COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 28 February 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 28 February 2020

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Local News


Ships at anchor: Not so hidden lessons from railway blockades

As anchorages continue to be in high demand as result of disruptions to rail service from weather related issues and the blockades, the Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning penned an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun focused on the consequences of the rail blockade on the availability of anchorages. The blockades and other recent issues affecting rail and port services highlight the serious need for a systems approach to planning and managing Canada’s waterways. Anchorages are a vital component of the Canadian transportation framework and having predictable, managed and monitored anchorages is essential to the success of exporting Canada’s high-valued natural resources, agricultural, and forestry products. There are 16 existing federal program initiatives in B.C. that influence commercial marine shipping and this number is likely to increase. These initiatives include but are not limited to the development of protected areas, the management of emissions, marine shipping contingency planning, protecting endangered marine species, and addressing concerns of Indigenous and coastal communities. In almost all cases, there is little integration or coordination between initiatives as it relates to shipping, and a complete lack of harmonization of these programs with Canadian supply chain and trade objectives.

Port of Vancouver report second highest annual cargo in 2019

The Port of Vancouver has released the 2019 year-end statistics for cargo and passengers. Overall, cargo through the port was 144 million metric tonnes for the year, down 2percent from the 2018 record of 147 million metric tonnes but the second highest in port history. Sectors that experienced declines, including foreign petroleum products and domestic forest products, were offset by record growth in other sectors including potash, grain and containers. With projected long-term growth in container trade, the port authority is leading two container terminal projects and has partnered with government and industry to invest in road and rail and other infrastructure projects to support a more fluid supply chain.

Shipping calls for high-water solutions that protect Seaway trade corridor

Marine shipping executives are calling on government officials to protect the St. Lawrence Seaway trade corridor by working with stakeholders to develop solutions that do not rely on one ineffective dam to solve high-water levels across the Great Lakes. The opening of the navigation season in the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway has been delayed to April 1 to allow more outflow from Moses-Saunders dam to lower Lake Ontario water levels. The Welland Canal will open March 24. The decision has left shippers disappointed with the delay.

Dubai's DP World acquires Fraser Surrey Docks

Dubai’s DP World has completed its acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks, a move that the company says complements its footprint in Canada, which also includes terminal operations in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert and St John's. Fraser Surrey Docks operates more than 1,200 metres of berth, 189 acres of yard and is one of the region’s major steel import terminals. It moves approximately one million tonnes of agriproducts annually and serves several container lines, handling over 350,000 TEU in 2019.

Teck withdraws application for $20B Frontier oilsands mine

Mining firm, Teck Resources has decided to withdraw its application for the Frontier mine project. The proposed $20.6B oilsands mining project had been subject to federal government approval. A government decision was expected before the end of February. Teck says it will write down the $1.13 billion carrying value of the project. Teck has indicated that the decision was made in light of the broader conversation around climate change in Canada, and they claim that the move is not simply to avoid controversy.

Hackers infiltrate computer systems at BC paper mills

Production has been impacted at three BC paper mills after the IT systems at Paper Excellence Canada were found to be infiltrated with malware when employees discovered the company's online communications and software systems had been compromised. The company, headquartered in Richmond, is one of Canada's leading paper and pulp exporters. The breach has prevented employees from being able to communicate by email and the software system the company uses for filling paper orders at mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River is not currently operating. The company is running machines in manual mode until the problem can be resolved.




CN and CP join up to keep cargo moving

The Canadian Government has been working closely with CN and Canadian Pacific to coordinate the sharing of rail lines to transport essential supplies to communities in need, after protests caused severe interruptions to passenger and freight train traffic. The collaboration has allowed CN trains to circumvent blockades using alternate routes — some through the U.S. — to continue deliveries to Quebec and Maritime communities facing shortages of essential goods such as propane, chemicals for water treatment facilities and animal feed. While the collaboration will not take care of the freight backlog completely, but it will help.


US News


US Navy Deploys Acoustic Sensors to Track Whales in Salish Sea

The US Navy is adapting an acoustic sensor system in order to monitor marine mammals in the Nanoose Bay test range in the Strait of Georgia. The acoustic sensors will help in planning and conducting joint US-Canadian naval testing activity to minimize impact on marine mammals, including the endangered southern resident killer whale. The system - Marine Mammal Monitoring (M3R) - uses hydrophones and computer algorithms to detect, identify, and track marine mammals that might be approaching Navy testing ranges, whose noise can harm marine mammals if they are too close.


International News


Polaris fined $12,426 for Stellar Daisy sinking

Polaris was found guilty of failing to report the converted bulk carrier’s defects, resulting in a fine of $12,426. Kim Wan-Jung, the 64-year-old CEO of Polaris, has also received a year’s probationary sentence. The Busan District Prosecutors’ Office has announced that it will appeal to a higher court regarding the sinking the Polaris Shipping-owned very large ore carrier (VLOC), which went down in the south Atlantic nearly three years ago with the loss of 22 lives.

Wilhelm Wilhelmsen dies at the age of 82

The fourth-generation owner of the Norwegian maritime group Wilhelmsen, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, has dies at the age of 82. He joined the Wilhelmsen group, established by his great grandfather in 1861, as a partner in 1964 and became chairman of the board in 1992, serving in the role through to 2010. Wilhelmsen was instrumental in developing the Wilhelmsen group from a traditional liner company with trades all over the world to one of the largest maritime industry groups with almost 15,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

ICS reports Coronavirus is costing shipping industry USD 350million a week

ICS estimates that the impact of the outbreak of the Coronavirus costing the shipping industry USD 350 million a week in lost revenues. The virus outbreak is having a significant impact on the shipping sector and the industry is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that guidelines for industry and governments help limit the spread of the virus, whilst maintaining international trade. ICS estimates that more than 350,000 containers have been removed from global trade as a result of the outbreak. ICS has been advising all members to closely follow the WHO-backed guidelines on how to limit the risk of infection.

France, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar impose restrictions open-loop scrubbers

France, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar are the latest European countries to initiate rules around the use of open-loop scrubbers. The scrubber usage bans are the first in southern Europe recorded, while much of the northern part of the continent has enacted restrictions on open-loop scrubbers including in Ireland, Norway, Belgium, Germany and the Baltic States.


Upcoming Events


Mar. 4 -  Regional Canadian Marine Advisory Council Meeting

Mar. 5  - VMAA Board of Directors Meeting

Mar. 5 -  Plimsoll Club Pub Night

Mar. 6  - IIMS Canada Conference Canada

Mar.17 - ISSC Board of Directors Meeting
Mar.28 - COS Liner Committee Meeting

Apr. 3  - IMDG/TDG Dangerous Goods Training Course

June 18. - VGE Golf Tournament



Ship of the Week



After arriving into Vancouver on January 9th 2020, the IC Phoenix has been loading cargo at Cargill 2 over the past few days. Hopefully her lengthy stay in the South Coast is coming to an end and she can be on her way to the next Port of Call in the near future.
Year Built:                 2015
Type:                        Bulk Carrier
Flag:                         Panama
Length:                     200 m
Breadth:                    32 m
Gross Tonnage:        34778 t
Draft:                         8.7 m