COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 22 September 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 22 September 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 22 September 2023

COS Updates

Last Chance to register for Shipping360 - Don't miss out!

The Shipping360 Conference is less than a week away. This is your last chance to register.  Don't miss out on this 1.5-day conference bringing experts from across the globe to Vancouver to share insights on the global trade outlook, supply chain resiliency, decarbonization, environmental sustainability and digitalization. Join us on September 27 and 28, 2023 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. View our speaker program and registehere. 

West Coast News

PPA welcomes new Director of Strategic Relations & Community Engagement

The Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) has added Louise Murgatroyd to their dynamic team.  Louise will assume the position of Director, Strategic Relations and Community Engagement, a role created to bolster the PPA's relationship with First Nations, coastal communities, municipal, provincial, and federal partners, as well as other stakeholders. She will lead and support the new Communications and Engagement Committee, established to guide and oversee the work in this area.  At the end of this month, she vacates her regional manager role within Transport Canada's Marine Safety & Security and Oceans Protection Plan branches in the Pacific region.

BCMEA-ILWU Local 514 bargaining resumption update

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) announced that bargaining to renew the International Longshore and Warehousing Union (ILWU) Canada's Local 514 collective agreement will resume on October 12, 2023. Subsequent meetings are scheduled throughout the month of October.

Canadian News 

Tensions rise in Canada-India relations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped a bombshell Monday in the House of Commons when he cited "credible" intelligence that agents of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government may be linked to the killing of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Both nations, which have traded billions of dollars worth of goods over the years, have expelled each other’s diplomats and India has stopped issuing visas in Canada. A former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau says this may be the beginning of a months-long diplomatic spat with India. Exports to India last year amounted to $5.4 billion worth of goods and $6.2 billion worth of services to India, according to the Trade Commissioner Service.

Ocean Group pledges $300,000 to Foundation of CHU de Quebec

Ocean Group has donated $300,000 to the Foundation of the CHU de Québec as part of the Respire fundraising event, which aims to renew the fleet of respirators for neonatal critical care at the Centre mère-enfant Soleil of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. This marks the second edition of the event, with Ocean Group having donated $220,000 in the first edition in 2012. The company is committed to supporting the care and healing of sick children through its involvement in the community.

ACPA awards Medal of Merit to two recipients

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has awarded its annual Medal of Merit to two winners for the first time in its history. The recipients are Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Montreal-based LOGISTEC Corporation, and Marc Paquin, President of Groupe Somavrac of Trois-Rivières. Both are part of the prominent maritime industry family that has played a significant role in the development of the Port of Trois-Rivières and the Canadian maritime industry.

Canadian Coast Guard takes delivery of 3rd and final ice-class vessel CCGS Vincent Massey

The Canadian Coast Guard has officially welcomed the medium icebreaker CCGS Vincent Massey to its fleet at a dedication to service ceremony in Quebec City. The ship is the third of three medium icebreakers that Canada purchased secondhand from the commercial market in 2018. The CCGS Vincent Massey joins its sister ships, the CCGS Jean Goodwill and CCGS Captain Molly Kool, in providing icebreaking services in Eastern Canada’s waterways, including the St. Lawrence River and Gulf and the Atlantic region. The vessel is also equipped to support environmental response and search and rescue operations.


Sept 20-24 - Fraser Riverfest Activities and Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade.

Sept 24 - Port of Vancouver celebrates World Maritime Day @ Canada Place 
Sept 27 & 28 - Shipping 360 Conference
Sept 28 - World Maritime Day - "MARPOL at 50 - Our commitment goes on." 
Sept 29 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Oct 26 - Plimsoll Club - One Under Golf, Vancouver
Nov 16 - ICS Dry Bulk and Commodities Conference Pinnacle Hotel, Vancouver


Ship of the Week


Baffinland's Mary River iron mine in Canada recently received its first-ever Capesize call from M/V Hauke Oldendorff, which is the largest type of vessel in the world, measuring 50 meters across and 300 meters in length. These enormous vessels are too large to navigate through famous canals like the Suez and Panama canals. The vessel that visited the mine, owned by German company Oldendorff, docked at the Milne Inlet port, where it loaded 165,000 metric tons of iron ore bound for Rotterdam, Netherlands. The mine is expecting four more Capesize vessels to visit this season. The arrival of the first Capesize vessels required over two years of planning and preparation.