DP World Vancouver is expecting delivery of its new quay crane with the arrival of the MV Zhen Hua around February 17th. The new crane, manufactured by ZMPC will be one of the largest and most advanced cranes in the Port and will increase Centerm's operational capacity with twin-twenty capability, 23 rows wide and 10 containers high on deck. The vessel will be using Berth 5 and is expected to be there for a period of 5 days during the off loading process. The new crane is expected to commence regular operation around April 2, 2017 and during the 5 week period, Berth 5 will be partially available.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is accepting director nominations for the port authority's Board of Directors. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. The nominating committee is seeking eligible candidates who have generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community. They should also possess relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, to the operation of a port or to maritime trade. For more information visit: http://www.portvancouver.com/news-and-media/news/director-recruitment-2017/.
German shipping firm Zeaborn has announced the acquisition of rival breakbulk shipper Rickmers-Linie. The acquisition will see Zeaborn take over all locations, employees, management and the charter fleet of Rickmers-Linie, including subsidiaries NPC Projects and MCC Marine Consulting & Contracting. Rickmers-Linie will remain as a separate company, continuing its brand and business.
Headquartered in Bremen in the north of Germany, Zeaborn will now expand to operate a combined fleet to 50 multipurpose vessels, with deadweight capacities between 7,500 and 30,000 tonnes. Employee count is expected rise to almost 200.
Rickmers-Linie is one of the leading breakbulk shippers worldwide, and the acquisition brings with it offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S., as well as an extensive agency network.
Since July 1, 2015, ocean-going vessels (OGVs) must use compliant fuel for combustion purposes for operating any of the specified machinery while at berth in Hong Kong (except during the first hour and the last hour of the berthing period), and compliant fuel means low sulphur marine fuel (i.e. marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5 per cent by weight), liquefied natural gas or any other fuel approved by the air pollution control authority. As at January 2017, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) conducted surprise inspections to 166 ocean-going vessels (OGVs) berthed mainly in the vicinity of residential areas. The number of inspections at different berthing locations is shown in the table below:
|Berthing locations||Number of Inspections|
|Kai Tak Cruise Terminal/Ocean Terminal||9|
|Buoys / Anchorages||4|
As at end of January 2017, the EPD spotted four non-compliance cases and initiated prosecutions accordingly. Owners and masters of the OGVs concerned were convicted and fined in a range from $5,000 to $15,000.
From July 2015 to June 2016, the average concentration of sulphur dioxide recorded at the Kwai Chung Air Quality Monitoring Station was 50 per cent lower than that recorded in the preceding 12 months when it was downwind of the container terminals. This indicated an improvement of air quality at areas, including coastal areas, affected by emissions of OGV at berth subsequent to the implementation of the Regulation.
CN has announced a C$2.5 billion capital program in 2017 focused on hardening its core infrastructure. Approximately C$500 million is expected to be spent on equipment, expansion projects and information technology initiatives to serve growing business, improve service for customers and advance safety. This includes planned growth investments to capitalize on Canadian west coast port expansions and key customer projects, and safety technology investments such as wayside inspection systems and track testing vehicles. Approximately $1.6 billion will be spent on track infrastructure, work on bridges, and 600 miles of new rail, while US$1.2 billion will be spent on the implementation of safety technology mandated by the US Congress.
Environment Minister Mary Polak and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender have issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement project, which includes:
There are 33 conditions that are part of the Environmental Assessment Certificate. Design requirements are specified in the certified project description. Each of the conditions and the certified project description are legally binding requirements that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must meet to be in compliance with the certificate. A record of the factors that the ministers considered in making their decision can be found in the Reasons for Ministers’ Decision at: https://projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/p/george-massey-tunnel-replacement/docs?folder=89
Key findings that assisted ministers in concluding that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur from the project include:
Key conditions and requirements mean that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must:
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended the comment period on its proposed modification and revocation of ruling letters relating to Customs application of the Jones Act to the transportation of certain merchandise and equipment between coastwise points mentioned in last week's newsletter to April 18. CBP also seeks comments on whether a further extension of the comment period is warranted.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service that included the Commissioner's job at the Canadian Coast Guard. Jody Thomas, currently Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard will become the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence effective March 13, 2017 and taking on the role of Commissioner is Jeffery Hutchinson, currently Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard.
Today, the Prime Minister named Jim Leech as the Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Mr. Leech will work in collaboration with the Privy Council Office, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Minister of Finance to expedite the swift and successful creation of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. The Canada Infrastructure Bank is a key component of the government’s Investing in Canada plan and will provide innovative financing for infrastructure projects, and help more projects get built in Canada.
BC Ferries’ Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mark F. Collins as President and CEO effective April 1, 2017. A senior marine executive for the past 20 years, Mr. Collins’ experience includes roles as the President of Rolls Royce Marine Brazil and Italy, and Vice President of Global Technical Services, CSL Group. Mr. Collins is currently Vice President of Strategic Planning & Community Engagement at BC Ferries, and was the Vice President, Engineering between 2004 and 2012.
BC Ferries, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Musqueam Nation revealed today the third of three Coast Salish artistic designs for BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels. Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Raven. The artwork will also be displayed inside the vessel for customers to view along with a profile of the artist. Coast Salish artist Thomas Cannell’s design depicts the beauty of the powerful, intelligent raven.
The Maritime Employers Association has concluded an historic 9-year agreement with the CUPE Trois-Rivières/Bécancour Local section 1375 which represents 103 longshoremen working at the Ports of Trois-Rivières and Bécancour. The agreement includes more flexibility regarding working hours to better meet the expectations of these Ports' clientele and to deal more effectively in an increase of tonnage; this being possible subsequent to the Trois-Rivières Port's expansion and to the implementation of the Quebec government's Maritime strategy.
The agreement also provides a wage increase as well as a significant augmentation to the pension fund's contribution for all longshoremen. The MEA claims that the modifications to the Collective Agreement will be leading to the creation of more job positions in the following weeks and therefore an increase in the pool of employees.
The MEA has for mandate to act on behalf of its Members in the negotiation and management of the collective agreements for more than 1,400 employees working in the Ports of Montreal, Trois-Rivières/Bécancour, Hamilton and Toronto.
The Canadian Coast Guard was called to assist a disabled cargo ship Tuesday about 32 nautical miles off the coast of Port aux Basques. The Thorco Crown was en route to Montreal when the fire broke out in Cabot Strait. The Thorco Crown, a 13-year-old vessel, registered to Antigua and Barbuda, was en route to Montreal after having unloaded cargo in Argentia on Sunday evening. The crew was able to extinguish the fire but the ship had become disabled. The vessel was towed into Nova Scotia port Thursday night and the Canadian Coast Guard said there was no pollution as a result of the situation and that all 13 crew members are safe.
The Department of National Defence has awarded a $55.45 million contract to Pomerleau Inc. from Surrey, B.C., for the demolition of the existing “B” Jetty at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt and preparing the site for future rebuilding work. The existing jetties, “A” and “B”, were originally designed for ships that were smaller and lighter than today’s modern Canadian Patrol Frigates. As such, they are not long enough or deep enough to accommodate modern ships. The ongoing project at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt provides the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet with structurally sound docking facilities which will be functionally optimal for the berthing of Canada’s modern frigates and for newly designed vessels joining the fleet between 2018 and the mid-2040s.
US Customs and Border Protection is seeking public input until February 17th on a proposal to revise the agency's interpretration that "vessel equipment" carried between two domestic points is not considered "merchandise." On January 17th CBP published its notice of proposed modification and revocation of headquarters’ rulingproposed modification and revocation of headquarters’ ruling letters relating to CBP's application of the coastwise laws to certain merchandise and vessel equipment that are transported between coastwise points. By clarifying the definition of equipment and applying this consistently in its determinations, 30 Jones Act interpretive rulings going back to 1976 are expected to be revised. Since 1939 the term “equipment” has included portable articles necessary and appropriate for the navigation, operation or maintenance of the vessel and for the comfort and safety of the persons on board. The CBP proposal primarily affects the movement of offshore oil and gas equipment but might have implications for other sectors.
The European Council formally adopted a new set of rules governing ports in the European Union on January 23rd. The rules are aimed at increasing the financial transparency of ports and creating clear and fair conditions for access to the port services market throughout Europe. The new rules are expected to ensure transparency of port charges and public funding and fair application of competition rules for more than 300 EU seaports in the trans-European transport network. While the new regulation does not impose a specific management model for ports, it does lay down conditions if they wish to set minimum requirements for services such as towage, mooring, bunkering and the collection of ship-generated waste, or to restrict the number of providers of these services. Cargo handling and passenger services will also be subject to financial transparency rules.
Classification society DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have expanded and renewed a memorandum of understanding, which promotes research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry, to include the R&D of intelligent shipping systems. The new MOU aims to promote maritime R&D in intelligent shipping systems such as autonomous vessels and drones for maritime purposes, or the use of data analytics to create robust and optimal shipping solutions. These systems will help to enhance safety and sustainability of shipping and port activities. Other areas covered by the agreement include an examination of the potential environmental gains to be made through the use of energy saving and emission reduction technology in Green Ports, in terms of infrastructure, processes and harbourcraft, as well as projects which are designed to cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency, through improvements in operational maintenance, and also research into LNG as an alternative fuel.
The World Shipping Council provided the following update after speaking with a US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations regarding the impact of the US President's Executive Order 13769 authorizing the suspension of visa issuances and other immigration benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern, the initial seven countries are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
CBP has advised unofficially that it does not currently plan to publish written guidance regarding the processing of vessel crewmembers that may be affected by the 90-day immigration ban, but will follow the procedures below:
Example: CBP might determine that it would serve U.S. national interests to allow the crewmember from an affected country to pass through the U.S. to sign-off the vessel if the vessel were scheduled to make multiple additional U.S. port calls, the interview and electronic screening generated no national security concerns, and the individual would only need to be escorted from the ship to an airport a few miles away from which the individual would depart the United States. A medical emergency might also constitute grounds for a waiver for the crewmember to be allowed ashore.