The US Coast Guard has issued Safety Alert 11-18 to raise awareness of a potentially dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). Inspections have found that a number of unwearable type 1 PFDs would have presented a problem if ever needed in an emergency. Owners and operators are strongly requested to inspect their PFDs and are reminded that regulations require PFDs to be wearable and in serviceable condition.
The Marine Safety Center issued two more Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificates. The eighth certificate was issued to Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for its Samsung Purimar BWMS that consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 250 m3/h and 10,000 m3/h. The ninth certificate was issued to BIO-UV Group. The treatment principle of the BIO-SEA B BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment at uptake and discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 55 m3/h and 1,400 m3/h.
The Canadian Coast Guard and Public Services and Procurement Canada has issued an Advanced Contract Award Notice (ACAN) to Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for the acquisition and conversion of three medium commercial icebreakers. These ships would provide interim capability for the Canadian Coast Guard, while replacement vessels are being built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
The Nanaimo Port Authority has received $6.3 million from the federal government toward a new 60,000 square-foot Vehicle Processing Centre and supporting infrastructure to repurpose its existing Nanaimo Assembly Wharf as a multi-purpose general cargo terminal with an initial focus on automobiles. The project will improve Canada’s supply chain for automobiles imported into the country by addressing the significant existing transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities and congestion while also providing sustainable economic development opportunities for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island. The project is expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating an estimated 200 jobs during construction and eventually as many as 100 permanent jobs.
The World Maritime University is seeking an experienced leader with an excellent academic track record to fill the post of the Canadian Chair in Marine Environmental Protection. The Canadian Chair has the opportunity to teach, research and deliver student supervisory programmes in the fields of marine environmental protection / management and marine spatial planning, as well as lead interdisciplinary innovative research programmes across the realm of maritime and ocean sectors. Applications from Canadian citizens will be accepted by the World Maritime University until August 31, 2018. Transport Canada has also seeking applications for Marine Policy Officers (EC-04) and Marine Policy Analysts (EC-05)Marine Policy Analysts (EC-05) in eastern Canada.
The Port of Prince Rupert and DP World have agreed on terms of a project development plan that outlines the next phase of expansion for the Fairview Container Terminal. The Phase 2B expansion will increase annual throughput capacity at Canada’s second largest container terminal to 1.8 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) when complete in 2022. The Fairview Phase 2B project follows the 2017 completion of Fairview Phase 2A, which increased the terminal capacity by 500,000 TEUs to its current capacity of 1.35 million TEUs. Construction on Phase 2B will begin in mid-2019. There will be an initial gradual release of capacity to 1.6 million TEUs, in 2020 following the completed expansion of the container yard to the south.
The Board of Directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority has appointed Shaun Stevenson as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stevenson is currently PRPA’s Vice-President of Trade Development & Public Affairs, where he has worked extensively with industry partners, shippers and marine carriers, and development proponents, as well as local First Nations and a variety of government and community stakeholders. He has more than 20 years of strategic and operational experience at PRPA and fills the vacancy left by Don Krusel's retirement.
CN Rail has announced plans to invest approximately $340 million across BC in 2018 to expand and strengthen the Company's rail network throughout the province. The investments in BC are part of CN's planned $3.4 billion capital program for 2018 and include track expansion projects that will boost capacity for better service to forest products, grain, intermodal and industrial customers. Other elements will focus on key track infrastructure to improve safety and effeciency. Planned expansion projects include:
Western Canada Marine Response has launched Sential 30, a new oil spill response vessel. The 26-foot vessel and landing craft was built in Prince Rupert by Broadwater Industries. The Sentinel 30 will be undergoing spill response trials in Prince Rupert and will utlimately be transited to the new response base in Saanich on Vancouver Island.
On June 14, the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, introduced legislation in the House of Commons for the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP will provide Canadian exporters and investors across a broad range of sectors with preferential access to fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. This willl set a new standard for free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region by including robust and enforceable provisions in areas such as labour and the environment. The CPTPP Agreement will enter into force 60 days after at least six of the partner countries complete their respective ratification procedures. Once in force the CPTPP is expected to boost Canada's GDP by 4.2 billion.
China’s largest container ship, COSCO Shipping Universe, was delivered by state-owned enterprise China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) to China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited on Tuesday. The vessel, which has a capacity of 21,237 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), is 400 metres in length, 58.6 metres wide, with travel speed of 22 nautical miles per hour (25.3 miles per hour). Another five 21,000 TEU containerships, as well as a further four 22,000 TEU cargo ships, will be delivered to COSCO Shipping between the final few months of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. The vessel is set to sail along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which links China’s coast to Europe and Africa through the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The ship will both become a flagship vessel for this route and help to implement China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to promote China’s trade with around 70 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.
The US Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 10-18: U.S. Gulf Coast Bunker Contamination. The alert raises awareness of an emerging problem in the US Gulf Coast Region regarding contaminated vessel fuel oil bunkers. The notice states "The Coast Guard recommends that vessel owners and managers ensure vessel operators are made aware of this potential hazardous condition, closely monitor fuel oil system components and consult their bunker suppliers and other technical service providers regarding this issue." Fuel tester VPS has indientified the presence of 4-Cumyl-Phenol which is used in the manufacture of epoxy resins and as emulsifier in pesticides. Whle the source of contaminiation remains unknown, it is presumed to be associated with the use of fuel oil cutter stocks. The standard fuel oil tests for the ISO 8217 specification will not detect these underlying problems.
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On June 13 the SSL Kolkata, caught fire when an explosion occurred on the vessel’s deck while in en route from Krishnapattinam to Kolkata. According to the Indian Coast Guard there were no reports of an oil spill in the area and there were no any injuries to the ship’s 22 crewmembers, who were safely evacuated from the vessel.
The results of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program's Vessel Slow Down Trial that took place in Haro Strait last summer are in. The voluntary Vessel Slow Down Trial was initiated to study the relationship between slower ship speed, underwater noise levels, and effects on the endangered southern resident killer whales. More than 60 marine shipping organzitions participated in reducing vessel speeds to 11 knots, when safe and feasible to do so. The results from the trial demonstrate that reducing vessel speeds is an effective way of reducing noise generated by the vessel, as well as reducing total underwater noise in nearby habitats. This summer, another volunary vessel slowdown initiative will take place in Haro Strait. This measure will test levels of participation when the vessel slowdown speed is optimized based by vessel class, and will take effect when there are confirmed sightings of southern resident killer whales in the area. The final report from the 2017 trial is now available on the ECHO Program slowdown trial webpage.
On June 8th GCT Deltaport welcomed the first Ocean Network Express (ONE) vessel to Canada. The ONE Commitment arrived at Deltaport on June 8th and is the first magenta vessel to arrive in the Southeast China-South China-Taiwan-Tacoma-Vancouver-Japan rotation, following the merger of the Japanese lines, NYK Line, Mitsui OSK, and “K” Line on April 1, 2018.
Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme focusses on ocean plastics and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. The Chamber of Shipping's President, Robert Lewis-Manning, is featured with an op-ed in today's Vancouver Sun, titled Sustainable oceans key to British Columbia's prosperity
A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness, calls on governments to modernize their regulatory frameworks and give businesses in Canada room to thrive. Canada’s regulatory system is smothering business in Canada, thanks to a growing mix of complex, costly and overlapping rules from all levels of government. The report is available at https://regulatesmarter.com/.