The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced that the organization was awarded a 2018 Governance Professionals of Canada Excellence in Governance award for its sustainability governance practices during the 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards on October 25, 2018. Awards are given out annually to recognize the critical role that governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada’s public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy. The port authority won in the category of Best Practices in Sustainability and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG). In their comments, the award judges noted that sustainability has “clearly become an obsession” for the port authority, specifically calling out how sustainability has been integrated into governance and business processes, including all board structures and director orientation and skill development.
October 31 marked the last day of the ECHO Program Haro Strait voluntary vessel slowdown and the Strait of Juan de Fuca lateral displacement trial for 2018. Overall, the cumulative vessel participation rates in the slowdown initiative is currently tracking 88% as of October 21st. The efforts of those involved helped to reduce acoustic impact in key southern resident killer whale foraging areas and will have a direct impact on the quality and quantity of the data collected and will help to inform future science-based mitigation options to protect this endangered whale population.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a suite of additional bold measures focused on broadening and strengthening protection for the species. An additional $61.5 million is being committed to implement the new measures. With the suite of actions announced today, we continue our unprecedented initiative to protect and recover this endangered species. The plan is to have additional measures in place by the time the whales usually return to the Salish Sea in greater numbers in late spring. New measures announced include:
• continuing to identify and protect new areas of habitat necessary for survival or recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whale Population; • introducing important measures aimed at protecting and recovering Chinook salmon stocks that are significant for the Southern Resident Killer Whales; • expanding the vessel slowdowns to further reduce underwater noise; • developing agreements with ferry operators and other marine industry partners to formalize current voluntary measures to reduce noise; • expanding vessel monitoring systems and capabilities to develop real time ability to avoid whale encounters and providing funding to Ocean Wise for the development and deployment of a Whale Report Alert System; • launching consultation with marine industry on development and implementation of Noise Management Plans; • advancing feasibility work on one or more South Resident Killer Whale sanctuaries within sub-areas of critical habitat the whales use for foraging; and • enhancing regulatory control of five key organic pollutants, including two flame retardants to lessen contaminants impacting these whales.
On Monday, October 29th - the Minister of Finance introduced Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures. This omnibus bill not only included many budget-related legislative amendments, but also significant amendments to both the Canada Shipping Act (CSA) and the Marine Liability Act (MLA). While it was expected that there would be amendments to the CSA to allow the Minister to regulate for environmental reasons, the amendments proposed in the Bill provide for significant new powers and authorities. More details on the amendments can be found under Division 22 and Division 23.
In the United States, results from the ILWU’s first contested election in 18 years have resulted with the certification of William Adams as president, Wesley Furtado as vice-president (Hawaii) Robert Olvera as vice-president (Hawaii) and Edwin Ferris as secretary-treasurer. Initial results were disputed over alleged discrepancies involving ballots cast by the Panama affiliate. A 2-month review process was completed on Tuesday when the international executive board certified the results. The existing ILWU contract was extended in 2017 for a further 5 years to July 1st, 2022.
In what it says is an industry first Maersk will provide confirmation of a container booking in seconds compared to waiting times of up to two hours in the past. With the solution Maersk customers get visibility of sailing options and vessel space with a certainty that a booking will not then be cancelled. Maersk said that previously 10% of bookings were either rejected or put on an alternative sailing generating 15% of all the company customer service calls and chats, and some 200,000 emails monthly. The instant booking confirmation is currently available to all customers in a beta version. Maersk will also be introducing online booking via the Maersk App allowing instant bookings directly from mobile devices.
The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC) has provided assistance in 150 oil spill incidents since its inception in 1978. IOPC-funds began with the Torrey Canyon oil spill in 1967, were it was clearly demonstrated that there was a need for an effective international regime to pay for damages caused by major oils spills. The IOPC-funds are financed by contributions from organizations receiving oil shipments by sea in ports and terminals located in the IOPC member states.
Cargo shipping in Russia’s northern territorial waters has increased by more than four times since 2013 according to the department head at the Northern Sea Route Administration. As of October 1st, the volume of cargo transported reached 13 million tons, a marked increase over the 3 million tons shipped 5 years ago. The Northern Sea Route, operating in Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, is the shortest passage connecting the European part of Russia with the country’s Far East Regions. This route halves the transportation time compared to routes through the Panama and Suez Canals.
The Afros is the first ever bulk carrier to harness the power of wind using spinning sail technology. Rotor ships feature towering vertical rotors on their decks that use the Magnus effect for propulsion. The Magnus effect is caused when a spinning sphere or cylinder drags air faster on one side then the other, moving the object in the direction of side with the lower-pressure side. It's the same effect that causes balls to spin in sports and it can be harnessed by ships to move them forward in a similar way. The thrust produced by the rotors significantly reduces the need for engine power, without losing operating speed, therefore saving fuel and ultimately reducing emissions.
Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier Year Built: 2018 Speed: 15.1 kn Length: 199 M Breadth: 32 M Tonnage: 36,452 Deadweight: 63,223 t
From 2020, shipping companies will be required to reduce the sulphur content of their fuel, which could come at a significant cost. This potentially makes investment in technologies such as rotor sails much more worthwhile. Wind propulsion for commercial vessels appears to be gaining mainstream industry support and perhaps, in the not too distant future, might even become commonplace.