COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 26 June 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 26 June 2020

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Local News


On International Day of the Seafarer, the world pays tribute to our unsung heroes

Yesterday was the International Day of the Seafarer and this year the occasion takes on special meaning and a sense of urgency. All over the world, seafarers have continued to work, facilitating the movement of essential goods and people, keeping world economies on life support. But it has come at a significant cost. The welfare of seafarers globally is at risk as a majority of countries will not support normal crew changes and the movement of seafarers during the pandemic. While Canada did not shy away from its international commitments, including supporting crew changes, this is a global challenge that requires a global solution and Canada can and should be more vocal on the world stage to help resolve this dire situation. This is an issue close to our hearts, and yesterday we released a video highlighting the importance of seafarers. The video can be found here

Prince Rupert offers warm welcome to seafarers

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) extends its gratitude to the world’s seafarers and acknowledges the critical role they play in global trade, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. Intent on providing direct help, particularly for those contributing to the success of the Prince Rupert Gateway, PRPA’s marine operations has developed a safe method to offer breaks to crew aboard the ships at anchor in Prince Rupert Harbour, allowing them to come ashore and maintain isolation. Seafarers are given full access to a secured space outside Northland Terminal, where PRPA staff set up tents, a grill, food and other supplies for them to use. So far, more than 30 seafarers have taken part in the shore break program, and have spent several hours relaxing, eating and accessing wifi to connect with their families and loved ones before being tendered back to their vessel. For many of these mariners, it was their first time on dry land in several months. To learn more about PRPA’s shore break program which will continue through the summer visit : and watch the video.




Finland, Canada, and the Netherlands join forces to advance the circular economy

Led by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finland has joined forces with Canada and the Netherlands to host three high-level events to address the important role circularity plays in the economies of the future as well as in the fight against climate change and the nature crisis. The Fund supports Finland in leading the way to transition to a fair and competitive carbon-neutral circular economy—a new society in which our everyday lives and well-being are no longer based on consumption and fossil fuel use. Canada will host the World Circular Economy Forum in September 2021.


US News


Investigation of Canadian Ballast Water Regulations Kicks Off

The Federal Maritime Commission formally initiated its investigation of pending Canadian ballast water regulations alleged to be unfavorable and detrimental to U.S. flag Laker vessels when it voted to issue a “Notice of Investigation and Request for Comments”. The Notice specifies how interested parties can communicate with the Commission in this matter and Federal Register 85 Reg. 37453 filed on June 22nd sets the deadline for comments to July 22, 2020.

US to re-impose tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada

If Canada declines to impose export restrictions on aluminum, the US plans to announce today the re-imposition of 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum from the country. The tariffs would then be implemented by July 1, which is also when a new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement on trade is expected to take effect.

Navy Reverses Decision, Fires Captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt

Following an in-depth investigation, the US Navy has reversed its previous decision to reinstate Captain Brett Crozier as the Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The investigation showed that Crozier, despite imploring top brass to do more to safeguard his sailors, had himself failed to do enough to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. It eventually infected more than 1,200 personnel aboard the Theodore Roosevelt, killing one of them. The Navy also announced it would suspend the promotion of Crozier’s boss at the time, Rear Admiral Stuart Baker, the carrier strike group commander.

Over 20 containers fall overboard near Hilo

At least 21 40-foot containers fell overboard from the barge, Ho Omaka Hou, near Hilo, Hawaii, earlier this week. The cargo was lost from the barge it as transiting with a tug to Hilo Harbor. Nine of the fallen containers have been located while twelve remain missing. The crew of the tug and barge Ho Omaka Hou recognized the containers were missing after mooring in Hilo. Containers are reportedly adrift approximately 8 miles north of Hilo, and one is reported adrift in Hilo Harbor.


International News


Fastwater explores methanol as green marine fuel

With funding from the European Commission, Fastwater will demonstrate the feasibility of methanol as a pathway to fossil-free shipping. The project will focus on high impact outcomes, designing solutions for existing ships and designs for newbuildings, demonstrating methanol as a future-proof marine fuel to create a fast track to carbon-neutral shipping. Finnish technology company Wärtsilä, Swedish ferry company Stena Line, and Canadian supplier of methanol Methanex Corporation have marked five years of the successful operation of the methanol-fuelled ferry Stena Germanica.

Maersk Tankers launches ZeroNorth

A new digital company named ZeroNorth, a spin-off from Maersk Tankers, has been established to accelerate digitalization of shipping to address CO2 emissions and boost earnings. The company seeks to make software available to vessel owners and operators that will help to reduce bunker consumption by determining the optimal speed of each vessel using multiple data points, such as market rates, bunker prices, weather and individual vessel performance.

Bulk Carrier Severely Damages Railroad Bridge in Panama Canal

Bulk carrier, MV Bluebill, has collided with a railroad bridge while transiting the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Authority is investigating the accident and that ship transits are not impacted by the incident. The railway bridge crosses the Chagres River in Gamboa, Panama. It is part of the Panama Canal Railway which parallels the Panama Canal providing freight and passenger service linking the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean. The vessel is a 37,000 dwt bulk carrier built in 2004.

Cruise lines extend sailing suspensions until mid-September

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily extending the suspension of cruise operations from US ports until 15 September 2020. The current No Sail Order issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July. As a result of the suspension, many cruise lines are now dealing with financial problems. CLIA said the voluntary suspension applies to all of the association’s members, which includes the brands of Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Gulftainer launches Future of Ports Startup Challenge 2020

Port operator Gulftainer has launched the Future of Ports Startup Challenge 2020 to identify startups from around the world with the ambition to lead the transformation of the port management and logistics industries. Gulftainer has partnered with the Global Silicon Valley labs (GSVlabs) to engage startups in five areas: The Internet of Things and Robo-Doctors; Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Drones; Big Data and Advanced Analytics; Blockchain and Bring Your Own Idea. Once the proposals are evaluated, the winning startups will be invited to present their projects to an audience made up of leaders from across the port and logistics industry, and innovation and investment sectors in November.

China to cap 2020 energy use at 5 bln tons of coal equivalent

Amid an accelerated push for green development, China has announced the decision to cap its annual energy consumption at five billion tons of standard coal equivalent this year. The country planned to reduce the proportion of coal in its energy mix to around 57.5 percent this year, according to a guideline released by the National Energy Administration.

WTO says rapid response to coronavirus helped avoid worst-case scenario for global trade

Despite global merchandise trade falling by a record amount in the first months of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Trade Organization (WTO) says that it could have been much worse. WTO forecast in April that global trade in goods would fall by between 13 per cent and 32 per cent in 2020 before rebounding by 21 per cent to 24 per cent in 2021. The WTO has not set new figures on, but they have indicated that rapid responses by governments meant its pessimistic scenario for this year was unlikely to come true. The volume of merchandise trade in fact shrank by 3 per cent in the first quarter, and initial estimates pointed to a year-on-year decline of 18.5 per cent for the second quarter.


Upcoming Events

Jun 25 - Aug 29 - Mission to Seafarers 2020 Cycle for Seafarers

June 30 - Plimsoll Club Annual General Meeting

July 1 - Canada Day – Office Closed



Ship of the Week




The MSC Isabella is an eco-friendly containership who recently set a new world record at Port of LA. Last week, the Port of Los Angeles, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, APM Terminals Los Angeles and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers successfully moved 18,465 containers from the MSC Isabella during a single ship call at APM Terminals’ Pier 400. This is 1,385 containers more than the previously held record.
  • Length: 400m
  • Breadth: 61m
  • TEUs: 23,656
  • Built: 2019