The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing 80% of the world merchant fleet, has issued a statement supporting our concerns with proposed Bill C-48, An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia's north coast.
ICS asserts that the proposals have not been developed through an evidence-based process, and believes that it would establish an unwelcome precedent that might be emulated elsewhere, including by individual US States, with the potential to impact greatly on the efficiency of world trade, as well as that of Canada. It goes further to state that the environmental record of the shipping industry, especially the tanker sector, is impressive. On average, worldwide, there are currently fewer than two significant oil spills (over 700 tonnes) per year, compared to 25 such incidents per year thirty years ago, despite a doubling of the amount of oil transported by sea. The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act has been referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and we will appear before the Committee on October 31st.
Last week it was reported that a dead Humpback Whale washed up near Ucluelet, and that the marine mammal was found to have a dislocated lower jaw bone. Officials suspect that this was possibly a result of being hit by a large vessel. Humpback whales experience the second highest strike rate of any whale species worldwide because they are relatively abundant and they often feed at or near the surface. The North Pacific Population is migratory and have been spotted with higher abundance in the Swiftsure Bank area off the West Coast of Vancouver Island through October to April, and with a slightly lower frequency from May through September. As a result of an increase in population the Humpback was reclassified from Threatened to Special Concern under the Species at Risk Act in 2017 and is protected under the Marine Mammal Regulations. Vessels transiting in BC Coastal waters have been encouraged to keep an active lookout for this and other species of whales, especially in areas of higher density.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has recently completed the purchase of three strategic industrial-zoned properties in Richmond and Port Coquitlam. The three properties that were purchased by the port authority will be temporarily designated for continued industrial use by the port authority, pending a formal amendment to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Land Use Plan, and will continue to be used mostly for warehousing and distribution for the foreseeable future. The three properties include:
1700 No. 6 Road in Richmond – 8.48 acres
11480 to 11500 River Road, Richmond – 9.46 acres
1305 and 1375 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam – 17.65 acres
The port authority will continue to pursue additional strategic acquisition opportunities as they become available and engage the region in a constructive and meaningful dialogue to find solutions to shared land challenges.
Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 07/2017 to remind all foreign and Canadian vessels owners and operators of the deck watch requirements which are to be observed on their vessels, as stipulated by the Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR). Subject to Section 216 (2) (b) of the MPR, on a vessel of at least 5 gross tonnage, the deck watch shall consist of an additional person assisting the person in charge of the deck watch. This aspect is further substantiated by Chapter VIII Part 4-1 (16) of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) in which the officer in charge of the navigational watch may be the sole lookout only in daylight under certain conditions.
The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing the availability of the updated alternative planning criteria national guidelines for vessel response plans (VRPs). These national guidelines provide the maritime industry with updated information on developing and submitting alternative planning criteria. The update provides procedures that the maritime industry should follow when applying for alternate planning criteria in accordance with 33 CFR 155.1065 & 33 CFR 155.5067 and encourages consistent application of the review, approval and enforcement procedures for vessel response plans by the Coast Guard.
US Navy warships will now sail through high traffic areas with AIS transponders turned on to provide other vessels with real-time information on its location. Two US Navy destroyers, the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain have collided with merchant vessels this year. While both collisions are still under investigation, it seems pretty clear that in both instances one or both vessels involved was not aware a collision was imminent. Navy ships are designed to appear as something much smaller when detected on the radar screens of other ships. Even in daylight, Navy ships are painted Haze Grey to make it very difficult for crews on enemy ships to make visual contact. Today, the US Navy honoured 36 sailors for their bravery last June as they battled “constant peril from flooding, electrocution … and noxious fumes” for 16 hours in the aftermath of the collision involving the USS Fitzgerald, which killed two San Diego-area men and five other sailors.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the sixth US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application submitted in April 2017. The ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT is the first full flow electrolysis BWTS approved by the USCG. The treatment process consists of a three step process consisting of filtration and electrolysis during uptake, and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers thirteen models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 90 m3/h and 3,740 m3/h. A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage.
The Marine Safety Center has also issued an updated type approval certificate to TeamTec OceanSaver AS for the OceanSaver BWTS MKII Ballast Water Management System. The updated certificate was issued as a result of the acquisition of all OceanSaver intellectual property, certificates and assets by IMS Group AS. TeamTec OceanSaver is a member of, and fully owned by, IMS group AS.
Shareholders of Cosco Shipping Holdings have approved the $6.3 billion takeover of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed parent company of OOCL. With this acquisition Cosco-OOCL will become the world's third largest container line, although it was earlier indicated that they would maintain their own brand. The combined company will operate more than 400 vessels with capacity exceeing 2.9 million TEUs, including order book. A number of regulatory approvals are required before the deal is finalized.
The Nanaimo Port Authority will host a Canada C3 Expedition Open House at the Visiting Vessel Pier at Mills Landing from 2-4PM on Saturday, October 21st . Stop by to learn about the 150-day sailing journey connecting Canadians on Canada’s east, north and west coasts. The expedition is divided into 15 legs and has a cross-section of Canadian society on board, including scientists, artists, Indigenous Elders, historians, community leaders, youth, journalists and educators. These diverse and accomplished Canadians are connecting with communities, conducting research, creating art and music and together celebrating Canada.
The Canada C3 expedition vessel is a 67 metre (220 ft) Canadian-flagged research icebreaker. A former Canadian Coast Guard vessel, she has a distinguished legacy serving Canada and Canadians. The vessel is connected to Canada and the world via the latest satellite technologies, enabling Canadians from coast to coast to coast to experience the Canada C3 journey. Outfitted with inflatables (small boats), advanced navigation equipment, research labs, multiple decks and a top deck observation area, our vessel is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments.
Canada C3 is a signature project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The centrepiece is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that is connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast and inspiring a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and the past, present and future of our country.
On Oct. 28, the Canada C3 expedition will complete its epic 150-day journey from coast to coast to coast in Victoria, B.C. The event will include Canada C3 participants past and present, music, tours of the Canada C3 ship, food, and more! For more details visit: www.canadac3.ca
When recently checking the visitor log at the Mission to Seafarers, I was amused by the name of a ship from which we hosted a large group of seafarers. The name of the ship was Mongoose Hunter and curiosity so got the better of me that I had to dig deeper. After all, who would call a ship Mongoose Hunter or Mongoose anything for that matter. On research, I was able to identify that within the Delphis Fleet, owned since 2015 by Compagnie Maritime Belge, there also exists the imaginatively named mid-size container ships named Cuckoo Hunter, Duck Hunter, Grouse Hunter, Harrier Hunter, Hawk Hunter and Moose Hunter.
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan Delivered in 2005 Owned and managed by Delphis Shipping, a subsidiary of Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) Chartered by 2M Alliance LOA 294.1m Beam 32.3m GRT 58,289 tons DWT 64,519 MT Capacity 4,922 Registered in Monrovia Previous names: Built as P&O Nedlloyd Heemskerck, MOL Cullinan, 2005-14, Santa Regina 2014-15
Mongoose Hunter is currently operating within the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company which formally began operations in January 2015. Under the negotiated terms, the world’s two largest container carriers signed a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement on the Asia-Europe, Transatlantic and Transpacific trades. The Alliance also has a strategic cooperation Agreement with Hyundai Merchant Marine signed in March this year.
CMB was founded in 1895 under the name 'Compagnie Belge Maritime du Congo (CBMC) when a maritime trading link was opened with the Congo Free State. In 1930 CBMC acquired Lloyd Royal Belge, another Belgian shipowner, and the name of the new company was amended to CMB ahead of forging new trading links with North America and the Far East. The company entered the dry bulk trade in 1962 and continues to be a major dry bulk operator under its Bocimar name. In 1995, 50% of CMB Transport was sold to Safmarine but today the company focuses on the bulk sector. Since 1997, CMB has also owned Euronav, one of the world’s largest owner/operators of large tankers with 46 vessels currently under ownership.
Mongoose Hunter seen here in her previous colours (left to right) as P&O Nedlloyd Heemskerck, MOL Cullinan and Santa Regina.
The current consolidation of container shipping lines into three primary alliances is illustrated by the above graphic.