COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 July, 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 July, 2023

‍COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 July, 2023

‍COS Updates

Join us in celebrating our 100th anniversary this fall

This fall the Chamber of Shipping is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Please join us to honour a century of achievements at our Centennial Gala on September 28, 2023 in Vancouver. Individual tickets and tables are available for purchase at member and non-member prices. The event includes dinner, drinks and entertainment and is black tie optional. We hope to see you there.

Buy tickets here.

‍West Coast News

B.C port strike costs Canadian Pacific's newly amalgamated railway $80M

The B.C. port strike cost the Canadian Pacific Kansas City Ltd. $80 million in revenue this quarter. According to the American Railroad Association, the 13-day strike halted operations at west coast ports causing a decrease in the number of containers hauled by Canadian railways to barely half the level reached during the same period in 2022. In a tough quarter, the company dealt with strike impacts, while still in transition from Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s purchase of Kansas City Southern in April. The $31 billion US deal was North America’s first big rail merger in more than two decades, creating the only railway stretching from Canada through to the U.S. and Mexico.

Read more.

Canada’s largest railway says recovery from B.C port strike will take months

According to the Canadian National Railway Co., recovery from the B.C. port strike will take two months. The rail company has already seen impacts from Canada’s weakening economy, and several extreme weather events, such as wildfires and severe rain, which resulted in reduced freight service for containers and lumber. Although the disruptions will have a minor impact on earnings this quarter, the backlog caused by the recent labour action will take eight weeks to clear. The company continues to plan for ramping up profitable growth through 2026.

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BC Ferries workers begin fight for higher competitive wages

The BC Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union (Union) representing some BC Ferries workers want to reopen their collective agreement to increase wages. The Union warns that, without further negotiations, staff could quit resulting in ferry cancellations. In a recent survey of more than 4,000 members, the union found more than 50 per cent had taken on second jobs. Many ferry workers are leaving for competitors offering higher compensation packages and career development opportunities. The Union President is hopeful closing the wage gap with competing companies will increaser service stability

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B.C.’s Asia-Pacific Gateway needs overhauling

A new RBC Economics report highlights the improvements required to keep the Asia-Pacific gateway and the rest of Canada’s supply chain and transportation system competitive. The recent B.C port strike is listed as one example, but Canada needs more than labour relations and human resource availability. The report estimates Canada needs to invest at least $600 billion over the next 17 years to improve the delivery of the estimated $1.5 trillion in goods it moves annually. Additionally, it maintains that Canada needs more than additional spending on its logistics system, but rather a stronger national transportation strategy to improve the performance of goods movement.

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Sean Poole appointed as new COO at Vancouver Island Ferry Company

Vancouver Island Ferry Company (VIFC) has appointed Sean Poole as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Most recently, Poole served as the Senior Director of Operations at Seaspan ULC, where he led a diverse team responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a fleet of 130 marine assets. Notably, he spearheaded the design and construction of a state-of-the-art simulation centre tailored to a fleet of new vessels. Sean will oversee all operations as VIFC sets sail into exciting new waters with the launch of Hullo this Summer.

‍Canadian News

Pablo Rodriguez appointed as new Minister of Transport

Congratulations to Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, appointed as the new Transport Minister in this week’s cabinet shuffle. We will meet with the new minister in early September to formally introduce the Chamber and highlight the challenges and opportunities facing our members, including anchorage assignment and management, supply chain fluidity and resilience, decarbonization and effective digitalization. We look forward to working with Minister Rodriguez and thank Minister Alghabra for his efforts in our sector.

Read more on the full cabinet shuffle.

Jamaican and Panamanian seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their STCW certificates

Canada has signed reciprocal arrangements with Jamaica and the Republic of Panama. This means Jamaican and Panamanian seafarers with a valid STCW certificate issued by either the Maritime Authority of Jamaica or the Panama Maritime Authority can now apply for a Canadian endorsement. This is similar to reciprocal arrangements Canada has already signed with Australia, France, Norway, Ukraine, Georgia, the United Kingdom and the Philippines.

Read more in the latest Transport Canada bulletin.

New Canadian marine online job portal

Designed exclusively for the Canadian marine industry, the Canadian Marine Careers Foundation (CMCF) has launched the Imagine Marine job board, a specialized platform built to serve as a powerful resource for both employers and job seekers.

Read more.

Check out the latest job postings here.

International News

Seaspan and Maersk Mc-Kinney Molller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping Receive Approval for Ammonia-Fueled Container Vessel

Seaspan Corporation and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS) and Foreship, were granted Approval in Principle (AiP) by the classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design of a 15,000 TEU ammonia-powered container vessel.  With ammonia being a promising alternative marine fuel, Seaspan and MMMCZCS embarked on a joint project in 2022 to explore the challenges and opportunities of designing a sizeable ammonia-fuelled container vessel. This initiative is linked to the Singapore Ammonia Bunkering Feasibility Study (SABRE) consortium, which aims to establish an ammonia supply chain in Singapore. Developing an ammonia-fuelled vessel is a key step toward decarbonizing the maritime sector.

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Federal Maritime Commission aims to improve container availability data at major US ports

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) wants to improve data container returns and availability to reduce potential bottlenecks in some of the United States’s largest ports. This much needed data would better organize shipments. The FMC Commissioner-Rebecca Dye, wrote, in a June 2022 report, that there was “no collusion” by carriers in supply chain disruptions throughout the past year and a half, and offered proposals that could reform certain practices related to container moves at the three largest US ports.

Read more.

2023 Concentrated Inspection Campaign to Focus on Fire Safety

As part of the Port State Control (PSC) regime, this year’s Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) will focus on fire safety. The CIC will be carried out between September 1 and November 30, through an additional questionnaire, during routine state port inspections. The questionnaire is expected to be published in early August.

To support your preparation, DNV Maritime is offering a webinar as well as a PSC Planner. Find more detailed information here.

EU member states approve regulation incentivizing use of sustainable fuels

On July 27, EU Member States approved the “FuelEU Maritime" regulation, aimed at incentivizing the use of clean in the maritime transportation sector. The regulation apply to all ships with gross tonnage over 5,000 entering, leaving or staying in state ports within the European Union.

Key requirements include reductions in greenhouse gas intensity of onboard energy use of 6 percent by 2030, 31 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050; and the need to connect to onshore power supply for electrical power while moored at quayside unless using an alternative form of zero emission technology.

The regulation will enter into force 20 days after it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Most of the regulation will apply as of January 1, 2025, with the exception of certain Articles which will take effect from August 31, 2024. The initiative is expected to play a key role in achieving the objectives of the European Climate Change Act for shipping.

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France and UK collaborate to improve Seafarers’ conditions

The United Kingdom introduced the Seafarers’ Charter to ensure fair treatment and improved conditions for thousands of seafarers. The new charter aims to offer every seafarer equitable wage, adequate rest periods, and comprehensive training irrespective of their vessel’s flag or nationality. France intends on introducing a similar initiative as both countries confirm their commitment to prioritizing the welfare of seafarers.

In the recent past, the UK government has advanced several measures to protect domestic seafarers including the Seafarers’ Wages Act as well as code of practice, which includes guidelines and regulations aimed at preventing exploitation by ensuring fair treatment and working conditions.

Read more.

Port of Singapore Successfully Completes Bio-Methanol Bunkering Operation

Last week, we highlighted Maersk’s, and the world’s, first green methanol fuelled containership setting sail on its maiden voyage to Copenhagen for its naming ceremony. On July 27, the Laura Maersk successfully completed the world’s premier ship-to-containership methanol bunkering operation in Singapore. About 300 metric tonnes of bio-methanol, stored at Vopak Terminals, was transferred from the Hong Lam Marine’s Singapore-registered tanker, MT Agility and the Maersk vessel. Cross-agency collaboration and significant preparation, including thorough risk and environmental impact assessments, were integral to ensuring that the bunkering operation occurred in a safe and sustainable manner.

As methanol gains momentum as a fuel of choice for commercial shipping, interest in methanol bunkering facilities has grown as the shipping industry collectively works toward meeting greenhouse gas emissions targets.

More here.

IMO announces 2024 World Maritime Day theme: “Navigating the future: safety first!"

The 2024 theme “Navigating the future: safety first!” has been selected for the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day held annually every September. The theme reflects IMO’s work to enhance maritime safety and security, along with protection of the marine environment. Maritime safety is vital, particularly as technologies and alternative fuels evolve and become more realistic and accessible. The IMO aims to support measures to significantly reduce GHG emissions from ships by 2050.


Aug 24 - Plimsoll Club Summer Social, Cold Team Room, Vancouver @ 16:30

Aug 26 - 16th Annual Cycle for Seafarers 

Sept 11-13 - Ports Canda Conference - Trois-Rivieres, QC

Sept 27 & 28 - Shipping 360 Conference and COS Centennial Gala 

Sept 28 - World Maritime Day - "MARPOL at 50 - Our commintment goes on."


Ship of the Week

July 28 - Nordic Green Ammonia-Powered ship

This conceptual design for an ammonia-powered vessel from the Nordic Green Ammonia-Powered Ships (NoGAPS) project, led by the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. The NoGAPS project is a collaboration between key players across the value chain aimed at developing a Nordic-based, ammonia-powered, zero-emission ship.

Read more.