The articulated tug Jake Shearer owned by US-based Harley Marine Corporation was en route from Washington to Alaska when the fuel barge broke free in bad weather and came dangerously close to running aground near Goose Island rock grouping southwest of Bella Bella last Sunday. The barge laden with 3.5 million liters of diesel was saved by two valiant crew members who were able to drop its anchor less than one mile from Gosling rocks. The CCGS Gordon Reid was at the scene within hours and reported no pollution or damage to the hull. According to the Canadian Government, the rescue tug Gulf Cajun arrived on scene Monday morning and was able to attach an emergency attached tow line to the barge as additional equipment was being mobilized to the area. As of Monday afternoon, the tug and stricken barge were underway with an escort from the CCGS Gordon Reid. The Chamber of Shipping issued a statement calling for better coastal management following the incident.
Calgary-headquartered Pembine Pipeline Corp. has approved the construction of a new facility to export liquefied propane from Western Canada to markets in Asia and Central America. The project on Watson Island is expected to cost about C$260 million, up from an estimate of C$150 million made last spring, due to minor scope changes, dock maintenance, and additional site preparation. The facility, which still requires regulatory and environmental approvals, would have a permitted capacity of about 25,000 barrels per day of propane. Meanwhile, construction is underway on a propane export terminal on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert by Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd. That project is expected to cost C$475 million and have a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per year when it opens in 2019.
Marking the one year anniversary of the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada announced that $1.9 million is being dedicated over three years to reduce local marine traffic issues. The Proactive Vessel Management initiative will help address local marine traffic issues by identifying where local management actions could reduce conflicts between marine users or minimize environmental impacts, such as routing and speed controls. A framework will be developed in consultation with coastal communities, Indigenous peoples, industry, provincial and municipal governments, and non-governmental organizations.
The Government of Canada has issued a statement expressing concerns with India's regulatory and tariff decisions on Canadian pulses. For the first time since 2004, the renewal of the derogation for the fumigation of pulses has not been granted by the Government of India to Canada. The most recent extension to Canada India expired on September 30, 2017 and yet India has extended derogations for other trade partners to December 31, 2017, indicating that India is applying discriminatory treatment to Canada. In addition, on November 8, 2017, India announced a 50% tariff on dry pea imports from all countries, a decision that was made without advance notice. The export of pulses to India were worth over $1.1 billion and accounted for 27.5 percent of Canada's global pulse exports in 2016.
The United States Coast Guard has reported that since 2015, there has been a dramatic increase in the volume of ballast water being treated before being discharged into US waters. In 2015, about 150,000 cubic meters of treated ballast water was discharged monthly, but by 2017, the monthly discharge of treated water increased more than 10-fold to about 1.8 million cubic meters per month. There are currently six ballast water management systems (BWMS) and several additional systems now under review. Between 2012 and 2017 USCG issued nearly 700 vessel deficiencies for ballast-related incidents of non-compliance and USCG has started an excellent 5-part Ballast Water Series covering requirements, compliance, and contingency planning.
The US Coast Guard has issued CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-09 to provide guidance for the issuance and acceptance of certain electronic certificates to US flag vessels and those foreign-flagged vessels trading in US waters subject to Port State Control.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is seeking comments on proposals to expand flexibility and deregulate NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs). There are three key changes in the proposed rule:
ending requirement for NSAs to be filed with the Commission;
permitting NVOCCs and shippers to amend NRAs; and,
allowing the act of booking cargo to be considered acceptance of a rate under the terms of an NRA.
The Commission also invites comments on amending the NRA rules to allow inclusion of non-economic rate terms.
Speaking at the Platts' Mediterranean marine bunker fuel conference in Athens, the International Chamber of Shipping’s Director of Policy, Simon Bennett, noted that marine bunker suppliers should anticipate that the demand for fossil fuels from shipping will diminish over the next 25 years, and that the sector is now on an inevitable trajectory towards a future of zero CO2 emissions. In his speech, Mr. Bennett, spoke to the initial goal of holding the sector's total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels and the challenges with weighing concerns raises by emerging economies. The International Maritime Organization’s 2020 global sulphur cap will enter into force without delay.
The acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line closed this week after receiving the last of the final regulatory approval required. Maersk has reportedly agreed with regulatory bodies in China and Korea to withdraw or limit Hamburg Süd activities on certain trade routes and limit vessel sharing agreements in the first five years. A total of 105 Hamburg Süd vessels will be integrated into the fleet of Maersk Line, growing Maersk’s fleet to a total of 772 vessels and maintaining its position as the world's largest container carrier.
This week Hapag-Lloyd also announced that they have completed the integration of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) six months after embarking on the merger. Now with a fleet of 215 modern container ships, offering 125 liner services in a global network, Hapag-Lloyd secures the fifth place position for largest liner shipping company in the world.
CMA CGM Group is merging two of its subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR, to strengthen its multimodal and short-sea shipping services in Europe. The merged company will be headquartered in Hamburg and will have 595 employees, as employment in each entity will be maintained. The company currently sits in second place with a fleet of 471 vessels.
After a series of trials and prototypes, the world's first 3D-printed and class-approved ship propeller was unveiled at Damen Shipyard Group’s headquartered in Gorinchem. The WAAMpeller was created using innovative Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) techniques developed by RAMLAB to lay down 298 layers of Nickel Aluminum Bronze alloy through a 3D printing process. The WAAMpeller is the result of a close collaboration between RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen. After putting the propeller through rigorous trials on one of Damen’s Stan Tug 1606 series and verifying the entire development, production and testig process, Bureau Veritas provided its stamp of approval. RAMLAB was built so replacement parts for ships could be easily 3D printed onsite, rather than having to wait weeks or even months for delivery of a new part, disrupting shipping schedules.
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A recent grain loader in Vancouver was the unusal geared Kamsarmax bulk carrier MP Kamsarmax 1. Owned by M. Pallonji & Co. Pvt., of Mumbai, a privately owned Indian shipping company) she is one of a fleet of geared Panamax, Utlramax and Kamsarmax vessels which are primarily engaged in the movement of coal and fertilizers into India.
Built by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Owned by M. Pallonji & Co. Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India Operated by M. Pallonji Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd. Delivered in 2017 LOA 229m Beam 32.3m GRT 44327 tons DWT 81190 MT Registered in Singapore
The M. Pallonji Group of Companies was established at the beginning of the last century, primarily as a paint marketing company. Today, the company’s interests have extended to painting including speciality coatings, dredging, barging, stevedoring, cargo logistics, shipping, investment finance, insurance and auto dealerships, all managed by a diverse collection of privately registered companies.
The vessel’s builders, Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd. were founded in 1956 with production now centred on Jiangyin-Jingjiang industry zone, Jingjiang city, Jiangsu province and Taicang Province, seated in the north side of golden channel of the Yangtze River.
The picture above left shows the company’s now sold MP Panamax 3 anchored off Mumbai – note picture right which shows the vessel’s 6 cranes being put to use in servicing bulk discharge direct to barge operations.