On Monday, January 28th a gantry crane at GCT’s Vanterm was struck while the Ever Summit was berthing alongside. The collision caused the boom of the crane to drape across the vessel, crushing several containers stacked at the ship’s stern. It has been confirmed that none of the affected containers contain hazardous cargo. No one was hurt in the incident. Two floating cranes are now in place to support recovery operations and vessel operations are expected to fully resume by Sunday. Operations outside of that terminal have remained unaffected.
The response and salvage plan by GCT has been remarkable to date and it is providing a degree of confidence for ocean carriers that the incident will be resolved and/or mitigated more quickly than would have been anticipated a few days ago. Since the incident only the vessel operations have ceased, while the truck gate and rail operations have remained unaffected.
On January 25th, the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and ILWU Canada Longshore have filed a joint notice of dispute with the Minister Labour, who will now appoint a conciliation officer to assist in the negotiations of the unresolved issues between the parties to the collective agreement. Meanwhile negotiations with ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 514 will continue in early February. The BCMEA’s collective agreements with the ILWU Canada and Local 514 expired March 31, 2018.
The Lummi Nation is calling for moratorium on any additional potential stressors, including additional marine vessel traffic to the Salish Sea until an environmental impact study can be completed. Other Indigenous groups in Canada and the United States, like the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in BC and the Tulalip Tribes in Washington, are supporting the call for more investigation into the environmental impacts before any new container traffic is allowed. The proposed construction of a new container terminal at Roberts Bank is currently undergoing an impartial review by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency since November 2013.
This week NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson won a significant by-election in Nanaimo and secured the coalition government in place between the NDP and Green Party. Also of note Premier Horgan made some changes to key Deputy Ministers in his Cabinet:
Bobbi Plecas is now Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat (formerly Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy)
Okenge Yuma Morisho is now Deputy Minister Public Service Agency (formerly Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat)
Lori Halls is now Deputy Minster, Emergency Management B.C. (formerly Deputy Minister, Public Service Agency)
Shauna Brouwer is now Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (formerly Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance)
Further to the announcement on January 14th, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) commenced its investigation into possible freight rail services issues in the Vancouver area in December 2018 and January 2019 by holding oral hearings on January 29th & 30th. Participants provided oral submissions to a 3-person Panel, presided by CTA Chair and CEO Mr. Scott Streiner. Participants expressed concern that recent embargo and permitting systems discriminated against some commodities, congestion and delays of export cargo arriving at terminal was having an economic impact on shippers, and a lack of empty marine containers had delayed unloading of rail cars. The three railways appearing before panel, BNSF, CP Rail and CN Rail indicated that any operational measures undertaken during the time frame being investigated were to address a surge of volumes and did not constitute a service failure. The CTA has 90 days to complete the investigation.
Mr. Louis E. Sola of Florida and Mr. Daniel B. Maffei of New York were sworn-in as Commissioners of the Federal Maritime Commission on January 23, 2019. Commissioner Sola served on the Florida Board of Pilots Commissioners and presided on the probable cause panel for maritime incidents and is also a licensed shipbroker. Commissioner Maffei has served two terms in the United States Congress representing portions of upstate New York. Both Commissioners were nominated be President Trump on November 15, 2018, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.
The International Chamber of Shipping has released a guide to help shipping companies prepare for implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil. The guide contains a comprehensive guidance on implementation planning, to help ensure compliance across the shipping industry with this significant change in regulation. The guide has been prepared for ships that will comply with the global sulphur cap immediately after 1 January 2020 using fuel oils with a sulphur content of 0.50% m/m or less. The guide can be accessed and downloaded here: http://www.ics-shipping.org/free-resources/2020-sulphur-compliance.
The first LNG fueled vessel in CMA CGM Group’s fleet was successfully bunkered with LNG last week at the Port of Rotterdam. In this first LNG fueling, Containership Nord received around 240 metric tons of LNG – an amount that can take her on a roundtrip from Rotterdam to St. Petersburg and back sailing through the Kiel canal twice. The vessel was delivered to CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships, by Wenchong Shipyard, Guangzhou, China, last month. It is the first of four LNG dual fueled containerships on order at the shipyard. The bunkering was carried out at lay bay berth in a ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation from Shell’s bunker vessel, the Cardissa. In future, bunkering will be carried out at a normal operational berth simultaneously with loading and discharging operations.
Star Bulk Carriers, an Athens-based shipping company, intends to equip its entire fleet with exhaust gas cleaning systems before the January 1, 2020 global sulphur cap deadline. Star Bulk expects average cost per vessel to be below $2M USD. A month ago, Star Bulk successfully completed the first scrubber installation at sea.
Nigeria has ratified 40 conventions passed by the International Maritime Organization and International Labour Organisation covering Maritime Safety, Labour and Marine Environment. So far 19 of the conventions have been domesticated by way of regulation, adoption or incorporation under the Merchant Shipping Act of 2007. The Agency is currently working on ratifying an additional six IMO conventions before the end of 2019 to ensure that Nigeria as an IMO member state fulfills its treaty obligation.
The Edda Fides is the first floating hotel (flotel) and service vessel in the world that was built exclusively for the offshore oil and gas industry.
Built: 2011 Length: 130 m Breadth: 27 m Tonnage: 20323
Spanish shipbuilder Astillero Barreras, located in Vigo, was contracted in July 2007 for the construction of the offshore accommodation vessel. Global ship design group Vik-Sandvik, which was acquired by Wartsila in July 2008, was the designer of the vessel. Construction commenced in November 2008 and the vessel was launched in March 2010. Naming ceremony for the vessel was held in March 2011 in Vigo. Edda Fides is a monohull ship built in accordance with DNV’s ‘Clean Design’ notation. This environmentally friendly vessel is provided with sewage treatment facilities for black and grey water. The hydraulically operated gangway is designed to operate in a wave height of 5m. The vessel has a refuelling plant on board to service helicopters on its deck. Along with 310 cabins that accommodate up to 600 people, the vessel provides a sweat room, exercise room, swimming pool, library and a theatre.