546 ICS Culfer Cap compliance Guide



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.





546 LNG Bunkering


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.



546 Nigeria Laws


Nigeria has ratified 40 conventions passed by the International Maritime Organization and International Labour Organisation covering Maritime Safety, Labour and Marine Environment. So far 19 of the conventions have been domesticated by way of regulation, adoption or incorporation under the Merchant Shipping Act of 2007. The Agency is currently working on ratifying an additional six IMO conventions before the end of 2019 to ensure that Nigeria as an IMO member state fulfills its treaty obligation.



545 Train Tracks 2


As part their investigation into possible freight rail service issues in the Vancouver area, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) will conduct on January 29th and 30th from 9:00 am at The Sutton Place Hotel (845 Burrard St). The hearing will be used to gather additional information and hear evidence from witnesses regarding freight rail service issues. Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers – seating will be limited. The Chamber has submitted a request to appear before the panel.

Friday, 25 January 2019 15:29

Ice jams cleared from St. Lawrence River

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The Canadian Coast Guard has successfully cleared an ice jam that was stalling maritime traffic in the St. Lawrence River for several days. Located near Trois-Rivières (about 140 km northeast of Montreal), the ice jam left up to 16 ships stuck in various ports from Tuesday to Thursday of this week. Coast guard escorted two large ships to the jam, using their size to dislodge the blockage. They remain concerned another ice jam could form.     

Seaspan ext


Seaspan Shipyards has awarded INDAL Technologies Inc. a contract valued at almost $20M for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships. INDAL is providing its Aircraft Ship Integrated Securing & Traversing System for JSS. The System is an integrated helicopter handling system for surface combatants which provides the functionality necessary to support helicopter handling, including deck securing on touchdown, on-deck manoeuvring and traversing to/from the hangar space, and helicopter launch. INDAL will also be supplying all the installation support and training, as well as the required maintenance and logistics documentation.

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ACS Group, through its affiliate Dragados, has won a bid for the design and construction of $400 million container terminal extension at Centerm, operated by DP Word. This will be the group's first large-scale port project in North America. Dragados is one of the world’s biggest specialists in delivering complex offshore projects provided its broad experience from over 75 years, from executing new ports in deep-open waters to developing large container terminals. The expansion will  increase capacity from the current 900.000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs annually. The project is expected to be completed in December 2021.

Friday, 25 January 2019 15:26

Fraser Grain Terminal Construction Update

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Pile driving will start the week of February 11th as construction gets underway for the new Fraser Grain Terminal Export facility located adjacent to Fraser Surrey Docks.  This will be intermittent over the months of February and March and over the subsequent months various activities will take place on the site during the port authority’s approved hours of construction between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 



The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has released the "Commercial Vessel Safety during lapse in Coast Guard Appropriations" bulletin to assist vessel owners, operators, and other affected parties during a lapse in appropriations. In the absence of enacted appropriation or continuing resolution, the Coast Guard is required to execute an orderly suspension of some operations and activities. The bulletin includes details on Certificates of Financial Responsibility, Certificates of Documentation, and Merchant Mariner Credentials.

Friday, 25 January 2019 15:24

Washingtons eye $474m Seaspan sell-off

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Seaspan has been slowly pre-paying its credit facilities, releasing ships and as of mid-January Seaspan's pool of unencumbered vessels increased to 32. Earlier this week TradeWinds reported that companies controlled by the Washington family have registered up to 52.81m shares for sale at a maximum price of $8.98 each - this would bring in more than $474m. The shares are owned by companies including Deep Water Holdings, the Kevin Lee Washington 2014 Trust, the Kyle Roy Washington 2014 Trust and the Kyle Roy Washington 2005 Trust. Seaspan has advised that the additional capital is earmarked for growth and debt repayment. 

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The China Navigation Co (CNCo) is acquiring the dry bulk shipping division of Hamburg Süd, which was acquired by Maersk in November 2018. CNCo will acquire Rudolf A. Oetker (RAO), Furness Withy Chartering and the bulk activities in Alianca Navegacão (Aliabulk). CNCo will take over a fleet of 45 vessels in the handysize, supramax, ultramax, panamax and kamsarmax sectors. The move will expand its dry bulk fleet established in 2012 to which already consists of a fleet of over 100 owned and chartered handysize, and supramax/ ultramax vessels. Closing of the agreement is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approval.  The ROA Tankers business unit will remain part of the Hamburg Sud Group.

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