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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has expressed to senior European officials his concern with the European Parliament's Environment Committee decision to include emissions from ships in the European Union’s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) from 2023, if IMO does not deliver a further global measure to reduce GHG emissions for international shipping by 2021. This intention could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping on a global basis.
In October 2016, IMO adopted a system for collecting data on ships’ fuel-oil consumption which will be mandatory and will apply globally. This will be the first in a three-step approach leading to an informed decision on what further measures are needed to enhance energy efficiency and address GHG emissions from international shipping in the form of a comprehensive GHG strategy planned for adoption in 2018.
Mr Lim said that, in his view, unilateral or regional action that conflicts with or undermines actions that have been carefully considered and deliberated by the global community at IMO threatens world-wide confidence in the consistent, uniform system of regulation developed by IMO. Regional or unilateral action, he said, would harm the goals of the wider international community to mitigate global GHG emissions from ships and be at odds with the overarching objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Shortly after AltaGas announced plans to proceed with building a $500 million propane export terminal on Ridley Island, the company has confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that they are in merger negotiations.
While the Calgary-based company did not name who they were in negotiation with, citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal reported that AltaGas is looking to merge with WGL Holdings Inc. in a deal worth US$5 billion to $6 billion.
"While we are in discussions regarding a potential transaction with a third party, no agreement has been reached and there is no assurance that these discussions will continue or that any transaction will be agreed upon. Until such time as it is appropriate to make a public announcement on any potential transaction, should one occur, AltaGas will not comment further on this matter. Any announcement regarding a potential transaction will be disclosed in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements," AltaGas stated in a press release.
Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles reached 8,856,782 TEUs in 2016, marking the busiest year ever for a Western Hemisphere Port. The previous record was set in 2006, when the Port of Los Angeles handled 8,469,853 TEUs. The Port finished the year strong, with December volumes of 796,536 TEUs, a 27 percent increase compared to the same period last year. It was the Port’s busiest December and fourth quarter in its 110-year history. Overall in 2016, cargo increased 8.5 percent compared to 2015.
A Coast Guard Hearing Officer assessed a $9,500 civil penalty, Dec. 27 2016, to a Washington resident for interfering with the safe operation of the Washington State Ferry Tokitae by shining a high-powered blue laser at the vessel on October 22, 2015. Mark Raden of Freeland was aboard the WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at the Tokitae, striking the vessel’s master and chief mate in the eyes and endangering the 106 passengers on board. He was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, perform 240 hours of community service, and pay $3,740.89 in restitution to the master and chief mate. He will also serve 24 months of probation.
Major northern Chinese ports have suspended loading of ships several times since December 20 due to poor visibility largely caused by smog that has enveloped large parts of northern China at various times in recent weeks. A huge traffic jam of more than 100 dry-bulk carriers, mostly carrying coal and iron ore for China’s power stations and steel mills, have been waiting to deliver into the ports of Tianjin and its nearby terminals at Caofeidian and Huanghua. With other northeast Chinese ports like Dalian, this number reaches around 300 ships waiting as power stations and steel mills take in orders to meet heating demand during the coldest time of the year. Many are also stocking up before most of China shuts down for the Chinese New Year holiday, which starts at the end of January.
Every extra day a 180,000 deadweight tonne capesize ship waits outside a northern Chinese port to unload its Australian iron ore cargo costs the charterer about $12,000 based on current freight rates, excluding costs for crew salaries and supplies as well as fuel. The delays are costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra shipping fees every day.