Yesterday Victoria city council passed a controversial cruise ship motion proposed by Mayor Lisa Helps and two councillors that would limit the number of cruise ships allowed to dock in the city each year, and prevent any long term contracts from being signed until the industry takes significant steps to reduce ship emissions and waste. BC Hydro has confirmed that it could meet the energy demands for shore power and would require a reconfiguration of the system to support the facility at Ogden Point.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a bulletin announcing that a public hearing will be held in Oakland on 5 December to consider the proposed Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels at Berth. The proposed regulation includes adding requirements on ports and terminals, expand covered vessels to include ro-ro and tankers to further reduce GHG and black carbon emissions. Written comments must be submitted by 2 December.
In a JOC article this week the president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), John McLaurin speaks to concerns with California’s ports losing market share over the past decade due to high costs, regulatory uncertainties, and environmental restrictions. While California ports have the highest usage of shore power, the costs of complying with state regulations has eroded ports’ competitiveness in the absence of offsets and any recognition or advantage provided. Expensive terminal leases are another concern as marine terminal leases in Southern California are twice as expensive on a per-acre basis compared to terminal costs in other parts of the US.
The State of California has adopted Assembly Bill (A.B.) 912 amending the state’s Marine Invasive Species Act. The Bill requires the State Lands Commission to adopt regulations that would require an owner or operator of a vessel, as defined, carrying, or capable of carrying, ballast water that operates in the waters of the state to implement specified federal standards regulating ballast water discharges and to comply with certain federal performance standards for implementing approved ballast water management methods. The bill would also require that those regulations set a date no later than January 1, 2040, by which the final performance standard for the discharge of ballast water of zero detectable living organisms for all size classes would be required to be met, and would revise certain requirements for the submission of that report regarding ballast water discharges, as prescribed. This also delays implementation of the state’s interim ballast water discharge performance standards until 1 January 2030.
Washington Maritime Blue, the Port of Seattle and WeWork Labs have collaborated to launch Washington’s first maritime accelerator with the goal of helping budding maritime companies innovate and grow. Funded by the Port of Seattle and a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the accelerator aims to advance three key strategies, including helping maritime companies innovate and grow, establishing Washington as a global leader in maritime innovation, and increasing the sustainability of maritime businesses in both Seattle and beyond. The first accelerator cohort is expected to formally begin in January 2020.
The Unified Command unit established for car carrier, Golden Ray, that ran aground and capsized in St. Simons Sound while it was leaving the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, on Sept. 8th has decided that the vessel is impossible to safely right and refloat fully intact, and will therefore be cut in place and removed.
As of Oct. 12, 225,000 gallons of fuel have been removed from the forward fuel tanks and removal of the remaining fuel and lubricant tanks continues. Around 300,000 gallons of fuel was on the ship when it overturned. The Golden Ray is operated by the South Korean shipping and logistics company Hyundai Glovis.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has reservedly welcomed the news that a Brexit deal was finally agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Under the new deal, Northern Ireland will remain part of the UK’s customs territory but also an entry point into the EU’s customs zone.
Although the UK and the EU finally reached the deal, its ratification in parliament is not certain yet as Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) refused to support it. DUP’s concern is that all goods would be subject to a customs check regime despite their final destination and that consumers in Northern Ireland would face increased costs and potentially less choice due to checks being implemented.
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued an order banning single-use plastic on Indian ships and foreign ships while in Indian waters. The ban enters into immediate effect for such items as plastic garbage and shopping bags. For other items, such as hot drink cups and microwave single-use microwave dishes, the ban enters into effect on 1 January 2020. Foreign ships must place banned items in locked storage prior to entering Indian waters and must make a log entry to that effect.
In line with IMO's Initial Strategy for decarbonisation of shipping industry, Greece has come forward with a concrete proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November. Building on an existing proposal backed by the ICS and IMO Member States, Greece’s submission supplements the strengthened Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (super SEEMP) in a way that ensures the accomplishment of the IMO 2030 Target, which envisages a 40% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030.
The proposed measure prescribes the limit of the main engine power that ships over 5,000 GT can use under normal circumstances to maintain the level of CO2 emissions from ships at a historical low (2012) over a three-year phase-in period, commencing before 2023. The sectoral prescriptive approach it takes prescribes that bulk carriers and tankers reduce their main engine power by 50% and container ships by 66% and that charterers should clearly be obliged to adhere to any measure adopted to reduce GHG emissions from ships.
The Port of Rotterdam now offers the tracking of dry cargo flows. NPRC, the inland shipping cooperative, digitized its ‘supply chain’ in an efficient way in order to enable clients to monitor the status of their cargo with precision. Clients have been in the position to track connections to sea-going transport in Rotterdam as well as have real-time insight into inland shipping transport. Over the past year, the NPRC started investing in data-driven logistics optimization. NPRC is one of Europe’s biggest bulk providers, handling 14 million tonnes of dry cargo annually, with around 200 NPRC-affiliated inland vessels are in transit somewhere in Europe daily. NPRC’s German agricultural clients can now use the online dashboard to see exactly when they can expect their wheat or animal feed to arrive. The module for sea-going vessels was developed in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Nauticor has conducted the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Germany using its bunker supply vessel Kairos. The operation took place this week at the Elbehafen Brunsbüttel, part of Brunsbüttel Ports. Kairos supplied to 300 cubic meters of LNG to DEME Group’s trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River, which is conducting maintenance dredging works on the Lower Elbe. In the future, the vessel will be used to bunker large ocean-going vessels in the Baltic region and Northwest Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for Europe to create bunker taxes. Carbon taxes for shipping have been in the headlines a great deal of late, with one major shipper warned shipping it should begin to prepare for a carbon levy. Macron will hold a summit with Germany’s Angela Merkel and leading European business conglomerates to discuss innovation. Other European politicians are also assessing shipping’s carbon footprint, including Norway’s prime minister, who recently urged the industry to pursue a more urgent, swift decarbonisation, warning regulators are going to get far tougher on the industry soon.
Delivery of Ritz-Carlton’s first luxury cruise ship has been delayed due to project cost issues and challenges with shipyard management changes. The inaugural sailing of the vessel will now take place in June 2020, nearly five months after initially planned. The vessel, named Ritz-Carlton One, is the first of three luxury cruise ships that the company is due to receive. The specially-designed vessel will have an overall length of 190 meters and come with luxury accommodations for up to 298 passengers in 149 suites.
The Capt. Jacques Cartier, the second of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) designed and built by Seaspan at its Vancouver Shipyards (VSY), began sea trials today from Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock where final outfitting, set to work and commissioning has taken place since its launch in June. This milestone on the second OFSV follows her launch on June 5 and the delivery of the first OFSV, the CCGS Sir John Franklin, on June 27. The CCGS Sir John Franklin is the first large vessel to be built and delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Sea Trials will be largely conducted in the Strait of Georgia as part of a continuous 15-day exercise. Upon completion of Sea Trials, the ship will be moored at Ogden Point on Vancouver Island to prepare the vessel for delivery to the Canadian Coast Guard, which is scheduled for later this year.
KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) and Horizon Maritime Services Ltd (Horizon Maritime) have formed ‘KOTUG Canada’, a joint venture company which will offer terminal and harbour towage services across Canada. The joint venture looks forward to developing a strong presence within the Canadian terminal and harbour towing market. KOTUG is renowned for establishing solid, long-term business relationships with leading clients in industries such as Oil & Gas, Mining, Renewables, Offshore, and Port Authorities for high demand operations. Horizon Maritime’s partnership with Heiltsuk First Nation, Heiltsuk Horizon was awarded a Government of Canada contract to provide marine services to enhance marine safety in Heiltsuk territory earlier this year. Heiltsuk Horizon will provide tug and barge services for the reconstruction of 28 navigational aids on British Columbia’s Central Coast, with support from the Shearwater Marine Group.
Four First Nations in northern British Columbia are banding together to support energy exports as they work to attract economic investment in the region despite opposition from other Indigenous groups. The elected leaders of the Haisla, Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla and Nisga’a signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on balancing their desire for economic growth with backing climate action. The four Indigenous leaders are taking a broader view that takes into account how exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) would displace coal-fired power plants in Asia and therefore help reduce air pollution overseas. The leaders are also backing the federal government’s plan to use a section in the Paris climate agreement that would allow Canada to gain emission credits for exporting LNG to Asia.
The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will retain the requirement for ocean container carriers to file service contracts in response to a petition from the World Shipping Council (WSC) to exempt carriers from publication requirements in the Shipping Act. The FMC agreed that continued publication of essential terms no longer serves a purpose but rejected the WSC's call to eliminate the ocean carrier confidential service contract filing requirements of the Shipping Act, reports American Shipper. "I would point out that we have three very large alliances that carry something north of 80 per cent of the cargo in the US east-west trades," said FMC chairman Michael Khouri. "One thing we're making sure is that there is competitive pricing among the members in each alliance."Mr Khouri also said eliminating the service contract filing requirement at this time would impact the FMC's "effectiveness and necessity for tools to look into areas of anti-competitive behaviours."