COS Weekly Newsletter - Tuesday, 03 August 2021

 
 
 

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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Tuesday, 03 August 2021

 
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Local News

 

BC clinics open Wednesday for walk-ins

On Wednesday, August 4, all vaccination clinics are offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to those eligible for their first or second doses without an appointment.  Walk-ins generally should have a personal health number (PHN), but those without a PHN, including international seafarers, will be given a number.  Most mass vaccination clinic is set to wind down at the end of August.  Contact us for further details on how to vaccinate seafarers.

Port of Vancouver operations update

The CN and CP rail lines from Kamloops to Vancouver are currently operating under Ministerial Order (MO) 21-06 requirements, which include targeted speed restrictions, increased equipment inspections, and fire prevention measures. Temperatures in the high 30s across southern BC remain throughout the weekend, keeping the risk of wildfires high. The evolving fire situation may result in temporary stoppages to rail operations. The Port of Vancouver continues to experience a high level of on-dock cargo. Last week, import rail footage was at the highest level since rail closures began in early July. Processed railcar volumes to-and-from the coast remain lower than average, but consistent. The provincial state of emergency effective July 21, 2021 will remain in place until August 4, 2021 and applies to the entire province of B.C. The initial 14-day period may be extended or rescinded as conditions require. All anchorage class assignments continue to experience heightened demand and there is sufficient supply to accommodate existing requests.

Rio Tinto workers on strike

About 900 Rio Tinto Plc workers represented by Unifor Local 2301 went on strike at 12:01 am on July 25th at its t smelter in Kitimat and power operations in Kemano following expiry of the collective agreement. According to a news bulletin released by Unifor Local 2301, it is the first 100 per sent strike vote in the history of the union.  The union concerns are job security and a backlog of more than 300 grievances from the company's use of contractors and refusal to hire full-time workers. Production at the Kitimat smelter is said to at 35 percent of normal.

Westshore Terminals to export BHP potash

Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership has executed an agreement with BHP Canada Inc., a subsidiary of BHP Group, to provide port services to BHP’s proposed Jansen Potash Mine in Saskatchewan. The agreement is conditional on BHP making a final investment decision on Stage 1 of the Jansen Project.  If the Jansen Project does proceed, the agreement requires Westshore to handle potash for BHP for a term to 2051, subject to extension. It also requires Westshore to construct the necessary infrastructure to handle potash at Westshore’s Roberts Bank Terminal by 2026, with BHP funding the construction. If BHP announces a final decision to proceed with the Jansen Stage 1 Project, the BHP-Westshore agreement will become binding on BHP, at which time Westshore will provide further details concerning the agreement.

Two additional drydocks proposed by Seaspan

Seaspan is looking to build additional ship maintenance and repair capacity on the North Vancouver waterfront, immediately west of their dry dock operations. An application has been submitted to the Port of Vancouver to install a floating work pontoon and two additional dry docks on the west side of the existing deep-water outfitting pier. The new large additional drydock would be about 100 metres in length, 30 metres in width, and 10 metres in depth, while the smaller drydock would be about 55 metres in length, 22 metres in width, and eight metres in depth. This will consolidate and significantly expand Seaspan’s ship repair business operations, which currently frequently turns away potential contracts due to limited facilities.

Maiden voyage for the Burrard Chinook

After being delayed for nearly a year, TransLink’s new SeaBus took its maiden voyage across the Burrard Inlet in the Port of Vancouver on Thursday.  The Burrard Chinook is the first SeaBus to also serve as an art installation. The vessel is decked in art from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and pays tribute to the Chinook salmon, one of the most iconic species in Pacific waters and with local First Nations.

New $10B LNG export facility proposal

The Nisga'a Nation is partnering with a group of Western Canadian natural gas producers called Rockies LNG Partners and a Texas-based energy company called Western LNG to develop a new liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility.  The project, called Ksi Lisims LNG, would include a pipeline to transport natural gas from the northeast corner of the province to a floating liquefaction facility would be located near the village of Gingolx, a coastal community about 80 kilometres north of Prince Rupert. The project will be capable of producing 12 million tonnes of LNG per year and generate 4,000 construction jobs. Ownership of Ksi Lisims LNG is still being determined as the proponents continue to finalize commercial agreements and negotiations are underway with two companies to build a pipeline.  The project proponents are scheduled to announce the project on Monday, and will begin applying for the necessary government permits and start formal talks with communities in the region.

City reappoints director to the Port of Nanaimo Board

The City of Nanaimo has reappointed Dr. Michelle Corfield as the municipal representative on the Board of the Port of Nanaimo for a three year term. To date, Past Chair Michelle Corfield has served six years on the Port of Nanaimo Board of Directors holding various positions and is currently the Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. During this time Michelle has demonstrated her community leadership skills acting as an integral part of the team responsible for bringing Federal funding to the community including $6.3 million to develop the Vehicle Processing Centre at the Nanaimo Assembly Wharves and $46.2 million for the Duke Point Terminal expansion from the National Trade Corridors Fund. She also participated in the renewal of the Port’s protocol agreements with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Vard Electro to deliver first multi-mode battery technology vessel for Canadian oil and gas

Vard Electro has been awarded a contract for an innovative hybrid battery power system with Atlantic Towing to be integrated on their vessel Atlantic Shrike. Atlantic Towing is the first company to implement this multiple mode application of battery technologies on a single vessel in the Canadian offshore oil and gas industry and has received funding for the project through Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) as a component of the offshore research, development and demonstration program of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The funding will support pioneering upgrades to the Platform Supply Vessel, Atlantic Shrike and allows the integration of battery systems into the vessel’s existing diesel-electric propulsion plant.

Port Alberni Port Authority welcomes new director, new administrative operations manager

The Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) is pleased to welcome Dr. Arne Elias to its Board of Directors. Dr. Elias was selected by the City of Port Alberni as its board representative following the recent expiration of Ken McRae’s term. Dr. Elias is well-known locally as the Vice Chair of the Air Quality Society and President of the Marine Rescue Society and has an impressive background in the marine, transportation and resource management sectors with a PhD and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. PAPA also welcomed Kate Smith as the new administrative Operations Manager, effective June 28, 2021. Kate brings valuable experience from the hospitality industry with demonstrated commitment to customer service, business growth and problem solving.

Seaspan Shipyards launches HoloShip Initiative

Seaspan Shipyards seeks to advance digitally-enabled solutions that build competitive advantage within domestic and international markets. These solutions utilize digital twins, digital threads, integrated analytics, and real-time sensing systems to support collaborative development and design processes. Resulting in a more effective build cycle and vessels with optimized performance capabilities and more efficient operations over the lifetime of the vessel. The new program, called the HoloShip Initiative, will see Seaspan invest in digital projects that create strong collaborations and focus growth in Canadian innovation-based companies. To find out more about Expression of Interest Guidelines, click here.

The Maritime Museum of BC receives grant from the Naval Association of Canada

The Naval Association of Canada has granted the Maritime Museum of BC $5,000 to support the purchase of museum-quality artefact storage supplies that will ensure the preservation of the naval ships badges and naval uniform collections. Most of the ships badges in the Museum’s collection relate to Royal Canadian Naval ships of the Second World War. The uniform collection consists of different types of uniforms with varying ranks, including the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS), the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), and the post-unification naval uniforms, among others. There are also some uniforms from the Royal Navy. These uniforms are important to preserve as they tell the stories of important naval figures who served.

Trans Mountain Releases inaugural Environmental, Social & Governance Report

Trans Mountain Corporation has released its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. The report communicates the environmental, social and governance initiatives and key metrics that demonstrate progress to date and the company’s commitment to continual improvement. “Trans Mountain’s success has been built on a solid and unwavering commitment to doing the right thing, for the right reasons. Reporting on our commitments, our performance and our aspirations through this report is our way of taking the next step and more broadly sharing our journey,” said Ian Anderson, President and CEO, Trans Mountain Corporation. “For the first time, in our inaugural ESG report, we are presenting our story through the lens of environment, social and governance considerations.” Download the report here.

Chamber welcomes Minister’s message on cruise industry restart

The Chamber of Shipping was pleased to hear the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announce the revocation of the ban on cruise ships beginning November 1, 2021. “Recognizing the months of planning that it will take to resume cruise in time for the 2022 season, the Minister’s message today is a clear and positive signal to the industry to prepare,” said President Robert Lewis-Manning. “We were also very pleased that the Government of Canada is working with their U.S. counterparts to ensure a harmonized approach and experience for cruise passengers.” The inter-agency collaboration between Canada’s Transport Canada, Public Health Agency Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency and U.S. counterparts Department of Transport, Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection promises to provide a holistic and harmonized North American approach for cruise to restart safely in Canada. Ensuring adequate resources are available for a smooth restart will be crucial to the successful resumption of Canada’s cruise industry. “Transport Canada’s intention to have a seamless process for passengers – from flight to embarkation and further to shore excursions – will allow for risk mitigation for the communities on the West Coast who rely on the cruise industry while ensure the health of those communities is kept as a paramount consideration,” Lewis-Manning said. “Given the significant contribution the cruise industry provides to local and national economies, a confirmed restart of the cruise industry is welcome news indeed.” The Chamber is committed to working with government, the cruise industry and tourism associations to provide support, advice and collaboration as needed.

Clear Seas launches new mapping tool for marine safety

Clear Seas has launched a new Marine Incidents and Accidents dashboard which provides a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind publicly available picture of marine shipping incidents and accidents in and around Canadian waters. It combines Canadian and U.S. data sources and accesses thousands of reports of vessels involved in incidents and accidents – from cargo ships, tugboats, cruise ships, and ferries – over a 10-year period.  This powerful new resource will enable users to analyze previous trends, allowing them to learn from past events, better assess risk, and help build a safer and more responsible marine shipping industry. Explore the dashboard and project highlights here.

Fuel removal completed for the MV Shiedyk

The response effort to remove approximately 60 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and diesel from the MV Schiedyk, a historic shipwreck from 1968 in the area of Nootka Sound has been successful.  Jointly managed by the Canadian Coast Guard, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, the operation was conducted by Resolve Marine Group and supported by Western Canada Marine Response Corporation and other contractors, including the Canadian-registered Atlantic Condor vessel, which acted as the operations platform on the water. Remotely operated vehicles drilled holes into the vessel’s four fuel tanks and secured a drainage valve with a hose attached for pumping operations. To remove the heavy fuel oil, hot water was injected into the tanks to liquefy the oil within. The oil and water mixture was then pumped to the surface through the hoses and onboard the Atlantic Condor, where the oil and water were separated. The tanks onboard the MV Schiedyk were then flushed until fuel was no longer detected.

Port of Vancouver Operations Update #7

The Ministerial Order suspending rail service for 48 hours between Kamloops and Boston Bar, B.C. effective 00:01 PDT on July 9, 2021 ended at 00:01 PDT July 11, 2021. A new Ministerial Order has been issued by the Minister of Transport to enact precautionary safety measures to further protect against wildfires during extreme weather conditions. The Order places operational restrictions on CN and CP rail lines routing between Kamloops and Boston Bar (Ashcroft Subdivision) and Kamloops and North Bend (Thompson Subdivision) when the fire hazard rating is listed as "extreme". Restrictions include reduced speed limits and fire mitigation measures. Additionally, the Order requires risk mitigation action by all Class 1 railways throughout Canada when the air temperature is 30° C or above and the fire hazard level is listed as "extreme". The Ministerial Order took effect at 00:01 PDT on July 11, 2021 and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. A copy of the July 11, 2021 Ministerial Order can be found here:  Ministerial Order – July 11, 2021

Port of Vancouver Operations Update #5

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued a Ministerial Order ceasing all train movement, with the exception of emergency fire response and maintenance and repair work, between Kamloops and Boston Bar, B.C. for 48 hours. The Order took effect at 12:01 am PDT on July 9, 2021 and applies to both CP and CN rail lines routing through the BC interior area affected by the wildfires. Trains already located in the restricted area are permitted to continue to operate for the purposes of exiting. The Ministerial Order was issued in the interest of safe railway operations, and to protect public safety for the temporary return of residents to inspect their homes and properties in Lytton. A copy of the Ministerial Order can be found here:  Transport Canada Ministerial Order. Large vessel anchorage demand continues to exceed capacity. All anchorage class assignments are experiencing heightened demand. Vessel operators are slow steaming to delay arrival in Vancouver. Vessels in port can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port”.

B.C. Supreme Court issues precedent-setting cumulative effects decision

In a ruling that will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications on other cases, on June 29, 2021, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its decision in Yahey v British Columbia, in which it ruled that the rights of the Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) under Treaty 8 in northeast British Columbia had been infringed by the cumulative impacts of industrial developments within Blueberry’s traditional territory, including forestry, oil and gas, renewable energy and agriculture. This decision marks a significant departure from past cases involving cumulative effects and treaty rights infringement. Depending on the outcome of any appeal, it could materially increase regulatory risks for new infrastructure projects in northeast British Columbia, and could extend to other areas in Canada where similar claims may be made. Click here to read the full article from Osler Law Firm.

 


Government

 

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.

New CBSA Traveller Contact Information Form

The Canada Border Services Agency has released a new Traveller Contact Information Form for all persons entering into Canada.  The new form includes questions on whether individuals are vaccinated.  The ArriveCan app has been updated with the same questions.

Inuit Nunangat communities receiving funding to enhance marine safety

Six communities within Inuit Nunangat will received a total of $1.5M in funding under the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program.  With the new equipment and training from the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, members are better equipped and prepared to respond to marine incidents, helping to enhance the safety of their communities and the surrounding waters and coasts. In total, under the fourth year of the Indigenous Community Boats Volunteer Pilot Program, 14 communities have received $3.5 million in funding.

Transport Canada announces $1.5 million for the removal of 32 abandoned boats

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, marked two important milestones for Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan. First, he announced almost $1.5 million for the removal of 32 abandoned boats in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador through the Abandoned Boats Program. In addition, the Minister of Transport commemorated the second anniversary of the passing of the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, which prohibits oil tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading, or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern British Columbia.

Breakdowns in situational awareness and communications were key factors leading to a striking in Vancouver Harbour

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its investigation report on the 2019 striking of the anchored bulk carrier Pan Acacia by the bulk carrier Caravos Harmony in Vancouver Harbour, B.C. On 17 March 2019, the bulk carrier Caravos Harmony struck the anchored bulk carrier Pan Acacia while proceeding to anchorage D in Vancouver Harbour. Both vessels sustained damage. No pollution or injuries were reported. The investigation determined that communication breakdowns impacted the team’s situational awareness and resulted in different understandings of the emerging circumstances. Read the full release here.

Navy kicks off long-anticipated push to replace Canada’s beleaguered submarine fleet

The Royal Canadian Navy is launching its long-anticipated push to replace Canada’s beleaguered submarine fleet, setting the stage for what will almost certainly be an extremely controversial debate around the need for such vessels. Defence officials revealed to The Canadian Press this month that a dedicated team is being created to start figuring out what Canada needs in new submarines as the sunset on the military’s existing fleet draws steadily closer. The move responds to a growing sense of urgency within defence and industry circles about the need to start work on such a project given the age of Canada’s existing submarines and the amount of time needed to design and build such vessels. Read the full story from nationalnewswatch.com here.

TC Ship Safety Bulletin: New Ballast Water Regulations coming into force

Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin to provide stakeholders with general information about the new Ballast Water Regulations that came into force on June 3, 2021. The regulations apply to Canadian vessels everywhere and all vessels in waters under Canadian jurisdiction; impose requirements based on the vessel’s length, its ballast water capacity, its date of construction, and its area of operation; and maintain foundational requirements from the former regulations that can still be applied to the amended regime, such as reporting requirements. The Regulations are split into four groups: international vessels, domestic and Great Lake vessels, vessels of non-parties, and vessels subject to the equivalent compliance regime. Click here to read the full bulletin.

Government of Canada provides additional funding to invest in trade corridor projects

Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the National Trade Corridors Fund has officially received additional funding of $1.9 billion and that projects can now be financed. Applications are now being accepted and assessed under the fund’s continuous call for proposals. This new funding will build on the $1.9 billion committed to date for 89 projects nationally through the National Trade Corridors Fund. With private and public sector partners joining the federal government with their own contributions, these projects represent $3.9 billion worth of investments. In the Greater Vancouver Region, the National Trade Corridors Fund is contributing $374 million for 16 projects to build a more fluid road, rail, and marine gateway through Canada’s busiest port. With partner contributions, this has brought $967 million of total investments to support trade and growth.

Government of Canada aims to restart cruise ship season in Canada

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that, as of November 1, 2021, the prohibition of cruise ships in Canadian waters would no longer be in effect if operators are able to fully comply with public health requirements. As the outlook of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to improve, Canada looks forward to having a cruising season in 2022. Transport Canada will continue to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada, other levels of government, the United States government, transportation industry stakeholders, Indigenous Peoples, and Arctic communities to help ensure Canadians and Canada’s transportation system remain safe and secure.

Canadian Coast Guard takes deliver of helicopter training simulator

The Canadian Coast Guard took delivery of a new full-flight helicopter simulator to assist pilots who provide support to ships engaged in critical maritime work including aids to navigation, environmental response, icebreaking operations, and in support of search and rescue as needed. With a fleet of 22 helicopters, the simulator, designed and built by CAE Inc. in Montreal, Quebec, will become the main training tool for CCG helicopter pilots. Equipped with a revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit conversion system, the full-flight simulator is equipped to provide training on Coast Guard’s two different helicopter types making it a first of its kind helicopter simulator in North America.

Canada and the United States release new action plan for Salish Sea Ecosystem

The governments of Canada and the United States announced that they have signed a new four-year “Action Plan” under their Joint Statement of Cooperation—first signed in 2000—that commits both countries to work together on transboundary issues and challenges facing the Salish Sea ecosystem. Under the action plan, the two nations will continue to engage with partners across the region to advance shared priorities for ecosystem health, including information sharing, improving transboundary coordination, and reporting on ecosystem health. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also updated their joint “Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report” analyzing ten indicators of the health of the Salish Sea.

Government releases final decision on Port of Quebec Laurentia Project

The Government of Canada has ruled against the Laurentia Project: Port of Quebec Deep-Water Wharf – Beauport Sector, noting that it was likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects to fish and fish habitat, air quality and human health, socio-economic conditions, and the current use of lands and resources for traditional purposed by Indigenous peoples. Read the full decision statement here.

BC rail service suspended to protect Lytton residents

This morning the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra announced that a Ministerial Order will be issued in the interest of safe railway operations and to protect public safety for the temporary return of residents to inspect their homes in Lytton, BC following the recent wildfire. The Ministerial Order takes effect at 12:01 AM PDT on July 9, 2021 for period of 48 hours requires
  • Canadian National Railway (CN) to cease movement of trains except for emergency fire response, and maintenance and repair work on its Ashcroft subdivision between Kamloops and Boston Bar.
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to cease movement of trains for emergency fire response, and maintenance and repair work on its Thompson Subdivision between Kamloops and Boston Bar.

TSB Canada reports decline in marine accidents

In its transportation statistics 2020, TSB Canada recorded a total of 262 marine accidents (resulting directly from the operation of a ship), down from the 2019 total of 267 and below the 10-year average of 289. In 2020, 18 marine fatalities were reported, up from the 17 fatalities reported in 2019, and above the annual average of 15.4 in the 2010–2019 time period. Of the 18 fatalities in 2020, 12 were the result of four shipping accidents, while the remaining six fatalities resulted from five accidents aboard ship. In 2020, there were 43 accidents aboard ship, down from 60 in 2019 and down from the 2010–2019 average of 51. The majority of accidents aboard ship occurred on cargo vessels (35%) and fishing vessels (35%). Source and more details: Maritime Magazine

Minister of Transport announces funding for Indigenous communities to address underwater vessel noise impacts on marine mammals

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra announced almost $750,000 in funding through the Quiet Vessel Initiative for five Indigenous communities along the Trans Mountain Expansion Project marine shipping route. The Indigenous communities receiving funding are the Malahat Nation, Cowichan Tribes, T’Sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation and Tseycum First Nation. Recipient communities will use this funding to build and improve their scientific capacity and expertise to measure and monitor the local impacts of underwater vessel noise. The five-year, $26 million Quiet Vessel Initiative is a critical investment in the most promising technologies, vessel designs, retrofits and operational practices to make vessels quieter.

Government of Canada legislates climate accountability with first net-zero emissions law

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, welcomed Royal Assent of the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, which has become law. It marks the first time a Canadian government has legislated emissions reductions accountability to address climate change, by setting legal requirements on the current government and future governments to plan, report, and course correct on the path to net-zero emissions by or before 2050.  the Act enshrines in legislation Canada's commitment to set national targets for the reduction of GHG emissions with the objective of attaining net-zero emissions by 2050.

 


US News

 

FMC hears proposal on supply chain congestion

Recommendations to address ongoing port and supply chain congestion was address at a recent of a Federal Maritime Commission meeting.  Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye provided the Commission with a set of eight Interim Recommendations  aimed at minimizing barriers to private party enforcement of the Shipping Act, clarifying Commission and industry processes, encouraging shippers, truckers, and other stakeholders to assist Commission enforcement efforts, and bolstering the ability of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services to facilitate fair and fast dispute resolution. Commissioner Dye plans to hold meetings of Supply Chain Innovation Teams in Memphis and the Port of Los Angeles to address supply chain disruptions and increase supply chain visibility.

US sailor charged for USS Bonhomme Richard fire

A US Navy sailor was charged with starting a fire last year that burned for four days on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, injuring more than 60 people and destroying the vessel. The Navy did not say if the sailor was accused of intentionally setting the blaze, which broke out July 12, 2020, in the lower cargo hold.  The Navy is decommissioning the Bonhomme Richard, which was commissioned in 1998 and designed to carry US Marine Corps attack helicopters and ground troops into battle. Repairs to the Wasp-class ship would have taken years and cost more than $3 billion, according to the Navy.

Florida ports receive $250M in financial aid

The Florida Department of Transportation on Thursday announced how it will divvy up $250 million that state lawmakers set aside this spring for ports out of money Florida is receiving from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The largest chunks will go to Port Canaveral, $72.2 million; PortMiami, $66.9 million; and Port Everglades, $58.26 million. Last year, the Florida Ports Council estimated the pandemic caused the loss of about $23 billion in economic activity tied to ports, affecting some 169,000 port-related jobs.

US CBP sees increase in pests with breakbulk recovery

With breakbulk cargo volumes on the upswing, US Customs Border Protection (CBP) notes that discoveries of dangerous wood-boring pests in the dunnage and wood packaging material (WPM) that protect many breakbulk and project imports are increasing. The discovery of these harmful wood-boring pests in imported WPM triggers harsh remedies. With few regional locations where dunnage can be incinerated under strict controls, global ISPM 15 violations can lead to hefty fines and the re-exporting, i.e. the rapid removal from US waters, of anything from simple dunnage to steel coils on skids to part and full charters of high-value, schedule-sensitive project cargo. Even if only one piece of project cargo is encased in infested WPM, typically everything on that shipment’s bill of lading must be re-exported. The WPM-Dunnage Coalition has met with CBP to ask for additional training to help catch infested materials prior to loading as ISPM 15 stamped wood appears to be insufficient. The Chamber of Shipping has reached out to CFIA for further guidance.

First Alaska cruise for 2021 leaves Seattle

On July 19th, Royal Caribbean International's Serenade of the Seas sailed its first revenue cruise from the Port of Seattle for Alaska.  This is the first revenue cruise for Alaska since September 2019 follow a test sailing conducted earlier in the month with volunteers. While the Serenade of the Seas will not clear the 95% vaccination threshold, the cruise line is still requiring passengers 16 and older to have been vaccinated. In August, it will require vaccines for passengers 12 and older. All crew members are fully vaccinated. Canada lifted its ban on cruise ships in November this year but BC ports will miss out on the 83 schedule cruise voyages scheduled this year from Seattle by seven major cruise lines.

STB to audit billing of demurrage and detention

The US Surface Transportation Board (STB) has sent letters to 7 railways to gather information on policies and practices relating to demurrage and detention charges. US regulators are stepping up their monitoring after the Biden administration on July 9 issued an executive order targeting container shipping and railroads, though the latter was centered around giving more shippers access to more than one railroad. In the letter from the STB Chair, Martin Oberman, it implies that the Board is considering actions with respect to the existing intermodal exemption. Intermodal rail in the United States falls into a regulatory grey area. The Federal Maritime Commission doesn’t regulate container shipping on rail, and an exemption keeps the STB at arm’s length from regulating containers and trailers on freight car. Shippers have increasingly encouraged the STB to get more involved in regulating intermodal rail transport.

Coalition urges action on US West Coast market share decline

52 organizations sent a letter to Governor Newsom, Lt. Governor Kounalakis, and the Legislature requesting action to reverse the decline in West Coast ports’ market share before California permanently loses jobs and direly needed state revenue. The sector that supports 1 in 3 jobs in California and 1.6 million trade-related jobs in Southern California, has seen US West Coast ports’ market share decline by 19.4 percent since 2006 according to an analysis released last year.  The letter urges the State to re-examine state and regional regulations that are creating a disincentives and to promote and invest in their ports and goods movement industries.

Biden signs executive order to promote competition

US President Biden has signed an Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy aimed at enforcing antitrust laws to combat the excessive concentration of industry, the abuses of market power, and the harmful effects of monopoly and monopsony. The order recognizes that a whole-of-government approach is necessary to address overconcentration, monopolization, and unfair competition in the American economy. Agencies are to further the polices that support the development of pro‑competitive regulations and approaches to procurement and spending, and by rescinding regulations that create unnecessary barriers to entry that stifle competition. The Federal Maritime Commission must "vigorously enforce the prohibition of unjust and unreasonable practices in the context of detention and demurrage pursuant to the Shipping Act," and seek recommendations on improvements from the National Shipper Advisory Committee.  The World Shipping Council responded that normalized demand, not regulation will solve supply chain delays.

NOAA launches Operation Clean Seas

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries on the West Coast have teamed up to kick off its inaugural Operation Clean Seas, an effort to raise public awareness on sanctuary discharge rules in the Olympic Coast, Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, Monterey Bay, and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries. The awareness program, which will be promoted through Labor Day weekend, will involve informational pamphlets to those who operate commercial fishing, recreational, and charter vessels at dockside inspections and at-sea boardings, as well as to the public at national marine sanctuary and marina offices.

Ports on both U.S. coasts continue record-setting levels in May

High shipment volume continued to flow through facilities on both the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic coasts at a record-setting pace. Volume at the Port of Los Angeles — the country’s busiest port — soared 74% to 1,012,047 TEUs moved, the first time a Western Hemisphere port has handled more than 1 million TEUs in a month. The  Port of Long Beach also had a record-setting May with a 44% increase over 2020, making it the busiest month in the port’s 110-year history. The Port of Oakland saw a 22% increase; the Northwest Seaport Alliance saw volumes jump 38.4%. On the East Coast, the Port of New York/New Jersey moved 796,693 TEUs, a 23.8% increase above last May. The Port of Virginia also set a May record, moving 314,942 containers for a 56% gain. Georgia’s Port of Savannah reported its second-best month ever, up 42% over last year. South Carolina’s Port of Charleston finished May with its second-strongest monthly volume ever with a 36% gain. And the Port of Baltimore reported its second-best month on record, reporting a nearly 22% increase.

DOT meets with container lines, retailers on U.S. port congestion

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday met separately with groups representing major container lines and retail importers, saying afterward the federal government is looking at possible solutions to mitigate the capacity crunch as cargo volumes are expected to stay elevated through year-end. The DOT met with John Butler, president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), which represents top ocean carriers; and with the National Retail Federation (NRF) and its members from the Tractor Supply Company, The Michaels Companies, American Signature, and Macy’s. In its meeting with WSC, DOT officials discussed US export delays, detention and demurrage practices, and ways to better share data tied to port performance. DOT said it and the WSC had agreed to “stay in touch and coordinate on supply chain disruptions.” (Source: JOC.com)

Port of San Diego partners with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to advance innovative blue economy projects

The Port of San Diego is formally partnering with Canada's Ocean Supercluster to support and expand its pursuit of innovative and sustainable projects that support the Port’s mission to enhance and protect the environment while also promoting fisheries and commerce. Since 2020, with support from the Consulate of Canada in San Diego, the Port’s Aquaculture and Blue Technology team has been exploring collaborative partnership opportunities with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC). On June 15, 2021, the Board of Port Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding that enables the Port and OSC to formally work together to seek funding and investment opportunities to support blue economy and aquaculture projects, to exchange knowledge of challenges and opportunities in the blue economy sector, to align and raise awareness of Port and OSC programs, and to seek new opportunities to support each other’s goals.

Port of Long Beach dockers union protests plans to automate Pier T

The dockers union at the Port of Long Beach has sounded a warning at news of Total Terminals International's (TTI) plan to automate its 385-acre Pier T, reports IHS Media. The union opposes the project on the grounds it will eliminate jobs, but employers say automation is needed to keep the port competitive. TTI would become the fourth automated terminal in southern California. Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) and TraPac in Los Angeles are fully automated, meaning all cargo-handling functions in the container yards - but not ship-to-shore cranes - are conducted with driverless equipment.

U.S. shipyards support $42.4 billion in GDP

A new study from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration highlights the importance of American shipyards, noting that they support $42.4 billion in gross domestic product. The Economic Importance of the U.S. Private Shipbuilding and Repairing Industry measures the economic importance of the shipbuilding and repair industry at the national and state levels for calendar year 2019. In 2019, the nation’s 154 private shipyards directly provided more than 107,000 jobs and contributed $9.9 billion in labor income to the national economy. On a nationwide basis— including direct, indirect, and induced impacts—the industry supported 393,390 jobs, $28.1 billion of labor income, and $42.4 billion in GDP. Download the full report here.

Home Depot charters in a boxship to manage supply chain woes

Retailers throughout the U.S. have been grappling with supply chain backlogs, high freight costs and heightened demand for imports, so much so that Home Depot, the third largest U.S. importer by volume of containers, has come up with their own solution. The largest home improvement retailer in the U.S. has chartered in a boxship to move its own goods. In reporting the news, Splash247.com noted that retail sales across the US are expected to grow between 10.5% and 13.5% to an estimated total of $4.44trn to $4.56trn in 2021. That compares with $4.02trn in total retail sales in 2020 and $3.76trn in 2019.

Port of Los Angeles first to surpass 10 million container units for 12-month period

The Port of Los Angeles  became the first port in the Western Hemisphere to process 10 million container units in a 12‑month period. The 10-millionth container was loaded on the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci. When the Port of Los Angeles closes its 2020-2021 Fiscal Year books on June 30, it is expected to have processed more than 10.8 million TEUs. A pandemic-induced consumer buying surge that began last summer, along with restocking of retailer shelves and e-commerce warehouses across the country have fueled the dramatic rise in imports. Over the past 12 months, port terminals have worked an average of 15 container ships each day, up from a pre-pandemic average of 10 ships a day, representing a significant increase in productivity. Longshore labor shifts are up nearly 20% in 2021 compared to the average weekly shift count over the past four years.

U.S. Senator introduces bills to repeal and reform Passenger Vessel Services Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced three bills to repeal and reform the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886 (PVSA), saying that the Act is an outdated, protectionist law that harms American jobs and American tourism. “The PVSA is bad news,” said Sen. Lee. “This arcane law benefits Canada, Mexico, and other countries who receive increased maritime traffic, at the expense of American workers in our coastal cities, towns, and ports. Reducing demand for jobs and travel opportunities here in the U.S. is the opposite of ‘America First.’ And in the context of ocean liners, this ‘protectionist’ law is literally protecting no one, as there hasn’t been a cruise ship built domestically in over half a century. The PVSA is bad economics and bad law, and it’s far past time that Congress reconsider it.”

Port of Los Angeles to test hydrogen fuel cell trucks

The Port of Los Angeles has deployed five hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles and opened of two hydrogen fueling stations. The roll out is part of a $82.5 million project, called Shore-to-Store, which includes more than a dozen public and private sector partners who teamed up for a 12-month demonstration of zero-emission Class 8 trucks. Five additional hydrogen-fueled heavy-duty trucks, two battery-electric yard tractors, and two battery-electric forklifts will also be brought in. Toyota designed and built the powertrain’s fuel cell electric power supply system; Kenworth designed and built 10 of the Class 8 T680 fuel cell electric trucks; and Shell designed, built and will operate the project’s two new high-capacity hydrogen fueling stations in Wilmington and Ontario, California.

ZPMC Super-Post Panamax Cranes depart Shanghai for Seattle

The Northwest Seaport Alliance's Terminal 5 in the Seattle Harbor is awaiting the arrival of four ZPMC Super-Post Panamax Cranes which left Shanghai for the West Coast on May 23. Traveling on the Zhen Hua 36, the cranes have a month-long voyage before settling in at their new home at Terminal 5. SSA Marine, a partner in the Terminal 5 project, is the owner and future operator of the new ZPMC cranes. Standing 316 feet tall with a 240-foot outreach boom, these cranes will be among the largest on the West Coast and able to handle the biggest container vessels operating in the world once Terminal 5 is completed early next year.

Port of Long Beach vaccinates visiting sailors

International crews arriving at both the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles are receiving the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine in a partnership between the Ports, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and the National Guard.  So far, 452 crewmembers on 27 ships visiting San Pedro Bay have voluntarily received a vaccine, with 477 more sailors aboard 29 ships booked. The new initiative ensures the health of workers who deliver essential goods during the ongoing pandemic, utilizing a mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit for those on board vessels calling on San Pedro Bay. The program administers the vaccine to visiting crews at no charge.

 


International News

 

Nutrien partners with Exmar on ammonia fuels

Antwerp, Belgium, headquartered gas carrier operator Exmar is partnering with Canadian fertilizer producer Nutrien to deploy an ammonia-fueled vessel by as early as 2025. The vessel would be fueled by low-carbon ammonia produced at Nutrien’s Geismar, La., facility that employs carbon capture and sequestration technology to reduce the carbon intensity of the ammonia it produces. The two companies have been partners in transporting ammonia globally for over 30 years. Both support the decarbonization of shipping and IMO’s Green House Gas (GHG) strategy to reduce emissions. Their new collaboration aims to significantly reduce Nutrien’s maritime transportation emissions and enable the commercial development of an ammonia-fueled vessel. Nutrien is one of 15 organizations involved in the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) integration and testing program, which is working to create a carbon-free process for creating low- and zero-carbon ammonia for use in agriculture, electricity generation and/or as a fuel.

South African ports hit by cyberattack

South Africa's state-owned logistics firm said Tuesday it was working to restore systems following a major cyber-attack last week that hit the country's key port terminals. The company declared a force majeure after an attack that started on July 22nd forced Transnet to switch to manual systems. The attack has affected ports in Durban -- the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa -- as well as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura. The outage came on the heels of civil unrest sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma that halted operations for several days and at the peak of the citrus export season.

Tokyo and Paris MOU to focus on vessel stability campaign

Member authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control are to launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on vessel stability. It will be held for three months, commencing from September 1, 2021, and ending November 30, 2021, and inspectors will examine specific areas related to the campaign in conjunction with the regular Port State Control inspection.  The CIC will confirm that ship's crew are familiar with assessing the actual stability condition on completion of cargo operations before departure and on all stages of the voyage.  A pre-defined questionnaire to assess that information and equipment provided onboard complies with the relevant conventions, that the master and officers are familiar with operations relating to stability (in general) and that equipment is properly maintained and functioning.

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.

DCSA releases JIT port call standards

To facilitate implementation of its just-in-time (JIT) port call standards, the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) released interface standards and messaging API (application programming interface) specifications for the first 18 event timestamps defined in its JIT port call data definitions. The interface standards enable automated data exchange between carriers, ports and terminals for the five main phases involved in any port call. Those phases include berth arrival planning, pilot boarding place, start of cargo operations, cargo operations and department planning, and berth departure execution. The standards are being tested at two unnamed ports to gather feedback on how to ultimately improve them and drive widespread adoption. Eventually, DCSA plans to release a broader set of 50 event timestamps to be standardized as part of its broader JIT Port Call Program.

Container boom pushing up breakbulk rates

As container rates and associated supply chain chaos escalate, two related trends are galvanizing the breakbulk sector: shippers and their forwarders are booking more and more laden containers on multipurpose vessel/heavy-lift ships, and many are testing out cargoes in the breakbulk mode.  Breakbulk operators are keenly aware that spillover effects from the tumultuous container market will not last forever and are currently enjoying productivity gains that they have not seen for almost a decade.  There are no new multipurpose vessel/heavy-lift ships entering the market any time soon but the spillover to this sector is definitely giving owners some much needed market confidence.

MSC and Shell sign collaboration agreement on decarbonizing shipping

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Shell International Petroleum Company Limited (Shell) have agreed to work closely together to help accelerate the decarbonization of the global shipping sector. The long-term memorandum of understanding will help MSC and Shell to play enhanced roles in the energy transformation of shipping, as developers and early adopters of innovative technologies and fuel solutions. The companies plan to develop a range of safe, sustainable and competitive technologies that can reduce emissions from existing assets and help to enable a net-zero emissions future for shipping.

Cosco Shipping orders 10 boxships for $1.5bn

Cosco (Cayman) Mercury Co., a subsidiary of Cosco Shipping Holdings, has placed an order at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Yangzhou) for the construction of ten containerships at a total cost of $1.5bn. The contract comprises of six 14,092 teu containerships and four 16,180 teu containerships, which are expected to be delivered during December 2023 to September 2024, and from June 2025 to December 2025, respectively. The shipbuilding transaction is in line with the 14th Five Year Plan of the group, supporting the group to maintain its first-tier position in the industry and transportation capacity, increase the competitive advantage of the group and compel the expansion of new markets, said Cosco Shipping Holdings.

Shipowners react to sweeping EU carbon emissions plan

Shipowners' industry groups are raising concerns about the new European "Fit for 55" decarbonization plan, which will impose Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on vessel emissions for the first time. The measure covers all intra-EU voyages and 50 per cent of the emissions of each voyage to and from European ports.  "Other than as an ideological revenue raising exercise, which will greatly upset the EU’s trading partners, it’s difficult to see what extending the EU ETS to shipping will achieve towards reducing CO2, particularly as the proposal only covers about 7.5 per cent of shipping’s global emissions," said Guy Platten, the secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping. "This could seriously put back climate negotiations for the remaining 92.5 per cent of shipping emissions." Read the full story from Maritime Executive here.

Covid outbreak on HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK’s Royal Navy (RN) confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 on the flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth. According to a RN statement, there are at least 100 confirmed cases on board the aircraft carrier, which is currently transiting the Indian Ocean as part of its seven-month deployment leading the RN’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Indo-Pacific. The outbreak reportedly began shortly after Queen Elizabeth made a port call to Cyprus earlier this month, and other ships in the CSG have also since reported cases of COVID-19, though the number of personnel affected on board these ships has not yet been confirmed.

Singapore enhances crew change requirements

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released a new circular outlining enhanced rules for crew changes in its port, making crew changes even more difficult.  While easing the home isolation requirement to 14 days from 21, on-signers now must have a negative result from a COVID-19 test (polymerase chain reaction (PCR) type) taken at a government-approved or ISO 15189-accredited testing facility at his/her originating country not more than 48 hours prior to departure for Singapore and must be certified fit-to-travel and have a negative result from an ART (Antigen Rapid Test) certified by a doctor at his/her originating country not more than 24 hours prior to departure for Singapore.

Ever Given departs Egypt

Suez Canal authorities have released the Ever Given vessel that had blocked the passage for nearly a week, causing major disruptions to traffic. The containership was seen leaving the Suez Canal after its Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., reached a settlement with the canal authorities over a compensation amount after more than three months of negotiations and a court standoff. The settlement deal was signed in a ceremony Wednesday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, after which the vessel was seen sailing to the Mediterranean.

Nine pirates convicted in a 'first-of-its-kind' trial in West Africa

A court in Togo sentenced nine individuals to prison for acts of piracy in a landmark trial for a Gulf of Guinea state. The group of pirates, which includes seven Nigerians, a Ghanaian and a Togolese, boarded a small tanker at anchor near Lomé and robbed the crew before being apprehended by the Togo Navy in May 2019. The group members were charged with piracy, assault, robbery and belonging to a criminal organization and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 12-20 years, with each ordered to pay fines of USD $45,000-90,000.

One million seafarers helped by charity’s ground-breaking welfare app

One million seafarers, on board more than half the world’s shipping fleet, have now benefitted from the ShipVisitor welfare app, which helps to provide continuity of care as ships and their crew move from port to port. Developed by international charity Sailors’ Society, the app is used free of charge around the globe by 23 maritime welfare organizations, who provide chaplaincy support to seafarers far from home. Using AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the app enables chaplains and ship visitors to report their activities in real time and maintain a history of ship visits and support provided to seafarers. This information can then be used to provide ongoing care and assistance as ship and crew continue their voyage.

SEA-KIT vessel first to receive LR Unmanned Marine Systems certification

The first ever Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) certificate has been awarded to SEA-KIT International by Lloyd’s Register, representing an important milestone for the maritime industry. SEA-KIT has worked closely with Lloyd’s Register since early 2020 in a concerted effort to achieve the highest standards for the Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) sector, culminating with their latest 12m X-class USV for geo-data specialist Fugro being awarded the new UMS certification. Unmanned systems technologies continue to gain a stronghold in the offshore sector. SEA-KIT is already working on commercial projects around the world, with multiple additional builds planned that include a larger vessel later this year.

Seaspan Corporation announces order for ten 7,000 TEU dual-fuel LNG containerships

Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp. ("Atlas") announced that it has entered into long-term charters with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. ("ZIM") (NYSE: ZIM) relating to ten ultra-modern 7,000 TEU dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) containership newbuilds. Seaspan will enter into agreements with a major shipyard to construct the LNG Containerships, which are anticipated to begin deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2023 and through 2024. The LNG Containerships are anticipated to be financed from existing liquidity, cash flow from operations, and additional borrowings. The vessels have an aggregate purchase price of about $1.05 billion. The transaction also notes 12-year charters totalling approximately $1.8 billion of gross contracted cash flow.

IMO envisages what a 'fair future for seafarers' will look like on Day of the Seafarer 2021

In his message on the Day of the Seafarer, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, "Our 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign builds on the progress to support seafarers on pandemic-related challenges. It aims to draw global attention to all areas where fairness is important. This includes a safe, secure environment on ships, reasonable working conditions, fair treatment in all situations, as well as respect for the rights of all - regardless of race, gender and religion. I am especially pleased that IMO will be amplifying the voices of seafarers themselves as they discuss what a fairer future would look like to them under the hashtag #FairFuture4Seafarers. Seafarers, we are listening – and we will make sure you are heard." Click here to watch Mr. Lim's video message.

COSCO and Seaspan ink fixed agreements for 17 container vessels

Seaspan has forward fixed contracts, extending current lease terms for 17 container ships with COSCO SHIPPING Lines. The vessels, representing approximately 117,700TEU, were previously scheduled to conclude current charters with COSCO for two vessels in 2021, 13 vessels in 2022, and two vessels in 2023, which have now all been extended for a three-year term beginning at the end of their current charter period. Over the course of the charter terms between 2023 and 2027, these contracts will generate approximately US$700 million of gross contracted cash flow, according to a statement. Additionally, Seaspan has announced that it has entered into agreements with a major shipyard for two 12,000TEU newbuildings. The new vessels are anticipated to be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2022, and upon completion will enter long-term charters with an undisclosed global liner.

Yantian Container Terminal resuming normal operations

After a month of disruptions due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in southern China, the operators of the Yantian International Container Terminal announced that they are resuming normal terminal operations. The major shipping lines and industry analysts however continue to warn of significant delays and backlogs that could continue to impact global supply chains for weeks or months to come. Hutchison Ports Yantian reported that after proactive measures to control COVID-19 in the port area, the operational capacity of the terminals has steadily recovered. With the full support of relevant government departments, it was agreed that the Yantian terminal will resume full operations as of midnight local time on June 24.

Ever Given's owner reaches settlement with Suez Canal Authority

Representatives for shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha have reached a tentative agreement with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) to secure the release of the boxship Ever Given, which has been held in Egyptian custody ever since she ran aground in the Suez Canal in March. The vessel is carrying more than 18,000 TEU of containerized cargo with a combined value exceeding $600 million, and Egyptian authorities have prohibited her from offloading the goods or departing her anchorage. The SCA filed a claim against Shoei Kisen for about $900 million in damages - not for the grounding and salvage, which cost far less, but for alleged effects on business operations and reputation. (Read more from Maritime Executive.)

 


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

 

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

May 21 - Marco Polo

The largest container ship to ever call on North America's east coast arrived in Halifax on Monday. The Marco Polo cruised into the Port of Halifax after travelling from South Asia. PSA Halifax is the only terminal that can accommodate vessels of this size on Canada's east coast. With a capacity to carry more than 16,000 shipping containers stretching about three and a half football fields long, the Marco Polo carries everything from clothing to household goods and electronics. Roughly 60 per cent of the cargo will be loaded onto rail, destined for places like Quebec, Ontario, and the American Midwest. Flag: Bahamas Gross Tonnage: 176,546 Summer DWT: 187,625 t Length Overall: 296 Breadth Extreme: 53.6m Year Built: 2012

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May 14 - New Pinnacle

The MV New Pinnacle, a chartered vessel from NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers, made its first call in Prince Rupert this week marking the significance of this growing trade to Asia. The arrangement with NYK came after Pinnacle signed three contracts with customers in Japan in a span of six months, underscoring both Japan's strong commitment to decarbonization and the strength of Pinnacle's competitive position in this market. In 2020, exports of wood pellets from Prince Rupert saw a 33 per cent increase which played a major role in the spike in cargo volume in 2020 at the Port which also aims to be the second largest Port in Canada. Also, last year on May 29  Pinnacle Renewable Energy set a new record for the largest load of wood pellets ever shipped from Canada when the Panamax-class vessel MV Siboney M departed Westview Terminal with 63,601 tonnes of wood pellets bound for the United Kingdom. British Columbia’s wood pellets are made entirely from the residuals from sawmilling, harvesting or low-grade logs rejected by the sawmills and pulp mills. Every year nearly 10 million cubic metres – or roughly 10 million telephone poles worth of wood is wasted in BC, and literally goes “up in smoke” in slash pile burns or is left to rot in the forest, becoming a significant wildfire hazard. Capacity:  40,000 dwt Gross Tonnage: 24,205 Length: 180m Beam: 30m Year Built: 2020 Flag: Panama

May 7 - ONEX Peace

ONEX Peace, an Aframax tanker built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HHI) is the world’s first merchant ship to receive DNV’s SILENT-E notation. The SILENT-E notation ensures ships do not exceed average-to-moderate Underwater Radiation Noise (URN) levels. Vessels with this notation can minimize their impact on marine life and document noise performance for authorities, or those requiring proof of noise emissions for transit through vulnerable areas. DNV, HHI and the Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering are conducting a joint research project on measuring and evaluating underwater radiation noise. As part of the study, the parties carried out the underwater noise measurement and analysis of the ONEX Peace. Following verification of his ability to meet the requirement DNV granted the SILENT-E notation. Flag:  Panama Gross Tonnage:  62,500 Summer Deadweight: 115,000 Length x Breadth: 250 x 44 m

April 30 - Arvik I

Fednav Limited has taken delivery of its latest Polar Class 4 icebreaking bulk carrier—the MV Arvik I. This new state-of-the-art vessel will replace the 43-year old MV Arctic. The Canadian-flag, Arvik I will trade between St. Lawrence River ports and Deception Bay, servicing Glencore’s Raglan Mine, commencing mid-May 2021. Ordered through Sumitomo Corporation and built by Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) shipyards Japan, the 31,000-DWT mine resupply vessel is a sister ship to Fednav’s two other Polar Class 4 icebreaking bulk carriers, the MV Nunavik, delivered in 2014 and the Canadian-flagged MV Umiak I delivered in 2006, currently the most powerful icebreaking bulk carriers in the world. This new vessel is equipped with the latest technology, which includes Tier III main and auxiliary engines, and compliant with the latest stringent IMO nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission regulations. The MV Arctic made its final voyage in April and is being recycled in Turkey following strict green recycling protocols. The vessel had an impressive career and will be remembered by generations of Canadian seafarers for its role in opening the Canadian Arctic to year-round shipping. Fednav is a privately owned shipping company and is the largest international dry-bulk shipping group in Canada. It operates a most modern fleet of about 120 bulk carriers trading worldwide, of which 60 are owned. The company employs 300 office staff worldwide—195 in its Montreal headquarters—and maintains commercial offices in Antwerp, Charlotte, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, St. John’s, and Tokyo.

April 23 - Manta

Meet Manta, a giant, plastic-eating catamaran powered by renewable energy. The 185-foot hybrid sailboat will be the world’s first sea-cleaning vessel capable of collecting plastic waste on an industrial scale. Operating autonomously 75 percent of the time, it’s also a state-of-the-art scientific laboratory. World-record sailor Yvan Bourgnon is the mastermind behind the venture. During 20 years of transatlantic competitions and various solo world tours (including the first person to sail solo from Alaska to Greenland), he witnessed a sharp increase in ocean pollution. In 2015, he was forced to abandon the Transat Jacques Vabre yacht race after his sailboat struck plastic debris in the Bay of Gascogne. Bourgnon’s response was to set up The SeaCleaners NGO in 2016, a consortium of over 58 engineers, technicians and researchers comprising five research laboratories and 17 external partners to build a solution: The Manta. Built from low-carbon steel, the Manta is a virtuous energy recovery unit wrapped up in a 185-foot sailboat design. It features a custom electric hybrid propulsion system enabling it to travel at controlled speeds of between two and three knots, the optimum speed for waste collection. Around 500kW of onboard renewable energy is generated via two wind turbines located at the stern, 500 square meters of photovoltaic solar panels at the bow, two hydro-generators under the boat and a Waste-to-Electricity Conversion Unit (WECU) used to power the hotel load, or what the captain and crew consume. The Manta gets its name from a pair of retractable wings used to hold a third of the solar panels that mimic the shape of a manta ray. Despite being an oceangoing vessel, the Manta will primarily focus on coastal areas in and around the estuaries or mouths of the 10 most polluting rivers in the world. These include the Yangtze (the longest river in Asia), the Yellow River, which feeds into China’s Bohai Sea, and the Ganges, which runs through India and Bangladesh. Three floatable collection systems give the Manta a plastic-eating span of 151 feet and a collection depth of three feet. Two cranes are used to extract large debris. Up to three tons of waste will be collected per hour and sorted on board by a crew of 22 working in two 12-hour shifts. Metal and glass are sent to shoreside recycling units, organic matter is returned to the sea, and plastic waste is fed into the WECU which vaporizes the plastic turning “syngas” into electricity. Operating for 300 days a year, the aim is to collect up to 10,000 tons per year. Two multi-purpose decontamination boats stored onboard—Mobula 8 and Mobula 10—will be deployed to access narrow and shallow areas. Both models will also be sold individually to encourage public and private initiatives. A shipyard is yet to be confirmed, but Bourgnon anticipates a two year-build for the first model, with delivery scheduled for the end of 2024. Sea trials will take place in Europe before heading to southeast Asia in 2025 to begin the first clean-up. Up to 10 scientists are also accommodated on board. All the scientific research and data collected by the Manta will be made available on an open-source platform.

April 16 - Kira Oldendorff

Global resources company BHP, German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers, and Dutch advanced biofuels pioneer GoodFuels, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on April 4, 2021. The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing engine and vessel operational performance during the trial as well as exploring the technical and commercial merits and challenges of biofuels as a marine fuel. The 2020-built 81,290 deadweight tonne (DWT) dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was bunkered with “drop-in” advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels. The advanced biofuel, supplied by GoodFuels, reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80-90 percent on a “well-to-exhaust” compared with conventional heavy fuel oil (HFO) and very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and uses sustainable waste and residue streams as feedstock. Expansion of biofuel into Singapore represents a key step for the emerging alternative. Singapore is the world’s largest bunker market with the MPA reporting sales of more than 4.5 million metric tons per month at the beginning of 2021 used to fuel the more than 3,500 vessels calling in Singapore to bunker. Last year over 49 million metric tons of fuel were sold nearing the port’s record of over 50.6 million metric tons in 2017. If the pace of bunker sales in the first two months of 2021 continues for the year, Singapore could exceed its previous record by nearly 10 percent.

April 9 - RSV Nuyina

Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, will be the main lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic research stations and the central platform of our Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research. Construction of the ship at Damen Shipyards in Romania commenced in May 2017, with a steel cutting ceremony, while a keel laying ceremony in August saw the first building-block of the ship consolidated in the drydock. In September 2018 the ship was floated from the dry dock to the wet dock, for the next phase of construction. As of July 2020, construction of the ship is 98% complete, but final harbour testing, and sea and ice trials, have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the ship is expected to arrive in Hobart in 2021. Watch fore and aft time-lapse videos (https://www.antarctica.gov.au/antarctic-operations/webcams/nuyina/) of the ship’s construction in the drydock, on our webcam page, and follow the links for videos, images and more information about the ship at (https://www.antarctica.gov.au/antarctic-operations/travel-and-logistics/ships/icebreaker/). Replacing the Aurora Australis, the RSV Nuyina will be faster, larger, stronger and offer increased endurance. At 160.3 metres long and 25,500 tonnes, the vessel will be powerful enough to break 1.65 metres of ice at a continuous speed of three knots, quiet enough to allow researchers to use acoustic instruments, and large enough to resupply two of Australia’s four Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations in one voyage. The vessel will accommodate 34 Serco crew and up to 116 AAD scientific personnel, and has the ability to embark up to four helicopters, two landing craft and a dedicated science tender. The icebreaker is currently undergoing Harbour Acceptance Testing in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, and is expected to arrive in Hobart in 2021.   Ship of the Week courtesy of Capt. Stan Bowles, BowTech Maritime Inc.

March 26 - Candela P-30

The all-new foiling Candela P-30 is expected to be the world’s fastest all-electric passenger ship when it arrives on Stockholm’s waterways in 2022 to shuttle passengers to and from the archipelago above the waves without wakes, noise and CO2 emissions. The Swedish tech company Candela will introduce fast all-electric commuter ferries that soar above the waves on foils, quietly and efficiently carrying passengers at speeds up to 30 knots and will the city’s aging fleet of 60 diesel boats. Computer-controlled hydrofoils which reduce energy consumption by 80 percent at 3 kWh per nautical mile, which is one tenth of a conventional ship and comparable to the energy consumption of a modern electric-hybrid bus.  The P-3o will be able to service even the longest routes because it can travel more than three hours at 20 knot cruise speeds before recharging. Length:  12 meters Capacity:  30 passengers Top speed:  30 knots Service speed:  20-25 knots Range:  60+ nautical miles at 20 knots (2 hours run time) Motor:   2 x 60 kW electric pod drives Battery:  180 kWh lithium ion

March 19 - Christophe de Margerie

To transport liquefied natural gas from Yamal LNG, which is located in the Arctic and constitutes one of the world’s biggest LNG projects, 15 ice-class LNG carrier were commissioned between December 2016 and December 2019. This innovative solution allows large shipments of LNG to be transported efficiently and at a steady pace throughout the year, without the assistance of icebreakers. The ship, which is 300 meters long and has a capacity of 172,600 cubic meters, can sail in temperatures as low as -52° C and through ice as thick as 2.1 meters. The SCF Group’s Christophe de Margerie is the world’s first icebreaking LNG carrier and the lead ship in the series of ice class Arc7 vessels, purpose designed for serving the Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic all year round Built Date:  November 2016 Delivery Date:  27 March 2017 Flag:    Cyprus Class:  Russian Maritime Register/Bureau Veritas LOA (m):  299.00 Breadth (m):  50.00 Depth (m):  26.50 Deadweight (t):  96778.90 GRT:   128806 NRT:   38641 Draught (Loaded) (m):  11.80 Speed (knots):  19.50 Ship of the week courtesy of Capt. Stan Bowles, BowTech Marine

March 12 – MT Swarna Krishna

For the first time in maritime history, A tanker commanded and managed by an all-women crew has set sail. The vessel, the MT Swarna Krishna left from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the biggest container handling port in India. The journey coincides with International Women’s Day 2021 and marks SCI’s diamond jubilee as India works to encourage more women to seafaring career. The 2010-built LR1 tanker named MT Swarna Krishna is owned by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). Length: 227m Beam: 32m GT: 42845 DWT: 73655 Built: 2010

March 5 - Southern Ace

The Southern Ace, a new wood-chip carrier for the Hokuetsu Corporation was delivered earlier this week at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki, Japan. The ship will transport wood chips made from logs that have been confirmed to have been legally obtained through sustainable plantations in the Southern Hemisphere. The vessel is an eco-ship that uses approximately 15 percent less fuel compared to conventional wood-chip carriers. These advancements have been made through improvements to the hull form while maintaining transportation capacity and the use of a larger propeller that improves propulsion. The carrier is also equipped with ladder fins that improve water flow generated at the aft-end of the vessel. Length overall: 209.96 meters Breadth: 37.00 meters Deadweight tonnage: 60,222 metric tons Cargo tank capacity: approx. 4,300,000 cubic feet Builder: Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Port of registry: Shingu, Japan

 

 
 
   
 
 
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