Vessel participation in Haro Strait slowdown trial increases in week two
The second week of the Haro Strait Vessel Slowdown Trial (August 14-20, 2017), saw a total vessel participation rate of 68% with 65 of 96 piloted vessels reporting participation through the Haro Strait vessel slow down area. This represents an improvement of almost 10% over last week’s participation rates. In total, agents flagged 73 of 96 transits as potential candidates for participation and 65 of those participated, indicating that pilots were able to successfully carry out agent requests 89% of the time. As with last week, the primary reason recorded for non-participating vessels was a concern of not meeting schedule. Thanks again to all the agents, pilots, masters and owners who made efforts to participate this week. The ECHO Team is extremely encouraged to see the participation rates increase over the first week’s rates and look forward to reporting continued progress on a weekly basis going forward.
BC Ferries to ban staying in cars and smoking
BC Ferries has announced that in order to comply with Transport Canada regulations passengers will no longer be able to stay in their car on closed vehicle decks while the ferry is in motion. The ban will go into effect and October 11, and will apply to fully enclosed lower decks on many vessels including the Tswawwassen and Swartz Bay route. The company has also indicated that they will do their best to accommodate passengers with special circumstances by placing their vehicles on the upper deck. BC Ferries have also confirmed that they will be implementing a total smoking ban on all ferries as of January 22, 2018, in order to provide both customers and employees with a smoke-free environment.
TSB issues report on May 2016 tugboat collision near Gabriola Island
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has now released its report on the May 24 2016 collision of two tugs near Gabriola Island. In the 6-8 seconds it took the master of the CT Titan to move from the flying bridge to the wheelhouse the tug veered to port and struck the bow of the Albern on the starboard side, causing the vessel to capsize and sink. The investigation determined that it was the vessel’s tendency to veer to port or to starboard when the steering controls were unattended, as well as the rudders’ misalignment to port, that likely led to the CT Titan veering to port. Following the occurrence the company sent 10 masters and 10 deckhands to attend a situational awareness and bridge resource management training course at a local training institute.
Costly Environmental Policies may result in increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Further to our August 11th newsletter item reporting that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving to expand the state's At-Berth Regulation to include 100% of commercial ships to use shore-side power by 2030, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) has released a statement citing concern. An analysis conducted by Starcrest Consulting Group, commissioned by PMSA demonstrates that greenhouse gas (GHG) may increase if cargo is diverted from West Coast ports if the regulations come into effect. Increased costs as a result of the proposed regulations may divert vessels and cargo to East and Gulf Coast Ports, resulting in longer transit times which could result in increased emissions. More details are available in the report and infographic.
Largest container vessel transits the Panama Canal
On August 22nd, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a 14,855 teu capacity, became the first ultra large container vessel (ULVC) to transit the Panama Canal. The vessel is deployed on the new OCEAN Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express (SAX) service, which connects Asia and U.S. East Coast ports via the Panama Canal. By transiting through Panama, the vessel saved 29,561 tons of CO2 by bypassing the Cape of Good Hope. For this voyage the vessel will also call the Port of New York and New Jersey, which recently completed a four year, US 1.6 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to 215 ft. in order to accommodate larger ships.
Maersk adds new service between Port of Montreal and Mediterranean
Starting September 30th Maersk Line will launch a new service between Montreal and ports on the Mediterranean Sea. The published ports of call will be Cagliari – Salerno – Leghorn – Genoa – Fos sur Mer – Algeciras – Tangiers – Vigo – Montreal – Tangiers – Valencia – Cagliari. With the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) being provisionally implemented in September, European tariffs will be eliminated on key Canadian exports and this service will tap into a new flow of goods. Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company currently calls at all four major ports in Canada, Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal.
Saga Shipholding recognized by US Coast Guard
Congratulations to Saga Shipholding for being recongnized by the US Coast Guard for excellent safety and environmental standards. The Tevnik-based owner had nine vessels listed as qualifying for the USCG's "E-Zero" programme, which recognizes ships for having zero detentions and zero deficiencies wordwide over a three year period. Qualified vessels must also have a US Coast Guard approved ballast trement system onboard.
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BIMCO Masterclass Workshop in Vancouver
This BIMCO masterclass examines commodity sale as a whole. The close links between the sale contract, the insurance contract and the carriage contract will be examined in presentations and case studies to see why and how the various documents which are customarily issued inter-relate. Each aspect of the arrangement such as the cargo sale, the cargo insurance and the carriage contracts will be considered both separately and in relation to other relevant aspects. Chamber of Shipping are eligible for the BIMCO member rate.
Saturday August 19 was a milestone event for the Corporation of Delta with the Dedication Ceremony of the Delta Lifeboat (renamed from Steveston Lifeboat). The event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Delta Mayor Lois Jackson; Chief Administration Officer, Mr. George Harvie; The Honourable Carla Qualtrough. MP Delta; Mr. Ian Paton, MLA Delta South; Mr. Neil Dubord, Delta Chief Constable and the Directors of the Canadian Lifeboat Institute to whom the Delta Lifeboat is chartered. The formal Dedication and Blessing was conducted by Reverend Peter Smyth, Senior Port Chaplain, Mission to Seafarers, Vancouver.
Built in Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii, in 1944 LOA 15.8m Beam 3.8m Displacement 30 tonnes Construction: mahogany and fire on oak frames Engine: Single Detroit 671 diesel, 157 SHP Speed: 10 knots Range: 1000 nautical miles Standard complement: 7 crew Navigation: Integrated suite of navigation and communications systems Tender: 3.3m RHIB with 20HP outboard carried on deck Fire-fighting: Foam and fire hose Towing capable
The Delta Lifeboat was built for the U.S. Navy as an Admiral’s Barge and reportedly served several Admirals including Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief Pacific Ocean Areas, during World War II. Her life saving career began in 1988 when she was purchased by her current owners and updated as a Search and Rescue vessel. For many years she has operated out of Steveston Harbour as an escort vessel for recreational events, in addition to escorting deep sea and other commercial vessels, especially in the Fraser River during the traditional gillnet salmon fishing season.
The Delta Lifeboat is owned by renowned marine artist and Captain George Vancouver historian, Mr. John Horton and his wife Mary. At the age of 16, John Horton was already a Volunteer Reservist aboard HMS Wessex and when the opportunity came, he joined the Royal Navy, serving in the Pacific, witnessing hydrogen bomb tests, the Atlantic, and also in the Arctic undertaking fishery protection patrols during the so called “Cod War” with Iceland. Following naval service, John returned to his love of painting but in 1966, he packed up his young family and emigrated to Vancouver. Within weeks of arrival, he had set up his architectural rendering practice in the Marine Building, held an exhibition at the Bayshore Inn and was promptly deluged with clients. He never looked back and today his marine paintings can be found in almost any office or home in Canada and in galleries around the globe. In 2002 he accepted the Canadian government’s invitation to record Canada’s navy in action in the Arabian Gulf during operation Apollo, the codename for an operation conducted by Canadian forces in support of the United States during that country’s early military engagement in Afghanistan.
From December 2014 until the Spring of 2017, the Delta Lifeboat was out of service following an incident on the Fraser River. However, not only was she repaired, the break in service allowed her to be fully refitted and electronically upgraded in preparation for her return to service – a major undertaking for which John and Mary deserve immense credit. Picture above centre, to the right of the podium is Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, CLI President Mr. Bob McIlwaine and Delta Chief Administration Officer, Mr. George Harvie. Above right, is John Horton formally receiving the Delta flag from Bob McIlwaine.
Picture above: The CLI’s Fraser Lifeboat leading the way into Ladner Harbour on August 19 followed by the Delta Lifeboat and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) hovercraft Siyay commanded by Capt. Tom Moxey from CCG Base Sea Island.
Founded in 1981, the Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI) is a registered charity. Both the Delta Lifeboat and the Fraser Lifeboat (based in Steveston) are manned by volunteer crews from all walks of life, including former seafarers, who give their time to the cause of marine safety. The CLI also partners with the VFPA Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee (MERCC) and the FishSafe BC Advisory Committee. The Institution works closely with the CCG, regularly participating in joint exercises, in addition to the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR). The Institution is funded by corporate and personal donations without direct government funding. Since its formation, CLI has logged more than 4,000 incidents and has contributed to the saving of a number of lives.
Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd., CLI Director and Chair, Mission to Seafarers, Vancouver.