A pair of crane operators at the Port of Long Beach have set a new productivity record for moving the most cargo using a single crane during one eight-hour shift. The record was set on May 15 when two crane operators working the containership Gudrun Maersk at Total Terminals International’s Pier T terminal moved a total of 564 containers using a single crane over just an eight-hour period. This represents an average of 70 container moves per hour, which is nearly triple the West Coast average of 25 container moves per hour. The new record breaks the previous American record of 534 container moves set in 2014, also at the Port of Long Beach. Over the four-day call, more than 9,300 total containers were discharged and loaded on the 11,000 TEU capacity Gudrun Maersk.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, has announced Canada’s $167.4 million Whales Initiative. The initiative seeks to protect and support the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whale, the North Atlantic right whale, and the St. Lawrence Estuary beluga whale through comprehensive actions tailored to address the unique combinations of threats.
Specifically in regards to the Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea, the Government of Canada recognizes that they face an imminent threat to survival and recovery which requires immediate attention. Canada’s Whales Initiative includes immediate and comprehensive action to support their recovery by addressing the main threats they face: lack of prey, disturbance from vessels, including noise and pollution from land-based sources. Key actions include:
Reducing disturbance from underwater vessel noise by:
Improving prey availability for the Southern Resident Killer Whales by:
Enhancing monitoring under the water and in the air by:
Encouraging compliance and strengthening enforcement by:
The Minister clearly stated that these actions could include additional mandatory measures, legislative changes and adoption of new technologies. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also undertaking a Whale Innovation Challenge initiative in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre to develop solutions towards real-time detection and location of whales. This initiative aims to mobilize the technology development community in Canada and globally to develop whale-specific solutions to better understand the location, abundance and movements of whales and whale populations. This will contribute to scientific whale research and overall efforts to protect endangered whales in Canada.
Today the Government of Canada announced a major investment of $167 million for three projects to improve port infrastructure, increasing the capacity and fluidity of the rail infrastructure that serves the south shore port area. The first two projects are led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, with investment from Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway and include:
The third project led by Canadian National, with investment from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, involves designing and building a 4.2 kilometre-long secondary track, parallel to the existing Burrard Inlet line, in the City of Vancouver. The increased rail capacity will support the flow of goods through the south shore port area, as trade volumes continue to grow.
The Seafarers' Training Institute, has partnered with Algoma Central Corporation, Groupe Desgagnés, Canada Steamship Lines and the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU), to launch a Canada-wide hiring initiative called Be a Seafarer. The Canadian commercial shipping industry directly contributes $3 billion to GDP, and the industry has an immediate need to attract and retain 300 new seafarers as Canada is expected to lose 20 percent of its aging seafarers to retirement within the next five years. This represents a huge challenge for the industry which is projected to increase significantly over the next decade. Click to view the promotional video.
The Paris MoU Committee has approved the 2017 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations (ROs). These lists will take effect from 1 July 2018. The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from flags with a high performance to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk, with the White List representing flags with a consistently high performance record. Compared to last year’s list, the number of flags on the “White List” has decreased by two. The Republic of Korea has moved back to the “White list” after one year on the “Grey List”. Poland has entered the “White List” as well. New on the “Grey List” are the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and the United States of America, which were on the “White List” last year.
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.