COS Weekly Newsletter - Wednesday, 27 October 2021


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          Wednesday, 27 October 2021

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Ruest announces retirement from CN

Canadian National Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest has laid the groundwork for his retirement from the company. In a release Tuesday afternoon, the railway said Ruest will step down from his executive duties and his role as a board director at the end of January, or at a later time to ensure a “flawless transition” with his successor. The Board has established a CEO search committee although TCI Fund Management Ltd., one of CN’s top shareholders has identified former CN Rail executive, Jim Vena as a potential successor.

The Ocean Cleanup completes testing

The Ocean Cleanup, the non-profit developing and scaling technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, announced proof of technology upon returning to Victoria Harbour with trash collected from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. From nine test extractions, the organization collected a total of 28,659 kilograms (63,182 pounds) of plastic from the ocean, of which 9,014 kilograms (or 19,872 pounds) was removed in a single haul. With this confirmation from testing, the organization will immediately return to the infamous gyre to start cleaning the ocean’s largest accumulation of plastic debris. Eight years after its founding and three years since launching its first cleanup system, the organization has effectively harvested plastic with a scalable ocean cleanup design. The Ocean Cleanup has ended its testing campaigns in the gyre, shifting its focus to cleanup; while, simultaneously, initiating the development of the larger, upgraded System 003, which is expected to be the blueprint design for scaling to a fleet of systems.  The organization expects to deploy a fleet of ten systems capable of reducing 50% of the gyre every five years. Meanwhile, its efforts to stop plastic from entering the ocean via rivers will continue with new Interceptor projects planned to begin this year and next.

Victoria - Seattle fast ferry service suspended

The Victoria Clipper, a passenger-only vessel that travels between Pier 69 in downtown Seattle and the Belleville Terminal in downtown Victoria in two hours and 45 minutes, has halted operations until spring 2022 due to reduced service demand. Service had only just resumed in mid-September after 17 months of cancelled sailings while non-essential travel between Canada and the United States was forbidden. Unfortunately a majority of the employees will be furloughed until service resumes.

Tsawwassen First Nation and VFPA sign historic agreement

Tsawwassen First Nation and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have signed a historic relationship agreement. As neighbours and partners, the agreement will formalize the partnership between Tsawwassen First Nation and the port authority, govern their long-term relationship, and provide a framework to support collaborative work together in Tsawwassen Traditional territory.  The relationship agreement reflects the joint commitment to act as partners in protecting Tsawwassen lands, upholding treaty rights and advancing collective goals of environmental stewardship. The agreement represents a promise to work together in a manner that reflects mutual respect and ensures that everyone’s voice is treated equally.

VFPA Fee Amendment Notice for 2022

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has published its proposed fee amendments for 2022. The amendments apply a 0.7% CPI increase to berthage, wharfage and harbour dues. Annually adjusted rates for the existing Gateway Infrastructure Fee (GIF) and the new GIF are also included.  The draft fee document for 2022 is available at and comments will be accepted prior to December 16, 2021. 

Construction begins on marine fuel terminal in Prince Rupert

Wolverine Terminals ULC has announced that it is starting construction of its Marine Fuel Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert to provide fuel distribution services for large vessels visiting the Port. The Project is aligned with Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) land use planning and development strategy, and the addition of a dedicated marine fuel facility to the Port of Prince Rupert provides a critical service for a competitive and growing gateway. The operation of the fuel terminal is subject to PRPA’s updated bunkering guidelines that reflect global best practices. To learn more about the Project, visit:

COSCO Shipping launches Prince Rupert CEN-Express Service

COSCO Shipping Lines launched two "express lines", which are the "Prince Rupert express line" (CEN-EXPRESS) calling Qingdao-Shanghai-Prince Rupert and the "Los Angeles express line" (CEN-PLUS) calling Tianjin-Qingdao-Shanghai-Los Angeles. The CEN-EXPRESS is a brand-new service by COSCO Shipping based on its long-term operation locally at Prince Rupert for more than ten years. Relying on the combined cooperation with local railway companies, COSCO connects express unit-trains, creating joint advantages of sea-rail intermodal transportation and  avoiding the congestion of LA/LB terminals with direct rail service to US Mid-West inland areas such as Chicago, Memphis and Detroit. The transit time will be 2 weeks shorter compared with the current conventional path. Five 4250 TEU vessels will be deployed on the CEN-EXPRESS, thus providing 1500 TEU of incremental weekly capacity.

VFPA community investment program for RBT2

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has announced details of its Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project community investment program, which will provide $6 million to Delta organizations and students, should the project proceed. The program includes three components: a community fund, community grants, and an education fund.  Funding will be distributed in phases, with an initial $500,000 from the community fund made available should a positive project decision be received from the federal government. The remaining funds will be made available once a final investment decision is made and will continue throughout the duration of construction.

Canada imported nearly 9 billion barrels of foreign oil since 1988

Despite Canada’s position as one of the world’s top oil producers with one of the largest global oil reserves, crude oil imports into Canada have become a significant part of the country’s energy mix, particularly since 2000.  According to the Canadian Energy Centre, between 1988 and 2020, Canada imported nearly nine billion barrels of crude oil from other countries, an average of over 745,000 barrels per day over the period. Crude oil imports into Canada more than doubled between 1988 and 2008, increasing from 148 million barrels to nearly 329 million barrels annually. Since 2008, crude oil imports to Canada have fallen by about 37 per cent, yet at over 206 million barrels in 2020, they remain nearly 39 per cent above the 1988 level.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Chamber of Shipping recognized the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada on September 30th by highlighting some of the association's recent involvement through initiatives under the Oceans Protection Plan and co-authoring an article with the Council of the Haida Nation, showcasing the Voluntary Protection Zone Pilot Project off the West Coast of Haida Gwaii. The article appears in a special edition of the Hill Times.

Ocean Group acquires Samson Tugboats

Ocean Group has announced the acquisition of Samson Tugboats Inc., a BC company specializing in ship-docking services in the Fraser River since 2011. With the acquisition of Samson Tugboats and its two tugs, Ocean Group will now have six harbour tugs in the region and the benefits of the business relationships established by the management team of Samson Tugboats.

Ocean scientists expand research with portable labs

Tucked away on the deck of the offshore supply ship, Atlantic Condor,  is a portable chemistry lab developed by a group of scientists from Dalhousie University through the Modular Ocean Research Infrastructure program largely funded by Irving Shipbuilding and MEOPAR. With limited availability and access to research vessels, portable labs can transform any vessel into a research vessel. Canada's primary East Coast offshore oceanographic science vessel, CCGS Hudson, is 58-years-old vessel and spent three of the last five years in refit. A generator failure earlier this year forced it to curtail one mission, cancel another and raised concerns from onboard scientists about the ship's condition. Completion of the first of five mission was marked Thursday by an event at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth.

New passenger ferry service for Nanaimo

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) and the Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) in conjunction with Conqora Capital Partners Inc. (Conqora) have entered into agreements for the purpose of providing a high-speed passenger ferry service that will connect Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver. The NPA has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Conqora which provides access to the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf for vessel berths, welcome terminals, parking and passenger connectivity areas. The agreements signed recognize the SFN rights, lands, and waterways upon which the high-speed passenger ferry service will operate.

Port of Prince Rupert launches Gateway Council

Port of Prince Rupert employers, industries, and labour organizations have established the Port of Prince Rupert Gateway Council (Gateway Council) and released an economic impact study that revealed strong employment benefits associated with the movement of trade through the Prince Rupert Gateway that helped offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Economic Impact Study highlights total economic output from port industry activity as $1.4 billion with direct full-time employment of 3700 with total wages of $360 million. The Gateway Council will work together to identify and advocate for Gateway supply chain improvements to ensure sustainable growth of the gateway that benefits Port partners, their employees, local and Indigenous communities, and all Canadians who rely on the free-flowing movement of trade. Further details of the study can be found here.

Record mid-year cargo volumes through the Port of Vancouver in 2021

This week the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released its 2021 mid-year statistics. From January 1 to June 30, 2021, overall cargo volumes through Canada’s largest port reached a record high of 76.4 million metric tonnes (MMT), up 7% from 2020 mid-year, and 5% above the previous record set in 2019. Sectors that experienced strong growth include grain and containers, both of which hit new records in 2021. Strong overseas demand for Canadian grain products—a main driver of the overall record mid-year cargo volumes—resulted in record mid-year volumes of bulk grain, up 20% to 16.5 MMT compared to mid-year 2020 and up 35% from 2019. Total foreign tonnage and foreign exports resulted in 60.3 and 52.0 MMT, up 4% respectively, compared to mid-year 2020 volumes, due to strong increases in grain and coal. Increases in wheat, up 23%, barley, up 151%, and animal feed, up 30%, contributed to this new bulk grain record. Metallurgical coal increased by 11% while thermal coal remained flat. In fertilizers, potash exports increased by 0.3% from last year and sulphur decreased by 20%. Container quantities (measured by TEUs or twenty-foot equivalents) in the first half of 2021 increased by 24% compared to mid-year 2020 to a record 1.9 million TEUs, and 15% above the previous record set in 2019, as a result of the strengthening economy and continued growth in global demand for Canadian products shipped in containers, and Canadian demand for consumer and manufacturing goods from Asia.

Growing BC shipbuilding sector to get boost through new advisory committee

This week the BC Provincial Government announced the appointment of an advisory committee to support the development of a long-term provincial shipbuilding strategy to ensure the continued growth of this vibrant sector and create good, family-supporting jobs. The BC Shipbuilding Advisory Committee will recommend strategic actions for government and industry to support robust, sustainable and innovative shipbuilding, ship repair and related marine industries in British Columbia. The Advisory Committee is composed of two separate bodies: the BC Shipbuilding Industry Working Group and the BC Shipbuilding Innovation Advisory Council. The BC Shipbuilding Industry Working Group, chaired by Robert Allan, president of the Association of BC Marine Industries (ABCMI) will inform the work of the strategy while BC Shipbuilding Innovation Advisory Council, chaired by Brenda Eaton, chair of BC Ferry Services’ board of directors, will provide high-level guidance and objective feedback to the Industry Working Group.

BC health care workers supporting seafarers

On a miserable morning, a team from Fraser Health ventured on board a vessel at Westshore Terminals today to vaccinate 12 happy crew members with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.  Earlier this week a Vancouver Coastal Health team boarded three vessels by water to vaccinate seafarers in the Port of Vancouver, and last Friday Port Alberni health care workers vaccinated an entire crew alongside. We are fortunate to have such dedicated, committed, and kind health care workers in British Columbia that continue to go above and beyond the call of duty.  Thank you!!

Join the shoreline clean up for BC Whales

Sept. 25th - Join the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's ECHO team and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network at Jericho Beach for a special shoreline clean-up for BC's whales. This event is part of a series of Coastal Cleanups in honour of International Coastal Cleanup Day to help reduce the threat of pollution to BC’s whales and to support ocean conservation!  Sign up here.

Study for new northern railway in Quebec

A feasibility study is underway to look at the development of a 370-km rail line in northern Quebec that would extend the CN rail network to connect to the Port of Baie-Comeau. According to the federal government’s initial announcement of the project, the railway would move an estimated 800 cars per day, carrying bulk solid and liquid products, as well as general cargo. If the feasibility studies’ findings are positive, the railway would be the first route to bypass the heavily trafficked Windsor corridor and all its major cities – Toronto, OttawaMontrealQuebec City. It would provide the second-most significant transportation route for goods by rail across Canada, linking railways from the provinces of Manitoba to eastern Quebec, and give northern Quebec better access to foreign markets.




Whale watching guide fined for approaching threatened killer whale

The owner and operator of Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions was found guilty of violations under both the Species At Risk and Federal Fisheries Acts by the Provincial Court. The judge fined the operator $5,000 for each violation, for a total of $10,000. The sentence stems from an incident on May 27, 2019, when the operator was observed by two other whale watching guides illegally approaching a killer whale within 35 metres near Willow Point. There were six to seven commercial whale watching vessels in the area of the incident who subsequently provided witness statements, as did several of the tourists who were on board. These witnesses also provided significant amounts of photos and video statements. The fines will be used for the conservation and protection of marine mammals in the waters off British Columbia.

TSB finds no evidence that rail service sparked Lytton fire

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has concluded its investigation into the fire that destroyed the  town of Lytton, BC on 30 June 2021. The TSB investigation has not revealed any evidence to link railway operations to the fire. Therefore, unless new information establishes that a TSB reportable event occurred, no further work will be performed and no TSB investigation report will be produced. The wildfire remains under investigation by BC Wildfire Service and the RCMP.

Joint maritime law enforcement, security operations in PNW

Multiple U.S. and Canadian partner agencies planned and executed four large-scale interagency, binational operations throughout the summer focused on a variety of maritime law enforcement and security missions in Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Joint maritime operations focused on enhanced maritime border security to deter and interdict illicit activity; improved awareness of vessel movements; traffic patterns; and fishing activity; strengthening interagency partnerships, communications, and interoperability; and leveraging resources and partnerships to achieve multi-mission success. At the conclusion of operations, U.S. and Canadian partner agency personnel conducted more than 1,000 vessel checks resulting in issuance of 35 violations for safety, illegal fishing, and boating under the influence. Additionally, more than 60 maritime border crossings were vetted by participating agency personnel, and nine investigative leads were discovered including vessels and persons under investigation for money crimes, narcotic trafficking, Southern Resident Killer Whale endangerment, and crab poaching.

Federal mandatory vaccination policy announced

The Government of Canada has announced details of its mandatory vaccination plan that requires all federal public service employees to be vaccinated, and all employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated.  In a call with Transport Canada on Thursday morning, it was confirmed that the mandatory vaccination policy for the marine transportation sector captures the following:
  • all Canadian marine pilots;
  • all Canadian vessels with safe manning certificate of 12 crew or more;
  • all non-essential foreign and domestic passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more in length (ferries are deemed essential so not applicable);
  • anyone that attends the vessels noted above must be vaccinated;
  • port authorities are required to develop a vaccination policy that includes tenants and contractors; and
  • all transportation companies are expected to establish a mandatory vaccination policy for all of their employees.
The mandatory vaccination policy takes effect on October 30th with a transition period that will include testing in lieu of vaccinations.  Full implementation of the policy is set for November 30th.  A draft version of the Ship Safety Bulletin is expected to be circulated for comments today or tomorrow.

PSAC-CIU members ratify new agreement with CBSA

PSAC-CIU members in the Border Services (FB) bargaining unit have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The FB group represents over 8,500 CBSA employees who have been on the front lines of the pandemic since day one, protecting our borders and keeping Canadians safe. The new contract is a four-year agreement from 2018-2022 with a total increase in wages of over 8%. The deal includes better protections against excessive discipline in the workplace, a commitment to tackle workplace culture problems, and improvements to leave and other allowances.

Coast guards joint training during Northwest passage transit

The Canadian Coast Guard crew recently carried out a joint search and rescue exercise with partners from the United States Coast Guard and Canadian Rangers, while respecting COVID-19 protocols, near Resolute Bay, Nunavut on September 6th, 2021. The exercise involved Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Amundsen, and United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Healy searching the area for missing persons at sea, using multiple techniques and methods. The joint exercise allowed crews from both coast guards to exchange best practices and experiences, and build working relationships in Canada’s unique Arctic environment. The Healy, a 420-foot-long medium icebreaker, departed its Seattle homeport July 10 for its Arctic deployment and circumnavigation of North America. Since departing, the crew has been executing Coast Guard missions, supporting oceanographic research, and conducting training to develop the Coast Guard’s future Polar security cutter sailors.

Border services to resume at some British Columbia ferry terminals

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will proceed with the resumption of service at various small marine reporting sites, airports of entry and ferry terminals over the coming days and weeks. This follows the coming into force of new public health measures affecting travel to Canada for fully vaccinated United States (U.S.) citizens and permanent residents on August 9. At 23:59 EDT on September 6, 2021, service will resume at below Ferry Terminals in British Columbia: • Alaska State Ferry Terminal • Belleville Terminal • Blackball terminal • Washington State Ferry Terminal

Eight-lane toll-free tunnel to replace George Massey Tunnel

The BC Government announced that a new eight-lane immersed-tube tunnel will replace the George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99, providing people a toll-free crossing that aligns with regional interests and improves transit, cycling and walking connections across the Fraser River. The new eight-lane tunnel will be in operation in 2030, with the cost estimated at $4.15 billion. Two options were presented in the business case – an eight-lane tunnel and eight-lane bridge. Both options were given serious consideration. The tunnel was chosen as the best option, because it: • best meets regional vision/interests, as endorsed by the Metro Vancouver Board; • limits any new visual, noise, shading and lighting impacts over the life of the structure; • has the fewest impacts to agricultural land and will not introduce new navigational restrictions to the Fraser River; • allows for work to start immediately on the bottleneck areas of the Highway 99 corridor; • best facilitates the movement of trucks and cyclists with a much lower overall elevation change; and • provides protection from inclement weather for everyone who uses this crossing.

Governments of Canada and 4 First Nations launch feasibility assessment of new BC central coast conservation area

On Friday, Marilyn Slett, Chief, Heiltsuk Nation; Doug Neasloss, Chief, Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation; Samuel Schooner, Chief, Nuxalk Nation; Danielle Shaw, Chief, Wuikinuxv Nation, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada; the Honourable Katrine Conroy, B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; and the Honourable George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a feasibility assessment for a national marine conservation area reserve (NMCAR) in the Central Coast area of British Columbia. The study area for the national marine conservation area reserve feasibility assessment is about 14,200 square kilometres in size, and located in the coastal and offshore marine waters adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast of British Columbia. The study area includes inshore and offshore marine ecosystems, that are adjacent to an intricate shoreline that includes steep walled fjords and narrow channels, island archipelagos, open coast, estuaries, sandy beaches, shell midden beaches, and rocky shorelines. This dynamic environment is home to numerous species of marine mammals, including humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, Harbour and Dall’s porpoises, more than 6000 species of invertebrates, 400 species of fish, 150 species of birds, and some of the largest kelp forests in British Columbia. It is also an important habitat for a number of endangered species including eulachon, abalone, bocaccio, marbled murrelet, and sea otters. The feasibility assessment, led by Central Coast Nations, Parks Canada, and the Government of British Columbia, will use western science, Indigenous knowledge, and the results of consultations with stakeholders including the fishing industry, non-government organizations, and Canadians to consider the social, cultural, environmental, and ecosystem benefits and impacts of establishing a national marine conservation area reserve in the Central Coast of British Columbia. The results of the feasibility assessment will inform future decisions about whether the proposal will continue, including a proposed boundary and zoning considerations. Many commercial vessels sail these waters, including tugs with barges, passenger vessels, and some larger commercial vessels in transit.  

Canada requires vaccinations for those in federally regulated workplaces

Today the Government of Canada announced its intent to require vaccinations across the federal public service as early as the end of September 2021 . In addition, this will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated by the end of October and eventually extend to commercial air travellers, passengers on interprovincial trains, and passengers on large marine vessels with overnight accommodations, such as cruise ships. During a call with Transport Canada today, it was made clear that for the marine sector this will encompass vessels that fall under the Canada Shipping Act and that the extent to which the vaccination requirement will apply to foreign flag vessels is still to be determined in view of the challenges with vaccinating seafarers.  While ports and terminals are federally regulated marine workplaces, they do not fall under the CSA.  However, the Government of Canada expects that crown corporations will support the call to action and implement requirements with the same spirit and intent. More details are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

CBSA intercepts 1,500 kg of chemicals used to produce fentanyl

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on Thursday that its Metro Vancouver Marine Operations team has seized approximately 1,500 kg of 4-Piperidone, a precursor chemical essential to the production of fentanyl.  On July 16, border services officers examined a marine container that was declared as household goods. Officers found that the container contained a large quantity of an unknown chemical substance. They collected samples and sent them to the CBSA’s Contraband Drug Analysis Section for confirmation. The analysis confirmed the chemical to be 4-Piperidone, a Class A precursor under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, commonly used in the production of controlled substances such as fentanyl. The CBSA estimates the 1,500 kg of 4-Piperidone could have had the potential to produce over 2 billion doses of fentanyl. This seizure will help reduce the contamination of the illegal drug supply with highly toxic substances, potentially saving many lives.

Transport Canada consulting on Vessel Remediation Fund

As part of a national strategy, and the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada has been examining options to establish vessel-owner financed funds over the longer term to deal with the increased number of abandoned, wrecked, and hazardous vessels in Canadian waters.  Transport Canada has launched public consultations on the Let's Talk Transportation web page and is seeking input on a fee proposal for the Vessel Remediation Fund.  The Fund will be used to deal with problems vessels when they are abandoned and develop products to improve recycling and disposal options.  The deadline for input is November 9, 2021.

Treasury Board and CBSA union reach tentative agreement

After an intense final round of negotiations that lasted more than 36 hours, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) reached a tentative agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) late Friday, August 6. The agreement means an immediate end to work-to-rule strike action that had begun Friday, August 6 and ensures the flow of border traffic will return to normal as the government prepares to welcome fully vaccinated U.S. travellers on Monday, August 9.  The agreement cover fours from 2018-2022 with an average annual increase of over 2% per year, and include the creation of a National Joint Committee to tackle workplace culture problems at CBSA.  

New Federal Economic Development Agency for BC

For the first time in more than three decades, the Government of Canada will enhance its federal economic development presence and services in Western Canada by replacing Western Economic Diversification Canada with two regional development agencies - Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) will focus on British Columbia, while the Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), focusses on the interests of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba interests.  This approach recognizes that economic drivers and conditions are different in each of the two regions, and entrepreneurs, innovators, institutions, and communities have unique needs linked to where they are located. PacifiCan has been provided $553.1 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, and $110.6 million ongoing.

Government launches consultations on border carbon adjustments

The Government of Canada has launched consultations on border carbon adjustments (BCA) that expect to level the playing field for Canadian industry.  The policy is aimed at ensuring imported goods are subject to the same carbon pricing as domestically produced good and that exported goods are not disadvantaged in markets with lower, or no, carbon pricing.  A discussion paper outlines foundational information and key considerations and Finance Canada will begin consultations with provinces, territories and industry associations.

CBSA workers return to bargaining table

Earlier this week it was announced that 9,000 Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers gave the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Customs and Immigration Union (PSAC-CIU) a strike mandate that could see action as early as August 6th,  just days before Canada opens its land border to vaccinated travellers.  Yesterday, PSAC-CIU resumed negotiations with CBSA and Treasury Board Secretariat.  CBSA has indicated that ninety percent (90%) of Border Services Officers have been identified as essential, meaning that they will continue to offer essential services if there is a strike and that they will respond quickly to any job action or work disruption in order to maintain the safety and security of our border, ensure compliance with our laws, and keep the border open to facilitate the flow of legitimate goods and travel.  PSAC-CIU represents 5,500 border services officers, 2,000 headquarters staff and other workers at Canada Post facilities and in inland enforcement jobs that have been without a contract for more than three years.

CBSA officers support strike mandate

Canada Border Services Agency of Canada has sent the update below following the Border Services Officers voting in favour of a strike: Following the announcement made today, July 27, 2021, by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), the Border Services Officers (FB) bargaining unit has voted in favour of a strike. As early as the first week of August, CBSA Border Services Officers, represented by PSAC, will be in a legal strike position as a result of an impasse in negotiations between their union and the Government of Canada. Ninety percent (90%) of Border Services Officers have been identified as essential, meaning that they will continue to offer essential services if there is a strike. We expect that our officers will fulfill their duties with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. CBSA operations will carry on as planned as the Agency continues to ensure the safety and security of Canadians while maintaining the flow of goods and services across the border. However, travellers and businesses could experience an increase in border wait times, picketing outside CBSA premises, and wearing of union-related accessories. The CBSA has been actively working to plan for these situations and has developed mitigation strategies to ensure operations will continue. The CBSA will respond quickly to any job action or work disruption in order to maintain the safety and security of our border, ensure compliance with our laws, and keep the border open to facilitate the flow of legitimate goods and travel.

Further funding announced for marine conservation efforts

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, has announced a $976.8M investment through Budget 2021 to continue Canada's marine conservation efforts to attain the goal of protecting 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, and working toward 30 per cent by 2030. Canada exceeded its 20 per cent target for 2020 as now approximately 739,906 square kilometres (14 percent) of marine and coastal areas are protected.  With the announced was the release of a report entitled, "The Current - Managing Oceans Act MPAs Now for the Future" that will help inform future decisions and reporting on marine protection through the successes, challenges and lessons learned from Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) established to date.

Engagement on TSS Feasibility Study

Transport Canada is hosting live engagement sessions to discuss the feasibility of adjusting the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in an effort to mitigate impact to the Southern Resident killer whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Swiftsure Bank, Haro Strait and Boundary Pass, and the Salish Sea near the mouth of the Fraser River. The team has refined the list of potential sites for detailed evaluation to 5 sites and is engaging on these 5 options. The Storymap has been updated to guide readers through the 5 options on the TSS where the team will be conducting a detailed evaluation. The next live session will take place on July 28, 2021 between 0900-1200 PDT.


US News


LA/LB Ports to charge daily fee to carriers

In an effort to improve cargo movement amid congestion and record volume, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin assessing a surcharge to ocean carriers for import containers that dwell on marine terminals. Under the new policy starting November 1st, the ports will charge ocean carriers $100 per day for each container that falls into one of two categories - those moving by truck dwelling nine days or more and those moving by rail dwelling for three days or more. Before the pandemic-induced import surge began in mid-2020, on average, containers for local delivery sat on container terminals under four days, while containers destined for trains dwelled less than two days. Those numbers have increased significantly, making it difficult to clear cargo off the terminals and bring in ships at anchor. Fees collected from dwelling cargo will be re-invested by the two ports for programs designed to enhance efficiency, accelerate cargo velocity, and address congestion impacts throughout the San Pedro Bay. The policy was developed in coordination with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, US Department of Transportation, and multiple supply chain stakeholders. The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest container ports in the nation, and combined are the ninth-largest port complex in the world. Trade that flows through the San Pedro Bay ports reaches every Congressional district across the country and generates more than 3 million jobs nationwide.

US CBP looking at expediting clearance process

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is doubling down on its efforts to expedite the cargo clearance process in order to increase freight velocity at congested ports across the country. Those efforts include more precise targeting of risky shipments in order to free up staff to expedite the clearance of legal cargo, stepped-up training of inspectors and trade specialists, and coordinating its cargo clearance processes with those of partner government agencies to help reduce port congestion. CBP is considering expanding its hours of operation to utilize so-called Vacis systems — large-scale, low-dose X-ray machines — to inspect containers for illegal narcotics. CBP is also considering requests from importers and customs brokers to open additional central examination stations (CES) for the full devanning of containers.

California Governor focuses on container storage sites

An executive order signed by California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, aims to take pressure off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach by directing state agencies to look for additional container storage space. The executive order also seeks to identify additional truck routes that would be exempt from the state’s gross vehicle weight limits. It's not clear how much that would help, given truckers have been frustrated with chassis scarcity and what they say are restrictive appointment requirements and poor service from terminals, rather than weight restrictions. Along with the short-term measures, Newsom said the state’s finance department will look to identify items for California’s next budget to address funding for port infrastructure, clean truck efforts, and workforce training.

NOAA's harvest mitigation proposal harms SRKW

In response to a lawsuit filed by Wild Fish Conservancy, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson issued a report and recommendation finding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by relying on undeveloped and uncertain future mitigation to authorize commercial salmon harvest at levels that NOAA admits are pushing federally-protected Southern Resident orcas and wild Chinook closer to extinction.  This groundbreaking new ruling from the federal court in Seattle may lead to increased available prey for starving Southern Resident killer whales and allow protected Chinook populations to rebuild in rivers throughout the coast.

Biden tackles supply chain issues

US President Biden is convening business leaders, port leaders, and union leaders to address delays and congestion across the transportation supply chain.   The groups in Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the ILWU have announced a series of public and private commitments to move goods faster, and strengthen the resiliency of the supply chain by moving towards a 24/7 operations.  These two ports are the point of entry for 40 percent of containers to the US. Large companies such as Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Samsung, Target and the Home Depot are announcing they will use expanded hours to move more cargo off the docks, so ships can come to shore faster. These commitments will help unlock capacity in the rest of the system—including highways, railroads and warehouses—by reducing congestion during the day.

USS Connecticut strikes unknown object in South China Sea

The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22) struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of Oct. 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. 11 US Navy sailors  experienced minor or moderate injuries.  USS Connecticut's nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational. The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed. The Connecticut was operating in the waters around the South China Sea as the US and its allies have been carrying out a major multinational show of force in the region, known as Carrier Strike Group 21. The ongoing exercise saw ships from the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, including three aircraft carriers, training in and around the area.

Investigation into the cause of California oilspill underway

A pipeline failure off the coast of Orange County, California leaked oil into the Pacific Ocean, creating a 13-square-mile slick from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach. On Tuesday, diver reports and footage from remotely operated submarines showed that a 4,000-foot section of a nearly 18-mile oil pipeline had been displaced approximately 105 feet and had a 13-inch split along its length. The Coast Guard boarded the Rotterdam Express on Wednesday and the vessel is no longer under investigation and has been cleared for departure. The thin crack along the top of the pipe indicates that this may have been a slow leak over time that was difficult to detect.

American Seafoods awaits ruling on Jones Act

American Seafoods and others recently fined for Jones Act violations for using the so-called Bayside Program to bring Alaska-sourced seafood to the US East Coast are awaiting a ruling from Alaska's District Court Judge. The Bayside Program has been fined nearly USD 500 million for their use of a 100-foot, dead-end railway in New Brunswick and are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against US Customs and Border Protection, which began issuing fines after determining the railway did not meet the terms of a waiver to the Jones Act which it had previously granted.  Bayside believes it is in full compliance under a long-recognized statutory exception to the Jones Act. 26 million pounds of frozen seafood are tied up in cold storage over the dispute.

FMC to seek comments on demurrage and detention billings

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is mving two demurrage-and-detention related initiatives proposed by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye as part of Fact Finding 29. The first initiative is to issue a policy statement on issues that affect the ability of shippers, truckers, and others to obtain reparations for conduct that violates the Shipping Act, including conduct related to demurrage and detention. The policy statement will provide guidance on the scope of the prohibition against carrier retaliation, when attorney fees may be imposed on a non-prevailing party, and who may file a complaint with the Commission alleging unreasonable conduct. The second initiative will seek comments on whether the Commission should require ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) to include certain minimum information on or with demurrage and detention billings; and whether the Commission should require carriers and marine terminal operators to adhere to certain practices regarding the timing of demurrage and detention billings.

USDA provides guidance on Asian Gypsy Moth inspection challenges

With recent COVID-19 closures in Chinese ports, vessels are encountering challenges with obtaining the required phytosanitary certificates from the recognized Asian Gypsy Moth inspection authorities.  The US Department of Agriculture has issued new guidance to address these challenges.  The guidance is similar to what the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has advised, however no official update is expected to be issued before the end of Canada's high-risk period on September 15th.

FMC announces National Shipper Advisory Committee members

The Federal Maritime Commission today announced the membership of its newly formed National Shipper Advisory Committee. The Committee is comprised of 24 members, evenly divided between those who export cargo from and those who import cargo to the United States, that will advise the Commission on policies relating to the competitiveness, reliability, integrity, and fairness of the international ocean freight delivery system. Among those named are representatives from Amazon, Walmart, and Cargill.

LA-LB preparing for record year

While 44 container ships can be seen idling off the coast of Los Angeles-Long Beach today, the ports are preparing for a record 20 million TEU year.  In the first seven months of 2021, the ports handled a combined total of 11.9 million laden and empty TEU, according to the ports’ respective websites. That is 34.7 percent higher than the January through July period last year. Los Angeles handled 11 extra-loaders in August and 11 more are scheduled so far for September, a port spokesperson said. Long Beach handled 13 extra-loaders in August, with five announced so far for September.  The average wait time for ships to enter the port now sits at 7.6 days, according to Port of Los Angeles data, up from 6.2 earlier in the month.

US regulator rejects CN plan for KCS voting trust

The US Surface Transportation Board (STB) has blocked Canadian National Railway's proposal to create a voting trust in its bid to acquire Kansas City Southern.  The STB determined that the voting trust "is not consistent with the public interest standard under the board’s merger regulations."  The STB’s unanimous decision throws into question CN’s US$29.8-billion bid and reopens the option for CP Rail to re-enter the battle to build a network that links Canada, the United States and Mexico.  CP Rail has indicated that KCS has until Sept. 12 to accept its US$27.2 billion deal. In a letter to CN’s board on Tuesday, TCI Fund Management, CN's second-largest investor is calling into question the management team in view of its lagging financial performance and unsuccessful pursuit of KCS.

Washington State Ferries shut down Labor Day weekend reservations

Washington state's ferry service is facing a potential slow down over Labour Day weekend when crew members are expected to stage "sickouts" in response to the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Sickouts are expected on all ferry routes by ferry workers who are opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate requiring state employees, health care employees and K-12 employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. In response to the potential protest, the state ferry system has shut down ferry reservations for the weekend.

US appoints John Porcari as Port Envoy

The White House announced that John D. Porcari will be the Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. The Task Force was established in June to address supply and demand mismatches that emerged in several sectors as the economy reawakened following the Administration’s historic vaccination and economic relief efforts. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg leads the Task Force focussed on ports and trucking issues. The Task Force’s leadership includes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on food and agriculture and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on homebuilding and semiconductors. Envoy Porcari will work closely with Secretary Buttigieg and his team at the Department of Transportation as well as the National Economic Council to address the congestion at US ports.

Southern California ports remain jammed

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continue to encounter a flood of imports arriving as US businesses restock their inventories and prepare for the holiday shopping season. Over thirty-five vessels have been anchored off the ports as the domestic supply chain also struggles to cope with the increased volumes. Containers are dwelling for an average of nine to 10 days before they move inland, compared with a pre-pandemic average of two to three days. Last year, despite the impacts of the pandemic, the two ports moved a combined record 17 million TEUs and this year the ports are forecast to surpass that and move a combined 19 million TEUs.

US Coast Guard supports Haiti earthquake relief

The US Coast Guard has deployed some of its vessels, aircraft, and other assets in response to a request from the Haitian government following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the country last Saturday, August 14, killing more than 1,200 people and destroying over 900 homes and other structures.  Admiral Brendan McPherson, Coast Guard Seventh District Commander, has said that cutters will remain offshore and will be on standby to assist the citizens of Haiti and to support agency response locally while helicopters and aircrews are transporting medical personnel and evacuating those requiring higher levels of care.

US legislators introduce Ocean Shipping Reform Act

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 aims to establish minimum service standards intended to support American exporters and address a trade imbalance with China and other countries. The bill was introduced this week by congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) in response to increased pressure from US exporters. The legislation would also delegate additional powers to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in its oversight of carriers, including:
  • Incorporating best practices in the shipping industry;
  • Requiring ocean carriers or marine terminals to certify demurrage or detention charge comply with FMC regulations;
  • Limiting exemptions for marine terminals for any detention or demurrage charge if such charge are based on public port tariffs set under state law;
  • Requiring ocean carriers or marine terminals to maintain records regarding invoiced demurrage or detention charges for a minimum of five years;
  • And facilitating a complaint mechanism through the FMC.
Ocean carriers and the larger marine industry see this legislation as punitive and ignoring the existing and developing challenges in the North American and global supply chain as a result of shifting trade patterns and unexpected disruptions in the supply chain as a result of the global pandemic.

Port of Long Beach considers 24-hour operations to manage volumes

The Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero, is saying that the biggest US gateway needs round-the-clock operations to handle future growth.  The port is seeing close to 10 percent growth in container volumes this year with the surge from Asia and this is expected to continue for the remainder of the year. Increasing container dwell and limited chassis and railcar supply indicate that  Long Beach and other US ports will need to consider 24-hour operations in order to keep up with the anticipated growth in cargo. As of Aug. 2nd, 28 container ships were anchored off Los Angeles and Long Beach awaiting berth.

FMC expedites inquiry on ocean carrier surcharges

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has expedited an inquiry into the timing and legal sufficiency of ocean carrier practices with respect to certain surcharges. Eight ocean carriers have been asked to provide the FMC's Bureau of Enforcement with details about their congestion surcharges and any related charges. The inquiry gives the carriers until next Friday to provide evidence that their surcharges were put in place in compliance with FMC's regulatory requirements. The Commission will charges were implemented following proper notice; if the purpose of the surcharge was clearly defined; if it is clear what event or condition triggers the surcharge; and is it clear what event or condition has been identified that would terminate the surcharge. The Commission can initiate enforcement actions for improperly established tariffs.


International News


Shippers unite to drive maritime decarbonization

Nine large shippers have joined the Aspen Institute’s initiative to drive maritime decarbonization with ambitious targets. The companies that have joined include Michelin, Amazon, Ikea, Unilever, clothing company Patagonia and Inditex, which includes a number of brands such as Zara, and they have pledged to collaborate to transition all their ocean freight to zero-carbon vessels by 2040.

DP World launches CARGOES Logistics

DP World has announced the launch of its new digital logistics platform, CARGOES Logistics. With CARGOES Logistics, customers can choose from multimodal logistics options, ship freight by sea, road, and/or rail, get instant quotes, swift booking confirmation and multiple secure payment options in three simple steps. The first phase of launch will immediately offer customers access to book cargo from UAE to India as well as India to multiple destinations across the Middle East, Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Far East and North Africa. CARGOES Logistics aims to address complexities and inefficiencies that exist in global supply chains including multiple handovers, inefficient tracking and limited visibility of a shipment across the supply chain. The new digital platform will enhance transparency by providing deep tracking of cargo with real time insights, end to end visibility & predictability, an all-inclusive price with no hidden charges and highly efficient end to end digital experience backed by DP World’s extensive network of integrated logistics assets and best-in-class service levels.

MSC first to adopt container facility code standard

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) has become the first container line to adopt a standardized set of global facility codes developed by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC), with assistance from the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), in an attempt to mirror the way worldwide airports have standardized three-digit International Air Transport Association (IATA) codes. Other DCSA participating carriers, such as Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen Line, HMM, Yang Ming, and Zim Integrated Shipping Services are in the process of adopting the code.  The next step will be to geofence the facilities to support automated tracking of smart containers.

Typhoon season adding to container chaos

Typhoons throughout Southeast Asia continue to hammer the container the supply chain with port closures adding even further delays. Although port operations are largely back to normal in Shenzhen and Hong Kong after the last tropical storm’s passing, the total container ship count off the two vital hubs had ballooned to 271 as of early Friday, the highest count recorded since Bloomberg News started tracking the data in April. Globally, there are now 584 container ships stuck outside ports, nearly double the number at the start of the year, according to real-time data from Kuehne+Nagel, one of the world’s largest freight forwarders.

Coal rationed in India due to increased in demand

State-run Coal India Ltd, the world’s biggest coal miner, has temporarily stopped supplying nonpower users, the company said in a statement on Thursday, as India battles one of its worst power supply deficits in years. India is competing against buyers such as China, the world's largest coal consumer, which is under pressure to ramp up imports amid a severe power crunch. India has asked power producers to import up to 10 per cent of their coal needs amid fuel shortages and has warned states that federal companies will curb their power supplies if they are found selling electricity on power exchanges to cash in on surging prices. India is the world’s second largest coal producer, with the world’s fourth largest reserves but most of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants have fuel stocks of less than three days.

IMO MSC 104th session focused on seafarers

The International Maritime Organization's 104th session of the Marine Safety Committee (MSC) ) wrapped up last week and approved a draft IMO Assembly resolution consolidating issues related to crew change, access to medical care, ʺkey workerʺ designation and seafarers’ prioritization for COVID-19 vaccination, with a view to adoption at the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly (6-15 December 2021).  Other items include future work on autonomous ships  and commitment for a new output on "Development of guidance on assessments and applications of remote surveys, ISM Code audits and ISPS Code verifications" with a target completion year of 2024.  

Shipping industry group targets net-zero emissions by 2050

The International Chamber of Shipping has submitted plans to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) detailing urgent measures which governments must take to help the industry achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Just one month before the COP26 decarbonization conference ‘Shaping the Future of Shipping’, ICS (which represents 80% of the global shipping industry), is pushing governments to double the ambition of the IMO’s current target, which is to reduce emissions from international shipping by 50% by 2050. The plans include a compulsory R&D fund to develop zero-carbon technologies, and the development of a carbon levy for shipping to expedite the transition to more expensive zero-carbon fuels. In its submission, shipping accepts the vital need to accelerate decarbonization timelines. But it states that a net zero target by 2050 will only be plausible if governments take the necessary actions to achieve this. The industry has therefore taken the unique step of proactively setting out the measures that must be taken by governments to make decarbonization by 2050 a reality.  The full press release available here.

Seaspan announces order for 7,000 TEU containerships

Seaspan Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement with a major shipyard for ten 7,000 TEU modern newbuild containerships with deliveries anticipated in the second quarter and through to the fourth quarter of 2024. With the addition of these vessels, Seaspan will continue to expand its fleet within core strategic size segments. Since December 2020 and including this announcement, Seaspan has announced 70 newbuild orders with a total capacity of 839,000 TEU. This portfolio includes two 24,000 TEU ULCVs, but mostly comprises the smaller sizes, featuring 25 ships of 7,000 TEU, with 15 dual-fuelled LNG-powered.

Vietnam's lockdowns creating inventory delays

Widespread COVID-19 lockdowns have shut down a significant portion of factory production in southern Vietnam. The manufacturing hub of Ho Chi Minh City has been under Vietnamese army control since Aug. 23. Vessel delays and unstable schedules are also being reported by forwarders, with the Ho Chi Minh City port of Tan Cang Cat Lai the worst affected. Foreign investors in Vietnam have warned the government that its strict lockdown to control Covid-19 in the country’s south has forced some companies to move production to other markets. Before the pandemic, Vietnam had one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, thanks to investor-friendly tax and other policies, and its network of free trade agreements

Northern container port in Russia

DP World and FESCO, Russia’s largest intermodal transport operator, are working together to study the potential for a new container berth in the far east of Russia. The new berth would help to expand Vladivostok Commercial Seaport as a major transshipment hub for cargo from countries in East Asia to North-West Europe via the Northern Sea Route. It follows an earlier agreement between DP World and Rosatom to explore sustainable development of the Arctic route.

ICS Launches new guide for seafarers and shipowners to navigate ongoing pandemic challenges

On the first day of London International Shipping Week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new and updated guidance to protect seafarers and shipowners against the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The free resources include guidance on vaccinations, manning agents, mental health issues, and shore leave. The resources have been created in association with International Maritime Health Association, INTERTANKO, International Transport Worker Federation (ITF), European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ESCA), Intercargo, InterManager, International Association of Ports and Harbors, International Christian Maritime Association, International Marine Contractors Association, International Maritime Employers’ Council Ltd., Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), and the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC). For copies of the guides please visit

Maersk CEO urges phase out of fossil fuelled ships

In a LinkedIn post Maersk CEO Soren Skou noted the European Commission is proposing to end production of combustion engines in 2035. Skou noted that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) should do the same for fossil fuelled ships with ambitious target and measures to decarbonize shipping. The Maersk CEO further wrote “Combined, a global carbon tax and an end date for fossil fuelled ships would be a strong signal to the shipping ecosystem – including yards and fuel producers – about which way the wind is blowing. We need to accelerate efforts to meet global emission reduction targets” Skou also wrote “A global “drop dead date” would address future newbuilt vessels, complementing the impact on existing ships from the carbon tax. With a phase-in ending at 450USD/t fuel, this tax would address the price gate between fossil fuels as of today and the cargo neutral fuels of tomorrow. As the price gap narrows, the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index in its coming phases could be the instrument to make the end date for fossil fuelled ships a global realty”

ICS sets out plans for global carbon levy to expedite industry decarbonization

The global trade association for ship operators, the International Chamber of Shipping, (ICS) has put forward a comprehensive proposal for a global levy on carbon emissions from ships, in what would be a first for any industrial sector. ICS, which represents the world’s national shipowner associations and more than 80% of the merchant fleet, presented a submission to the UN on Friday, calling for an internationally accepted market-based measure to accelerate the uptake and deployment of zero-carbon fuels. According to papers handed to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the UN’s regulatory body on shipping, the levy would be based on mandatory contributions by ships trading globally, exceeding 5,000 gross tonnage, for each tonne of CO2 emitted. The money would go into an ‘IMO Climate Fund’ which, as well as closing the price gap between zero-carbon and conventional fuels, would be used to deploy the bunkering infrastructure required in ports throughout the world to supply fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia, ensuring consistency in the industry’s green transition for both developed and developing economies.  More details here.

Seafarers set to receive 4.5% pay increase

Seafarers will be getting a pay raise of 4.5% over the next two years after striking a deal with maritime employers represented by the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG). The International Bargaining Forum (IBF), which brings together the seafarers represented by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the JNG, has agreed to an increase on wages and compensations of 3% from January next year and another increase of 1,5% from January 2023. The agreement was also reached for an increase in JNG members’ rebate from the ITF Welfare Fund to 20% to contribute to the IBF Seafarers Support Fund. The negotiations were particularly challenging due to the profit variations in the industry, as well as the increased operational costs due to the pandemic. However, both parties acknowledged the need to recognize the sacrifices that seafarers have made during the pandemic, continuing to keep global trade moving whilst unable to return home following the expiry of their contracts, and receiving no wage increase in 2021.

Green ammonia bunkering terminal secures grant

Norwegian Azane Fuel Solutions and its partners have secured a $10m grant from the Norwegian government for the development and establishment of what will become the world's first terminal for green ammonia bunkering. The project partners, spanning the entire value chain for ammonia as a marine fuel, will develop and demonstrate an ammonia fuel bunkering network for ships, enabling cost-efficient and safe distribution, storage, transfer, and utilization of ammonia as a carbon-free fuel.

Teekay vessel discovers furry stowaways

Who would have thought upholding safety at sea would mean caring for a cat and her new litter of kittens on board an LNG carrier?  For those on board the Lobito’s journey from Singapore to La Reunion, this was just the case when a pregnant cat decided to leave Singapore behind and stowed away on board the vessel.  After departing Singapore, the presence of the cat was detected when an eagle-eyed crewmate noticed an unusual shadow lurking while on the bridge lookout. The crew began setting up traps and leaving food out with the hopes of catching the cat. She proved to be elusive – sneaking into traps and grabbing food before stealthily making her escape.  While searching for the elusive mother cat, the crew found her four kittens. Fortunately, the Master on board was an experienced cat owner who took charge of instructing the crew on their care. The crew quickly adopted the kittens as Lobito mascots by naming them after the Teekay Gas fleet teams – Clyde, Forth, Spey, and Tay.  All kittens and mom Merlion have now found their "fur-ever homes".

Suez Canal transit fees waived for hospital ship

As the International Day of Charity (Sunday, September 5, 2021) draws closer, Mercy Ships has announced that the Global Mercy completed its journey through the Suez Canal. The Global Mercy, the newest hospital ship of Mercy Ships, is in the last leg of the journey to the Port of Antwerp, where it will be further equipped and crewed. The ship is scheduled to arrive mid-September in Belgium and remain until early next year. The Senegalese and Egyptian governments facilitated the passage of the Global Mercy through the Suez Canal, so that the ship could pass through free of charge. This unique gesture allows Mercy Ships to save many thousands of extra lives in Africa in the long run.  The Port of Antwerp has made the arrival of the Global Mercy in Antwerp possible by offering a free berth and support. Volunteers from home and abroad will set up and finish the Global Mercy, the largest private hospital ship in the world. This includes the installation of medical equipment and IT systems, as well as the supply and crewing of the ship for its first mission.  During its missions, the Global Mercy can accommodate 950 people, including 641 crew members, who consist of volunteers from all over the world. In addition to the hospital, the ship also has first-class training facilities with which Mercy Ships contributes to the sustainable development of local medical care in many countries.

Maersk accelerates fleet decarbonisation with 8 large ocean-going vessels to operate on carbon neutral methanol

This week, Chamber member A.P. Moller - Maersk announced that it will introduce the first in a groundbreaking series of 8 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon neutral methanol in 2024. The vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and have a nominal capacity of approx. 16,000 containers (Twenty Foot Equivalent - TEU). The agreement with HHI includes an option for 4 additional vessels in 2025. The series will replace older vessels, generating annual CO2 emissions savings of around 1 million tonnes. The vessels will offer Maersk customers carbon neutral transportation at scale on the high seas. The vessels come with a dual fuel engine setup. Additional capital expenditure for the dual fuel capability, which enables operation on methanol as well as conventional low Sulphur fuel, will be in the range of 10-15% of the total price, enabling Maersk to take a significant leap forward in its commitment to scale carbon neutral solutions and lead the decarbonisation of container logistics. Maersk intends to operate the vessels on carbon neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol as soon as possible. Maersk acknowledges that sourcing an adequate amount of carbon neutral methanol from day one in service will be challenging, as it requires a significant production ramp up of proper carbon neutral methanol production, for which Maersk continues to engage in partnerships and collaborations with relevant players. The vessels will be designed to have a flexible operational profile, enabling them to perform efficiently across many trades, and add flexibility regarding customer needs. They will feature a methanol propulsion configuration developed in collaboration with makers including MAN ES, Hyundai (Himsen) and Alfa Laval which represents a significant scale-up of the technology from the previous size limit of around 2,000 TEU. The vessels will be classed by the American Bureau of Shipping and sail under the Danish flag.

Ningbo-Zhoushan Meidong container terminal reopens

The Ningbo-Zhoushan port’s Meidong container terminal reopened on Wednesday, after being closed for two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak and one week after some cargo operations commenced on a limited basis.   The Meidong terminal closed on Aug. 11 after a carrier worker tested positive for COVID-19. According to local reports, subsequent testing of about 50,000 people in the area showed no further cases. Truckers began picking up containers on Wednesday, but their arrivals were staggered to avoid congestion.  The terminal is mainly used by the Ocean Alliance, which consists of COSCO Shipping/OOCL, CMA CGM, and Evergreen Line.  It is expected that the terminal will return to normal operations by September 1st.

Maersk moves on e-methanol

Maersk is partnering with REintegrate to produce carbon natural e-methanol as part of Maersk's efforts to develop the alternate fuel for its first dual-fuel methanol-powered vessel. REintegrate has been pursuing the production of green e-methanol in its test laboratory in Aalborg.  Plans call for the new facility to produce the approximately 10,000 tons of e-methanol that Maersk’s first vessel will require annually while in service. Earlier this year, Maersk announced that it would begin to explore methanol through the operation of a pilot vessel, a feeder operated by a Maersk subsidiary, Sealand Europe, on a Baltic shipping route. The energy needed for the power-to-methanol production will be provided by a solar farm located in southern Denmark.


Upcoming Events


Dec 25 - Office Closed – Christmas

January 1 - Office Closed – New Years Day


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


Oct. 22 - Maersk Tender

The Maersk Tender is one of two offshore tug/supply ships involved in the Ocean Cleanup project aimed at reducing the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Besides Maersk Supply Service’s support with vessel operations and offshore project management, Maersk is supporting The Ocean Cleanup with logistics end-to-end handling services, ranging from worldwide shipment from different locations to airfreight, container and special transport, customs clearance, and warehouse and storage management. Together the Maersk Tender and ­Maersk Trader ships carry 45 crew to the large stretch of the north Pacific where debris has accumulated.  The vessels slowly tow the new 800-metres long and three-metre-deep skirt underwater to catch plastic below the surface. Dubbed Jenny, the plastic-extraction system was created to concentrate floating plastics and hold them for loading onto vessels.

Oct 15 - Avenir Aspiration

On October 8th, Avenir LNG Limited  announced the delivery of The Avenir Aspiration, the third 7,500 cbm dual-purpose, liquefied natural gas supply and bunkering vessel (LBV) delivered to Avenir and the first of four vessels to be delivered from Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co. The Avenir Aspiration will embark on her maiden voyage to Europe where she will be stationed in the Mediterranean and begin supplying LNG to Avenir’s HIGAS LNG Terminal in Sardinia, which entered into commercial operations in August 2021. In addition to servicing Avenir’s own demand, the Aspiration will provide LNG bunkering services via ship-to-ship transfer to multiple customers throughout the Mediterranean. The vessel will provide critical infrastructure in key ports across the Mediterranean to support the growth of LNG as a marine fuel and help substantially reduce CO2, NOx and SOx emissions in the region. Ship Type:                 Bunkering Tanker Flag:                          Malta Year Built:                 2021 Tonnage:                  7308 Length:                      116 m Breadth:                     19 m

Oct 10 - MF Hydra

MF HYDRA, a sustainable and innovative ferry designed by Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary LMG Marin AS, has won the prestigious Ship of the Year Award given by Skipsrevyen, a 50-year-old Nordic maritime magazine publication house. MF Hydra uses liquid hydrogen, two 200 kW fuel cells, a 1.36 MWh battery, and two 440 kW diesel generators. The hydrogen tanks and the fuel cells are located on top of the ferry. The hydrogen is trucked from Leipzig in Germany. The ferry qualifies as zero-emission waterborne transport, or ZEWT. Ballard is supplying the fuel cell power systems for two of Norled’s zero-emission ferries. Those systems are being developed by Ballard Marine Center of Expertise in Denmark. MF Hydra is 82.4 meters long with the ability to carry up to 300 passengers and 80 cars. The vessel can operate at a molded speed of 9 knots using Shottel thrusters. It features liquid hydrogen supplied from industrial gas and energy company Linde. Liquid hydrogen new 24MW electrolyzer at the Leuna Chemical Complex in Germany, which will use Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology to produce green hydrogen. LMG Managing Director Mr. Torbjorn Bringedal said, “As the world’s first ship powered by liquid hydrogen, MF HYDRA is a game-changer for the marine industry. It will pave the way for the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping and support the International Maritime Organization’s goal to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. LMG Marin, with our extensive track record of innovative naval architecture, is proud to contribute to global decarbonization efforts and a more sustainable world for current and future generations.”

Oct 1 - CS Hunan Venture

Built in 2021, the CS Hunan Venture is one of the most advanced and energy-efficient VLCCs ever built in China.  The China Classification Society (CCS) found that CS Hunan Venture’s innovative design exceeds the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) baseline by more than 20pc. The 307,000 DWT ‘CS Hunan Venture is an energy-saving and environmentally-friendly VLCC product tailor-made for China Shipbuilding Brokerage and Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd. Compared with the previous generation of products, this ship is significantly optimized and improved in terms of ship design and construction technology. It is the latest VLCC product developed by Dalian Shipbuilding industry, and its comprehensive performance indicators have reached the world's first-class level. CCS President Mo Jianhui said another major VLCC related project CCS is working on with DSIC is an order for an LNG dual-fuel VLCC, which, will be the first LNG dual-fuel VLCC in the world and will be delivered around the end of 2021.

Sept 24 - MSC Auriga

On Sept. 21 the container vessel, MSC Auriga, arrived and broke all previous records for the largest vessel to berth at DP World's Fairview Container Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert. With a capacity of 15,000 TEUs, the MSC Auriga operates in the Santana service (SAN) that includes the ports of Yantian, Shanghai, LA-Long Beach, and Busan. The vessel departed Prince Rupert on September 22nd and is currently transiting to the Port of Long Beach. Year Built:                   2020 Capacity:                      15,000 TEU Gross Tonnage:          149525 Length:                       366 m Beam:                          51 m Flag:                            Portugal Photo credit Port of Prince Rupert

Sept 17 - Liza Unity FPSO

The Liza Unity FPSO is the world's first floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) carrier to receive the SUSTAIN-1 Class Notation from ABS.  The notion means that the design and construction of the unit are assessed against and adheres to the requirements of the ABS Guide for Sustainability Notations. The Liza Unity FPSO departed from Keppel shipyard in Singapore and will arrive in Guyana late this year where she will connect to the seabed, which will then be followed by installation of umbilicals and risers, allowing the next phase of operations to start. The Liza Unity FPSO is designed to produce approximately 220,000 barrels of oil per day, and will have associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. The FPSO will be moored in water depth of about 1,600 meters and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil. The project continues to target first oil in 2022.

Sept. 10 - Ever Ace

On September 8, 2021, the Megamax container ship Ever Ace called at the Port of Hamburg for the first time. With a slot capacity of 23,992 TEUs, the Ever Ace is currently the largest container ship in the world. With a length of 400 metres, a width of 61.5m and a maximum draught of 16m, the mega-carrier can accommodate 28 TEU more than the previous biggest ship record holder, HMM Algeciras. Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine commissioned the vessel to be built at the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries for around US$150 million. Ever Ace left the shipyard on 28 July bound for Qingdao. Another five ships of this type are to be built at the shipyard. The Ever Ace set a record on its maiden voyage for the number of 20-foot standard containers (TEU) transported from Asia to Europe. According to information from the industry service Alphaliner, the vessel transported a total of 21,718 TEU. The Ever Ace surpassed the old mark of the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé by 285 containers.

Grande California

Built in 2021, the Grande California is among the largest and most eco-friendly car carriers in the world. With a length of 199.9 metres and a beam of 36.45 metres, the Grande California has a gross tonnage of 65,255 tonnes and a service speed of 19 knots. The Italian-flagged ship can transport around 7,600 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or, alternatively, 5,400 linear metres of rolling stock and 2,737 CEU. With her four hoistable decks, the Grande California is an extremely flexible vessel: besides cars, she is able to transport any type of rolling freight (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.3 metres high. The side ramp and quarter stern ramp allow the loading of freight units weighing up to 150 tonnes, while the configuration of her 12 decks and the system of internal ramps minimize the risk of damage to the cargo during loading and unloading operations. Also with respect to environmental sustainability, the Grande California is a state-of-the-art ship: in fact, she is equipped with devices that allow her to reduce harmful emissions and achieve high energy efficiency. These include an electronically-controlled Man Energy Solutions main engine, as required by the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, as well as an exhaust gas cleaning system for cutting sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate emissions. In addition, she complies with the latest ballast water treatment regulations.

Diamond Gas Victoria

On July 28, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Diamond Gas Victoria was delivered. The new ship will transport LNG from British Columbia for the LNG Canada project, as well as from other locations around the world, under a long-term time-charter contract with Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), which has a stake in the LNG Canada project. The vessel was built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and is owned by NYK, Asia LNG Transport Dua Sdn. Bhd. (ALT Dua), and MC through the joint venture Diamond LNG Shipping 6 Pte. Ltd. The NYK Group will be responsible for ship management. Diamond Gas Victoria is equipped with a state-of-the-art WinGD-made dual-fuel slow-speed diesel engine (i.e., X-DF diesel engine) that has superior fuel-consumption efficiency and can operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored in the cargo tank. The vessel will also feature a re-liquefaction system that can use re-liquefied excess boil-off gas and return it to the cargo tank. The cargo tank will be a 174,000 cubic meter capacity membrane-type tank that will make use of advanced insulating materials to suppress the boil-off rate (percentage of gas volume that vaporizes during navigation) in the cargo tank and realize superior efficiency and economical LNG transportation. • Length overall: 297.16 meters • Breadth: about 46.40 meters • Gross tonnage: 117,564 tons • Main engine: X-DF engine • Cargo tank capacity: about 174,000 cubic meters • Shipbuilder: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. • Flag state: Singapore

Aug 20 - Luxury yacht DOPAMINE

What could be better in the summer than chartering a luxury yacht for cruising? Launched by renowned yacht builder Overmarine in 2021, the stunning 109-foot (33.30m) motor yacht DOPAMINE is sleek and stylish with elegant, powerful lines. It is sportier, faster and more efficient than other yachts in the same range with enhanced technology that is second to none. One of the most stunning aesthetic features of DOPAMINE is the decidedly aggressive bow. This powerful yacht has a 26-knot running speed and a 21-knot cruising speed. Guests will enjoy total comfort while aboard thanks to a modern stabilization system that works while underway and at zero speed. DOPAMINE is a member of the Mangusta GranSport line. She offers both top performance and a longer range.  The interior spaces of DOPAMINE were designed by the owner’s team, the exterior design is by Alberto Mancini and the naval architecture is courtesy of Overmarine. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating are found throughout, creating an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. The well-thought-out interior spaces are both functional and chic – a hallmark of the Mangusta brand. What's holdng you back? Built: 2021 LOA: 33 metres Cabins: 5 Guests: 10 Crew 5

Aug 13 - BC Ferry Island 4

The brand new ISLAND 4 arrived in Victoria today. BC Ferries will be introducing four new battery hybrid-electric Island Class ferries to its fleet in 2022. Two of the ferries will operate on the Campbell River - Quadra Island route and two will operate on the Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island route. Last year, the first two Island Class ferries, the Island Aurora and Island Discovery, entered service on the Port McNeill - Alert Bay - Sointula route and the Texada Island - Powell River route. The Island Class ferries carry 47 vehicles and are double-ended for easy loading and unloading. The ferries also feature wide vehicle lanes, dedicated pedestrian paths, and bicycle parking spaces. Passenger lounges and washrooms are situated on the main deck for easy access. Lounge areas have been built with your comfort in mind, with a variety of seating choices and charging stations. A sundeck with seating, windbreaks, and an accessible washroom will provide a comfortable space to sit outdoors. The Island Class are battery-equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves the customer experience on board.

July 30 - Pacific Guardian

On July 28th, the Pacific Pilotage Authority's chair Lorraine Cunningham (pictured above with Ocean Pacific Marine President Bruce Kempling) christened, the Pacific Guardian at the naming ceremony in Campbell River, BC.  The Pacific Guardian, built by Ocean Pacific Marine and designed by Camarc, is the most advanced pilot launch in Canada with features such as with two fully compliant IMO tier III engines, a resiliently mounted super structure, and a highly efficient hull.  Weight reduction features include carbon fibre tail shafts and composite cooling water piping. Length (overall):    19.95m Length (hull):         18.0m Length waterline:  17.7m Beam (hull):             4.8m Beam (overall):       5.6m Draught (approx.): 1.1m Fuel capacity:          5000 litres DEF capacity          2 x 250 liters Water capacity:     250 litres Complement:        3 Crew & 6 Pilots Speed:                    25 Knots @ 85% MCR, 28 Knots @ 100% MCR Range:                    400nm @ 25 Knots The Pacific Pilotage Authority thanks all of its industry partners for supporting this project.

July 23 - MSC Melissa

The Port of Montreal saw the arrival of the MSC Melissa earlier this week. Docked at the Viau Terminal before heading back to Europe, the 6,730 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container ship measuring 303.89 metres long and 40 metres wide the MSC Melissa is the largest container ship to sail the St. Lawrence River.  The new Viau Terminal, operated by Termont Montreal was inaugurated in 2021 and is specifically adapted to Post-Panamax class vessels. The port is starting to realize the positive effects of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on cargo traffic and the sustained internationalization of markets.

July 16 - Crowley eWolf

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced it will be building and operating eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbour tugboat that can complete a job without expending a drop of fuel. The 82-foot vessel with 70 tons of bollard pull advances Crowley and the maritime industry’s efforts toward sustainability and decarbonization. Over the first 10 years of its use, the operation of the new eTug will reduce 178 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), 2.5 tons of diesel particulate matter, and 3,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) versus a conventional tug. The electric tug will replace one that consumes more than 30,000 gallons of diesel per year. The eTug will be built by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., utilizing the design and on-site construction management by Crowley Engineering Services and its recently integrated Jensen Maritime naval architecture and marine engineering group. The eTug’s battery system will be charged at a specially designed, shoreside station developed with Cochran Marine. The eTug will operate at the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and will be operational by mid-2023.

July 9 - Fure Viten

Owned by the Swedish firm Furetank, the Fure Viten product tanker was delivered from the China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Yangzhou in late June. The brand new gas-powered 17,999 dwt Fure Viten has a very low Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) score of 4.65 points, more than 50% better than the required score for this size of ship. She is the last in a series of eight ships that the Swedish owner has taken delivery of over the past months – four of which it owns and another four it commercially operates. With the delivery of Fure Viten, the average carbon dioxide emissions from Furetank’s fleet has been slashed by 50% compared to 2008 levels, the baseline IMO took when making its 2050 goals. The eight dual fuel vessels will be operated with liquefied biogas or LNG. Fure Viten and preceding sister vessel Fure Vinga are the very first tankers in Europe that are fully equipped to operate the energy-demanding cargo pumps with 6.6 kV high voltage shore power. Flag: Sweden Gross Tonnage: 12,763 DWT: 17,999 dwt Length Overall: 150m Breadth Extreme: 23m Year Built: 2021

June 25 - Grand California

The Grimaldi Group took delivery of the Grande California, a new Pure Car & Truck Carrier (PCTC), on June 8 from the Chinese Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan. She is the seventh and last PCTC vessel ordered by Grimaldi and is among the largest and most eco-friendly car carriers in the world. With her four hoistable decks, Grande California is an extremely flexible vessel: besides cars, she is able to transport any type of rolling freight (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.3 metres high. With respect to environmental sustainability, she is equipped with devices that allow her to reduce harmful emissions and achieve high energy efficiency. These include an electronically-controlled Man Energy Solutions main engine, as required by the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, as well as an exhaust gas cleaning system for cutting sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate emissions. In addition, she complies with the latest ballast water treatment regulations. Flag: Italy Gross Tonnage: 66,704 DWT: 15,580 t Length Overall: 199.9m Breadth Extreme: 36.45m Year Built: 2021

June 18 - HMCS Corner Brook

On June 13, the Royal Canadian Navy announced the return of HMCS Corner Brook to duty. Purchased by the Federal Government in 1998 from the U.K., the return signals an end to years of complications, starting in 2011 when the sub ran aground 45 metres below the surface in Nootka Sound. In 2019, close to the end of modernization work being undertaken by Babcock Canada, fire broke out, delaying the completion of her Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP), and then in March 2020, a pressure test on the ballast tanks led to a rupture. Overall, the sub has had 47 separate equipment upgrades, including a new communication mast to allow high-speed and secure satellite communications, and equipment to allow it to fire modernized torpedoes. The Victoria class submarine is 230 feet/11 inches (70.26 m) long and 24 feet/11 inches (7.6 m) wide with a draught of 18 feet/1 inch (5.5 m). She is powered by a diesel-electric system and is capable of a maximum speed of 12 knots on the surface and 20 knots when submerged. The lift barge Seaspan Careen transported her from Esquimalt Graving Dock to Ogden Point for the final stage of the undocking process.

June 11 - Forest Trader

The Forest Trader, currently docked in Vancouver Harbour after a 27-day voyage from Kobe, Japan, is a bulk carrier (dry bulk Handysize) owned by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers. The Forest Trader was built in 2013 by Shin Kochi Jyuko Shipyard in Kochi, Japan. She is classed by ClassNK. Flag: Panama Gross Tonnage: 21,158 DWT: 33,513 t Length Overall: 176m Breadth Extreme: 28m Year Built: 2013

June 4 - M.T. Seaguardian

Delivered on May 28, 2021 to Valles Steamship Company, Limited, the M.T. Seaguardian is a 112,000 DWT crude oil Aframax Tanker built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., Ltd. (SHIME). M.T. Seaguardian is classed by NK, MI flagged and is chartered to Trafigura.  Similar to the ceremony in February 2021 for its sister vessel, the M.T. Searhythm, Valles conducted this naming and delivery virtually given continued pandemic restrictions.   Flag: Marshall Islands Gross Tonnage: 60,172 DWT: 111,963 mt Length Overall: 237m Breadth Extreme: 44m Year Built: 2021

May 28 - Maple Gas

In celebration of the two-year anniversary of the launch of AltaGas' Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET), this week's ship is the Maple Gas, an LPG tanker built for Astomos Energy Corporation, one of the world's largest players in the LPG business. The Maple Gas, part of Astomos' 21-vessel fleet of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs), was built at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Sakaide Shipyard and delivered in February 2019. Astomos has a trading network that, in addition to supplying a significant portion of propane for use in the Japanese domestic market, extends to India, China, Korea, Indonesia, and other South East Asian countries. The Maple Gas has a capacity of 82,200 cubic metres. Flag: Japan Gross Tonnage: 46,851 Summer DWT: 54,112 t Length Overall: 230m Breadth Extreme: 37m Year Built: 2019