Friday, 25 April 2014 09:51

MH370 search fails to locate debris

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The Australian/U.S. led underwater search team seeking evidence of the crash-sight of the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 has indicated that in view of no trace of the plane being found thus far, the search area may be expanded. The Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has now completed 95% of its search in the area where possible signals from the plane's flight recorder were heard on 8 April. Malaysia has also announced that a formal report on the loss of the plane could be released next week. 

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:49

EU confirms low sulphur fuel law

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The European Court of Justice has this week confirmed the validity of a European Union (EU) law on the sulphur content of marine fuel following a challenge based on less stringent MARPOL Annex VI regulations. The ruling has important implications for what will happen in 2020 when the EU plans to introduce a sulphur cap of 0.50% on bunker fuel, whether or not the IMO delays its plans for introducing the same limit worldwide.


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The coastal product tanker Naniwa Maru No.1 was reportedly attacked by pirates off Portl Klang, Malaysia, this week when on passage from Singapore to Myanmar with some 4,400 tons of diesel oil on board. The pirates allegedly took three hostages with them out of a crew of 18 crew include Indonesian, Thai, Myanmar and Indian nationalities. The men kidnapped were Indonesian raising the possibility that they were part of the plot. Reports say that the pirates also discharged over five miliion litres of diesel from the ship into two waiting vessels. 

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:47

Quantum is Shanghai Bound

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Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has announced that the first in the company’s new Quantum-class, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China beginning in May 2015 following an inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean.  Quantum of the Seas, which will have a capacity of 4,180 guests, will then join the Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in Asia, increasing the company’s capacity in the region by 66%.  From Shanghai Quantum will sail three- to eight-night itineraries to Japan and Korea.  

Quantum’s sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, launches in April 2015 and will complete her inaugural Europe season from Southampton U.K., before arriving at Cape Liberty in November 2015 to continue Quantum-class cruising to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season. Steel cutting for Quantum of the Seas was performed in February 2013 at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:04

Athens Convention enters into force

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The Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002, which substantially raises the limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship, enters into force on 23 April 2014.
The 2002 Protocol substantially raises the limit of liability 46,666 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) per carriage in the 1974 convention to 250,000 SDR per passenger for a shipping incident, unless the carrier proves that the incident resulted from an act of war, hostilities, civil war, insurrection or a natural phenomenon of an exceptional, inevitable and irresistible character; or was wholly caused by an act or omission done with the intent to cause the incident by a third party. 
If the loss exceeds the limit or in the case of a non-shipping incident, the carrier is further liable up to a combined limit of 400,000 SDR.
The higher limits of liability will apply to ships registered in the following States which have ratified the 2002 treaty: Albania, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic and the United Kingdom.  Additionally, the Convention is mandatory for European Union Member States.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:53

Nanaimo Port Authority Announces Promotions

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Bernie A. Dumas, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, has announced the following appointments:

  • Captain Edward Dahlgren has been promoted to the position of “Director of Operations & Harbour Master”. Edward started with the NPA in 2010 as Manager of Operations and brings to his position, an extensive background in marine operations, security and regulatory management.
  • Mike Davidson has been promoted to the position of “Director of Property and Environment”. Mike has been with the NPA for 30 years and has held a variety of positions during this time. The Port’s future strategic focus will be on land development and on addressing the increasing environmental challenges associated with Port activities. Mike’s diverse experience and dedication will compliment this critical function of the Port’s long term future.

Congratulations to Captain Edward Dahlgren and Mike Davidson on their new positions.

Canada Border Services Agency has issued the following D-Memoranda to provide guidance on tariff valuation under recently negotiated Free-Trade agreements:

D11-3-2 Memorandum - Marking Determination/Re-determination of Goods Imported from a NAFTA Country - outlines and explains legislation and regulations governing the marking determination and re-determination of goods imported from a NAFTA country, and advises importers/owners, exporters and producers on how to use appropriate sections of the legislation.

D11-4-13 Memorandum - Rules of Origin for Casual Goods under Free Trade Agreements - Rules of origin for casual goods regulations to determine entitlement to preferential tariff treatument under various free trade agreements.

D11-5-7 Memorandum - Canada-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) Rules of Origin - used to determine the entitlement of goods to preferential tariff treatment under CEFTA.

D11-5-8 Memorandum - Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) Rules of Origin - used to determine the entitlement of goods to preferential tariff treatment under CPFTA.

D11-5-9 Memorandum - Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA) Rules of Origin - used to determine the entitlement of goods to preferential tariff treatment under CCOFTA.



Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:17

Kitimat votes "NO" to Northern Gateway

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The people of Kitimat last week voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The ballot count from Saturday's unofficial referendum was 1,793 opposed versus 1,278 who supported the project — a margin of 58.4% to 41.6%. As the point of shipment for bitumen, Kitimat is the community most directly impacted by the proposed$6.5-billion project.

Meanwhile, an MOU announced this week between Northern Gateway Pipelines and trade unions representing pipeline construction workers guarantees a minimum target of approximately 2,100 person years of employment of union labour on the project, targets that will be established in detailed Project Labour Agreements. The MOU also ensures that the Project Labour Agreements include guarantees consistent with Northern Gateway’s publically stated commitments to local business opportunities and complements existing agreements with several First Nations groups guaranteeing employment and training opportunities. 

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The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are to begin contract negotiations on May 12. The existing contract expiration date is July 1 and the “no-strike” clause ends with it. For its part, the ILWU has publicly stated its objectives as stronger safety provisions, wages, more secure benefits, greater respect for ILWU jurisdiction and a reasonable approach to new technology. Not mentioned but known to be a priority are tax liabilities under the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) set to take effect in 2018 and the proposed length of the new contract. Employers currently pay 100% of the premiums in the ILWU health care plan, and union members contribute just a $1 co-pay per prescription for medication. The PMA estimates that the new tax will cost industry $150 million a year and the ILWU seems intent on making the employers pay.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:14

Ferry disaster off coast of South Korea

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Following a tragic accident at sea on Wednesday this week, 287 people are still missing, mostly teenage high school students, after the South Korean owned ro-ro passenger ferry Sewol capsized and sank near Jeju Island with 475 passengers on board. The South Korean authorities have advised that 179 people were rescued in a rapidly organized and ongoing rescue/recovery  operation which is being hampered by poor weather and strong ocean currents in the area. Nine people are so far confirmed dead. Many emotional text messages were sent to their families by students who clearly recognized they were unlikely to survive this terrible event. Our deepest condolences go to the families who have lost loved ones.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:12

MH370 - The search goes on

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The search teams seeking evidence of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 have now deployed a robotic submarine known as Bluefin-21. This is a highly technical piece of equipment, five meters in length, designed to generate a sonar map of the sea floor. No new signals have been heard since 8 April and there are real concerns that the black box detector batteries are extinguished. Up to 12 planes and 15 ships have been involved in the search for the plane.

Australian technicians believe the signals picked up by ADV Ocean Shield are consistent with flight recorders and this has enabled to scope of the search area to be narrowed. Even so, detection of the missing plane remains an extremely difficult task. Each Bluefin-21 mission will last 24 hours at a maximum depth of 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) with 16 hours spent on the ocean floor, four hours' diving and resurfacing time, and four hours to download data. ADV Ocean Shield also spotted an oil slick in the same area where the signals had been heard and a sample is under testing.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Corp. are to inject $24 million into a Port Technology Research and Development Program to develop next-generation technologies for future container terminal operations. MPA will also provide a further $12 million over five years from its Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund. The initiative will be asked to focus on key areas of port automation, intelligent planning and control systems, and green port solutions. Singapore averaged 73 berth moves per hour in 2013, placing it near the top among major transshipment hubs but at the same time acknowledges that ever bigger container ships are generating new challenges for ports, including a need to improve crane moves per hour and activity peaks at truck gate moves. Singapore handled 32.6 million TEU in 2013, a 2.9 percent increase over 2012. 

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