Friday, 21 December 2018 12:46

CBSA In-transit Steel Goods Remission Order

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced in Customs Notice 18-24 that remission is granted for those goods described in the Schedule to the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods under the following conditions:

  • the goods described in the Schedule were imported into Canada on or after October 25, 2018 and are subject to the 25% provisional safeguard surtax;
  • the goods were in transit to Canada before October 25, 2018 (i.e. began their physical journey to Canada);
  • the importer makes a claim for remission by completing a B2 and sending it to a CBSA regional office within two years after the date of importation; and
  • the importer files, on request, the evidence or information that the CBSA requires to determine eligibility for remission.

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The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance  has published the 2017 Domestic Vessel Annual Report, highlighting for the first time U.S. domestic fleet deficiencies, inspections, and marine casualty statistics. The data will serve as a baseline to study trends, identify key performance indicators, and bring attention to issues in the fleet. A few key findings discussed in the report are:

  • Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted 18,424 inspections on 12,189 U.S. flag vessels
  • During these inspections, 21,629 deficiencies were documented, which is an average of 1.77 deficiencies per vessel
  • The number of inspections and deficiencies have increased 7.5 percent and 3 percent respectively, over the last five years



The US Coast Guard has issued type approval certificates to Panasia Co., Ltd. for its GloEn-Patrol BWMS and to De Nora Water Technologies Texas, LLC for its BALPURE BWMS after a detailed under 46 CFR 162.060.  The GloEn-Patrol BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment at uptake and discharge whereas the BALPURE BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization during discharge.  For the latest updates on approved systems and those in progress, visit the US Coast Guard's website, Marine Safety Center.

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An intelligent multi-storey container park has been developed by terminal operator DP World and German engineering company SMS. Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack compartment. Containers are stored in an 11-story rack, creating 200% more capacity than a conventional container terminal, or creating the same capacity in less than a third of the space. Thanks to the rack’s design each container can be accessed without having to move another one, enabling 100% utilization in a terminal yard. The revolutionary design will be built at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Terminal 4, in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

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To improve the quality of shipping and promote the environmentally friendly development of water transport within China, two new regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2019: introduction of a 0.5% sulphur limit for ships entering China’s coastal waters, and updated NOx regulations for imported ships engaged in domestic trade. Further details are available on DNV-GL's website.

Friday, 21 December 2018 12:31

Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster

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Maersk is adopting new digital techniques in order to get growing container ships in and out of ports as quickly as possible, an effort aimed to eliminate bottlenecks in supply chains. Solutions include installing flow meters and fuel sensors integrated with weather and sea current forecasts to save fuel, and automating gangways for port officials to come up faster. Maersk has also teamed up with International Business Machines Corp. to launch next year a platform for container shipping transport using blockchain technology. It is the cargo-management version of Maersk’s bid to use technology for ship calls, allowing for deeper tracking of shipments as they move from ship to shore and then to overland delivery, all the time carrying with them data on costs, payments and destinations.

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On December 11th, the Senate of Canada welcomed a delegation of 15 First Nations Chiefs from the National Chiefs Coalition, the Indian Resource Council, and the Eagle Spirit Chiefs Council who, together, represent some 200 First Nations communities, to speak about the Eagle Spirit Energy Corridor Project. Eagle Spirit, a First Nations business consortium, proposes to build the ‘greenest pipeline energy corridor on the planet’, running from Bruderheim, Alta. to Grassy Point, BC. Bill C-48 imposes an oil tanker moratorium stretching from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border which would make the Eagle Spirit Project impossible since the prospective port at Grassy Point falls within the moratorium zone. The Chamber of Shipping receives a special mention in their press conference

Friday, 14 December 2018 13:41

New rail service and performance indicators

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Under the Transportation Modernization Act passed earlier this year, new data on rail performance is on available.  Canada's major freight rail companies, Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, are required to submit specific data on their service and performance on a weekly basis. This information is available in four tables on the Statistics Canada website as well as a summary table on the Transportation Data and Information Hub of the Canadian Centre on Transportation Data.

Friday, 14 December 2018 13:40

Marine passenger liability limits increase

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The Government of Canada has introduced new regulations that require Canadian passenger vessel operators to carry a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance for every passenger on board. This will ensure that all passengers and their families receive fair compensation in the event of injury or fatality in a marine accident, while protecting vessel operators against catastrophic losses and possible civil actions from passengers. Most vessel operators already carry this level of insurance; however, the new regulations make liability insurance mandatory under the Marine Liability Act for passenger vessels. The new regulations will come into force on January 11, 2019. Once the regulations are in place, vessel operators who do not have liability insurance could have their vessel detained and face fines of up to $100,000.

Friday, 14 December 2018 13:38

CN bids for Halifax container terminal

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Canadian National Railway has submitted a bid to buy Halterm, Eastern Canada's largest intermodal container terminal. If successful, they plan on upgrading the Halifax container terminal. CN owns the only rail line in Atlantic Canada and owning the terminal would give them greater control over container movement in the region. Container traffic in Halifax is on the rise and Halterm reports handling about 250,000 containers a year at its 30-hectare facility in the city's south end. CN president Jean Jacques Ruest said that the railway is looking for an East Coast gateway equivalent to Prince Rupert.

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Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee,wants $1.1 billion to help save Puget Sound’s critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. The recommendations in his plan closely track those of the governor’s task force for orca recovery, the result of months of work by more than 40 members. Tax increases will be needed to pay for the recovery efforts, as well as other initiatives in Inslee’s proposed biennial budget. His proposals include:

  • a 400-yard permanent "go-slow" zone for all vessels within half a nautical mile of SRKW;
  • a temporary, three year suspension on all SRKW whale watching;
  • converting two of the State's Jumbo Mark II ferries from diesel to hybrid-electric ferries; and
  • funds for rule-making that will require tug escorts for barges transporting oil through high risk areas of Puget Sound.


Friday, 14 December 2018 13:25

VIDA passes US House and Senate

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The United States (US) House of Representatives and Senate passed the US Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, which includes the Vessel Incident Discharge Act (VIDA). Once this legislation is signed into law by the President, it will change how ballast water, and other incidental discharges, are regulated in the United States.  VIDA provides for a uniform, national standard to govern discharges that are incidental to vessel operations, such as ballast water discharges.  The EPA has a two-year period to promulgate the regulation. The USCG may review and has a 60-day window to concur with the regulation. Until the final regulations are promulgated, the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) shall remain in force and effective. The new regulations being promulgated cannot be less stringent that the 2013 VGP or USCG BWM regulations.

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