COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 08 November 2019


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 08 November 2019

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Local News


BC Ferries orders four more battery electric-hybrid vessels

BC Ferries has signed a shipbuilding contract with Damen Shipyards for four more battery electric-hybrid Island Class vessels The units, will be scheduled to go into service in 2022. BC Ferries plans to operate the new ships as all-electric ferries, using clean energy, when electric charging technology matures to make electricity available in the quantities required. In the interim, the ships will use an on board low sulphur diesel hybrid system. The total project budget, which includes financing and project management costs, is around CAD 200 million.

Mission to Seafarers Christmas Gift drive

The Mission to Seafarers will once again be putting together Christmas gifts to distribute to the seafarers on the vessels. If you would like to support the ‘Christmas at Sea Appeal’, they are looking for donations of socks, chocolate, toques (made or bought), soap, tooth brushes and tooth paste. The deadline to have the items to the Seafarers Centre at 401 E Waterfront Rd, Vancouver is Friday 6th December. You can call them at 604-253-4421. Donations made online at are also appreciated.




Ship Safety Bulletin on PFDs Issued

Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Marine Bulletin on Inspection and Maintenance of Inflatable Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices. The bulletin seeks to remind vessel owners, operators, and crew, that it is important to inspect and service inflatable lifejackets and PFDs regularly. To see the full bulletin, visit:

Raincoast heads to Supreme Court for SRKW

Raincoast Conservation Foundation has announced that they will be taking their work to protect the Southern Resident Killer Whales from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court of Canada. Along with Living Oceans Society and Ecojustice, they have filed an application for leave to appeal. The argument being made is that the federal government violated the Species at Risk Act when it approved the pipeline for a second time in June 2019.


US News


Jury awards $93.6 million for disruptive labour practices

A federal jury has awarded $93.6 million to ICTSI Oregon, the former operator of the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, after members of the ILWU engaged in illegal work practices such as work slowdowns and stoppages between May 2012 – August 2013. After productivity at the terminal plummeted, shipping lines including Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-Sud stopped calling Portland, and the port eventually ended its lease with ICTSI Oregon. It was determined that the actions taken by the ILWU constituted unlawful labour practices which lead to the shut down of the terminal in 2017. Attorneys for the ILWU have asked US District Court Judge Michael Simon to delay entering the judgment against the union until Nov. 12, saying it would impose a heavy burden on the union, possibly bankrupting it.  

US Coast Guard enforces safety zone at Port of Vancouver, WA

The US Coast Guard is enforcing a 200-yard safety zone Tuesday around Berth 9 at the Port of Vancouver, WA after protesters chained themselves to a dock to block cargo intended for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. The protesters were reportedly targeting the bulk carrier Patagonia. The goal of the safety zone is to ensure all recreational and commercial waterway users continue to have unimpeded access to the Columbia River.



International News


China and US agree to cancel tariffs in phases

China and the US have agreed to cancel in phases the tariffs imposed during their months-long trade war. An interim US-China trade deal is widely expected to include a US pledge to scrap tariffs scheduled for Dec. 15 on about $156 billion US worth of Chinese imports, including cell phones, laptop computers and toys, though a specific timeline has not been formally disclosed. In addition, Chinese customs and the Ministry of Agriculture are considering removing restrictions on US poultry imports, which have been imposed since January 2015 due to an avian influenza outbreak.

Maersk preparing to test containerized battery on containership

Maersk is preparing to test a containerized battery on board one of its containerships as they work to develop low carbon solutions to meet environmental goals. The 600 kWh battery, which is housed inside a shipping container, will be installed on board the 249-meter MV Maersk Cape Town next month. The hope is that the trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage and help Maersk determine if battery power could help reduce ship emissions in the long term. The battery that they are currently testing is still several years away from becoming a technically- and economically viable power source for ocean-going ships, however, it can be used to help improve the efficiency of a vessel’s onboard electrical systems, such as auxiliary generators.


Upcoming Events


Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day - Office Closed

Nov. 13 - VMAA Luncheon Series - MV Marathassa: Trial of a Diligent Shipowner
Nov. 14 - ABCMI Business Opportunities Conference
Nov. 14 - ICS Dry Bulk and Commodities Conference
Nov. 15 - COS Liner Committee Meeting
Nov. 21 - Plimsoll Club Christmas Cocktail
Nov. 26 - Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund Webinar

Nov. 27 - PACMAR / NANS Committee Meeting


For details on any of the events, visit our events page.



Ship of the Week


Nov. 8 - Wes Amelie

In 2017, the 1,036-teu Wes Amelie became the first containership to undergo an LNG engine conversion and now she will be the first ship in the world to trial carbon-neutral synthetic natural gas (SNG) on a voyage set to take place in 2020. During the trial, Wes Amelie will replace a share of the LNG used during a roundtrip voyage with SNG produced from “green hydrogen and provided by auto manufacturer Audi from the company’s new Power-to-Gas facility in Germany, where a liquefaction plant is currently under construction. Wes Amelie is a modern feeder vessel operating in the North and Baltic Seas that was originally launched in 2011.
  • Owner:                 Wessels Reederei
  • Gross Tonnage:  10,585
  • Deadweight:       13,000 t
  • Length:                151.72 m