COS Weekly Newsletter - Friday, 27 March 2020


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          COS Weekly Newsletter
          Friday, 27 March 2020

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Local News


Marine industry calls for protection of maritime workers during COVID-19 crisis

Canada’s marine shipping industry is joining a worldwide call for the G20 and the UN to support maritime workers. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have issued an open letter calling on world leaders to act quickly to protect global supply chains from the impact of COVID-19. The Chamber of Shipping has echoed the calls from these international organizations. Read more about the letter in the ‘International’ section of this newsletter.

Green Marine releases new ship recycling environmental performance indicators

Green Marine has introduced a performance indicator for responsible ship recycling to their program. The new indicator is the result of 18 months of collaboration among the industry, environmental organizations, the scientific community and government representatives. The indicator is divided into two parts: the first set of criteria calls upon Green Marine’s participating vessel owners to create an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM), while the second set applies to owners dismantling/recycling one or more vessels in any given year. The indicator provides vessel owners with a step-by-step approach and will give these participants recognition for efforts made. It is optional during the first year of assessment (for 2020), They will subsequently be mandatory to obtain Green Marine certification.




BC Government Identifies Essential Services

Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, the Government of BC has issued a series of ministerial orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency. This includes establishing a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution and suspending any bylaws that restrict goods delivery at any time of day. Essential services identified in the BC Government News Release in the Transportation, infrastructure and manufacturing sector include supply chain services, transportation maintenance, health and safety inspectors, and many more. See the full release here:

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent

Earlier this week, Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, received Royal Assent, guaranteeing the rapid implementation and administration of measures to protect Canadians’ health and safety and stabilize the Canadian economy. The plan provides direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion through tax deferrals. This legislation provides assistance to struggling families, pauses student loans, and aims to support businesses across various sectors, and more. Find more information here:

Pacific Pilotage Authority suspends out of district assignments

The Pacific Pilotage Authority has issued a Memo to Industry advising of a temporary suspension to Out of District Assignments due to concerns with COVID-19. Vessels transiting between Puget Sound and the British Columbia south coast ports will be required to board or disembark BC Coast Pilots at the Brotchie pilot station.


US News


ICTSI Portland rejects $19 million award against ILWU

ICTSI Portland on Friday declined to accept a judge’s reduced award of $19 million for damages to be paid by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for ILWU work stoppages and slowdowns from 2012 to 2017, so now a new trial will be held. On March 5th, a Judge reduced the amount from $93.6 million that a jury awarded to ICTSI after a two-week trial in November 2019. The new trial will be limited to determining the amount of the award, though it is uncertain when the trial will be held as the judicial schedule in Portland has been interrupted by COVID-19.

Port of Seattle suspends start of 2020 cruise season

The Port of Seattle has suspended the launch of the cruise season, which will be delayed until the resolution of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. With social distancing being the recommended defence against the spread of the virus, the decision has been made to ensure the health and safety of Seattle residents. The start of Seattle’s cruise season will depend on the status of the public health emergency and the advice of local, state and federal public health officials.

US Coast Guards works to free stuck ship from waters of Green Bay

The US Coast Guard is working to free the Algoma Conveyor, from the waters of Green Bay. The vessel ran aground last Thursday, about five miles from the mouth of the Fox River. The 740-foot ship was hauling salt to the Port of Green Bay lost propulsion and moved outside the navigational channel. Initial reports noted that the ship's load would need to be removed to lighten it and re-float it. All 18 members of the crew remain on board and are uninjured.

Containership Runs Aground on Lower Mississippi

A 334-meter containership, the Belita, has run aground on the Lower Mississippi River near Poydras, Louisiana. The Coast Guard has placed a one-way traffic restriction in the immediate vicinity of the grounded vessel. There are no reports of pollution or injuries.


International News


G20 Leaders issue statement on COVID-19; commits to minimizing disruptions to global supply chain

In line with Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement yesterday, where he noted the importance of keeping the Canadian supply chain moving, the G20 Leaders Summit has released a statement noting that they are determined to spare no effort to:
  • Protect lives.
  • Safeguard people’s jobs and incomes.
  • Restore confidence, preserve financial stability, revive growth and recover stronger.
  • Minimize disruptions to trade and global supply chains.
  • Provide help to all countries in need of assistance.
  • Coordinate on public health and financial measures.
The group is committed to taking all necessary health measures and seek to ensure adequate financing to contain the pandemic and protect people, and share timely and transparent information between nations. The group is also committed to using the tools available to minimize the economic and social damage from the pandemic, restore global growth, maintain market stability, and strengthen resilience. Read the full letter here.

Indian Ports Declare Force Majeure amid Coronavirus Crisis

Prompted by delays in the delivery of cargoes and other port-related services as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some of the Indian ports have declared force majeure. These include Dhamra, Karaikal, Gopalpur, Gangavaram, Krishnapatnam on the east coast and Adani-Mundra, Hazira, Angre, as well as all 44 ports under Gujarat Maritime Board on the west coast. The decision stems from a call by the Indian Government for a complete lockdown of the entire nation for the next 21 days beginning at midnight on March 24, in an effort to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic. The ports in the country have been categorized as essential services and remain open, however, as the lockdown suspends all activities/movements other than essential services, and district borders are sealed, difficulties are expected in the movement of pilots, labour, personnel, vehicles, trucking, cargo evacuation, port agents, CHA & other stake holders involved in vessel/cargo operations. The country’s ministry of shipping has also instructed all ports to follow 14 days mandatory quarantine for vessels arriving from restricted countries and ports affected by the virus outbreak.

Carnival offers cruise ships to treat non-COVID-19 patients

Carnival Corporation has offered select cruise ships from the company’s global cruise line brands to communities for use as temporary hospitals to help address the escalating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems around the world. These include ships from Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. Carnival’s ships are being proposed to be used as temporary healthcare facilities to treat non-COVID-19 patients, freeing up additional space and expanding capacity in land-based hospitals to treat cases of COVID-19. As part of the offer, interested parties will be asked to cover only the essential costs of the ship’s operations while in port. Governments or health authorities with interest can find more information on who to contact here.


Global maritime transport industry issues joint open letter to United Nations

The International Chamber Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have issued a joint open letter to United Nations agencies, urging governments to keep maritime trade moving by continuing to allow commercial ships access to ports worldwide and by facilitating the movement and rapid changeover of ships’ crews. The letter urges that all seafarers, regardless of nationality, be treated as “key workers.” In addition, the ITF and ICS request that national governments call tripartite meetings to find immediate solutions to the challenges facing seafarers in performing their duties, specifically, crew changes. It is important to note that Canada’s pragmatic approach to trade and the movement of essential transportation workers, including seafarers, has been recognized positively.

Hapag-Lloyd adds 100,000 TEU of capacity to keep goods moving

Hapag-Lloyd has on-hired over 100,000 TEU of additional equipment across the globe to keep the supply chain flowing amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The company’s goal is to maintain uninterrupted service, with no significant disruptions to work productivity or customer service. They have also adopted several measures to prevent the spread of disease to and protect both onshore and offshore employees.

Vessel Splits in Two in Off Malta

Rescue crews in Malta rescued three seafarers after their vessel split in two in the western Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday. The Armed Forces of Malta were alerted late Wednesday night that the 89-meter Lady Sandra, flagged in the UK, had split in two in rough weather. Reports indicates that no oil has spilled.


Upcoming Events


Apr  1 -  COS Board of Directors Meeting

Apr  8 - ICS Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 10 - Easter Friday - Office Closed
Apr 13 - Easter Monday - Office Closed
Jun  8 - VGE Golf Tournament



Ship of the Week



The world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel, MV Kairos, has been delivered to Babcock Schulte Energy, a 50:50 joint venture between Babcock and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. The vessel features Wärtsilä four-stroke dual-fuel engines and was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. She is capable of performing both ship-to-ship bunkering and transhipment operations, she will be used for the LNG fueling of ships including ferries, containers, cruise vessels as well as shore-based gas consumers.
  • GT: 6000
  • Length: 117m
  • Width: 20m
  • Fuel Transfer Rate: from 60 m³/hour up to 1,250 m³/hour
  • Flag: Cypres