COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 06 December 2019


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 06 December 2019

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Local News


Canadian Chamber of Commerce highlights need to work on economic issues

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has issued an open letter urging the Prime Minister to work on economic issues. The letter notes that their members were disappointed that the recent election did not provide a more substantive discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing our economy. The domestic and international challenges that faced Canada’s economy at the beginning of the election campaign continue today and need urgent attention. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is urging the government to focus on re-skilling and up-skilling our workforce, attracting immigration into rural areas, supporting the extension of high-speed broadband access for everyone, and ensuring Indigenous peoples can participate fully in our workplaces and in the economy in general.

BCMEA and ILWU 514 reach 5-year agreement

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen are pleased to advise they have come to a 5-year agreement (aligned with the Longshore term) that will continue to allow all BC Ports to be a competitive, efficient and reliable gateway for the benefit of all Canadians.

CLIA, Tymac and GVHA appear before Victoria City Council

On Thursday, the Cruise Line International Association, Tymac and Greater Victoria Harbour Authority appeared before Victoria’s City Council to address the recent motion to limit the number of cruise ships until shore power and waste reduction measures are put in place. There was a strong presence at the meeting from the International Longshore & Warehouse Union as Island jobs are already suffering from recent mill closures.  At Canada Place 50% of the cruise vessels plug in to shore power.

CIB invests in Port of Montreal's container terminal

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is committing up to $300 million in financing to the Port of Montreal's new container terminal project in Contrecoeur, Quebec.  The “long-term” capital will bridge the gap between the start of construction and allows the port to continue working to complete the financial structure of the project, in collaboration with private sector investors.  Construction would start in 2021, with the new terminal entering service in 2024.  Discussions are ongoing with operators Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership and Termont to see which one will run the new facility.

Gitga’at to operate new Marine Emergency Response and Research Facility

The Gitga’at First Nation will construct and operate a new Marine Emergency Response and Research Facility in Hartley Bay, having finalized the terms of a financial agreement with LNG Canada.  The Facility will support marine safety, research and monitoring in Gitga’at territory, as well as the protection of the coastal environment. It will consist of a shore-based structure, a research vessel, and communications equipment, and will be staffed by trained Gitga’at employees who will collaborate with federal and provincial agencies to provide support for marine emergencies, and will undertake research and monitoring programs in Gitga’at territory.

Update on CTS tag management policy

The Office of the British Columbia Trucking Commissioner has issued a Bulletin to advise that effective immediately, unsolicited applications for additional truck tags will not be accepted. The slowdown in container trucking activity in the Lower Mainland continues and there is currently sufficient capacity across licence holders to support the service demands.

Robert Allan and ABS collaboration

Robert Allan Ltd. and American Bureau of Shipping have announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement in an effort to streamline the design plan approval process. As a leading Naval Architecture firm, the quality and consistency of Robert Allan Ltd.’s design work enables ABS to offer faster and more consistent approvals. The end goal is to improve the build schedule and lower the construction budget.

Mercy Ships appoints Managing Director

The Board of Mercy Ships Canada has appointed Darryl Anderson as Managing Director. His role will be to provide executive leadership, direction and support to Mercy Ships Canada's staff, prepare the organization for increased service and project opportunities, and refine and implement the organization’s growth strategy. Mr. Anderson has served as Mercy Ships Canada’s Interim National Director & Special Advisor during the past year. Previously, he was a Board and National Advisory Council member. He is the Managing Director of Wave Point Consulting Ltd. and has previously worked as President and CEO of the Port Alberni Port Authority and Business Development and Planning Manager for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.




CleanBC Industry Fund Launched

The Provincial government has announced a new CleanBC industry initiative to reduce emissions and support jobs in BC. The CleanBC Industry Fund will invest carbon tax revenues of $12.5 million in 16 projects throughout the province. Additional contributions from industry will raise the total fund value to more than $55 million this year. Provincial funding will support a range of projects throughout the province, including new electro-coagulation technology at Harmac Pacific’s employee-owned pulp mill in Nanaimo. The project will improve the waste-treatment process and reduce the use of natural gas to power a bio-mass boiler on site.

Canada retains seat at IMO Council

The IMO has elected the new 40-member IMO Council that will be responsible for supervising the work of the organisation. The council approved the renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of the for a second term of four years through to the end of 2023. Country elects are almost the same as 2018-19, with just Argentina elected in place of Sweden in Category B, and Kuwait instead of Liberia in Category C. Canada is also on the council, listed as one of the 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.

Ship Safety Bulletin - Reciprocal Arrangements

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 15/2019 which seeks to advise owners and operators of Canadian registered ships and seafarers that the Maritime Administration of Canada has entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Maritime Administrations of France and Norway. Seafarers with valid STCW certificates issued by France or Norway may now apply for a Canadian endorsement. Fins more information here: this document doesn’t seem to have been added to the TC website yet. Any chance you have a link?

Customs Updates

Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 19-22 Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) Program 2020 Software Release and New Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS).  The purpose of this Notice is to inform export and customs service providers that the 2020 version of the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) program software will be available for download on December 9, 2019 and that there are revisions to the “Places of Exit” field and the export reporting information. CBSA has also revised Memorandum D3-6-6 - Rail Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements to update definitions, details under carrier obligations with regards to examination, and information on empty and in-transit conveyances.


US News


China exempts tariffs on US soybeans and pork

After the Asian market closed today, China’s Customs Tariff Commission announced it would exempt US soybeans and pork from the current tariff regime. The tariff waivers were based on applications by individual firms for US soybeans and pork imports and the exemption specifically applies to Chinese firms importing US soybeans and pork. But it did not specify the quantities involved. The announcement follows signals by US and Chinese negotiators that they may be drawing closer to agreeing on the first phase of a broader trade deal that would resolve the trade war between the two countries.

Contract for Virginia-Class Subs awarded to General Dynamics

General Dynamics Corp. has been awarded a $22.2 billion contract from the U.S. Navy to build nine more nuclear-powered Virginia-class submarines, the largest shipbuilding contract in the service’s history. The contract includes an option for a 10th vessel over five years. The Virginia-class submarines are designed to attack both land and sea targets with Tomahawk cruise missiles and other weapons. Eighteen of the attack submarines have been delivered to date, including $17 billion for the prior installment.


International News


IMO tackles litter from ships and fisheries

Together with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Maritime Organization has launched a new global project to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter from shipping with initial funding from the Government of Norway. The GloLitter Partnerships Project aims to help shipping and fisheries move to a low-plastics future and identify opportunities to re-use and recycle plastics.  Just earlier this week a sperm whale that stranded and then died on a beach in Scotland had about 100 kilograms of nets, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing in its stomach. The world's oceans now contain an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic, about 80 to 90 per cent of it from land-based sources, reports the United Nations Environment Programme. In May, 180 countries around the world reached a deal that aims to sharply reduce the amount of plastic that gets washed into the world's oceans.

NORDEN explores biofuels

NORDEN has partnered with Danish based Kvasir Technologies, a spinout from the Technical University of Denmark with a patented technology to produce fuel from plant material. A full-scale test of Kvasir’s fuel will be conducted on one of NORDEN’s vessels at a later stage during the 3.5-year collaboration, where the purpose is to achieve better knowledge of the characteristics of biofuel and prove its suitability for future use. NORDEN will continuously share its vast insights into the handling of vessels and what properties the fuel must have in order to be a viable and functioning option.


Upcoming Events


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


Dec. 6 – AMWAAL

The Prince Rupert Port Authority held a vessel blessing celebration for its newest harbour patrol vessel, the AMWAAL. The vessel was blessed by Sm’ooygit Gitxoon (Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell) and Sm’ooygit Niist’ooyx (Hereditary Chief Clarence Nelson) in the Ts’msyen tradition. The name AMWAAL is derived from the Sm’algyax word meaning ‘prosperity’. The vessel features industry-leading equipment including navigation, communications, surveillance, marine fire fighting and high-speed jet-drive maneuverability. The addition of the vessel will provide the PRPA access to outer anchorages and local communities and has a stable platform for environmental monitoring programs and strengthened search and rescue support capability via onboard direction-finding equipment.  
Length: 17m
Width: 6m
Speed: 8 knots
Flag: Canada