COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, September 29 2023

COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, September 29 2023

‚ÄćCOS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 29 September 2023

‚ÄćThank you for Celebrating 100 Years with us!

‚ÄćLast night, we celebrated our centennial anniversary with our dear friends and colleagues. We honoured our Board of Governors, past presidents and those who we have lost,

recognizing their contributions to the Chamber and 100 years of shipping. Thank you to everyone who attended, spoke, danced, laughed and organized this incredible gala. 

A photo gallery of the evening's celebration will be available next week. 


‚ÄćShipping360 Conference a huge success

‚ÄćMore than 120 people gathered at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel this week to¬†learn from, and network with, key maritime supply chain stakeholders at our first Shipping360 Conference. Thanks to all who attended. The success of the conference couldn't have happened without our insightful speakers who offered their voices to educate, inspire and bring more awareness to topics on¬†decarbonization, environmental sustainability, alternative fuels, digitization and supply chain resiliency.¬†¬†


A special thanks to our sponsors: BC Maritime Employers Association, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Valles Steamship Ltd., SAAM Towage, Seaspan ULC,  Trans Mountain, Bernard LLP, The CSL Group, Council of Marine Carriers, Green Marine, Vancouver Ship Invest & Management, and Harbour Link.


A link to the presentations will be available next week. 



‚ÄćWest Coast News

Bunge's Viterra acquisition under review by Canadian government

The Canadian government is launching a review of the proposed acquisition of grain handler Viterra Limited by Bunge Limited, a global agricultural company. Both companies have ownership interests in port terminals in Canada. The review will be conducted under the mergers and acquisitions provisions of the Canada Transportation Act to ensure fair competition and pricing in the transportation sector, especially for Canadian farmers. The public interest assessment will include consultations with Canada's ports, marine industry, stakeholders, and other government departments. Transport Canada has up to 250 days to complete the assessment.

PPA publishes Notice of 2024 rate adjustments

The Pacific Piloage Authority (PPA) issued its Notice of Revised Service Charges for 2024 outlining proposed revisions to the pilotage charges for 2024, and the rationale behind the adjustments. With the main increases tied to negotiated contracts linked to CPI, the PPA is proposing a 5% increase to hourly and unit fees, a 4% increase to pilot boat fees and the elimination of the temporary surcharge. With the elimination of the surcharge, this equates to approximately a 1.4% increase.  As stated in the Notice, the deadline for feedback October 29, 2023.

Alliance Grain Terminal also celebrates 100 years

Alliance Grain Terminal celebrated its 100th anniversary this week as well.  The grain terminal built by the Vancouver Harbour Board in 1923 was the third elevator on the waterfront of Burrard Inlet, and referred to as Vancouver Dominion Terminal 3.  The federal government, in partnership with the Vancouver Harbour Board began operating the facility with a small work house, a shipping gallery and 20 storage bins with a capacity of  500,000 bushels.

New BCIT Marine Business courses

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is now offering a comprehensive suite of Marine Business courses designed to empower both new and seasoned mariners and non-mariners with invaluable business acumen. Courses include Introduction to Shipping, Marine Commerce - Chartering & Ship Brokering, Shipping Economics, Port & Terminal Operations, and Marine Insurance.¬† For full details visit, the ‚ÄúMarine Business‚ÄĚ section on BCIT's Marine Studies page.

‚ÄćCanadian News

Cement Corridor grounding causes St. Lawrence vessel traffic suspension

The NACC Argonaut, a cement carrier, has run aground near Cornwall Island on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Ontario. The incident has temporarily suspended vessel traffic in the affected area, causing delays for nine upbound and six downbound ships. Salvors are preparing to refloat the vessel, and photos from the scene show that the ship has taken on a slight list to port. The Canadian Coast Guard reports that there has been no breach in the hull, and all onboard are safe. The NACC Argonaut is a 14,000 dwt cement carrier operated by NovaAlgoma, a Luxembourg-Canadian joint venture.

CSL's M/V Nukumi receives 2023 Marine Propulsion Decarbonisation Award

The MV Nukumi, operated by Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), has been recognized as a "Vessel of the Year" at the 2023 Marine Propulsion Decarbonisation Awards. This award acknowledges vessels that set new standards in maritime decarbonization, sustainability, and vessel optimization. The MV Nukumi is a diesel-electric self-unloading vessel designed for Windsor Salt, with a strong focus on eco-friendliness. It incorporates various innovations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, and overall environmental impact. These include diesel-electric tier 3 engines, a ballast water treatment system, a waste heat recovery system, and quieter machinery. The vessel also features automated loading systems, advanced cargo handling mechanisms, and a modern hull design, making it highly efficient and maneuverable.

New STCW requirements for Canadian vessels operating in Polar Waters

Transport Canada's latest Ship Safety Bulletin 20/2023 outlines the certification and training requirements for individuals serving on certain ships operating in polar waters. It applies to crew members on Canadian vessels operating in polar waters under SOLAS Chapter XIV and any other vessels mandated to have a certified individual for polar waters operations as per the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations (ASSPPR). The bulletin specifies the basic and advanced training prerequisites and certification criteria for masters, chief mates, and officers in charge of a navigational watch, allowing them to adhere to international requirements until the Marine Personnel Regulations are updated.

Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund Canada signs milestone contract with ITOPF

Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF) has signed an important agreement with the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF), a leading organization in responding to oil and chemical spills worldwide. This agreement allows them to seek their expertise in evaluating claims related to oil pollution damage from ships. While ITOPF will provide guidance, SOPF retains the final decision-making authority for claim payments. This partnership enhances their spill response capabilities.

Additionally, SOPF has established agreements with other major players, including the International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I) and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), strengthening readiness for handling major spill compensation. All parties are committed to participating in a joint tabletop exercise in Canada to address collaborative claims management.


Key shipping players join forces for green trans-pacific shipping corridor

The Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan outlines a partnership between ports, carriers, and cargo owners to accelerate emissions reductions on one of the world's busiest container shipping routes across the Pacific Ocean. The plan involves deploying reduced or zero-lifecycle carbon-capable ships on the corridor by 2025 and demonstrating the feasibility of deploying the world's first zero-lifecycle carbon emission container ships by 2030. The partnership includes the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Shanghai, as well as carrier partners like CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines, Maersk, and ONE. The plan aims to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality by expanding the use of shore power and supporting clean marine fuel infrastructure, among other measures.

Odfjell testing solid oxide fuel cell technology on chemical tanker

Alma Clean Power, Odfjell, and DNV are collaborating on a project to install a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system on a chemical tanker by the end of 2024. The project aims to place an 80 kW natural gas-fueled SOFC container on board one of Odfjell's chemical tankers to demonstrate SOFC as an efficient energy converter for deep-sea shipping. SOFCs are fuel-flexible and can convert fuels like ammonia, LNG, methanol, and hydrogen to electricity, offering potential emissions reductions and increased energy efficiency for the maritime industry.

Pay increase and workplace protection agreement for 250,000 seafarers signed

Seafarers' unions and maritime employers have signed a four-year agreement, the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) Framework Agreement, covering over 250,000 seafarers. The agreement includes a 6 percent wage increase for seafarers over the next two years, with negotiations for the pay deal in 2026-27 scheduled for 2025. The agreement emphasizes the commitment to safe workplaces for seafarers, free of violence, discrimination, and harassment. It also addresses challenges related to new technology, alternative fuels, climate change, seafarers' working hours, crewing levels, fatigue, and duration of employment. Additionally, the agreement recognizes the importance of national cabotage provisions and aims to provide more seafarers with free internet access.


Sept 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Oct 26 - Plimsoll Club - One Under Golf, Vancouver
Nov 13-14 - National Canadian Marine Advisory Committee Meetings
Nov 16 - ICS Dry Bulk and Commodities Conference Pinnacle Hotel, Vancouver

Ship of the Week


The world's largest cruise ship, the "Icon of the Seas," has completed construction at a Finnish shipyard and is undergoing sea trials ahead of its expected delivery in October. This mammoth vessel measures 365 meters in length, weighs around 250,800 tonnes, and will accommodate approximately 5,610 passengers and 2,350 crew members when it begins sailing in the Caribbean in January 2024. It boasts the world's largest waterpark at sea, called Category 6, featuring six record-breaking water slides, along with seven pools and nine whirlpools for passengers to enjoy.