The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association and ILWU Canada have jointly reached an agreement on the Industry Drug and Alcohol Policy. This Agreement has been ratified by both parties ahead of the implementation of Bill C-45, Cannabis Act. The Policy will be included in the Black Book Document and will form part of the BCMEA – ILWU Canada Collective Agreement.
Canadian Pacific Railway moved 25.8 MMT of western Canadian grain and grain products, soybeans and other non-regulated principal field crops during the 2017-2018 crop year, up 1 percent over the 2016-2017 crop-year and 1 percent above its three-year average. CP's current estimate of the western Canadian crop size, based on Statistics Canada data, is 70.8 MMT. When adding potential carry-in into the 2018/19 crop year production, the total crop to move is estimated to be 83.4 MMT, 5 percent larger than the previous five-year average. Let’s all hope for a mild winter this year!
CN Rail recognized 40 of its customers and supply chain partners (including a number of our members) for their sustainability practices through its EcoConnexions Partnership Program. Under the program, companies pledge to work to reduce their carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and drive sustainable business practices throughout the supply chain. In collaboration with Tree Canada, CN will plant 100,000 trees in 2018 in Canada and the United States to honour their sustainability efforts.
BC Ferries' first quarter results show the highest vehicle traffic levels in its 58-year history and the highest passenger traffic levels in over 20 years. Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $6.0 million, compared to net earnings of $17.3 million for the same quarter of the previous year due to reduced fares and more sailings.
A new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station will be built in Tahsis, BC to allow for an enhanced response to marine emergencies on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. The new station will be home to a 14.7-metre Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat, and will operate 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. It is expected to open in early 2020. The Government of Canada worked closely and in partnership with the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation in selecting the location for this new station.
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has placed sanctions on two more Russian shipowners and their vessels for violating United Nations and US trade sanctions against North Korea. Primorye Maritime Logistics Co. Ltd. and Gudzon Shipping Co., the registered shipowners and managers of the Russian-flagged ship Patriot conducted two ship-to-ship transfers of oil for the benefit of North Korea, including 1,500 tons of oil to the Chong Rim 2 and 2,000 tons of oil to the Chon Ma San, both sanctioned North Korean-flagged vessels.
The Rio Vista Bridge on the Sacramento River suffered a mechanical failure on August 9th and since then, bridge operators have been manually lowering and raising the bridge. The US Coast Guard and industry stakeholders are coordinating vessel transits with the scheduled openings until operations resume back to normal, possibly on September 24th.
A Maersk vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics will next week become the first container ship to navigate an Arctic sea route that Russia hopes will become a new shipping highway. The Venta Maersk, a new 3600 TEU Winter Palace class feeder ship, will travel from Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan up and around the Arctic Circle using ECA compliant fuel to arrive in St. Petersburg by the end of September. The exploratory voyage will provide Maersk with scientific and operational data for future consideration.
Carbon dioxide emissions from maritime cargo shipping continued to decline last year, according to a recent report from nonprofit organization BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group. The Clean Cargo Emissions Factors 2018 Report, which took into account emissions data from 22 ocean container carriers on more than 3,200 ships representing around 85 percent of global ocean container capacity, found average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer fell 1 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year. Since Clean Cargo began publicly reporting data from the industry in 2009, emissions per container per kilometer have dropped 37.1 percent on average. Clean Cargo tools represent the industry standard for measuring and reporting ocean carriers’ environmental performance globally.
In 2017, a total of 71,202 hours of idle time waiting to enter ports was recorded from 38,425 container ship calls at Europe’s so-called Tier 1 and Tier 2 Ports. This is an average of 1.85 hours per ship call. Depending upon the “value of an hour”, this might represent a cost reduction opportunity in excess of USD100 million per year for the container industry alone. The 2017 data indicates that the average time between arrival at berth and commencement of cargo operations (first container lift) was 1.55 hours while average delay on departure was 1.52 hours. The reducing idle time with collaboration and data sharing study produced by Sea Traffic Management and co-funded by the European Union, suggests that efficiencies can be gained through dynamic and transparent use of a simple common user application and message standard, which triggers and prompts the various different stakeholders to review exception alerts and take appropriate action (make amendments to plans) based upon their physical capabilities, preferences, and requirements.
ABS has announced the world's first successful conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on Ethane as a fuel. Navigator Gas, in partnership with Charterer Borealis, engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, cargo system and fuel gas supply system supplier TGE and ABS, has completed the successful conversion of the Navigator Aurora’s main engine from LNG fueling to Ethane fueling, while berthed alongside at Frederikshavn in Denmark. ABS-Classed Navigator Aurora equipped with a MAN B&W 6S50ME-C8.2-GI dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine has now been converted to a dual fuel (HFO/Ethane) 6S50ME-C-GIE engine.
Built: 2016 Vessel type: Ethylene/LPG Carrier Capacity: 35,000 CBM GRT: 23,000 tons DWT: 26,500 tons Length: 179 m Beam: 29 m Draught: 10.5 m
The 15-day long conversion followed engine performance and emissions testing at Kawasaki in Japan, to prove the principle that burning ethane in the Navigator ME-GI engines would be possible. The trials were successful and demonstrated that suitable power and emissions performance, meeting Classification and statutory requirements, was available at a fuel gas injection pressure of just over 300 bar.
Paul Flaherty, Director of Fleet and Technical operations at Navigator Gas, said: “This project represents a significant investment by both Navigator Gas and Borealis that clearly demonstrates a very strong commitment to environmental protection and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This retrofit modification will comply with all current global emissions regulations and position us as early adopters of the global sulphur cap regulation due to come into force on the 1st of January 2020.”