being captured from ships in the absence of an IMO MBM.


May 4-5 - WESTAC Spring Forum - Winnipeg 

May 9 - COS Board of Directors Meeting @ 1200

May 10 - Quarterly Pilotage Operations Meeting @ 1000

May 11 - The Plimsoll Club Golf Tournament @ Mayfair Lakes

May 11 - Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate 2nd Anniversary Celebration 

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 27 - ISSC Peak Challenge @ 3:30

Sept 27/28 - COS 100th Anniversary Conference and Gala Dinner


Ship of the Week

Apr 28 - Maersk TBN

Maersk, a leading container shipping company, has reached a significant milestone in its decarbonization efforts with the imminent delivery of a feeder vessel powered by green methanol. The vessel, with a capacity of around 2,000 TEU, has a dual-fuel engine that can operate on carbon-neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol from day one. The vessel is expected to be delivered during the summer and will operate on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia. The methanol propulsion configuration for the vessel has been developed by MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery in collaboration with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk. The vessel is at the core of Maersk's decarbonization strategy as the company sets sights on becoming net-zero by 2040.

Maersk disclosed earlier that the feeder will be 172 meters long and will sail in the network of Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia.

To celebrate the world’s first container vessel sailing on green methanol, A.P. Moller - Maersk will host a week of festivities, including the name-giving event and other activities September 18 – 21 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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