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Panalpina’s shareholders have rejected a $4 billion takeover bid by Danish forwarder DSV, despite the bid being considered “hopelessly overvalued”. The Ernst Goehner Foundation, Panalpina’s largest shareholder with 46 percent of the total share capital voiced that it does not support the current non-binding proposal from DSV and wants the company to pursue an independent growth strategy that includes its own mergers and acquisitions. Despite the lack of support from The Ernst Goehner Foundation, Panalpina has suggested that the DSV deal may still have some life.



Friday, 08 February 2019 09:42

NYK Tests Biofuel on Dry Bulk Carrier

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NYK has conducted a trial use of biofuel in Europe on its 179,288 dwt dry bulk carrier Frontier Sky in collaboration with BHP and GoodFuels. The trial took place on January 30 after the biofuel was bunkered at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. The biofuel is considered to be carbon-neutral and have significantly lower emission of sulphur oxides compared to conventional fossil fuel. It was made from waste oils such as used cooking oil.



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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.



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Reminder to members that the Chamber of Shipping is now accepting director nominations for its 2019-2020 two-year term.  There are currently four Principal directors and one Associate director with expiring terms. Nominations must be submitted by email to Bonnie Gee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 5pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2019



Friday, 01 February 2019 13:15

CTA Vancouver Freight Rail Investigation

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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.



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.



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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.



Friday, 01 February 2019 13:09

Nanaimo voters chose NDP

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)



Friday, 01 February 2019 13:07

FMC appoints new Commissioners

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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.



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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.





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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.



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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.



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