COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 August 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 28 August 2020

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The Chamber of Shipping is moving offices!


Effective September 1st we will be located at:


Marine Building

640 - 355 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC 

V6C 2G8




Local News


BC Ferries employee tests positive for covid-19

A BC Ferries employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Public health officials are using contact tracing to notify anyone who may have come in contact with the staff member, and will issue a public notice if they determine that broad public exposure has occurred. No such alert has been issued so far.

Réjean Lanteigne Passes Away

The death of Réjean Lanteigne was announced last week, following a long illness. Réjean attended the Quebec Maritime Institute and started his career as a navigating officer and then captain on board international ships. Upon his return to Canada, he had a long career with the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Shipowners Association and then finally the Laurentian Pilotage Authority. Réjean will be remembered for his intelligence, his integrity, his tireless work and contribution to the maritime industry. See the full obituary here.




Royal Canadian Navy adopts gender-neutral titles

The Royal Canadian Navy is changing the titles of its junior ranks to be more inclusive. The references to "seaman" in the English-language designations — ordinary, able, leading and master — will be replaced with more gender-neutral terms that also better align with the existing names of the ranks in French. The ranks will now be known as sailor third class, sailor second class, sailor first class and master sailor. The move comes as the navy, which is short hundreds of sailors, aims to become more diverse and inclusive and help everyone feel safe and proud of their jobs.


US News


Fire cripples one of US Coast Guard's icebreakers

Coast Guard Cutter Healy was preparing for Arctic operations when electrical fire broke out last week. The fire severely affected one of the ship’s main propulsion motors while sailing off the coast of Alaska. While the blaze was extinguished within 30 minutes and the ship has returned to its homeport of Seattle for inspection and repair. The US now has just one functional icebreaker, the Polar Star. The US fleet also includes another icebreaker that has been nonoperational for several years.

Two injured, four dead after Dredge Hits Pipeline in Corpus Christi

An explosion caused by a dredge hitting a pipeline near the Port of Corpus Christi has left two injured and four dead. The explosion also resulted in the US Coast Guard closing the port’s inner harbour. Two injured crew members were rescued from the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd after it caught fire, and the bodies for four others have been recovered.


International News


Digital health document seeks to alleviate crew change crunch

SICPA, a Swiss-based track and trace specialist, in partnership with Hong Kong’s Crew Assist, has developed a tech solution that may help the crew change crisis. A proof-of-concept trial featuring the brand new CERTUSTM myHealth Pass has started. The digital document is designed to alleviate concern from governments over the validity of many crew’s Covid-19 health checks. CERTUSTM myHealth Pass validates digital documents through SICPA’s existing and widely accepted solution, CERTUSTM. SIPCA’s technology authenticates both paper-based and digital critical information. The solution will be used to issue, and secure WHO-approved Covid-19 test results, guaranteeing their authenticity. Seafarers will be able to carry their authenticated digital health pass via their smartphone.

British ports create new network to prepare for autonomous ships

The British Ports Association (BPA) has launched a new initiative looking at the implications of autonomous shipping for UK ports. As part of the initiative, the BPA is creating a new Autonomous Shipping in Ports Network and is opening a call for evidence from the wider maritime community on what ports should consider to prepare for receiving autonomous ships in the future.



Upcoming Events


Sept 7 - COS Office Closed – Labour Day

Sept 10 - VMAA Board of Directors Meeting

Sept 30 - PACMAR / NANs Committee Meeting



Ship of the Week


August 28 - Skibladner

The Skibladner is a 164-Year-Old Norwegian Paddle Steamer one of the most unique vessels in the world. Launched in 1856, she is the world's oldest paddle steamer still in regular operations and a Norwegian landmark. Originally, the vessel acted as a connection with the rail line. transporting passengers and freight to communities around Lake Mjøsa. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1888 to her current 165 feet, she is powered by a triple expansion double-active steam engine that provides over 600 bhp. to turn her 16-foot paddle. She operates at speeds up to 14 knots. Today, the vessels passenger and topside areas have been faithfully restored to their 1888 appearance creating an authentic 19th-century steamship experience. During the summers she operates tourist excursions following her same route across Lake Mjøsa and in the winters is carefully stored in a specially constructed glass house.

  • Built: 1856
  • Length: 165 feet
  • Beam: 16’ 7”
  • Max speed: 14 knots at 44 revolutions per minute
  • Maximum number of passengers: 230