Friday, 15 September 2017 12:42

THE Alliance establishes $50M contingency fund

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The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved THE Alliance’s plan for a $50m contingency fund in case one of its members becomes insolvent or suffers serious “financial distress”. Each of THE Alliance’s members – Hapag-Lloyd, MOL, NYK, K line and Yang Ming – are to contribute an initial $1m and a further $9m in “additional funds or through a letter of credit”, said FMC commissioner William Doyle, who voted to approve.  While the fund is set to be administered by a neutral trustee, in the case of an insolvency event or other “material adverse change”, the other lines would form a committee that would exclude the affected line. This committee would approve all disbursements by unanimous agreement and instruct the trustee on “actual disbursements and on other administrative functions”.

Friday, 15 September 2017 12:37

Code of Practice on Cyber Security for Ships

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The UK Department of Transport has released the IET Standards' Code of Practice - Cyber Security for Ships. The Code does not set out specific technical or construction standards for ship systems, but instead provides a management framework that can be used to reduce the risk of cyber incidents that could affect the safety or security of the ship, its crew, passengers or cargo. The Code of Practice is intended to be used as an integral part of a company's or ship's overall risk management system and subsequent business planning, so as to ensure that the cyber security of the ship, or fleet, is managed cost effectively as part of mainstream business. A recent survey of 2,500 seafarers has revealed that 40% of officers have sailed on a vessel that has become infected with a computer virus or malware and of those 87% of those surveyed had no cyber security training.  

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Wolverine Terminals ULC today announced it is proposing to construct and operate a marine fuel delivery service for the Port of Prince Rupert that would enable cargo vessels anchored or berthed in the Port to fuel locally.  Prince Rupert is one of the only major ports in the world to not offer marine fueling services for cargo ships, a significant competitive disadvantage. Designed with the latest marine fueling technology, the fuel would be supplied via rail with the distribution being marine based. Prince Rupert’s extensive rail network access means that fuel can be sourced from anywhere at the best price available across North America.

Wolverine Terminals is conducting an environmental effects evaluation for a proposed storage location in Prince Rupert’s inner harbour, while engaging with First Nations and potential stakeholders as part of their regulatory approval application to the Prince Rupert Port Authority. In the coming months Wolverine will share further information about the roposed marine fueling service with the community, host an open house event, and seek community feedback. Should the proposed service receive its necessary regulatory approvals, the Prince Rupert Marine Fuels Service will be constructed and operational by mid-2019.

Wolverine Terminals ULC is a Calgary, Alberta-based company focused on the safe and efficient development of energy-related marine terminals at key ports in Canada and the U.S. Wolverine’s experienced team has the resources and a strong track record of building and operating safe, environmentally responsible and successful energy service businesses.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 12:18

Northern Sea Route ice-free

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Data from Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute shows that the country’s entire Northern Sea Route now is ice-free and thriving with shipping activity. According to the Northern Sea Route Administration, on September 4th, a total of 94 ships operating along the route. And that list does not include military vessels. A lion’s share of the ships are concentrated in the area around the Yamal Peninsula where companies Novatek and Gazprom Neft are developing their grand Yamal LNG and Novy Port projects.

Friday, 08 September 2017 12:09

COSCO and PIL swap containerships

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A 12-vessel time-charter agreement between Cosco Shipping Lines and Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL) has been signed with value of USD18.87 million. Under the agreement, COSCO will lease six vessels (one 6,500 TEU and five 4,250 TEU) ships from PIL and PIL will lease six 5,550 TEU containerships from COSCO. 

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has approved the permit application from Kinder Morgan Canada to upgrade and expand the existing Westridge Marine Terminal in the Port of Vancouver. The decision was made after a thorough and robust project and environmental review of the application, including consultation with Aboriginal groups and community feedback on the impacts of construction activities at the Westridge Marine Terminal, such as noise, dust, lighting and proposed mitigations.  

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The Nanaimo Port Authority and Island Ferry Services Ltd. have reached an agreement on an Offer to Lease certain facilities at 100 Port Drive that will support operation of a fast, passenger-only ferry service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver.  Island Ferries has been identified as the preliminary preferred proponent and the next steps to move this forward include an environmental review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012), further discussions with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, continued engagement with the City of Nanaimo and the broader community, and completion of a long-term lease agreement to operate the passenger-only ferry service from the Port property.

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will enter into force today, 8 September 2017. As agreed at the last Marine Environmental Protection Committee session in July, the implementation dates of the Convention were amended so that existing ships (i.e. ships constructed before 8 September) will not be required to install treatment systems until the date of their first International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) renewal survey after 8 September 2019. In the absence os a treatment system, the ballast water must be exchanged in accordance with local regulations. Danish Shipping has prepared a guide – The Little Blue Book on Ballast Water – to assist in compliance with the rules of the convention. The guide is intended to be on board the ships, so the crew can seek information when needed.

Friday, 08 September 2017 11:25

W. Stanley Webber (1941-2017)

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December 10, 1941 - August 22,2017 - With great sadness we pass on the news with regards to the sudden death of our past Director and Chair, Stan Webber.  Left to mourn are his cherished wife, Dawn, his three children, Kelly Storms (Andrew), Stephen (Eyrely) and Sullivan (Soleil); his sisters, Sandra Dumont and Joan Weston; his adored grandchildren (Liam, Taya, Koen, Zef and Mason) plus nieces, nephews and good friends near and far. He was a respected and devoted port agent in the shipping and cruise industry. 'Stan the Man' had a way of making everyone's life seem brighter when he was around. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Stan's memory. A Celebration of Life will be held in Vancouver at a later date.

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Transport Canada has issued a $6,000 penalty to the Seven Seas Navigator vessel for not complying with the mandatory slow down of vessels 20 metres or more to a maximum of 10 knots.  The speed restriction was put in place on August 11, 2017 as one of the mitigation measures following the deaths of several North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in a short period of time. The speed restriction applies to vessels travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.  The Government of Canada is working with the maritime industry to find more permanent solutions to protect the North Atlantic right whales.

Friday, 08 September 2017 10:42

Rickmers Group given a life line

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Zeaborn Group and Bertram Rickmers have won a bidding war to acquire the ship management division of Rickmers Group in a transaction that will ensure continued operations of parts of the insolvent carrier. Rikmers filed for insolvency on June 1st.  Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Cartel Office and the consortium intends to take over the remaining business units of the Rickmers Group through an insolvency plan. A purchase price in the double-digit millions was agreed between the parties. 

Friday, 08 September 2017 10:28

Hurricane Irma expects to hammer US on Sunday

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Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey pumped up product tanker rates, Hurricane Irma appears poised to bring impacts, albeit more muted, to the container shipping and project cargo sectors.  Hurricane Irma now downgraded to a category 4 storm, is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. The US National Weather Service says that Irma was expected to bring wind speeds of around 165mph (270km/h) over the weekend as it hits Florida. On Wednesday Hutchison Ports Bahamas issued closure dates and times for the Grand Bahama International Airport, the Freeport Harbour and the Freeport Container Port. Of extreme importance to the general public regarding airplane movements to and from Grand Bahama through the airport is the decision to close that essential island facility at noon on Friday, September 8.  The Container Port will suspend full operations as of 3 pm today and Freeport Harbour will shut down until further notice, as of 6 pm today.

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