Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Sonterra Ross, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority announced this week more than $6.8 million in joint funding for a dolphin extension project in Victoria. The project involves extending the dolphin structure at Ogden Point port in Victoria by more than 55 metres and adding two breasting dolphins on each side of the main pier structure to accommodate larger vessels. The new structure will be able to dock quantum-sized cruise ships that are increasingly being used by cruise lines, allowing this popular hub on Vancouver Island to accommodate more passengers while supporting tourism and economic growth for the region as a whole.
Nairobi hosted the first ever global conference on the sustainable blue economy co-hosted by Canada, Kenya and Japan. Canada led by example and committed to taking action to strengthen science and research to advance the sustainable blue economy; promote collaboration for sustainable partnerships and projects; and promoting actions that put people and resources at the centre of sustainable development. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced immediate Canadian action in support of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which included up to $9.5 million to advance activities of the Decade of Ocean Science and up to $1 million to the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action and for the Government of Canada’s support to the United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Days after the Virgin announced its investment in Brightline's rail service, Sir Richard Branson unveiled plans for a palm-tree inspired design for a Virgin Voyages cruise terminal in the Port of Miami. Construction of Virgin Voyage’s 100,000-square-foot terminal — designed by local architects Arquitectonica — will begin next year. Approval from the Miami-Dade Commission is expected in the coming weeks. PortMiami director and CEO Juan Kuryla said money for the terminal will come from Virgin and the port’s capital fund, made up of fees from shipping and cruise companies. The county will earn a portion of its investment back in the form of surcharges from Virgin passengers. Kuryla estimates that the terminal will cost $150 million.
Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) has announced that from Jan. 1, 2020 the wash water generated from open-loop scrubbers will be banned in Singapore. This is a potential setback to shippers that have invested millions in the exhaust gas cleaning systems. Ships fitted with hybrid scrubbers will be required to switch to the closed-loop mode of operation and Singapore will be providing facilities for the collection of residue generated from the operation of these scrubbers. As a the world’s largest bunkering port, the MPA is working closely with bunker suppliers to ensure an adequate supply of compliant fuel in its port well ahead of the 1 January 2020 deadline. A list of suppliers that can supply compliant fuel will be made available from the middle of 2019.
Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers has signed an agreement with Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry for the construction of up to nine multi-purpose, 62 000 DWT pulp carriers. Cosco has confirmed that five carriers will be constructed and delivered from 2020 onwards. Last year, Cosco ordered three 62,000 dwt pulp carriers at Cosco Dalian Shipyard after the company entered into a COA contract with Brazilian pulp exporter Suzano Group.
Tanker operator Norden and biofuel supplier GoodFuels of Rotterdam announced the successful trial of a CO2-neutral biofuel used as an alternative to low sulphur fossil fuel. In September this year, Norden’s 37,000 dwt product tanker Nord Highlander sailed from Antwerp burning standard fossil fuel. The test documented that second-generation CO2-neutral biofuel supplied by GoodFuels is technically and economically suitable and thereby a realistic alternative to comparable fossil fuel. The test on board the Norden vessel documented that the engine performance is not affected, meaning the full performance envelope can be delivered without restrictions. The initiative is in line with Norden’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Norden has reduced CO2 emissions per tonne cargo transported on owned tanker vessels by 25% between 2007 to 2017.
A new international effort to combat the negative environmental impacts of the transfer of aquatic species through ships has been launched this week. The GloFouling Partnerships project - a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - will address the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and on other marine mobile infrastructure. The GloFouling project will drive actions to implement the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide a globally-consistent approach on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species through ships’ hulls and other submerged surfaces.
Amendments to the IMSBC Code will enter into force on 1 January 2019 as per IMO Resolution MSC.426(98). Although coal is best known for its flammable and self-heating properties, certain coal cargoes may also be liable to liquefaction during transport. The upcoming amendments to the IMSBC Code concern the criteria under which coal cargoes are considered Group A, i.e. liable to liquefy, in addition to the Group B chemical hazards which apply to all coal cargoes, such as potential self-heating or methane emissions. Coal cargoes will therefore require the same TML and moisture certification as other Group A cargoes, such as concentrates, nickel ore and iron ore fines. The classification of coal has changed so that all coal is to be treated as both Group A and B, unless otherwise tested. This means that all coal cargoes are to be considered as both liable to liquefy and have a chemical hazard.
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.
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 site adjacent 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.