Friday, 19 May 2017 13:28

New IMO Polar Code film

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The International Maritime Organization has release a new film to demonstrate how the IMO Polar Code supports safe and environmentally-friendly shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.  Onboard the Ocean Diamond expedition ship, eco-tourists gaze at the breath-taking beauty of the Antarctic landscape. This is the chance to encounter some unique wildlife, and marvel at the sheer majesty of the glaciers and the icebergs. The Polar Code goes above and beyond existing IMO requirements such as those governing prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL) and safety of life at sea (SOLAS). All the extensive safety and environmental regulations included in these and other IMO conventions still apply to shipping in polar waters.

Friday, 19 May 2017 13:11

New brand for Danish Shipping

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The Danish Shipowners' Association, The Shipowners' Association of 2010 and the Danish Car Ferry Association representing all areas of the shipping industry in Denmark have come together to create a visual identity under a new brand, Danish Shipping.  The new visual identity gives three organizations a unified appearance in all interactions with stakeholders.  The new logo is based on the international Morse code, which for many years was the globally approved, principal method for communication within global shipping. The juxtaposition of the two Morse letters in the logo – D and K – also evokes the image of the Danish flag. The logo thus combines solid Danish roots with an international outlook – two elements that characterises today’s shipping industry in Denmark. 

Friday, 19 May 2017 13:03

SST Salish christened

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Saam Smit hosted a Christening and Squamish First Nation blessing ceremony this week for its newest addition to the fleet, the SST Salish. Kim Stegeman-Lowe, President of Squamish Terminals had the honour of christening the SST Salish.

  • Length: 21.69m
  • Breadth: 10.67m
  • Depth Mld: 3.96m
  • Gross Tons 198
  • Fuel Capacity: 36,368 L
  • Power: 2 X MTU 16V4000M61, 2000 kW each
  • Bollard Pull: 65MT
  • Auxiliaries: 2 X John Deere 4045 DMF, 40 kW
  • Drive Units: 2 X Rolls-Royce US20 FP Z-Drives
  • Winch (fwd): DMT TW-H300KN, 180 MT braking power, 30 MT pulling power
  • Towline: Amsteel Blue 200M X 64mm, 300MT breaking strain
  • Class: Lloyds +100A1 Tug, Coastal Service, LMC, UMS
  • Voyages: NC2

Friday, 19 May 2017 12:39

Uber Freight launches app

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Uber Freight introduced its app and officially launched its brokerage business in the US after months of testing.  "Uber Freight is the Uber for trucking," Eric Berdinis, senior product manager for Uber Freight confirmed.  The app is designed to match trucking companies with cargo to haul, determine fees based on demand and pay drivers within seven days, rather than 30 or more, which is common right now. It remains to be seen if drivers will be satisfied with the pay they manage to take home when working for Uber.  

Friday, 19 May 2017 12:30

FMC authorization bill


US Senator Fischer introduced the Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 1119) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for the Federal Maritime Commission, and for other purposes.  Included in the appropriations bill is a international ocean shipping supply chain information portal demonstration project.  The vision for the portal is that it will collect and disseminate inforamtion to increase overall supply chain visibility, reliability, and resilience with respect to international ocean shipping. This would encompass information needs of key elements of the import-shipping and export-shipping supply chains, including those regarding container availability, chassis availability, trucking, seaport and marine terminals operations.

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On May 16, 2017, Minister Garneau introduced the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) in the House of Commons. Bill C-49 proposes amendments to the Canada Transportation Act (and other related Acts), as a first legislative step to deliver on key commitments made in support of Transportation 2030 - A Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada, announced last November 2016.  The Act puts in place clear measures to support fairness and transparency, efficiency, and strong private sector investment in our freight rail system for the long-term, and key measures include:

  • New reporting requirements for railways on rates, service and performance;
  • A new mechanism, Long-Haul Interswitching, to provide captive shippers across sectors and regions of Canada with access to a competing railway to ensure they have options;
  • A definition of “adequate and suitable” rail service that confirms railways should provide shippers with the highest level of service that can reasonably be provided in the circumstances;  
  • The ability for shippers to seek reciprocal financial penalties in their service agreements with railways, and;
  • More accessible and timely remedies for shippers on both rates and service.

Amendments to the Coasting Trade Act and the Canada Marine Act are also included in Bill C-49.  The Coasting Trade Act amendments will allow vessel owners to reposition their owned or leased empty containers between locations in Canada on a non-revenue basis, using vessels of any registry without a coasting trade license. While amendments to the Canada Marine Act intend to provide authority to Canada Port Authorities to access additional financing arrangements, namely loans and loan guarantees, through the Canada Infrastructure Bank. 


Friday, 19 May 2017 11:47

PPA Tariff Regulations Amended

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The Regulations amending the Pacific Pilotage Tariff Regulations were approved on May 5, 2017 and published in Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 151 May 17, 2017.  The amendments include a 2.9% increase in the general tariff, a 7% increase to the pilot boats with the exception of Pine Island, a $20 per assignment technology fee for the Portable Pilotage Units.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:22

Containers to provide retail space

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Shipping containers are expected to create a termporary shopping area in East Village Junction in downtown Calgary.  Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) will host a collection of retailers at East Village Junction every Thursday-through-Sunday beginning June 1 and running until Oct. 1 on the corner of 8 Avenue SE and 4 Street SE. The space will also be open on holiday Mondays.

Friday, 12 May 2017 14:56

BC elects minority government

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On May 10th British Columbians elected a minority government, a first since 1952.  With 44 seats required for a majority, the BC Liberals now hold 43 seats, the NDP holds 41 and the Green Party 3. Three ridings (2 NDP-held and 1 Liberal-held) have fewer than 200 votes separating the top candidates and may see their results impacted by recounts or absentee ballots. The BC Liberals narrowly hung on to the popular vote with 41 per cent, the NDP earned 39.9 per cent and the Green Party doubled their support from 2013 with 16.65 per cent.   If the final tally confirms a minority government, the leading party will need to pass a budget by the end of September, when the interim supply bill expires. This event will be a test of the confidence of the House, as would a vote to pass the Speech from the Throne. The conventions surrounding confidence motions vary by circumstances, including jurisdiction. However, the final make-up of government are still in play and will continue to be uncertain until Elections BC undertakes its final count – including absentee ballots – between May 22nd and May 24th. 

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Today, the Transport Minister, the Honourable Marc Garneau introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act in Parliament. This Act delivers on the Prime Minister’s election promise to formalize a crude oil tanker moratorium on British Columbia’s north coast.  This move together with attempts to ban other export commodities through our west coast gateways is a concern, and the tabling of the moratorium legislation sets a negative precedent in the banning of specific commodities only in BC's north coast in the absence of full consultation or clear evidence to support the move.  The Chamber of Shipping has issued a press release expressing disappointment with the proposed legislation.  

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In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece titled, Has the cruise industry outgrown Vancouver?, Greg Wirtz, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Assocation, North West and Canada questions the viability of the Port of Vancouver for the cruise sector.  The sudden closure of the Ballantyne cruise facility and the increasing size of the cruise ships is causing significant stress on the remaining facility at Canada Place.  "The Port’s current plans, focused on optimizing cruise business at Canada Place, will not adequately address current constraints or future opportunities. It’s time for a new plan. The cruise industry is looking to our partners at the Port, in the tourism sector and in government to work with us on a new plan that responds to evolving industry trends — and ensures the city, the region and the province can continue to share in the benefits of this popular and growing industry."  This Saturday 14,000 passengers are expected to embark or disembark at Canada Place. 

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April 2017 marks one-year since Waterfront Shipping (WFS) welcomed seven of the world’s first ocean-going vessels capable of running on methanol into its fleet.  The first three vessels were delivered in April and the remaining four later in 2016.  These innovative vessels have achieved accolades from the marine industry for their use of clean-burning methanol as an alternative marine fuel. Over the past year, the seven 50,000 dead weight tonne methanol tankers – powered by two-stroke dual-fuel engines capable of running on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil – have been operating safely and reliably across the globe.

In collaboration with Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), Waterfront Shipping's vision for the use of methanol as a cleaner marine fuel shows great promise.  "With the recent announcement by IMO for a global 0.5% sulfur cap for vessels worldwide effective 2020, methanol will soon be one of the very few fuel alternatives to MGO that can be utilized by existing modern vessels after relatively minor and cost effective retro-fit modifications compared to, for instance, LNG," says Rolf Westfal-Larsen Jr., CEO Westfal-Larsen Management.

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