COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 12 June 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 12 June 2020

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Local News


Canada positions itself as a key crew change hub

Canada is positioning itself as a crew change hub with government departments, labour organizations and industry coming together to ease the movement of seafarers. With consular offices overseas shut down, Canada has set up an online visa application process to simplify the process for crew members with the appropriate seafarer identification documents.

Seaspan Shipyards and Heddle Shipyards to deliver the Polar Icebreaker to the Canadian Coast Guard

Seaspan Shipyards and Heddle Shipyards have entered into an exclusive teaming agreement for the Canadian Coast Guard's future Polar Icebreaker. Under the terms of their agreement, if Seaspan Shipyards is awarded the Polar Icebreaker, Heddle will fabricate ship modules at its three Ontario shipyards. At a time when the need to leverage federal procurement dollars to support Canadian companies and employees has never been greater, construction of the Polar Icebreaker will support thousands of Canadian jobs over the multi-year life of the program.

BC Ferries' first hybrid electric vessel begins service

The first of BC Ferries' new hybrid-electric vessels, the Island Discovery, has taken its first trip on the Texada Island–Powell River route. The ship is one of six new vessels in the Island Class Ferries which use diesel fuel to generate electricity stored in batteries on board. They are designed to be powered entirely by electricity once charging stations can be built at terminals. The second vessel in the series, Island Aurora, will replace Quadra Queen II on the Port McNeill–Alert Bay–Sointula route next week. The next four are expected to be running by 2022 on routes between Campbell River and Quadra Island, as well as between Nanaimo and Gabriola Island.

The Port of Vancouver has recognized thirty recipients with Blue Circle Awards for voluntary efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has recognized 28 marine carriers and two terminal operators with Blue Circle Awards for their voluntary efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions in the Port of Vancouver. The awards recognize industry partners that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest level of participation in the port authority’s EcoAction Program and Energy Action Initiative. The Blue Circle Award recipients in EcoAction Program category are: Alliance Maritime & Norbulk Shipping, CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING, EUKOR Car Carriers, Evergreen Line, Fednav Ltd., G2 Ocean, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, “K” Line, MAERSK, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (Canada) Inc., ONE – Ocean Network Express, Pacific Basin Shipping (Canada) Ltd., SM LINE, TORM, Westwood Shipping Lines, Yang Ming, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Viking, BC Ferries, North Arm Transportation, SAAM Towage Canada, Seaspan ULC The Blue Circle Award recipients in Energy Action Initiative category are: Cascadia Port Management Corporation, and Viterra Pacific Elevators.

Descartes Systems acquires Kontainers

Descartes Systems, a Canadian logistics software provider, has acquired Cracking Logistics, which is trading under Kontainers, a provider of freight platforms. Kontainers aims to transform the customer experience for carriers, freight forwarders, and third-party logistics service providers with integrated solutions.

Fednav restructures marine division

Canada’s largest ocean-going bulk shipping company, Fednav Limited, is reorganizing its shipping businesses under one management entity with the goal of better aligning the commercial and technical units toward a common goal. The reorganized department will unite the traditional Chartering and Operations teams with their counterparts in the Shipowning, Technical, and Arctic units. The combined group will focus on improved commercial efficiency and a high level of customer service.

Green Marine appoints two new Directors

At Green Marine’s 2020 Annual General Meeting last week, two new directors were appointed to its board: Claudine Couture-Trudel, the Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs, at QSL; and, Stephanie Jones Stebbins, the Managing Director, Maritime, at the Port of Seattle. Claudine Couture-Trudel is known for her unifying negotiating skills and abilities to lead complex projects, while Stephanie Jones Stebbins is a seasoned leader with vast experience in developing innovative business approaches to create financial success while pursuing community and environmental sustainability.




Hazards and Risks of Girding during Towing Operations

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 16/2020 – Hazards and Risks of Girding during Towing Operations to caution tug operators of the dangers of a tug girding when under tow and provide best practices to avoid capsizing or sinking.  Girding occurs when a tug is pulled broadside by a towline force and is unable to manoeuvre out of this position.  Regular testing of the Emergency Release System is encouraged.

The Government of Canada creates Supply Hub for PPE

Explore the supply hub resources and information to help organizations sell and buy personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This information will be updated regularly. The Government of Canada is mobilizing industry to provide medical supplies, and providing information on personal protective equipment in relation to COVID-19, including expedited access and how to get authorization to sell PPE.


US News


US senator introduces new bills to support maritime decarbonisation, enhance cybersecurity

In an effort to promote the reduction of maritime-related emissions and strengthen maritime cybersecurity, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the United States Senator for Massachusetts, has introduced two maritime bills in advance of the annual Maritime Administration Reauthorization Act’s consideration by Congress. The first bill, the Expanding Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program Act, supports research on zero-emission port and vessel technologies and authorizes an additional $3 million for the Maritime Administration’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program to research and support activities related to zero-emission technologies in the maritime sector. The second bill, the Enhancing Maritime Cybersecurity Act, increases awareness of cyber risks and best practices for security in the maritime sector by instructing the Maritime Administration to work with the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security to ensure the availability of resources that can help maritime operators identify, detect, protect against, respond to, and recover from cyber incidents.

US Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Permitting Milestone

The first major US offshore wind farm, planned for the Massachusetts coast, has reached a key permitting milestone with the release of a long-awaited federal environmental study that considers the project’s impacts on fisheries and navigation. The project has experienced delays over concerns that its wind turbines will hurt commercial fishing. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind is expected to generate enough power for more than 400,000 homes in Massachusetts. The lease area is located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.


International News


Singapore sees first full crew change under new COVID-19 compliant guidelines

The first seafarers to benefit from the use of chartered flight to comply with the new crew change protocol, developed by the Singapore Crew Change Working Group (SGCCWG), finally disembarked the bulk carrier Genco Liberty at the Port of Singapore on June 6th. The nineteen-men Indian crew will now return home via a chartered flight from Singapore to Colombo and then on to India. Their colleagues made up of fourteen Sri Lankans and four Indian seafarers who arrived at Singapore from Sri Lanka early this morning, also via the same chartered flight, signed on the same day.

Chinese Firms May Avoid Tankers That Have Carried Venezuelan Oil

Following indications from the US that they may blacklists more ships for trading with Venezuela, Chinese oil companies have expressed that they may soon decline to charter any tanker that has visited Venezuela in the past year to avoid disruption to operations with the United States.

Tank inspection with drones takes a step forward

Remote drone inspection technology is growing in sophistication and capabilities. In the recent inspection of a 19.4 meter high oil tank on board a vessel in Norway, the video shot by the drone was interpreted in real-time by an algorithm to detect cracks in the structure. It marked the latest step in a technology qualification process that promises to make tank inspections safer and more efficient. The inspection was carried out by Scout Drone Inspection and DNV GL, who have been working together to develop an autonomous drone system to overcome the common challenges of tank inspections to reduce costs and out-of-service times.

300 Maersk vessels to help improve ocean and climate science

Maersk has volunteered 300 additional vessels to assist global research efforts on weather patterns and climate change through participation in the global Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program. While Maersk already has many vessels contributing to the VOS, the newly expanded commitment will see its entire fleet participating by the end of 2020. The recorded data helps meteorologists create more accurate weather and storm forecasts – and will also be used in the creation of atmosphereocean models that will help scientists better understand climate change.

MPA Singapore launches Smart Port Challenge 2020

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore, have launched the Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2020. The project invites technology start-ups to submit proposals based on any of 17 innovation opportunities. Each project seeks to support Maritime Singapore’s long-term sustainability goals. The SPC aims to bridge opportunities in the maritime sector with innovative solutions that can be reimagined to accelerate digital transformation within the industry, especially in the context of COVID-19. Now in its fourth iteration, over 400 technology start-ups from Singapore, China, Japan, Denmark, Netherlands to US have participated in SPC to date, with 32 of them receiving grant funding of over S$1.5 million in total to develop and test-bed their solutions.

31 Private Yachts transported from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton and Antwerp

AAL Shipping and Peters & May, have successfully transported 38 private yachts – the largest of which was 32 m long – on deck in a single sailing from Fort Lauderdale, US, to Southampton, UK, and Antwerp, Belgium. The cargo covered an area of 2,500 m2 and was carried aboard the ‘mega size’ 31,000 dwt AAL Melbourne, with her 39,500 cbm intake capacity and weather deck space of 3,000 m2.

Maritime consortium pushes for quicker adoption of digital port systems

A coalition of 10 maritime groups, led by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), is pressing the shipping industry to move aggressively toward digitalization goals as ports grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among a list of nine priorities to be pursued by the coalition are broader use of single window-based port community systems, harmonization of data, and fostering port data sharing environments. The parties in the initiative include BIMCO, the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA), the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Harbor Masters Association (IHMA), the International Maritime Pilots Association (IMPA), the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA), the International Ship Suppliers and Services Association (ISSA), and the PROTECT Group.


Upcoming Events


June 16 - ISSC Annual General Meeting

June 18 - ICS Annual General Meeting

June 18 - Vancouver Shipping Lunch
June 18 - Nanaimo Port Authority Annual General Meeting

June 23 - COS Operations Committee Meeting

June 24 - PACMAR / NANs Committee Meeting
June 25 - International Day of the Seafarer

June 26 - COS Liner Committee Meeting

June 30 - Plimsoll Club Annual General Meeting

July 1 - Canada Day – Office Closed


Ship of the Week




HMM Algeciras is currently the largest container ship in the world and the new flagship vessel of HMM. The vessel recently made its maiden voyage and is mooring in the port of Hamburg for the first time. During their stay, the mega freighter will load and unload around 8,500 containers or 13,600 TEU.
  • TEU: 24,000
  • GT: 228283
  • SDW: 200,000
  • Built: 2020
  • Length: 400m
  • Breadth: 61m