Following the fatal Maersk Honam fire that claimed the lives of five seafarers, Maersk has implemented new guidelines on stowage of dangerous goods to improve safety across its containership fleet of over 750 ships. The principles behind their risk-based dangerous goods stowage plan includes a review of over 3,000 UN classed hazardous materials, the different ship containership designs, and six different risk zones. In the coming months, a review aimed at creating best management practices for dangerous goods stowage will be undertaken with participation from ABS, Lloyds Register, the International Group of P and I Clubs, National Cargo Bureau, the TT Club and Exis Technologies. Once the project is completed the best management practices will be published and presented to the IMO.
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has released details of its plans to build 20 new container ships, including 12 vessels of 23,000 TEU each. All of the orders will go to Korean yards, in keeping with the goals of South Korea's state-backed shipbuilding program. Five of the 23,000 TEU class ships will be built by Samsung Heavy Industries, and the remaining seven will be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The eight smaller ships - 14,000 TEU each - will be contracted to Hyundai Heavy Industries, and will be delivered in 2021.
NYK has completed a new concept for a ship's bridge and employed it on a large containership currently being managed by the NYK Group. The new bridge concept has been given the name “Integrated information and bridge system,” and the space and nautical instruments on this new bridge have been optimally, ergonomically arranged and designed to take advantage of IoT aspects of instruments and to improve the safety and efficiency of vessel operation. The shape of the bridge has been optimized to ensure clear sight from a sitting position. The layout has also been enhanced to improve the work environment and reduce weariness during navigational watches.
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) has signed into law a bill that aims to hold retailers partly accountable for working with trucking companies that have a record of labour violations. The bill, SB 1402, makes retailers jointly liable for violations of state labour and employment laws when they hire trucking companies with unpaid final judgements for failure to pay truck driver wages, imposing unlawful expenses on employees, failure to remit payroll taxes or to provide worker’s compensation insurance, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and other labour law violations.
Over the next year the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will continue to address detention and demurrage practices, along with seeking further regulatory reform and regulatory priorities.Commissioner Rebecca Dye reported that there are six key questions that she will explore on the issues surrounding detention and demurrage and has set date for her first two field interviews:
A date for interviews in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be announced soon.
The National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it will hold a public hearing to carry out its reconsideration related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The panel consisting of Lyne Mercier (presiding), Alison Scott, and Murray Lytle will reconsider aspects related to the application of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and the Species at Risk Act and risks related to additional tanker traffic. The deadline for filing comments on the above, and for applying or registering to participate in the hearing, is October 3, 2018. The NEB is required to complete the reconsideration process and issue its resulting report no later than February 22, 2019.
Transport Canada has launched its consultation on hazardous and noxious substances. Input is needed to assist in the development of an approach to better prepare for and respond to releases of hazardous and noxious substances from ships into the marine environment. A discussion paper, Canada’s Preparedness and Response for Hazardous and Noxious Substances Released from Ships is now available. The deadline for comments is December 21, 2018.
Yesterday on World Maritime Day, the Chamber of Shipping issued a statement and held its annual members’ appreciation reception in Vancouver. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mike Keenan, joined our event and recognized the International Maritime Organization’s 70th anniversary and this year’s World Maritime Day theme, Better Shipping for a Better Future. Photos by BC Shipping News are available on-line.
Two of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Asian partners in the LNG venture in Kitimat, BC approved their share of the investment, pushing the multibillion-dollar development one step closer to a final approval. The board of PetroChina Co., the nation’s largest oil and gas company, approved its US$3.46 billion share of the LNG Canada project. Korea Gas Corp. made a similar announcement in Seoul about its stake. However, Petroliam Nasional, known as Petronas, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment and a Mitsubishi spokesman said Friday it hasn’t yet made a decision. Bloomberg News has speculated that that Shell and its partners are set to announce a final investment decision (FID) on the project as early as next week.
SAAM SMIT Towage Canada (SST Canada) has purchased two new world-class escort tugs, the SST Orca and SST Grizzly, both scheduled to arrive in Vancouver by mid-November. The tugs will measure 32 metres long and with 84 tonnes of static bollard pull, each tug will have the ability to safely produce steering forces of up to 82 tonnes and braking forces of up to 130 tonnes. Capt. Mark Bingham, Vice President, Operations of SST Canada says, “The addition of these two tugs expands our fleet to 25 vessels and brings our total investment to nearly $100 million since 2014.” The RAstar 3200 tugs are designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and will serve the south coast of BC and will further expand SST Canada’s fleet to provide safe and efficient services in all BC locations.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises from Port Hardy to Victoria will benefit from new jobs and business opportunities, thanks to Vancouver Island’s official designation as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), championed by the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA). With the new Foreign Trade Zone designation, VIEA will highlight the region’s network of trading centers and leverage its unique location with multiple deep-water ports and airports. These ports have the capacity to handle 10 times current volumes, serving North America, Latin America and Asia. This designation is an important element in strengthening traditional Island industries on the world stage while attracting new manufacturing opportunities. With Canada’s unmatched investment climate, duty-free manufacturing tariff regime and low corporate taxes, Vancouver Island will continue to play a key role as a strategic location for international trade.
Amazon has secured more than 450,000 square feet (10-acres) of space in Delta iPort, a new industrial park on Tsawwassen First Nation land. When opened in 2019 the new warehouse distribution centre will create 700 full-time jobs and will be Amazon’s 10th Canadian distribution centre. Delta iPort is being developed by GWL Realty Advisors for the project owner, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has joined the World Ports Climate Action Program, along with the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, and Barcelona. Under this new initiative the ports will collaborate on projects aimed at addressing global warming and focus on five specific actions:
After 38 years with Seaspan, Drew Connolly, Commercial Manager - Ship Assist & Harbour Services, will retire on October 5th. Lorri Stewart has been promoted to the new Manager, Ship Assist & Harbour Services.
The US Coast Guard issued a news release providing an update on Hurricane Florence response efforts in North Carolina. To date, USCG air and surface crews have rescued 1,103 individuals and 419 pets. Working with local county partners, Coast Guard crews were able to help assess and clear 765 miles of road, assess 23 bridges, and 14 dams. The ports of Wilmington and Morehead City are open with restrictions as port reconstitution operations continue. Port assessments identified more than 100 aids-to-navigation discrepancies, 24 have been corrected.
Transport Canada has released an executive summary of the Literature Review done in conjunction with the national Oceans Protection Plan Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative. Comments and responses to four introductory questions on marine activities to date are available at https://letstalktransportation.ca/cems and further input is invited.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, has announced the Government of Canada’s path forward on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. The National Energy Board (NEB) has been tasked with reconsidering its recommendations on the effects of project-related marine shipping. The NEB will be required to complete a thorough and prompt review and deliver its report within 22 weeks. In addition, the Government will present what actions will be taken to protect the southern resident killer whale. A special marine technical advisor will be appointed to the NEB. We are committed to ensuring that the NEB has the expertise and capacity to deliver the best advice to the Government.