COS Weekly Newsletter - Monday, 25 September 2023


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Ocean Group pledges $300,000 to Foundation of CHU de Quebec

Ocean Group has donated $300,000 to the Foundation of the CHU de Québec as part of the Respire fundraising event, which aims to renew the fleet of respirators for neonatal critical care at the Centre mère-enfant Soleil of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. This marks the second edition of the event, with Ocean Group having donated $220,000 in the first edition in 2012. The company is committed to supporting the care and healing of sick children through its involvement in the community.

BCMEA-ILWU Local 514 bargaining resumption update

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) announced that bargaining to renew the International Longshore and Warehousing Union (ILWU) Canada's Local 514 collective agreement will resume on October 12, 2023. Subsequent meetings are scheduled throughout the month of October.

PPA welcomes new Director of Strategic Relations & Community Engagement

The Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) has added Louise Murgatroyd to their dynamic team.  Louise will assume the position of Director, Strategic Relations and Community Engagement, a role created to bolster the PPA's relationship with First Nations, coastal communities, municipal, provincial, and federal partners, as well as other stakeholders. She will lead and support the new Communications and Engagement Committee, established to guide and oversee the work in this area.  At the end of this month, she vacates her regional manager role within Transport Canada's Marine Safety & Security and Oceans Protection Plan branches in the Pacific region.

ACPA awards Medal of Merit to two recipients

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has awarded its annual Medal of Merit to two winners for the first time in its history. The recipients are Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Montreal-based LOGISTEC Corporation, and Marc Paquin, President of Groupe Somavrac of Trois-Rivières. Both are part of the prominent maritime industry family that has played a significant role in the development of the Port of Trois-Rivières and the Canadian maritime industry.

Canadian Coast Guard takes delivery of 3rd and final ice-class vessel CCGS Vincent Massey

The Canadian Coast Guard has officially welcomed the medium icebreaker CCGS Vincent Massey to its fleet at a dedication to service ceremony in Quebec City. The ship is the third of three medium icebreakers that Canada purchased secondhand from the commercial market in 2018. The CCGS Vincent Massey joins its sister ships, the CCGS Jean Goodwill and CCGS Captain Molly Kool, in providing icebreaking services in Eastern Canada’s waterways, including the St. Lawrence River and Gulf and the Atlantic region. The vessel is also equipped to support environmental response and search and rescue operations.

DP World collaborates with Hydrogen-electric pioneers to decarbonize Port of Vancouver Cranes

TYCROP and Loop Energy have been selected to provide a hydrogen electric solution for DP World's pilot project to decarbonize its rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) fleet at the Port of Vancouver. DP World aims to cut CO2 emissions from its global operations and replace its global fleet of assets from diesel to electric. The RTG pilot will see DP World's first RTG powered by hydrogen fuel cell systems put into operation at the Port of Vancouver. The RTG pilot is expected to begin operation in Q2 2024 and will be used as a demonstrator to scale electrification across the organization's global fleet in subsequent phases.

Quebec Longshoremen concerned regarding replacement workers handling Ammonium Nitrate

The union representing Port of Quebec longshore workers has raised concerns about the handling of ammonium nitrate, the chemical compound responsible for the Beirut Port explosion in 2020. Since the start of a lockout on September 15, 2022, replacement workers have been handling ammonium nitrate at the port. The union emphasized the importance of comprehensive training and vigilance when dealing with the highly explosive material. It expressed concerns about the safety of citizens living near the port, especially if an explosion were to occur. The union called for pressure on QSL International to resolve the ongoing conflict and prioritize safety.

GoC launches call for proposals for Climate-resilient Coastal communities Program

The Canadian government has announced up to $30 million in funding for pilot projects through the Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities (CRCC) program. These projects will address climate change impacts such as sea-level rise, coastal erosion, extreme storms, flooding, and wildfires in coastal regions. The CRCC program aims to foster collaboration between communities and businesses to develop innovative solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience. It will support up to 25 regional-scale pilot projects that take an integrated, systems-based approach to building resilience in coastal areas, involving multiple sectors, jurisdictions, Indigenous rights-holders, and stakeholders. The funding is part of Canada's efforts to address climate-related risks and enhance community and economic resilience.

Green Hydrogen hub in Prince George, B.C. proposed by Fortescue

Fortescue, a global green energy and metals company, has submitted plans for a major green energy hub in Prince George, Canada. Led by Australian businessman Dr. Andrew Forrest, the project involves the construction of a large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia production facility. Green hydrogen is a zero-carbon fuel that can help decarbonize heavy industry and create jobs. The proposed facility, with a potential capacity of 1000 MW, would produce green ammonia and green hydrogen for export or domestic use, contributing to reducing fossil fuel use and meeting climate targets. The project represents a $2 billion capital investment and could create hundreds of jobs.

Route dispute may cause further delay to Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The expansion of the Canadian Trans Mountain oil pipeline may be delayed by nine months if regulators don't approve a route change. This could push completion to December 2024 in the worst-case scenario. Trans Mountain is applying for a route change, but local Indigenous opposition and upcoming public hearings will add uncertainty to the project completion date.

Lantic secures $200 million funds for Montreal facility expansion.

Lantic Sugar is investing $200 million to expand and modernize its Port of Montreal facility, increasing sugar processing capacity by 20% and optimizing logistics. Currently handling over 580,000 tonnes of raw sugar annually, the plant imports sugar from Latin American countries, refines it and distributes it across Canada. The strategic location within the Port's territory allows for cost-effective importation and efficient transportation via road and rail networks. This expansion reinforces their partnership with the Port of Montreal.

British Petroleum secures all of Woodfibre LNG's future capacity

BP has secured all of Woodfibre LNG's future capacity, buying 1.9 million tonnes of LNG annually from the Canadian project located in Squamish, B.C. Woodfibre LNG's lower carbon intensity is due to its use of electric cooling rather than natural gas. While Woodfibre LNG was designed to produce 2.1 million tonnes annually, the majority of its capacity will be allocated to BP, leaving only a limited amount available for spot sales. Enbridge, a partner in the project, is pleased with the announcement, highlighting its role in supplying low-emission LNG to global markets.

Neptune Terminals announces new president

Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. has appointed Megan Owen-Evans as President, effective from early October 2023, succeeding Duana Kipling. Megan Owen-Evans is an experienced leader in the Vancouver waterfront industry, having served as President of another terminal since 2020 and playing a key role in waterfront diversity and inclusion efforts. The Board and senior management express confidence in her ability to contribute to Neptune's ongoing success. Duana Kipling, who has led Neptune for the past three years, is praised for her contributions, including overseeing significant capital projects, expanding Canadian resource handling, and achieving safety excellence during her tenure.

VFPA Port Information Guide Amendments

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a notice of amendment, dated September 1, 2023, to inform members of the public, industry and other stakeholders of proposed updates to our Port Information Guide.  The proposed amendments update definition, update operational procedures, and introduce new requirements, including new Active Vessel Traffic Management language and procedures for TCZ-2.  The notice is posted publicly for a 30-day period to notify industry, stakeholders and the public of the intended amendment to the practices and procedures in the Port Information Guide. Anyone affected by these amendments may comment in writing by October 02, 2023 to the attention of the marine operations specialist at

Nanaimo Port Authority invites consultants to participate in Duke Point feasibility study

The Duke Point feasibility study aims to investigate the benefits of expanding the Duke Point Shipping Terminals in the Port of Nanaimo, Canada. This expansion could enhance supply chain efficiency, accommodate more cargo, and connect mainland transportation with the port. The study will assess the feasibility of the expansion, considering the container market, logistics integration, and business opportunities with the goal to make Nanaimo a significant port on the West Coast of Canada.

15,000 TEU, LNG propelled ZIM Mount Rainier delivered to Seaspan Corp.

Hong Kong-based shipowner Seaspan has received its fifth 15,000 TEU containership powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) from South Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The vessel, ZIM Mount Rainier, was delivered on August 30 and will be chartered by Israel-based shipowner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services. Seaspan highlights LNG as a commercially viable cleaner fuel for container shipping, aiding the industry's transition to low-carbon fuels. The first ship in this class, ZIM Sammy Ofer, was christened in February and achieved a 23% emissions reduction through LNG usage.

Robert Allan Ltd. to build first Methanol Hybrid Fuel Cell (MHFC) tug for Svitzer

Svitzer and Robert Allan Ltd. collaborated on the design of the world's first Methanol Hybrid Fuel Cell (MHFC) tug. This innovative tug will operate without diesel fuel, utilizing a combination of batteries, fuel cells, and gensets. It marks a significant advancement in Svitzer's efforts to decarbonize its global towage fleet. The MHFC tug is set to operate in the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, by the latter half of 2025, contributing to the port's goal of achieving a 70% reduction in emissions by 2030. The design process is commencing, and the teams are excited to work with suppliers to select appropriate equipment and support the design process.

HOPA Ports offer LNG bunkering to first Euro-owned vessel in Hamilton

Hamilton and Oshawa Ports are contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions in Great Lakes shipping fleets by providing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering facilities to vessels. The LNG bunkering service was launched in 2020 through a partnership between the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority and REV LNG. Recently, the Fure Viten became the first European-owned vessel to receive LNG at the Hamilton facility. More than 40 bunkering operations have been conducted by Petro-Nav Desgagnés and REV LNG at HOPA since its inception. The availability of LNG bunkering is addressing industry demand for environmentally friendly fuelling options in the maritime sector.

Wildfires in BC creating havoc on local communities and for railways

The Kookipi Creek wildfire near Boston Bar has grown from 2,000 hectares this morning to nearly 9,000 hectares in size due to unstable weather conditions, threatening Lytton, Boston Bar, the Nahatlatch Lake area, and the Fraser Canyon community of North Bend.  The Kanaka Bar Indian Band is joining the Fraser Valley and Thompson-Nicola regional districts in issuing evacuation orders.  Rail services for both CN and CPKC have been affected, but are expected to resume later this evening, but the wildfire situation remains unstable and other disruptions may occur as the safety of the communities and employees are a priority.  For the latest information, visit BC Wildfire Service (




Fire Safety CIC starts September 2023 as part of Paris and Tokyo MOU

A joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on fire safety for vessels is being launched by various Port State Control organizations which will run from September to November 2023. The goal is to ensure vessels comply with fire safety rules, including proper equipment maintenance and crew training. If issues are found, they must be fixed quickly to avoid detention. Shipowners should prepare using Lloyd's Register's PSC Pocket Checklists App.

B.C. provincial judicial appointments announced

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Arif Virani, has made new judicial appointments based on a transparent and merit-driven process. David K. Jones, a Partner at Bernard LLP in Vancouver, becomes a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, replacing Justice G.C. Weatherill. Jennifer Lynn Whately, Manager at the British Columbia Securities Commission, also becomes a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, replacing Justice R.A. Skolrood who was elevated to the Court of Appeal. Read more

CCG awards seawater-lubricated bearings contract to Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has secured a contract to provide seawater-lubricated bearings for the first two modified versions of Canada's Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). These new vessels are being constructed for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) at Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax Shipyard. The vessels will feature Thordon's seawater-lubricated bearings, with the first ship scheduled for delivery in 2027. Thordon's components have already been successfully used in three Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) AOPS vessels. Thordon's involvement aligns with efforts to ensure environmentally friendly and efficient propulsion for these vessels, in line with Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy. Read more.

Labour Minister initiates review of recent labour disputes affecting ports

Canada's Labour Minister, Seamus O'Regan has initiated a process under Section 106 of the Canada Labour Code to examine the structural issues underlying the recent dispute between the BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada, as well as similar disputes that have occurred at our ports across Canada. The process will begin with an immediate review of commissioned reports on past disputes and analysis on the issues already completed. The next steps will be determined in short order following the review. Read full statement.

Transport Canada extends passenger safety management certificates

Transport Canada's latest bulletin extends the validity of certain certificates of competency or endorsements related to Passenger Safety Management and Specialized Passenger Safety Management (Ro-Ro Vessels). The extension applies to seafarers holding these certificates that would have otherwise expired between August 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024. The six-month extension period means there is no need to submit an application to obtain the certificates. However, seafarers whose certificates soon expire are recommended to renew their documents at a Transport Canada office at least 10 business days before the expiration date, despite the granted extension. This bulletin also applies to Authorized Representatives of Canadian-flagged vessels. Read the full bulletin.

New Canadian marine online job portal

Designed exclusively for the Canadian marine industry, the Canadian Marine Careers Foundation (CMCF) has launched the Imagine Marine job board, a specialized platform built to serve as a powerful resource for both employers and job seekers. Read more. Check out the latest job postings here.

Pablo Rodriguez appointed as new Minister of Transport

Congratulations to Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, appointed as the new Transport Minister in this week’s cabinet shuffle. We will meet with the new minister in early September to formally introduce the Chamber and highlight the challenges and opportunities facing our members, including anchorage assignment and management, supply chain fluidity and resilience, decarbonization and effective digitalization. We look forward to working with Minister Rodriguez and thank Minister Alghabra for his efforts in our sector. Read more on the full cabinet shuffle.

Jamaican and Panamanian seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their STCW certificates

Canada has signed reciprocal arrangements with Jamaica and the Republic of Panama. This means Jamaican and Panamanian seafarers with a valid STCW certificate issued by either the Maritime Authority of Jamaica or the Panama Maritime Authority can now apply for a Canadian endorsement. This is similar to reciprocal arrangements Canada has already signed with Australia, France, Norway, Ukraine, Georgia, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Read more in the latest Transport Canada bulletin.

TSB Q1 Report and Update

In Q1 2023, the Transportation Safety Board has deployed to 13 occurrence sites across the country, including a marine occurrence involving the Canadian-flagged vessel Polar Prince and the submersible Titan (M23A0169).  15 new investigations were started and four investigation reports released.  TSB has also released its annual assessment of responses to 62 outstanding safety recommendations, to ensure progress is being made. Of the 626 recommendations issued since the TSB was created in 1990, the Board has assessed the responses to 83.5% of them as being Fully Satisfactory. At 31 March 2023, 87 recommendations remain outstanding. Kathy Fox has been re-appointed as Chair of the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) for another year while the search for a successor continues.

Budget Implementation Act to support modernization of marine protection and safety as part of the OPP

Transport Canada has implemented new laws to protect its oceans and strengthen marine safety. The changes include faster access to emergency services, improved response to marine pollution involving Noxious Liquid Substances (NLS), addressing abandoned boats, and providing better compensation for affected communities. These amendments aim to enhance marine safety, enforce navigation rules, and promote environmental protection. The legislative changes are a result of collaboration with Indigenous Nations, stakeholders, and Canadians and are part of the Oceans Protection Plan, which aims to protect the environment, support the economy, and advance reconciliation efforts.

New regulations for enhanced safety and enforcement in Canada's marine transportation system

The Government of Canada has introduced new regulations under the Canada Marine Act to enforce safety in the marine transportation system. These regulations allow enforcement officers to issue fines for violations of the Act and its associated regulations. The fines serve as a flexible enforcement tool to motivate compliance and deter rule-breaking. The penalty amounts range up to $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for corporations or vessels. The government's priority is the safety of Canadians, and these regulations aim to encourage compliance, correct violations, and prevent future incidents in the marine industry.

COS asks for intervention in the ILWU strike in letters to government

This week we sent a letter to the federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan asking for immediate intervention with the ILWU and BCMEA labour dispute. We are urging the federal government to reconvene Parliament to implement back-to-work legislation to avoid further disruption in Canada’s West Coast ports. Read the full letter here. Additionally, we signed a joint letter with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce among many associations, local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, expressing our deep concern of the ongoing strike action. We believe these letters will aid government in finding an immediate resolution in this labour dispute for the interest of preventing further consequences for all Canadians. Read the joint letter here.

Seafarer shortage prompts Canada to allow more foreign nationals on its vessels

Transport Canada has expanded its Reciprocal Arrangement Program to address the shortage of Canadian seafarers by signing agreements with Georgia, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. The program allows certified seafarers from these countries to work on Canadian vessels. The move has caused concern among Canadian mariners who are already facing a shortage of personnel, particularly those with high-level certificates of competency. The Canadian Merchant Service Guild has called for programs to assess the qualifications of new Canadians who previously worked as seafarers in other countries. The guild emphasizes the need to prioritize qualified Canadians for available positions and closely monitor the impact of using foreign nationals. They stress the importance of consulting unions and ensuring that foreign seafarers meet legal requirements and are only employed when no qualified Canadians are available.

TSB annual report underlines transportation safety issues

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its annual report for the fiscal year 2022-23, highlighting significant safety issues in the country's transportation system. For marine, TSB received 1209 reports of marine transportation occurrences in 2022 (241 accidents and 968 incidents), including 7 fatalities. As in previous years, the highest proportion of the fatalities (three of the seven) was related to commercial fishing (Canadian-flag vessels in Canadian waters). According to Transport Canada, 2022 marine activity (commercial vessel-kilometres) for Canadian commercial non-fishing vessels with a gross tonnage of over 15 (excluding passenger vessels and cruise ships) was 10% above the 2013-to-2021 average while the 2022 accident rate was 3.0 accidents per million commercial vessel-kilometres, lower than the 2013-to-2021 average of 4.0.

Transport Canada enforces new discharge requirements for cruise vessels

The Canadian government has implemented new mandatory measures for cruise ships regarding the discharge of greywater and sewage in Canadian waters. The aim is to promote environmentally responsible practices while balancing the economic benefits of the cruise industry. The measures prohibit the discharge of greywater and treated sewage within three nautical miles from shore, and enhanced treatment standards must be met for discharge between three and twelve nautical miles from shore in non-Arctic waters. Cruise ships will be required to report compliance with the regulations. Non-compliance can result in fines of up to CAD $250,000. These measures align with conservation goals for Canada's oceans and extend to Marine Protected Areas and marine refuges. The regulations exceed international standards and reflect comparable measures in the United States. Greywater and sewage contain pollutants that can harm marine ecosystems. The new measures have immediate effect through an Interim Order while permanent regulations are being developed.

Canada approves 8 collective agreements representing 138,000 public service employees

The Government of Canada has approved renewed collective agreements with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 104, and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO). These agreements have been ratified by employees with the unions all reporting strong membership support for the negotiated settlements.

Budget Implementation Bill Passes

On Thursday, June 22nd Bill C-47, the Budget Implementation Act received Royal Assent.  Key elements in this omnibus bill include amendments to the Marine Liability Act, Canada Shipping Act 2001 (CSA 2001) and Canada Transportation Act (CTA).  The Bill amends CSA 2001 to enable new requirements for managing hazardous noxious substances and provides the Minister with clear authority to take or direct actions when unsafe conditions pose a risk to public and marine safety. Under the CTA amendments, the Minister will have the authority to require users of the national transportation system to provide information for the purpose of ensuring the proper functioning of the national transportation system or increasing its efficiency.

Transport Canada - Protecting Killer Whales in the Waters of Southern British Columbia

Transport Canada's latest bulletin provides information on vessel requirements under the Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale in the Waters of Southern British Columbia, which aims to safeguard the endangered Southern Resident killer whales from vessel-related disturbances. All vessels must stay at least 400 metres away from all killer whales, and vessels must not be positioned in the path of a killer whale. There are 2 speed restricted zones, and 2 interim sanctuary zones at Saturna Island and Pender Island. Mariners are advised to stay informed about applicable NOTMARs and NAVWARNs to ensure adherence to regulations protecting Southern Resident killer whales.

TC Bulletin on 2023 Concentrated Inspection Campaign

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 12/2023 outlining a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from May to mid-September 2023 for certain Canadian vessels, including passenger vessels, tugs, and fishing vessels. Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) will be conducting scheduled and unscheduled inspections focussed on the safe operations of a vessel. Inspections may include a review of personal flotation devices (PFDs), ensuring that conditions within a vessel’s stability booklet reflect the vessel’s arrangement/operations; and checking life-saving equipment plans and onboard safety equipment.


US News


August market share for US West Coast ports gains momentum post labor deal

U.S. West Coast ports gained market share while East Coast ports lost ground, according to Descartes Systems Group. This shift comes after West Coast ports had been losing market share for over a year due to prolonged labor negotiations. Some shippers had started sending cargo back to West Coast ports even before the labor agreement was reached in June. In August, the biggest West Coast ports saw a 3.6% increase in market share to 41.9%, while top East and Gulf Coast ports dropped 3.3% to 43.1%. It remains to be seen if the labor deal influenced these results, but experts anticipate a return of some cargo that had shifted away from the West Coast. Ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach experienced significant increases in cargo handling, while ports on the East Coast, particularly Savannah, saw declines. Low water levels in the Panama Canal may also contribute to cargo returning to the West Coast.

USDOT urged to establish a National freight office by key industry stakeholders

Sixteen U.S. transportation industry stakeholders have written to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, urging the creation of an Office of Multimodal Freight Infrastructure and Policy within the Department of Transportation. They argue that such an office is necessary to address supply chain challenges and improve coordination among federal agencies, as mandated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Currently, there is no formal structure in place for this office, leading to ad-hoc coordination between departments.

Tech company Leidos awards U.S Navy unmanned vessels contract

Tech company Leidos has secured a task order from Naval Sea Systems Command to manage, operate, and maintain the U.S. Navy's Overlord and medium unmanned surface vessels (USVs). The task order has a one-year base period with two one-year options and could be worth up to around $95 million if all options are exercised. Leidos has extensive experience in autonomous vessel design and operations, having delivered four operational medium-sized USVs to the Navy. The company's expertise will contribute to the Navy's efforts to integrate unmanned vessels into distributed maritime operations, providing new capabilities for future naval operations.

CMA CGM's acquisition of GCT's U.S. terminal assets concludes

GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. has successfully sold its GCT USA assets to CMA CGM, a global shipping and logistics company. The sale was concluded after obtaining necessary government approvals and consent from the Port Authority of New York New Jersey. The focus now is on a smooth transition for customers, partners, and employees during the integration process. GCT still owns and operates GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport, two container terminals in the Port of Vancouver through its subsidiary GCT Canada Limited Partnership. These terminals provide a capacity of over 3.5 million TEUs through Canada's Pacific Gateway.

Four-new all-electric post-Panamax gantry's for Port of Savannah

The Port of Savannah has received four new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes as part of a $1.9 billion infrastructure improvement initiative. These additions will increase the port's fleet to 34 machines at the Garden City Terminal, the largest single container terminal in North America. The new cranes, designed by Konecranes of Finland, are all-electric and will be able to reach heights of 295 and 306 feet. They can handle 22 to 24 containers wide and will enhance productivity at the terminal. The cranes and other improvements are expected to increase the terminal's capacity by 1.5 million TEUs annually.

Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Statewide Grant Funding in California is now open for applications

The VW Zero-Emission Freight and Marine (ZEFM) program offers up to $20 million in funding statewide. The program supports emission reduction projects for freight and marine operations. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Changes include allowing stacking with other state programs, removing funding caps, and using a higher cost-effectiveness threshold. Projects include heavy-lift forklifts, airport equipment, port cargo handling, marine vessel repowering, and shore power systems for ocean-going vessels.

Port Houston adopts data-sharing software to battle slow, manual vessel arrival process

Port Houston has adopted a data-sharing platform provided by container terminal technology company Portchain. This platform enables the port to digitally coordinate vessel arrival times with its ocean carrier customers. The system, known as Portchain Connect, streamlines the process of arranging vessel calls by facilitating automated data exchange and digital collaboration. The goal is to enhance efficiency, improve berth scheduling, and reduce errors in the coordination process. Portchain Connect has gained traction globally, with 76 terminals already utilizing it, accounting for about 4% of all global port calls. The system aligns with efforts to achieve just-in-time vessel arrivals, which can help meet environmental regulations and reduce fuel.

BNSF petition for partial stay in NTEC coal-shipping order denied by STB

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) rejected BNSF Railway Co.'s request to delay part of a decision involving coal transportation for Navajo Transitional Energy Co. LLC (NTEC). The STB initially ordered BNSF to transport coal from NTEC's mine in 2023. BNSF wanted a partial delay due to crew and capacity concerns, claiming irreparable harm without it. However, STB denied the request, stating the additional transportation requirement only applies if BNSF chooses to increase capacity, thus dismissing the potential harm argument. Read more

Crowley to build eWolf shoreside charging station

Crowley and the Port of San Diego are building a shoreside charging station for the all-electric tugboat called eWolf. The station uses energy storage systems and solar power to quickly recharge the tugboat, reducing strain on the energy grid. The initiative aims to enhance sustainability in the maritime industry and is a joint effort involving multiple partners. The eWolf tugboat itself, currently under construction, is designed to operate solely on electricity. Read more.

Port New Orleans sued for construction of $1.8 billion container terminal

The St. Bernard Parish District Attorney's Office is suing the Port of New Orleans to stop the construction of a $1.8 billion container terminal. They argue that the terminal would disrupt life in Violet and harm the environment. The lawsuit claims that the Port doesn't have the legal right to operate within St. Bernard Parish and questions the validity of agreements allowing this. It references a 1992 law that removed Port NOLA's jurisdiction in the area. The District Attorney wants a recent agreement to be declared invalid, stating that local authorities can't give up jurisdiction. The terminal project has faced opposition since 2020, while Port NOLA argues it is needed for competition and has some governmental support. Read more.

NAMMA Conference focusses on readiness for changes in seafarer needs

This week, the Chamber presented an overview of the seafarer COVID-19 vaccination effort in British Columbia at the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) Conference in Seattle.  The panel focussed on the importance of cultivating partnerships and collaboration for seafarer welfare. Opening for the conference was powerful video message from Admiral Steven D. Poulin Vice Commandant, US Coast Guard recognizing our dependence on mariners, and the need to provide a safe working environment that supports physical and mental well-being, and one that is free from fear, harassment and sexual misconduct.

New U.S. legislation will support terminal operators to procure zero-emission equipment

A bi-partisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to provide tax incentives to private marine terminal operators for purchasing lower-emission cargo handling equipment. The bill expands the Capital Construction Fund to allow tax-deferred accounts for buying American-made equipment. The National Association of Waterfront Employers supports the bill, highlighting the high costs and need for private terminal operators to meet emission reduction requirements. The legislation is intended to promote port infrastructure development, support the industry, and create new jobs. It is currently with the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for review. Read more.

Update on Clean Shipping Act 2023

The Clean Shipping Act of 2023 (HR 4024) introduced on June 12, 2023 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The bill seeks to amend the Clean Air Act to establish standards to limit the carbon intensity standards for marine fuels that would become more stringent over time. The baseline is defined as the average carbon intensity of the fuel used by certain vessels and voyages.  These requirements would be implemented through an EPA regulatory project with a final rule required by January 1, 2026. No additional action via the House Committee has been scheduled yet. In addition, the International Maritime Pollution Accountability Act (S 1920) introduced on June 8, 2023 would impose a pollution fee of $150 per ton of carbon emissions from fuel used on the inbound transit of vessels calling at US ports.  Additional fees would apply for nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter.  Revenues would be earmarked to modernize the US Jones Act fleet and electrifying shipbuilding and other programs to reduce emissions from marine sources. This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Bunker contamination in U.S. Gulf leads to 11 vessels losing maneuverability

Leading fuel testing services provider VPS has identified a new marine fuel contamination issue in Houston, reminiscent of incidents in 2018. VPS found high levels of Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) and associated isomers in Very low Sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) bunker fuel deliveries in Houston. Eleven vessels using this fuel have reported a loss of power and propulsion at sea. The contamination was traced back to a single supplier's deliveries made between March and May 2023. The issue arose after the fuel was combusted weeks after bunkering, resulting in fuel leakage in the injection control unit and fuel pump failures. Auxiliary engines were also affected. The contaminated fuel caused problems with fuel pumps, injectors, and purification systems. The vessels experienced restricted manoeuvrability and had to switch to low-sulfur marine gas oil for safe arrival at port. The DCPD compounds detected ranged from 3,000 to 7,000 ppm. VPS had previously warned some vessels of potential DCPD contamination through its Chemical Screening service.

$1.5B influx towards port infrastructure projects in California

California has announced an investment of over $1.5 billion to enhance operations and capacity at its ports. The funding will support 15 projects, creating 20,000 jobs and reducing environmental impacts, and will also improve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as trade centres across the state. An additional $350 million will be allocated to projects that eliminate rail crossings and reduce emissions. The investment prioritizes zero-emission initiatives and aligns with California's efforts to combat climate change. The grants aim to modernize ports, improve efficiency, and create a more dynamic distribution network.

U.S ports awarded $40m to curb emissions and develop infrastructure

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has allocated approximately $40 million to various ports as part of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program for the fiscal year 2023. The grants, totalling over $2.2 billion for this year, aim to invest in infrastructure projects that prioritize safety, equity, and robust supply chains. Port Miami has been granted $5 million to finalize sections of a crucial master plan supporting its Net Zero Program. The objective of this plan is to enable the port to reach carbon neutrality and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Furthermore, the Puerto Rico Port Authority will receive $3 million to finance a feasibility study aimed at enhancing Avenue C, a vital roadway link that serves as the sole connection to the Port's eastern wharves. These improvements will enhance the efficiency of cargo operations while also reducing environmental impacts.

Ceres Terminals acquired by Carrix

Carrix, a leading marine terminal operator in the U.S. and the Americas, has agreed to acquire Ceres Terminals from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Ceres Terminals, established over 60 years ago, operates in 18 locations across North America and provides terminal services for shipping containers, roll-on roll-off cargo, breakbulk cargo, and cruise passengers. Carrix, the parent company of SSA Marine, is a global operator with operations at over 250 port and rail locations worldwide. The acquisition expands Carrix's presence and strengthens its position in the marine terminal industry. Ceres Terminals is currently owned by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III.

AEB system proposed for commercial trucks

US federal regulators announced a proposal that would require all trucks over 10,000 pounds to be equipped with an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system and an electronic stability control (ESC) system that works in conjunction with AEBs.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have been sponsoring research and field testing on AEBs for over 10 years, said the rule would prevent an estimated 19,118 crashes, save 155 lives, and prevent 8,814 nonfatal injuries annually. It would eliminate an estimated 24,828 property-damage-only crashes annually as well.

US West coast delays prompt export diversification

US food and farm goods shippers are considering alternatives to West Coast ports due to ongoing problems, even after congestion has eased and a labour deal has been reached. JBS USA, a major meat packer, is looking to move products through East Coast ports to avoid West Coast delays. While the West Coast still dominates beef exports, other ports are gaining market share. In 2022, beef exports from the West Coast declined by 14%, while the East Coast saw a 6% increase and Gulf Coast ports experienced a substantial 62% jump. JBS plans to consolidate refrigerated exports at five centres and open a new centre in Colorado to improve flexibility and utilize intermodal services connecting Denver to the Port of Houston. These changes reflect a shift in the industry's distribution strategies and transportation directions.

Capt. Mark McDonnell new COTP 13th District

US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound held a change of command ceremony Thursday morning at Coast Guard Base Seattle. During the ceremony, Capt. Mark McDonnell relieved Capt. Patrick Hilbert as commander of Sector Puget Sound. Sector Puget Sound’s area of responsibility extends from the Pacific Coast of Washington State to the eastern boundary of Montana. It includes a 125-mile maritime international boundary with Canada, as well as a multitude of Tribal Nations.


International News


BIMCO launches survey to sound Maritime Single Window preparedness

Starting January 1, 2024, new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will require global ports to use a "single window" for electronic data exchange. This digitalization effort aims to improve efficiency in the maritime industry. To assess the current state of digitalization when ships call at ports, BIMCO has launched a survey. The survey will gauge the readiness of national authorities for the "single window" requirement and provide insights into the digitalization maturity of ports. The results will be presented to the IMO Facilitation Committee in April 2024. The survey will be conducted from September to December 2023 and ensures anonymity for respondents. To participate in the survey click here.

Exclusive zero-emission shipping tender launched by major retailers including Ikea and Amazon

The Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA), including major retail brands like Amazon and IKEA, has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) for 600,000 shipping containers to be transported on zero-emission fuel-powered vessels over three years. This initiative aims to reduce carbon emissions by at least 90% compared to traditional fuels. The global shipping industry accounts for 3% of global climate emissions, and ZEMBA is working to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission shipping solutions.

Three vessels successfully transit via Ukrainian maritime blockade

Three ships carrying Ukrainian steel products have broken through the Russian sea blockade, marking the first such breakthrough since the start of the war. These ships, trapped in Ukrainian ports since February 2022, are the second, third, and fourth vessels to leave since Russia withdrew from a grain agreement. They carry steel and iron ore concentrate bound for foreign customers, offering a vital economic boost. The effort involved various Ukrainian agencies and is seen as a historic step toward fully unblocking maritime exports of various Ukrainian products.

Cruise vessel aground in Greenland to be rescued by fishing vessel

A Bahamas-flagged luxury cruise ship carrying 206 people ran aground in northwestern Greenland's Alpefjord, known for its icebergs and musk oxen. The passengers and crew are reported to be safe. A Greenlandic government-owned fishing vessel is set to attempt to pull the stranded cruise ship free during a high tide. The cruise ship, MV Ocean Explorer, previously made two unsuccessful attempts to free itself. The incident occurred in a remote area of Greenland, with the closest settlement, Ittoqqortoormiit, being 240 kilometers (149 miles) away and the capital, Nuuk, nearly 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) distant.

Capesize bulker and non-ice class tanker transit NSR to China create history

The bulk carrier Gingo became the first capsized ship to sail the Northern Sea Route (NSR), carrying a record cargo of iron ore concentrate to China. Russia is seeing increased traffic along the NSR due to milder winters, with plans to expand its capacity significantly. Additionally, a non-ice class oil tanker, the Leonid Loza, is making its maiden voyage through the NSR, marking a significant development in Arctic shipping. However, concerns have been raised about sending such tankers through the route without ice-strengthening.

MOL Chemical Tankers acquisition of Fairfield Chemical carriers achieves agreement

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced an agreement in principle for its subsidiary, MOL Chemical Tankers, to acquire the business of Fairfield Chemical Carriers (FCC) in a deal approved by both companies' boards of directors. This acquisition, valued at around $400 million, would give MOL full ownership of Fairfield Chemical Carriers Pte. Ltd. pending regulatory approvals. MOL views the chemical tanker business as a growth area and intends to invest proactively in it, aligning with their "BLUE ACTION 2035" management plan. The move would consolidate MOL's fleet of 85 vessels, including 36 operated by FCC, and expand its presence in key growth areas. Additionally, MOL aims to leverage Fairfield's brand and expertise to enhance safety, digital transformation, human capital, and environmental strategies while addressing sustainability concerns.

Cruise industry making significant measures towards environment and sustainability

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released its 2023 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, revealing significant progress in the cruise industry's environmental and sustainability efforts. The report highlights that cruise lines are investing $62 billion in 44 new ships over the next five years, with 25 of them using LNG power and seven being methanol-ready, contributing to the industry's transition toward low to zero carbon fuels. The data shows that CLIA ocean-going cruise lines continue their work to reduce emissions. Highlights include shore power capability, advanced wastewater treatment systems, renewable fuels and alternative energy sources.

Electronic bills of lading gaining popularity among major supply chain stakeholders

An alliance of industry associations, including BIMCO, DCSA, FIATA, ICC, and Swift, has launched the "Declaration of the Electronic Bill of Lading" (eBL) to support the digitalization of international trade. Major carriers like Maersk and MSC committed to eBL adoption earlier, and now shippers will join through the FIT Alliance. The eBL aims to streamline global trade, and if widely adopted, could unlock billions in trade growth while reducing carbon emissions. The goal is to have 100% of bills of lading handled electronically by 2030, despite challenges like interoperability between eBL vendors.

Shippers paying $2.4 million to skip the Panama Canal congestion queue

Shippers are paying as much as $2.4 million per vessel to bypass the congestion in the drought-affected Panama Canal, in addition to the standard transit fee of around $400,000. This extraordinary payment was recently made by an unnamed party to expedite its vessel's passage through the canal, according to Avance Gas Holding Ltd. The Panama Canal Authority conducts auctions for priority passage, with the highest bids usually coming from carriers transporting liquefied petroleum gas or liquefied natural gas (LNG). The queue of ships waiting to use the canal has grown due to drought conditions, resulting in fewer vessels with reduced cargo capacity transiting the canal. Despite the high cost, some shippers opt to pay to skip the queue.

HD Hyundai delivers world's first vessel with "AI Engineer"

HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has successfully delivered and installed an AI-based engine automation solution on H-Line Shipping's large LNG-powered bulk carrier. This vessel, constructed by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, features two intelligent systems: the Integrated Condition Diagnosis Solution (HiCBM) and Integrated Safety Control Solution (HiCAMS). HiCBM utilizes real-time artificial intelligence to diagnose potential equipment failures during navigation, ensuring operational stability. HiCAMS acts as an AI-powered safety monitor, swiftly detecting and analyzing safety-related events using onboard CCTV. The adaptability of these systems to existing ships opens up the market for AI-based engine automation solutions. The systems have been tested and received approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Cruise vessel hits tanker after breaking free from moorings due to storm

Severe storms on the Spanish island of Mallorca caused the P&O Cruises flagship, Britannia, to break free from its moorings and collide with a moored tanker named Castillo De Arteaga. The incident resulted in minor damage to both ships, with tugs quickly assisting in bringing Britannia back to its mooring. Passengers on board described the ship floating away in the storm, and some were treated for minor injuries. The collision narrowly missed a nearby ferry, the GNV Spirit, avoiding a potentially more serious accident by a one-minute difference.

K Line introduces ChatGPT in its offices to promote technology use

Japanese shipowner K Line is using the AI tool ChatGPT, specifically AIplicity Chat powered by ChatGPT, in its offices to streamline operations and promote technology use. They aim to enhance secure duties and encourage a culture of trying new approaches. K Line has already used AI for machinery maintenance and navigation systems, and ChatGPT is being explored across the shipping industry. Other companies like P&O Maritime Logistics have used ChatGPT for tasks like safety administration. A recent survey by Freightos showed that logistics professionals expect AI to transform the industry, comparing its significance to the advent of the Internet.

Panama Canal draft restrictions likely to stay on for 10 months

Officials at the Panama Canal Authority have implemented water-conserving measures due to a severe drought and the El Niño weather phenomenon. These measures include reducing draft restrictions for ships by 2 meters and cutting daily transits by 20%. As a result, vessels have been waiting at both ends of the canal. The restrictions are expected to last for at least the next 10 months, affecting shipping schedules and capacity utilization. Container services and cruise itineraries are impacted differently from bulk sectors, which face greater disruptions due to short notice and the need to queue. Collaboration between shipping bodies and the Panama Canal Authority is suggested to optimize resource usage during this period. Despite the current situation, container spot rates haven't been notably affected yet. However, experts warn that prolonged restrictions could lead to freight rate increases and potential shifts in supply chain strategies.

Reduction in ship-tracks from reduction in sulphate emissions aiding global warming in the Atlantic ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is experiencing increased warming, affecting marine ecosystems. Rising temperatures have attributed to greenhouse gas emissions and stalled high-pressure weather systems that decrease cloud formation, allowing oceans to heat up. Another factor, often overlooked, is the reduction of ship tracks caused by regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2020. These ship tracks, formed by sulfate particles emitted by ships, contribute to the creation of reflective clouds that cool the planet. With fewer ship tracks due to reduced sulfur pollution, the Atlantic has warmed more rapidly, particularly in shipping corridors, amplifying the warming effect of carbon emissions. This unintentional experiment suggests that cloud brightening, a geo-engineering approach to inject salt particles into the air for more reflective clouds, could potentially help counteract global warming. Scientists are studying the complex interactions between pollution and clouds to better understand their impact on climate change.

Dual tanker collison in Suez Canada briefly disrupts traffic

Two tankers, the BW Lesmes carrying liquefied natural gas and the Burri carrying oil products, collided in the Suez Canal, causing a brief disruption in traffic. The collision occurred due to a mechanical malfunction on the BW Lesmes and strong currents in the canal. Tugboats were deployed to clear the waterway and both vessels were successfully towed away. No injuries or pollution were reported, and the vessels appeared to have minimal damage. This incident recalls the high-profile grounding of the Ever Given container ship in the same canal in 2021, which caused a significant disruption to global trade. The Suez Canal is a crucial passage for oil, natural gas, and cargo transportation, and it generates significant revenue for Egypt.

Solutions to enhance industrial scale CO2 shipping catches interest

Five partners from Australia and Japan, including Future Energy Exports (FEnEx CRC), JX Nippon, Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Osaka Gas, have signed a research and development agreement to develop solutions for industrial-scale shipping of CO2. The project aims to study the feasibility and operability of low-pressure and low-temperature solutions for transporting CO2 by ship. The research will examine the behaviour of liquid CO2 under dynamic operating conditions and the impact of non-CO2 components. The goal is to develop technologies for safe and efficient shipping of large quantities of CO2.

Panama Canal Authority declutters fears of congestion with actual figures

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has clarified the congestion figures at both ends of the canal, countering recent reports of 200 ships waiting. The ACP's updated data shows that there are currently 131 ships waiting, up by 45% from the average but down from 165 earlier this month. The average waiting time for unbooked transits is now between nine and 11 days, a 50% reduction from reports 10 days ago. The ACP emphasizes its commitment to transparency and accurate reporting, and the reduction in waiting times has been most significant for dry bulk carriers. The ACP had previously reduced daily transits by 20% due to water conservation efforts during an ongoing drought.

Japan's first Ammonia bunkering boom to be developed by NYK

NYK and TB Global Technologies (TBG) have entered a basic agreement to collaborate on developing Japan's first bunkering boom for ammonia ship-to-ship fuel supply. This joint effort aims to improve the safety of supplying ammonia, a highly toxic substance, to ships. TBG's technology will be used to prevent leaks of the liquid during the transfer process. A bunkering boom is a system of rigid pipes and hoses connecting a bunkering vessel to another vessel for fuel supply. NYK will contribute its expertise and data from the development of its ammonia bunkering vessel and knowledge gained from operating Japan's first LNG bunkering vessel.

BIMCO releases survey to consult on challenges regarding the Carbon Intensity Indicator

BIMCO, a global shipping association, is set to provide updates on its documentary work program in its member newsletter. The focus will be on the work of current subcommittees and new projects planned for later in the year. The initial focus is on the subcommittee agenda associated with the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII). BIMCO is conducting a CII survey to understand how CII is being handled contractually, commercially, technically, and operationally by the market. To contribute, please contact BIMCO at The Documentary Committee (DC) plans to discuss the findings of the survey at the next DC meeting in October.

Russia utilizes key Northern Sea Route by shipping Naphtha to China

Russia is shipping a rare naphtha cargo through the North Sea Route (NSR) to China, using the Arctic route to reach its major trade partner. The vessel SCF Irtysh, carrying 37,000 tonnes of naphtha, was loaded at Ust-Luga port and is the first such loading in at least a decade. The NSR offers a shorter route to China during the summer months compared to the Suez Canal, but requires ice-class ships and icebreakers, adding to costs. Russia aims to start year-round NSR supplies from 2024 with the assistance of icebreakers. President Putin has set a goal of supplying 200 million metric tons of goods via the NSR by 2030.


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


22 September - M/V Hauke Oldendorff

Baffinland's Mary River iron mine in Canada recently received its first-ever Capesize call from M/V Hauke Oldendorff, which is the largest type of vessel in the world, measuring 50 meters across and 300 meters in length. These enormous vessels are too large to navigate through famous canals like the Suez and Panama canals. The vessel that visited the mine, owned by German company Oldendorff, docked at the Milne Inlet port, where it loaded 165,000 metric tons of iron ore bound for Rotterdam, Netherlands. The mine is expecting four more Capesize vessels to visit this season. The arrival of the first Capesize vessels required over two years of planning and preparation.

September 15 - Laura Maersk

The 2,100 TEU (twenty-foot-equivalent) feeder vessel with a methanol-enabled engine, is the first of it's kind. The new container ship, Laura Maersk, ordered in 2021, has two engines: one moved by traditional fuels and another run with green methanol — an alternative component, which uses biomass or captured carbon and hydrogen from renewable power. The new vessel emits 100 tons of carbon dioxide fewer per day compared to diesel-based ships. The name Laura has a long and important history for Maersk. In 1886, Captain Peter Mærsk Moller bought his first steamship and named it Laura. Laura was powered by a coal-fired steam engine and marked the second industrial revolution’s influence on shipping. It was also the first ship to wear the iconic white seven-pointed star on a light blue background, a symbol that remains integral to the company. Watch a video of the naming ceremony here.

September 8 - M/V MSC Nicola Maestro

The MSC Nicola Mastro, a 24,000 TEUs container ship, has become the first of its kind to dock at an Italian gateway. The vessel was officially christened in Trieste on September 4th. Its size surpasses all other ships typically seen in Trieste, showcasing the port's operational capabilities and the competitiveness of the "Trieste System" in providing exceptional service. The MSC Nicola Mastro is an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) and the largest ship ever to arrive at the Trieste port. The Coast Guard and technical nautical services ensured a secure and smooth mooring maneuver for its entry into the Port of Trieste.

September 1 - Odfjell's wind assisted propultion

Odfjell has  pursued decarbonization initiatives for many years and recently documented a 51 percent improved carbon intensity of a Chemical tanker compared to the 2008 baseline. The deployment of bound4blue's eSAIL system represents another significant milestone in implementing innovative solutions to increase its fleet’s energy efficiency. The key element is bound4blue’s eSAIL system, which harnesses the potential of wind power, utilizing a state-of-the-art wind-assisted propulsion known as a suction sail. By increasing the usage of wind energy to propel vessels, this solution offers a substantial reduction in a vessel’s carbon footprint. Odfjell's partnership with bound4blue aims to expand access to the eSAIL technology within the tanker shipping segment and further contribute to the industry's efforts in decarbonization. The decision to collaborate with bound4blue was supported by an extensive study conducted by SSPA, evaluating various Wind Assisted Propulsion Systems (WAPS) for the Odfjell fleet. The pioneer installation will be completed in 2024.

August 25 - MV Pyxis Ocean

The MV Pyxis Ocean, a bulk cargo ship owned by Mitsubishi Corporation subsidiary MC Shipping and chartered by Cargill, has become the first vessel to be equipped with BAR Technologies' WindWings. These large wing sails were retrofitted onto the ship at a COSCO shipyard in China. WindWings, measuring up to 45 meters in height, harness wind power and are expected to achieve up to 30% fuel savings on newbuild vessels. This initiative is part of the industry's effort to decarbonize, with the project co-funded by the European Union. The success of Pyxis Ocean's sails will guide further improvement and potential widespread adoption of the technology, aiming to reduce emissions and enhance vessel efficiency in maritime shipping.

August 18 - HaiSea Wee'git

Canada’s HaiSea Marine, a joint venture majority-owned by the Haisla Nation in partnership with Seaspan ULC, has welcomed the second emissions-free battery electric tug built by Sanmar Shipyards in Türkiye. The new ElectRA series harbour tug HaiSea Wee'git and its previously delivered sister HaiSea Wamis are based on the exclusive-to-Sanmar ElectRA 2800SX design from Vancouver-headquartered naval architect, Robert Allan Ltd.  The tugs have approximately 70 tonnes bollard pull, a top speed of 12 knots and 6,000 kWh of battery capacity, it will perform all ship-berthing and unberthing missions on battery power alone. Combine with HaiSea’s two Sanmar-built dual-fuel LNG escort tugs, to make up one of the greenest tugboat fleets in the world. The tugs are part of a contract to provide services to LNG Canada's export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.

August 11 - M/V OOCL Felixtowe

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is reinforcing its fleet of ships by introducing an additional 24,188 TEU container vessel called OOCL Felixstowe, built at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS) shipyard. This new vessel marks the fourth environmentally friendly 24,188 TEU vessel to join the fleet of the COSCO-owned shipping company as part of a set of 12 vessels. It is intended to operate on the Asia-Europe LL3 route encompassing the following ports: Shanghai (China), Xiamen (China), Nansha (China), Hong Kong, Yantian (China), Cai Mep (Vietnam), Singapore / Piraeus (Greece), Hamburg (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Zeebrugge (Belgium), Valencia (Spain), Piraeus (Greece), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Singapore, and then back to Shanghai (China).

August 4 - N997 - Cosco Shipping's new electric container

COSCO Shipping Development unveiled a groundbreaking electric container ship powered by portable container-sized batteries. The 700 TEU's / 10,000-DWT vessel, has a length of 119.8 meters and two 900kW main propulsion motors, making it one of the world's largest electric container ships. Compared to conventional fuel ships of its size, it can reduce carbon emissions by approximately 32 tons per 24 hours. Equipped with an intelligent ship platform and situational awareness systems, the ship ensures safety and efficiency during operations. The China Electric Ship Innovation Alliance, led by COSCO Shipping Development and COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, aims to promote and drive innovation in electric ships with over 80 founding members from various relevant industries.

June 14 - HaiSea Wamis

The HaiSea Wamis is Canada's inaugural fully electric harbour tugboat, which has recently made its way to North Vancouver. This vessel marks a significant milestone as it joins the fleet of HaiSea Marine as it arrived in British Columbia. The electric tugboat, known as ElectRA 2800SX, boasts impressive dimensions, measuring 28.40 meters in length, 13 meters in beam, and 5.60 meters in depth. It is equipped with a Corvus battery installation system producing 5288 kWh, and is the third largest on any vessel (including cruise ships) to date, enabling it to achieve a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. One advantage of its location in Kitimat is the availability of abundant hydroelectric power, which allows the harbour tugs to recharge their batteries at dedicated shore charging facilities while docked between jobs.

July 7 - CCGS Siyay

Siyay is a type 400 BHC AP1-88/400 hovercraft, one of two vessels built for the Canadian Coast Guard. Constructed from aluminium, the CCGS Siyay has a standard displacement of 36 tonnes, measuring 28.5 meters in length and 12 meters in beam. It has a main deck cargo capacity of 110 square meters and a well-deck with a Palfinger 5,000-kilogram crane. Powered by four Caterpillar 3416 TTA diesel engines, Siyay can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots and has a range of 300 nautical miles. The hovercraft has a crew of 7 and is primarily used for servicing navigational aids and search and rescue operations. Siyay was launched in 1998 and is based in Richmond, B.C. It underwent maintenance in 2014 and a refit in 2015 before returning to service in May 2016.

June 30 - M/V New Pinnacle

M/V New Pinnacle is a Drax-operated geared bulk carrier with a 39,042 tonne-deadweight capacity with a safe working load (SWL) of 30.5 metric tonnes per each of its 4 cranes. A vessel built at Shikoku Dockyard in 2020, she has recently undergone minor hold refinements and hull coating enhancements which drive significant operating efficiencies and reduce its ocean transportation costs and carbon footprint. The vessel loaded Drax wood pellets at Westview Terminal, Prince Rupert and shall call Soma & Kinuura, Japan to discharge its cargo. As one of three of Drax owned and operated long-term charter vessels, MV New Pinnacle carries approximately 210,000 metre-tonne-second of biomass annually to Asian discharge ports. Delivering shipments where Drax manages the vessel operations through to the destination allows for maximum delivery efficiency, flexibility, service and support to our valued and long-standing customers, supporting their journey to decarbonization.

June 23 - Electramar

India's Chowgule Shipyard has launched the first of twelve energy-efficient plug-in hybrid vessels ordered by AtoB@C Shipping, a subsidiary of Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping. The vessel, named Electramar, is part of a series of ships aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling emission-free and noise-free port calls. The vessels will feature battery packs, shoreside electricity solutions, and electric hybrid technology. The order, which was placed in 2021 and expanded in 2022, will see the delivery of one vessel every three months, with the final delivery expected in the second quarter of 2026. These 1A ice class vessels will have a loading capacity of 5,350 dwt, and significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to existing ships. ESL Shipping plans to establish a long-term pool for these eco-friendly vessels in collaboration with a group of investors.

June 16 - COSCO Oceania

M/V COSCO Oceania is a container carrier with a full container carrying capacity of 10,020 TEUs (20-feet equivalent units) that was in the Port of Prince Rupert this week. The vessel has a length overall (LOA) of 348.5m, a breadth of 45.50m with a Gross rate tonnage (GRT) of 115,776 mt. Additionally, the vessel has 10 holds with a container carrying capacity of 4874 TEUs and offers 800 reefer plugs for refrigerated containers. M/V COSCO Oceania was built in 2008 at Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering CO. in China. On a rotational basis, the vessel operates a liner service between Shanghai, Long Beach, Prince Rupert and Xingang.

June 9 - Powan

M/V Powan, owned by Swire Bulk, is a P-class bulk carrier built in 2016 at China’s Ouhua SB Shipyard in Zhejiang. The vessel is a geared handysize logger/bulk carrier with 4 cranes, each with a safe working load (SWL) of 36 tonnes. M/V Powan is currently deployed on spot/tramp terms wherein she loads/discharges where business opportunities take her. The last few ports of call have been in S. Korea and Australia, where she loaded cargo and most recently discharged steel cargo in Squamish, British Columbia. The vessel is currently in Longview, Washington. Interestingly, Swire Bulk owns 18 logger vessels which are employed all over the world, and frequently call at British Columbia Ports. Keep an eye out and you may see them in port. They are identified by red and black colour coordination, as well as the Swire flags located at the bow between the two anchors or on the funnel at the stern.

June 2 - M/V Dietrich Oldendorff

M/V Dietrich Oldendorff, owned by Oldendorff Carriers, is a 100,449 metric tonne Bulk Carrier with a draft of 15.04 meters, built in the year 2020 by Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan. The vessel has a Length overall (LOA) of 250 meters and a beam (breadth) of 43 meters. The vessel is often seen in the Port of Vancouver and recently loaded coal at Neptune Terminals on the North Shore of the Port, before commencing its voyage to Fangcheng, China this week. Interestingly, the vessel is one of the 100 ‘eco’ newbuilds from Japan, S. Korea and China ordered by Oldendorff from 2014 onwards, which makes this vessel consume much less fuel, hence significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

May 26 - Oyster Bay

M/V Oyster Bay is a Pacific Basin Shipping-owned geared bulk carrier with a 55,000 tonne-deadweight capacity with a safe working load (SWL) of 30 metric tonnes per each of its 4 cranes. She is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system and is Oshima Supramax vessel built in built 2016. The vessel loaded steel products (Beams, Pipes, plates and Pilings) at Changshu and Xingang, China and shall call Everett, Washington (USA) and New Westminster, BC Canada to discharge its cargo. She would subsequently load a full cargo of logs on and under the deck at the Port of Nanaimo and Crofton as backhaul cargo bound for Lanshan, China. Interestingly, M/V Oyster Bay’s maiden voyage was a cargo of Alumina into Kitimat, BC followed by logs from Stewart and Gold River bound for South Korea and China. As one of Pacific Basin's four Oshima Supramax vessels, she is among the largest loggers in the ship owner’s fleet. Additionally, these are the largest vessels that have the ability to load logs on Vancouver Island.

May 19 - MV Swift Arrow

M/V Swift Arrow is a Totally Enclosed Forestry Carrier (TEFC), specifically designed for carrying forestry products but is also an “open hatch” vessel, so she is suitable for other breakbulk commodities, general cargo, project cargoes, etc. The vessel recently discharged project cargo and steel products at DP World Fraser Surrey Docks in New Westminster and is now loading pulp out of Harmac over on Vancouver Island. In addition, the vessel will call other mill ports and Squamish Terminals to take full cargo of pulp to the Far East. G2 Ocean is a liner service provider and the Swift Arrow together with her sisters Mozu Arrow and Grouse Arrow are on a regular round voyage between the Far East and West Coast North America (WCNA) carrying mainly steel to North America and pulp to the Far East. Swift Arrow and her sister ships were designed and built to be specifically compatible with the climate conditions of the Pacific Northwest and mainly Canada, where the head-owners (Gearbulk) have a decades long history of servicing the forestry sector. This is currently continued under G2 Ocean as a JV between Gearbulk and Grieg Star. The TEFCs continue being dedicated to carrying pulp and other forestry products out of Canada and they are highly suitable and valued by our customers and the local industry, including stevedores, ILWU, pilots, tug companies. Swift Arrow is equipped with 2 gantry cranes, 40MT SWL each. The gantry cranes load and unload through two top-hinged side doors which protect the product from rain during cargo operation. The fully enclosed cargo area is separated into 10 “square shaped” cargo holds with no hatch covers. This gives the vessel required flexibility to increase cargo intake or stow product with dimensions that can exceed the height of the hatch coamings. It also allows for constant and efficient cargo monitoring and care during the voyage, thus enabling minimizing damages. In addition, due to the hygroscopic nature of the forestry products, the absence of hatch covers allows for proper ventilation and avoiding moisture buildup, cargo and hold sweat, etc. For proper cargo care, Swift Arrow has an onboard dehumidifier system with 10,000 m3/hr capacity as well as a fan system with ventilation capacity of 102,000 m3/hr. For better maneuverability, Swift Arrow is equipped with a 2700hp bow thruster.

May 5 - United Eternity

The MV United Eternity, currently loading coal at Neptune Terminals in Vancouver, is a 292m Bulk Carrier with a deadweight of 182,859 tonnes. A vessel of this length and capacity to carry cargo (deadweight) is classified as a Very Large Bulk Carrier (VLBC) and is mainly purpose-built for specific trades. Loading bulk cargoes near residential areas, as in the case of Neptune Terminals located in North Vancouver, demands meticulous planning and coordination. All incoming trains at Neptune are unit trains, meaning they carry a single commodity. This and Neptune’s continuous loop rail track design, equip the terminal to alleviate the need for shunting and the noise associated with separating and re-connecting the railcars. The terminal also lubricates its tracks to minimize any squealing from train movements.

Apr 28 - Maersk TBN

Maersk, a leading container shipping company, has reached a significant milestone in its decarbonization efforts with the imminent delivery of a feeder vessel powered by green methanol. The vessel, with a capacity of around 2,000 TEU, has a dual-fuel engine that can operate on carbon-neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol from day one. The vessel is expected to be delivered during the summer and will operate on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia. The methanol propulsion configuration for the vessel has been developed by MAN Energy Solutions and Hyundai Engine and Machinery in collaboration with Hyundai Mipo and Maersk. The vessel is at the core of Maersk's decarbonization strategy as the company sets sights on becoming net-zero by 2040. Maersk disclosed earlier that the feeder will be 172 meters long and will sail in the network of Sealand Europe, a Maersk subsidiary, on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia. To celebrate the world’s first container vessel sailing on green methanol, A.P. Moller - Maersk will host a week of festivities, including the name-giving event and other activities September 18 – 21 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Apr 21 - MSC Tessa

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) recently took delivery of the MSC Tessa megaship from the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). This enormous vessel has a deck space equivalent to four football fields and can carry as many as 24,116 TEU containers, stacked as high as 26 units. The MSC Tessa places a strong emphasis on efficiency, which is expected given its massive size. One of its primary advancements in this area is the implementation of an air lubrication system that utilizes bubbles to decrease drag. The China State Shipbuilding Corporation asserts that this system can lower energy usage and resulting emissions by up to 4%. However, it should be noted that despite this technological enhancement, the ship still runs on marine diesel.