The social partners, namely the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), convened in Geneva at the Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) subcommittee on seafarers wages to review the International Labour Organization (ILO) Minimum Wage for an Able Seafarer (AB) provided for in Code B of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (as amended). The decision, following two days of negotiations, was to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by USD27 over the next three years. The wages will provide an overall increase of 4.5 percent on the current rate of USD614, with an increase of USD4 as of 1 July 2019, followed by an increase of USD7 as of 1 January 2020 and a final increase of USD16 as of 1 January 2021.
The industry-wide Haro Strait voluntary vessel slowdown and the Strait of Juan de Fuca lateral displacement trial concluded on October 31st under the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program. These voluntary initiatives focussed on reducing underwater noise impacts in and around Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) critical habitat saw a good level of participation. In its first year of the 11-week the lateral displacement trial in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, an overall average participation rate of 56% was recorded. The second year of the vessel slowdown in Haro Strait saw a cumulative vessel participation rate of 88% over the 16-week trial. Last week Washington State Governor Inslee's task force voted to recommend a three to five year ban on commercial and recreational whale watching specific to SRKW.
Bloomberg provides a tally of plans from five producers including Cenovus Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Imperial Oil Ltd. that forecasts an additional 270,000 barrels a day of exports on tank cars to potentially surpass 400,000 by the middle of next year. Most of it is headed to the US Gulf Coast. Initially reluctant to commit to rail, producers are finally giving in to using rail transportation after court filings have delayed two major pipeline projects.
The Pacific Pilotage Authority, located in Vancouver, BC, is currently seeking a part-time Chairperson. In addition to the roles and responsibilities of a Board Director, the Chairperson is also responsible for managing the development and effective performance of the Board of Directors. The Chair's primary role includes making sure the Board functions properly, meets its obligations and responsibilities as well as fulfills its mandate. The opportunity is posted on the Government of Canada’s web site under the Governor in Council (GIC) appointments section.
Green Marine welcomes proposals for presentations from marine transportation community members focusing on real-life experiences, case studies and/or leading edge research that show delegates how best practices, new technologies and insightful partnerships make a difference. Presentation for Greentech will be June 5-7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The deadline for submissions is December 3, 2018 and for more details visit: https://www.green-marine.org/greentech/agenda/
With the Government of Canada’s focus now turned to trade diversification, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, led a successful 10-day trade mission with close to 100 participants, representing 65 agricultural organizations/companies from across Canada from the seafood, livestock, pork, beef, grains, oilseeds, pulses, processed food, beverages and horticulture sectors, concluded with some significant agreements. Canada and China signed 18 agriculture and agri-food agreements worth over $353 million which contributed to a further $1.67 billion in deals struck by all Canadian companies over the 10-day trade mission.
The Canadian Coast Guard is strengthening its network for monitoring marine traffic on the West Coast, with six new radar installations that will provide a more reliable and accurate picture of traffic in the waters off southern British Columbia. The radars will be installed in six areas: South Grenville and South Douglas Channels, Lama Pass / Seaforth Channel, Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Seymour Narrows, and the North Strait of Georgia. These areas were chosen based on existing gaps in radar coverage and prioritized based on traffic volume and risks to navigation.
Transport Canada is proposing that a new regulatory package be introduced to amend its Navigation Safety Regulations. Specifically, the proposed regulatory amendments would:
Details can be found at: https://letstalktransportation.ca/navigation-safety-regulations.
The Government of Canada is supporting the development of well-trained, skilled personnel to serve the aerospace industry of the future, by donating ten old BO105 helicopters to educational institutions across Canada. These helicopters were in service in the Canadian Coast Guard for more than 30 years. As part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan, the Government of Canada has over recent years purchased and deployed 22 new helicopters, including 15 light-lift helicopters (Bell Epi 429) and seven medium-lift helicopters (Bell Epi 412).
The Government of Canada is looking for innovative solutions and is engaging with small businesses to help clean up our oceans and waterways and minimize impacts of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear. Seven plastics challenges are being launched via the Innovative Solutions Canada program, inviting Canadian small businesses to develop innovative technologies to reduce domestic plastic waste. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is specifically looking for Made in Canada innovations that will protect our marine environments and wildlife, and foster sustainable economic prosperity for generations to come. The following challenges are now open to Canadian businesses for submissions:
The Government of Canada was proud to participate in the first-ever global action aimed at combatting maritime pollution crime, an INTERPOL-led exercise code-named Operation 30 Days at Sea. Environment and Climate Change Canada and Transport Canada conducted numerous vessel inspections as part of Operation 30 Days at Sea. Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program aircraft flew almost 100 hours on the East and West Coasts, over 640 vessels. More than 20,000 vessels were also monitored through the aircraft’s automatic identification system. Information from these inspections and overflights is currently being compiled and could lead to future investigations. Marine pollution crime includes illegal discharges of oil and disposal of waste at sea; breaches of ship emissions regulations; and illicit pollution incidents on rivers, in coastal areas, and other land-based areas (run-off to the sea). The collaborative efforts of 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries have detected more than 500 offences around the world through this initiative.
All those who declare plant, animal or food imports to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) need to be aware of an important deadline coming in the new year. By January 1, 2019, those who declare imports electronically to the CBSA should complete testing and be certified to transmit their import declarations through the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). The IID provides commercial importers/brokers with a single portal to submit all import information and documents required to meet federal government import regulations, and obtain an admissibility decision electronically. The new process also allows importers to transmit their declarations up to 90 days in advance and reduces processing time.
Transport Canada has lifted the mandatory speed restriction for vessels in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to ensure ships can operate safely in winter months. No North Atlantic right whale deaths from vessel strikes were reported this year and Transport Canasda will ask vessels to voluntarily slow down should a whale be spotted in or near the shipping lanes. On April 28, 2018, a speed restriction was implemented for vessels 20 metres or more to a maximum of 10 knots in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. Ships were allowed to travel at normal speeds in parts of two shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island if no whales were spotted in the area.
Canada Border Services Agency’s Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) web page has been updated with more current and relevant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), application forms, contingency plans, error codes and more. Visit the site at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/eservices/menu-eng.html.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff is extending the review and comment period for the preliminary draft of the health analyses for the vessels at berth rulemaking to December 17th. These health analyses are being released for public review in advance of the Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) for the Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels At Berth and At Anchor to support early public review and comment on a draft, and the opportunity for staff to make revisions prior to publication of the ISOR.
The Federal Maritime Commission has cleared PierPass to launch its revised program of extended gate hours at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach beginning Monday, Nov. 19. The revised fees include a reduced Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) across all hours of terminal operation to help offset the cost of operating extended gates. As previously announced, the current TMF of $72.09 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) charged during peak hours only will be reduced to $31.52 per TEU or $63.04 for all other size containers and charged during all shifts on all days. The new changes are being made in response to requests from port users, who seek increased flexibility and a reduction in the bunching up of trucks that often occurs before the start of the nighttime shifts.
President Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to fill two commissioner vacancies at the Federal Maritime Commission. Daniel B. Maffei of New York will likely return to serve the remainder of a five-year term, which expires June 30, 2022. Maffei is former congressman and a professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Trump also announced his intention to nominate L. E. Sola of Florida to the FMC for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2023. Sola currently serves on the Florida Board of Pilots Commissioners and is a licensed international ship broker and former consultant with Arden & Price.