A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express (ONE) are planning to establish a new container shipping association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry. The IT executives are discussing the creation of common information technology standards with the aim of less red tape and better transparency. The association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform and will not discuss any commercial or operational matters. The association welcomes other container carriers to join. INTTRA, the neutral digital platform that handles one out of every four container bookings, started as a joint industry effort with many of the same founding members.
The Port of Prince Rupert will be receiving $21.9 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support three separate projects that will enable transportation infrastructure and gateway growth. $15 million will go towards the Fairview-Ridley Connector, $3.7 million for the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor (RRUC) Expansion, and $3.2 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Mainline Expansion. The Fairview-Ridley Connector will facilitate a rerouting of container trucks from local customs and transload facilities to Fairview Container Terminal. By eliminating downtown truck traffic, the project will achieve improved vehicle and pedestrian safety, ease traffic congestion, reduce wear on provincial and municipal road infrastructure, and drastically reduce the GHG and local air emissions from each truck trip by an estimated 75%. The RRUC is an infrastructure platform built to support access to future terminals and logistics operations on Ridley Island; its expansion is critical to unlocking future development on Ridley Island and the mainline expansion supports the engineering and design of CN’s mainline entry and exit to and from the Gateway, focusing particularly on the Zanardi Bridge and related bridge accesses.
Following a well respected and distinguished 31-year career with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) President and CEO, Terry Duggan, has announced his retirement effective March 31, 2019. Terry leaves a legacy of leadership that focused on collective bargaining with both longshore and foremen unions, pension and benefit administration, finance and audit, labour legislation and regulations, corporate governance and risk, employment equity and government relations. The Board of Directors for the BCMEA has announced that the current Senior Vice President Employee Relations, Dispatch and Corporate Secretary, Mike Leonard, will be appointed as President and CEO from April 1st.
The Canadian government is looking to sell a 90 per cent stake in Ridley Terminals Inc., a federal Crown corporation. The remaining 10 per cent stake will be transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation at the close of the sale. Canada Development Investment Corp. says the sale will be conducted on an open and competitive basis and says it’s seeking the best value from a buyer who will operate Ridley Terminals on a long-term sustainable basis and with open access.
Construction is well underway at the Port of Nanaimo site that will be home to the new BC Vehicle Processing Centre (BCVPC). A key component of Phase 1 of the project includes renovating an existing 60,000 square foot building, is expected to be completed January 1 in time for the first shipment carrying approximately 400 new vehicles slated for arrival to begin the detailing process later that month. The Terminal will be the initial offloading terminus and preparation area for new European automobiles that will be sent to vehicle dealerships throughout Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, eventually expanding throughout western Canada. The Port of Nanaimo is partnering with Western Stevedoring and their affiliate organization, the Auto Division of SSA Marine, to design, build, finance and operate the terminal.
Canadian Pacific Railway has broken all-time records for the shipment of grain, moving 2.64 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products in October. This makes October 2018 CP's biggest month ever for moving Canadian grain, breaking the record from September 2017. During the month of October CP also set a new record for biofuels shipped.Through 14 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year, CP shipped more than 7.5 MMT of grain and grain products, and since harvest began in September has averaged more than 5,500 empty railcars to country elevators each week.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project has received a gold rating under the Stewardship Centre for B.C.’s Green Shores® for Coastal Development program. The New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project is a collaboration between the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The project enhances fish and wildlife habitat in Burrard Inlet, and increases public access to nature. Since project construction was completed in September 2017, juvenile salmon have been observed using the tidal wetland as a stopover on their way through Burrard Inlet.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s two new Channel Survey and Sounding Vessels (CSSVs) built by Kanter Marine of St. Thomas, ON have been accepted and will operate within the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Isle-aux-Coudres. The CCGS Jean Bourdon and CCGS Helen Irene Battle will enhance the capability of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as other departments and agencies, to monitor and observe marine and environmental conditions. In addition, the new CSSVs will be able to assist with a number of activities related to search and rescue, aids to navigation, law enforcement, emergency response, and natural disasters, as well as supporting ecosystems and fisheries science in the region.
Ministers Wilkinson, Garneau and McKenna participated in search and rescue and environmental response simulations to commemorate the second anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan. Since the creation of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada taken steps to protect our endangered whales and Marine Protected Areas with over 11,000 hours of surveillance and enforcement this year alone. The government is also working with Indigenous peoples to help them respond to marine emergencies in their communities by providing marine safety training. The Coast Guard’s capacity to respond to incidents has been enhanced with the purchase of 23 portable skimmers and 67,000 feet of curtain booms to help with oil spills and four new Coast Guard facilities, including two search and rescue stations. Through the Coastal Restoration Fund over 30 aquatic habitats will be restored and 16 new science projects are underway to help respond to oil spills and better understand marine mammals’ environment.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 12th US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd. The treatment principle of the OceanGuard BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization during discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 65 m3/h and 5,200 m3/h. This BWMS has not been shown to meet the requirements of 46 CFR Subchapters F and J, and may not be installed on a US flagged vessel.
On November 5, 2018, the United States fully re-imposed the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted or waived under the JCPOA. These are the toughest US sanctions ever imposed on Iran, and will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors. The United States is engaged in a campaign of maximum financial pressure on the Iranian regime and intends to enforce aggressively these sanctions that have come back into effect. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) posted to its website additional frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide guidance on the sanctions that have been re-imposed. In addition, OFAC amended FAQ 256 and FAQ 417, and archived outdated FAQs. More than 700 individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft are now on the sanctions list, including major banks, oil exporters and shipping companies.
US CBP announced that beginning January 1, 2019 all commercial truck shipments containing Section 321 merchandise will be required to file an advance electronic manifest in accordance to the guidelines specified in the Trade Act of 2002. The rise in eCommerce combined with the increase in the De Minimis value, has resulted in a significant growth in shipments being manifested and released under Section 321. Beginning November 26, 2018, CBP will begin a phased approach for non-compliance with conveyances being referred to secondary for processing. Then starting January 1, 2019, carriers which make no attempt to comply with the electronic manifest requirement will be issued a monetary penalty ($5000 for the first offence and $10,000 for subsequent offences).
The Coast Guard published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that permits tankers with automatic pilot systems that meet certain international standards to operate using those systems in shipping safety fairways and traffic separation schemes specified in 33 CFR parts 166 and 167, respectively. This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction, updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems, and promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship missions by enhancing maritime safety. This final rule is effective Dec. 5, 2018.
The United States Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB number 00-12 REV1) to provide information and guidance regarding the provisions for employment of non-US credentialed personnel on board certain US documented vessels.
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted (on 26 October) the action plan, to contribute to the global solution for preventing marine plastic litter entering the oceans through ship based activities. Discharging plastics into the sea is already prohibited under regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which also oblige governments to ensure adequate port reception facilities to receive ship waste. Under the London Convention and Protocol on the dumping of wastes at sea, only permitted materials can be dumped and this waste has to be fully assessed to ensure it does not contain harmful materials like plastic litter. IMO Member States meeting in the MEPC agreed actions to be completed by 2025, which relate to all ships, including fishing vessels.
The UN Security Council has renewed for one year, its authorization allowing Member States to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya, as long as there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that they are being used for smuggling migrants or human trafficking. Members States must make good-faith efforts to obtain the consent of the vessel’s flag State before performing that authority. The authorizations apply only with respect to migrant smuggling and human trafficking on the high seas off Libya’s coast, and will not affect the rights, obligations or responsibilities of Member States under international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It also said that the authorizations do not apply to vessels entitled to sovereign immunity under international law.
The Province of BC has appointed Cynthia Dick to the Port Alberni Port Authority Board of Directors. This appointment of a three-year term took effect October 24, 2018. Ms. Dick is the Chief Councillor of the Tseshaht First Nation since her appointment to that role in 2016. She brings her vision to continue the work of creating a brighter future for the community and future generations. Ms. Dick believes that through more community engagement she will be able to work towards common goals and visions on behalf of Tseshaht people. As the proud mother of a young daughter she holds value in creating a better place for future generations as her highest motivation.
The Port's Advisory Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for the Board position in the user group category. The Canada Marine Act section 16(e) precludes an individual who is a director, office or employee of a person who is a user of the port. The Director appointment approach supports an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process – one that will result in the recommendation of high-quality candidates who achieve gender parity and truly reflect Canada’s diversity. Nominations will be received until 4:00 PM, December 31, 2018. For more information call tel: (250) 723-5312 or visit www.alberniport.ca.