Two of our longstanding Principal members, Empire Shipping Agency and Compass Marine Services, have joined forces to create a new venture - Wheelhouse Shipping Agency. Their combined staff, experience and expertise will put them in a strong position for shipping agency on the West Coast. The address for Wheelhouse Shipping Agency will be suite 640 - 1050 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3S7 and website: wheelhouseshipping.com. For more information view the attached press release.
North Vancouver member company, Xanatos Marine, has received a contract to install a multi-layer Vessel Traffic Monitoring System at Port Saint John to enhance its maritime domain awareness. Port Saint John is Canada’s third largest port by volume and has a diverse cargo base which handles an average of 28 million metric tonnes of cargo annually. The deep-water port's user community includes fishing, oil and gas, cargo, pleasure crafts, ferries and cruise ships. The first phase of the project includes the innovative TITAN Sentinel VTMS software solution from Xanatos Marine, AIS, multiple long-range day/night cameras along with computing and display systems. The system sensors will be installed at three sites providing a maximum coverage area. Xanatos Marine will be providing system training and ongoing service as part of the companies complete support program. The project is scheduled to be completed and delivered by April 2017.
The US Coast Guard's Marine Safety Center has received its fourth application for Ballast Water Management System type-approval. The BalClor Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Sunrui Environmental Engineering, Co. Ltd. uses electrolysis technology and its treating process consists of Filtration, Electrolysis and Neutralization.
The Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation have established an agreement on Environmental Monitoring of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project. Through this historic agreement, First Nations will work directly with provincial and federal authorities to ensure the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project is developed in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. The committee is the product of input and feedback from Indigenous peoples regarding their desire to play an active role in monitoring the project on an ongoing basis and affirms the federal government's commitment to the Interim Approach and Principles for environmental assessments. The co-operative agreement sets out the principles, structure, and roles and responsibilities of an Environmental Monitoring Committee for the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project, in British Columbia.
Michael Khouri has been named acting chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Donald Trump, replacing Mario Cordero. Khouri joined the FMC in December 2009 and is one of two Republican commissioners, the other being Rebecca Dye. Khouri has worked in the maritime industry for 45 years, holding positions in marine vessel operations, legal and executive positions. He also served on the board of directors at the Waterways Council, Inc. and the American Waterways Operators.
Khouri now leads the FMC as it considers how to respond to a shipper-led rulemaking petition to require container lines and terminals to extend free time for container storage or equipment use when ports are disrupted by events outside the control of shippers, truckers, and transport intermediaries. In addition to reviewing the proposal and determining whether to proceed, the agency will also be closely monitoring the launch of three new carrier alliances on April 1.
Elaine Chao was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Transportation by a vote of 93-6 earlier this week.
The US Coast Guard article "Ballast Water Management - Beyond Type Approval" has been posted by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). The article discusses the next steps in the ballast water management (BWM) process now that various BWM systems have received type approval. To date, over 13,000 requests for extensions to vessel compliance dates have been received and the USCG has granted just under 12,000 requests, and recently denied 9 requests. Due to the volume of these requests and time that it takes to review them, it is extremely important for vessel owners/operators to pay close attention to the extension requirements.
Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 02/2017 outlining interim measures for small marine diesel engines with respect to compliance with IMO Tier III nitrogen oxides emissions standards set out in the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations. The bulletin applies to Canadian vessels, that voyage within Canadian waters with a combined nameplate propulsion power of less than 750 kW, installing a small marine diesel engine with a power rating between 130 kilowatts and 750 kilowatts, that must comply with subsection 110.3 (4) of the Regulation.
The Korean government has earmarked a 6.5 trillion won ($5.57 billion) subsidy program to boost the competitiveness of the nation`s embattled shipping industry. Hyundai Merchant Marine is expected to receive a $644 million rescue package that will involve buying 44 container vessels from HMM and leasing them back to the operator. The government has allocated 2.6 trillion won to finance orders for new vessels and State lenders have been asked to create a maritime fund to subsidize a local shipper to purchase the terminal at Busan New Port from Hanjin Shipping.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has initiated its first phase of consultations on the cost recovery of services provided in its efforts in safeguarding food, animals and plants. From January 26 to March 31, 2017, the CFIA is undertaking consultations with Canadian businesses and consumers. During the phase one consultations, the CFIA is seeking input on:
Comments should be submitted by March 31, 2017 to:
Director – User Fees
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
The CFIA is not proposing any changes to fees at this time. It will consult on a proposal for new and updated fees as part of a second phase of the consultations.
The Transport Minister, Honourable Marc Garneau, was in Vancouver this week to address the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan and the briefly the 2030 Vision for Transportation. The Chamber of Shipping and Green Marine were both recognized in the Minister's speech in reference to initiatives underway to address underwater noise and the recovery strategies for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The Western Diversification Program (WDP) has issued a Call for Proposals which will expire on Thursday, February 23, 2017. WDP is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives with not-for-profit organizations that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. Eligible activities for this round of funding must directly support one (or more) of WD Strategic Priorities on clean technology and/or Indigenous economic growth. For more information on the criteria or application process visit: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/301.asp.
The Federal Maritime Commission has voted to disapprove the agreement amendment involving Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL), Eukor Car Carriers, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier LLC (ARC), and Hyundai Glovis. The cooperative working agreement between four roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) carriers had hoped to negotiate collectively for US tug services.
The American Waterways Operators argued that “foreign carriers should not be permitted to collectively negotiate rates with domestic maritime service providers, including tugboat operators. Such a provision would allow ocean carriers to gain an advantaged bargaining position because domestic entities have no counterbalancing ability to take collective action with immunity from the antitrust laws of the United States.”
Six years after the MV Sun Sea travelled from Thailand to Canada carrying 492 Sri Lankan Tamils intending to seek refugee status, the BC Supreme Court has acquitted three of the four accused after lawyers argued they had acted on humanitarian grounds or had been misidentified. The case against the fourth man was dismissed as the judge declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Calls to scrap refugee detentions introduced after the MV Sun Sea arrival are being sought by the Canadian Council for Refugees. The Immigration and Refugee Board has accepted refugee claims of 230 of the passenger, 108 were rejected, 24 withdrawn and another 100 cases have not yet been finalized.
The Samra Midas Group, a South Korean-based manufacturing, construction and services conglomerate plans to the provide a new trans-Pacific service to the Port of Long Beach from Shanghai and Ningbo, China and Busan, South Korea starting in April. The SM Line will deploy five 6,500 TEU ships acquired from Hanjin Shipping without the help of an alliance. The SM Group beat out HMM for control of Hanjin's trans-Pacific and intra-Asia networks and the formation of the SM Line is the company's second shipping line, having acquired Korea Line in 2013.
Coincidental perhaps, Wan Hai the Twainese container carrier has also just announced plans to launch two trans-Pacific services through vessel sharing agreements with an undisclosed party also starting from April 2017.
BHP Billiton has launched a new on-line auction platform in an effort to encourage shipowners to compete directly for shipments with the world's largest miner. The first auction saw 13 owners compete to move 170,000 tonnes of iron ore from west Australia to Chin next month. It was reported that over 50 bids were submitted in 60 minutes and the final agreed price was almost $0.30 below the spot price of $5.19 per tonne. Another auction is scheduled for next week. The move towards online platforms to eliminate the middlemen is no surprise as shippers continue to take control and advantage of the competitive freight rates.
Green Marine is broadening the scope of its North American environmental certification program by adding two performance indicators dealing with underwater noise emanating from ships and port activities operating in salt water. Accurate data on underwater noise generated by commercial shipping, its impacts on marine mammals and effective mitigation measures are insufficient to date. The new underwater noise performance indicators will be optional during the first year of assessment (in 2017) and will subsequently be mandatory thereafter to obtain Green Marine certification. Performance criteria in the Green Marine program are detailed on the site's Program page.
On January 8, a small tanker, the ARCA 1, ran aground just north of Sydney, Nova Scotia after encountering rough sea conditions. The vessel was not carrying any cargo when the incident occurred but contained about nine tonnes of diesel and its ballast tanks contained seawater. The Canadian Coast Guard coordinated the successful rescue operation of the six crew members aboard the vessel via a military helicopter airlift. A salvage crew from McKeil Marine, an Ontario company with a tug operation at Sydport, removed 300 tonnes of ballast water and was able to free the tanker at high tide on Sunday morning. The Arca 1 is now tied up at a private wharf in Sydport Industrial Park, across from the cruise ship terminal in Sydney Harbour, "and the vessel is restricted from sailing while an ongoing compliance inspection continues." Coast Guard officials confirmed Sunday that no pollution had occurred as a result of the grounding or the towing operation to Sydport.