Industry News

26
May

Guidance for cruise operators to mitigate Covid-19 risks

Transport Canada has released a bulletin outlining recommended measures for Authorized Representatives of cruise ships operating in Canadian waters to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 transmission. While these measures are not mandatory, they are suggested for adoption to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. The bulletin includes guidelines for COVID-19 Management Plans, record keeping,...
Read More
26
May

Russia to commence year-round voyages from Arctic to Asia

Russia is set to begin year-round voyages from the Arctic to Asia along the eastern section of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) starting in 2024. This development has significant implications for global seaborne trade. The decision, made in collaboration with Novatek, aims to launch year-round navigation in the eastern part of the NSR, marking a...
Read More
26
May

Further draft restrictions for drought-hit Panama Canal

Due to a drought affecting the Panama Canal, draft restrictions are being implemented, impacting maritime traffic. The Panama Canal Authority has announced two draft restrictions, the first starting May 24th and the second scheduled for the following week. The decreased rainfall has led to a significant drop in water levels, with concerns that Lake Gatun...
Read More
26
May

Ocean Network Express to pay $1.7M detention/demurrage fine.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has agreed to pay a $1.7 million civil penalty to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to avoid a formal investigation. The settlement, which was announced publicly, was reached prior to the FMC initiating enforcement action against the carrier. As part of the settlement, ONE will refund or waive the contested...
Read More
26
May

Seaspan unveils new ammonia-powered boxship design

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping has unveiled the design of a 15,000 TEU container vessel powered by ammonia. The project, in collaboration with Seaspan, the largest boxship lessor, features a dual-fuel engine running on very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) and ammonia. The ship includes an 11,600 cubic meter non-pressurized ammonia...
Read More
26
May

Lummi Nation challenges Roberts Bank T2 decision

The Lummi Nation in Washington state, whose traditional territory includes parts of BC, is challenging the federal government’s approval of a controversial marine terminal expansion in the Lower Mainland. The Nation was not consulted on the project and claims that if the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 initiative goes forward, its fishing rights will be gravely...
Read More
26
May

BIMCO and Nautilus labs implore the industry to rethink charter parties

A white paper by BIMCO and Nautilus Labs proposes reevaluating the practice of “sail-fast-then-wait” (SFTW) behaviour in the shipping industry. SFTW involves vessels travelling at high speeds to arrive quickly, even if the berth is unavailable, to trigger the lay-time clock and maximize demurrage charges. The paper highlights that this behaviour leads to unnecessary fuel...
Read More
26
May

Canadian Coast Guard to receive CAD 2.5 billion for major small-fleet renewal

The Canadian government has announced a CAD 2.5 billioninvestment to renew the Canadian Coast Guard’s small vessel fleet. This investment aims to support the agency’s operations in shallow coastal waters, inland lakes, and rivers where larger ships are unable to operate effectively. The funding will be used to acquire up to 61 small vessels and replace...
Read More
26
May

Viterra in talks to merge with U.S rival Bunge

Global grain trader Viterra is engaged in discussions to merge with its U.S. competitor Bunge Ltd, as reported by Reuters. The potential merger between the two companies, which would significantly impact the top tier of global grains merchants, is still uncertain and the terms of the deal are being negotiated. Regulators would closely scrutinize any...
Read More
26
May

Ukrainian seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their CoC’s

As per Transport Canada’s latest bulletin, Canada and Ukraine have signed a reciprocal arrangement for the recognition of certain STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) certificates. This arrangement shall allow Ukrainian seafarers with valid STCW certificates to apply online for a Canadian endorsement if they intend to work on Canadian-flagged vessels. The...
Read More
19
May

BC government investing up to $25 million in new maritime industrial infrastructure

The British Colombia government has announced funding of up to $25 million in new maritime infrastructure under the umbrella of its StrongerBC Economic Plan. A new B.C. Maritime Industries Strategy, geared mainly to the shipbuilding sector, will chart the course for a more competitive, modernized marine sector with reduced carbon emissions, and creating more highly...
Read More
18
May

CBSA seizes 140kg of meth at TCEF

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)  announced the seizure of 140 kilograms of methamphetamine at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility. The shipment was identified based on intelligence provided by the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs Service. On March 30, 2023, CBSA officers conducted an examination of a container that was bound for export and...
Read More
18
May

Green Industrial Facilities and Manufacturing Program open for applications

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, opened funding applications for industrial facilities under the Green Industrial Facilities and Manufacturing Program. This $194-million initiative allows for industrial facilities to receive up to $10 million per proposal, directly supporting industry in implementing energy efficiency projects within individual facilities.  The program aims to maximize energy performance,...
Read More
18
May

Western Group announces partnership with RCMSAR

This week as part of the Western Group’s 75th-anniversary celebration this week, Kim Stegeman-Lowe, VP People & Sustainability, announced a new funding partnership with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) that will serve to promote and elevate children’s safety on the water through their Kids Don’t Float program for the next three years. ...
Read More
18
May

New draft publications on pilotage training and proficiency

Transport Canada has developed two draft Marine Safety Transport Publications (TP’s) for comments – National Pilotage Certificate On-board Training Program Guidelines and the Pilotage Continued Proficiency Plan. All comments and requests for further consultations are to be provided to MSS Pilotage at mss-pilotage-ssm@tc.gc.ca  prior to July 28th, 2023.
Read More
18
May

BC focuses on new markets in Mexico, Vietnam, and Taiwan

The Province of British Columbia’s new Trade Diversification Strategy announced as part of the StrongerBC economic plan focuses on expanding into new markets beyond the US, and specifically targets Mexico, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The strategy focuses on six priority sectors for trade diversification – agrifoods, advanced manufacturing, clean technology, digital technology, forestry, and tourism.  The...
Read More
18
May

US demands security checks of port cranes made by foreign countries

Legislation introduced in the US House of Representatives proposes inspecting cranes made in “foreign adversary” countries before they are used in American seaports. China is mentioned as a significant concern, as it manufactures 80% of the cranes used in US ports. The bill aims to prevent espionage and cyberattacks by checking for security vulnerabilities. However,...
Read More
18
May

Training Seminar for Marine Medical Examiners and Nurse Practitioners

Transport Canada’s Marine Medical Unit is organizing a virtual training seminar lasting 16 hours, specifically designed for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners who seek certification by TC to conduct occupational health assessments on seafarers. The seminar will be led by experts in adult learning, TC occupational health physicians, and other professionals in the health, medical, and...
Read More
18
May

ILWU, State of Maryland supportive of ILA in Leatherman case

The West Coast dockworkers’ union and the state of Maryland say the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) should be able to sue ocean carriers that called the Port of Charleston’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, according to briefs filed with a US appeals court that will decide whether the ILA’s lawsuit was legal.  The ILA’s lawsuit claims...
Read More
18
May

Italy escalates Canadian durum imports

Italy has significantly increased its purchases of Canadian durum wheat, buying 1.09 million tonnes in the first eight months of the 2022-23 crop year, nearly four times the volume compared to the previous year. Algeria is the next largest buyer with 648,400 tonnes. Despite Italy’s mandatory country-of-origin labelling (MCOOL) law, which has been in place...
Read More
18
May

Agreement paves the way for escort tugs, oil spill response

Kotug Canada, a partnership between Kotug International and Horizon Maritime Services, has entered into a mutual benefits agreement (MBA) with the Sc’ianew First Nation, an Indigenous community in British Columbia. The MBA aims to provide seafarer training, establish an operational base, and create a floating docking facility in support of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project...
Read More
18
May

Canada’s biggest banks pitch in another $3 billion for Trans Mountain

Canada’s six largest banks, including TD, RBC, CIBC, BMO, the National Bank of Canada, and Scotiabank, have increased financing for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) by $3 billion to cover the project’s rising cost overruns. The information was sourced by environmental non-profit Stand.earth from a Bloomberg Terminal, and not by Canadian Banks or Finance...
Read More
18
May

Gitga’at and LNG Canada break ground on new MERRF

The Gitga’at First Nation and LNG Canada broke ground on a new Marine Emergency Response and Research Facility (MERRF) at Hartley Bay, also known as Txalgiuw. The MERRF will serve as a base for Gitga’at-led marine activities, including vessel monitoring, rescue operations, training, and environmental research.  The facility will also house and display a collection...
Read More
18
May

BIMCO says new emissions controls to drive surge in ship scrapping

According to the shipping association BIMCO, shipowners are expected to scrap twice as many ships over the next 10 years compared to the previous decade. This increase in ship recycling is attributed to tighter emissions control regulations that are pushing carriers to retire and demolish a significant number of vessels. BIMCO’s data shows that in...
Read More
18
May

Great Lakes ship runs aground in Detroit river

The Mark W. Barker, the first U.S. ship built on the Great Lakes since 1983, ran aground in the Detroit River due to an electronics malfunction. The incident occurred early Wednesday near Belle Isle. Fortunately, there were no injuries, damage to the freighter, or signs of discharge. The vessel, owned by Interlake Steamship Company, was...
Read More
18
May

Canpotex’s Portland terminal shuttered

The potash terminal at the Port of Portland experienced a significant equipment failure when a section of the conveyor system’s catwalk collapsed onto the berth’s deck. This has disrupted the world market for potash, a crucial mineral used in agricultural fertilizer production. The Port of Portland’s potash exports far exceed its grain shipments. The potash...
Read More
12
May

Clarksons believes speed reduction insignificant for CII

The operational measure adopted by the IMO, Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), came into effect at the start of the year. As a result, a large share of the global fleet is expected to reduce sailing speed in order to comply, which would impact asset values. The Clarksons Green Transition team has developed a breakthrough speed-CII modelling...
Read More
12
May

Tank container production increases

The production of tank containers has recovered after falling by 30% during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) said that demand has recovered, resulting in tank container production reaching a high of 67,800 units in 2022. More freight forwarders have also started transporting tank containers, with 240 companies as of January...
Read More
12
May

USCG clarifies maritime migration policy

The US lifted a pandemic border control policy brought in under Title 42. The policy, which is part of the 1944 Public Health Service Act, allows American border authorities to quickly turn back migrants, including asylum seekers, at Ports of Entry (POE) to prevent the spread of disease.  However, US Coast Guard has advised that...
Read More
12
May

Interim Order for flooding of Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced an Interim Order temporarily prohibiting navigation in specific areas of the Ottawa River due to flood conditions. The Interim Order is intended to ensure the safety of boaters and shoreline residents, to protect temporary infrastructure in place, to avoid damage to property, and to allow emergency...
Read More
12
May

CCG vessel extension contracts awarded

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) announced two contract awards for the vessel life extension of CCGS Martha L. Black and CCGS Leonard J. Cowley, respectively at the value of $31.5 million and $29.7 million. Both vessels will be dry-docked and enter an extended maintenance period designed to increase their operational life. CCG has awarded  the contracts to...
Read More
12
May

International Plant Health Day – May 12

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recognizing International Day of Plant Health, observed annually on May 12 by reminding Canadians of the importance of protecting our forests, gardens, farms, and environment from invasive pests and plants. Learn about the invasive species that are in your area and what they look like and report any...
Read More
11
May

TC releases comments on proposed regulation changes to boat noise levels

Transport Canada conducted a consultation in March 2022 to gather public input on noise emissions from small boats. The most popular option among the respondents was to create performance standards for both boat manufacturers and operators. The Decibel Coalition, a lobbying group advocating for stricter regulations on boat noise emissions, welcomed this preference. However, the...
Read More
11
May

Carrier to drop per diem fees at closed US marine terminals.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has joined other ocean carriers in announcing that it will no longer impose detention and demurrage fees when a US marine terminal is closed. The decision, effective from June 1, comes ahead of a final rule on per diem billing by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). ONE will not charge fees...
Read More
11
May

Canada supplements Ukrainian grain shortage

Canadian wheat is gaining ground in various Asian markets as Ukraine’s presence diminishes due to logistical challenges and geopolitical factors. Ukraine’s wheat exports have declined significantly, while Canada’s market share has been increasing. Indonesia, for instance, has shifted its wheat imports from Ukraine to Australia and Canada. Similarly, Bangladesh has seen a rise in its...
Read More
11
May

VFPA indicates two-phases for Robert Bank 2

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority plans to select a contractor within the next two years to construct the landfill for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) project, which is estimated to cost over C$3 billion (US$2.25 billion) and capable of handling 2.4 million TEUs. The landfill work will begin before a terminal operator is chosen...
Read More
11
May

CPKC launches Mexico Midwest Express service

Canadian Pacific Kansas City announced the launch of the Mexico Midwest Express (MMX) Series premium intermodal service bringing customers the first truck-competitive, single-line rail service option between the Midwest and Mexico. The MMX Series debuted May 11 with trains MMX-180 and MMX-181 which now link Chicago, Kansas City, Texas markets, Monterrey and San Luis Potosi,...
Read More
11
May

May 12 – Saga Tucano

The Saga Tucano, currently moored at Lynnterm Terminal in Vancouver, is a 200m Bulk Carrier with a deadweight of 46,990 tonnes. A vessel of this length and deadweight is classified as a Handymax bulk carrier. Such vessels are well suited for small ports with length and draft limitations. At Lynnterm terminal, the vessel will discharge...
Read More
05
May

Contaminated fuel cause in WSF ferry grounding

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) Jumbo-class ferry Walla Walla returned to service May 3 on the Seattle/Bremerton route after running aground two weeks ago. WSF says that internal and US Coast Guard investigation teams determined that contaminated fuel led to a generator failure resulting in a loss of propulsion and steering controls. Backup systems were...
Read More
05
May

EPA investing $4 billion in clean ports plan

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the initial steps on the development of programs that will invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act in US port infrastructure. The Clean Ports Program will invest $3 billion in technologies to reduce harmful air and climate pollutants at US ports and create a zero-emission shipping...
Read More
05
May

Introducing our new Communications and Marketing Manager

This week Lisa Clement joined the Chamber of Shipping as our new Communications and Marketing Manager. Lisa previously held communications roles at BC Hydro on the Site C clean energy project and with the Trans Mountain Expansion project, two of British Columbia’s largest infrastructure and construction projects.  In both positions, she led strategic communications, managed...
Read More
05
May

Trigon accelerates North Pacific Green Export Corridor

Trigon Pacific Terminals Ltd. (Trigon) has awarded a $71-million contract to PPM Civil Constructors, ULC (PPMCC) for the marine construction of its Berth 2 Beyond Carbon (B2BC) project. When operational in 2027, B2BC will be Canada’s first purpose-built infrastructure handling low-carbon energy exports, such as ammonia and hydrogen for fuel use. B2BC is supported by...
Read More
05
May

Teck and CPKC enter long-term rail agreement.

Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CPKC) and Teck Resources Limited (Teck) have entered into a long-term rail agreement for the transportation of steelmaking coal from Teck’s four operations in southeastern BC using CPKC’s hydrogen locomotives. The agreement will run until the end of 2026 and builds on existing services in place. In support of building...
Read More
05
May

ISSC Bursary Award 2022

The International Sailors Society Canada (ISSC) Bursary Committee Chair, Richard Smith, presented BCIT Nautical Sciences cadet Caue Longhi Canelli with the ISSC Sue Hanby Bursary Award for 2022. Caue is now entering his 3rd year as a nautical sciences cadet at the BCIT Marine Campus in North Vancouver. His enjoyment of activities on the water was...
Read More
05
May

2023 enhanced environmental measures for cruise season

Transport Canada’s Ship Safety Bulletin 10/2022 outlines discharge requirements for cruise ship operating in waters under Canadian jurisdiction in 2023. The measures originally introduced in 2022 requests that cruise ships avoid discharging greywater and sewage within 3 nautical miles of shore, when possible; treat greywater with sewage before it is discharged between 3 and 12...
Read More
05
May

Port of London Authority and DP World tackle marine pollution

The Port of London Authority (PLA) and DP World have collaborated to reduce marine pollution by introducing a passive debris collector (PDC) at London Gateway Port. The PDC uses the energy of the river’s current to trap floating litter and debris and is designed to withstand the challenging conditions of the Thames’ choppy waters. With...
Read More
05
May

Iran seizes second oil tanker in week amid US confrontation

Iran has seized the MT Niovi, a commercial oi tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, marking the second such incident in the region within a week, amid rising tensions with the United States. Approximately 12 members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) swarmed and bordered the Niovi via fast-attack craft. The IRGCN then...
Read More
05
May

MT Pablo shadow tanker off Malaysia catches fire

A Gabon-registered tanker carrying 28 crew members caught fire on Monday in waters off Malaysia’s southern coast. Three crew members are missing, while 23 have been rescued by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and nearby vessels. The tanker was enroute from China to Singapore when the incident occurred. The tanker had last delivered Iranian...
Read More
05
May

US west coast ILWU negotiations progressing

Longshore labour and employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have reached agreement on manning requirements for non-automated terminals, overcoming a major hurdle that could accelerate a deal on a new coastwide contract as negotiations near the one-year mark.  Journal of Commerce sources indicate that a deal between Local 13 of the...
Read More
05
May

US shipping interests want rail storage fees regulated

Rail storage fees assessed against ocean containers moving on “through bills of lading” should be overseen by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to close a regulatory gap that is ripe for “abuse.” Unlike ocean terminals, which are incentivized to improve network efficiencies by Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), rail terminals are not subject to oversight by...
Read More