570 LA Terminal Automation


The project to modernize Port of Los Angeles’ APM Terminals is set to move ahead as they have struck a tentative deal with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on the training and upskilling of workers. The agreement follows several months of negotiations between the two groups. The project had been opposed by the ILWU due to the threat of loss of jobs that could be caused by automation. The two sides have now reached the agreement under which workers at the terminal would be paid while they receive training.



570 Joseph Angelo


The 2018 International Maritime Prize for 2018 will be awarded to Mr. Joseph J. Angelo in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the work and objectives of IMO and to the international maritime community as a whole. Mr. Angelo is a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.



570 Stick bug


Australia has submitted a notification to the WTO’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures regarding “2019-2020 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)”, applying to a wide range of manufactured products from a number of countries including Canada.

The proposed measures will apply to goods loaded from September 1, 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by May 31, 2020 (inclusive), and vessels arriving in Australian territory between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 (inclusive).



570 Paris MOU


This year’s concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) by port state authorities under the Tokyo and Paris MOUs start on 1 September 2019 and focus on emergency systems and procedures, including emergency drills for crew. The CIC will be included as an additional part of routine port state control (PSC) inspections during the implementation period and attending PSC officers (PSCO) will use a tailored questionnaire to verify specific topics and areas relevant to the CIC. According to a press release by the Paris MOU, the CIC Questionnaire on Emergency Systems and Procedures is now available.



570 Straight of Hormuz


Shipping associations are calling on ship owners to alert the British Navy of their movements before sailing into the Middle East Gulf and Strait of Hormuz due to the escalating international crisis in the region. About a fifth of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz and shipping companies are already deploying more unarmed security guards as an extra safeguard. The information provided would be passed onto the U.S. Navy and other naval forces involved in efforts to create a United States-led multinational security initiative known as Operation Sentinel. Washington says the plan is to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East.



570 Trident Alliance


CSL Group and Oldendorff have joined the Trident Alliance, a network of shipping companies and other stakeholders with a shared interest in robust and transparent enforcement of environmental regulations. By joining the Alliance, the companies have committed to compliance with the new IMO 2020 maritime sulphur regulations and support transparent enforcement of the regulations.



569 Kitimat


Chevron, the lead of the Kitimat LNG venture is seeking a 40-year export licence. Co-owned with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd., the facility currently has a 20-year license in place. Last week, Chevron submitted a plan to BC and federal regulators aiming to start terminal construction by 2023. The new plan calls for electric-motor-driven technology to supercool natural gas into liquid form, relying on hydroelectricity from BC Hydro instead of using natural gas-powered turbines. The site is on Haisla Nation reserve land near Kitimat, and the elected Haisla band council supports their project, along with the Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led LNG Canada project. Chevron and Woodside are also proposing construction of the Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) to transport natural gas from the Summit Lake area in the B.C. interior to Bish Cove. Chevron became a co-owner of the project in 2013, with Woodside joining 2015. The companies suspended most construction work by late 2015 after prices in Asia for LNG plunged.



569 Negotiations


The next series of meetings dates have been scheduled with Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) has scheduled bargaining to resume on September 30, 2019 to and including October 4, 2019. The goal is to reach a new collective agreement with Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen.



569 Seaspan Victoria


Seaspan has entered into a five-year contract worth $500 million to perform dry-dock maintenance on Canada’s navy frigates. The contract is estimated to support approximately 400 jobs a year at the shipyard, which employs about 1,100 workers in various trades. The contract is Seaspan Victoria Shipyards’ share of a $1-billion federal maintenance program for Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates. The ships were first launched in the 1990s and are considered the workhorses of the Royal Canadian Navy. The initial five years of the contract will see each of the yards perform maintenance work on three frigates, expected to begin in the early 2020s. A similar deal is now being finalized with Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia.



569 Nathan E Stewart


Kirby Corp., a Texas based company deemed responsible for the fuel spill that contaminated the fishing territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC’s central coast has been fined $2.9 million. Kirby Corp. pled guilty in May to three separate counts under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act for the spill that damaged both fish and birds after the tug Nathan E. Stewart ran aground and sank, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016. The Transportation Safety Board ruled last May that a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch. Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation wants the company banned from its territorial waters until there is proper restitution in accordance with the nation’s traditional laws to respect the land and people who depend on the sea for sustenance and jobs.



569 Asian Gypsy Moth


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have issued a joint notice asking shipowners and operators to strengthen the inspections for the insect. The warning comes after several vessels arrived in Vancouver last week with infestations and the vessels were ordered to vacate the port. The USDA and CFIA have encouraged ship operators to do more than normal self checking for the AGM as all the vessels with infestations had been inspected and certified in Asian ports, yet moths and larvae were still present.



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The federal government has reached a deal to sell Ridley Terminal to a US equity firms and First Nations. Located in Northern BC, Ridley Terminals Inc. is a Crown corporation that owns the facility in the Port of Prince Rupert which exports coal. This deal will see 90 percent of its shares sold for $350-million to U.S. private equity firms, Riverstone Holdings LLC and AMCI Group. The remaining 10 percent will be transferred to a limited partnership owned by the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation.



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