BC Ferries' new Salish Class vessel, Salish Orca, embarked on its 10,440 nautical mile transatlantic voyage from Gdansk, Poland earlier this week. Upon final acceptance and inspection, crew training and familiarization is expected to begin in January and the Salish Orca is scheduled to start service on the Comox-Powell River route in the spring of 2017. The three Salish Class vessels are capable of running as dual-fuel on either natural gas or ultra-low sulphur diesel. BC Ferries’ use of natural gas will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which is the same as taking 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually.
At a ceremony held in Government House, Victoria, on November 18, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, The Honourable Judith Guichon, presented the SS Beaver Medal awards for Maritime Excellence. The 2016 recipients were (from left to right) Captain David Woodman, marine historian; Captain Stephen Brown, former President of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia and Mr. John Horton, distinguished marine artist. On behalf of BC Ferries, Captain Derek Sweet, Senior Master BC Ferries accepted the Beaver award for high operating standards provided by the Queen of Burnaby and Queen of Nanaimo over a service lift of more than 50 years. Captain Sweet was joined by Captain Jamie Marshall, BC Ferries Vice President of Fleet Operations. Queen of Burnaby and Queen of Nanaimo are to be replaced by the new Salish Class vessels now entering service.
Unable to attend the awards ceremony was recipient Dr. John Harland, an internationally recognized authority on marine technology. The Maritime Museum SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine sector in the province. These attainments may include, but are not limited to, science, technology, business, applications of maritime skills and academic contributions. For more information about the awards, visit http://mmbc.bc.ca/.
CSL President and CEO, Rod Jones has been named as co-Personality of the Year by the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) during the organization’s annual conference last week. Jones was recognized for his mentorship and leadership role in employing a number of female directors, managers and seafarers. The other Personality of the Year named is Captain Viggiano who is the first woman in the Argentine Coast Guard to receive command of a patrol boat, having served in the Coast Guard since 2003. In 2013, she received her Master’s degree in Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration from WMU and received the Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Excellence as well as the Pierre Léonard Prize for the Best Female Student.
The Port of Montreal has opened a new $131 million container terminal designed to handle up to 450,000 TEUs a year in phase one. The terminal is to be operated by Termont Montreal and is located along the St. Lawrence River in the city's Viau sector. The facility will have two post-Panamax gantry cranes and a container yard with five RTGs. Upon completed onf the second phase of development planned for 2020 the Port of Montreal will have a total annual capacity of 2.1 million TEUs. Canada's New Building Canada Fund as committed over $43 million to the overall project which includes improving marine and rail access.
Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin No. 11/2016 to remind Authorized Representatives that they were to submit applications for Marine Technical Review Board (MTRB) decisions to replace Board of Steamship Inspection (BSI) decisions by September 1, 2016. Transport Canada will not accept BSI decisions as of January 15, 2017 and regulatory requirements under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 will apply fully to vessels that had BSI decisions unless those requirements have been the subject of an MTRB decision.
The USCG proposes to add a new Polar Ship Certificate to the list of existing certificates required to be carried on board all US and foreign-flag vessels subject to the SOLAS Convention and operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, generally above 60° north and 60° south latitude lines. Additionally, the Coast Guard proposes to add this certificate to the list of SOLAS certificates that recognized classification societies are authorized to issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. Comments on this proposal must be submitted by 22 December. 81 Fed. Reg. 83786.
The European Commission has given conditional approval to a merger between German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The merger would create a combined company worth about $7.5-$8.6 billion. It would be the world's fifth largest shipping firm, with access to the Asia-to-Europe trade route and trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes.
Meanwhile it has been reported that Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has had to settle for slot exchanges over full membership in the 2M Alliance comprised of Mediterranean Shipping and Maersk Line.
BIMCO has reported that containership demolition has reached an all time high and hopefully contributing to better freight rates for the ailing container shipping industry. So far this year 500,000 TEU have been scrapped, this is 4.2 times more TEU than the scrapping activity for the same months in 2015. While it was rumoured that Rickmers Shipmanagement sent a 4,250 TEU built in 2009 to the scrap yard this week as a result of the value of the ship depreciating by 66%, this was refuted today by Rickmers. According to BIMCO, 47% of the vessels scrapped in the first 10 months this year have been panamaxes.
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We have a submission from Harry Armstrong, a cargo coordinator with Western Stevedoring, to share with you this week. After her launch is June this year, the new build ro-ro Searoad Mersey II will enter service on the Bass Strait service between Melbourne and Hobart in December this year. Her claim to fame is that she is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and is also the first pure dry cargo ship globally to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system according to her owners, SeaRoad Shipping.
Built by Flensburger, Flensburg, Germany Owned and operated by SeaRoad Shipping, Melbourne LOA 181.52m Beam 26.6m DWT 7,920 MT Propulsion: twin screw and dual fuel Speed: 20 knots Capacity: 2,000 lane meters Flag: Australia
SeaRoad's origins stem from a family run business established in the 1890s as 'Wm Holyman and Sons'. Over the years, with the various changes in ownership the business expanded its shipping and logistics operations through organic growth as well as a number of significant acquisitions. In 2006, Toll Holdings Limited's (Toll) takeover of Patrick Corporation Ltd (Patrick), resulted in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) requiring Toll to divest Patrick's Bass Strait operations. SeaRoad, formed by a group of business owners with strong links to Tasmania and other investors, subsequently acquired the Bass Strait shipping and Tasmanian logistics businesses in 2007.
Searoad Mersey II is significantly larger than the vessel she will replace, the original 1991 built Searoad Mersey seen here below. As the deep sea seafarers reading this know well, the conditions in the Bass Starit can be interesting as indicated by the picture below right. The company also operates the ro-ro Searoad Tamar on the same route.
SeaRoad operates from multiple key facilities across Victoria and Tasmania including its headquarters, shipping terminals, warehousing and distribution locations. In addition to the two Bass Strait vessels SeaRoad owns and operates a large road transport and container fleet along with cargo handling equipment utilised at its various terminals and depots.
Ship of the Week composed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.