Friday, 23 February 2018 13:34

Esquimalt Graving Dock receives upgrade

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The Government of Canada has awarded a $15.8 million contract for the replacement of the main (north) substation at the Esquimalt Graving Dock. Scansa Construction Ltd. will construct a new, modern substation building and replace aging high- and low-voltage transformers with modern and efficient equipment. The newly installed equipment is designed to last for a minimum of 30 years and will be easier and safer to use. The contract also includes the cleanup of service tunnels and the replacement of old, lead-based electrical cables with environmentally friendly cables. The replacement of the main (north) substation at the Esquimalt Graving Dock began in December 2017 and is scheduled for completion in December 2018.

Friday, 23 February 2018 12:54

US toughens stance on North Korea

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The US has introduced new unilateral sanctions against 27 companies, one individual, and 28 vessels located, registered, or flagged in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama, and the Comoros.  The sanctions are targeted at entities that are facilitating North Korea's ship-to-ship transfers of imported oil and petroleum products and its export of coal.  The US Treasury Department published photos (pictured above) of a US-designated North Korean vessel, Kum Un San 3, which it said used false identifying information and conducted an illicit ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, with a Panama-flagged vessel that was among the ships sanctioned.

Friday, 23 February 2018 12:50

US Trade Commission challenges acquisition

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The US Federal Trade Commission will challenge Wilhelmsen Maritime Services' plan to buy smaller US rival Drew Marine Group. The FTC said the $400 million proposed deal would reduce competition in the market for marine water treatment chemicals, used in a ship's boiler water and engine cooling water systems. If Wilhelmsen closed the deal with New Jersey's Drew Marine, the FTC said the company would have 60 percent of the market for marine water treatment chemicals, while its closest competitor would have 5 percent.


In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million, for taking part in cartels, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Chilean maritime carrier CSAV, the Japanese carriers "K" Line, MOL and NYK, and the Norwegian/Swedish carrier WWL-EUKOR were implicated but fines were reduced for some for revealing the cartel and cooperating with the Commission's investigation. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:11

Cruise Vessels return to Port Alberni in 2019

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                                                                        Photo Credit:  Linning 


Port Alberni will once again be a port of call for 3 Holland America Line (HAL) ships in 2019.  The town last hosted a cruise ship in 2013. Currently the HAL ships are scheduled to call May 25, June 15 and July 6 of 2019.  The Port and City are looking forward to working with the many different groups in the community to be warm, welcoming hosts who create lasting, positive memories.  Planning is still in the early stages and information will be shared as it becomes available.

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Waterfront Shipping Co (WFS) has partnered with four shipowners to order four 49,000 dwt vessels from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard which can run on methanol or fuel oil. Two of the vessels will be owned by a joint venture between WFS and Marinvest, one will be owned by NYK and the fourth will be owned in a joint venture between IINO Kaiun Kaisha and Mitsui & Co. All four vessels will be chartered by WFS and the newbuilds will join a fleet of seven methanol powered vessels chartered by WFS. Waterfront Shipping, along with Methanex, is advocating methanol, which is produced from natural gas, as one route for the shipping industry to meet the International Maritime Organisation's 2020 emissions cap.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:15

GCT orders new RTGs and Upgrades

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GCT Canada has ordered 10 Konecranes rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes for (4) Vanterm and (6) Deltaport with new Tier 4f standard for diesel engines, an eco-efficient design that can create fuel savings and reduced emission.  The cranes are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019 and will complement the existing 12 Konecranes RTGs. The new models will include Auto-Steering, Auto-TOS Reporting, and Auto-Positioning with yard screen in the operator cabin.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:13

Management changes at Nanaimo Port Authority


Rodney Grounds has been appointed as Harbour Master and Director of Marine Operations following the resignation of Captain Edward S. Dahlgren on February 2nd and Emil Tomescu, MBA, P.Eng. PE, FEC has been appointed as the new Vice President, Asset Maintenance with Nanaimo Port Authority, effective March 1st.  As a member of the senior management team, Emil will provide strategic and managerial leadership in project engineering design, field investigations, procurement and construction management as well as asset maintenance in support of the organization's objectives.

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Transport Canada has released its news release today advising of the interim anchorage protocol that was implemented on February 8th for a six month trial period.  As noted, the protocol includes temporary measures such as ensuring the equitable distribution of anchorages among the Southern Gulf Islands; implementing noise and lighting restrictions for anchored vessels; monitoring, and a monthly review of the South Coast anchorages, including overflights of the area by the National Aerial Surveillance Program. 

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:07

New federal appointments for the West Coast

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has made the following long-awaited appointments and reappointments:

Pacific Pilotage Authority:

  • Peter Bernard (reappointed as Director; term of two years);
  • Katherine Bright (reappointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Captain Allan Ranger (reappointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Vasiliki Raptis (newly appointed as Director; term of four years); and
  • Victoria Withers (newly appointed as Director; term of four years).

Ridley Terminals Inc.:

  • David Bromley (reappointed as Director; term of one year);
  • Shiva Dean (newly appointed as Director; term of three years);
  • Melanie Mackay (newly appointed as Director; term of four years); and
  • Catherine Wade (newly appointed as Director; term of four years).

Prince Rupert Port Authority

  • Beverley Percival (newly appointed as Director; term of three years).


Friday, 16 February 2018 13:04

USCG Guidelines for inoperable BWTS



The US Coast Guard has issued Policy Letter 18-02, “Guidelines for Evaluating Potential Courses of Action When a Vessel Bound for a Port in the United States has an Inoperable Ballast Water Management (BWM) System to give guidance to vessel masters, owners, operators, agents, and persons in charge of vessels subject to Subparts C and D of Part 151 of Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D) as well as Coast Guard personnel when evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel destined for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system (BWMS).  This policy letter does not address situations where the inoperable BWMS is the result of an emergency situation caused by weather, vessel casualty, flooding, etc.

Friday, 16 February 2018 12:49

US reconsiders Harbor Maintenance Tax

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Earlier this week the White House released President Donald Trump's budget proposal for 2019-2028 which included a reduction in the Harbor Maintenance Tax in order to provide ports with "greater flexibility to finance their capital and operating costs on their own."  This line item's net impact on the budget in 2019 would be $378 million less than what ports will receive in 2018 resulting in less federal funds for dredging and jetty maintenance.  The proposal is thought to bring in line what is collected with the funds appropriated.  In fiscal 2017, US ports received about 75 percent of the $1.5 billion collected.  How US ports will pass on higher tariffs for infrastructure costs will be of interest.

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