The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States had notified that it does not have any outstanding security issues following an agreement with the U.S. government to divest the Long Beach container terminal business to a third party. Cosco has said the U.S. regulator has cleared its planned takeover of the Hong Kong-based container shipping operator, after Cosco agreed to place a large container terminal in Long Beach, Calif., into a U.S.-run trust and put it up for sale. When everything is final COSCO will hold 90.1% of OOIL.
"Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector. The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session at IMO Headquarters in London, endorsed the theme, following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. IMO has been making a concerted effort to help the industry move forward and help women achieve a representation that is in keeping with twenty-first century expectations. This work has been focused through IMO's gender and capacity building programme, which is now in its thirtieth year.
CMA CGM, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co have all withdrawn their Iranian services in advance of US Sanctions being imposed on Iran. While no date has yet been set for the sanctions, the carriers will want to avoid being caught in secondary actions that will be imposed by the United States against companies that continue to deal with Iran. COSCO Shipping is part of the Ocean Alliance that has restructured its Asia-Middle East Services and dropped calling Bandar Abbas, however it is not known if COSCO still plans to continue trading with Iran.
Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, in conjunction with the minister of transport and on the recommendation of a committee of port users, has appointed Michael Corrigan to the board of directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for a term of three years commencing June 29, 2018. Mr. Corrigan has extensive international experience in the marine transportation industry. As the President & CEO, he guided BC Ferries, one of the world’s largest ferry operators, through a significant transformation in all aspects of its business. Currently he is the CEO of Interferry Inc., a trade association representing the world-wide ferry industry.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is encouraging boaters to slow down when transiting the First Narrows Traffic Control Zone, which includes the area either side of the Lions Gate Bridge. The voluntary 15-knot speed restriction to help keep port users safe will be in effect between July 6 and October 1, 2018. It is applicable to all tier 2 vessels, which includes any vessel that is not a deep-sea piloted vessel. Most recreational vessels such as power boats, fishing boats, and sailboats fall into this category, in addition to tugs, ferries, and whale watching boats, among others. Deep-sea commercial vessels already follow a speed restriction of 10 knots through the First Narrows Traffic Control Zone.
The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada grew to a record 193,500 barrels per day in April, up 13 per cent from the previous month, as full pipelines forced more producers to use trains to get their products to market. Demand for Canadian heavy oil is expected to increase as it will be needed in the US Gulf Coast refining complex to replace shrinking volumes from Venezuela. US refiners took 3.73 million barrels a day of Canadian oil for the week ending June 29, the largest volume in weekly government data going back to June 2010. The boost helped thrust total US crude imports to 9.01 million, the highest in over a year.
Earlier this week a protest by Greenpeace Canada saw a dozen protesters dangling from the Ironworkers' Memorial Bridge in an effort to block the safe passage of a tanker carrying crude oil from Westridge. The protest resulted in restricting all vessels requiring the Second Narrows rail bridge to be lifted from transiting. The protestors were removed safely and methodically by a RCMP aerial extraction team after approximately 35 hours. Mischief charges along with penalities for preventing the safe passage of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act are expected.
BC Ferries has announced that Judith Sayers and Brenda Eaton have been elected to the Board of Directors of BC Ferries effective June 28, 2018 and January 1, 2019 respectively.
BC Coast Pilots' directors appointed for 2018/19 are: Roy Haakonson, President; Robin Stewart; Vice President; Carl Soderberg, Director; Rick Hamner, Director; and Peter Koehle, Director.
Seaspan Shipyards has announced the appointment of Jari Anttila as Chief Operating Officer.
Allister Paterson, Chief Operating Officer, CSL Group, has been appointed Chairman of the Chamber of Marine Commerce Board of Directors along with six new directors including: Sujit Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer, Stelco Holdings Inc.; Carsten Bredin, Vice-President, Grain Merchandising, Richardson International, Jim Reznik, Director of Logistics – North America, St. Marys Cement - Votorantim Cimentos, and Scott Bravener, Co-President & COO, Rand Logistics / Lower Lakes Towing.
President Trump's tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods have kicked in, escalating a war of words between the world's two largest economies into a full-blown trade conflict. Washington's 25 percent duties went into effect at midnight EDT and affected products such as water boilers, X-ray machine components, airplane tires and various other industrial parts. China immediately retaliates with tariffs on its $34 billion list of goods issued last month, including soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. US. shipments of soybeans originally destined for China have been canceled or rerouted. One bulk carrier, Peak Pegasus, laden with US soybeans steaming toward China appears to have lost the race to arrive before the import duties were imposed. The vessel is near the port of Dalian, according to ship-tracking data. The oilseed, used to make cooking oil and animal feed, accounts for about 60 percent of the US’s $20 billion of agricultural exports to China.
Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin No. 09/2018 to remind vessel owners, authorized representatives and operators of commercial passenger vessels that they must “...develop procedures for the safe operation of the vessel and for dealing with emergencies.”
The Canadian Coast Guard opened the first of four new search and rescue stations planned for the west coast. The new Victoria station is in service now and enhances the Coast Guard’s marine search and rescue capacity around Victoria and in the eastern and central Strait of Juan de Fuca. It builds on the Coast Guard’s longstanding partnerships with volunteer organizations like the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, as well as with the Royal Canadian Navy and local first responders, to improve the marine safety system in the region. The station will be home to a 14.7-metre Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat and a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, and is located at the Victoria Canadian Coast Guard Base in James Bay. It will operate 24-hours-a-day. The west coast will also see two new search and rescue lifeboats in British Columbia in 2019. The CCGS McIntyre Bay will be stationed at Prince Rupert, and the CCGS Pachena Bay will serve the Port Hardy area as an interim measure. These vessels will be able to operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore, delivering modern search and rescue capability.
This week, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened that Tehran will block oil shipments through the waterway in response to US calls to ban all Iranian oil exports. The Trump administration is demanding all countries end imports of Iranian oil by 4 November as part of its new policy of hostility towards Tehran after Washington’s unilateral exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement. With a third of the world’s sea-borne oil passing through it every day, the Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery linking Middle East crude producers to key markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond. The US military quickly responded, vowing to keep the Gulf waterways open to oil tankers and "ensure the freedom of navigation ... wherever international law allows."
China's State Council has released a three-year action plan to improve air quality. The plan expects that by 2020 emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides will decline at least 15 percent from 2015 levels, while cities with low air quality standards should see their PM 2.5 density fall at least 18 percent. The Ministry of Transport has issued a notice requiring all vessels which will be imported in China for domestic trade as of 1st September 2018 will have to comply with the emission limit requirements specified in Annex VI of the Pollution Prevention Convention of MARPOL 73/78. Vessels will need to meet Tier II emission standards and the age limitation criteria of max 18 years old wont apply any more and it valid for 5 years.
China also recently announced a three-year action plan to improve its transport network and services. By 2020, China will have 30,000 kilometers of high-speed railway, covering 80 percent of Chinese cities with a population of over 1 million, according to the plan which lists 76 targets. The country also aims to add some 180 new deep-water berths at its seaports for 10,000-tonne vessels and above.
A new study has been launched into the feasibility of implementing an emission control area (ECA) to limit the release of sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The research is also expected to examine the potential health benefits for people living around Mediterranean, as well as cost implications for shipowners and other issues. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) will be responsible for coordinating the study, which will investigate whether the Mediterranean Sea, or parts of it, can be marked as a SOx-ECA under IMO’s prevention of pollution convention (MARPOL) Annex VI.
The UK Chamber of Shipping is among the 38 maritime organizations that have signed the Women in Maritime Pledge in the UK which demonstrates commitment to supporting gender diversity and inclusion across the industry. Signatory organizations will be encouraged to take practical steps and set themselves measurable and ambitious goals towards meeting the pledge's aims. They will also be invited to engage with the development of the Women in Maritime Charter, which is due to be launched in autumn 2018.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new publication to endorse the recent adoption by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) of its ambitious strategy for phasing-out CO2 emissions from the international shipping sector – a historic agreement which the global industry, as represented by ICS, fully supports. “Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero” explains what the high levels of ambition agreed by IMO Member States could mean for international shipping. These targets include an efficiency improvement of least 40% - as an average across – the fleet compared to 2008, and a 50% cut of the sector’s total greenhouse emissions by 2050, regardless of future trade growth. The publication also explores possibilities for the development of zero CO2 fuels that will almost certainly be required if a 50% total cut in GHG emissions is going to be delivered before 2050, as well as investigating policy options for short and medium term regulatory measures.
The International Sailors Society of Canada (ISSC) and the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) marked the Day of the Seafarer on Monday with outdoor hiking events. The ISSC held its second annual Peak Challenge where individuals and company teams race to the top of Grouse Mountain while the Prince Rupert Port Authority organized a hike that ended at the local seafarer centre and invited visiting seafarers to join in the barbeque. Funds raised from these two events will be distributed by the ISSC to seafarer centres across Canada. Drew Hemmingson of Tymac Launch was the fastest individual up the Grouse Grind© at 37 minutes and a team of comprised of Chris Cooper, Jennifer Kerr and Sean Hennessey from Teekay was fastest team with a combined time of 2hrs 14 mins. Photos and results are available at www.sailorssociety.ca.
This year's International Maritime Organization's Day of the Seafarer campaign focussed on seafarers' well-being and mental health. The Minister of Transport Canada, the Honourable Marc Garneau, released the following statement, "Today we honour the hard work of seafarers, often under difficult circumstances, that plays a critical role in the global economy. I know firsthand that the life of a seafarer can be challenging and I am pleased to see the International Maritime Organization is highlighting well-being and mental health for this year’s Day of the Seafarer.”