Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 14-009 to clarify sealing requirements for containers moving beyond the First Point of Arrival to final point of export and to CBSA examination locations. 

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:58

Texada coal terminal expansion approved

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The B.C. government last week approved an amended permit to allow Lafarge to store 800,000 tons of coal at Texada Island, double the previous amount. This will enable the company to handle thermal coal from the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) coal-handling facility which is currently seeking an environmental permit from PMV. If approved, the FSD project would initially involve receiving and shipment of up to four million tons of thermal coal annually from the US Midwest, transfer to barges and ship to Texada Island for loading on Capesize bulk carriers. A second phase would involve expansion to eight million tons a year, subject to further review.

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:57

Triton LNG granted export license

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The National Energy Board has approved Triton LNG’s application for a 25-year licence to export LNG from an as yet to be determined location on the B.C. coast. Triton LNG involves AltaGas of Calgary and Idemitsu Kosan Co., Japan's third-largest refiner.

It was also announced this week that China National Offshore Oil Corp.(CNOOC) has signed a preliminary agreement with BG Group to be a possible partner in the proposed Prince Rupert LNG project. Spectra Energy  has previously been contracted to deliver the feed-gas. BG Group has filed plans to build an LNG plant with annual capacity of around 21 million tons per annum.

BP has meanwhile agreed to sell interests in four oilfields it operates on the North Slope of Alaska to concentrate on the LNG project it is developing with ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada Corp. and the Alaskan authorities. BP said it was selling its non-natural gas assets to Hilcorp, one of the largest privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the US. However, BP plans to continue   as operator and co-owner of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield. 

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:56

Port of Oakland seeks trucking answers

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It sounds familiar to everyone’s ears in Vancouver but trucking companies in Oakland are complaining that turn times at container terminals can sometimes take several hours, making it impossible for many drivers to earn a living. Because of this, Chris Lytle, the port’s Executive Director has been chairing  regular meetings with truckers, terminal operators, carriers and beneficial cargo owners since he took office last year. He has acknowledged that as with other busy container ports, it is the smaller percentage of exceptionally long turn times that skew average times and raise the level of discontent. The Port of Oakland has published a hot linethat truckers can call whenever they have service issues. By common consent, all terminal operators in Oakland are losing money with the consequence that terminals are giving the level of service that they can afford to provide and which frequently does not meet what the truckers and ocean carriers expect. As a result, the port is considering a plan where a fee would be charged on all containers with the proceeds used to fund a program of consistent and predictable extended gates. 

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As the search for bodies on the sunken Korean ferry Sewol continues, an offshore crane from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Shipyard has been brought in as preparations begin to salvage the vessel (above right). The Vice Principal of the South Korean high school who accompanied his pupils on the ferry trip has committed suicide and several crew members, including the Captain have been arrested on charges of professional negligence. It has emerged that the first distress call was made by a frightened boy onboard the vessel – not the crew.

In an emotional speech, President Park Geun-hye said this week that the instruction to the young passengers to remain in their cabins was tantamount to an “act of murder as many children would not have dared to question their elders and therefore paid for their obedience with their lives”.  As of this morning, of the 476 people onboard at the time of sinking, 183 passengers have been confirmed dead, with 121 still missing. A total of 174 passengers were rescued. On a visit to Seoul today (picture above right), President Obama expressed his condolences for South Korea's "incredible loss" and offered America's solidarity.  As for the cause of the accident, local investigators are considering whether recent modifications made it top-heavy and inherently unstable. She would therefore have been vulnerable to sharp alterations of course.

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:52

Serious fire at HHI Shipyard

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Two workers were killed in a fire at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, this week. The first started at one of the building docks used to construct LPG carriers. The fire was extinguished within an hour and a half later with 18 fire trucks and 60 firefighters on site however people living in surrounding areas were forced to evacuate their homes.

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:51

MH370 search fails to locate debris

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The Australian/U.S. led underwater search team seeking evidence of the crash-sight of the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 has indicated that in view of no trace of the plane being found thus far, the search area may be expanded. The Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has now completed 95% of its search in the area where possible signals from the plane's flight recorder were heard on 8 April. Malaysia has also announced that a formal report on the loss of the plane could be released next week. 

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:49

EU confirms low sulphur fuel law

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The European Court of Justice has this week confirmed the validity of a European Union (EU) law on the sulphur content of marine fuel following a challenge based on less stringent MARPOL Annex VI regulations. The ruling has important implications for what will happen in 2020 when the EU plans to introduce a sulphur cap of 0.50% on bunker fuel, whether or not the IMO delays its plans for introducing the same limit worldwide.

 

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The coastal product tanker Naniwa Maru No.1 was reportedly attacked by pirates off Portl Klang, Malaysia, this week when on passage from Singapore to Myanmar with some 4,400 tons of diesel oil on board. The pirates allegedly took three hostages with them out of a crew of 18 crew include Indonesian, Thai, Myanmar and Indian nationalities. The men kidnapped were Indonesian raising the possibility that they were part of the plot. Reports say that the pirates also discharged over five miliion litres of diesel from the ship into two waiting vessels. 

Friday, 25 April 2014 09:47

Quantum is Shanghai Bound

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Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has announced that the first in the company’s new Quantum-class, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China beginning in May 2015 following an inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean.  Quantum of the Seas, which will have a capacity of 4,180 guests, will then join the Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in Asia, increasing the company’s capacity in the region by 66%.  From Shanghai Quantum will sail three- to eight-night itineraries to Japan and Korea.  

Quantum’s sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, launches in April 2015 and will complete her inaugural Europe season from Southampton U.K., before arriving at Cape Liberty in November 2015 to continue Quantum-class cruising to the Bahamas and Caribbean for the winter 2015-16 season. Steel cutting for Quantum of the Seas was performed in February 2013 at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:04

Athens Convention enters into force

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The Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002, which substantially raises the limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship, enters into force on 23 April 2014.
 
The 2002 Protocol substantially raises the limit of liability 46,666 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) per carriage in the 1974 convention to 250,000 SDR per passenger for a shipping incident, unless the carrier proves that the incident resulted from an act of war, hostilities, civil war, insurrection or a natural phenomenon of an exceptional, inevitable and irresistible character; or was wholly caused by an act or omission done with the intent to cause the incident by a third party. 
 
If the loss exceeds the limit or in the case of a non-shipping incident, the carrier is further liable up to a combined limit of 400,000 SDR.
 
The higher limits of liability will apply to ships registered in the following States which have ratified the 2002 treaty: Albania, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic and the United Kingdom.  Additionally, the Convention is mandatory for European Union Member States.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:53

Nanaimo Port Authority Announces Promotions

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Bernie A. Dumas, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, has announced the following appointments:

  • Captain Edward Dahlgren has been promoted to the position of “Director of Operations & Harbour Master”. Edward started with the NPA in 2010 as Manager of Operations and brings to his position, an extensive background in marine operations, security and regulatory management.
  • Mike Davidson has been promoted to the position of “Director of Property and Environment”. Mike has been with the NPA for 30 years and has held a variety of positions during this time. The Port’s future strategic focus will be on land development and on addressing the increasing environmental challenges associated with Port activities. Mike’s diverse experience and dedication will compliment this critical function of the Port’s long term future.

Congratulations to Captain Edward Dahlgren and Mike Davidson on their new positions.

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