During what was intended to be a very brief first visit into Centerm, the MV CMA CGM Attila sustained damage to its hull during shipdocking operations on Wednesday morning. A one-metre long puncture is reported in one of the starboard ballast tanks. No pollution resulted from the incident and the vessel is in good condition, but the vessel will likely remain at Centerm berth #6 until at least Sunday to effect repairs and allow for a full investigation.
Positive developments on USWC ILWU negotiations
On August 26th, the ILWU and the US Pacific Northwest grain terminals announced the ratification of a new four year-collective agreement. 88.4% of the ILWU members voted in favour of the deal which includes work rule changes and wage increases over the life of the agreement. The three terminal operators - Louis Dreyfus Commodities, United Grain Corporation and Columbia Grain Inc. - welcome the end of the two year negotiations and are gearing up to face the next challenge with rail car supply.
While the contract in the Pacific Northwest is completely separate from the ILWU’s coastwide negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association, the following day the parties in this negotiation announced a tentative agreement on what was anticipated to be contentious terms for maintenance of health benefits. In view of the new tax under Obamacare, the parties have agreed to a shorter three-year term to this collective agreement and the terms agreed thus far will not be disclosed until the remaining items in the agreement are settled. The coastwide contract represents nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports.
Vale's potash mine takes another step forward
WorleyParsons has been awarded an engineering services contract by Vale, the Brazilian mining giant, to proceed with basic engineering and detailed plans required to begin the Kronau potash project construction about 30 miles southeast of Regina in Saskatchewan. This is Vale’s first potash project in Canada and is expected to produce from three to four million tonnes of potash a year. This phase of engineering work is expected to be completed at the end of 2015. The project will then be presented to Vale’s board for funding approval. If approved, construction would begin in 2016 with production slated for 2019.
Introducing the Tymac Tide
Last week Tymac Launch Service and owner, Ron Brinkhurst, introduced to the local marine industry the newest addition to its fleet, the Tymac Tide. The Tymac Tide was built locally to service vessels in Vancouver and the Fraser River and replaces the 90 year old heritage tug, Tymac No. 20.
Builder: Sylte Shipyard Designer: A.G. McIlwain Ltd. Length: 35.9 feet Breadth: 16 feet Depth: 7.8 feet Bollard Pull: 10-ton Gross Tonnage: 14.99 Engines: Twin John Deere Engines (365 HP @ 1800 RPM) Tow Line: 800' 3/4" Tow Line (75,590 lbs Breaking Strength)
Regulatory Cooperation Council releases Forward Plan
The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) has released a its Joint Forward Plan which essentially states that the next steps will focus on the following three key components:
Department-Level Regulatory Partnerships: creating public documents that will outline RCC strategies and the framework for how the activities will be managed between regulatory partners
Department-to-Department Commitments and Work Plans: establishing first set of commitments to cooperate in specific areas of regulatory activitiy
Cross-Cutting Issues: identifying current laws, policies and practices in both governments that can present challenges/opportunities to international regulatory cooperation.
The Joint Forward plan touches on a number of marine related issues including marine safety and security, transportation of dangerous goods, and plant health.
Canadian Premiers renew the Canadian Energy Strategy
Canadian Premiers met this week in Charlottetown, PEI, and agreed on improvements to the Canadian Energy Strategy (CES). The vision and principles provide the foundation for provinces and territories to work together, in respect of their own jurisdiction, on energy issues while recognizing the need to grow economy, protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for all Canadians. To view the full document visit: http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/latest-news/74-2014/398-canadian-energy-strategy
Search for Sir John Franklin's lost ships continues
The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has announced that the search for the ill-fated 1845-46 Franklin Expedition vessels: the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror will continue. Led by Parks Canada, the 2012 Franklin Expedition will, with the help of a number of public and private sector partners, continue to search for the two historic vessels and will also collect scientific data to increase knowledge of the Arctic in a number of areas, including the collection of data for the production of navigational charts and topographical maps in the Arctic and supporting marine archaeology and ecosystem management. Four ships will support the on-going expedition: the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Kingston, the Arctic Research Foundation’s research vessel Martin Bergmann, and OOE’s One Ocean Voyager, as well as a number of smaller platform vessels.
Some of the leading technologies to be employed will include the CSA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery, high resolution multi-beam and side-scan sonar, Parks Canada’s remotely operated underwater vehicle and autonomous underwater vehicle, and DRDC’s state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle, Arctic Explorer, which was developed in collaboration with private-sector partners. Five Parks Canada-led searches for the Franklin Expedition ships have already taken place, surveying and charting over 1,200 km2 of the Arctic seabed, which is equivalent to over 2,200 football fields. This year’s expedition builds on the work of the previous searches and is expected to greatly exceed the best year of mapping to date.
Western Australia to divest two bulk terminals
Western Australia's state goverment will put up for sale its Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility at Port Hedland and the Kwinana Bulk Terminal south of Perth in an effort to reduce its debt. It hoped that the transaction conbined with other state owned assets will generate about $2 billion a year as Western Australia was earlier this week stripped of its AAA credit rating. Net debt is forecasted to reach $29 billion in 2018, up from $22 billion in 2014.
Market Report - August 29, 2014
As summer vacations come to a close, the prospects for the fall look promising as the indices continue to trend upwards.
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Sept 11 - West Coast Pulp Charity Invitational
This year's West Coast Pulp Charity Invitational golf tournament will be held on September 11th. Since 2005 this event has raised over $800,000 for the Raise-a-Reader campaign. Donations are currently being accepted and registration is now open at http://westcoastpulpcharity.com/.
Sept 13 - 2014 Cycling for Seafarers Ride
Sept 13 - BC Waterfront Games
The BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) will host its inaugural BC Waterfront Games on September 13th at their Waterfront Training Centre located on Mitchell Island. This will be community event to showcase waterfront skills and heavy equipment in a competitive spirit. For more information and to RSVP visit: www.bcwaterfrontgames.com
Sept 13 - Dinner and Dancing at the Seine Net Loft
On the evening of September 13th the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue will host a "Dinner & Dancing at the Seine Net Loft" event at the Britannia Shipyard. Tickets are $75 per person and include cocktails, buffet dinner and dancing. Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Marine Rescue Society, Station 10. For more information visit: www.rcmsar10.org. View Flyer
Sept 17 - Rewards and Risks of Western Resource Trade
On September 17th the Chartered Institute of Transport in North America (CILTNA) will host a half-day session on "The Rewards and Risks of Western Resource Trade - Towards a Meeting of the Minds." The conference will bring together a broad range of perspectives with the goal of establishing a path forward to address legitimate concerns with growing trade in Western Canada. For more information visit: http://www.ciltna.com/events-education#VAN
Sept 24 - ICS Seminar - Methanol as as Marine Fuel
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Canada Branch is sponsoring a seminar on "Methanol - An Emerging Clean-Burning Marine Fuel" featuring keynote speaker, Jason Chesko, Senior Manager, Global Market Development for Methanex. Methanol is emerging as a clean-burning marine fuel alternative for operators striving to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations.
Sept 24 - Mission to Seafarers - World Maritime Day Event
The World Maritime Day fundraising dinner will be held this year on Wednesday, September 24th at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Guest speaker will be well-known local marine artist and founding member of the Canadian Lifeboat Institution, John Horton. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Mission to Seafarers. See the attached flyer and registration form for more information. View: World Maritime Day 2014 Flyer and Registration Form.
Sept 26 - CIFFA Western Region Gala Dinner
The CIFFA Western Region will host the Annual Forwarders Celebrating Associates Gala Dinner, September 26, 2014. Join the freight forwarding community for an evening of celebration and networking opportunities. The Association will celebrate and recognize its associate members for their socially responsible contributions to the community in which we all work. With key leaders and decision makers from freight forwarding companies, this is a terrific networking opportunity. For more information visit: http://www.ciffa.com/calendar_viewevent.asp?id=462
Oct 28 - Cereals North America 2014 Conference, Winnipeg
The Cereals North America 2014 conference will be heldin Winnipeg from October 28-30 with focus on key topics in North American and global agriculture, including grain market outlooks, grain transportation, and key expanding agricultural regions such as the Black Sea and Brazil. Last year over 200 people attended the conference from a broad range of backgrounds. Early-bird sign-up for the conference ends September 5 – see the registration link http://www.cerealsnorthamerica.com/register
Nov 20 - ICS Dry Bulk & Commodities Conference
In May 2014, NYK Line took delivery of a new pure car carrier, Aries Leader, which was built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. She is the first post-Panamax car carrier to be built in Japan, however, she will be handily placed to take advantage of the widened canal which is expected to be open for business in 2016.
Total car capacity
This new state of the art car carrier includes the latest energy-saving technology such as an air-lubrication system and a hybrid turbocharger, both of which have been installed on a car carrier for the first time, in addition to an electronically controlled engine and the use of water-emulsified fuel in the boiler. These investment will achieve a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per unit compared with existing large pure car carriers. The vessel also incorporates an air lubrication system, an energy-saving technique that reduces the frictional resistance between a vessel’s bottom and the seawater by supplying air to the vessel’s bottom and thus generating bubbles
The NYK Group has embarked on a program known as "More Than Shipping 2018," which is designed to achieve continuous improvement in innovative environmental technology for stable car transportation.