Thirteen children aged between one and 12 were among 35 Afghan Sikh asylum seekers found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks. The group arrived on Saturday on a ship from Zeebrugge, Belgium and were discovered by dock workers who heard banging and screaming coming from one of the containers. One man was found dead and the others were taken to hospital and treated for severe dehydration and hypothermia. The 30 people released into police custody include nine men and eight women aged between 18 and 72. Four people still remain in hospital. Two men from Northern Ireland have have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the UK.
Not unlike what happened in Vancouver earlier this year, Ningbo's Beilun container terminal has been crippled by thousands of truck drivers who were initially protesting trip rates that have not been adjusted for eight years. The Ningbo Transportation Association has since announced an increase to the trucking rate by 12 percent, however the unrest has grown now to include issues with new environmental regulations, unreasonable port entry fees and shippers' payment terms. The disruption is now in day five and no immediate resolution is anticipated, although Ningbo's local government and main port operator have intervened and called on industry to adhere to the new rates, violence continues to escalate.
The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is the sixth-busiest port in the world and the third-busiest port in China, handling 17.33 million TEUs in 2013 and 13,000 drivers service the Beilun terminal compared to the 2,000 drivers that service Vancouver's container terminals.
At the Association of Canadian Port Authorites' 56th annual meetings in Belledune, New Brunswick this week, Bernie Dumas, CEO of the Port of Nanaimo, was appointed as the ACPA Chair for the ensuing year. Incoming Vice Chair is Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority and Secretary/Treasurer is Pierre Gagnon, President and CEO of Port of Sept-Iles.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have issued a second mid-season bulletin to advise vessels of high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) in the regulated countries. To date 20 vessels have been detected with AGM on the west coast of Canada and have been ordered out for cleaning and re-inspection by CFIA. While the number of vessels found with AGM is fairly consistent with previous years, the number of egg masses found on each vessel are of significant concern. The joint bulletin is to remind operators to order inspections at the regulated countries immediately prior to departure and to remind crew of the necessity to carry out self-inspections while en route. Vessels departing from Russian ports during the specified risk period are of particular concern. Should CFIA conduct an import inspection on the vessel, decks should be clear of debris and any obstacles that may hinder the inspection. pdf 2014 In-season CFIA USDA Urgent Advisory (44 KB)
The arrival of the M/V Westwood Pacific at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal on August 19th is the first container ship to berth at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia. Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have been evaluating the Vancouver Island market for some time. This trial call, with express service to Japan, Korea and feeder service to other Asian ports, is expected to lead to a regular service, providing Vancouver Island manufacturers the option to ship their goods from Nanaimo.
The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has been working with DP World Vancouver to create a direct competitive connection for Vancouver Island customers to Asia Pacific markets and the arrival of this container ship is one step closer to realizing this goal. The NPA recently received $4.5 million from the federal government as part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative Program. These funds are intended to upgrade the Port’s container operation at the Duke Point Terminal.
The Association of Canadian Port Authority's (ACPA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Green Marine to advance environmental sustainability at all Canadian ports. The framework for cooperation calls for increased cooperation and advancement of the Green Marine Environmental Program and related intiatives, which includes encouraging environment performance beyond regulatory compliance and a program for continuous improvement. Pictured above from left to right are: Green Marine Executive Director, David Bolduc, ACPA President, Wendy Zatylny, AAPA President and CEO, Kurt Nagle and, Green Marine President, Raymond Johnston.
Published in the Canada Gazette on August 13, 2014 is the Order Specifying the Minimum Amount of Grain to be Moved under the Canada Transportation Act. This Order in Council extends the original deadline of August 3, 2014, which coincided with the end of the crop year, through to November 29, 2014. The OIC specifies that 536,250 metric tonnes of grain must be moved each week by the both CN and CP. Furthermore, it addresses potential volume requirements for subsequent months.
Actual minimum movement volumes would need to be set by a new order in council and would be based on additional monitoring of the situation over the next four months.
Ongoing congestion at the Port of Rotterdam is delaying thousands of boxes and adding substantially to shippers’ costs. Among the victims have been Dutch brewers Heineken and Bavaria who have resorted to trucks instead of barges to move their products to the terminals. Fingers are pointing at ECT Delta Terminal upgrades and also vessels now arriving out of schedule. Vessels can be delayed anywhere up to a week and many carriers are looking at new surcharges to address the congestion and delays.
On August 9th pirates attacked a tanker 200 nautical miles off the Gulf of Guinea using tactics similar to those used by from Somali pirates. The tanker was pursued by three skiffs and the pirates approached the ship under several bursts of automatic gunfire. Fortunately the pirates were unsuccessful in their attempt to board the vessel from the stern. While there have been similar attacks on vessels off the Niger Delta up to 160 nautical miles out, these have been crew kidnap incidents whereas these pirates appeared to be after the cargo. Over the past 12 months, 23 product tankers and 19 vessels servicing the petroleum industry have been targeted. It is estimated that at least one attack is now taking place every week.
The Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) has released its feasibility study for the proposed Port Alberni Transshipment Hub (PATH) that includes a new container terminal located in Alberni Inlet. PATH includes a new terminal that would handle container vessels up to 22,000 TEU capacity in Port Alberni and support distribution centres in the Fraser River, Squamish and Tacoma with barge services through the marine corridors. The study was funded by the port authority, Transport Canada through the Asia Pacific Gateway Canada Transportation Infrastructure Funding program, and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. According to the study this $1.7B project cost is expected to result in significant socio and economic benefits valued at $74.6M per annum. The next step for PAPA is to secure investors and win the federal government's support.
To view the study visit: http://www.portalberniportauthority.ca/en/studies-reports.
On Tuesday evening, the Maltese-flagged vessel Flag Gangos lost power and steering on the lower Mississippi River and collided with the Liberian-flagged vessel Pamisos and the barge Web 235, which were both moored at the International Matex tank terminals. The barge was struck during a fuel transfer operation and as a result 580 gallons of fuel oil was discharged into the river from the transfer hose. Boom has been deployed in the area to contain the oil. While no injuries were reported, the Pamisos and the barge were both damaged. Traffic was reopened the following afternoon to all vessels.
Plans to stop CN Rail from operating a line connecting to the Port of Prince Rupert by the Gitxsan First Nation have been averted after the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered the group not to interfere with CN’s operation that cuts through the group’s 33,000-square-kilometers of territories. The eviction notice followed the the Supreme Court of Canada's decision on June 26 that upheld the land title rights of the Gitxsan First Nation and confirmed the group's right to block development, including mining and oil pipelines. A huge sigh of relief as US-bound imports continue to choke up the terminals and increase the pressure on rails that are forced to meet an increase in volumes in almost all sectors.
US Congressional pressure is also mounting on BNSF Railway and CP Railway to get rid of a backlog of US grain shipments before the harvest arrives this fall. US North Dakota senators have indicated that the number of open requests for CP railcars improved only 5 percent between June and August, and the average wait time increased by 27 percent to more than 80 days. On August 1st, the Canadian Minister of Agriculture extended its requirement for CN and CP to each move 500,000 tonnes of grain per week.
A tentative agreement has been reached between the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, following a bitter two-year labour dispute over workplace rules and hiring policies.
The details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the ILWU locals working at United Grain terminal in Vancouver, WA, the Columbia Grain facility in Portland the the Louis-Dreyfus terminals in Portland and Seattle have ratified the agreement. The results will be announced on August 25th and until then the ILWU has committed to reduced picket lines at United Grain and Columbia Grain terminals where longshore workers have been locked out since May 2013. Washington State grain inspectors have resumed inspections in Vancouver, WA.
Settlement of this dispute is hoped to have a positive impact on the PMA negotiations in the coastwide agreement with the ILWU. Some are speculating that US West Coast may begin to see production decline following the Labour Day weekend.
Each year, the BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of BC registered export companies across sectors and in all regions of the province as well as the individuals who contribute to their success. Nominations are now open for the annual awards program and will be accepted in the following nine sector award categories plus two individual awards: The Leadership Award and the International Business Studies Award.
Nomination Deadline: August 29, 2014
For more information on award categories and criteria, click here.
The Port Alberni Port Authority's Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for a director in the user category. Nominations will be accepted until 4:00 pm on September 11, 2014. For more information visit the Port Authority web site at www.portalberniportauthority.ca.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has requested that CBSA coordinate the request to the shipping community to help in preventing the spread of the Ebola virus disease into Canada.
The CBSA has implemented temporary measure requiring marine carriers arriving in Canada, that have in the past 30 days called into ports on the west coast of Africa, or who have crew or passengers aboard who have been in the affected areas within the past 30 days, to have available and provide a faxed copy of the Maritime Declaration of Health Certificate to the CBSA.
In accordance with section 38 of the Quarantine Act, marine vessels are required to provide officers with any information or records in their possession that are reasonably required in relation to the duties performed under that Act. The Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for enforcing the Quarantine Act.
PHAC has requested that CBSA require affected vessels fax or email the certificate to the National Targeting Centre (NTC) 24 hours prior to arrival in Canadian waters.
NTC Fax: 613-960-1556
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the US Department of Agriculture have released a joint advisory to remind operators that vessels arriving to Canada and US directly from any of the high risk areas for Asian Gypsy Moth - Far East Russia, Japan, Korea and China - must be inspected and certified prior departure. Also confirmed in the advisory is the USDA's intention to begin issuing penalties for vessels arriving with a valid inspection certificate and failing to submit ports of call data for the last two years.
So far this season, 15 vessels have been found with Asian Gypsy Moth with most of the detections discovered over the last few weeks in BC. CFIA has advised that the recent detections are expected with new the AGM population cycle starting in July. All vessels are required to self-inspect while en route from these area of interest to avoid any potential disruption upon arrival and inspection by CFIA. The AGM detections this season have been found on certified vessels. Download the 2014 In-season CFIA - USDA Advisory.