COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 05 June 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 05 June 2020

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Local News


Richardson completes updates at North Vancouver terminal

Richardson International’s North Vancouver port terminal facility has completed the installation of four new, fully automated grain handling trippers. The new tripper conveyors feature modern mechanical structural components and chutes, electrical and automated control systems, and are equipped with dust collection aspiration. The updates include enhanced performance, capacity, efficiency and safety. The facility exports, on average, five million tonnes of grain per year and is a major exporter of canola and cereal grains.

Four First Nations in BC seek path to low-carbon economic recovery

The elected leaders of the Haisla, Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla and Nisga’a have come together to form the First Nations Climate Initiative. The goal of this think tank is to attract private-sector investment, bolster economic self-determination and address poverty in their communities as we rebound from the economic impact of COVID-19. The group hopes to attract investment in at least two more LNG projects in northwest B.C., possibly in the Prince Rupert region, the Nass Valley or Kitimat.




Transport Canada expands required use of face masks across all forms of transportation

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, has announced that he is expanding the requirements for the use of face coverings by workers and others involved in the transportation system, to reduce the risk of COVID-19. It also puts in place a more a comprehensive approach for face coverings that strengthens the protection of everyone involved in the transportation system. The measures will be implemented through a combination of mandatory orders and guidance across several sectors.
  • Marine transportation recommends that all workers in the sector have in their possession a face covering, and recommend that face coverings be worn using a risk-based approach specific to the unique circumstances of the workplace, when physical distancing cannot be maintained, and/or when local authorities require it.
  • Aviation will expand the existing face covering / non-medical mask requirements beyond passengers to include some flight crew and airport workers. These measures came into effect at noon EDT on June 4, 2020.
  • Rail will issue guidance requiring rail operators to notify passengers that they will be asked to wear a face covering when physical distancing of two metres from others cannot be maintained, or as requested by rail operators; Provide or make accessible a face covering to all workers in the industry; and, ensure a face covering be worn by workers on a risk-based approach specific to the unique circumstances of the workplace, when physical distancing cannot be maintained, and/or when local authorities require it.
  • Road will establish a set of practices for the use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings in road transportation (i.e., trucking, motor coach, transit), in collaboration with provinces, territories and industry.

Federal government will not relax log export rules

After Mosaic Forest Management asked the United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 for support in asking for temporary relief on log exports from private land, the Government of Canada has decided that it will not make any changes to its log export policy. The requested relief would assist the company in starting up again after a protracted curtailment. Mosaic and the USW differed on how long a temporary reprieve might have looked: Mosaic expressed interest in six months, while USW Local 1-1937 thought three months would be adequate.

Transport Canada to maintain work-from-home policy for foreseeable future

Transport Canada has shared that its default policy for 3,500 employees for the foreseeable future is to work from home, a decision in line with tech giants such as Twitter and Shopify. The department is also considering a return to the office for only a “small minority” of the department’s workers. Throughout the current pandemic, Transport Canada has significantly increased its bandwidth speed, number of remote-working licences, quality of IT hardware, and availability of collaborative-working apps, such as Microsoft Teams.


US News


CDC issues Guidance on Mitigation of COVID-19 Among Crew during No Sail Order

The US Center of Disease Control (CDC) has produced guidance for cruise ship operations in any international, interstate, or intrastate waterways subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to help prevent, detect, and medically manage confirmed and suspected COVID-19 infections, as well as exposures among crew members during periods of suspended cruise ship operations. As a condition of obtaining controlled free pratique to continue to engage in any cruise ship operations, the CDC Director’s No Sail Order, published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2020, requires that cruise ship operators, among other things, develop plans to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 on board cruise ships.

Windsor Port Authority expands buffer zone for boats on Detroit River

The Windsor Port Authority is expanding the buffer zone for boats in the Detroit River to 61-metres to mitigate boat wakes and soil erosion. Last year there was a 30-metre buffer zone enacted. The buffer zone will be enforced by the Windsor Police Marine Unit.


International News


Mission to Seafarers launches Flying Angel campaign to support seafarers during COVID-19

The Mission to Seafarers has launched a new campaign to address the severe welfare issues facing seafarers worldwide in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Flying Angel Campaign seeks to assist crews trapped on vessels due to travel restrictions, and unable to contact loved ones. The programme will provide advocacy, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) and adapted vehicles to safely transport passengers. The Mission has targeted a funding total of £600,000 to deliver the programme.

Stena Line 10 years ahead of the industry’s emission reduction targets

According to its 2019 sustainability report, ferry shipping company Stena Line has cut its total CO2 emissions by 1.7 %, corresponding to 24,000 tonnes of CO2. The report further indicates that ferry owners and operator managed to reduce its CO2 emissions per transported ton freight and passenger vehicles onboard its vessels by 3.6%. These figures indicate that the company is ten years ahead of the industry’s reduction goals and that it already meets the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) targets for 2030 of a 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008-2030.


Upcoming Events


June 3 -   COS Board of Directors Meeting

June 9 -   Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Annual General Meeting

June 11 - VMAA Annual General Meeting

June 16 - ISSC Annual General Meeting

June 17 - ICS Annual General Meeting
June 18 - Nanaimo Port Authority Annual General Meeting
June 25 - International Day of the Seafarer

June 30 - Plimsoll Club Annual General Meeting

July 1 - Canada Day – Office Closed



Ship of the Week



June 5 - IONA

P&O Cruises’ LNG-powered cruise ship, Iona, is getting closer to delivery, as it is scheduled to arrive in Rotterdam, where it will enter dry dock for inspection work early this month. Most recently, the vessel underwent its final outfitting in Bremerhaven. The passage from Bremerhaven to the Netherlands will also be used for technical and nautical test runs in the North Sea. It is one of the first ever cruise vessels powered entirely with LNG.
  • Capacity: 5,206 passengers, 1,762 crew
  • GT: 180,000
  • Length: 337m
  • Beam: 42m
  • Decks: 18