Friday, 22 December 2017 11:20

US asks UN to ban 10 ships

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The United States has asked the United Nations to ban 10 ships from entering the world's ports over alleged dealings with North Korea. Documents seen by Reuters said the 10 vessels had been conducting ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or transporting North Korean coal in violation of U.N. sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The move comes after the UN blacklisted four ships in October, including one that was caught smuggling 30,000 North Korean-made rocket-propelled grenades in 2016.  UN Security Council resolutions passed this year stipulate "all Member States shall prohibit the entry into their ports of such designated vessels," save for some circumstances, including in emergencies or if they are granted humanitarian exceptions by the UN. The ships targeted for blacklisting are Xin Sheng Hai (flag unknown); the Hong-Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore; the Togo-flagged Yu Yuan; Panama-flagged Glory Hope 1 (also known as Orient Shenyu), Kai Xiang, and Billions No. 18; and the North Korean-flagged Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Rye Song Gang 1, and Sam Jong 2

Friday, 22 December 2017 11:03

USCG issues Final Action Memo on El Faro

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The US Coast Guard has released the Final Action Memo regarding the loss of El Faro with 33 crewmembers on board. In the Admiral's comments to the investigation report, he attributes the main cause of El Faro's fate to the Master's decision to sail the ship in close proximity to a Category 3 hurricane instead of taking an alternate, safer route as the storm approached.  Other key contributing factors noted included the failure of TOTE Services in fulfilling its obligations under the International Safety Management Code,and the failure of both the American Bureau of Shipping and the USCG in their role of oversight in the safety framework.

Friday, 22 December 2017 10:53

ITIC issues crew scam warning

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The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has issued a warning to ship agents that may be used by people smugglers to cover the movement of illegal migrants. The basic pattern is for owners/managers to approach the agent asking the agent to attend the vessel's call including giving assistance with a crew change. The approach is a sham but the agent’s involvement could provide cover for the migrants’ arrival in the country. The migrants will promptly disappear. As agents are aware the financial consequences could be severe under Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Friday, 22 December 2017 10:36

Euronav acquires Gener8 Maritime

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In a stock deal estimated at $490 million, Belgian tanker group Euronav is set to buy its US rival, Gener8 Maritime, to create the largest independent VLCC fleet in the world. The fleet will consist of 75 crude tankers - 44 VLCCs and 28 Suezmax tankers representing over 18 million dwt. The merger will result in Euronav shareholders owning approximately 72% of the issued share capital of the Combined Entity and Gener8 shareholders owning approximately 28% . The merger is subject to the approval of Gener8’s shareholders.

Friday, 22 December 2017 10:29

Intercargo concerned with recent attack

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Intercargo has released a statement expressing concerns over the latest piracy incident off Nigeria.  On December 14th a 57,000 dwt bulk carrier enroute from Lagos to Port Harcourt was attacked by pirates 35 miles south of Brass, Nigeria.  Ten crewmembers were kidnapped and are still being held hostage.  Intercargo reminds shipping companies that there should be no relaxation of anti-piracy measures and encourages that additional resources be applied on vessels trading in vulnerable regions, such as West Africa, Gulf of Aden, and South East Asia sea corridors.

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The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) ruled that revenues of the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) have exceeded their Maximum grain revenue entitlements for crop year 2016-2017.

  • CN’s grain revenue of $808,213,784 was $5,773,741 above its entitlement of $802,440,043.
  • CP's grain revenue of $725,457,448 was $1,078, 947 above its entitlement of $724,378,501.

CN and CP now have 30 days to pay the amount by which they exceeded their 2016-2017 revenue entitlements, in addition to a five percent penalty of $288,687 for CN and $53,947 for CP.  Regulations stipulate that such payments must be made to the Western Grains Research Foundation, a farmer-financed and directed organization set up to fund research that benefits Prairie farmers.  CN and CP moved 6.9 percent more grain this crop year.

Friday, 22 December 2017 08:03

New marine refuges established

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On December 21, 2017 seven new marine refuges off the coasts of Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador were established by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  These refuges will contribute an additional 145,598 km2 of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. This represents an additional 2.53% of protected ocean, bringing Canada’s current total to 7.75%.  There are five science-based criteria that conservation measures must meet in order to contribute to Canada’s marine conservation targets:

  • the geographic location must be clearly defined;
  • the stock management or conservation objective needs to directly relate to an important species or habitat;
  • the area must contain an important species and important habitat;
  • the measure must be long-term; and,
  • the measure needs to protect the important species and its habitat from both existing and foreseeable pressures.

Friday, 15 December 2017 16:00

Province to review coastal ferry system

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In January 2018, the Province will begin a comprehensive review of the coastal ferry service in British Columbia to evaluate its performance in meeting the needs of ferry users and British Columbia’s coastal communities. This review will identify what improvements can be made to the existing model and the Coastal Ferry Services Contract to better serve the needs of ferry users and coastal communities. The review will not consider bringing BC Ferries back into government. The review is expected to cost approximately $250,000, inclusive of all fees for technical expertise, research and analysis under the terms of reference to support the review process.

The Province has appointed Blair Redlin, former deputy minister of transportation and former CEO of the BC Transportation Financing Authority, as a special adviser to oversee the review. Redlin will report to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, with a final report to be delivered to government by June 2018.

Friday, 15 December 2017 15:34

Port of Vancouver releases emissions study

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has released its third Port Emissions Inventory Report that indicates a decrease in air pollutant emissions since 2010, despite an increase in trade through the port - a result of stronger regulation and investment in technology. The port authority’s inventory report estimates air emissions from marine, rail, on-road, non-road and administrative activities associated with the Port of Vancouver. It complements regional and national emission inventories that capture other sources, such as commuter vehicles, buildings, and commercial activity, to provide a complete picture of emissions in the Lower Mainland. In addition to capturing detailed estimates of emissions by type in 2015, the report provides an emissions backcast and forecast, which helps to track how emissions have changed and are expected to change in the future. 

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Congratulations to Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) for launching the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) designed and built under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) last Friday. The vessel, named Sir John Franklin, is 63 metre in length, with a beam of 6.16 metres and capable of speeds of up to 12.5 knots. After a period of sea trials and finishing touches, the ship will be used to gain a better understanding of fish stocks and their ocean environment. 

Friday, 15 December 2017 15:07

Ship owners reducing GHG under Green Marine

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Ship owners participating in the Green Marine environmental certification program have demonstrated leadership in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). Green Marine’s first carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions data gathering and analysis indicate an average annual reduction in GHG intensity of 1.4%. This initiative was undertaken to better gauge Green Marine’s impact since the environmental program’s launch 10 years ago. The ship owners that provided data for this voluntary initiative represent more than 250 vessels of various types, including: tug, passenger and cargo ferry, bulk, self-unloading, tank, container, and articulated tug barge.

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The Québec Port Authority (QPA) announced its plan to invest $400 million on a new container terminal at the site of the Beauport 2020 project. This initiative, part of the Beauport 2020 expansion project, is the culmination of a lengthy process by the QPA to identify economic niches with the highest potential for the future Port’s development. The project includes a 610 metre extension of the wharf and development of 17 hectares. For the Québec City area and all along the St. Lawrence, this promising project could potentially create a new international economic hub geared toward logistics, distribution centers, and new businesses.

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