COS Weekly Newsletter
11 August 2017
Notice of Construction - Deltaport container Truck Staging Facility
The first phase of construction for the Deltaport truck staging facility, located at the intersection of Highway 17, Highway 17A and Deltaport Way in Delta, starts the week of August 21, 2017.
The facility is designed to address long-standing road safety concerns by alleviating traffic congestion when port destined container truck queues reach more than 15 container trucks in length along the Deltaport Way causeway, which can occur when trucks arrive early for their reservations, or when there is a closure at Deltaport container terminal. The facility will have the capacity to accommodate up to 140 port destined container trucks, including early arrivals and includes a secure vehicle access gate requiring a valid Port Pass, a Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) area for truck safety inspections, a new highway exit ramp to facilitate access from Highway 17 and an additional road entrance ramp to allow traffic access onto Deltaport Way. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will operate the staging area. The project is part of the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project (DTRRIP), and is a joint partnership with the Government of Canada (Transport Canada), British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
More information about the project and construction updates can be found here.
BC Government hires legal counsel to challenge Trans Mountain Pipeline
On Thursday, August 10th BC Attorney General David Eby, along with Environment Minister Minister George Heyman announced that the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is not in B.C.'s best interest. Minister Heyman advised that they are "committed to using every tool to defend B.C.'s coast (from) the threat of tanker traffic". The government has hired former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger as external counsel to the government to provide legal advice on the options for participation in legal challenges and hearings which are scheduled to begin in federal court in the fall. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project has already been approved by the Federal Government, the former B.C. government and the National Energy Board (NEB).
Trans Mountain issued the following statement in response - The company takes seriously the comments from the Province of British Columbia and will be carefully reviewing their statements and the steps outlined today. Trans Mountain remains ready and willing to meet with the Government to work through their conerns and the issued raised by them today.
"We are committed to working with the Province and permitting authorities in our ongoing process of seeking tand obtaining necessary permits and permissions," said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited. "We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Aboriginal Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships as we move forward with construction activities in September," added Anderson.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has undergone an unprecedented level of scrutiny and review and has received approval from the government of Canada, and is subject to 157 Conditions from the National Energy Board and 37 Conditions attached to the Environmental Certificate received form the Government of British Columbia. The Project will result in direct and lasting economic benefits for local communities, B.C. and Canada through investments in safety, jobs and the environment.
Federal Government takes action concerning Atlantic Right Whale
August 11, 2017 Shédiac, New Brunswick Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard issued the following statement:
“Canada takes the protection, conservation, and recovery of endangered species very seriously. The recent deaths of several North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are extremely concerning.
“There is evidence that the North Atlantic right whales have been increasingly present in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in recent years. Our government has already taken action and will continue to ensure that measures are in place for the protection of this species and the safety of mariners using these waters.
“In our efforts to do everything possible to prevent further whale deaths, our government is today implementing a temporary mandatory slow down for vessels of 20 metres or more in length. Speed must be reduced to a maximum of 10 knots when travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence from the Quebec north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island. This temporary measure is effective immediately.
“Transport Canada inspectors, with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services, will enforce this precautionary measure until the whales have migrated from the areas of concern. Failure to comply will result in an Administrative Monetary Penalty of up to $25,000.
“We continue to work with partners to better understand what may have caused the deaths of the North Atlantic right whales—to that end, several necropsies were carried on as many whales as possible.
“We have taken extensive action to ensure the protection of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including decisions around fisheries. To help prevent entanglements, the Snow Crab Fishing Area 12 in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence was closed, and other fixed gear fisheries such as rock and toad crab fisheries have either been restricted to fish in shallow water or have had a delayed opening. Future fisheries decisions relating to the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence will take the presence of North Atlantic right whales into account.
“In addition to the reduced speed requirements being introduced today, monitoring and enforcement will continue with Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program and Fisheries and Oceans surveillance overflights to aid these new measures.
“Our government is already taking steps to protect Canada’s marine environment through a $1.5 billion investment in the Oceans Protection Plan. As part of the plan to protect marine mammals from the effects of shipping, including collisions and noise pollution, researchers are working to locate and track marine mammals in high vessel traffic areas and provide this information to mariners.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure that our marine resources are protected for future generations, and must take every step we can to help prevent whale deaths. As we take further concrete steps today, we continue to consider all options to help prevent future whale deaths.
“We look forward to the collaboration of all fishermen and mariners.”
Let's Talk Whales
On Tuesday August 8th, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North – Seymour, Terry Beech, on the behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is launching Let’s Talk Whales, an online public engagement that asks Canadians and stakeholders about proposed recovery measures to help three whale species in Canada: the North Atlantic Right Whale, the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga and the Southern Resident Killer Whale.
The Let’s Talk Whales online engagement is one of many actions the Government of Canada is taking to help support the recovery of our whales.
CARB moving to expand shoreside power requirements
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving to expand the state's At-Berth Regulation which currently requires some vessels to use shoreside power while at berth. In 2007, CARB published "Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Veessels At Berth in a California Port" Regulation, also known as the At-Berth Regulation. The rule requires that container, passenger and refrigerated-cargo ships calling at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Sand Diego, San Francisco and Pt. Hueneme to shut down their auxilary diesel generators while at berth and instead plug into shoreside power or use an approved technology to achieve equivalent emission reductions. CARB is now in the process of expanding the regulations to additional vessels types, including tankers, bulkers, general cargo and RoRo vessels. The intent is that 100% of commercial ships calling California Ports to comply with the requirement by 2030.
Boat battery trouble leads to drug bust
Last weekend the US Coast Guard in San Diego recieved a call from a small boat operator reporting battery trouble and requesting assistance. The cutter Sea Otter was diverted to assist the boat which was about 25 nm off Point Loma, San Diego in international waters. However, instead of helping out with a dead battery, the boarding team discovered approximately 1,200 pounds of marijuana that was alledgedly stowed below decks. Two people were detained and handed over to police.
India considers methanol as marine fuel
India's shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has advised that the government has been studying the use of methanol for vessels. The government had been looking at an LNG bunkering network for inland waterways, but is now considering methanol as this would be a cheaper and cleaner solution. As the fuel is derived from coal, changing to methanol would benefit the country that disposes of a coal surplus.
Hanjin creditors may only get 2 cents to dollar
An attorney for Hanjin has told a New Jersey bankruptcy court that the company has recovered only $220 million owed to it, against creditor claims of $10.5 billion. This equates to a payout of only $0.02 to each dollar owed. When the initial distribution to creditors will be made remains uncertain. Judge John K. Sherwood, sitting in US Bankruptcy Court in Newark has granted a request from Columbia Group of Liberty Corner, New Jersey, to sell 35 Hanjin containers it is storing at its Port Elizabeth Terminal. The sale of the containers is estimated to be US$ 1000.00 each.
Ballast Water Management FAQs
The International Chamber of Shipping has prepared a list of frequently asked questions to assist ship owners/operators in understanding their obligations and responsibilities under the Ballast Water Management Convention. To access this information visit: http://www.ics-shipping.org/docs/default-source/resources/environmental-protection/ballast-water-management---frequently-asked-questions-(faqs).pdf?sfvrsn=4
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BIMCO Masterclass Workshop in Vancouver
This BIMCO masterclass examines commodity sale as a whole. The close links between the sale contract, the insurance contract and the carriage contract will be examined in presentations and case studies to see why and how the various documents which are customarily issued inter-relate. Each aspect of the arrangement such as the cargo sale, the cargo insurance and the carriage contracts will be considered both separately and in relation to other relevant aspects. Chamber of Shipping are eligible for the BIMCO member rate.
Some of you may have taken time out in the past couple of weeks to see the new movie, Dunkirk. The movie tells the story of the “Little Ships of Dunkirk” when about 850 private boats sailed from Ramsgate in England to the beaches of Dunkirk between May 26 and June 4 1940 as part of so called Operation Dynamo to rescue British, French and Belgian soldiers who were trapped on the beaches by the advancing German army. Because of the shallow waters, British naval craft were unable to approach the beaches, hence the desperate order to assemble a fleet of pleasure craft. Many were requisitioned and manned by the navy without their owners' permission but a few were volunteered on condition that their owners would sail them to Dunkirk. When they reached France, some of the boats acted as shuttles between the beaches and naval vessels while others carried hundreds of soldieors each back to Ramsgate under the make-shift protection of the Royal Air Force. The operation saved about 200,000 British, 130,000 French and 10,000 Belgian troops. Sadly, 60,000 troops could not be evacuated and were captured or killed.
One such “Little Ship” was the paddle steamer Medway Queen which somehow made seven round trips to Dunkirk, rescuing 7,000 men in the process and earning herself the nickname Heroine of Dunkirk. Although seriously damaged during the seventh crossing, she limped home and is still with us today.
Built by Ailsa Shipyard, in Troon, Scotland in 1924
Owned by the new Medway Steam Packet Company, based in Rochester on the River Medway, England
Returned to cruising after the war for the General Steam Navigation Co who had taken over the New Medway company
1966 - Saved from the breakers and opened as a marina clubhouse on the Isle of Wight
1984 - Returned to the Medway on a floating pontoon and berthed at Chatham
2006 – Dismantled for rebuilding
2009 - Completed hull with refurbished engine to await conditions for a tow to Gillingham
A major boost to saving Medway Queen from razor blades was received in 2006 when, after several failed attempts to obtain funding from the UK's Heritage Fund, a grant of just over GBP 1.86 m was awarded. The grant, alongside Medway Queen Preservation Society’s own funds allowed restoration to go ahead. The existing hull was dismantled with all usable parts put into storage and structural members reused where possible. In 2008 a contract was awarded to rebuild the hull in traditional riveted form after the resolution of problems arising from a conflict between the need for a "heritage" rebuild and the need to incorporate updated construction practices.
In May 1965 to mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, a fleet of 43 of the original “Little Ships” returned to Dunkirk to commemorate the evacuation. It was subsequently decided that such a unique assembly should not be allowed to fade into obscurity and the “Association of Dunkirk Little Ships” was formed in 1966. The stated objective of the Association was to maintain the spirit of Dunkirk and to preserve the memory of the role of the Little Ships by forming an association of their present-day owners and of those closely associated. Still today, over 100 Little Ships are entitled to display a plaque marked “DUNKIRK 1940”. Every five years, supported by the RNLI and Royal Navy, they return under their own power to Dunkirk, a major undertaking considering that the average age of the craft is now 85 years. The Association plans to return to Dunkirk in May 2020 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo with around 50 Little Ships expected to take part.
UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill initially described the situation in Dunkirk as a “colossal military disaster” but following the success of the evacuation revised his assessment as a “miracle of deliverance”. Medway Queen is today moored at Gillingham Pier in the County of Kent UK and is open for viewing on most Saturdays.
Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.