Algoma Tankers has purchased a 16,512 dwt, 2010-built product tanker to be re-named to Algoterra. The Algoterra will be youngest in the company’s fleet of eight tankers when delivered in April. The acquisition of a second tanker vessel in just over three months demonstrates Algoma’s willingness to invest to meet the growing needs of marine-based transportation of petroleum products in Canada.
The Maritime Museum of BC is taking nominations for the SS Beaver Medals, which are awarded to those making outstanding achievements in BC’s marine sector, including those who have contributed to science, technology, business, applications of marine skills, nautical heritage and culture and academic offerings. An award is also available to recognize a noteworthy organization, vessel or technological project. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 17. For more information visit http://mmbc.bc.ca/s-s-beaver-medal/
Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada has passed Bill C-64, the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act. The Act prohibits vessel abandonment, which poses environmental, economic, and safety hazards, and brings the International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 into Canadian Law. The Act increases owner responsibility and liability for vessels, addresses irresponsible vessel management, and enables the Government of Canada to remove problem vessels. Lack of compliance could lead to fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for companies or corporations, while regulatory offence prosecution could result in a maximum fine of $1M for individuals and $6M for companies or corporations. The Act will enable Canada to be a signatory to the IMO’s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks.
At Tuesday’s Senate Committee hearing to discuss the proposed the Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48), the Chamber’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning, weighed in on the contentious oil tanker ban and recommended that other existing tools for managing marine traffic in sensitive marine ecosystems be considered instead of imposing a moratorium on the export of specific commodities. The oil moratorium threatens to scare away foreign investors, who have already reduced investment levels in Canada amid a deepening lack of confidence in Canada’s regulatory regime.
Canada Border Services Agency has released Customs Notice 19-04 to clarify the use of the 9000 generic type sub-location code on cargo reports in all modes. The sub-location code is a four-digit identification number that identifies the location and destination of goods. Goods arriving in bulk by sea, which are offloaded in an area where a suitable sufferance warehouse does not exist to store those types of goods must be released prior to their offload from the vessel and the port must be a designated commercial vessel port of entry.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, welcomed the Royal Assent of Bill C-57, the Act to Amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The amendments expand the scope of the original Act and provides a new approach to sustainable development. Amendments to the Act include:
Ottawa’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, has expressed confidence that the Trump administration will lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in the coming weeks. The US imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum for both Canada and Mexico in June of last year. However, sources in the US and Mexico are not as confident as feel the tariffs may remain until Congress ratifies the new USMCA trade deal. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has expressed that the tariffs are hurting both countries and has called on Ottawa to lift retaliatory tariffs as a goodwill gesture, though the Trudeau government has argued that doing so would rob Canada of its leverage in the negotiations.
Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana by applying a new approach for consideration of direct greenhouse gas emissions from LNG facilities, a move that the US DOE strongly supports. The new approach was developed to streamline, expedite, and improve the LNG terminal application review process, and the Department supports the utilization of this framework by FERC to evaluate additional LNG terminal applications pending before the Commission.
A coalition of US farmers expressed concerns that the country’s logistics infrastructure is outdated and inadequate, leading to domestic business losing out to imports. Consistent bottlenecks and delays within the system caused by surging imports have led to a slow and unreliable supply chain. They believe that a lack of equipment and a failure of port authorities to redevelop and update terminals have been causing major congestion at rail terminals. The issue of scalability, i.e. the ability to handle the larger containerships at existing terminals, was identified as a key challenge.
A two-year investigation by the US Department of Justice into collusion among the world’s top liners has closed, without bringing charges or imposing penalties. Several container shipping companies were attending meetings of the Box Club and World Shipping Council in San Francisco two years ago when they were served with subpoenas. The investigation lasted 18-months longer than originally forecasted.
The International Chamber of Shipping has expressed concern over the Canadian Senate’s consideration of passing Bill-C48 into legislation. The Act would regulate vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast. The ICS claims that the proposed moratorium does not seem to have been developed through an evidence-based process, and fears that it could set a dangerous president for future decision making, both in Canada and internationally, having a significant impact on trade.
Despite recent scrutiny of open-loop scrubbers, with countries including Singapore and China banning the technology, Japanese authorities have declared washwater discharge from open-loop scrubbers to be not harmful to the environment. The Japanese government has concluded that no short-or long-term effects on marine organisms are caused by open-looped scrubbers and claims that there is not a scientific justification to prohibit the use of open-looped scrubbers, as long as the IMO’s discharge criteria are met.
Thirty-four vessels were burned in a major fire at Muara Baru Port in Penjaringan, Indonesia on February 23. There were no fatalities as a result of the fire, though three people were injured and taken to hospital. The fire started onboard a fishing vessel during welding operations. Due to strong winds, it spread quickly to other ships anchored at the port.
The Review Panel established to conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (the Project) has determined that the information provided by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority can now be discussed at the public hearing. The Review Panel intends to start the hearing on May 14, 2019, in Delta, British Columbia. Anyone who wishes to participate at the public hearing must register as a Participant by March 22, 2019. Detailed information on how to request to participate and what should be included in a request is contained in the Public Hearing Procedures, Attachment A. Participants are encouraged to use the Public Hearing Registration Form to register to participate at the public hearing.
The UN IMO has decided that following January 1, 2020 global sulfur cap, in instances where there are issues with safety or operational concerns about the quality of low sulphur fuels, shipowners will be issued a Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR), exempting them from the need to use low-sulfur fuel. However, this decision is only for exceptional circumstances and the ICS is warning shipowners that it should not in any way be regarded as a ‘free pass’ either to use or carry non-complaint fuel. If a FONAR is issued, only the minimum possible quantity of non-compliant fuel should be bunkered, as it is likely that remaining non-compliant fuel will be required to be removed at the next port of call.
The Huu-ay-aht Nation was disappointed to learn that Steelhead LNG has ceased current project work on the Kwispaa LNG project, a planned LNG development on Vancouver Island. The project was announced in March 2017, and Steelhead LNG indicated only four months ago that the project had moved into the next stage of development. When the project was announced, Steelhead LNG said they had NEB licences to export 24 million tonnes of LNG through the Sarita Bay facility annually, though how the natural gas would be transported from northeastern B.C. and Alberta to Vancouver Island was still being worked out. Huu-ay-aht remains committed to pursuing initiatives for meaningful economic reconciliation and creating opportunities to generate value, employment and, revenue.
The BC Government has completed its review of BC Ferries and the report produced by special advisor, Blair Redlin, is now available on-line. The Redlin report was very comprehensive with more than 60 recommendations directed to all parties working under the unique and complex coastal ferry governance model. The BC Government is increasing service on 10 ferry routes that were cut in 2014, restoring 2,700 round-trip sailings for people living in coastal communities. Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure announced these service changes. The ministry has been working with BC Ferries to respond to the BC Ferry Advisory Committee chairs’ request to restore some services cut in 2014 and have reached an agreement to return these services over the next year with the majority starting as early as this spring.The Province will also be amending the Coastal Ferry Act to implement some of Redlin’s recommendations to ensure the model is putting people first.