The Canadian Coast Guard has welcomed the CCGS Captain Molly Kool to its fleet in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The vessel is the first of three that will be added to the fleet. To support future shipbuilding and attract more jobs to our communities, the Government also announced the intention to add a third Canadian shipyard, to be selected through a competitive process. The CCGS Captain Molly Kool will provide essential icebreaking services to ensure safe navigation, prevent ice jams and flooding, and maintain shipping routes. It is equipped to respond to search and rescue calls, and to provide aids to navigation and environmental responses.
The Government of Canada has announced several new measures that will help address the key threats to the SRKW, including the lack of prey, and acoustic and physical disturbance. The Government has issued an Interim Order, effective from June 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019, to protect whales from vessel disturbance. As of June 1, 2019:
Governor General has granted Royal Assent to changes to the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (Bill C-55). These changes allow the federal Government to put interim protections in place, stopping potentially harmful activities from taking place in at-risk marine ecosystems until the permanent designation of a Marine Protected Area is made. The freeze on new activity can be applied for up to five years in areas where there is an urgent need to provide environmental protection, giving enough time to conduct research and consultations, and determine the path forward.
The US Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin warning of renewed phishing and malware attacks targeting commercial shipping. Hackers are attempting to gain sensitive information including the content of an official Notice of Arrival (NOA) using email addresses that pose as an official Port State Control authority. Additionally, the Coast Guard has received reports of malicious software designed to disrupt shipboard computer systems. The Coast Guard has urged vessel owners and operators to be on alert for suspicious messages. See the full bulletin here: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/MSIB/2019/MSIB_004_19.pdf
A young humpback whale was struck by a ferry in Seattle as it was coming up for air. With both whale migrations and ship traffic in the Salish Sea increasing, this may become a more regular issue moving forward. After being virtually eradicated from the Salish Sea by Vancouver Island whalers in the early 1900s, humpbacks have rebounded in the Northwest. Last summer, about 200 humpbacks entered the inland waters, mostly near Sekiu in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, while only a half-dozen or so continued to Puget Sound.
BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has agreed on a new standard Cyber Security Clause, that requires the parties to implement cyber security procedures and systems, to help reduce the risk of an incident and mitigate the consequences should a security breach occur. The clause is drafted in broad and generic language which allows for it to be used in a wide range of contracts and it is hoped that the clause will assist parties in obtaining affordable insurance for their cyber security exposure, as the clause introduces a cap on the liability for breaches.
Responding to changing regulations the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched of the third edition of its essential Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, the only fully up to date guide to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for all involved with the employment of seafarers.
New in Edition 3
European ports have prepared a memorandum on the role of port authorities and managing bodies as facilitators of the port ecosystem. The ESPO memorandum identifies ten priorities, ten fields of action and importance for the next five years. The memorandum explains how ports can contribute to Europe’s competitiveness by engaging with port-based industries and operators to influence and assist in the significant changes that we are being faced: climate change, sustainability, digitalisation and the volatile global trade and geopolitical environment.
The Ocean Alliance will skip two Asia-US West Coast sailings in June in an effort to maintain rates as the US-China trade war takes a toll on volume.
Maersk has announced that it will be investing in Traxens, a ‘smart container’ tracking product. They will be joining existing investors CMA CGM and MSC, with each taking an equal shareholding in Traxens. Maersk has agreed to order up to 50,000 Traxens devices, a similar order to those placed earlier by CMA CGM and MSC. The device creates visibility into the condition and location of containerised cargo.
The Ocean Cleanup’s plastics collecting system is set to be redeployed in June after undergoing upgrades. During the last campaign, The Ocean Cleanup confirmed many key assumptions of the design, but also encountered two opportunities to improve the system – the system did not maintain a sufficient speed, allowing plastic to exit the system, and a stress concentration caused a fatigue fracture in the HDPE floater. The design has now been adapted to address these issues.
A group of six Nordic companies has come together to develop new infrastructure for green fuels for ships. Lead by the technology company Wärtsilä, the group is called Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS). Member of the group include DFDS, Grieg Star, Aker Solutions, Equinor, and Kvaerner. ZEEDS will work together to assess and address the supply, storage and distribution chain in order to accelerate the switch to cleaner shipping fuels. The partners will present their most promising ideas in Oslo at Future Innovation Day – Horizons on June 3 and during Nor-Shipping maritime event on June 4.
An explosion and fire onboard the container ship KMTC Hong Kongat on the weekend has caused up to 200 people to be hospitalized. The vessel was at berth at Laem Chaebang. The public was warned to take shelter indoors to avoid breathing smoke and Laem Chabang port staff were evacuated. The local area was also officially declared to be “danger zone”. the cause of the explosion and fire is currently unknown and is still under investigation.
A luxury superyacht has slipped from a cargo ship and sunk into the sea. My Song, a 40-meter Baltic 130 Custom sailing yacht was owned by Italian billionaire Pier Luigi Loro Piana, was being transported between Mallorca Genoa when the incident occurred. The yacht held several awards and titles, including Best Yacht at the World Superyacht Awards, and set a speed record during last year's RORC Transatlantic Race. An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway, and initial assessment have concluded that the yacht's cradle "collapsed" during the voyage, causing the loss of the boat overboard.
APL is officially bowing out from the Asia-Europe boxship tradelane. As of October 1st, CMA CGM will be the only carrier within the group’s stable of brands in the transatlantic, Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Asia-Caribbean and Europe-India/Middle East markets. APL will focus on the transpacific, Asia-Indian Subcontinent where it will be the group’s only brand, intra-Asia, with sister company CNC, Asia-Oceania, and the US flag services.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union – Canada have served a strike notice to GCT Global Container Terminals Canada effective 7am on Monday, May 27, 2019. Roughly two thousand workers will commence strike action at GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm. GCT Canada is one of several port employers which are part of the B.C. Maritime Employers Association, which bargains on their behalf. It has been negotiating a new contract with 6,000 waterfront workers, belonging mostly to the ILWU Canada, since their contract expired in March 2018. The Chamber of Shipping has sent a letter to various Ministers seeking swift intervention. The BCMEA has a plan in motion to address next steps and will continue working on the collective bargaining process.
The Vancouver government, port, trucking, and labor union representatives are working to meet a July 1 deadline for implementing updates to drayage work rules in BC. Implementing the regulations contained in last month’s B.C. Container Trucking Commissioner’s Rate and Remuneration report, which calls for a 2 percent pay increase and a new $25 fee for bobtail moves, is incredibly complex, and involves bringing together provincial and federal government agencies, the port authority, motor carriers, and union and non-union drivers. The goal of motor carriers and truckers is to improve turn times, which translate directly to better pay for drivers. To date, there is general agreement on key features, such as the 2 percent wage increase and ensuring compensation for all trucker trips. However, defining details in the plan take time and add complexity given the various entities involved in the process.