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Starting September 30th Maersk Line will launch a new service between Montreal and ports on the Mediterranean Sea. The published ports of call will be Cagliari – Salerno – Leghorn – Genoa – Fos sur Mer – Algeciras – Tangiers – Vigo – Montreal – Tangiers – Valencia – Cagliari. With the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) being provisionally implemented in September, European tariffs will be eliminated on key Canadian exports and this service will tap into a new flow of goods. Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company currently calls at all four major ports in Canada, Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal.




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Further to our August 11th newsletter item reporting that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving to expand the state's At-Berth Regulation to include 100% of commercial ships to use shore-side power by 2030, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) has released a statement citing concern.  An analysis conducted by Starcrest Consulting Group, commissioned by PMSA demonstrates that greenhouse gas (GHG) may increase if cargo is diverted from West Coast ports if the regulations come into effect.  Increased costs as a result of the proposed regulations may divert vessels and cargo to East and Gulf Coast Ports, resulting in longer transit times which could result in increased emissions.  More details are available in the report and infographic

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 08:17

BC Ferries to ban staying in cars and smoking

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BC Ferries has announced that in order to comply with Transport Canada regulations passengers will no longer be able to stay in their car on closed vehicle decks while the ferry is in motion.  The ban will go into effect and October 11, and will apply to fully enclosed lower decks on many vessels including the Tswawwassen and Swartz Bay route.  The company has also indicated that they will do their best to accommodate passengers with special circumstances by placing their vehicles on the upper deck.  BC Ferries have also confirmed that they will be implementing a total smoking ban on all ferries as of January 22, 2018, in order to provide both customers and employees with a smoke-free environment.

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Congratulations to Saga Shipholding for being recongnized by the US Coast Guard for excellent safety and environmental standards.  The Tevnik-based owner had nine vessels listed as qualifying for the USCG's "E-Zero" programme, which recognizes ships for having zero detentions and zero deficiencies wordwide over a three year period.  Qualified vessels must also have a US Coast Guard approved ballast trement system onboard.  



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The captain of a U.S. navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday. Admiral William Moran, the vice-chief of naval operations, told reporters that the top three leaders aboard the USS Fitzgerald, which was badly damaged in the collision off the coast of Japan, will be removed from duty aboard the ship. They are the commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson; the executive officer, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt; and Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin, who as the ship's command master chief is its most senior enlisted sailor. The actions are being taken by Rear Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Navy's Seventh Fleet, based at Yokosuka, Japan, because he lost confidence in the three, Moran said.





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A new speed record for reaching the North Pole has been set by Russia's nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy, making the journey from Murmansk to the North Pole in just 79 hours.  During the transit, the vessel hosted a conference dedicated to Artic issues with a key topic being  the economic worth of developing year-round navigation of the Northern Sea Route.  In the past 40 years, 124 surface vessels have completed the journey, of which 111 of were done by Russian ships.



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Atlantic Coast Shipping (ACS), a newly-formed shipping company plans to start trading in the near further with a domestic RoRo/container vessel to be deployed on a weekly cabotage route between the Port of Miami and the Port of Newark.  The launch of the new service is consistent with the Marine Highway program that considers the movement of goods by sea to reduce road traffic air pollution and congestion on the I-95.  The company will also start a regular caribbean container feeder service between Jamaica, the Domincan Republic and the Bahamas.  The first sailings are to start in mid to late November.



Friday, 18 August 2017 08:14

Global container volumes on the rise

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The first 6 months of 2017 has seen Global container port throughput grow by an estimated 6.7% and is on track to hit over 6% for the year to reach a 6 year high, its stongest showing since 2011.  While all regions recorded postive growth, South Asia ports reported the strongest rate of 9.3%, while the Middle East trailed behind at 3.5%.  In the main regions, China and the United States ports had the highest first half growth at 8.4% and 8.2% respectively.  Among the top 30 ports, notable gains were reported by Ningbo (14.4%), Guangzhou (11.7%) Hong Kong (10.5%) and Shanghai (9.6%).



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Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, a retired Navy Officer was sworn in as the administrator of the Maritime Administration by US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.  Buzby has previously served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a global association of transportation and logistics professionals. The agency has been tasked with promoting waterborne transportation and integration with other segments of the system, and the developement and maintenance of a US merchant marine that can carry a portion of the US waterborne commerce and capable of service in time of war or national emergency.  Rear Adm Buzby is a career naval officer with more than 34 years of service.



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The Federal Government has announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will lead two projects worth $500,000 that use new DNA-based technologies to reduce the quarantine testing time, helping to boost trade and economic competitiveness in the $240 million Canadian fruit tree industry.  The first project will shorten the testing period of seeds, cuttings and bulbs imported into Canada.  Scientists will use DNA technology to test for all viruses associated with imported plants which could reduce quarantine testing time by up to two and a half years.  The second project streamlines the testing of strawberry plants. Multiple tests for viruses are required before exporting strawberry plants to foreign markets.  The project will test for multiple viruses in a single test, dramatically reducing the time and cost to get plants to market.  The Canadian strawberry plant industry is valued at 17 million.



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On August 16, Ron McKinnon, MP for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam and Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) announced a federal contribution of $250,000 to the VFPA towards a project to assess real-time information on the supply chain performance for all rail cargo moving to and from the Port of Vancouver. The port authority launched the Supply Chain Visibility Project in 2015. The Government's contribution will fund a concept phase that will focus on measuring the performance of the grain and fertilizer sectors, while also addressing data quality issues. By analyzing railcar activity data in the Lower Mainland, the port authority's Supply Chain Visibility Project contributes to three objectives of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund. These include improving the efficiency of the national multimodal transportation network; enhancing transportation infrastructure safety, security and quality of life; and, improving the connectivity of intermodal interfaces.



The ECHO Program has released the results of the first week of the vessel slowdown Trial (August 7 to 13) which saw a total vessel participation rate of 59%, with 55 of 94 piloted vessels reporting participation through the Haro Strait vessel slow down area. The primary reason recorded for non-participating vessels this week was a concern of not meeting schedule. In total, agents flagged 59 of 94 transits as potential candidates for participation and 55 of those participated, indicating that pilots were able to successfully carry out agents requests 93% of the time.


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More information on the vessel slowdown trial can by found here.





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