Industry News

12
Jul

12 July – Eco-Maestro

X-Press Feeders has launched Europe’s first regular feeder network powered by green methanol, aiming to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 65%. This initiative, highlighted by the christening of their first methanol-powered vessel, Eco-Maestro, at Rotterdam Port, includes 14 dual-fuel ships designed for European routes. The move aligns with EU emissions regulations and...
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12
Jul

DFO announces funding for four aquatic restoration projects in British Columbia

The Canadian Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Fund (AERF) has allocated close to $9.3 million for four projects in British Columbia aimed at conserving and restoring aquatic habitats. Projects include restoring the Doobah Creek watershed by Ditidaht First Nation, enhancing estuarine resilience for salmon in the Salish Sea by SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, managing historic log handling...
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12
Jul

Port of Montreal concludes rail optimization project

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has completed a $62.4 million project to optimize rail capacity, enhancing logistics performance near the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. This three-year initiative includes adding 6 km of new tracks and 6 switches, relocating infrastructure like the Port Road, and building 1+ km of retaining walls. It aims to strengthen the Port’s role...
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12
Jul

Canada, Finland and US team up to build icebreakers for the Arctic

The United States, Canada, and Finland have formed a trilateral pact to collaborate on building icebreakers for the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Announced during the NATO summit in Washington, the agreement aims to strengthen shipbuilding industries across the three nations, creating jobs and boosting capabilities in marine equipment manufacturing. The partnership also includes sharing expertise...
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12
Jul

Top shipping trade associations issue joint letter highlighting inadequacies of CII

The Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), implemented by the IMO in 2023, rates ships on their carbon emissions per ton-mile or passenger-mile. However, major shipping organizations criticize its current form, citing inaccuracies and urging revisions to better reflect true environmental efficiency. The IMO acknowledges these concerns and plans a review from September 2024 to December 2025...
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12
Jul

Bad weather off the Cape of Good Hope causes bulker grounding and container losses

Container ships are increasingly choosing to avoid the Red Sea by sailing around the Cape of Good Hope due to safety concerns. However, this route poses new risks, particularly from severe weather in the southern hemisphere. Recent data shows a significant drop in ships passing this route due to adverse weather conditions, causing delays and...
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12
Jul

Wildfires force Suncor and Cenovus to evacuate oil sands facilities

Due to wildfires in northern Alberta exacerbated by a heat wave, Suncor Energy and Cenovus Energy have begun evacuating non-essential personnel from their oil sands facilities. Suncor’s Firebag site, normally staffed with about 400 people and producing 215,000 barrels per day, has curtailed production while essential workers remain onsite. Cenovus has demobilized staff not directly...
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12
Jul

US DOT allocates $8.75 Million to Small Shipyards

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $8.75 million in grant awards to 15 small shipyards across 12 states through the Small Shipyard Grant Program. These funds are intended to modernize shipyards, enhance productivity, and generate local job opportunities while bolstering competitiveness in the global market. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg emphasized...
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12
Jul

Major Texas Ports halt operations ahead of Tropical Storm Beryl

Hurricane Beryl intensified as it neared the Texas coast, prompting the closure of major ports including Corpus Christi, Houston, Galveston, Freeport, and Texas City. These closures, initiated under Coast Guard guidance due to imminent gale force winds, affect crucial oil export hubs and refinery supply chains along the Gulf Coast. The Houston Ship Channel, a...
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12
Jul

CIRB ruling averts potential strike by ILWU Local 514

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has intervened to avert a strike by 600 ship and dock foremen in British Columbia, ruling that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 514 (ILWU) contravened the Canada Labour Code by not bargaining in good faith. The strike notice, issued following a vote among employees of DP World,...
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12
Jul

Port Singapore’s new berths ease congestion, delays and anchorage wait times

Singapore’s Tuas mega-port has recently opened its first berth, with plans to add two more by the end of 2024, according to Singapore Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat. This expansion comes as congestion eases at the port, previously a bottleneck exacerbated by global shipping disruptions. PSA International, the terminal operator, has already shifted operations from...
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12
Jul

US Ports challenge government’s proposed new tariffs on Chinese cranes

US port operators are opposing the Biden administration’s plan to impose a 25% tariff on Chinese-made ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, arguing it would harm port productivity and raise costs for consumers. The National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE) contends that the tariffs won’t deter manufacturers and could limit ports’ ability to handle larger ships. They also...
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12
Jul

Trigon Terminal’s berth two surpasses 50% completion

Trigon Pacific Terminals Limited (Trigon) has achieved significant progress with its Berth Two Beyond Carbon (B2BC) project in Prince Rupert, surpassing 50% completion in marine works. Three-quarters of the piles for the structure are now installed, including an artificial reef for marine habitat, with the final phase, installing topside berth equipment, on track for completion...
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12
Jul

Berge Bulk installs rotor sails on Valemax ore carrier

Singapore-based Berge Bulk has equipped its 388,000 dwt Valemax ore carrier, Berge Neblina, with four Anemoi rotor sails during a recent drydocking at Yulian Shekou shipyard in China. Each rotor sail stands 35 meters tall with a 5-meter diameter and features a folding deployment system to minimize air draft and port operations impact. By harnessing...
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05
Jul

Seaspan’s new drydock arrive in Vancouver

Seaspan’s new drydock recently arrived in the Vancouver Harbour via a heavy lift ship and with some help from three Seaspan tugboats, the new drydock is now anchored near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge as it awaits a new paint job.  This drydock is part of a planned expansion at Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock and will increase...
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05
Jul

Competition Bureau to gather input on greenwashing provisions

Following the passage of amendments to the Competition Act on June 20, 2024, the Competition Bureau has received a large number of requests for guidance on the interpretation of new provisions aimed at greenwashing. These provisions require that companies be able to substantiate environmental claims made to promote a product or business interest. To facilitate compliance with these new...
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05
Jul

Government approves sale of Teck’s coal business to Glencore

Canada’s Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne has approved Teck Resources Ltd.’s sale of a majority stake in its steelmaking coal business to Glencore – this includes the remaining 77% interest in the steelmaking coal business, Elk Valley Resources. The deal also includes Japanese company Nippon Steel Corp. acquiring a 20% stake in exchange for its interest...
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05
Jul

Tilbury LNG marine jetty receives federal approval

The new liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine jetty in Delta has received approval from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada following a thorough environmental assessment based on science and Indigenous knowledge. The project includes the berthing and transferring of LNG from the FortisBC Tilbury LNG plan to marine barges and carriers for delivery to local fuel...
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05
Jul

PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign prioritizes seafarers’

This year’s Port State Control Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC), running from 1 September until 30 November 2024, prioritizes seafarers’ basic rights on board ships, and will be carried out on the topic of crew wages and Seafarer Employment Agreements (SEAs) under MLC.  The Paris and Tokyo MoUs agreed to run a CIC on the topic...
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05
Jul

CBSA workers ratify new contract

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) union, representing Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers, have voted 91% in favour of a new collective agreement reached last month averting job action for 9,000 workers. Key issues included pay parity with other law enforcement agencies, flexible telework and remote work options, pension benefits and...
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05
Jul

Clarksons reports on global container congestion

Global container port congestion is now around 9 million TEU, close to the peak of 9.6 million TEU seen during the pandemic, according to a Clarksons report. Clarksons’ global containership port congestion index shows that the percentage of boxships waiting in port has gone up from 27.5% in late February to 31% in late June....
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05
Jul

US Judge halts Biden administration’s pause on LNG permits

A federal court judge in Louisiana, appointed by Trump, has blocked the Biden administration’s pause on LNG export permits, calling it unjustified. The ruling, a victory for industry groups and Republican-led states, immediately lifts the ban on new export licenses to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Judge James Cain Jr. criticized the administration’s rationale, arguing that...
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05
Jul

World’s first tanker fueled by liquid hydrogen receives approval from Class NK

Japanese classification society ClassNK has granted approval in principle (AiP) for the design concept of a hydrogen-fueled engine-compatible oil tanker featuring an electric propulsion system. Developed by Uyeno Transtech, Yanmar Power Technology, and Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, this project is part of the Nippon Foundation’s initiative for developing large-scale hydrogen-fueled domestic tankers and demonstrating zero-emission ships....
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05
Jul

Teamsters Canada members reauthorize strike with CN and CPKC

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) recently announced that nearly 10,000 workers at CN and CPKC have overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize strike action if negotiations fail to produce settlements. Overall, the vote across both companies saw a 98.6% approval rate, with an impressive 89.5% turnout. Specifically, at CN, conductors, locomotive engineers, and yard workers supported...
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05
Jul

On-order vessels with alternative fuels constitute 45% of the pie

Clarksons Research’s latest Green Technology Tracker for the first half of 2024 highlights key trends in global shipping. Approximately one third of newbuild orders focused on alternative fuels, led by LNG (51% excluding LNG carriers), followed by methanol, ammonia, LPG, and hydrogen. The tracker underscores slow progress in port infrastructure for green fuels, with LNG...
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28
Jun

CCG opens Hartley Bay Station and dedicated CCGS Cadboro Bay

Today, the Canadian Coast Guard officially opened the newly constructed Hartley Bay Station and dedicated the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Cadboro Bay into service.  In an unprecedented partnership, the Canadian Coast Guard worked closely with the Gitga’at First Nation throughout the planning and construction of the new station, located on the southwest shore of Hartley...
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28
Jun

28 June – The Wim Wolff

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research had an exciting past week as its new research vessel, The Wim Wolff, went on its first expedition. This new vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, including an onboard wet and dry lab and room for two customized lab containers on the working deck. The Wim Wolff...
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28
Jun

IRCC survey on Express Entry

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched its online survey as part of this year’s consultations on category-based selection in Express Entry. Among other things, the survey is addressing structural (long-term) labour market shortages (specific occupations in health, STEM, trades, transport, agriculture and agri-food, and education) and emerging labour needs in Canada’s key industries...
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28
Jun

Carnival Conquest to be the first vessel to cold iron at Port Miami

Carnival Corporation announced that Carnival Conquest will be the first cruise ship to connect to landside electrical power at the port, facilitated through a partnership involving Miami-Dade County, major cruise lines, and Florida Power & Light Company. This initiative makes PortMiami the first major cruise port on the U.S. eastern seaboard with shore power capability...
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28
Jun

Great Bear Sea Initiative announced

Great Bear Initiative, Na̲nwak̲olas Council, and Coast Funds, along with the federal and provincial governments and philanthropic investors, are celebrating the closing of the Great Bear Sea Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) initiative. The Great Bear Sea PFP, led by 17 participating First Nations, launches a new era of collaborative governance in marine conservation and...
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28
Jun

Ban on HFO in the Canadian Arctic

The Government of Canada is moving forward with a domestic ban on the use and carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oils in Arctic waters that will be implemented on July 1, 2024. The ban will be implemented through an Interim Order while the regulations are being amended. All double-hulled ships will be...
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28
Jun

Washington Foundation invests in welding and technology development

The CWB Foundation, a national not-for-profit charitable organization, has received a $500,000 gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (DPWF) in conjunction with Seaspan. This significant funding marks the single largest private sector donation received by the CWB Foundation since its founding in 2013 and represents a pivotal step forward in advancing skilled trades...
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28
Jun

LA/LB ports invest $25M in truck charging infrastructure

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will provide $25 million for an ambitious partnership with regional air quality agencies to jump-start charging infrastructure for electric heavy-duty drayage trucks in one of the nation’s most populous regions. The investment comes from their respective Clean Truck Fund established in April 2022 where funds are generated...
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28
Jun

US trade coalition urges Biden administration to restart ILA-USMX talks

A coalition of US manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and trade groups has urged the Biden administration to assist in restarting contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and maritime employers ahead of the September 30 expiration of their master contract. The ILA represents 45,000 dockworkers along the US East and Gulf coasts, and negotiations have...
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28
Jun

Chinese coal terminals facing shortage of space with increased imports

Recent heavy rainfall and increased hydropower production in China have led to overflowing coal terminals along the Chinese coastline, posing logistical challenges for coal imports. According to analysts at broker BRS, port storage capacities are strained, exacerbated by a 12.6% year-on-year increase in coal imports to 205 million tonnes during the first five months of...
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28
Jun

HMM partners with Cargo X to introduce eBLs

HMM, Korea’s largest and the world’s eighth-largest container carrier, has announced a strategic partnership with CargoX, a leading provider of electronic trade document solutions. This collaboration introduces electronic bill of lading (eBL) features on the HMM digital service platform that aims to modernize and streamline eBL workflows, enhancing the efficiency and security of global trade...
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28
Jun

ZeroNorth and Hapag-Lloyd partner on bunker procurement and planning

ZeroNorth and Hapag-Lloyd have a new strategic partnership aimed at launching an industry-leading bunker procurement & planning solution that will involve a new digital solution that enables Hapag-Lloyd to effectively navigate the energy transition, reduce their fuel spend, and cut their cost to serve. Fuel is a key change factor in shipping’s energy transition, and...
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28
Jun

US Crude imports reach two-year high

US crude oil imports rose to 3.1 million barrels per day (bpd) in May, the highest since July 2022 as refiners prepared for summer driving season. Imports of crude oil rose to 3.1 million barrels per day (bpd) in May, the highest since July 2022. Crude oil imports from Canada climbed in May to 319,000...
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28
Jun

Cedar LNG Announces Positive Final Investment Decision

The Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corporation have jointly announced a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Cedar LNG Project, marking a significant milestone as the world’s first Indigenous community to develop an LNG facility as majority owners. Located in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation on Canada’s West Coast, the Cedar LNG Project...
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28
Jun

Port of Halifax announces new sustainability strategy

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) has unveiled its sustainability strategy for 2024-2030 under the framework of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). This strategy focuses on several key themes outlined by WPSP, including community building, health, safety, security, digitalization, infrastructure, climate and energy, and environmental care. HPA’s commitments include reducing the severity of safety incidents,...
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28
Jun

DNV approves chief engineer’s control from a Remote Ops Centre

Kongsberg Maritime has achieved Approval in Principle from DNV for a significant advancement in maritime operations: transferring the role of Chief Engineer from onboard vessels to a shore-based Remote Operations Centre (ROC). This approval allows the Chief Engineer to monitor and control critical systems like the Power Management System, ballast water system, and deck machinery...
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28
Jun

US first fully electric tugboat christened

Crowley recently christened the eWolf, the first all-electric ship assist harbour tugboat for the US. Operating with zero emissions and employing sustainable technology, the eWolf embodies Crowley’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. With 70 tons of bollard pull, it surpasses its conventional counterparts in power while integrating advanced safety features and a cutting-edge electrical package...
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28
Jun

New Board appointment for Prince Rupert Port Authority

The Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez has announced the appointment of Rod Graham to the Prince Rupert Port Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Graham, President of Velocity Truck Centres and a seasoned corporate executive with diverse sector experience, including finance, transportation, and energy, begins his three-year term on June 17, 2024. Based in Calgary, he...
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28
Jun

Mitsui OSK Lines to acquire 72% of Gearbulk

Gearbulk Holding AG (Gearbulk) has announced that Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), which currently holds 49% of the shares in Gearbulk, will acquire an additional 23% stake in the company and become the majority shareholder with 72% by January next year. Kristian Jebsen and his family will retain a 28% shareholding in Gearbulk. The transaction is...
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25
Jun

International Day of the Seafarer

On the International Day of the Seafarer, the Chamber of Shipping, alongside the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General, Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, honors the 2 million seafarers whose vital contributions keep global markets running and maintain the flow of international supply chains. Recognized by the United Nations, this day underscores the critical role that shipping plays...
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21
Jun

Tang.ɢwan – ḥačxwiqak – Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area established off BC Coast

The Tang.ɢ̱wan – ḥačxwiqak – Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area (TḥT MPA) Regulations officially designate the area of 133,017 km 2 in the Offshore Pacific Bioregion as an Oceans Act MPA. The MPA protects hydrothermal vents and seamounts, which are vulnerable, unique, and productive conservation features. The Regulation will conserve, protect and enhance understanding of unique seafloor features,...
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21
Jun

COSCO celebrates 30th anniversary in Canada

This week Mr. Chen Zheyu, Chairman of COSCO Shipping (North America) hosted a 30th anniversary celebration in Vancouver, Canada. Presentations by the Port of Vancouver and Walmart highlighted the carrier’s resiliency, vision, and strong environmental performance on the West Coast.  COSCO’s vessels were the first container vessels to plug-in to shorepower at the ports of...
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21
Jun

There is a great life after sea

Last week in Montreal the International Chamber of Shipping, in collaboration with its members, released its a video titled ‘Life After Sea.’ The video showcases what a diverse and interesting career maritime has to offer. It highlights the longevity of a career in maritime, from seafarer to coming ashore, emphasizing how vital being at sea...
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21
Jun

Shipping industry calls for action following Red Sea attacks

The shipping community is appalled and deeply saddened with the tragic news that, yet another seafarer seems certain to have been killed in a drone boat strike on Wednesday 12 June while on board the MV Tutor in the Red Sea. This is the second fatal attack in which our seafarers have been caught in...
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21
Jun

WSC releases update on containers lost at sea

The World Shipping Council (WSC) today released its annual report on containers lost at sea, showing a significant decrease to 221 containers lost in 2023. While this is the lowest number recorded since the survey began in 2008, the WSC underscores the ongoing need for stringent safety measures and constant vigilance, as every container lost...
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