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.
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.
As now required under section 151.0(2) of the Canada Transportation Act, Canadian Pacific (CP) has released its 2018-2019 Winter Contingency Plan. CP’s plan is driven by sophisticated weather prediction modelling, sustainable volume targets, robust contingency plans, significant investments in track infrastructure and rolling stock, and proactive coordination and planning with our customers and the broader supply chain.
Seaspan Corp., which charters a fleet of 112 containerships, is diversifying into the energy business with a potential investment of up to $200 million in the restructured Swiber Holdings Limited. Singapore-based Swiber is a publicly traded Singaporean offshore engineering, procurement and construction business that owns five vessels. Seaspan said the deal is expected to be funded in two steps. Seaspan will provide $20 million in exchange for an 80 percent economic interest in the restructured Swiber Group. In the second step, it would provide $180 million to be invested in a $1 billion LNG-to-power project under development in Vietnam in exchange for economic interests in the project.
BC Ferries has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the procurement of five new major vessels. The competitive bidding process is open to local, national and international shipyards, including consortiums, and BC Ferries encourages local and national companies to bid on these projects. The five new major vessels will reflect capacity and levels of service consistent with the current Coastal and Spirit Class vessels in size, capabilities and passenger amenities. These vessels are anticipated to begin entering service in 2023 on BC Ferries’ major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
The acquisition of the vessels is a major capital expenditure that requires the approval of the BC Ferries Commissioner under Section 55 of the Coastal Ferry Act. BC Ferries will make its application to the Commissioner in 2019 and, subject to a favourable decision, award a contract for these ferries by the end of 2019.
Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping has published a new online summary of Air Pollution & Marine Shipping with the purpose of sharing objective information on the impacts of air pollution from the marine shipping industry – including the types of air pollution ships emit, how these emissions are harmful, and what’s being done to reduce them.
Captain Masoud Jahani has been appointed as the Manager of Cargo and Examination (TMC) in Marine Safety and Security - Pacific Region, effective September 24, 2018, replacing John Yeung who retired in August. Capt. Jahani will report to the new Regional Director, Diana Trager, and he will lead the TMC side of the recently-divided TMC/TME organization. Capt. Jahani joined Transport Canada in 2004 as a nautical inspector, and recently served as the Vancouver Island Manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this week’s announcement that LNG Canada has decided to proceed with building an export facility in Kitimat, the Ship of the Week, Murex, is an LNG carrier managed by Shell, one of the joint venture partners in the project.
Vessel Type: LNG Tanker Year Built: 2017 Gross Tonnage: 13263 Length: 294.9 m Width: 46.44 m Draft: 12.5 m
Murex is one of five Teekay LNG-owned tankers managed by Shell, powered by M-type, electronically controlled, gas-injection engines. These are more fuel-efficient and produce lower emissions than other LNG-carrier engine types. Sailing at 19.5 knots, the ship will consume 50 tonnes less fuel a day than a conventional steam-powered LNG carrier. Launched in 1892, the original coal-power Murex was the first oil tanker to pass through the Suez Canal. She was named for a sea shell, a practice that remains in place for Shell vessels to this day.