The International Sailors' Society Canada's Day of the Seafarer Peak Challenge held yesterday was a great success with 51 participants competing to be the fastest up the Grouse Grind®. The fastest team was the SST Salish from Saam Smit (pictured in left) comprised of Keith Eriks, Brook Walker and Greg Moore with a total team time of 2:26. Leading the team was Keith Eriks who won the fastest individual award by clocking in at the top after only 35 minutes. A list of participants and times can be found on the ISSC website.
Joining in the Day of the Seafarer spirit was the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Operations Department (pictured above right) who organized a “Prince Rupert Challenge” on Mt. Hays and contributed registration fees to the ISSC Challenge. There were 3 teams of 3 who participated in the challenge and following the hike was a barbeque hosted by the PRPA at the Prince Rupert Seafarer’s Mission open to all seamen and those assisting the seamen. The PRPA hikers were: Dave Charlton, Brent Baxter, Mark Hotz, Duncan Calder, Angela Gruber, Caleigh LePage, Adam Simons, Paul Cavin, Daelan Calder. Congratulations to all teams and great job! #SeafarersMatter.
His Excellency the Governor General in Council, in conjunction with the Minister of Transport and the Nominating Committee, has announced four appointments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s board of directors following the recommendation of port users:
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s board of directors is composed of 11 members: one federal appointee; one British Columbia provincial appointee; one appointee for the Prairie Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; one municipal appointee; and, seven federal appointees recommended by port users.
The Government of Canada is now accepting applications under its Abandoned Boats Program, a $6.85 million initiative that provides grants and contribution funding to assist in the removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters. The ABP has two key components:
After nearly 40 years in the marine industry across Canada Bernie Dumas is retiring as president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, effective September 30, 2017. Port Authority Board Chair Moira Jenkins lauded Dumas for his great vision and innovation as leader of the Port Authority. “His many accomplishments reflect his exceptional commitment. He has led the Port’s transformation from a forest products distribution centre, to a multimodal port operation, establishing Nanaimo as the main marine gateway for trade to and from the island,” Jenkins said.
The largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles remains closed as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk continued to grapple with effects of a cyberattack that rippled across numerous countries on Tuesday. The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Seven of Maersk shipping container terminals worldwide were hacked and in response, the company deliberately shut down a number of its IT systems. Most terminals are operational again, but may have limited functionality. All Maersk Line vessels are under control, employees are safe and onboard communication is functioning.
The computer worm affecting Maersk the worm erupted Tuesday in Ukraine, affecting power, governmental and other concerns there and spread to many other countries including the US, France, Britain and Germany. It is estimated that it infected 2 million computers in the first two hours after its release.
COSCO Shipping Corp is extending its container fleet as the company expands its sea routes. The group, through its subsidiary China COSCO Shipping Holding Co Ltd, plans to buy six mega container ships from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co Ltd. Another eight container vessels will be purchased from Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co Ltd. The two deals will be worth about $1.78 billion. Deliver dates for the 14 container ships have been penciled in for the next two years, and they will raise the group's operational TEU, or twenty-foot equivalent units, capacity to more than 2 million by the end of 2018.
Shortly after South Africa's decision to reject the merger, the European Commission has approved the joint venture between Japan’s shipping giants Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line). The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the limited impact of the transaction on the routes to and from Europe and the fact that there would be sufficient competitive pressure from other competitors post transaction. The votes so far are 2-yes, 1-no, 1-abstention.
Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future. The GIA partners will collectively identify and develop innovative solutions to address common barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures. Focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, alternative fuels, and digitalization.
Norton Rose Fulbright has completed their combination with Chadbourne & Parke, a leading New-York based international law firm. As of today, the newly expanded Norton Rose Fulbright has more than 4,000 lawyers, including more than 1,000 in the US across 59 offices worldwide. This expands their global platform into Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Istanbul.
US President Trump has nominated retired Navy Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby of Virginia to become administrator of the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd). Rear Admiral Buzby’s military career spanned 34 years, including at-sea positions primarily on Navy cruisers and destroyers, according to a statement from the White House. If confirmed as head of the Maritime Administration, Buzby’s role would be to advise and assist Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on commercial maritime matters, as well as the U.S. maritime industry and strategic sea-lift. He would also act as a liaison between MarAd and public and private organizations that have a stake the U.S. maritime industry.
CMA CGM subsidiary APL will launch a new container service between Asia and Hawaii. Dubbed the “AEX”, the service will sail from Shanghai, Busan, Yokohama, Honolulu and back to Shanghai. The service is slated to commence on July 25 with an 18 day transit to Honolulu. There are currently eight direct region-to-region liner services that call Honolulu, three operated by Matson, three by Pasha Hawaii, one by Aloha Marine Lines, and one jointly operated by Hamburg Sud and Hapag-Lloyd.
The Government of Canada has released a discussion paper that outlines potential reforms being considered to rebuild trust and modernize Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes. The four key objectives are to: regain public trust, protect the environment, advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and ensure good projects go ahead and resources get to market. The paper includes a review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the National Energy Board Act, the Fisheries Act, and the Navigation Protection Act.
Canada and the United States are working together to align regulatory approaches between the two countries where possible. Under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) works with its counterparts in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) in areas of plant health, animal health, meat inspection and food safety. Members are encouraged to feedback to the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council on-line on issues such as Asian Gypsy Moth and wood packaging and dunnage issues.
The Canadian Transportation Agency has released its 2016-2017 Annual Report and a historical overview of the Agency At the Heart of Transportation: A Moving History. In its Annual Report, the Agency assesses the operation of the Canada Transportation Act and any difficulties encountered in administering it. This year, the Agency identified six specific areas that need to be considered to help it deliver its responsibilities effectively and efficiently. Noted in the report are matters the Agency has limited or no ability to address, and this includes rent charged by ports to their tenants. At the Heart of Transportation: A Moving History describes the integral role the Agency has played over 113 years in helping to foster a competitive, efficient, accessible national transportation system, as that system and Canadian society as a whole have evolved.
Sunday, June 25th officially marks the International Maritime Organization's Day of the Seafarer. The day was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole. This year theme is #SeafarersMatter.
Locally there are a few events happening to recognize the Day of the Seafarer. Prince Rupert Port Authority staff members will climb Mt. Hayes on June 24th in recognition of Day of the Seafarer and the International Sailors' Society Canada's (ISSC) Peak Challenge in North Vancouver later in the week and will host seafarers at the Prince Rupert Seafarers Centre over the weekend. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, together with the Lighthouse Ministeries is hosting a complimentary lunch for the crew of the Grand Princess while in port on June 25th. The ISSC's Peak Challenge for Day of the Seafarer will happen on June 29th. 16 teams are participating in this inaugural event from Pacific Basin Shipping, Bernard LLP, BC Maritime Employers Association, SAAM SMIT, Tymac Launch, Pacific Pilotage Authority, Paladin Technologies, Fraser Surrey Docks and the Chamber of Shipping.
Seaspan Ferries officially opened its new $44-million ferry freight terminal at Nanaimo's Duke Point on Monday. The new terminal will streamline a major cargo route between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island and operate 24 hours a day to keep up with volume of cargo the company ships. The location will keep commercial traffic out of downtown Nanaimo and make mid-island operations more efficient. The new LNG fuelled ferries and terminal are part of Seaspan's 250 million dollar project to modernize its terminals and fleet. Seaspan says it supplies more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island through its seven ferry fleet.
BC Ferries welcomed its second Salish Class vessel, Salish Eagle, into service this week. The Salish Eagle, which operates on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route, is the second of three new Salish Class vessels that are dual-fuel and capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low sulphur marine diesel. BC Ferries’ use of natural gas for these vessels will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, the same as taking approximately 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually.