COS Weekly Newsletter - Sunday, 15 May 2022


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Maersk deployment upgrade

Maersk is redeploying two 3,600teu ice-class 1A vessels, Vistula Maersk and Vayenga Maersk, to the Canada Atlantic Express service between Canada and Northern Europe. (North Europe to/from Canada) replacing existing vessels. The ice-class vessels’ propeller and rudder design has been optimized for the lowest fuel consumption.  The vessels will utilize biofuel, which is carbon neutral and is manufactured from recycled sustainable biomass. The deployment change will provide Canadian customers with green logistics solutions and is a step towards Maersk's carbon neutrality by 2040.

James Point joins SAAM Vancouver fleet

SAAM Towage welcomes the SAAM James Point, to Vancouver after completing its loading operation onto the cargo ship BBC Moonstone in Halong Bay, Vietnam. The new Damen 2312 tug is named after respected Musqueam Point Family Patriarch, James Point. Born shortly after confederation, he was a fisherman, who worked the Fraser River, and up and down the coast. He was a well know lacrosse player in his youth. Featuring an innovative DAMEN ASD2312 design, this tug was acquired from the Dutch company DAMEN and built at its Song Cam shipyards in Vietnam. Measuring 23 meters long and 12 meters in beam, it boasts 70-bollard pull capacity, Kongsberg azimuth thrusters and two CAT 3512C IMO Tier III main engines, which enables it to operate in emissions control areas (ECA) since it meets standards from the International Maritime Organization for nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions.

Parkland announces $600 million expansion

Parkland Corporation has announced plans to increase renewable fuel production at its Burnaby Refinery as part of its commercial decarbonization strategy, enabling the supply of low carbon products and services. Plans include expanding existing co-processing volumes to approximately 5,500 barrels per day, and a new stand-alone renewable diesel complex capable of producing approximately 6,500 barrels per day of renewable diesel. It is estimated that these projects will require an investment of approximately $600 million, with the majority of capital investment expected to be deployed in 2024 and 2025. The announcement follows collaboration with the Government of British Columbia and supports the Government’s ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Parkland has received BC Government support for over 40 percent of the project costs in the form of BC Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Compliance Credits. The expansion will also create up to 1,000 jobs in its construction phase. A final investment decision will be made in the second half of 2023, with production expected to begin in 2026.

Seasonal monitoring for SRKW underway

From May 5th monitoring for Southern Resident Killer Whales will begin in the southern Gulf Islands. Similar to last year, salmon fishing closures in the southern Gulf Islands (a key foraging area for Southern Resident Killer Whales) will close once Southern Resident Killer Whales are confirmed in the area. Once detected, recreational and commercial salmon fishing (areas in yellow in map) will be triggered closed until October 31, 2022. Information on the implementation of these closures will be communicated to fishers through a Fishery Notice. This fishing closure protocol has begun one month earlier compared to 2021 and is part of the 2022 Southern Resident Killer Whale management measures.

VMCC celebrates one-year anniversary

The Chamber of Shipping was pleased to sponsor the Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate's first anniversary yesterday hosted by co-founders Elisabeth Charmley and Bryan Buggey.  Joining the celebration was BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Hon. Ravi Kahlon along with ship owners, port and terminal operators, energy providers, local and international blue-tech suppliers, and innovators. This week VMCC's Operation Flagship launched its Blue BC Challenge which provides funding for five distinct challenges covering electric power, port efficiency and ship performance improvements.  Applications are will be accepted until June 3rd.

Ruby Princess adding Prince Rupert stop

The Port of Prince Rupert is adding 16 new vessel calls to its upcoming cruise schedule that has the potential to bring upwards of 46,000 additional cruise passengers – about a 330% increase from the previously published schedule – to the community this spring and summer. The Ruby Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, will make her inaugural call on Prince Rupert on Tuesday May 17th and will include the Port as a regular stop on the ship’s Alaska itinerary approximately every 10 days. With a capacity of 4,180 passengers and crew, the Ruby Princess will significantly increase cruise visitor and vessel call volumes to Prince Rupert this year. The Port of Prince Rupert now expects 43 cruise vessel calls and approximately 60,622 passengers in total to visit Prince Rupert between now and September 30th.

CP releases sustainability data

Canadian Pacific (CP) has just published its 2021 corporate sustainability data supplement covering sustainability metrics and performance in the areas of safety, operational excellence, and social impact. As part of its Climate Strategy aimed at science-based emissions reduction targets, in 2021 CP achieved a 44 percent improvement in locomotive fuel efficiency compared to 1990.  Last April CP began generating renewable electricity from a newly constructed solar energy farm at its Calgary headquarters, producing 4,378 MWh of electricity in 2021, and just this week selected ATCO Group to build two hydrogen production and refuelling stations in Alberta as part of its Hydrogen Locomotive Program to create North America's first line-haul hydrogen locomotive.

CP and Hapag-Lloyd add call to Port Saint John

Canadian Pacific and Hapag-Lloyd AG will be adding a call into Port Saint John, N.B., via a seasonal extra loader in another step forward for the growing Atlantic Canada port. This additional call follows their inaugural service call into Port Saint John in May 2021, connecting via CP rail service to inland markets in Canada and the United States. CP regained access to Port Saint John in June 2020 with the strategic acquisition of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway, which has connections with the Eastern Maine and New Brunswick Southern railways. This vital link to Port Saint John provides the shortest route between Atlantic Canada and North American inland markets, including a 269-mile advantage over our competition to MontrealToronto and Chicago, creating value for shippers across North America. Port Saint John has embarked on an enhanced modernization program that will increase container capacity to 800,000 TEUs and provide additional on-dock rail capacity in the coming months and years.

Ridley rebrands to Trigon

Ridley Terminals is rebranding to a new name and identity to reflect the company's transformation that began in late 2021.  The new name, Trigon Pacific Terminals Limited (Trigon) is inspired by Coast Tsimshian artistic traditions and Indigenous ownership and reflects the significant recent and future planned changes at the terminal, and its accelerating progression towards a more diversified and sustainable future. Formerly a Crown corporation, the terminal is now privately-held by AMCI Group, Riverside Holdings and the Lax Kw'alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation. The three-pointed "trigon" that will now be the visual identifier of the terminal is a design element drawn from the cultural context of the company's Indigenous co-owners that is frequently seen within Indigenous art. The "trigon" is known to represent the concepts of transition and upward movement, and speaks to Trigon's ownership, connection to the community and vision for the future.

Port of Prince Rupert Green Wave recipients announced

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced that four companies are being honoured for their outstanding participation in its Green Wave environmental incentive program for their 2021 performance. They include intermodal shipping companies COSCO Shipping Lines and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, liquefied gas shipping company Navigator Gas LLC, and BC Ferries. Commercial vessels are scored on air emission controls and underwater noise reduction measures and allotted savings through a tiered system. Last year, there were 163 vessel calls that met the strict criteria to qualify for the Green Wave program, including ten different vessels that qualified for the top tier and benefited from the incentives offered. In 2021, there were 28 vessel calls that qualified for Green Wave through the RightShip GHG Rating criteria. As a result, approximately 3,190 tonnes of GHG emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to removing 677 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. While the Port of Prince Rupert is already one of the top performers in the area of environmental performance, PRPA has set a goal to reduce the carbon intensity of the Gateway by a further 30% by the year 2030 as part of a long term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 – the Green Wave program and its recognition system are a key lever to facilitating these ambitions.

Royal Canadian Navy weekend planned for Vancouver

From April 29 until May 1, the Royal Canadian Navy will be two Halifax-class vessels (Frigates), two Kingston-class vessels (MCDVs), three Orca-class vessels, the Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) Bomb Truck, and the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) personnel stationed at the Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver.  Displays and other activities will be open to the public.

TMX halfway completed

Construction on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project has reached a major milestone with more than 50 per cent completion as of March 2022. The halfway mark of construction for the Expansion Project includes more than 412 kilometres of pipe in the ground, 574 kilometres of the pipeline right-of-way stripped and graded, 471 kilometres of pipe welded and the completion of 32 major trenchless crossings. Since construction began on the Expansion Project, more than 20,000 people have been employed across Alberta and British Columbia. Trans Mountain has negotiated agreements with local governments across BC and Alberta, dedicating more than $16 million to community legacy projects, such as trails and recreational infrastructure improvements, that will have positive and lasting impacts on the lives of thousands of Canadians.

Murray Mather (1956 - March 10, 2022)

Last week a Celebration of Life was held for Murray Mather who passed away last month following his ongoing battle with cancer.  Murray started his career in the shipping industry in 1987 with North Pacific Shipping.  Since then he worked as a shipping agent at Bulk Export Services, Pacific Northwest Ship & Cargo, and then finally at Colley West Shipping until he retired in June 2016.  He loved being on the water, fishing, skiing, and hiking and spending time at his family cabin on Thormanby Island. Murray leaves behind his wife Kathy and two sons, Nicholas and Brandon.

New CEO for LNG Canada named

 Jason Klein replaces Peter Zebedee as the new chief executive officer at LNG Canada during the B.C. project’s peak construction phase. Mr. Zebedee stepped down in late March as CEO and joined Suncor Energy Inc. this week as executive vice-president of mining and upgrading in Alberta. The appointment of Mr. Klein makes him the third LNG Canada CEO to be hired from Shell Canada since the project applied for approvals from environmental regulators in 2014. Andy Calitz served as the project’s CEO for the first five years, followed by Mr. Zebedee for nearly three years.

First Cruise Ship Arrives in Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver welcomed the Koningsdam on April 10, 2022, after almost 900 days without ships arrival in Canada's largest port. The Canadian Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra released new health and safety guidelines mirroring measures implemented in the U.S. by the CDC. The cruise industry is essential for Canada's economy. According to the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., cruise ships generate approximately $2.7 billion annually for the provincial economy. Gladly, more than 300 ships are expected to arrive at BC ports between April and November. “The return of cruise ships to Canada is a significant milestone in restarting our economy and reopening our tourism sector. Our government has been working closely alongside partners during these challenging times, and I appreciate the time and energy from all partners on improving and innovating operations for a safe restart. We look forward to welcoming cruise ships and travellers back to Canada and to our continued collaboration with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to support the tourism industry, said Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra."

SAAM acquires west coast companies

SAAM Towage Canada has just acquired Standard Towing Ltd. and Davies Tugboat Ltd. Both companies provide harbour, shipdocking and towage services on the West Coast of Canada.  The acquisition contributes to SAAM Towage’s drive to continue to consolidate its leadership position on the West Coast.  Through these acquisitions, adds three Canadian-built tugboats to the fleet enabling SAAM Towage to expand its service area to Northern Vancouver Island. The assets being acquired are Numas Warrior and Renegade who will both continue to serve in Port McNeill and Point Valiant serving under a long-term charter.

PSA expands presence in Halifax

PSA International Pte Ltd (“PSA”) and Halifax Port Authority are pleased to announce PSA’s acquisition of Ceres Halifax Inc. from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. PSA Halifax will now operate two container terminals in Halifax, namely Atlantic Hub and Fairview Cove, jointly branded under PSA Halifax. PSA Halifax’s Atlantic Hub terminal is located at the south end of the city of Halifax and new investment in megavessel handling capability over the past two years have future-proofed its long term competitiveness, allowing it to handle the largest vessels ever to call at Canada’s ports to date. PSA Halifax’s Fairview Cove terminal, at the north end of the city, will complement Atlantic Hub’s existing operations for vessels of up to 8,000-TEU capacity as part of its integrated offerings.

CN agrees to integrate rail at Contrecouer

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Canadian National Railway (CN) announced that they have reached an agreement to integrate rail facilities at the new container terminal in Contrecœur. Along with the private firm that will build and operate the terminal, the railroad and port will develop the technical aspects of the intermodal facility. A CN rail line is already in place at the site of the expansion and this initiative will help maximize the terminal’s efficiency and ensure a competitive commercial offering with greater access to key markets in the North American industrial heartland.

Davie achieves collective agreement to 2030

Davie Shipbuilding announced that 86% of its production workers, members of the Syndicat des travailleurs du chantier naval de Lauzon inc. (STCNL) affiliated with the Fédération de l’industrie manufacturière de la Confédération des syndicats nationaux (FIM-CSN), have voted in favor of a ground-breaking new long-term collective agreement. This new collective agreement will run until June 30, 2030 as the organization remodels its working environment. The agreement is the result of colossal joint efforts by the members of the negotiating teams.  In March 2022, Davie was awarded a $14.36 million contract for vessel life extension on the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, Louis S. St-Laurent.




Expert panel findings on plant health risks

The Canadian Food Inspection Canada has released recent findings from an expert panel on plant health risks in Canada. Plants are critical to Canada as agriculture and forestry account for 500,000 jobs and over $90 billion in annual exports. Plants face many threats, such as rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, extreme weather events, disease, and new predators, all of which have been exacerbated by climate change, the global movement of people and goods, and evolutionary processes. The report, Cultivating Diversity, examines the existing and emerging risks to plant health in Canada and offers insights into promising practices that may help to mitigate them. The report focuses on key areas of risk, rather than specific risks, as well as strategies to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience.  On a related note Canada joins the United Nations and countries around the world in recognizing the first International Day of Plant Health.

New rail data to enhance transparency and competitiveness

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced proposed amendments to the Transportation Information Regulations to collect new freight rail information to enhance the transparency and competitiveness of the freight rail system. The amendments would require class 1 rail carriers to report to Transport Canada on waybill, traffic, and service and performance information, for the benefit of all rail users. A 60-day public consultation period follows the publication of the proposed amendments in Canada Gazette, Part I.

Update on Federal Vaccination Mandate

Transport Canada has updated the Ship Safety Bulletin No. 17/21 : Measures for Persons (other than passengers) on Canadian Vessels and Foreign Passenger Vessels Operation in Canadian Waters to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (modified April 26, 2022) and Updates to Ship Safety Bulletin No. 18/21: Measures to Support Safe Cruise Travel in Canada (modified April 26, 2022).

Job Bank for Ukraine and Recognition of Certificates

On March 17, 2022, the Government of Canada issued a call to all employers who wish to support Ukrainians with offers of employment to register these offers on Job Bank's Jobs for Ukraine webpage. On Jobs for Ukraine, employers can create a job posting and let Job Bank know it is for Ukraine. These jobs will be open to all persons legally entitled to work in Canada and marketed to Canadian newcomers including Ukrainian newcomers via a dedicated channel. Already, close to 1 500 employers have advertised over 12,000 job vacancies.  These jobs have been viewed over 47,000 times. We encourage you to register with ESDC’s Job Bank to support Ukrainians coming to Canada.  The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) allows Ukrainians and their immediate family members to stay in Canada for up to 3 years and to work in Canada during this time.  However, in the marine sector seafarers do not have to reside in Canada to work onboard Canadian vessels. Also as circulated previously SSB No.: 08/2022: Ukrainian seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their STCW certificates addresses the nuances regarding the reciprocal arrangement process specifically for Ukrainian seafarers, and you can refer to the SSB for next steps re: endorsing seafarer certification. If you have any further questions regarding the application process to endorse Ukrainian seafarers please contact

Canada invests in Critical Minerals Strategy

The Government of Canada is creating the Canada Growth Fund which will be a new public investment vehicle that will operate at arms-length from the federal government. The fund will initially be capitalized at $15 billion over the next five years to attract substantial private sector investment to help meet important national economic policy goals. Up to $3.8 billion over eight years will go to support the implementation of Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy which would include geoscience and exploration programs and doubling the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for targeted critical minerals, such as nickel, copper, cobalt, rare earths elements and uranium.

New Environmental Measures for Cruise Ships

Transport Canada has released a Ship Safety Bulletin No.: 10/2022 to enforce Canadian discharge requirements for cruise ships operating in waters under Canadian jurisdiction in 2022. The bulletin applies to the authorized representatives of cruise ships certified to carry more than 100 people and equipped with overnight accommodations. In addition, the authorized representative of a cruise ship operating in water under Canadian jurisdiction must provide a report outlining their compliance with Transport Canada. The non-mandatory environmental measures are as follows:
  1. Prohibiting the discharge of greywater and sewage within three nautical miles from shore where geographically possible;
  2. Treating greywater together with sewage before it is discharged between three and twelve nautical miles from shore to the greatest extent possible;
  3. Strengthening the treatment of sewage between three and twelve nautical miles from shore using an approved treatment device
Annex 1 provides further details on the current regulatory and new environmental discharge measures.

Ship Safety Bulletin - Speed Restriction Measures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Transport Canada has released an update (SSB 09/22) to its Ship Safety Bulletin respecting the speed restriction zones that vessels must follow in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Changes to the speed restriction zones will be effective from April 20 to November 15, 2022, while the restricted area will be implemented based on whale presence as follows:
  • For a third and final year, a trial voluntary slowdown of 10.0 knots over the ground spanning from Cabot Strait (a line running from Cape North NS to Cape Ray NL) to the eastern edge of dynamic shipping zone E will be implemented at the beginning and end of the North Atlantic right whale season.
  • Again this year, a restricted area is located in and near Shediac Valley. The location and size are both based on historical data of North Atlantic right whale aggregations, while the triggering mechanism is based on in-season detections.
  •  The 36.57 m (20-fathom) shallow water protocol will apply once again to all commercial fishing vessels.
This Bulletin replaces Ship Safety Bulletin No. 05/21. Furthermore, speed restriction zones are described in monthly Notices to Mariners (NOTMARs), which are published by the Canadian Coast Guard. The status of these zones is broadcasted through NAVWARNs, which are published by the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres.

Canada approves offshore oil project Bay du Nord

Canada's Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault formally approved on Wednesday the Bay du Nord offshore oil project, providing a positive shot in the arm for Newfoundland and Labrador, and for the region's workers, families and communities. Following a thorough and science-based environmental assessment conducted by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) over four years, the approval follows conclusions in the Agency's Environmental Assessment Report that determined the proposed Bay du Nord Development Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account. The project is therefore allowed to proceed with strict measures to protect the environment.

Canada recognizes STCW certificates for Ukrainian seafaers

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 08/22 - Ukrainian seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their STCW certificates adding to the other reciprocal arrangements in place with Australia, France and Norway. Seafarers with a valid STCW certificate issued by Ukraine can now apply for a Canadian endorsement.  Ukrainian seafarers are advised to consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website titled, Ukraine immigration measures: Open Work permits for Ukrainians.

Updated COVID-19 measures for passenger vessels

Transport Canada has advised that on March 31st Minister Alghabra signed Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Vessel Restrictions and Vaccination Requirements Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), outlining vaccination and testing requirements for crew, guests and visitors on passenger vessels. An information sheet and additional supporting documentation that has been updated regarding the federal vaccination mandate: -    Ship Safety Bulletin No. 17/2021 - Measures for Persons (other than passengers) on Canadian Vessels and Foreign Passenger Vessels Operating in Canadian Waters to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 -    Ship Safety Bulletin No.18/2021 – Measures to Support Safe Cruise Travel in Canada An infographic is also available at:

TSB releases findings on CP derailment

The Transportation Safety Board released its investigation report (R19C0015) into the 2019 derailment of two locomotives and 99 cars of a 112 car grain train, in which the three crew members were fatally injured near Field, BC.  TSB concluded that the brake cylinders on the freight cars were leaking compressed air and with the cold temperature, this reached a critical threshold.  The train reached 53 mph, and was unable to negotiate a sharp curve due to a loss of braking power, resulting in the derailment. CP Railway has publicly stated that they feel that TSB misrepresented the facts and the conclusion was drawn by inappropriate extrapolation of data and unsupported inferences.  CP will address their concerns directly with TSB.

ECCC reminds of export controls on waste

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) would like to remind all exporters of controls and permit requirements that can apply to exports of plastic, paper and metal scrap/ waste from Canada to many countries. Canada implements its responsibilities for various International Agreements on waste through the Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations (XBR). It is important to note that the definition of a hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material in the XBR captures many scrap/ waste commodities that are not commonly considered hazardous in Canada.  Scrap plastic, paper, and metal shipments moving between Canada and the USA, are only considered hazardous if they exhibit hazardous properties or contain hazardous materials. However, wastes controlled by the Basel Convention that transit through the USA to a Basel Convention Party are subject to export permit requirements. For more information please visit the ECCC website on the XBR at

National Supply Chain Task Force Co-Chairs announced

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that Jean Gattuso and Louise Yako have agreed to co-chair the National Supply Chain Task Force. The Task Force will consult broadly with industry, associations and experts to examine the key pressures and make recommendations regarding short and long-term actions to strengthen the efficiency, fluidity and resiliency of transportation infrastructure and reliability of Canada’s supply chain. Mr. Gattuso and Ms. Yako are active members in their communities and bring a wide array of knowledge and expertise to their positions. Additional members of the Task Force will be announced shortly and in the meantime, Transport Canada is gathering input via its Let's Talk Supply Chain portal.

Canada revokes MFN status from Russia and Belarus

Canada Border Services Agency has issued revised Customs Notice 22-02 to withdraw the entitlement to the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff for goods that originate in Russia or Belarus effective March 2, 2022.  This order does not apply to goods that were in transit to Canada on or before . For the purpose of this Customs Notice, "in transit to Canada" refers to goods bound to Canada which were under the control of a carrier on or before . Importers should have in their possession proof that such goods were in transit to Canada on or before . Such proof may include, but is not limited to, the following documentation: shipping documents, report of entry documents, and cargo control documents and it may be requested at any time by a Canada Border Services Agency officer.

Canada removing pre-entry test requirements for vaccinated travellers

The Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test. For partially or unvaccinated travelers who are currently allowed to travel to Canada, pre-entry testing requirements are not changing.  Note that guidelines respecting the mobility of asymptomatic, presumed non-COVID-19-carrying seafarers in the marine sector covered under Ship Safety Bulletin 06/022 are unaffected by this announcement.

Canada releases report on Blue Economy Strategy engagement

The Government of Canada has released its What we Heard Report summarizing input received during broad engagement on Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy.  A recurring theme in the report is that Canada’s oceans and marine resources must be healthy to support a prosperous blue economy while continuing to support industries that have traditionally relied on the ocean and its resources. To achieve this objective, the natural environment must be valued and measures to protect, conserve, restore and rebuild our marine and coastal resources must be adopted. In the area of marine transportation, two notable recommendations include 1) improving accountability and transparency of Port Authority decision-making - clarify roles and responsibilities and provide a mechanism for appeal of decisions, and 2) Coordinate across departments and agencies to review and streamline port policies, governance, mandate, transparency, and regulatory environment.

2022 North Atlantic Right Whale Protection Measures

On April 20, Transport Canada’s vessel traffic management speed restrictions for all vessels over 13 metres, throughout much of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, will take effect to protect areas where whales are detected. The speed reduction is in addition to other measures such as seasonal and temporary fishing area closures and efforts to address ghost fishing gear by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Canada Launches Impact Canada Oil Spill Response Challenge

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resource launched the $10-million Impact Canada Oil Spill Response Challenge, which encourages innovators to develop rapidly deployable solutions to detect oil spills and to increase oil spill recovery rates in a Canadian context. The Challenge will assess technologies through two streams: detection, to improve data availability and accuracy to inform oil spill response measures; and recovery, to clean up oil spills in aquatic environments to the fullest extent possible and expedite environmental recovery.  Innovators who will compete to develop and test their solutions are invited to apply for the Oil Spill Response Challenge by the June 1, 2022, deadline.

New report on labour exploitations in global supply chains

The Government of Canada has released the Labour Exploitation in Global Supply Chains: What We Heard Report. This is an important step towards the Minister of Labour’s mandate commitment to introduce legislation to eradicate forced labour from Canadian supply chains and advance concrete action to ensure that Canadian businesses operating abroad do not contribute to human rights abuses. While participants did note short-term costs associated with addressing forced labour, the long-term benefits were highlighted, particularly as more and more consumers are prioritizing ethical and transparent businesses. Stakeholders are invited to review the Report and share any additional feedback by April 8, 2022.


US News


More scheduled sailings cancelled

With the low volume of exports out of China due to the continuation of COVID restrictions, major ocean carrier alliances have announced cancellations of at least a third of their scheduled sailings out of Asia through early June, affecting Asia-Europe services more than transpacific. Asia - US West Coast rates fell 3% this week while Asia - North Europe prices were unchanged, though rates on both lanes have decreased by more than 20% since the first lockdown began in Shenzhen in March.  According to Freightos Weekly Update, there is no sign of slowing US demand for ocean imports. March set a new record for monthly container imports, and though volumes from April through August are expected to be below that level, imports this summer are projected to be higher than last year.  These volume increases may reflect the pull forward of peak season demand as importers try to get ahead of both the delays experienced last year and the possibility of additional slowdowns at West Coast ports in July when an important dockworker labour contract expires.

Diesel supply impacting US trucking

According to several trade publications, diesel supplies on the US East Coast are now the lowest in almost 20 years and some are saying that diesel is now surpassing labour as the industry's No. 1 expense.  Reduced diesel supplies out of Russia combined with a loss of US refining capacity could have a devastating impact on the supply chain. Refinery utilization nationwide was at 90% last week. That is right about in the middle of where utilization has come for the first weekly report of May over the past six years, excluding the pandemic-related operations of 2020. The EIA, in July of last year, said it had removed six refineries from its permanent base of refining capacity. While that can be offset by capacity expansions and de-bottlenecking elsewhere, the end result is that even at full capacity — and the nation’s refining system never operates at 100% — there is less capability to produce refined products in the US than there was two years ago.  The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in Ohio reached a record $5.24 for the state.  Semi-trucks can carry between 120 and 150 gallons of diesel fuel and to fill a quarter of a tank costs can range between $900-$1,100.

MARAD provides record funding to ports

The US Department of Transportation added $234.3 million to its previously announced $450 million this year for port infrastructure investments through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program. The $684.3 million is the highest level of funding ever made available for the program. The grants which are awarded on a competitive basis go to projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port. Coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports are eligible to receive funding and this year the program was expanded as part of the infrastructure law passed by the US Congress to include projects that reduce or eliminate port-related criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas emissions. Last year’s program awarded $241 million in funds to 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory. Among the largest grants were $52 million for a rail expansion project at the Port of Long Beach, $18 million toward the expansion of Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal, nearly $16 million to Tacoma for an off-dock container storage facility, and nearly $15 million to Brunswick, Georgia for the development of a fourth Ro-Ro berth for the auto industry. Other projects supported the developing offshore wind industry with $29.5 million for the wind tower port manufacturing project in Albany, New York, and $20 million for Portsmouth, Virginia’s development of the Marine Terminal to stage wind turbines and other materials. Smaller grants addressed inland ports and navigation.

New hydrogen and ammonia production facility

Enbridge and Humble plan to develop a utility-scale ultra-low carbon production facility, capable of supplying both low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia. The facility will be located at the Enbridge Ingleside Energy Center (EIEC) near Corpus Christi, Texas. Moreover, up to 95 percent of the CO2 from the production process will be sequestered in a new carbon capture infrastructure. This will include facilities owned and operated by Enbridge. Therefore, this will be a fully integrated low-carbon solution. This follows a recent announcement of similar developments announced recently in Japan and Portugal opening the door for green shipping corridors in the near future.

PMA releases study on automation

This week Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) released its study on "Terminal Automation in Southern California: Implications for Growth, Jobs, and the Future Competitiveness of West Coast Ports." The timing of the release ahead of contract negotiations between dockworkers and employers on the US west coast scheduled to start on May 12th has been criticized by the ILWU.  The study finds that container throughput per acre at the two automated terminals of the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex was 44% higher than at the 11 non-automated box facilities at the twin ports. Furthermore, the report finds that automation increased ILWU jobs and work opportunities and that paid hours grew more than twice the level at the non-automated terminals and that the overall workforce at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports grew more than at the other 27 West Coast ports.

FMC gains insight on alliance carrier operations

The three global ocean carrier alliances (2M, OCEAN, and THE) and each of their member companies will now be required to provide enhanced pricing and capacity information, providing the Federal Maritime Commission with uniform data to use in assessing ocean carrier behavior and marketplace competitiveness. The newly mandated information will provide the Commission’s Bureau of Trade Analysis (BTA) with insight into the pricing of individual trade lanes and by container and service type. It will also provide more immediate information regarding capacity management decisions of ocean carriers and alliances.  Carriers participating in an alliance will need to submit pricing information on cargo moved on the major trade lanes, and both carriers and alliances will be mandated to submit comprehensive information related to capacity management. One of the key responsibilities of the Commission, through BTA, is to continuously monitor compliance with agreement authorities and to determine if agreements have an anticompetitive impact on the marketplace. The Commission will assess its reporting requirements continuously and adjust the information it requires ocean carriers and alliances to file as circumstances and business practices change. Additional changes to requirements will be issued as warranted.

USCG releases 2021 report on port state control

The US Coast Guard has released its 2021 annual report on Port State Control. Flag Administration performance for 2021 dropped slightly with the overall annual detention rate decreasing from 0.77% to 0.73%.  Additionally, the three-year rolling detention ratio decreased from 1.02% to 0.87%. Barbados, Cook Islands, Liberia, Malta, and the Philippines were removed from the Targeted Flag List this year. In 2021, the Coast Guard issued nearly double the deficiencies for non-compliance with the regulations over the previous year’s numbers. The majority of the deficiencies were issued to vessels with inoperable systems, deficient ballast water management plans, and to those that failed to report mandatory ballast water practices to the National Ballast Water Clearinghouse (NBIC) within specified timeframes. On the positive side, the Coast Guard is seeing a trend of vessels reporting their inoperable systems prior to arrival and a 60% reduction in the number of discharges of non-compliant ballast water into waters of theUnited States.

Supply chain officers on automation and sustainability

According to the results of a new study from IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Celonis on supply chain resiliency, Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) recognize the critical role that hybrid cloud, AI, process mining and execution management play in helping them overcome the disruptions they've faced over the last two years. In fact, 72% of CSCOs surveyed expect their processes and workflows to be automated over the next three to five years—and 69% plan to accelerate cloud adoption to enhance real-time data access. The study, The resilient digital supply chain: How intelligent workflows balance efficiency and sustainability, surveyed almost 500 CSCOs across 10 industries including banking, consumer products, manufacturing and automotive. Furthermore, 66% of surveyed CSCOs said sustainability is a core element of overall business value. More than half (51%) of CSCOs surveyed said they would be willing to sacrifice profit—on average 5% to improve sustainability outcomes—equating to $22bn for US Fortune 500 companies in one year.

Swire Shipping acquires Westwood Shipping Lines

Swire Shipping Pte Ltd, a leading operator of liner shipping services in the Asia-Pacific and around the globe,  announced that its affiliate, SSPL US Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire US-based Westwood Shipping Lines Inc., from J-WeSco Ltd, a subsidiary of The Sumitomo Warehouse Co. Ltd. The acquisition complements Swire Shipping’s growth strategy to widen its liner network while also vertically integrating many of its shipping services with first- and last-mile land services. Swire Shipping currently owns a multi-purpose fleet providing a wide range of specialist customer solutions for containerised, project, heavy lift, breakbulk and mini-bulk cargoes. Founded in 1980, Westwood services the Transpacific trade as a first- class multipurpose operator dedicated to Japan, Korea and China markets to and from Pacific Northwest. It is headquartered in Puyallup, WA. Jeremy Sutton, Chief Operating Officer, Swire Shipping, said after the closing of the acquisition, Westwood will continue to provide its current services with its strong team of professionals in Japan, USA, Canada, Korea, and China. Senwa Maritime Agency, Ltd., will also continue to serve as Westwood’s general agent in Japan, along also with Hyop Woon International Co., Ltd., its long-term agent in Korea. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

US West coast labour negotiations to start in May

Negotiations on a new contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are set to begin in May, prior to the expiration of the existing agreement on June 30. The ILWU in this negotiation represents approximately 14,000 port workers in California, Oregon, and Washington, with more than 40 percent of U.S. incoming container traffic moving through West Coast ports at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to industry estimates. The PMA represents shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 West Coast ports.  ILWU's top executive is expressing optimism that a new deal will be reached without further disrupting the US supply chain.

California to establish four inland depots

The California Inland Port (CIP) project, a $30 billion, 400-mile trade corridor that will stretch from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Sacramento continues planning for four major inland hub ports and seven smaller satellite ports that would relieve congestion at the seaports while increasing cargo velocity to and from California's container ports.  The CIP project is expected to unfold quickly over the next 12 to 18 months, with facilities likely to be completed in three to five year. The project is supported by a coalition of ports, importers, exporters, and transportation interests.

US-Mexico border disruption comes to an end

Border crossings between the US and Mexico were disrupted last week amid growing frustration due to extra inspections of commercial trucks ordered by the governor of Texas.  On April 6th Governor Greg Abbott ordered officials to conduct vehicle safety inspections at entry ports to uncover the smuggling of people and contraband. Mexican truckers blocked the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in protest resulting in average border wait time of up to 15 hours. Governor Abbot ended his policy of increased inspections of commercial trucks on April 15th after reaching migrant border security agreements with governors of nearby Mexican states. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas stated that the loss of fresh fruit and vegetable due to delays are estimated to be more than $240 million.

US establishes Marine Debris Foundation

A new US organization is joining the fight to keep ocean and Great Lakes free of marine debris. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) selected the inaugural Board of Directors for the new Marine Debris Foundation established in December 2020 with the passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act.  The group's purpose will include encouraging, accepting, and administering private gifts of property for the benefit of, or in connection with, efforts to address marine debris and to perform other functions related to marine debris.

Admiral Fagan nominated as 27th USCG Commandant

President Joe Biden nominated Adm. Linda L. Fagan to serve as the 27th Commandant of the US Coast Guard. Upon confirmation, Adm. Fagan will be the first woman to serve as Commandant of the Coast Guard.  Adm. Fagan is currently Vice Commandant and previously served as Commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area overseeing operations from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. The Pacific Area Commander concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force West providing Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Adm. Fagan is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, as the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety field. Pending confirmation, Adm. Fagan is expected to relieve the current Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Karl L. Schultz, during a change of command ceremony planned for June 1, 2022 in Washington, DC.

US Senate passes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

The bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act aimed at helping fix supply chain issues and ease shipping backlogs was passed by the US Senate on March 31st. Differences exist between the House and Senate versions, which will require conferencing between the two chambers before the bill can be sent to the President's desk. T he Senate bill, like the House bill, establishes an obligation for carriers to self-police compliance with the Federal Maritime Commission's Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention. In addition, the bill addresses the ocean carriers’ responsibility to carry US export cargo and bill provides the FMC with additional enforcement tools to address ocean carrier practices.

Ever Forward not yet

The vessel Ever Forward ran aground after the ship departed Baltimore on 13 March. Evergreen Line has been making every effort to refloat the container ship, but the most recent effort to free the vessel by deploying five tugs was unsuccessful.  US Coast Guard will make another attempt after more dredging.  In light of the increasing costs associated with attempts to refloat the vessel, Evergreen declared General Average on March 31.  General Average is a maritime law principle requiring that the shipowner and cargo interests proportionately share in the costs associated with rescuing a vessel after a major casualty. When GA is declared, cargo owners are required to contribute to a GA fund before their cargo can be released.

Foreign Trade Zone in Vancouver, WA

In collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Foreign Trade Zone Board, the Port of Vancouver USA has activated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #296. One of the port’s wind energy customers will be the first to utilize the newly activated FTZ. The Port of Vancouver first began the detailed and lengthy process to become a Grantee of a Foreign Trade Zone in 2010. The advantage of an FTZ is that it allows manufacturers to pay duty on the finished product rather than on the individual components, providing significant savings.

CARB passes amendments for harbour crafts

The California Air Resources Board has approved updates to its Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation aimed at reducing emissions from harbor craft like tugboats and ferries operated near California’s coast to improve public health in nearby communities. The current commercial harbor craft regulation accelerated the move to Tier 2 and 3 engines for select categories beginning in 2009 through 2022; the new amendments will require zero-emission options where feasible, and cleaner combustion Tier 3 and 4 engines on all other vessels. Short run ferries, which include those traveling less than three nautical miles over a single run, will be required to be fully zero-emission by the end of 2025. By 2035, the amendments are expected to result in an 89 percent reduction of diesel soot (also known as particulate matter) and a 54 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides.

Ocean Shipping Reform Act gets Senate Committee approval

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has given bipartisan approval to the Ocean Shipping Reform Act.  The bill seeks to update federal regulations for the global shipping industry and intends to level the playing field for American exporters by making it harder for ocean carriers to unreasonably refuse goods ready to export at ports, and it would give the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) greater rulemaking authority to regulate harmful practices by carriers. To advance the bill, full Senate approval is now required.  The World Shipping Council reiterated that this does nothing to address the root cause of the US landside congestion keeping ships at bay.

FMC providing more rights to refunds for cruise disruptions

The Federal Maritime Commission is amending its regulations governing non-performance by Passenger Vessel Operators (PVO/cruise lines) and establishing new requirements for when cruise passengers should be provided refunds for cancelled or delayed voyages. The changes define non-performance as cancelling a voyage or delaying a voyage by three or more calendar days if a passenger elects not to embark on delayed or substituted voyage offered by a PVO and allow passengers to make direct claims against financial responsibility instruments maintained by PVOs. On that note passengers that were booked with Crystal Cruises, LLC, that has filed a petition for Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors in Florida, have until June 11th to file a claim.


International News


EU coordinates efforts to move Ukraine's grain

The European Commission is in a race against time to help shift Ukraine's grain by end of July to meet demand and free up silo capacity for the next harvest. 75 percent of Ukraine's grain production is exported and accounts for approximately 20 percent of the country's export revenue. The European Commission is stepping with its EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes strategy to unblock borders with Ukraine and boost capacity on road and rail routes to export Ukrainian grain, while also sourcing vessels and free warehouse capacity inside EU countries to store excess produce. The scale of the challenge is huge. Earlier this month, a ship carrying 70,000 metric tons of Ukrainian cereals left the port of Constanța in Romania — it had to be supplied by 49 barges and trains running across the border. The Commission aims to move almost 300 times that much freight in less than three months.

Allianz report highlights concerns re cargo fires

The maritime industry’s most anticipated annual report on incidents and casualties, Allianz’s Safety & Shipping Review 2022, is out with a special supplemental section dedicated to the Ukraine war.  The report identifies cargo fires as a priority concern. There have been over 70 reported fires on container ships alone in the past five years, the report notes. Fires often start in containers, which can be the result of non-/mis-declaration of hazardous cargo, such as chemicals and batteries – around 5% of containers shipped may consist of undeclared dangerous goods. Fires on large vessels can spread quickly and be difficult to control, often resulting in the crew abandoning ship, which can significantly increase the final cost of an incident. Fires have also become a major loss driver for car carriers as well, and sustainability concerns driving up costs of salvage and wreck removal. When large vessels get into trouble, emergency response and finding a port of refuge can be challenging. Specialist salvage equipment, tugs, cranes, barges and port infrastructure are required, which adds time and cost to a response.

ICS and Suez Canal Authority sign landmark agreement

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering key issues impacting international ship owners and operations of the Suez Canal. The year-long commitment will increase information sharing and negotiations on the movement of global trade through the Canal. It will open communication on long-term strategies for toll pricing, environmental protection, and decarbonization. The organizations hope it will lead to in-depth collaboration on operational and structural policies of the Canal, the safety and security of transiting vessels, and enhancing pilotage, towing and repair services. The agreement follows a period of close cooperation between the two organizations, who have been in regular contact over the Covid-19 pandemic, and during the grounding of the Ever Given in 2021. Egypt is increasingly positioning itself as a key figure in the shipping decarbonization effort, and the country will host COP27 this November. A maritime delegation led by ICS is scheduled to return to Egypt for the UN climate summit to continue meaningful dialogue on shipping’s transition to net-zero.

Repatriation of over 600 i-Kiribati seafarers completed

The full repatriation of over 600 i-Kiribati seafarers to Tarawa, capital of the Republic of Kiribati, has been completed.  This week, six seafarers arrived in Tarawa, marking the end of a two-year period of repatriation blighted by pandemic-related restrictions and delays.  The repatriation was led by a coalition of employers, unions and NGOs, in tandem with the government of Kiribati, who successfully navigated global travel restrictions and shifting covid protocols, to return the seafarers home.  The seafarers returned in groups due to pandemic-related travel restrictions across the globe. From November 2020 – April 2021, 362 Kiribati seafarers returned via Fiji to Tarawa on various flights organised by the Kiribati government. In November 2021, 141 Kiribati seafarers returned on a vessel hired by their employer.  At the start of 2022, 73 seafarers were repatriated in groups of around 10 on flights chartered by the Kiribati government, employers, and a religious organisation that supports seafarers. The remaining six seafarers repatriated from Fiji this week and will complete their quarantine in a government facility, as have all the repatriated seafarers both before departing and upon arrival.

India invokes emergency law to address power crisis

India is planning to reopen more than 100 coal mines previously considered financially unsustainable. India is facing its worst power crisis in over six years, and officials have been scrambling to arrange supply for power plants whose pre-summer inventories are at over nine-year lows with power demand set to rise at the fastest pace in at least 38 years. Over 43% of the plants fired by imported coal, which have a total capacity of 17.6 gigawatts (GW) and account for 8.6% of India’s total coal power capacity, are currently idle. Financially stressed idle plants will be able to restructure debt, while a government committee will facilitate passing on higher costs of generation to customers, the government said in an order.

Seafarers remain trapped in Ukrainian ports

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) advises that 500 seafarers remain onboard 109 vessels stranded in Ukraine ports or nearby seas and calls for the preservation of humanitarian corridors.  Approximately 1,500 seafarers have been evacuated from stranded vessels via humanitarian corridors that included flights and buses from ports, organized by maritime labour supply states of those affected.  Some of the evacuees are still awaiting further transfer from shore locations in Ukraine.  The International Labour Organization (ILO), the IMO, UNHCR and humanitarian organizations have coordinated deliveries of food, water, and medicines to the remaining crew. While some supplies have reached the intended recipients, delivering aid continues to be extremely difficult, particularly in high-risk areas.  The affected crew are largely from the Philippines and India, while other nationalities include Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese, Danish, Greek and Turkish.

Shanghai's COVID lockdown continues

China's Covid lockdowns are worsening congestion at Chinese ports, resulting in carriers suspending their services and cancelling bookings for cargo exported to China. Over-the road and intermodal shipments from Shanghai are reported to be down by 41 percent, while deliveries dropped by 72 percent over the last month. Four Kites data shows strong ocean cargo flows at Shenzhen (where lockdown was recently lifted) and Ningbo-Zhoushan ports, however ocean freight in Shanghai has dropped by 23 percent over the last two weeks, and due to the Covid restrictions, the two-week average import time was up to eight days, increasing the ocean dwell time by 144 percent. Imports of refrigerated products have been severely impacted and some lines have stopped booking reefer and dangerous cargo containers to Shanghai. Exports were down by 20 percent.

Baltic Pipe Project in the North Sea

The extensive construction work in the North Sea has been completed and this weekend there was a “hole through” from the Norwegian gas pipeline Europipe II. The gas can flow through the over 120-kilometer-long new gas pipe which is connected to Europipe II and led all the way to the receiving terminal in Nybro by Varde. In addition, Baltic Pipe is scheduled for partial commissioning by October and full commissioning on 1 January 2023.

Hapag-Lloyed to equip all containers with tracking devices

Hapag-Lloyd will equip its entire container fleet with real-time tracking devices. After successfully introducing real-time monitoring for its reefer container fleet in 2019 with the IoT product Hapag-Lloyd LIVE, the company will start to install newly developed devices to all standard containers of its three million TEU fleet. Hapag-Lloyd continues to further digitalize container shipping and Hapag-Lloyd LIVE will become available for customers of its standard containers during 2023.  The devices will be able to transmit data on a real-time basis from each container and by this make the supply chain more transparent and efficient. They can supply location data based on GPS, measure temperature and monitor any sudden shocks to the container. In future, additional sensors could be added through Bluetooth. To ensure safety for crews, cargo, and vessels the devices are designed and certified to the ATEX Zone 2 explosion proof standard. The company will continue to work together with key customers to develop and expand the product and its features based on their feedback.

Running low of MGO in Europe

Supplies of a vital ship fuel are running low in northwest Europe as the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to upend oil markets. Adding to the shortage is the planned seasonal maintenance happening at many European refineries. The cost of low-sulfur marine gasoil has surged in Antwerp in recent weeks. The price has risen even more quickly than Brent crude futures, indicating increased competition for the ship fuel. MGO is similar to diesel, the price of which has also soared since the war began.

Carriers using digital tools to broaden customer reach

According to new research from Freightos, 73% of liner carriers surveyed offer online quoting capability, compared to 20% in 2019 when the first study on digital connectivity was held. The survey research was based on a survey of 7 of the top 11 ocean carriers and 24 air cargo carriers. In addition, carriers were nearly 3 times more likely to offer rates via their own site and 2.5 times more likely to offer instant electronic booking. The integrated service connects various capabilities via application programming interfaces (APIs) which improve customer reach, third-party marketplaces and software providers' access. The report stated that consolidators are making API development for connections with their own customers essential to their strategy.  

IMO launches free e-learning platform

IMO is adding e-learning to its portfolio of services. The first free to access course was launched during an online event (7 April), in the margin of its Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee meeting. IMO has developed a number of e-Learning courses with the purpose of increasing the capacity of Member States to effectively implement IMO instruments. Some courses are also available to anyone interested in maritime issues wishing to enhance their maritime knowledge. The first such course is: "An Introduction to Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation", designed to provide a basic introduction to those involved in, or that have an interest in, matters related to oil pollution preparedness and response, whether from within the oil spill response community or the maritime sector. The series of e-Learning courses is being developed in collaboration with the World Maritime University. Distance learning has become key in meeting the changing educational needs in the maritime industry and IMO is offering students and maritime professionals around the world the possibility to boost their understanding of key maritime issues. Click here to visit the e-learning platform.

Corvus fuel cell gets Approval in Principle

The Corvus Energy Hydrogen Fuel Cell System developed through the H2NOR project has received Approval in Principle (AiP) by DNV for its groundbreaking safety solution enabling simplified placement of the system inside a ship’s hull. This is the first fuel cell system (FCS) designed to be inherently gas safe meaning that the surrounding machinery space will be considered gas safe under all conditions. This design significantly reduces the number of requirements for the safety and ventilation support systems, thereby enabling a more efficient integration onboard the ship. The Corvus Fuel Cell System can serve as the main power source or as an additional power source to increase fuel flexibility onboard. With water being the only exhaust, the Corvus Fuel Cell will allow a ship to operate in any harbour and protected area. Onboard sailing pilots will take place in 2023 and be commercially available from 2024.

EU in demand for coal and gas

According to the European Commission website, the EU relies on Russia for around 45% of its coal imports, 45% of its gas imports and approximately 24% of its oil imports. The proposed restrictions in Europe leave uncertainty about tight gas supplies and coal. The economic impacts are evident; although alternatives to Russian coal and gas exist, they will require an increase in the price. The world’s top coal exports, Australia, and Indonesia, have hit their production limits and are unlikely to meet EU demands. Alex Stuart-Grumbar, a dry bulk analyst, stated that the need to import more coal would be positive for the larger Panamax and Capesize shipping segments on longer trade routes. Stuart-Grumbar commented: “The initial disruption to trade patterns will be positive for dry bulk markets, though ultimately, this will push global coal prices higher, incentivizing China and India to produce more coal domestically.”

EU bans Russian vessels from ports

The European Commission President, Ursula von Leyen, released the fifth package of sanctions. The EC will impose an import ban on coal; a full transaction ban on 4 Russian banks, and a ban on Russian vessels and Russian-operated vessels from accessing EU ports. In addition, the European Commission had indicated additional sanctions underway, including on oil imports.

Westgarth new President of UK Chamber of Shipping

One of our past members and maritime industry veteran Graham Westgarth has become the new President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, taking over from John Denholm CBE. A distinguished career in the shipping and maritime sector spanning over 50 years made Westgarth a natural and popular successor. After serving 18 years at sea, the last 5 of which he served as  Master Mariner, Westgarth’s career has seen him hold several senior executive roles with companies including GasLog Limited, Teekay Corporation and Maersk UK.

Shanghai lockdown adding to supply chain chaos

Shanghai is going through a staggered lockdown this week as it battles its biggest surge of COVID cases in two years with more than 5,000 new cases daily.  China's zero-tolerance policy is now imposing stringent quarantine measures including home isolation for all residents and cancellation of all public transport while authorities test all 25 million residents – first in the city's eastern Pudong district, then in western Puxi district starting Friday. The speed at which the lockdown was announced left the city's residents scrambling to secure food and supplies. Offices and all businesses not considered essential will be closed and public transport suspended, creating major shortages on manpower and trucking availability. Container movement between Shanghai and the nearby industrial areas in Jiangsu province are all restricted.

Panama Canal proposes simplified toll structure

The Panama Canal has issued a proposal for a new simplified toll structure that will provide price stability.  The new structure will reduce the number of tariffs from 430 to less than 60, offering an easier way for customers to use the Panama Canal. This simplified system will minimize unnecessary complexity and facilitate transactions by eliminating toll bands and introducing tariffs based on the locks used and vessel size. Along with the proposed changes to its toll structure, the Panama Canal is planning to invest an estimated $2 billion in water projects, and will pursue additional investments in digital transformation, infrastructure maintenance, as well as new infrastructure and equipment to become carbon neutral by 2030. Interested parties in the proposed toll structure are invited to participate in the consultation process at a public hearing or by submitting comments by May 17, 2022.

Northern Europe and Baltic Sea establishing green corridors

The Port Authorities of Gdynia, Hamburg, Roenne, Rotterdam, and Tallinn have partnered with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping to initiate a European Green Corridors Network.  The project's goal is to demonstrate the early commercialization of alternative fuel supply chains and provide a roadmap in different locations. Green corridors under the Clydebank Declaration announced during COP-26 in Glasgow are key enablers for shipping's transition. Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of Mærsk McKinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping commented, “Developing green corridors are instrumental in activating industry first-movers across the value chain, and this project can be used as industry references to develop blueprints for new business models and identify the maritime industry’s inter-dependencies. It is truly fascinating to see a whole region and various stakeholders engaged. In addition, we hope this project will help facilitate the important work with maritime standards at the EU and IMO.”

Ukraine forces strike major blow to Russian Navy

Ukrainian armed forces dealt a major blow this week with a successful attack of a large Russian landing ship at the port of Berdiansk in southern Ukraine. The port, which had recently been occupied by Russian forces with several Russian warships in dock, was rocked by a series of heavy explosions soon after dawn on Thursday. Several Russian ships had been unloading military equipment at Berdiansk in recent days, according to reports from the port by Russian media outlets. The successful attack demonstrates Ukraine's increasing and sophisticated capability to attack Russian supply lines.


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The Chamber of Shipping offices will be not be issuing port passes for the Port of Vancouver between December 23, 2020 to January 10, 2021. Arrangement for passes expiring during this period should be made before or after the closure period through the normal on-line process.  Staff will still be available remotely during this period.


Ship of the Week


May 13 - Botnia Enabler

Chinese shipyard CIMC Raffles today delivered Botnia Enabler, the first of two multi-fuel Knud E. Hansen designed ConRo ships, to Gothenburg, Sweden, based Wallenius SOL. With a length of 242 meters, a beam of 35.2 meters and a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane meters, the ship is the world’s largest ice-rated multi-fuel ConRo.  The ship will operate in Europe and the Gulf of Bothnia on the Zeebrugge-Antwerp-Kokkola-Skellefteå-Oulu-Kemi-Travemünde route. Container carrying capacity on the route will increase by almost 300 percent from 336 TEU to 1000 TEU compared to the ship currently serving the route, and RO/RO capacity will increase by almost 100 percent. The multi-fuel (LNG, LBG, diesel or synthetic diesel) Botnia Enabler is significantly more energy-efficient per transported unit than older vessels, and according to Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL’s calculations, will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions on her route by 63 percent per transported unit, but also NOx (96 percent), SOx (99 percent) and particulates (99 percent).

May 6 - Suzaku

The Nippon Foundation has successfully deployed the Suzaku, a 95-meter, 749 metric ton container ship on a 790-kilometer round-trip autonomous voyage between Tokyo Bay and Matsusaka port in the city of Tsu, Mie.  The Suzaku successfully automatically departed from Tokyo Bay on February 26 and crossed to a stretch of water out from the port of Matsusaka, a 20-hour one-way journey, before returning to Tokyo Bay on the morning of March 1. While the crew did engage manual override on a few occasions, the automated collision avoidance system activated 97.4% of the time on the outbound journey and 99.7% of the time on the return journey. One significant feature of the trial was the utilization of a ground support station in Chiba. Described as being “like an airport control tower” and “an essential element in making autonomous shipping a commercial reality,” the station gathers meteorological and marine data, as well information on traffic volumes, and monitors operational status and engine room status, enabling control of the ship to be overridden remotely in an emergency. This was a truly comprehensive trial, complete with sea-to-ground communication links. Around 500 ships traverse Tokyo Bay every day, making it 50% busier than the Singapore Strait and 10 times busier than the Panama Canal.

April 29 - Ulstein Thor

Ulstein has launched 'Ulstein Thor', a 149m 3R (Replenishment, Research and Rescue) design that will feature a Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) to generate vast amounts of clean, safe electricity. This enables the vessel to operate as a mobile power/charging station for a new breed of battery-driven cruise ships. The vessel concept is capable of making the vision of zero-emission cruise operations a reality. MSRs are safe, efficient and operationally proven solutions that work by dissolving Thorium – an abundant, naturally occurring metal with low radioactivity – in liquid salt. The ensuing chain reaction heats the salt, producing steam to drive a turbine and create electricity. Although developments on land are well documented, its potential for delivering clean maritime power has yet to be incorporated into a vessel design. ‘Thor’s’ charging capacity has been scaled to satisfy the power needs of four expedition cruise ships simultaneously. ‘Thor' itself would never need to refuel. As such, ‘Thor’ is intended to provide a blueprint for entirely self-sufficient vessels of the future.

April 29 – BIT WAVE

The first 13,000-dwt LNG dual-fuel chemical tanker "BIT WAVE" built by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group for Swedish shipowner TARBIT successfully delivered. The ship has carried out various degrees of technological innovation such as 1A ice class strengthening, dual-fuel propulsion system, and dual-fuel boiler combined with inert gas. Course/Speed  98.4 / 12.1 kn Current draught 6.2 m IMO/MMSI 9904041/246478000 Length/Beam 130/22 m

April 22 - ElbBLUE

The 1,036-TEU container ship ElbBLUE, former "Wes Amelie"  has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 27% by operating on a blend of climate-neutral, synthetic natural gas (SNG) and conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG). In the case of the ElbBLUE, nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) dropped by almost 87%, while emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulates were almost completely eliminated (~99%). These values were achieved in both the exclusive operation on LNG and on a blend of LNG and SNG. This was the world's first conversion of a container ship to a multi-fuel operation with climate-friendly LNG. Course/Speed: 34.0/0.0 kn Current draught: 6.0 m Navigation Status: Moored IMO/MMSI: 9504059/212787000 Callsign: 5BVX4 Flag: Cyprus Length/Beam: 153/24 m

April 8 - CBO Flamengo

Brazilian offshore vessel operator CBO signed an agreement with the technology group Wärtsilä to convert vessels with hybrid propulsion. The CBO Flamengo is now the first vessel in Latin America to be fitted with a battery pack for hybrid propulsion, compliant with the DNV-GL’s “Battery Power” class notation. CBO aims to improve the vessel’s energy consumption and reduce its carbon footprint by switching diesel and electric energy from batteries. Length/Beam                          89/19m Summer Deadweight (t)       4750 Length Overall (m)                89 Gross Tonnage                        4063 IMO number                           9578880

Apr 1 - Finnsirius

Finnsirius is the first roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry ordered by Finnish ferry operator Finnlines. The keel-laying was celebrated at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, China this week. The construction of the ship began in June last year. The two cargo-passenger vessels will start to operate from Finland to Sweden and Åland Islands in 2023. The combined passenger-cargo vessel will have capacity for about 300 lorries, 200 cars, and 1,100 passengers. The vessels are 235 metres long and they utilize the latest eco-friendly technology such as shore power connection, exhaust gas abatement, waste heat recovery, battery pack, air lubrication, auto-mooring, and a ballast water treatment system. Length o.a., approx. 238.00 m Breadth, moulded 34.00 m Draught, scantling 7.20 m Depth to main deck 9.30 m Deadweight 17,105 t Crew 26 pers Passenger 12 pax Container 300 TEU Lane meters 5,800 m

Mar 25 - With Orca

A Norwegian project emerging from a competition to develop the world’s first zero-emission bulk carrier is proceeding toward its goal of launching service in 2024 after having received design approval.  Incorporating hydrogen for its fuel with wind power and batteries for energy storage, the vessel known as With Orca is being called a milestone in the journey towards a zero-emission future for the shipping industry. The project began in late 2020, and after a six-month competition, with more than 31 shipowners bidding, the With Orca project was selected. The vessel is being designed by Norwegian Ship Design and the hydrogen will be supplied by Statkraft. The Green Shipping Program, a public-private partnership for the development of environmentally advanced shipping projects, facilitated the competition where Felleskjøpet Agri and Heidelberg Cement joined forces in the competition to develop, build, and operate a hydrogen-powered zero-emission bulk carrier. The team selected Egil Ulvan Rederi, a family-owned shipowner based in Trondheim, Norway, to develop, build, and operate a zero-emission cargo ship. The design calls for a 5,500 ton vessel that will be approximately 289 feet in length. With Orca will be powered by hydrogen, stored onboard in compressed form, and the hydrogen combustion engine will be optimized for increased efficiency. The vessel will also have a fuel cell system for energy production in low-load conditions. The self-discharging hydrogen-fueled bulk carrier is expected to enter service in 2024 demonstrating the capabilities of hydrogen and wind propulsion. With Orca will be transporting cargoes for Heidelberg Cement and Felleskjøpet. It will be carrying aggregates from western to eastern Norway and grain in the opposite direction.

Mar 18 - Sleipnir and Thialf

Heerema Marine Contractors' largest crane vessels, Sleipnir and Thialf, have officially switched from using their engines to using shore power. The successful commissioning of the shore power project is the result of a partnership between Eneco, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Heerema with the support of the Gemeente Rotterdam. Shore power will supply Sleipnir and Thialf with sustainable energy that will originate from wind turbines located on the headland nearby or from another renewable source should it be required. The Shore Power connection has a 20 MW capacity, which is the energy equivalent of around 15,000 homes. As the vessels turn off their engines when connected to shore power, virtually all emissions and particulate matter is prevented because no more marine gas oil or LNG in Sleipnir’s case will be used. This also contributes to emissions reduction as turning off the engines on these vessels when moored in the Port of Rotterdam for repair and maintenance saves 15,000 metric tons of CO2, 20 metric tons of particulate matter, 5 metric tons of sulfur, and a significant amount of nitrogen. This is comparable to the annual emissions of 5,000 diesel cars, according to Heerema.

Mar 11 - Endurance

More than a century after it sank off the coast of Antarctica, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance has been located, apparently upright, intact and in good condition beneath Antarctic ice. The 3-masted ship, which sank in 1915, is 3,008 metres (1.9 miles or 9,842 feet) deep in the Weddell Sea, a pocket in the Southern Ocean along the northern coast of Antarctica, south of the Falkland Islands. Endurance departed from the U.K. in 1914 and reached Antarctica's McMurdo Sound the following year on a journey called the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.  However, due to the extreme conditions, the ship got stuck amid thick, impenetrable ice in the Weddell Sea. The 28 men on board, including Shackleton himself, abandoned the Endurance and set up rudimentary camp facilities on board ice floes that were floating northward. Eventually, the team made it to the uninhabited Elephant Island, then some -- including Shackleton -- volunteered to get in a lifeboat and head toward South Georgia Island, finally crossing it on foot to reach Stromness whaling station, which was then manned by the Norwegians, and organize a rescue of the men left behind on Elephant Island. Although the expedition was a failure, the team's survival and eventual rescue months later, without any loss of life, was seen as a triumph of their tenacity and the incredible leadership skills of Shackleton. The Endurance22 mission, organized by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust and using advanced underwater vehicles called Sabertooths fitted with high-definition cameras and scanners, tracked the vessel's remains down.


On February 28, the world’s first LNG dual-fuel VLCC M.V. YUAN RUI YANG was delivered to COSCO SHIPPING Energy, which marks COSCO SHIPPING’s leading position in the world in the application of green, eco-friendly and energy-saving technologies for large tankers. In the context of global energy transformation, this landmark event plays a positive role in demonstrating and leading the drive for energy conservation and emission reduction of large vessels and the realization of emission peak and carbon neutrality in the shipping industry. The YUAN RUI YANG will be operated by COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation Company and has a length of 333 m, molded breadth of 60 m, and molded depth of 30.5 m. Using LNG as its main fuel, it is equipped with the dual-fuel engine, power generators and boiler. In gas mode, the ship's endurance can reach 12,000 nautical miles, with a combined endurance for fuel and gas of 24,000 nautical miles. It makes the design energy efficiency index (EEDI) about 39.3 per cent lower than the baseline value.

Feb 25 - Stena Germanica

Finnish technology company Wärtsilä, Swedish ferry company Stena Line, and Canadian supplier of methanol Methanex Corporation have marked almost seven years of the successful operation of the methanol-fuelled ferry Stena Germanica. This is the first ship in the world to run on methanol as a marine fuel, signifying a major milestone in the continued shift towards a more sustainable future for commercial shipping in line with the industry’s decarbonization efforts. Stena Germanica was converted to be capable of running on methanol fuel at Remontowa Shipyard in Poland in early 2015. The 240-metre long ferry, with a capacity for 1,500 passengers and 300 cars, was retrofitted with a first-of-its-kind fuel-flexible Wärtsilä 4-stroke engine that can run on methanol or traditional marine fuels. The ferry began the world’s first methanol-powered sailings between Gothenburg, Sweden and Kiel, Germany in late March 2015.

Feb 18 - ELECTRA

Boundary Layer Technologies, a California-based marine technology startup has partnered with Danfoss’ Editron division and has signed a Letter of Intent for the supply of an electrical drivetrain system required to power its hydrofoiling electric ferry, ELECTRA. ELECTRA has a proposed range of up to 100 nautical miles and a cruise speed of 40 knots thanks to the combination of a proprietary hydrofoil technology and podded propulsion system. ELECTRA will utilize the EDITRON Marine System, which is a complete DC based power plant and propulsion system specifically designed for marine vessels. This includes DC-distribution, electric power generation, energy storage utilization, propulsion and thruster drivetrains, and overall control and monitoring of the system. The system will be coupled with BLT’s proprietary podded z-drive propulsion system. For ELECTRA, the lightweight EC-C1200-450 inverters will be utilized for propulsion and DC-DC conversion, along with AC inversion for hotel loads, being supplied by ELECTRA’s 700-volt, 6000 KWh lithium ion battery. ELECTRA will also be using a pair of 1.25MW EM-PMI-540-T4000 propulsive motors, which utilize Synchronous Reluctance assisted Permanent Magnet (SRPM) technology to reduce weight and improve power density. The company expects to deliver the first ELECTRAs to customers by Q1 2024 in markets including the United States, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean.

Feb 11 - Tern Island

A first-of-its-kind hybrid-electric tanker is due to arrive to the Port of Gothenburg, where it will emit no greenhouse gases or carbon particulates during port operations. Swedish tanker operator Terntank's Tern Island is equipped with new electric power supply hybrid system, including a battery pack, on-shore power supply and a DC-Link system which is reported to be able to reduce its auxiliary energy consumption during port operations by -99%. The shore power connection has been developed together with the Port of Gothenburg, which is said to be the first port in the world that can connect tankers to electricity. Furthermore, Tern Island, is 100% biofuel compatible. The main engine, boiler and auxiliary engine are designed to reduce the environmental impact and perform safe operations running on biofuels. By combining the optimized hull and rudder design with dual fuel capability, when utilizing 30% biogas, in comparison to a same sized conventional vessel, Tern Island reduces emission by: -70% of CO2 and almost eliminated the emissions of sulphur oxide (-99%), of particle emission, (-99%) and nitrogen oxide (-97%). Tern Island has a cargo capacity of 16,500 cubic meters in 14 epoxy coated tanks. It will be commercially operated by the Finnish North European Oil Trade (NEOT) in the Baltic Sea area and will be included in a pool along with other vessels from Terntank.

Feb 4 - M/V Nukumi

M/V Nukumi departed on her maiden voyage on January 31, 2022, at 06:00, local time in China. The cutting-edge vessel with a deadweight of 26,000 metric tonnes will be the first diesel-electric laker and the first single point loader to operate in Canada. Sailing from Jiangyin, China to Halifax, Canada, M/V Nukumi’s voyage is expected to take six weeks. The distinctive, purpose-designed vessel was created to service Windsor Salt’s need to deliver de-icing salt from its Mines Seleine salt mine on the Magdalen Islands to stockpiles in Montreal, Quebec City, and other destinations within the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland. Windsor Salt’s consistent and timely delivery of de-icing salt helps keep roadways safe during the winter season across Eastern Canada. Windsor Salt and CSL worked together to bring several innovations to enhance sustainability and reduce the environmental footprint of the new ship including: •  Diesel-electric tier 3 engines and a unique hull design that will contribute to cutting CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency; • A ballast water treatment system that is expected to reduce the transfer of invasive species; • Quieter machinery that will reduce vessel noise to protect the area’s North Atlantic right whales and other marine mammals. • Compared to the previous vessel servicing the same salt routes, the new ship is expected to emit approximately 25% less greenhouse gas emissions and 80% fewer harmful air pollutants. The new ship also features several innovations to enhance efficiency and safety including: • A fixed, single point of loading system with a single hopper into which the salt is loaded, combined with a cargo handling system that eliminates the need for the vessel to shift during loading, which will improve the efficiency of cargo operations and the safety of ship and shore personnel. • A modern hull design and state-of-the-art propulsion system to enhance the maneuverability of the vessel and increase the safety of navigation in the shallow Magdalen Island channel.

Jan 28 - Seymour Sun

The methanol-fuelled chemical tanker Seymour Sun, owned by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK Group company based in Singapore, was delivered on Thursday (27 January). The vessel was built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea. Seymour Sun has been equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can use not only heavy fuel oil but also methanol. When navigating using methanol as fuel, the vessel has a new technology that suppresses the production of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by adding water to methanol to lower its temperature during combustion. As a result, the vessel can comply with the IMO’s stringent Tier III NOx emission standard and contribute to environment-friendly transportation without the need for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device. Under the management of NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd., an NYK Group company, the vessel will be engaged in a long-term charter contract with Vancouver-based Waterfront Shipping Limited, which is a subsidiary company of Methanex Corporation, the world’s largest methanol producer.

Jan 14 - Marylin Bell I

The Marilyn Bell I ferry, which connects passengers, vehicles and supplies to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is now the first electric ferry service in Canada to be powered by a zero-emission, lithium-ion power and propulsion system containing no diesel components. PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Airport, celebrated the return to service of the Marilyn Bell I on December 5th following its conversion to 100 percent electric power. In operation since 2010, and upgraded to bio-diesel fuel in 2018, the vessel’s diesel generators and engines were removed in 2021 to make way for a new electric power and propulsion system and a suite of lithium-ion batteries fueled by 100 percent Bullfrog Power renewable electricity. Powered entirely by electricity from clean wind and solar sources provided by Bullfrog Power, the retrofitted Marilyn Bell I has eliminated greenhouse gas emissions from the ferry operation, reducing the airport’s direct emissions by approximately 530 tonnes per year. In addition to operating more efficiently and eliminating related air emissions, the retrofitted vessel builds on the airport’s award-winning Noise Management Program, as it will operate far more quietly, dramatically reducing related noise in the surrounding community.

Jan. 7 - Sea Lion

The Sea Lion had been sitting derelict in Maple Bay for the past five years and was removed in November because of environmental concerns, after the abandoned vessel began listing to one side. After successfully bidding $393,000 to dismantle the tug for the federal government, Jim Drummond and his crew at the Canadian Maritime Engineering yard in Nanaimo is salvaging parts from the vessel for museums. The Sea Lion was built on a one-piece keel from a 120-foot fir log, milled three feet deep and two feet wide, and launched into the waters at Coal Harbour in Vancouver in 1905.  It is the oldest wooden tug boat on the West Coast and it played a significant role in the province’s forestry and maritime industries. it was the first tug to pull massive Davis log rafts weaved together with chains and cables, some 500-feet long and carrying 2.5 million board feet of lumber. The tug answered the call for spruce used in aircraft production during the First World War and for lumber during the Second World War. The Sea Lion had a number of unusual features for a tug at that time including steam-powered steering gear and towing winch, a steel tow line, dual steering and engine controls on the aft deck, and eventually, the first ship-to-shore radio and searchlight in B.C. The Sea Lion was also at the centre of the conflict involving the migrant freighter Komagata Maru that tested Canada’s immigration laws in 1914. That summer, the tug was loaded with 125 armed immigration officers and police in an attempt to force the freighter from Vancouver harbour, but angry passengers repelled the tug by throwing coal and bricks. The event remains a scar on Canadian history. Operating as a tug until 1969, the Sea Lion lived many lives and engine changes since, through several owners — as a private yacht, live-aboard home, charter boat, ecotour vessel and fishing lodge.
Drummond marvels at the original craftsmanship of the tug. “The joinery work is incredible,” he said. “I think of all the hours poured into building this boat and how they did everything without power tools. They used chisels, adzes, planes — everything was by hand.

Dec 24 - HMNZS Te Mana

Last weekend residents of North Vancouver may have seen Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Mana alongside at the Pier.  The Te Mana is Royal New Zealand Navy's second Anzac Class frigate and purpose-built warship constructed to the German MEKO 2000 design.  Te Mana is crewed by 178 sailors including 10 flight personnel from the vast majority of branches and trades in the Navy. Built:  1999 Flag:   New Zealand Type: Navy Frigate Range: 6,000 nm at 18 knots Hull #: F-111 Displacement:  3500 tns LOA: 118 mtrs Beam: 14.8 Mtrs Draught:  6.2 mtrs The Te Mana is the second New Zealand Navy frigate to be upgraded by Lockheed Martin Canada and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd in Victoria, BC.  The ships comprise the entirety of New Zealand's frigate fleet and the upgrades are intended to extend the life of the warships into the mid-2030s. The ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project includes upgrading upgrading the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of HMNZS Te Mana to match current and potential future threats and address obsolescence of some of the current systems. This will include a new combat management system, new radars, electronic detection and other above water sensors, the self-defence missile system, decoys against missiles and torpedoes, and an upgrade to the hull-mounted sonar. HMNZS Te Mana's FSU was completed in late 2021 and following sea acceptance trials she is planned to return to New Zealand in early 2022.

Dec 17 - Island Kwigwis

This week BC Ferries revealed the name of its latest Island Class Ferry at a naming ceremony at its fleet maintenance facility in Richmond, BC.  Island Kwigwis is the newest vessel to join the fleet and will begin service in the spring of 2022, allowing for two-ship operation on the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route. The name Kwigwis, which means "eagle of the sea," was selected with support from the 'Na̲mg̲is First Nation and celebrates the beauty of the journey and the important connection to coastal communities. Today's ceremony began with a few words from BC Ferries and Damen Shipyards, followed by the unveiling of the ships' name, and the christening of the hull. In keeping with maritime tradition, BC Ferries selected sponsors for each of the ships. These roles are important – each sponsor bestows the ship with good luck and protection for all those who travel on them. Each Island Class ship has a community sponsor and a sponsor from the BC Ferries family. Chief Bill Cranmer from 'Na̲mg̲is First Nation christened Island Kwigwis along with Linda Provost, Planning and Business Advisor with BC Ferries. Island Class ferries have the capacity to carry up to 47 vehicles and up to 450 passengers and crew. They are battery equipped ships designed for future full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure and funding becomes available in B.C. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service.