Chevron, the lead of the Kitimat LNG venture is seeking a 40-year export licence. Co-owned with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd., the facility currently has a 20-year license in place. Last week, Chevron submitted a plan to BC and federal regulators aiming to start terminal construction by 2023. The new plan calls for electric-motor-driven technology to supercool natural gas into liquid form, relying on hydroelectricity from BC Hydro instead of using natural gas-powered turbines. The site is on Haisla Nation reserve land near Kitimat, and the elected Haisla band council supports their project, along with the Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led LNG Canada project. Chevron and Woodside are also proposing construction of the Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) to transport natural gas from the Summit Lake area in the B.C. interior to Bish Cove. Chevron became a co-owner of the project in 2013, with Woodside joining 2015. The companies suspended most construction work by late 2015 after prices in Asia for LNG plunged.
The next series of meetings dates have been scheduled with Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) has scheduled bargaining to resume on September 30, 2019 to and including October 4, 2019. The goal is to reach a new collective agreement with Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen.
Seaspan has entered into a five-year contract worth $500 million to perform dry-dock maintenance on Canada’s navy frigates. The contract is estimated to support approximately 400 jobs a year at the shipyard, which employs about 1,100 workers in various trades. The contract is Seaspan Victoria Shipyards’ share of a $1-billion federal maintenance program for Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates. The ships were first launched in the 1990s and are considered the workhorses of the Royal Canadian Navy. The initial five years of the contract will see each of the yards perform maintenance work on three frigates, expected to begin in the early 2020s. A similar deal is now being finalized with Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia.
Kirby Corp., a Texas based company deemed responsible for the fuel spill that contaminated the fishing territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC’s central coast has been fined $2.9 million. Kirby Corp. pled guilty in May to three separate counts under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act for the spill that damaged both fish and birds after the tug Nathan E. Stewart ran aground and sank, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016. The Transportation Safety Board ruled last May that a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch. Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation wants the company banned from its territorial waters until there is proper restitution in accordance with the nation’s traditional laws to respect the land and people who depend on the sea for sustenance and jobs.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have issued a joint notice asking shipowners and operators to strengthen the inspections for the insect. The warning comes after several vessels arrived in Vancouver last week with infestations and the vessels were ordered to vacate the port. The USDA and CFIA have encouraged ship operators to do more than normal self checking for the AGM as all the vessels with infestations had been inspected and certified in Asian ports, yet moths and larvae were still present.
The federal government has reached a deal to sell Ridley Terminal to a US equity firms and First Nations. Located in Northern BC, Ridley Terminals Inc. is a Crown corporation that owns the facility in the Port of Prince Rupert which exports coal. This deal will see 90 percent of its shares sold for $350-million to U.S. private equity firms, Riverstone Holdings LLC and AMCI Group. The remaining 10 percent will be transferred to a limited partnership owned by the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation.
US Federal authorities have released the MSC Gayane, the cargo ship involved in last month’s 20-ton cocaine seizure at the Port of Philadelphia, but said they are still considering pursuing civil or criminal forfeiture of the ship. For now, the ship has returned to commercial service and is on route to the Netherlands. Under the terms release, MSC posted a $10 million security deposit and $40 million surety bond. The firm has also agreed to submit to the jurisdiction of U.S. courts while the Justice Department’s investigation continues.
US Coast Guard have posted information for vessels carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ethane with plans to use their cargoes as fuel during ocean transits. The use of cargoes other than methane as fuel is allowed in international waters under the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk, 2016 Edition (2016 IGC Code), Chapter 16, however US regulations have not established appropriate standards for use while vessel are in US waters. Gas carriers intending to use cargoes other than methane as fuel i are to promptly seek approval of US Commandant.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance has launched the Terminal 5 expansion at the Port of Seattle. When complete, the facility will be able to handle containerships of up to 18,000 TEU. The activity is estimated to result in 6,600 new direct jobs and more than USD 2 billion in business activity. Managing members of the NWSA will contribute USD 340 million in construction funds, with private partner SSA Terminals contributing up to USD 160 million toward the project. The 185-acre terminal is expected to open in two phases, with one major berth ready to handle international container cargo in spring of 2021, and the other berth ready in 2023.
The UK navy has intervened to stop Iran from blocking a commercial oil tanker leaving the Persian Gulf, heightening friction just as European nations scramble to salvage a landmark nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic. The BP Plc-operated British Heritage, which can carry as much as 1 million barrels of oil, was attempting to pass through the Strait of Hormuz when three Iranian vessels tried to impede it, according to a U.K. government statement. Iran denied the charge. The British Heritage was able to pass safely through the Strait of Hormuz and was now sailing along the Omani coast.
Panama will withdraw its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation. The country has already removed approximately 60 ships linked to Iran and Syria from the Panamanian registry. Most of those vessels were owned by Iranian state-run companies but they also included ships linked to oil deliveries to Syria.
Gibraltar police detained the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 and arrested two second mates last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. The 300,000 dwt vessel had 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil on board. Gibraltar and the UK will facilitate the release of the vessel if there are guarantees that the ship will not be going to Syria. Iran claims that the seizure of the tanker is not lawful as the country is not an EU member.
The Intermezzo is a liquid bulk vessel built in Mailiao, Taiwan. She is owned and operated by Mol Chemical Tankers PTE LTD, and is one in a series of vessels with music related names. The Intermezzo departed Taiwan on its maiden voyage from to the US on June 12, where she discharged approximately 10,000 metric tons of sodium hydroxide at the Port of Vancouver USA before sailing to San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA.
Tonnage: 22988 GT
Deadweight: 37328 t
Size: 180.15m x 28m