Spire Global has announced a new weather forecast tool specialized for maritime companies, which aims to provide information to help ports, ships and shipping companies. The company uses information from dozens of small satellites that seek to help ships navigate tricky areas, conserve fuel, and run routes more efficiently. Spire also tracks vessels from space using data collected in radio wavelengths.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority has appointed Frans Tjallingii as the new chair of the board. Tjallingii has been a member of the board since 2017 and is replacing Bud Smith, who had held the role of chair since 2012, with John Farrell serving as the acting chair since Smith retired in June. Tjallingii is a businessman and entrepreneur, and co-founded and chairs the New Leaf Project, which works to find innovative solutions to homelessness. He has over two decades of experience in maritime, oil and gas and technology sectors, including with First Coin Capital, SAAM SMIT Canada and the government of the Netherlands.
Parrish & Heimbecker, a Winnipeg-based grain company has announced its acquisition of 10 Louis Dreyfus Company locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Through this investment, P&H is seeking to grow a more competitive grain supply chain in Canada by expanding grain terminals, flour milling facilities, feed mills and elevators.
The Government of Canada is investing $30 Million for the design of an LNG-fueled tanker with Vancouver-based Teekay Shipping. One of the goals of the project is to build a vessel that will be up to 90 percent quieter than traditional tankers, reducing its impact on local marine species, including the Southern Resident killer whale. The low-emission and low-noise crude oil tanker will be equipped with the latest proven quiet technologies and powered by Canadian LNG. To limit emissions and ensure the best outcome for marine life, the vessel will have specific design targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and reduce noise by up to 90 percent, compared to conventional tankers.
Transport Canada has announced significant investments into three projects at the Port of Prince Rupert which will increase capacity at the Port and help move Canadian goods to international markets. The three projects totaling $153.7 million, include: building of a double-track bridge across the Zanardi Rapids, increasing rail capacity on key rail routes; providing additional rail capacity and reducing rail congestion for bulk and container facilities on Ridley Island; and, developing land for import and export logistics facilities near the Fairview Terminal and a container yard.
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, released a joint statement to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Atlantic as well as Merchant Navy Veterans Day. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest military engagement of the Second World War - from September 1939 until May 1945. By the end of war more than 25,000 trans-Atlantic merchant ship voyages, transporting approximately 165 million tonnes of cargo, had been completed under the escort of Canadian forces.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has announced $1.06 million in funding over three years for 10 projects that aim to help restore and protect the Great Lakes. The funding is part of the additional investment of $44.84 million for the Great Lakes Protection Initiative announced in Budget 2017. The projects receiving funding tackle issues including addressing toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and, creating and restoring the aquatic habitat in the bays and coastal wetlands of Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park by installing underwater reefs and managing invasive grasses.
The Canadian Government has announced that Dominic Barton will be the next ambassador to Beijing, a move which will end a months-long gap without a top diplomat in the country. Mr. Barton has been a prominent Canadian figure in China and in international economic affairs, with a long career at consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where he served as global managing partner for nine years. Mr. Barton chaired the Advisory Council on Economic Growth and has worked directly for Chinese interests, as a member of the advisory board for the China Development Bank Capital Group and as an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.
After devastating the Bahamas with 185-mph winds, Hurricane Dorian’s eye made landfall on the US mainland earlier today in South Carolina. The weakened Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 90-mph and is was moving northeast at 21 mph. Yesterday the US Coast Guard released important information about what their crews have seen since beginning rescue missions. They report a high risk of debris in the water, sunken vessels and destroyed or missing aids to navigation and pier facilities. They also warn about the risk of chemical spills and topography in ports and marinas from the storm surge of the Category 5 hurricane. The Ports of Charleston and Savannah have reopened to deep draft vessels with restrictions.
Disney has committed to donating more than $1 million to help relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. This commitment includes a donation to non-profit relief agencies who will be undertaking recovery and rebuilding efforts, as well as the provision of to impacted areas. Additionally, Disney employees with immediate needs in impacted areas of the Bahamas will have access to a range of resources.
The US Federal Maritime Commissioners approved a set of recommendations today to bring about fairness in the way demurrage and detention fees are administered by ocean carriers and marine terminal operators. The FMC will soon publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish “interpretive” rules to address the following:
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the launch of Incoterms® 2020, a new edition of the Incoterms® rules which will become available in September 2019 and will take effect as of January 1, 2020. The new rules will reflect the changing economic landscape and will provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of goods. For more information about Incoterms®, please visit the ICC’s Incoterms® Rules page.
Maersk is aiming to allow US and Canadian importers to coordinate customs activity through a single process flow as it seeks to more fully leverage its acquisition of the North American customs broker Vandegrift. Maersk is seeking to become more digital, highlighted by its decision to launch the Maersk Customs Navigator, a solution that Maersk is seeking to integrate into its origin and supply chain management services. The product is intended to give shippers a ‘single window’ experience where customers don’t have to go to multiple systems to get their supply chain management milestones and customs house broker milestones, but instead go to one place for this information.
COSCO Shipping Ports have ended the first two quarters of the year with a total throughput rise of 5.4 percent year on year; the container throughput increased to 59.8 million TEUs in H1 2019 from 56.7 million TEUs recorded in H1 2018. The growth was backed by the increased calls from the shipping alliances at the group’s container terminals and the contributions from newly acquired terminals.
HaiSea Marine, a joint venture partnership between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC has been awarded LNG Canada’s contract to design, build and operate the escort and harbour tugs for their LNG export facility in Kitimat, BC. The contract is valued at approximately $500 million over 12 years and will result in employment for approximately 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus other roles for employees of the partner organizations. Benefits will also be available to the Gitxaala Nation and the Gitga’at Nation through a transit agreement with the Haisla.
The Port of Vancouver is looking at the feasibility of a new cruise ship terminal near the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond and Delta. The port authority has been assessing need for a secondary terminal since 2017 as the newer and larger cruise ships are constrained by the height of the Lions Gate Bridge while en route to and from Canada Place. Public engagement is expected to begin in 2020.
The Mission for Seafarer’s 12th annual Cycle for Seafarers event took place last Saturday with 90 cyclists joining one of the four routes. While early still, estimates indicate that almost $50k was raised through personal and corporate sponsorships. Romeo Rusan once again was the top fundraiser for this event. On behalf of the Mission to Seafarers Vancouver, Senior Chaplain Reverend Peter Smyth, extends a big thank you to participating cyclists, their sponsors, and the following corporate sponsors who donated in money and gifts in kind;
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority | Seaspan | Tymac | BCMEA | Chamber of Shipping | Western Stevedoring | CN Corporate | Bernard LLP | Canfisco | Helijet |Harbour Cruises | Chevron | Saam Smit | Samson Tugs | Pacific Pilotage Authority | BC Coast Pilots | Canadian Coast Guard Kitsilano | DP World | Clearly Printing | BC Shipping News
“Thank you to the seafarers, who it is all about, who on ships brought us our bicycles, the food we ate, the cars we drove to get there and much more.”