COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 17 January 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 17 January 2020

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Local News


Supreme Court rejects BC appeal of Trans Mountain pipeline case

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected BC’s move to regulate what can flow through an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta. The BC government wanted to require provincial permits before heavy oil could be shipped through pipelines in the province. The twinned pipeline, with roughly twice the capacity of the original, would carry only diluted bitumen, a heavy crude produced in Alberta’s oilsands. The existing pipeline is to continue to ship mainly refined petroleum products like gasoline, and light crude.

BC Ferries’ new hybrid electric vessels expected to arrive tomorrow

BC Ferries’ newest hybrid electric ships are expected to arrive in Victoria tomorrow. The vessels departed Constanta, Romania on November 20 on a semi-submersible transport vessel, the MV Sun Rise owned and operated by Pan Ocean. The Island Class are battery equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service. Following final inspection at Point Hope Maritime, the ships will be christened before BC Ferries moves on to crew training, ship familiarization and dock fits. These ships will service the Powell River – Texada Island and Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula routes by mid-2020.




Keel laying ceremony for the HMCS Protecteur

This week Seaspan Shipyards held a keel laying ceremony for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future joint support ship HMCS Protecteur.  Scheduled for 2023 delivery, the newbuild is the first of two joint support ships to be constructed by Seaspan as part Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). With a length of 173.7 meters and a breath of 24 meters, the vessel will be the largest naval ship by length ever built in Canada.  The future HMCS Protecteur, to be delivered in 2023, is the first of two joint support ships to be built by Seaspan as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), will be able to conduct a full range of military operations in high-threat environments.



US News


Cargo Volumes at Port of Los Angeles drop slightly in 2019

Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles hit near-record levels, despite lingering tensions from the US / China trade war. The port moved a total of 9,337,632 TEUs in 2019, just shy of the port’s second-busiest year (2017) in its 113-year history and 1.28% off 2018’s record-setting volumes. The near-record volumes come despite a more than year-over-year 17% decline in total TEUs in December 2019, a 12% drop off in November, and 18% drop off in October.


International News


Suez Canal approves HFO, bans open-loop scrubbers

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has announced that it will allow ships to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) when transiting the waterway and will restrict the use of open-loop scrubbers. The restriction on the open-loop scrubbers is consistent with pre-existing restriction on wash water discharges during vessels transit of Suez Canal. The Suez Canal Authority will not put any conditions or restrictions on fuel oil or Open-loop Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems until ratification of MARPOL Annex VI by Arab Republic of Egypt.

South Korea takes steps towards greener coastline

South Korea is taking steps towards a greener coastline with the introduction of voluntary speed limits and an impending 0.1% emission control area (ECA). The first part of the Special Act on Air Quality Improvement in Port and Other Areas is a voluntary vessel speed reduction program, which took effect last month, with ships that reduce their speeds 20 nautical miles from the country’s top five ports receiving reduced port fees. The next stage of the new law sees the creation of an ECA on September 1 this year whereby ships at anchor in the port areas of Incheon, Pyeongtaek, Dangjin, Yeosu and Gwangyang, Busan and Ulsan must burn fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1%.

Pilot fees set to surge at China’s YICT

Container lines calling at southern China’s Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) are facing a surge in pilotage fees which took effect January 1. The addition of this compulsory pilotage service is expected to cost container lines calling at YICT approximately HK$400 million (USD $51.4 million) a year.

Suez Canal toll for dry bulk vessels and LPG carriers to rise by 5%SHARE

The Suez Canal Authority has announced that the transit tolls for dry bulk vessels and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers in the Suez Canal will increase by 5% in April 2020. All other tolls will remain unchanged.

IMO 2020 breaches uncovered in China

The Chinese authorities have caught two vessels in Chinese waters for using non-compliant fuel, the first reported cases of breaches of IMO 2020. The first ship was under a port state control inspection in Qingdao port when the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) verified the use of fuel oil with a sulphur content of 0.6777%. The second ship was berthed in Xiamen port when the MSA found it to be using non-compliant fuel. The ship had been at berth for nearly six days after changing over to compliant fuel. It’s likely that previous high-sulphur fuel residue remained in the engine fuel system resulting in emissions over the China ECA limit. The ship was ordered to take effective measures to purify the fuel system.

BIMCO appoints David Loosley as Secretary General & CEO

Bimco has announced the appointment of David Loosley as Secretary General & CEO, effective from June 2020. Loosley joins from the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST), the international membership body for all marine professionals, which he has successfully led for the last eight years.

OPF releases 2019 Oil Tanker Statistics

ITOPF has released the 2019 Oil Tanker Statistics indicating the fewest spills in half a century. The average number of spills of 7 tonnes or more in the 1970s was about 79 per year and has now decreased by over 90 percent to a low of six. See the full release here:

Panama Canal to add an extra charge for fresh water

The Panama Canal will begin collecting a freshwater surcharge from ships using the waterway as part of their efforts to address the scarcity of rainfall after 2019 was recorded as the fifth driest year of the last seven decades. The goal is to protect the supply of fresh water for shipping activity and human consumption. The new fee will take effect February 15 and has no expiration date. It applies to all vessels more than 125 feet in length and consists of a fixed charge of $10,000 per passage plus a charge that will depend on water levels at Lake Gatun at the time of the crossing.


Upcoming Events


COS Members can use the code: COS20 to receive $20 off the All-Access Pass. 



Jan. 20 - COS Board of Directors Governance Meeting

Jan. 23 - Liner Committee Meeting

Jan. 23 - WISTA Canada Event (Vancouver)

Jan. 29 - ISSC Board of Directors Meeting

Jan. 29 - PACMAR / NANs Committee Meeting

Jan. 30 - ICS Vancouver Luncheon: IMO 2020 Implementation Status

Jan. 30 - Winter 2020 OPP Dialogue Forum

Jan 31. - COS Owners Committee Meeting

Feb. 4 -  Cargo Logistics Canada Conference

Feb.28 - COS Annual General Meeting (tbc)

Feb. 11 - VGE Board Meeting

Mar. 4 -  Regional Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meeting


Ship of the Week



The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, to be named the Gas Agility, has completed its first successful sea trials. The vessel will be operated by French energy company Total and owned by Japanese shipping company MOL. The vessel is due to be delivered in the second quarter of this year and will operate in Northern Europe where it will supply LNG to commercial ships. The ship is fitted with innovative tank technologies and meets the highest environmental standards thanks to the use of LNG as fuel and complete reliquefaction of boil-off gas.
Length: 135.5m
Width: 24m
CBM: 18,600