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The Port of Long Beach will build and demonstrate a $7.1 million “microgrid” to show the promising new technology’s effectiveness in providing a clean, reliable supply of electricity for critical operations at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.  With the help of a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the Port will install a solar carport, power storage systems and advanced controls at its security headquarters, the Joint Command and Control Center.  The goal of the California Energy Commission’s grant is to accelerate development of microgrids that can also improve participation in utilities’ demand response programs, where users agree to limit energy use during peak periods.

Friday, 12 October 2018 12:57

ONE and Hapag-Lloyd offering feeder service

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Japanese container line joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Hapag-Lloyd concluded a bi-lateral feeder agreement that will initially cover trades in intra-Asia and intra-Europe. Under the terms of a “bilateral strategic feeder network cooperation agreement,” the lines will share space on their respective feeder vessels.  Since the reorganization of the alliance structure, Mr Habben Jansen, Hapag-Lloyd CEO has repeatedly said that lines would likely deepen their cooperation beyond the deep-sea trades into feeder, and even possibly in-land haulage, operations. ONE and Hapag-Lloyd are both members of THE Alliance on the long haul trades.

Friday, 12 October 2018 12:54

Panama Canal set record volume

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The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), representing a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year. With this number, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.   The increase was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, containerships, chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.  Panama Canal said that the main users during the period were the US, China, Mexico, Chile and Japan, while some 62.8 percent of the total cargo transiting the canal had its origin or destination in the United States.

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Tim Wickmann has been appointed as the new Managing Director for the World Shipping Council’s new Asian office to be located in Singapore.  Mr. Wickmann served most recently as CEO of MCC Transport, the Intra Asian arm of Maersk Line, and has worked in various leadership positions in international liner shipping for the last three decades.

Friday, 12 October 2018 10:26

No charges for Greenpeace danglers

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Greenpeace protesters who dangled from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in August won't face charges. Seven protesters were arrested after hanging from the Vancouver bridge for 36 hours, preventing an oil tanker from leaving Burrard Inlet. Five more were arrested for helping organize the stunt.  North Vancouver RCMP recommended mischief charges against all 12, but the BC Prosecution Service said Tuesday it won't be approving the charges as it was not convinced there was a substantial likelihood of conviction and that laying a charge would be in the public interest.

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:43

UN sees 4% growth in maritime trade

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) annual Review of Maritime Transport indicates that total maritime trade volumes reached 10.7 billion tons in 2017, an increase of 411 million tons or 4 percent, half of which was dry bulk commodities. A similar 4 percent growth is anticipated this year. Global containerized trade increased by 6.4 percent in 2017. While the liner shipping industry saw further consolidation through mergers and acquisitions and global alliance restructuring. The three global liner shipping alliances that dominate capacity deployed on the three major east–west container routes (the 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance) collectively account for 93 percent of deployed capacity.

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:38

PIL partners with IBM on blockchain

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Pacific International Lines [PIL], a Singapore-based shipping company announced its collaboration with multinational information technology giant, IBM (Singapore). The partnership is aimed at improving the process of documentation in supply chain management through blockchain trials designed to create an electronic bill of lading (e-BL).  Additionally, it has garnered support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The e-BL would mean that shipping companies would no longer have to depend on hard copies of the document and effectively diminishing unnecessary handling costs, potentially making the supply chain more organized and efficient.


The US Coast Guard has summarized its latest presentation on the US ballast water management program in its blog dated 10/2/2018. The bulletin covers a summary of compliance options and what one can expect during a port state control exam.

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:30

Next steps for Trans Mountain project

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The Governmet of Canada has announced that it will not appeal the Court’s August 30, 2018, decision on the Trans Mountain expansion project. It will instead, initiate Phase III consultations with all 117 Indigenous groups impacted by the project.  The Government has appointed former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci as a Federal Representative to oversee the consultation process. He will initially provide advice on designing the process and will then oversee it to ensure that Indigenous consultations are meaningful and comply with the judgement of the Federal Court of Appeal. He will work directly with officials and other external experts, as appropriate. These measures build on the September 21, 2018, announcement in which the National Energy Board (NEB) has been instructed to reconsider its recommendation of TMX, taking into account the effects of project-related marine shipping and its adverse impacts on species at risk. 

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:26

New buoys for the Seaway

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The Government of Canada is investing 184 four-season lighted navigation buoys to be deployed in the St. Lawrence River shipping channel, between Québec and Montréal. The four-season buoys are unique in the world, designed using Canadian Coast Guard expertise to withstand the severe ice and tidal conditions found in the St. Lawrence shipping channel. They will remain in the water year-round and only require maintenance every two to four years. The four-season buoys will replace the seasonal navigation buoys operated by the Coast Guard that are currently deployed each summer and winter. The reduction in servicing and maintenance required for the new buoys, will allow the Coast Guard to achieve operational efficiencies.  In July 2018, the Government of Canada awarded a contract of $12,351,790 (including taxes) to Canam-Ponts from Québec, Quebec, for the procurement of 184 four-season lighted navigation buoys. The contract includes options to acquire up to 204 additional buoys.

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:17

LNG Canada approved!

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Investors have given final approval for a massive $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, BC. The five partners have agreed to the joint venture that includes a gas liquefaction plant on the coast and a 670-kilometre pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province.  The necessary approvals, including those from the National Energy Board, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, BC Hydro as well as 25 First Nations, are in place.  The project is expected to generate about $23 bilion in public revenue over 40 years, and create up to 10,000 jobs during construction and 950 permanent jobs once operational.  This project is expected to be the world's cleanest in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:12

Island Tug & Barge christens Island Raider

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Island Tug and Barge’s (ITB) christened its newest articulated tug, Island Raider, last Friday, September 28, during an afternoon ceremony at ITB’s headquarters in Burnaby, BC. The Island Raider, along with its sister the Island Regent (scheduled for delivery February, 2019), was designed by Robert Allan Limited to be paired with ITB’s double-hulled oil tank barge, the ITB Resolution. Constructed on-site at ITB’s Annacis Island facility, the Island Raider was designed with considerable emphasis on crew comfort and endurance. By incorporating Sika vibration and sound dampening floors, and Norac wall and ceiling paneling, noise levels register at less than 59 decibels in the wheelhouse during vessel. In addition, fully heated and air-conditioned accommodations can house up to eight persons in six cabins. The standard crew is four – master, mate and two deck hands. For optimal situational awareness, the wheelhouse incorporates floor to ceiling windows, as well as a full walk-around catwalk. Facilities include a stainless-steel finished galley and large mess deck, exercise room, laundry room, and office.

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