The new Canadian Navigable Waters Act and the Major Works Order came into effect this week, replacing the Navigation Protection Act. The legislation restores lost protections on all navigable waters in Canada and provides new opportunities to create partnerships with Indigenous peoples to be involved in the administration of the Act.
The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have released a Co-Management Plan to safeguard the SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area. The plan protects an underwater mountain 180 km off the coast of Haida Gwaii known as SGaan Kinghlas. The Plan identifies goals, strategic objectives, and operational objectives for the MPA and describes how they will be achieved. It identifies management tools, addresses surveillance, enforcement and user compliance, and highlights education and outreach. Four implementation priorities are identified for the MPA: cooperative governance and adaptive co-management; research to support conservation outcomes; monitoring; and education and outreach.
Disney Cruise Line has unveiled the name of its newest vessel, the Disney Wish. The vessel will be the fifth ship to be added to its fleet, and first of three newbuilds ordered from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. The cruise ship is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021 and expected to set sail in January 2022. The three new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has announced plans to invest nearly $20 million over the next four years in a major expansion that will boost its cargo handling capacity. The port was pursuing five big projects, including two rail yards which will be equipped to handle unit trains, or block trains in which all cars carry the same commodity from the same starting point to the same destination. The projects will be funded in part by a $9.85-million federal grant.
The operator of the M/T Ocean Princess, Ionian Shipping & Trading Corp., and its owner Lily Shipping Ltd. were each fined US $1.5 million and placed on probation for four years for failing to comply the Emissions Control Area fuel requirements. The Master, Chief Officer, and Chief Engineer were also all sentenced to three years of probation and ordered not to return to the US on a ship during that time. The Chief Officer was also fined $3,000 for instructing the crew to provide false information to the inspectors.
French President, Emmanuel Macron, has stated that he is prioritizing ship speed regulation as part of his environmental agenda. Under Macron, France has become one of the most aggressive advocates of pushing society to decarbonise. France believes that in order to meet climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement shipping needs to act faster than goals set out by IMO to get decarbonisation regulations moving by 2023. In April this year France made a submission to the IMO urging for a swift global speed limit for shipping in a bid to slash the industry’s emissions.
The Indonesian bulker, Nur Allya, has disappeared along with its 25 crew members, off the coast of eastern Indonesia. Shortly before disappearing, the crew sent a distress signal, although the its not immediately clear what prompted the call. Search and rescue efforts were launched right away, but the 52,400 dwt vessel which was carrying nickel ore, is yet to be located. Nickel ore has gained the reputation of being one of the world’s deadliest cargoes because it is highly susceptible to liquefaction, especially when exposed to damp conditions. Cargo liquefaction can result in a vessel to lose stability and capsize with minimal notice.
The Ballast Water Management Convention is coming into full effect from this September so all ships must be fitted with D-2-compliant ballast water treatment system by the next IOPP renewal survey no later than 8 September 2024. Currently, around 25% of the fleet in international voyage already has a ballast water treatment system (BWMS), D-2 standard. The rest of the fleet, about 75%, complies with the D-1 standard (ballast water exchange). As the updated BWM Convention is approaching, shipowners are making the necessary preparations to comply.
CMA CGM has decided that it its fleet of 500 vessels will not use the Northern Sea Route connecting Asia to Europe through the Arctic in an effort to protect the fragile ecosystem there from the threat of accidents, oil pollution, and collisions with marine wildlife. The Northern Sea Route, which runs the length of the Siberian coast has become navigable due to global warming.
The Chamber of Shipping has a new logo! Branding ourselves with new colours, look, and feel is just one of the many ways that we are looking to the future and embracing the changing times that we are experiencing today. There are more changes to come so keep an eye out!
A BC judge has ruled that the combined fines of $2.7 million issued under the Fisheries Act, $200,000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and $5,000 under the Pilotage Act be put into an environmental damage fund administered to benefit the Heiltsuk Nation. The incident spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and 2,200 litres of lubricants into the water. Kirby Offshore Operating admitted full responsibility for the spill and paid almost $6 million in compensation to the Canadian Coast Guard ($1.94 million), provincial government ($410,000) and the Heiltsuk Nation ($3.6 million). The sentencing hearing following the guilty plea was held on July 16, 2019, in Bella Bella.
BC Ferries is supporting a one-year research project at Galiano Island with the installation of thermal imaging cameras at their Sturdies Bay terminal. The project funded primarily by Fisheries and Oceans will help determine if automated thermal imaging technology, when used in combination with visual and acoustic detection, can be a reliable and effective way to detect whales. If the pilot is successful, the system could be used to alert ships to the presence of marine mammals in narrow waterways in the Salish Sea, and identify high-risk areas so mariners can make real-time decisions to slow down or use avoidance tactics when whales are present.
After nine impactful years, Jane McIvor has announced that the September edition of the BC Shipping News will be its last. Jane, President and Editor of the magazine together with her team of writers and assistants, have been instrumental in elevating the profile of the commercial marine industry in Canada. While losing this publication will certainly create a void in the industry, we are grateful for the years of knowledge and insights that they have shared, and we wish all those involved the best in their future endeavours. All back issues will continue to be available at https://issuu.com/janemci.
Captain Satinder Singh has just been appointed the Vice-President, Marine Operations and Harbour Master for the Port of Nanaimo. He brings 21 years of experience to the position and will be responsible for the safety and security within the Port’s jurisdiction. He has previously worked for the Department of National Defense at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Victoria, as the Auxiliary Fleet Manager with Port Operations and Emergency Services Branch, and as the Detachment Superintendent with the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range. Capt. Singh holds a Master in Maritime Management (MMM), Bachelor in Maritime Studies (BMS), and Diploma in Nautical Sciences, Certificate of Competency as a Master Mariner (MM) with Transport Canada. He also holds the Enforcement Officer Designation from Transport Canada under the Canada Marine Act.
Two Vancouver-based Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers have been appointed to high-level positions within prominent Canadian maritime law organizations.
Shelley Chapelski, partner and shipping lead in the law firm’s Canadian transport group, was elected to serve as president of the Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA); she is the second woman to hold this position in the association’s 68-year history.
Kaitlin Smiley, senior associate on Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution and litigation team, was named chair of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Maritime Law Section. Smiley became the second woman to hold this position after Chapelski, who served as chair 15 years ago.
Canada Border Services Agency is advising that effective immediately, post-arrival amendments on primary cargos (all modes), house bills or conveyance transmissions; or, if a cargo and/or conveyance arrival message were sent in error prior to the actual arrival, warehouse operators, carriers, freight forwarders and/or their services providers will be required to present a completed Form BSF673 in duplicate to the local CBSA commercial office. The Guidelines for the Use of BSF673 – House Bill, Cargo and Conveyance Manual Correction Request Form – Post Arrival – All Modes have been updated to reflect how and where the form is to be presented.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $300,000 in two projects at the Port of Vancouver to strengthen its transportation system and better prepare for climate change and extreme weather events in the Port of Vancouver and including the Fraser River.