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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.

Friday, 24 August 2018 13:31

Maersk vessel set to explore the Arctic

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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.

Friday, 24 August 2018 13:27

Ship emissions continue to decline

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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.

Friday, 24 August 2018 13:24

Reduce idle time through collaboration

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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. 

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Imagine spending your life at sea? Away from your family and friends. Apart from your community. This is normal for seafarers around the world and little about it is normal. The Mission to Seafarers makes the life of seafarers a little better by being present in the lives of seafarers while ships are in port. The Mission does this through 'presence' and 'hospitality' and by visiting seafarers on their ship, listening and letting them know they care, by providing centres a 'home away from home' where they can go and relax, speak with family, watch TV, play pool, send money home, or buy a snack or two. It can be as simple as providing transportation to take them to the centre or to the mall. On August 25th, the Chamber of Shipping staff will cycle with our friends to raise funds for the Mission to Seafarers. If every one of our newsletter subscribers were to donate just $10, it would make a significant difference to the Mission. After you have finished reading the newsletter, please consider making even a small donation by following this link. Let’s show we care and appreciate the incredible sacrifice of seafarers and the great work ministered by the Mission to Seafarers. Thank you!

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:48

Tug capsizes in Fraser River

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The 19-metre-long tug, George H. Ledcor, was hauling a loaded gravel barge when it went down Monday night in the north arm of the Fraser River. While the vessel has the capacity to carry 22,000 litres of diesel fuel, the quantity of fuel on board at the time is unknown. The fuel tanks were sealed underwater on Tuesday and 600 litres of fuel was recovered in the first 24 hours. By Thursday the vessel was lifted out of the water by using a barge, equipped with a large crane, assisted by divers and other specialized crew. The Transportation Safety Board has deployed a team of investigators to the site to gather information and assess the incident.

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The Strait of Juan de Fuca voluntary lateral displacement trial will start on Monday August 20, 2018. The purpose of the trial is to help reduce vessel noise in key southern resident killer whale feeding areas along the southern shore of Vancouver Island. The trial will remain active until October 31, 2018. If it is safe and operationally feasible to do so, all deep-sea vessels transiting outbound through the Strait of Juan de Fuca are requested to navigate as far south as possible within the outbound lane of the traffic separation scheme (without entering the separation zone), in the area between 124’ west and 124’ 40” west, over a distance of approximately 34 nm. Vessels entering the lane from the Victoria pilot station should do so using the cut to remain on the north side of lane as they enter, then shift to the south when safe to do so. For more details, please review the Strait of Juan de Fuca trial backgrounder. Week 4 of the voluntary slowdown trial in Haro Strait to reduce underwater noise in the key foraging area is seeing a remarkable 91% participation rate from our industry.

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:43

West coast ports continue to grow

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has released its 2018 mid-year statistics showing that overall cargo through the port increased 4.4 per cent to 72.1 million metric tonnes (MMT) over the same time last year to reach record mid-year volumes. Container volumes (measured in 20-foot equivalents or TEUs) increased by five per cent compared to mid-year 2017 to a record 1.64 million TEUs. A breakdown of the commodities: potash (23 per cent), autos (8 per cent), coal (9 per cent), forest products (4 per cent) and petroleum products (40 per cent) and declines in grain (-10 per cent), and chemicals and minerals (-5 per cent). Cruise passenger traffic is up 12.7 per cent over mid-year 2017.

In Prince Rupert, container volumes have seen an increase of 16% over last year with total and total tonnage for the port up 12% to 15.1 MMT. Prince Rupert Grain is down 17% while coal through Ridley Terminals is up 31% over 2017 YTD.

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:40

CN appoints management team

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JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN has announced senior management appointments, tapping experienced precision scheduled railroaders to drive cost efficiencies and capacity utilization initiatives, while advancing CN’s supply chain mindset and customer focus. Doug MacDonald and Keith Reardon, two veteran commercial leaders, will head CN’s sales and marketing initiatives and all non-rail supply chain operations, such as intermodal container terminals and transload facilities, to produce solid supply chain services that compete across all markets. John Orr, an experienced operator across CN’s three regions, has been named senior vice-president and chief transportation officer responsible for CN’s day-to-day rail operations, to push network velocity, drive cost leadership, and increase production in gross ton miles.     

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:38

Oceans industry careers overlooked

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A study released July 31st, highlights the need to increase awareness among youth about career opportunities in the oceans industry, including aquaculture, shipbuilding, boatbuilding, tidal energy, and ocean technologies. A survey of over 3,200 students in grades 6-9 across New Brunswick regarding careers in the Oceans Industry was key to developing the Student Intentions and Perceptions report. This study provides insights into the future educational and career plans of this cohort, and reveals that the greatest sources of influence to their career exploration are, in order of preference, their parents and family, their peers, and the internet.  The survey, that we can all learn from, leveraged insights gained from a national study funded in part by Irving Shipbuilding to examine workforce development in the greater marine industry, entitled Marine People Partnership: The Challenges, Needs and Opportunities.

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:36

COS seeking a communications guru

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Through our strategic planning exercise, we have validated the need for an additional staff member here at the Chamber of Shipping in the communications role. With so many initiatives underway we often feel we’re behind in keeping our members update of everything that is going on. If you know of a Communications person that might fit our team, please have them check out our posting for a Communications Specialist.

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:34

Navy to receive upgrades

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The Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet will benefit from two contracts awarded to acquire, upgrade, and sustain defensive systems for the Royal Canadian Navy. The two contracts are as follows:

  • A $94.2-million contract to Lockheed Martin Canada to maintain and overhaul, the Reprogrammable Advance Multimode Shipboard Electronic Countermeasures System (RAMSES).
  • A $21.1-million contract to Rheinmetall Canada to procure and install a third launcher on the frigates, improving the current MASS configuration.

RAMSES is an electronic attack system that protects the modernized Halifax-class frigates against radio frequency guided missiles. It employs jamming signals to track and distract anti-ship missiles from hitting the ship. MASS is an integral part of the anti-ship missile defence suite. It is a firing system used to launch decoys to project vessels against anti-ship missiles guided by radio frequency, laser and infrared seekers.

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