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The 66th session of the IMO’S Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has this week given further consideration to deciding whether the global 0.50% sulphur limit can go ahead in 2020, or be deferred until 2025. The committee received four submissions with only one submission, that from the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC), arguing against an early review of low sulphur fuel availability, a condition for implementation of the new global limits. Support for an early review came from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and a joint submission from the UK and the Netherlands. However, the proposal finding most support was in a joint submission from the United States, BIMCO, INTERTANKO and CLIA. It seems likely that the outcome of all this will be agreement at MEPC 67 in October this year to authorize an early study in order to give the industry time to respond if the signals are that there will be problems. The study would also be broadened to include the status of development and availability of abatement technology and alternative fuels.

Also at the MEPC this week it was decided that the 2016 deadline for new ships to comply with nitrogen oxide (NOx) Tier III standard applicable in NOx emission control areas (NECAs) will likely be kept for existing NECAs, but theIMO will seek a different solution for new NECAs

Also of note, Hong Kong's demand that local bunker suppliers sell MGO with a sulphur content of no more than 0.05% has also passed into law. Companies selling non-compliant marine light diesel (MLD) may be liable to a fine of up to HK$50,000 (US $6,440) and imprisonment for up to three months.

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:55

UECC orders dual fuel LNG car carriers

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United European Car Carriers (UECC) has contracted with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to build two dual-fuel LNG 3,800 unit capacity Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) at the builder’s joint venture NACKS shipyard in Nantong, PRC. The vessels will be built to Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super standards thereby allowing for dedicated year round trading in the Baltic Sea. They will be the first PCTCs to be fitted with an LNG-fuel propulsion system. Established in 1990, UECC, jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines is a leading short-sea ro-ro operator and logistics provider in Europe. 

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:55

Somali pirates active again

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Three tankers have come under attack in the past week, two in the Red Sea and one in the Strait of Hormuz. In each case, the attackers were in a speedboat and were carrying machine guns and came very close to the vessel before being warned off by crew response. NATO is investigating.

Friday, 04 April 2014 08:55

Canpotex concludes agreement in India

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Canpotex Limited has agreed to an annual contract with its government and private sector partners in India to supply approximately 1 million tonnes of potash at a price of US$322 per tonne.  The agreement demonstrates Canpotex's commitment to India as the leading postah supplier in this market.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:55

HMCS Regina intercepts 132kg of heroin

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Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina disrupted a narcotics shipment during a patrol in her designated area of operations in the Indian Ocean on March 31, as part of Operation ARTEMIS.  The crew boarded a dhow off the east coast of Africa and intercepted the narcotics which had an estimated street value of $26M. This was the first drug seizure for HMCS Regina under Operation ARTEMIS, which is a multinational effort with 29 other countries to deter terrorism and piracy in the region.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:24

Marine sector benefits with LNG

A report on pdf Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada's West Coast (1.23 MB)  highlights the benefits of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an affordable, lower emission fuel for Canada's marine sector. According to the report, all of the technologies needed to use LNG as a marine fuel are proven and commercially available.  In the near-term, coastal vessel operators serve to benefit with the potential reduction in fuels costs by more than 50%, estimating a payback on initial investment of less than six years. 

Jointly funded by Transport Canada and a broad group of industry and other participants, the report recommends changes to Canada's marine regulatory framework to allow for the review and approval of new LNG projects. These changes would support new projects moving forward including the use of three LNG ferries that BC Ferries plans to have in operation in 2017.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:30

Tokyo MOU releases results of latest CIC

The Tokyo MOU secretariat has released the results of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on ship propulsion and auxillary machinery carried out jointly with the Paris MOU between September 1 to November 30, 2013.  A total of 8,257 inspections were conducted and 72 of these resulted in detentions.

The most significant deficiencies found were related to emergency source of power and lighting, main and auxillary boilers and boiler feed systems, protective arrangements for machinery and cleanliness of the engine room.

Canada Border Services Agency has announced new  pdf Electronic Bay Plan Requirements (148 KB)  for mandatory electronic reporting of Bay Plan data for all vessels carrying one or more containers.   Carriers can now transmit their Bay Plan in the UN EDIFACT SMDG stow plan, i.e. BAPLIE versions 2.0.7, format. Recent proposed amendments to the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations published in Part I of the Canada Gazette will, when passed, bring the mandatory reporting requirement into effect.

Friday, 28 March 2014 10:00

PMV trucks are rolling again

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An agreement was reached on Wednesday this week to bring to an end the one month highly damaging disruption to drayage service at PMV’s container terminals. Following an extended day of negotiations directly involving BC Government cabinet members and trucking leaders, Premier Christy Clark announced late on Wednesday that a settlement has been reached even while the Legislature was in a third day consecutive day of debating back-to-work legislation. That legislation has now been withdrawn.

The provincial and federal governments, along with PMV, set out a 14-point action-plan to end the strike in mid-March, but the proposal was rejected by the drivers. A provincially appointed mediator will now meet with the drivers and stakeholders to work through the practical implementation of the revised action-plan which seeks to address the key issues of contention in terms of pay, service and the regulatory framework. 

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Following a deluge of service complaints, the Federal government this week introduced Bill C-30, the “Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act” which is intended to ensure that both CN and CP move grain from the Praries to the country’s ports a whole lot faster or face fines. The legislation extends power to the  Canadian Transportation Authority (CTA) to extend inter-switching distances and would additionally require regulators to tighten up service level agreements between carriers and shippers along with the power to address non-performance. Both CN and CP have roundly criticized the legislation which in summary they believe will have many unintended consequences and hit their bottom line.

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Canadian Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has criticized the latest round of proposed U.S. legislation that would tax cargo entering the U.S. from Canadian ports. “We will vigorously defend our trade interests and the rights attained through our international trade agreements,” Minister Raitt told attendees of the Association of American Port Authorities’ spring conference in Washignton, D.C.  Washington State politicians have introduced bills in their respective chambers that would replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) with a fee on all containers that originate internationally. Supporters argue the legislation would stop shippers from circumventing the 0.125% levy on the value of cargo imported through U.S. ports by diverting shipments through Canadian and Mexican ports. The Minister reminded her audience that Canadian destined cargo coming through U.S. ports is on average three times that of the traffic of U.S.-bound cargo through Canadian ports. 

Friday, 28 March 2014 09:54

Union questions cable ferry

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BC Ferries may face a legal challenge over plans to order and operate a new cable ferry to operate between Vancouver Island and Denman Island. The company’s union has said its lawyers will request the BC court of appeal to hear arguments against the funding for the new vessel for which Seaspan Marine has won the $15m construction contract. BC Ferries says that cable vessels offer fuel and crew savings of up to $2m per year. The union argues that switching to a cable ship will cost as many as 15 local jobs, and that the length of the crossing and unpredictability of water conditions raises concerns about safety and reliability of the vessel.

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