The US Coast Guard has issued CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-09 to provide guidance for the issuance and acceptance of certain electronic certificates to US flag vessels and those foreign-flagged vessels trading in US waters subject to Port State Control.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is seeking comments on proposals to expand flexibility and deregulate NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs). There are three key changes in the proposed rule:
The Commission also invites comments on amending the NRA rules to allow inclusion of non-economic rate terms.
Speaking at the Platts' Mediterranean marine bunker fuel conference in Athens, the International Chamber of Shipping’s Director of Policy, Simon Bennett, noted that marine bunker suppliers should anticipate that the demand for fossil fuels from shipping will diminish over the next 25 years, and that the sector is now on an inevitable trajectory towards a future of zero CO2 emissions. In his speech, Mr. Bennett, spoke to the initial goal of holding the sector's total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels and the challenges with weighing concerns raises by emerging economies. The International Maritime Organization’s 2020 global sulphur cap will enter into force without delay.
The acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line closed this week after receiving the last of the final regulatory approval required. Maersk has reportedly agreed with regulatory bodies in China and Korea to withdraw or limit Hamburg Süd activities on certain trade routes and limit vessel sharing agreements in the first five years. A total of 105 Hamburg Süd vessels will be integrated into the fleet of Maersk Line, growing Maersk’s fleet to a total of 772 vessels and maintaining its position as the world's largest container carrier.
This week Hapag-Lloyd also announced that they have completed the integration of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) six months after embarking on the merger. Now with a fleet of 215 modern container ships, offering 125 liner services in a global network, Hapag-Lloyd secures the fifth place position for largest liner shipping company in the world.
CMA CGM Group is merging two of its subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR, to strengthen its multimodal and short-sea shipping services in Europe. The merged company will be headquartered in Hamburg and will have 595 employees, as employment in each entity will be maintained. The company currently sits in second place with a fleet of 471 vessels.
After a series of trials and prototypes, the world's first 3D-printed and class-approved ship propeller was unveiled at Damen Shipyard Group’s headquartered in Gorinchem. The WAAMpeller was created using innovative Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) techniques developed by RAMLAB to lay down 298 layers of Nickel Aluminum Bronze alloy through a 3D printing process. The WAAMpeller is the result of a close collaboration between RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen. After putting the propeller through rigorous trials on one of Damen’s Stan Tug 1606 series and verifying the entire development, production and testig process, Bureau Veritas provided its stamp of approval. RAMLAB was built so replacement parts for ships could be easily 3D printed onsite, rather than having to wait weeks or even months for delivery of a new part, disrupting shipping schedules.
As part of US efforts to disrupt North Korea's funding of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) yesterday sanctioned one individual, 13 entities, and 20 vessels. Six shipping and their vessels were named in the sanctions - Korea Rungrado Shipping Company, Yusong Shipping Company, Dawn Marine Management Co. Ltd, Korea Daebong Shipping, and Korea Kumbyol Trading Company. The US also released images of a North Korean attempt to evade sanctions by ship-to-ship transfers. The sanctions target third-country persons with long-standing commercial ties to North Korea, as well as the transportation networks that facilitate North Korea's revenue generation and operations.
The Government of Canada has announced that $9.3 million will be dedicated over five years for the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan. Through the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative, the Government of Canada will work with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand Canada’s coastal ecosystems. A new framework will be developed to assess potential cumulative effects of marine shipping on the environment, which will be applied in six pilot areas where marine traffic is significant: Northern and Southern British Columbia, the St. Lawrence River, Quebec, the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, the south coast of Newfoundland, and the eastern arctic, Nunavut. This information will allow Canada’s marine safety system to be better equipped to support the marine shipping industry and protect the marine environment and coastal communities.
Blockchain firm Wave, along with Israeli shipping company ZIM and logistics firm Sparx Logistics, have successfully completed a blockchain pilot of paperless bills of lading. The solution, developed by Wave using distributed ledger technology (DLT), connects all members of the supply chain to a decentralized network and allows them a direct exchange of files. The solution ensure that all parties can issue, transfer, endorse and manage shipping and trade related documents through a secure decentralized network. Wave said the documents, which supported a trade involving containers shipped by Sparx Logistics from China to Canada, were delivered to the consignees without a hitch. Wave CEO Gadi Ruschin expect that digital bills of lading would be hugely beneficial in supporting the supply chain in general, through reduced costs, error-free documentation and fast transfer of original documents.
Families of the missing 44 crew aboard the missing Argentine submarine are starting lose hope that the ARA San Juan will be found after losing contact with it on November 15th. There is acoustic evidence that an explosion occurred just three hours after the captain called in to report a power system failure that he believed was adequately repaired. The submarine was expected to submerge and proceed towards Mar del Plata. The ARA San Juan was built in Germany in 1983 and had a range of 22,224 km and top speed of 45 km/h. Included in the crew is 35 year old Eliana Maria Krawczyk, the first female officer in Argentina to serve on a submarine.
Unrelenting rain and mild weather has resulted in a series of mudslides that are affecting the rail networks and the fluidity of our supply chain. Over the past 36 hours there have been unforeseen washouts of both CN and CP rail lines in the Fraser Valley. Unfortunately, this will likely result in delays to cargo and an increase to the utilization of anchorages in the south coast and in particular, Nanaimo and the Gulf Islands. Industry is working closely with Transport Canada, Ports of Vancouver and Nanaimo,Pacific Pilotage Authority and the Canadian Coast Guard to lessen the impact to local communities. Vessels anchored in the region are reminded to be respectful fo the surrounding communities and to make best efforts on mitigating noise and light where possible. Agents are requested to remind all ships of our Anchorage Guidelines during this disruption.
A small container of liquefied natural gas is headed from Vancouver to China, marking the first Canadian export of the super-chilled gas to an Asian country. FortisBC liquefied the natural gas at its Tilbury facility in Delta into an ISO approved continer. The relatively small shipment of 950 gigajoules of gas, roughly 17 tonnes of LNG, is from FortisBC’s Tilbury plant in the Vancouver suburb of Delta. It was marketed and shipped by Vancouver’s True North Energy Corporation and China’s CIMC Enric Holdings Ltd.
The company’s VP of market development, Douglas Stout, described it as a “significant first step for B.C.’s LNG export industry,” which has struggled following multiple multi-billion-dollar project cancellations in recent months. Stout said his company is sensing an opportunity to supply LNG in small batches to Asian countries given some of the major projects cancelled in B.C. in recent months. Malaysia’s state-owned energy company Petronas scrapped advanced plans for a $36-billion LNG export facility near Prince Rupert this year, while CNOOC Ltd.’s Canadian unit Nexen shelved an early-stage plan for an LNG project.
Helijet and Tymac Launch have announced their intention to work together in delivering a new Pilot Ship Transfer Program that will offer a combined marine and air service solution. Under the “joint service partnership Agreement”, both companies will work with best practices, utilizing local area knowledge to build a unified dispatching program that will afford marine pilots seamless, safe access to both marine and/or helicopter transfers to/ from ship anchorages located on the South Coast and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. With the marine transfers continuing to operate on a 24/7: 365-day-a-year basis – the air provision will be operated under daylight flight operations for “ship deck landing” accommodation. Within 8 months after commencement of operations, the air provision will be expanded into 24/7: 365-day basis under Day and Night VFR operations with helicopter hoisting capability. A twin-engine helicopter (Sikorsky S-76B) will be dedicated to this program, and will be available from Helijet’s Vancouver International Airport base and Downtown Vancouver Heliport base.
What is being touted as the largest LNG conversion in North America is to start in mid-December at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards. TOTE Maritime Alaska, owned by Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, is sending its two roll-on, roll-off cargo ships to Victoria Shipyards to be converted to a dual-fuel system. The 839-foot-long ships carry cargo between Anchorage, Alaska, and Tacoma, Washington will each be in shipyards for two 60-day periods, providing work for 300 to 400 people, six days a week. The North Star will be the first TOTE vessel to arrive on Dec. 15 and to be retro-fitted with new dual fuel engines designed by MAN PrimeServ to meet all new emission standards.
BC Ferries’ recently retired Queen of Nanaimo is on a trans-Pacific journey to her new posting in Fiji as the third of the ferry corporation’s vessels to find service with a company owned by a former senior employee. The corporation confirmed that it sold the aging Queen of Nanaimo to Goundar Shipping Ltd. of Fiji, a firm founded in 2011 by former BC Ferries senior engineer George Goundar. This is the third ferry acquired by Goundar from BC Ferries and this one will be renamed the Lomaiviti Princess V when it goes into service on Dec 11th. The Queen of Nanaimo served the Tsawwassen and Southern Gulf Islands route for three decades and eventually retired as a result of cronic maintenance problems with a propeller that kept it out of service.
Dr. Michelle Corfield has been elected as the Chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors by acclamation following the resignation of Moira Jenkins upon completion of her three-year term as Chair. Dr. Corfield is the Municipal Appointee on the Board, appointed by the City of Nanaimo on July 1, 2015 and is an entrepreneur with businesses from the Commercial fishing industry to independent management consultant. Ms. Donna Hais has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Board. Donna is a Federal Appointee representing the Lessee User Group and been on the Board since October 30, 2014. She is currently a partner and General Manager of R.W. (Bob) Wall Ltd., a construction company doing business in Nanaimo for over 25 years. Among her many accomplishments, Donna has been the President of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, President of the Nanaimo Executive Association, and an active member of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo Advisory Group for almost 10 years.
The Federal Maritime Commission that it will hold public hearings on January 16-17, 2018 to receive testimony from maritime industry witnesses regarding a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (Petition P4-16) that raised issues associated with detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. The Commission voted at its September 20, 2017 meeting to hold these hearings after receiving staff’s analysis of the 115 public comments received in this matter. Both the volume of correspondence and variety of issues raised by comment filers demonstrated the complexity of the issue being raised in the petition and the need to not only gain more information, but to have the opportunity to engage stakeholders directly to better understand their perspectives.
Acting Chairman Michael A. Khouri stated, "I look forward to the opportunity to explore with the witnesses the issues raised by the Petition. One question is whether the Commission can craft a general rule of universal nationwide applicability on detention, demurrage, and per diem provisions given the wide variety of commercial terms and conditions that are incorporated into VOCC service contracts and in MTO tariffs nationwide to address various events and circumstances. A further consideration to be addressed is the various and disparate operating protocols used at the 250 plus marine terminal operators currently registered at the Commission."