COS Weekly News - Friday, 22 December 2023

COS Weekly News - Friday, 22 December 2023

‍‍COS Weekly News - Friday, 22 December 2023

In the news...

‍Local News

Rogers Sugar strike negotiations at a standstill

Rogers Sugar Inc. is halting negotiations with striking workers at its Vancouver refinery after their latest offer was turned down. The strike, which began on September 28, centers on issues like pay, benefits, and the company's push for continuous 24/7 operations and 12-hour shifts. Workers are opposed to giving up weekend family time for work. The strike has led to sugar shortages in Western Canada. While Rogers Sugar has enough white sugar supply, it has resumed brown sugar production. The Vancouver plant is one of Canada's three major cane sugar refineries. The union is working on a counterproposal.

CSL signs agreement to build fully-electric self unloading bulker

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) and Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd. (Adbri) have entered into a 20-year strategic partnership to build and operate the world's first fully electric battery-capable self-unloading vessel. The custom-designed ship will replace Adbri's Accolade II and support the company's limestone operations in South Australia. Initially, the vessel will run on a hybrid diesel and battery system, reducing Scope 1 emissions by 40% compared to Accolade II. By 2031, the aim is to run the ship entirely on electric power, further reducing emissions to less than 10%. The vessel's design and propulsion system prioritize decarbonization and energy efficiency.

QSL to amplify its operations on Welland Canal

QSL, a company specializing in port terminal operations and logistics, has partnered with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports), to operate SLSMC's Wharves 5 and 6, located in Thorold, Ontario, providing cargo handling and storage services. The Niagara Region's strategic location offers access to major transportation networks, including the Welland Canal and Great Lakes Seaway system. The partnership is expected to enhance cargo movement through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system and strengthen Canada's supply chain.

‍Government News

Transport Canada clears Santa for travel in Canadian airspace

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces is ready to track Santa on Dec. 24, for the program’s 68th year. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) monitors and defends North American airspace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. On Dec. 24, NORAD has one additional mission: tracking Santa Claus as he makes his way across the globe, delivering presents to children. To follow Santa's journey, visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

Proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, which will further improve the safety of Canada’s transportation system and reduce the risk of accidents across the country were published in the Canada Gazette Part I - December 9, 2023.  The amendments are aimed at enhancing buffer car requirements; strengthening emergency response assistance plan requirements for the transport of agricultural anhydrous ammonia on public roads; aligning our regulations with other federal rules on transporting dangerous goods; introducing new rules to match international codes; and referencing and incorporating two new standards.

Transport Canada announces supply chain investments from the NTCF

Transport Canada has announced an investment of over $12 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund for six projects aimed at improving the Canadian supply chain efficiency by alleviating bottlenecks in key corridors. Included is $2 million to BlueNode Inc. to introduce an artificial intelligence platform that will improve supply chain visibility at Canadian ports and support greater collaboration among supply chain players through intermodal interfaces and $675,000 to the Province of British Columbia to conduct a study of the Moray Bridge to improve the efficient movement of goods and people, increase the capacity and reliability of transportation and trade networks and address the projected impacts of climate change on key infrastructure. Several other NTCF investments were announced earlier this week, including $10 million for six projects to strengthen supply chains at Peace Bridge and in the North.

Transport Minister announces research funding to counter Ballast water invasive species

Canada's Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, has announced investments of up to $10.9 million for four projects through the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) to improve ballast water management systems in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region to combat aquatic invasive species. The four selected projects, funded through the OPP's Ballast Water Innovation Program (BWIP), will advance industry-led solutions to assess and address technical challenges related to the installation, operation, and maintenance of ballast water management systems in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region. Ballast water management systems reduce the risk of introducing or spreading invasive species when ballast water is unloaded.

‍US News

Port of Long Beach granted upwards of $280 million for Green Gateway

The Port of Long Beach will receive $283 million from the federal government to assist in building “America’s Green Gateway,” a rail project that will enable one of the nation’s busiest seaports to move more cargo by trains, speeding deliveries across the entire national supply chain, easing congestion and lessening local environmental impacts. The funding was awarded for the Port’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mega Grant Program. The $1.567 billion project is the centerpiece of the Port’s on-dock rail construction improvements. Construction is expected to begin next year. The new facility will more than double the size of the existing Pier B rail yard from 82 acres to 171 acres and more than triple the volume of on-dock rail cargo the Port can handle annually, from 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 4.7 million TEUs.

Port New Orleans granted major funding for its new International terminal

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is set to receive $73.77 million in federal funding to support the construction of the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) project. LIT is a state-of-the-art container terminal located in Violet, Louisiana, designed to enhance cargo movement on the Mississippi River and inland waterways in the United States. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's MEGA Grant Program, will support the initial phase of the $1.8 billion LIT project. This investment is in addition to contributions from private industry partners and Port NOLA. LIT is a significant initiative for Louisiana and has garnered support from numerous ports across six states and major trade associations.

‍International News

Carriers rerouting from Red Sea to impose surcharge

Maersk, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd will impose extra charges after re-routing ships in response to attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, as worries about disruption to global trade grow. The surcharges, designed to cover longer voyages around Africa compared with routes via the Suez Canal, will add to rising costs for sea transport since Yemen's Houthi militant group started targeting vessels. The route around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, adds about 10 days to a journey that would normally take about 27 days from China to northern Europe.  Earlier today, the White House said that Iran is 'deeply involved' in planning attacks against commercial vessels in the Red Sea and has provided intelligence to help Yemen's Houthi faction target ships. The US and Western allies have formed a multi-national coalition to protect commercial shipping in the Red Sea from attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen

MV Verila carrying more than Canadian grain under investigation in Ireland

Six crew members have been arrested by gardaí following the seizure of the MV Verila, which was found to be carrying 300kg of cocaine worth about €21 million in Limerick earlier this week. The bulk carrier was detained in Foynes Port, near Limerick on Tuesday in a joint Revenue and Garda operation. The Verila, a 32,000 dwt bulker arrived in the Irish port of Foynes on the West Coast near the city of Limerick early on Tuesday. Owned by Bulgaria’s Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar), the ship which is registered in Malta is reported to be carrying a load of grain from Canada. She spent two and a half days in Hamilton before departing from Montreal on December 9. The ship appears to have spent the last few months on a triangular route, journeying between Europe and South America and North America before returning to Europe.  It is the second major seizure the Irish have made in recent months. In September, another bulker, the Mathew, was found to be smuggling approximately 2,000 kg of cocaine. The vessel was seized and a prosecution is ongoing in that case.

Malaysia bans Israeli vessels from calling at its ports

Malaysia is blocking Israeli ships and flags from its ports due to its frustration with Israel's actions in the Gaza conflict. The move is symbolic and reflects Malaysia's support for Palestinians. While Israel relies on maritime trade, it's not a major flag state. Malaysia had previously allowed Israeli ships, but this change won't heavily impact its trade. The Gaza conflict has caused significant casualties and damage, with Israel aiming to eliminate Hamas to prevent future attacks.

Stolt Tankers becomes worlds first carrier to apply graphene hull coating to its Chem tanker

Stolt Tankers has become the first shipping company to apply the X-GIT FUEL graphene technology to the hull of one of its chemical tankers. Developed by Graphite Innovation & Technologies (GIT) Coatings, the technology has the potential to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The hard foul-release hull coating creates an ultra-low friction surface, which is expected to deliver fuel savings of between 5% and 7% by decreasing friction between the hull and the water and removing marine growth. Stolt Tankers also applied the graphene coating to the propellers of more than 40 ships earlier this year.

‍Upcoming Events


Dec. 25 - Christmas Day - Office Closed 

Dec. 26 - Boxing Day - Office Closed 

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day - Office Closed
Jan. 9 - ISSC Board of Directors Meeting

Jan. 10 - COS Board of Directors Meeting
Jan. 23/24 - Salish Sea Strategy Symposium


‍Ship of the Week

22 December - BBC Emerald

The first electric tugs for SAAM Towage's fleet are ready to sail from the Port of Tuzla to Vancouver, Canada, where they will join the fleet operating in that country. The tugs have been loaded onto the MV BBC Emerald, a general cargo vessel built in 2013, with the help of the vessel’s two 400-ton cranes. The voyage from the Port of Tuzla, in Turkey to Vancouver BC would take approximately 60 days as the vessel will transit via the Strait of Magellan owing to the Panama Canal restrictions. The tugs would bolster SAAM Towage’s strength to a total of 22 tugs operating in 9 British Columbian ports.


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