Friday, 01 December 2017 12:47

Acceptable Electronic Certificates in the US


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:

  • ending requirement for NSAs to be filed with the Commission;
  • permitting NVOCCs and shippers to amend NRAs; and,
  • allowing the act of booking cargo to be considered acceptance of a rate under the terms of an NRA.

The Commission also invites comments on amending the NRA rules to allow inclusion of non-economic rate terms.

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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. 

Friday, 01 December 2017 12:27

Consolidation of container lines continues

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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.

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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.

Friday, 24 November 2017 15:01

US sanctions target North Korean shipping

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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.

Friday, 24 November 2017 14:41

Paperless Bills of Lading a reality

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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.

Friday, 24 November 2017 14:27

Hope fades on missing Argentine submarine

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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.

Friday, 24 November 2017 14:17

Updated SSB on Sheltered Waters Voyages

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Transport Canada has issued an update to its Ship Safety Bulletin on Sheltered Waters Voyages (replacing SSB No. 03/2015).  There are no changes to the waters defined as Sheltered Waters Voyages listed on the West Coast.

Friday, 24 November 2017 13:52

Rain and mudslides impacting supply chain

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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.

Friday, 24 November 2017 13:44

First LNG export container moves to China

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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.

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