The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has approved the permit application from Fraser Grain Terminal to develop a grain export facility at the former Bekaert steel siteadjacent to Fraser Surry Docks. The proponent, Parrish & Heimbecker's approval is subject to 64 permit conditions following a thorough, robust and transparent project and environmental review of the application. All studies and materials related to the review are posted to the port authority’s website.
Design plans have been completed for the Port of Nanaimo’s new downtown boat basin marina that will increase available moorage by 50 per cent, using the same footprint. A request for funding has been provided to the federal government for the $15 million project, and once the funding is in place, construction will follow. The marina will be built in phases over a five-year period, beginning with the outside northerly floats.
The Gina 'Waadluxan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Management Plan for Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site was tabled in Parliament on November 16th. The Gwaii Haanas Land-Sea-People Management Plan, signed by the Haida Nation, Parks Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is a first of its kind – one that sets direction for how the land and sea of a protected area are managed, from mountain top to seafloor. The Land-Sea-People Management Plan strengthens marine protection by increasing areas of strict protection from the current level of 3 percent to 40 percent.
With the recent departure of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent from Arctic waters, the Canadian Coast Guard’s 2018 Arctic operational season is nearing an end. Seven icebreakers were deployed to the Arctic, providing safe escorts of ships through ice-covered waters, responding to incidents including search and rescue and environmental response, supporting safe navigation, Fisheries and Oceans science missions, and training operations with partners. As of November 5, the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) centre in Iqaluit provided support for 166 vessels in the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone (NORDREG). These vessels include Canadian Coast Guard ships, cargo ships, tankers, cruise ships, research vessels, bulk carriers, tugs, fishing vessels, pleasure crafts and adventurers. Extreme and challenging ice conditions this season resulted in difficult transit of some vessels in the Northwest Passage. In addition to ice-breaking services, Coast Guard successfully responded to 20 search and rescue and 14 environmental response incidents. The Coast Guard’s Arctic season will resume again in May 2019.
Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas International (OOIL) is getting ready to start the sale process of its Long Beach container terminal on the US West Coast. The sale could be one of the largest terminal deals ever and is expected to attract mainly North American private equity, pensions funds and other financial investors. OOCL had agreed to sell the Long Beach terminal while the US governments Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was reviewing OOIL’s US$ 6.3 billion take over by COSCO Shipping Holdings earlier this year.
Kitack Lim has won the re-election for a second four-year term as Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The former president of Busan Port Authority, Lim has served as the Republic of Korea's deputy permanent representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was chairman of the sub-committee on flag state implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Lim is the eighth elected Secretary-General and much of the focus during his next term will be on the implementation of the lower sulfer fuel content regulations in 2020.
Liberia has become the first ship registry to be admitted to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) as an associate member. Liberia’s fleet of over 4,325 vessels trades in some of the world’s most difficult regions. The MACN, established in 2011, has over 100 members globally and works towards the elimination of all forms of maritime corruption by raising awareness of the challenges faced. Together with MACN, the Liberian Registry will provide the crew of its vessels with its processes and procedures to defeat bribery attempts.
Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE) announced that ONE COLUMBA, with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU, has been successfully delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. The sublet owner is Nippon Yusen Kaisha. This is ONE’s 4th newly built 14,000TEU magenta containership delivered this year, after ONE STORK, ONE MINATO, and ONE AQUILA. Currently, 3 more vessels in ONE’s order book are in the construction process and expected delivery is in 2019. ONE COLUMBA, employs a hull form that optimises cargo-loading efficiency, achieved by minimising engine-room space. The vessel is also equipped with dual system application in its main engine, capable of adopting either high or low output ranges, allowing operational flexibility and improved fuel-consumption rate, resulting in significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The navigation bridge adopted the Integrated Navigation System (INS) which consolidates functions of vessel systems to save operators workload effectively. Furthermore, a wide window is also newly employed to enable wider view for vessel operators from the wing of vessel’s bridge when berthing and unberthing for safety improvement.
Japan's largest shipping line by sales, Nippon Yusen K.K., (NYK) is moving towards building an innovative system by launching its own digital currency for seafarers. NYK is aiming to make seafarers' life easier and more efficient by digitalizing their currency. In other words, according to Bloomberg, the company aims to convert the money to local currencies, which is why the company is developing digital cash. It is not clear yet if the company will use blockchain or some sort of cryptocurrency. The company is also looking to collaborate with banks and software developers to make sure that its digital currency will be able to be converted into local currencies. The company's idea is based on the initiative of using smartphones and is set to launch on the first half of 2019.
The social partners, namely the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), convened in Geneva at the Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) subcommittee on seafarers wages to review the International Labour Organization (ILO) Minimum Wage for an Able Seafarer (AB) provided for in Code B of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (as amended). The decision, following two days of negotiations, was to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by USD27 over the next three years. The wages will provide an overall increase of 4.5 percent on the current rate of USD614, with an increase of USD4 as of 1 July 2019, followed by an increase of USD7 as of 1 January 2020 and a final increase of USD16 as of 1 January 2021.
Year Built 2013 Length 178 m Breadth 46 m Tonnage 48949 Deadweight 32000 t Speed 12.5 knots
Lewek Constellation is a multi-lay offshore construction vessel with ultra deep-water pipelaying and lifting capabilities. The vessel features three AQUA-SEP Series 3 water makers with a combined production capacity of 180t a day. A helideck measuring 27.5m x 277.5m, suitable for Sikorsky S-92 and S-61N is also featured in the vessel. The Lewek Constellation is capable of accommodating 239 people in one-berth cabins. Other ancillary facilities include office rooms, recreation rooms, meeting rooms, gymnasium and personal elevator.