COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 24 January 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 24 January 2020

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Local News


NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers and Pinnacle Renewable Energy sign milestone agreement

Pinnacle Renewable Energy and NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NYKBP) have entered into a 15-year agreement to export wood pellets to key ports in Japan, with support from both countries’ governments. The agreement has been developed over the period of a year, including the launch of a new vessel, the New Pinnacle. The Handy-class vessel will carry roughly 33,000 tonnes of wood pellets on an average of six sailings per year beginning in January 2021, and will utilize both the Fibreco terminal in North Vancouver and Westview Terminal in Prince Rupert.

International cargo on the Great Lakes declined 7% in 2019

International cargo on the Great Lakes totaled 38 million tons last year, a number that has dropped 7% since 2018. The decrease is being attributed to a combination of tariff wars, high waters that made navigational conditions difficult at key points on the marine superhighway, and all the rain in the spring that took a toll on grain exports.

Association of Pacific Ports appoints Jane McIvor as Executive Director

The Board of the Association of Pacific Ports has announced the appointment of Jane McIvor as Executive Director, effective February 1, 2020. McIvor has worked in the public relations and communications field for over 25 years, predominantly in the maritime industry. She has provided association management services to clients such as British Columbia Marine Trades Association, Pacific Rim Cruise Association, Cruise BC and others before launching BC Shipping News, a trade magazine focused on commercial marine activities on the West Coast of Canada. She currently sits on the Boards of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, and was a recent recipient of the SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence.




Federally funded climate institute calls for change

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices opened its doors Tuesday and marked the occasion by releasing an 80-page report examining the consequences of climate actions that Canada might take under different global pollution scenarios.  The institute is operating on funding of $20 million from the Government of Canada over the next five years. The institute will maintain independent control over its own research and reporting, and is the result of a partnership between 15 climate-focused organizations that answered a federal call for proposals in 2018. The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices will be overseen by an 11-member board of directors. The new institute hopes to release three major reports each year, interspersed with some shorter papers, as well as regular notes and analysis, as events warrant.


US News


US Agriculture Coalition seeking better rail service

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition based in Washington, DC is advocating for cheaper rail service to help US West Coast ports and agricultural exporters reverse lost market share and increase competitiveness.  Citing cheaper and faster rail service offered by Canadian railways as one of the key reasons for lower volumes at US west coast ports, executive director Peter Friedmann is calling for BNSF and Union Pacific to offer more competitive services.  BNSF and Union Pacific have increased the number of transload facilities in recent years to expedite the export shipments via west coast ports.

Green Bay considered for luxury cruise destination

While Green Bay has been a stop on luxury cruises in the past, it has seen the stop cancelled for many cruise lines in recent years. However, Victory Cruise Line lists Green Bay several times as a stop as part of its Great Lakes cruises. Victory Cruise Lines includes Hop-on-Hop-off tour options in each port of call. Green Bay’s included Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour showcases the history of the city and its status as the oldest settlement in Wisconsin with trips to the Neville Public Museum, National Railroad Museum and the Automobile Gallery. A premium shore excursion is also available, where cruisers can explore the history of the legendary Green Bay Packers.


International News


Coronavirus leaves ships waiting at Wuhan

China has started holding back some ships from calling at the city of Wuhan, a major trade hub on the Yangtze River, as the country seeks to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus. Wuhan, an industrial city of 11 million people, is an important river port that handles close to 1.5 million containers a year, along with thousands of tons of coal, steel, crude and fertilizer cargoes. The port also handles tens of thousands of passengers and tourists. Some containers are being sprayed before they are loaded onto the ships and there is some congestion up the river as ships stay anchored. Container carriers are still arriving, but crews are asked to stay onboard and captains ask customs officials to wear protective gear before entering the ships.  Ship insurers said that ports could be quarantined if the virus spreads.

IMO Secretary-General assesses progress on sulphur limit implementation

Information from various sources has indicated a relatively smooth transition to the 0.50% sulphur cap. Prices for compliant fuels - very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO) rose quickly initially but now appear to be stabilizing. As of 20 January, 10 cases of compliant fuel being unavailable had been reported in IMO's Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS); and the dedicated email address established by the IMO Secretariat has not received any specific correspondence reporting issues with implementation.

Malaysia returns 11 containers of garbage to Canada, 150 worldwide

The Malaysian government has returned 11 shipping containers of plastic garbage back to Canada as the country takes a hard stand to keep illegal foreign waste from its shores. The country has returned a total of 150 containers of garbage, mostly plastic waste that cannot be recycled, back to 13 countries, including Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain and Japan. Malaysia did not pay for any of the garbage to be returned, rather the cost was covered by either the exporters or the shipping companies involved. Canadian authorities have not said whether the federal government bore any of the cost for the Malaysian shipments.

Prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel

The Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on port State control (PSC) have issued a joint letter to remind vessel owners and operators that inspections will be undertaken to ensure compliance with the new sulphur limit requirements on marine fuel oil, from 1 January 2020.  The new requirements prohibit the use of non-compliant fuel from 1 January 2020 and the carriage of non-compliant fuel, for use on the ship, from 1 March 2020, unless the ship is fitted with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS).

Master convicted after failing to report main engine breakdown without delay

The master of a ship has been convicted after failing to report without delay a main engine breakdown off Queensland, Australia that affected the safety, operation and seaworthiness of his ship. The incident took place in January 2019 when the tanker Asphalt Spirit was travelling from Korea to Australia carrying 14,000 tonnes of asphalt. After the engine breakdown, the ship began drifting 30km northeast of Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island. The ship’s master reported the incident six hours after the initial breakdown. On Monday, 9 December 2019 the master pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to one count of failing to report a marine incident to authorities without delay, as required by section 11(1) of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983. He was fined $3000 and a conviction was recorded.

Study shows cost of decarbonizing shipping by 2050 is over USD 1 trillion

A newly released study by UMAS and the Energy Transitions Commission for the Getting to Zero Coalition shows that at least USD 1 trillion of capital investment in land-based and ship-related infrastructure is required reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050. The transition will require significant infrastructure investments in new fuel production, supply chains, and new or retrofitted fleets. The analysis also shows that the biggest share of investments is needed in the land-based infrastructure and production facilities for low carbon fuels, which make up around 87 percent of the total. This includes investments in the production of low carbon fuels, and the land-based storage and bunkering infrastructure needed for their supply. Only 13 percent of the investments needed are related to the ships themselves. These investments include the machinery and onboard storage required for a ship to run on low carbon fuels in newbuilds and, in some cases, for retrofits. Ship-related investments also include investments in improving energy efficiency, which are estimated to grow due to the higher cost of low carbon fuels compared to traditional marine fuels.

UK Chamber of Shipping hosts RoRo Vehicle Deck Safety Workshop

The UK Chamber of Shipping hosted recently a RoRo Vehicle Deck Safety Workshop which examined incidents and near miss reports and looked at ways to develop improved practice and possible technical and design solutions, in order to reduce  accidents on the vehicle decks of ferries and other ro-ro ships. The event  also provided an ideal opportunity for the UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) jointly to launch the National Occupational Health and Safety Committee (NMOHSC) Guidelines to Shipping Companies on Vehicle Deck Safety, which seek to draw attention to the specific hazards present on vehicle decks. The guidelines may be downloaded free of charge from the UK Chamber website.


Upcoming Events


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Jan. 28 - Plimsoll Club Board of Directors Meeting

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 MV Sun Rise is a large semi-submersible transport vessel, which delivered two new hybrid-electric ferry vessels to BC Ferries at Ogden Point in Victoria on Saturday. The vessel picked up the ferries in November from Damen Shipyards Group’s facility in Constanta, Romania.
Type:     Heavy Load Carrier
Built:      2012
GT:        21,825
SDW:    24,629
Length: 169m
Width:    40m