COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 22 November 2019


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 22 November 2019

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Local News


CN Rail Disruption will have Long-term Consequences

Earlier this week, 3,200 CN rail conductors, trainpersons and yard workers went on strike, citing concerns over long hours, fatigue, and dangerous conditions. Canadian industries are now responding with concerns over the potential consequences. The Chamber of Shipping issued a press release early this morning warning that the CN Rail disruption will have long-term consequences in shipping and across the Canadian supply chain. Now that a new Federal Cabinet is in place, it will be crucial for industries and businesses to continue to advocate to the Government of Canada for action to end the strike promptly. Vancouver and Prince Rupert are strategic ports for the Pacific Gateway and among Canada's busiest ports serving major Canadian industries. This rail service disruption will add stressors to the operating environment surrounding the ports, as delays caused to cargo shipments and ships will force vessels to anchor in local waters.  Prince Rupert is the fastest growing port on the West Coast and highly dependent on CN Rail services.  A lengthy disruption will potentially divert ships and cargo to US ports permanently and threaten newly created jobs in the region. The Chamber of Shipping is one of a growing number of stakeholders calling for action by the Government of Canada.

BCMEA New Hires

BCMEA is looking forward to having several new faces join their team, including:
  • Rob Mackay-Dunn VP, Government & Public Affairs – Starting in early December, Rob’s role will be to support the strategy of promotion and elevation of the Waterfront Industry to all levels of Rob comes to us from the Urban Development Institute where he served as their VP, Government and Public Affairs.  He has also worked for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and as Chief of staff to a number of Senior Cabinet Ministers of the BC Government.
  • Lindsay Familton, Director, Workforce Operations – Officially assuming the role in January, Lindsay has been a key player on the BCMEA Labour Relations team for the last three years.  Prior to joining the BCMEA she held numerous leadership positions in both HR and LR within the gaming industry.
  • Fraser Blair, Director, Labour Relations - Fraser was previously a member of the BCMEA Labour Relations team from 2014 to 2017 and is returning to the BCMEA from the City of Burnaby where he served as their Assistant Director of Human Resources.

BC is seeking input on long-term plan for BC Ferries

BC Transportation Minister Claire Trevena is travelling to coastal communities, asking for public input to help develop a long-term vision for BC Ferries.  She is currently holding invite-only meetings with stakeholders in coastal communities and the ministry plans to launch an online portal for public feedback in early 2020. The intent is to have a document prepared by spring that could help guide company planning until 2060.    

CP to gain access to eastern deep water seaport

CP Rail is entering into a deal to purchase the Central Maine & Quebec Railway from current owner Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors. The acquisition will give CP an additional 481 miles of rail lines in Quebec and Maine, and include direct access to its first deep-water east coast port in Saint John, New Brunswick, via New Brunswick Southern Railway. The connection reflects CP’s recent efforts to boost their presence on the east coast while increasing its competitiveness while giving shippers a second option for inland intermodal cargo.

Seaspan buys power solutions outfit

Seaspan Corp has invested in a $750m transaction that will see Seaspan create a new parent company, Atlas, which will buy APR Energy Ltd, which delivers portable power plants. The deal effectively transforms Seaspan into a multi-sector asset management firm. "The deal also expands the partnership of Seaspan with Fairfax, which pumped a $500m investment into the containership company in January and which is the majority shareholder in APR after taking it private in 2016.

Port of Nanaimo’s boosts attendance at Port Connect

Attendance at the Port of Nanaimo’s 2nd Annual Port Connect event saw attendance increase by over 20 percent from the inaugural job opportunities event a year ago. The event is run in partnership with the Nanaimo WorkBC Centre and is designed to link students and other job seekers with potential employment opportunities. This year saw over 240 participants and 18 exhibitors including Seaspan, BC Ferries, DP World, Tetra Tech, WCMRC, Search & Rescue, Island Ferries, Herold Engineering, HeliJet, Western Stevedoring, BC Vehicle Processing Centre, Canadian Coast Guard, Gowlland Towing, Seamor Marine, Vancouver Pile Driving, Work BC and the Port of Nanaimo.

Truck traffic on Clark Drive impacting air quality

A new study conducted by Metro Vancouver has found that levels of pollutants were significantly higher near that intersection than in areas with less traffic. They specifically looked at the area of Clark Drive and 11th Avenue. Nitrogen dioxide levels in the area were found to be 28 per cent higher, fine particulate matter was 30 per cent higher and levels of black carbon – which is related to soot from diesel engines – were 60 per cent higher. Concerns are high as the Port of Vancouver is expanding its downtown terminals, Centerm and Vanterm. The port is legally required to conduct an environmental assessment, but not necessarily one that looks at health impacts, though there are programs in place to mitigate some of the environmental impacts.




Transport Canada issues Ship Safety Bulletin No.: 12/2019

Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin on Inspection and Maintenance of Inflatable Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices to remind vessel owners, operators, and crew, of the importance of inspecting and servicing inflatable lifejackets and personal flotation devices regularly. Recent inspections of both commercial and recreational vessels have shown that many of the inflatable lifejackets on board may not work because they have not been maintained properly.

Japan to enforce phytosanitary requirements

On October 3, 2019 Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) issued a World Trade Organization (WTO) notification of a regulatory amendment under its Plant Protection Act to exempt certain plants and plant products from requiring phytosanitary certificates. At the same time, Japan is proposing to enforce its requirement for phytosanitary certificates for certain other plants and plant products, including lumber with bark and logs with bark, for which the requirement for phytosanitary certificates has not been enforced historically. MAFF will be implementing the requirement for phytosanitary certificates as of June 2020. Processed wood products will not be subject to the requirement for a phytosanitary certificate. MAFF interprets “processed” wood as bark free, whether sawn or not, or whether treated or not. The  CFIA seeks to clarify if bark free will allow a tolerance for bark and to seek alternatives to phytosanitary certificates (i.e., treatment marks, industry-issued certificates for those products that aren’t bark free).  CFIA is seeking input to Japan's new requirement prior to December 18, 2019 and these comments can be submitted via the Chamber of Shipping.


US News


Liner service returns to Port of Portland’s Terminal 6

SM Line, South Korean shipping line plans to begin serving the Port of Portland in January, marking a resumption of weekly container service at the port for the first time in nearly four years. The service will handle less than 25 percent of the containers that used to pass through the port, but the hope is that activity will build over time. The previous operator, Hanjin, had been shipping 1,600 containers weekly, transporting apparel for Nike, Columbia Sportswear and others and sending Northwest agricultural products to Asia. After the container shipping stopped, exporters had to send their products by rail to ports in Seattle or Tacoma.

ABS publishes container ship firefighting notations

ABS has published a broader range of notations for firefighting in container ship cargo areas in a newly released guide. The guide is the first of its kind to address firefighting and safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels. ABS’ newest container ship firefighting systems for cargo areas guide is intended for use by ship designers, builders, owners, and operators in the marine industry. As such, it specifies the ABS requirements for addressing fire safety in four key areas: firefighting for containers stowed on deck, firefighting for containers stowed below, fire safety of the deckhouse, and container hold flooding as a measure for firefighting.


International News


Celebrity Edge to Sail with First All-Female Bridge Team

The Celebrity Edge cruise ship will be sailing with the first all-female bridge team for a history-making cruise that the company hopes will help bridge the gender gap in maritime. The sailing will take place in recognition International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020. American captain, Captain Kate McCue, will lead a team of 26 women representing 17 different countries. The IMO estimates that only around 2 percent of the world’s estimated 1.2 million seafarers are female, 94 percent of whom seafarers are working in the cruise industry. Celebrity Cruises says that since 2015, it has raised the number of women on its bridge teams from 3 percent to 22 percent currently.

UK Chamber of Shipping launches 2019 election manifesto

The UK’s shipping association has launched its four-point plan for the 2019 General Election. In its ‘Stand up for Shipping’ manifesto, the Chamber calls for more investment to make the UK a world leader in green maritime technology and tax credits for companies who invest in research and development to help cement the UK as a world leading shipping nation. Specifically, the four-point plan asks each political party to:
  • Ensure the UK continues to be a world leading place to do business
  • Support the decarbonisation of the shipping industry
  • Help companies provide training schemes for those seeking a career at sea
  • Work with global partners to ensure frictionless trade

Malaysia Bans Open-Loop Scrubbers

Malaysia maritime department has decided that it will be prohibiting the use of open-loop scrubbers by ships plying Malaysian waters. Singapore and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, both major marine refueling hubs, have banned the use of open-loop scrubbers from the start of next year. China is also set to extend a ban on scrubber discharge to more coastal regions.


Carriers prepare for challenge of open-loop scrubber bans

With Malaysia’s recent decision to ban open-loop scrubbers, the number of ports around that has issued the ban has risen to more than 80. Around 80 percent of the scrubber systems installed on ships so far are open-loop. There are also a limited number of hybrid designs being installed that can switch between the two systems, although these are some 30 percent more expensive than open-loop scrubbers.

Oldendorff and MIT team up on ship design

Oldendorff is working with MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) to try to tap into some of the nuances of aerospace design to make breakthroughs in naval architecture. Together, they will investigate disruptive improvements in ship design and propulsion to achieve the IMO 2030/50 requirements. The initial focus will be on improving hydrodynamic efficiency, which builds on work CBA has been doing with the aerospace and automotive industries. Anticipated research areas include morphing structures, hydrodynamic cloaking, moving boundary layers, and alternative energy sources.


Upcoming Events



Nov. 26 - Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund Webinar

Nov. 27 - PACMAR / NANS Committee Meeting

Dec. 3 - E-Navigation 2019 Conference

Dec. 4 - COS Board of Directors Meeting

Dec. 4 - CIFFA Christmas Reception

Dec. 6 - VGE Annual General Meeting

Dec. 6 - VGE Christmas Lunch

Dec. 6 - CILTNA Winter Luncheon

Dec. 12 - OPP Cumulative Effects Update

Jan. 9 - VMAA Board of Directors Meeting

Jan. 15 - ICS Board Meeting

Jan. 21 - ISSC Board of Directors Meeting

Feb. 4 - Cargo Logistics Canada Conference


Ship of the Week




Georgiy Ushakov is the fifth of six LNG carrier newbuilds to be delivered into the Teekay. The delivery took place on November 6, and the vessel is currently on her way to Sabetta for her first loading and will soon embark on her golden voyage. GT: 128969 Length: 299m Breadth: 50.04m Built: 2019