592 BC Ferries


Several new ferry routes for Vancouver Island are being assessed by the BC government. Possible connections include a crossing between the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley, a passenger-only service from Colwood to Esquimalt, and a new terminal connecting the island with Vancouver International Airport. There are also considerations improved ferry service across the Saanich Inlet at Mill Bay. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposals during consultations planned for the new year.



592 Belugas


Researchers studying the St. Lawrence belugas’ sensitivity to noise are seeking more time to assess the impact of shipping LNG noise on the animals. With several potential projects out for approval, marine traffic in the area could double. Specifically, researchers are interested in the impact of increased traffic due to a proposed LNG pipeline expansion. The beluga is currently listed as endangered, with an estimated population of 900.



592 PortsToronto


The Port of Toronto Cruise Ship Terminal has reported that its number of visitors has more than doubled this year, with 36 calling at the port, bringing approximately 12,000 passengers. The increase in traffic aligns with the growth of the Great Lakes cruise industry.



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The BC government is joining with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and FortisBC to establish the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering service on North America’s west coast. The project hopes to help address the growing need for LNG in the maritime sector. As shipping is expected significantly increase its use of LNG with the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations coming into effect, and BC is well positioned to benefit from this growth. The province is making a $25,000 contribution to a PwC study to fund environmental and social impacts analyses and a competitiveness assessment. The study is also building on work already done on risk, safety and demand.



Friday, 25 October 2019 11:59

Customs Notice 19-21 on PARS and RMD

Canada Border Services Agency


Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 19-21 to postpone the decommissioning date of the legacy Other Government Department (OGD) Release Service Options OGD Pre-Arrival System (PARS) (SO463) and OGD Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) (SO471), to April 1, 2020. Any CBSA clients importing or planning to import OGD regulated goods to Canada that have not yet onboarded to the SWI IID (SO911) are encouraged to do so immediately.



567 Echo Slowdown


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is hosting a scoping meeting on November 12th in Friday Harbour, WA to solicit public comments on whether, based on best available information, existing National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations and other measures adequately protect killer whales from the impacts of vessels and noise in the inland waters of Washington State and, if not, what actions NMFS should take. Written submissions invited with a deadline of Dec. 23rd.



592 US Waiver


The US Treasury Department has issued a nearly two-month waiver for companies to wind down transactions with COSCO Tankers, after they were sanctioned last month for allegedly transporting Iranian oil. The waiver expires on Dec. 20 and allows “maintenance or wind down of transactions” including offloading non-Iranian crude oil involving COSCO Shipping Tanker Co. Ltd. The waiver applies to COSCO Shipping Tanker or any entity owned 50% or more by the company.



Friday, 25 October 2019 11:54

Panama joins Tokyo MOU

592 Panama


At its recent meeting in the Marshall Islands, Panama has been granted full membership in the Tokyo MOU following three years as a Co -operating Member Authority. Panama demonstrated full compliance with the MOU’s qualitative membership criteria. Interestingly during the meeting the Port State Control Committee considered and agreed to conduct a trial on a remote follow-up inspection approach, through which PSCOs would be able to verify and close, without physically visiting the vessel, certain deficiencies in specific circumstances where such a mechanism can be used where there is appropriate and reliable evidence of rectification of deficiencies. The exercise of such a mechanism will be solely at the discretion of the port State.



592 Tanker Fire


A British High Court judge has ruled that the Greek owner of the tanker Brillante Virtuoso, staged an attack in an effort to claim USD77 million in insurance money. The accused was found to have faked a pirate attack in which the vessel was torched using an explosive device and fire accelerants. The incident occurred on July 5, 2011 when the Suezmax tanker, filled with fuel oil cargo worth USD100 million, was sailing from the Ukraine to China. Following its transition through the Suez Canal, the ship reportedly came under fire from Somali pirates equipped with small arms and a rocket-propelled grenade. Following the “attack”, a fire initially broke out in the ship’s accommodation block and the 26 Filipino crew abandoned ship with the help of a nearby US Navy cruiser.



592 Containership Fires


With the recent escalation of boxship fires, the International Union of Marine Insurance has called for an urgent improvement to onboard firefighting systems. In 2017 IUMI published a position paper to raise a variety of concerns including inadequate fire detection and onboard firefighting systems both on deck and under deck; and the need to revise SOLAS. Now, in partnership with the German flag state, IUMI is calling for additional support from flag administrations and other stakeholders to bring this issue to IMO’s agenda in 2020.





CMA CGM has launched a new range of financing services dedicated to importing and exporting. Named Shipfin Trade Finance, the venture is in partnership with the invoice finance platform Incomlend. The initiative seeks increase support to the company’s client and aid in developing finance solutions. Supply chain financing seeks to extend importers’ payment deadlines up to 120 days; strengthen supplier relations by improving cash flow; optimize payment tracking by finding all documents in one place; master compliance risk thanks to the KYC (Know Your Customer) assessment achieved by the suppliers; and simplify processes by interfacing IT systems with the platform.





The Chamber of Shipping has released an open letter to the Federal Party leaders in advance of next week’s election to ensure that the priorities are included in the transition books following the post-election period. Below are some of the marine related issues noted by the main parties during the election campaign:


  • Continue aggressive approach to oceans conservation
    • 20% by 2025 & 30% by 2030
  • Legislate targets to address climate change
  • Infrastructure funds to continue for major projects


  • Launch a national energy corridor initiative
  • Repeal Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act
  • Repeal Bill C-48, the Tanker moratorium Act
  • Scrap the Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Prioritize funding for key projects including George Massey Tunnel replacement

New Democratic Party

  • Protect at least 30 per cent of our land, freshwater, and oceans by 2030
  • Ban ships from anchoring in the Southern Gulf Islands
  • Increase funding for BC Ferries by $30 million
  • Create a $40 million coastal protection fund
  • Abandon the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

Green Party

  • Protect at least 30 per cent of freshwaters, oceans and land by 2030
  • Cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline
  • Not approve any new pipelines, or coal, oil or gas drilling or mining, including offshore wells
  • Phase out bitumen production between 2030 and 2035



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