COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 1 September 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 1 September 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 1 September 2023

Celebrate our 100th anniversary with us this September!

Join us on September 27 and 28, 2023 for Shipping360, where we bring experts from across the globe to Vancouver to share insights on the global trade outlook, supply chain resiliency, decarbonization, environmental sustainability and digitalization. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from, and network with maritime supply chain stakeholders and speakers from:


On September 28, join us at our Centennial Gala to celebrate 100 years of shipping on the West Coast on World Maritime Day. Gala tickets are sold separately from conference registration. Dress code is formal attire (black tie optional). 

Local News

VFPA Port Information Guide Amendments

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a notice of amendment, dated September 1, 2023, to inform members of the public, industry and other stakeholders of proposed updates to our Port Information Guide.  The proposed amendments update definition, update operational procedures, and introduce new requirements, including new Active Vessel Traffic Management language and procedures for TCZ-2.  The notice is posted publicly for a 30-day period to notify industry, stakeholders and the public of the intended amendment to the practices and procedures in the Port Information Guide. Anyone affected by these amendments may comment in writing by October 02, 2023 to the attention of the marine operations specialist at

Nanaimo Port Authority invites consultants to participate in Duke Point feasibility study

The Duke Point feasibility study aims to investigate the benefits of expanding the Duke Point Shipping Terminals in the Port of Nanaimo, Canada. This expansion could enhance supply chain efficiency, accommodate more cargo, and connect mainland transportation with the port. The study will assess the feasibility of the expansion, considering the container market, logistics integration, and business opportunities with the goal to make Nanaimo a significant port on the West Coast of Canada.

Canada announces clean energy funding for trucking sector

The Government of Canada is taking action to accelerate the integration of zero-emission technologies in the trucking industry. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, has announced an investment of nearly $3 million under the Zero-Emission Trucking Program to support of three projects in Québec, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Funding for the British Columbia project will support commercial vehicle pilots, training, and knowledge-sharing on zero-emission truck performance. A new call for proposals under the Zero-Emission Trucking Program is currently open until October 3, 2023. Eligible projects can receive up to $1 million to advance efforts towards zero-emission trucking.

International News

US West Coast port workers ratify agreement

The US International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratified a deal to increase pay and  benefits for 22,000 employees at 29 ports stretching from California to Washington State. Members of the ILWU voted 75% in favour of approving the West Coast port worker agreement that will expire on July 1, 2028. The deal includes a 32% pay increase,  as well as a one-time bonus for working through the early days of the COVID pandemic.

Fire Safety CIC starts September 2023 as part of Paris and Tokyo MOU

A joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on fire safety for vessels is being launched by various Port State Control organizations which will run from September to November 2023. The goal is to ensure vessels comply with fire safety rules, including proper equipment maintenance and crew training. If issues are found, they must be fixed quickly to avoid detention. Shipowners should prepare using Lloyd's Register's PSC Pocket Checklists App.

15,000 TEU, LNG propelled ZIM Mount Rainier delivered to Seaspan Corp.

Hong Kong-based shipowner Seaspan has received its fifth 15,000 TEU containership powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) from South Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The vessel, ZIM Mount Rainier, was delivered on August 30 and will be chartered by Israel-based shipowner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services. Seaspan highlights LNG as a commercially viable cleaner fuel for container shipping, aiding the industry's transition to low-carbon fuels. The first ship in this class, ZIM Sammy Ofer, was christened in February and achieved a 23% emissions reduction through LNG usage.

HD Hyundai delivers world's first vessel with "AI Engineer"

HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has successfully delivered and installed an AI-based engine automation solution on H-Line Shipping's large LNG-powered bulk carrier. This vessel, constructed by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, features two intelligent systems: the Integrated Condition Diagnosis Solution (HiCBM) and Integrated Safety Control Solution (HiCAMS). HiCBM utilizes real-time artificial intelligence to diagnose potential equipment failures during navigation, ensuring operational stability. HiCAMS acts as an AI-powered safety monitor, swiftly detecting and analyzing safety-related events using onboard CCTV. The adaptability of these systems to existing ships opens up the market for AI-based engine automation solutions. The systems have been tested and received approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Cruise vessel hits tanker after breaking free from moorings due to storm

Severe storms on the Spanish island of Mallorca caused the P&O Cruises flagship, Britannia, to break free from its moorings and collide with a moored tanker named Castillo De Arteaga. The incident resulted in minor damage to both ships, with tugs quickly assisting in bringing Britannia back to its mooring. Passengers on board described the ship floating away in the storm, and some were treated for minor injuries. The collision narrowly missed a nearby ferry, the GNV Spirit, avoiding a potentially more serious accident by a one-minute difference.

K Line introduces ChatGPT in its offices to promote technology use

Japanese shipowner K Line is using the AI tool ChatGPT, specifically AIplicity Chat powered by ChatGPT, in its offices to streamline operations and promote technology use. They aim to enhance secure duties and encourage a culture of trying new approaches. K Line has already used AI for machinery maintenance and navigation systems, and ChatGPT is being explored across the shipping industry. Other companies like P&O Maritime Logistics have used ChatGPT for tasks like safety administration. A recent survey by Freightos showed that logistics professionals expect AI to transform the industry, comparing its significance to the advent of the Internet.


Sept 7 - COS Board of Directors Meeting @ 1200

Sept 11-13 - Ports Canada Conference - Trois-Rivieres, QC 
Sept 20 - WMCC PACMAR/NANS Meeting @ 1000
Sept 20-24 - Fraser Riverfest Activities and Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade
Sept 24 - Port of Vancouver celebrates World Maritime Day @ Canada Place @ 1100
Sept 25 - BCIT Marine Campus and Industry Open House, North Vancouver, BC

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

Ship of the Week

Odfjell has  pursued decarbonization initiatives for many years and recently documented a 51 percent improved carbon intensity of a Chemical tanker compared to the 2008 baseline. The deployment of bound4blue's eSAIL system represents another significant milestone in implementing innovative solutions to increase its fleet’s energy efficiency. The key element is bound4blue’s eSAIL system, which harnesses the potential of wind power, utilizing a state-of-the-art wind-assisted propulsion known as a suction sail. By increasing the usage of wind energy to propel vessels, this solution offers a substantial reduction in a vessel’s carbon footprint.

Odfjell's partnership with bound4blue aims to expand access to the eSAIL technology within the tanker shipping segment and further contribute to the industry's efforts in decarbonization. The decision to collaborate with bound4blue was supported by an extensive study conducted by SSPA, evaluating various Wind Assisted Propulsion Systems (WAPS) for the Odfjell fleet. The pioneer installation will be completed in 2024.