Friday, 20 January 2017 12:51

CN 17-02 - Risk assessment up to EDTL

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Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 17-02 to clarify the agency's policy on the issuance of Risk Assessment Notices in the marine mode. In cases where the cargo is loaded off-shore (non-U.S.) the CBSA has up until the Estimated Date and Time of Load (EDTL) to review the submitted primary cargo data and applicable house bill or supplementary cargo transmission(s). If the carrier does not receive a risk assessment notice (coded message), the cargo may be loaded at or after the EDTL.

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Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 17-01 to advise of the required timeframe for ferry operators and highway carriers to submit advance commercial information (ACI) when transporting commercial goods onboard a ferry entering Canada.   Ferries are required to transmit pre-arrival cargo and conveyance information as well as a Conveyance Arrival Certification Message when transporting commercial goods for which the ferry conveyance operator has a contract of carriage.

Friday, 20 January 2017 12:30

STCW Medical Certificate format change

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Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 01/2017 to advise of new requirements related to the format of Marine Medical Certificates, in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Manila amendments.  Canadian seafarears who work internationally, should contact Transport Canada if they have not received the new format certificate.

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China has enforced the use of fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% on ships berthing at six more key ports starting 2017, extending from five ports that have implemented the regulation in 2016.  The London P&I Club advised that it would help if shipowners understand the details of the berthing period during which low sulphur fuel needs to be used. In Shanghai, for example, the berthing period runs from when the ship is firmly fastened to a bollard until all cables are untied, whereas in Suzhou and Nantong, the relevant period is within one hour after arrival and one hour before departure. Ships berthing in Shanghai port can also apply for exemption if the low sulphur fuel oil is unsafe to be used. The P&I club further advised that China’s next stages in its ECA regulation from 2018 may require low sulphur fuel to be used throughout the whole berthing period.

Friday, 20 January 2017 12:01

San Juan Whale Protection Zone sought

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued a notice in the Federal Register Vol. 82 January 13, 2017 advising that the departments have received a petition for rulemaking to establish a whale protection zone in the San Juan Islands to support recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. The area sought for a whale protection zone is larger than what was orginally considered by the NMFS in a 2009 proposal and extends up to a mile offshore of San Juan Island from Mitchell Point in the north to Cattle Pass in the South.  Comments on the petition must be received by April 13, 2017.


The Panama Canal has issued an Advisory to Shipping to advise of a temporary reduction in the number of booking slots for supers in the third period from five for a total of 15 slots.  The reduction is in response to the unusual delays in transits for non-booked vesseles and the extended waiting period.  The reduction will be implemented effective January 20, 2017 and will be maintained until further notice. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:23

MLC 2006 Amendments enter into force

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January 18th marks the entry into force new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which provides financial security for seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO), require shipowners to have financial security in place to guarantee compensation to seafarers and their families in the event of abandonment, death or long-term disability due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard. Mandatory certificates and other evidence will be required to be carried on board.  Foreign ships entering the ports of States for which the MLC, 2006 is in force will be inspected for compliance by port State control authorities and ILO have advised that action will be taken if the documentation is missing or incomplete.  On January 12th Sri Lanka become the 81st ILO Member State and 16th Asian State to have ratified the Convention.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 13:47

Hunter Harrison leaves CP Rail

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CP Rail's CEO Hunter Harrison’s resigned this week triggering industry-wide speculation about his next move.  Harrison was expected to retire in July 2017 after naming his successor Keith Creel six months ago.  Creel will now assume the CEO position on January 31st and Harrison, who will forfeit $118 million in benefits with his early departure, is rumoured to be looking at opportunities with a US Class 1 railway, CSX Corp. CP's failed bid to acquire Norfolk Southern railroad last year is leading many to wonder whether a merger of CP and CSX might be on the horizon after he tightens up CSX's operating ratios.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:04

2017 World Maritime Day Theme

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The International Maritime Organization's Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, has announced that this year's World Maritime Day theme is  "Connecting ships, ports and people."  Building on the 2016 theme, "Shipping: indispensable to the world," this year's theme was chosen to provide an opportunity to focus on the diverse set of activities involved in shipping and logistics. The theme is aimed at helping IMO Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies that support a connected interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport, and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security. 

"Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sustainable development for the good of all people," Mr. Lim said.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:46

Glendinning joins Greystoke team

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David Glendinning has joined Greystoke Marine Management as a partner and a member its senior leadership team. Capt. Glendinning has nearly 30 years of experience with Teekay in several senior positions in ship management, commercial operations, business development and project management. The addition of Capt. Glendinning strengthens Greystokes LNG expertise as he was instrumental in developing Teekay LNG Partners as the world’s second largest independent LNG shipowner with a total of 50 ships in its fleet including those on order. 

Greystoke Marine Management was founded in January 2016 by Robert Hedley and Mads Meldgaard as a boutique management consultancy business offering marine expertise - commercial; technical; operational; financial - to private equity companies, banks and ship owners for new investment projects and asset management strategies for existing ships of all types.

Friday, 13 January 2017 12:45

CP train derailed near Ashcroft

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A Canadian Pacific Railway 29 rail cars derailed near Ashcroft, BC Thursday afternoon around 3:45 pm PT, sending coal into the Thompson river. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has confirmed the incident and says two investigators have been deployed to the scene.  CP Rail spokesman Jeremy Berry said there were no injuries to the crew and no dangerous goods were involved in the incident but an emergency response process has been initiated.  Boats and a boom are on site and additional environmental equipment will be deplayed as needed. The cause of the derailment is still unknown, and the Transportation Safety Board expects to learn more once investigators survey the scene.

Friday, 13 January 2017 12:18

Trans Mountains achieves BC's 5 conditions

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British Columbia's Premier, Christy Clark, announced this week that following the Trudeau government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, the Province’s clear, consistent and principled position on its five conditions has resulted in tangible and significant investments that will protect British Columbia’s environmental and economic interests.  The five conditions were:

  • Successful completion of the environmental review process;
  • World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.'s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines and shipments;
  • World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines;
  • Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy-oil project; and
  • British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the province, the environment and taxpayers.

The Premier's announcement endorsed the federal government's Oceans Protection Plan and will receive a fair share of fiscal and economic benefits including up to $50 annually to be received by the province directly from a revenue sharing agreement.  This revenue will be dedicated to a new Clean Communities Program focussed on protecting and enhancing BC's environment.

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