Industry News

07
May

BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO launch new fuel oil survey

The International Maritime Organisation’s 2020 global sulphur limit for marine fuel oil has been in force for more than a year. BIMCO, The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO are calling on Fleet Managers, Vessel Managers, Technical Superintendents, Masters and Chief Engineers to share their insight and experiences with marine fuels in a...
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07
May

Long Beach approves SpaceX marine terminal

The Port of Long Beach has approved a new sublease agreement with Space Explorations Technologies Corp. – known widely as SpaceX – to provide the company with a marine terminal for its West Coast rocket recovery operations. On Saturday, May 1, the pioneering space technology company took over part of a waterfront, wharf-equipped Long Beach...
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07
May

Proposed Vancouver Port Information Guide revisions published

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has published a Notice of Amendment to its Port Information Guide on May 5, 2021.  The amendments define procedures for Traffic Control Zone 3 (Eastern Burrard Inlet), include Fraser River bridge transit procedures, and introduce new pre-arrival declaration requirement for vessels equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems.  These items will...
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07
May

Wärtsilä co-developing next generation Port Management Information System

Wärtsilä Voyage and Vancouver-based PortLink have partnered with Tanger Med Port Authority, the largest Mediterranean and African container port, to take a new step forward in global port efficiency by co-developing a new cutting-edge Port Management Information System. The smart port upgrade will include the new Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour VTS System which enables Just-in-Time arrival, helping...
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07
May

Albion Zero – a true zero-emission ferry

With interest on the rise for electric and hybrid technologies, Albion Marine recently highlighted their concept design for an actual zero-emission cable ferry, the Albion Zero. The concept utilizes solar power and the power of river streams to generate sufficient charge for ferry operation. The ferry carries eight vehicles or two large trucks and capable...
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07
May

International shipping leader calls for governments to prioritize seafarers for vaccines

The looming crisis in India is highlighting the desperate need for seafarers to be a priority for immunization. India supplies 14 per cent of the world’s global seafarer workforce. Seafarers have endured significant hardships during the pandemic, including prolonged periods in ships extending well beyond one year and the impossibility of crew changes due to...
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07
May

Canada makes commitment for two heavy icebreakers

On Thursday, the Federal Government announced its commitment to building two heavy icebreakers for operations in the Arctic. The ships will be constructed at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver and by Davie Shipbuilding in Levi, Quebec. These new ships will to replace the coast guard’s principal heavy icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, which is...
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06
May

LNG bunkering set for Puget Sound

Puget LNG, LLC and GAC Bunker Fuels Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the supply and sale of clean-burning LNG marine fuel from Puget LNG’s terminal to GAC’s customers in the Pacific Northwest. When the Tacoma LNG Terminal becomes operational in the second quarter of 2021, it will be the first such...
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06
May

Maritime industry urged to support Indian seafarers

The Seafarers International Relief Fund has issued an urgent call to action in support of seafarers and their families devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic in India and other countries. Seafarers have been the invisible victims of COVID-19, with hundreds of thousands marooned on vessels for months beyond agreed contracts, in some cases. Despite suggestions that...
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06
May

USCG and CDC issue guidance for the resumption of cruise

The US Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Centre of Expertise (NCOE) has issued Industry Notice 21-01 to provide information to owners and operators within the cruise industry regarding new requirements established with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). All cruise ships with 250 passenger or more on international and coastwise voyages must...
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30
Apr

RCN sets new CMF heroin record seizure

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship HMCS Calgary has made the largest ever heroin bust in Combined Maritime Forces history, operating under the command of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. The record-setting haul of 2,835 lbs (1,286 kg) of heroin on 23 April was achieved seven years to the day since HMAS Darwin...
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30
Apr

Feds move to end strike at Port of Montreal

This week the Liberal Government, with the support of the Conservative Opposition, tabled and passed back-to-work legislation in the House of Commons. Bill C-29 now proceeds to the Senate before it can receive Royal Assent and force 1,150 dockworkers to resume work. Labour leaders across Canada and even internationally were quick to criticize the Federal...
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30
Apr

US CDC more optimistic about resumption of cruises by summer

This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a letter to the cruise industry responding to many of the industry’s concerns and reiterating that cruises from US ports may be feasible by mid-summer. In the letter, the CDC outlines pathways for restoring cruises, including minimum levels of crew and passenger immunization...
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30
Apr

Trial Haida Gwaii Voluntary Protection Zone for shipping reporting changes

Starting May 1, Transport Canada will be contacting ship operators directly if they sail through the Voluntary Protection Zone (VPZ) extending west of Haida Gwaii. During the trial, commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tonnage are asked to transit a minimum distance of 50 nautical miles from the west coast of Haida Gwaii, with the...
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30
Apr

Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate Launched

On Friday, the Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate (VMCC) held its kick-off celebration, which included over 140 guests and two Federal Ministers. The VMCC mission is focused on reducing the carbon footprint of the maritime and shipping community. Its membership and partners already includes a broad reaching cross section of local and regional industry players...
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29
Apr

ENGOs pressure marine industry to abandon IMO R & D proposal

In response to the International Chamber of Shipping’s call to examine the role of market-based measures (MBM) to ensure decarbonization targets are met for the global shipping industry, a coalition of environmental organizations has demanded that global shipping organizations withdraw their proposal to establish an International Maritime Research and Development Board through the International Maritime...
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26
Apr

Indonesian submarine exercise results in tragedy

A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, at the bottom of the Bali Sea, army and navy officials said on Sunday, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew.  Rescuers also found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belong to those aboard the...
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23
Apr

Cruise lines moving ships to other markets

Cruise lines are slowly moving ship after ship abroad after more than a year without sailing in US waters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “conditional sailing order” is keeping ships from sailing without a clear timeline for resumption, though the CDC has said that midsummer cruising could be...
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23
Apr

Shipping groups urge discussion on global market-based measures

Ahead of President Biden’s climate summit, shipping industry bodies representing the majority of maritime trade have called on world leaders to quickly commence deliberations on how mandatory market-based measures (MBMs) could be implemented for international shipping. BIMCO, CLIA, International Chamber of Shipping, World Shipping Council, along with other industry groups, have submitted a proposal to the...
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23
Apr

Wärtsilä CSS technology sees strong interest

Wärtsilä has reported overwhelming response on its carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that has the potential to upgrade current scrubber systems to tackle maritime carbon dioxide emissions.  Initial findings by the company show that CCS on ships is technically viable for the sector to pursue. Last month Wärtsilä  invested €1m in Soletair Power Oy,...
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23
Apr

Port of Montreal receives strike notice

Longshoremen at the Port of Montreal plan to begin an indefinite general strike on Monday after their union issued a 72-hour notice to employers. The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local (CUPE) 375 announced the move on Friday, less than two weeks after beginning a partial strike after the Maritime Employers Association issued notice that it...
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22
Apr

Bold commitments on emission targets announced on Earth Day

The United States and other countries hiked their targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions at a global leaders’ climate summit hosted by President Joe Biden, an event meant to resurrect US leadership in the fight against global warming. Biden unveiled the goal to cut emissions by 50%-52% from 2005 levels at the start of a...
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22
Apr

Canada suspends flights from India and Pakistan

In an effort to help manage the elevated risk of imported cases of COVID-19 and variants of concern into Canada during a time of increasing pressure on our health care system, Transport Canada has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to suspend all commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days,...
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22
Apr

Industry partners with MPA for decarbonization centre in Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with BW Group, Sembcorp Marine, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Ocean Network Express, Foundation Det Norske Veritas and BHP to establish a fund for a maritime decarbonization centre to be set up in Singapore.  Under the MoC, each private sector partner will...
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20
Apr

CN makes rival bid for Kansas City Southern

On Tuesday, CN Rail announced a cash-and-stock bid valued at US$33.7 billion for Kansas City Southern (KCS), topping one made last month by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway valued at US$25 billion.  The offer is said to represent a 21 per cent premium to CP’s offer and more than double the cash per shares, giving KCS...
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16
Apr

BIMCO supports ship-shore data exchange

At present there is no single global format for exchanging information between ships and ports/terminals such as arrival and departure times. A common platform where all the key stakeholders such as port authorities, pilots, agents and terminal operators can share information using a common format on ship arrivals and departures will help improve berth utilisation...
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16
Apr

Tragic losses in capsized vessel in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard ships and a fleet of volunteer vessels were deployed to search for survivors after the commercial lift vessel, Seacor Power, capsized on Tuesday in an unexpectedly strong storm near Port Fourchon, about 160km (100 miles) south of New Orleans. Six survivors of the crew of 19 have been rescued, and two bodies have...
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16
Apr

New short-sea shipping service underway

The first short-sea service between DP World’s Fraser Surrey and Nanaimo terminal in Duke Point started this week as part of the new 50-year lease agreement finalized in February 2021 between the Port of Nanaimo and DP World.  The Duke Point agreement provides a long-term port-to-port solution for short-sea shipping and expands direct access from...
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16
Apr

DP World seeks damages from Djibouti

Dubai’s DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, is seeking $210.2 million in damages from Djibouti’s government in an ongoing legal battle over port concession rights.  DP World and Djibouti have since 2012 been locked in the dispute over DP World’s concession to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, which is located in the...
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16
Apr

Paper Excellence investing in Port Alberni and Crofton

After a decade reviving the Mackenzie pulp mill with new investment, Paper Excellence is closing it permanently and putting its investment focus on other operations in British Columbia with better economic prospects. The company is making a $13 million capital investment in its Port Alberni mill to produce higher-value paper products, and is “working towards...
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16
Apr

Seaspan Marine announces new leadership team

Frank Butzelaar, who most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan Marine Transportation (a Washington Company), has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Companies. Frank will work closely with Larry Simkins, CEO of the Washington Companies, and oversee the strategic direction of Montana Rail Link (MRL), Seaspan Marine Transportation (SMT)...
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16
Apr

North Atlantic right whale updates speed restrictions for 2021

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 05/2021 with updated speed restriction measures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to reduce the risk of vessel colliding with North Atlantic right whales (NARW).  Changes to the speed restriction zones will be effective from April 28, 2021 while the restricted areas described in the bulletin will be...
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16
Apr

Prince Rupert Port supports local cancer care unit

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is supporting the North Coast Health Improvement Society’s (NCHIS) Cancer Care Unit Upgrade Project in the amount of $100,000. The $200,000 project includes an increase in space and capacity, improved privacy and comfort for patients and their families, and enhanced treatment technology and tools. The upgrade project will address...
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16
Apr

Pembina celebrates new LPG export facility

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by Pembina Prince Rupert Terminal on April 12 to celebrate the opening of operations and the inaugural shipment of liquified petroleum gas from the Watson Island terminal. Pembina spent approximately $12 million on the remediation process that was instrumental in transforming Watson Island to a new industrial development site....
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16
Apr

Transport Canada new fees published

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 06/2021 to cover new fees for Marine Cargo, Port State Control, Prewash and Marine Insurance Certification Services that have been implemented as part of the department’s Fee Modernization Initiative .  While the fees came into effect April 1, 2021 the regulatory amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001...
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16
Apr

SRKW measures for 2021 announced

Building on actions taken in 2019 and 2020, the Government of Canada has announced the suite of 2021 management measures to further protect the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population, including a minimum 400 metre approach distance (effective until May 31, 2022) in southern coastal waters, implementation of Interim Sanctuary Zones again off Pender Island,...
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12
Apr

Labour negotiations deteriorate in the Port of Montreal

The Port of Montreal has noted that it has suffered a substantial 11%-volume drop in March as a result of uncertainty and anxiety triggered by the on-going labour negotiations. On Saturday, the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) exercised its right and gave 72-hour notice to the union executive of the longshoremen that they would be removing...
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09
Apr

Latest Provincial Health Order announced for workplaces

Yesterday BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced the creation of a new Expedited Workplace Closure Order that would enable WorkSafeBC inspectors to shut down a worksite for 10 days or longer where there has been a transmission or outbreak of the coronavirus. The potential implications for the marine sector is unknown at this...
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09
Apr

Sustainability of wood pellets questioned

Environmental groups and the Public and Private Workers of Canada union have called for an immediate halt to the practice of turning trees directly into pellets following the release of an independent review of industry practices.  A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) think-tank has caught the attention of environmental groups...
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09
Apr

China’s coal dispute with Australia shifts trade

China is paying a high price for its unofficial ban on coal imports from Australia, with the cost of domestic and alternative foreign supplies rising for both thermal and coking grades of the fuel. China, the world’s biggest importer, producer and consumer of coal, has effectively ended imports from Australia, the biggest shipper of coking...
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08
Apr

Florida files suit against CDC orders for cruise

The state of Florida sued President Joe Biden’s administration in federal court on Thursday seeking to block the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) decision to prevent the US cruise industry from immediately resuming operations paused for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suit asks the court to issue an injunction barring enforcement of the...
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08
Apr

Investigators analyzing Ever Given’s black box

Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said an analysis of the ship’s data is underway and should provide crucial details surrounding the grounding. An initial report on the costly accident could be released this week. The Ever Given is docked in a canal holding lake while the investigation takes place. Rabie suggested that failure of the...
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08
Apr

Eemslift Hendrika salvaged following crew rescue

The Eemslift Hendrika had been adrift since Monday after its crew sent a distress signal that the vessel lost stability in the Norwegian Sea approximately 60 nautical miles west of Ålesund. In a dramatic helicopter rescue captured by video, all twelve crew members were evacuated. Earlier on Wednesday, the Norwegian Coast Administration reported that drift...
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08
Apr

Northwest Ports Strategy aims for net-zero emissions by 2050

The Northwest Ports of Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Tacoma, and the combined container operations of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, are jointly committing to a new vision to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050. In a collaboration among the four ports, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy seeks to meet this target through changes in equipment,...
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08
Apr

FMC demands details on demurrage and detention

In response to complaints by US exporters and Democratic and Republican Congressional representatives, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it was ordering 10 ocean carriers and 17 marine terminals to report on demurrage and detention practices and penalties assessed on shippers as well as the availability of empty containers for US exporters to...
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08
Apr

Record ULCSs ordered last month

In March a record 45 ultra-large containership (ULCS) were ordered, reflecting the confidence of shipowners and investors amid continued strong demand in the container shipping sector.  In addition to the 15,000 TEU ships, 27 additional “smaller” box ships were also ordered, bringing the total order capacity to 866,060 TEU, marking a turnaround for the sector...
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08
Apr

Venice bans large cruise and container ships

A new decree enacted 31 March 2021 by the Italian government prohibits passenger ships over 40,000 tons and container ships from passing close to Venice’s historic city centre.  While €2.2 million has been sanctioned for construction of berths outside Venice lagoon, the proposed interim passenger terminal at Marghera, an industrial hub within the lagoon, is...
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08
Apr

TC Review of Marine Transportation Security Regulations

Transport Canada has launched a review and survey of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations on its Let’s Talk Transportation consultation platform.  The primary purpose of the review and proposed amendments are to address the new preclearance agreement with the United States that allows US Customs and Border Patrol to clear passengers bound for the US...
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06
Apr

CBSA seizes opium packages at TCEF

Earlier this year Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP’s Federal Serious & Organized Crime (FSOC) unit discovered and seized 2,500 individual packages of suspected opium, totaling 1,000 kilograms.  In early February after several months of investigation, officers executed search warrants on two containers at the Tsawwassen container exam facility to locate a shipment of...
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01
Apr

Tensions high in US as cruise sector “Grounded”

Governor Ron DeSantis and state Attorney General Ashley Moody inferred that Florida would consider filing a lawsuit against the US Federal government over its ongoing restriction on the cruise industry. In October, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced a new framework for sailing that requires cruises to have onboard testing and carry out...
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