Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 17-31: Information for Vessels Seeking to Obtain a Duty Reduction on a 1/120th Basis where No Coasting Trade Licence is Required. Under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada agreed to allow two categories of European Union (EU) entities to provide certain marine coasting trade, or cabotage services in Canada without a coasting trade licence. They are:
(a) Entities incorporated in an EU Member State and where substantial business operations occur.
(b) Entities located outside an EU Member State if they are owned or controlled by nationals of the EU or Canada. In this category, entities must use vessels on an EU Member State registry.
2. Under CETA, an EU entity may provide the following services without a coasting trade licence:
(a) Feeder services between the Port of Halifax and Montreal
(b) Repositioning Empty Containers is allowed between locations in Canada, only if the containers are empty, owned or leased by the vessel owner/operator; as a non-revenue service. This means no financial gain or in-kind transactions.
(c) Dredging Services - Canadian companies will have the flexibility of being able to hire dredging services from EU entities.
(d) Federal Procurement – Dredging - Canada has aligned the federal government policy that governs how it procures dredging services or dredging services included in construction services contracts, with the negotiated outcome of CETA.
3. Changes to the coasting trade rules as a result of CETA have been incorporated in the Coasting Trade Act, which sets out the laws governing the use of foreign vessels and non-duty paid vessels in Canada’s coasting trade. Further information on the Coasting Trade Act can be found at https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/policy/acf-acfs-menu-2215.htm
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has introduced new incentives for vessels that use LNG as marine fuel effective October 1, 2017. This programme grants 10% port dues concession to Green Port Programme (GPP) registered vessels that are serviced by LNG-fuelled harbour craft during their port stay. This is in addition to the 25% port dues concession that GPP-registered vessels receive for adopting measures to cap sulphur emissions to ≤ 0.50% m/m during their stay in the Port of Singapore.
MPC Container Ships Invest BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oslo-listed MPC Container Ships AS, raised $100M through the issuance of a new senior secure bond earlier this month to help grow its fleet. Over the last five months it has established a portfolio of 23 feeder container ships between 1,000 and 3,000 TEUs.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has stated that it will begin assessing immediate penalties for shippers with improperly treated and marked wood packaging materials in their international shipments starting Nov. 1, 2017. As in Canada, non-exempt wood-packaging material (WPM) imported into the United States has had to be treated at approved origin facilities to kill off any potential timber pests. The treated material must include a visible mark that satisfies the International Plant Protection Convention’s International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15) regulation. Without this mark, the wood packaging material is deemed to be "untreated." CBP said this immediate issuance of penalties will further “motivate” WPM compliance and is “a change from the previous published threshold of five violations.” In addition, the agency said there will be “no yearly reset for calculating repeat violations as each WPM violation may incur a penalty.”
The US Coast Guard has issued Bulletin 9/28/2017: Information on vessels affected by US sanctions on North Korea to highlight Section 2 of the President of the United States' Executive Order for the maritime industry. Section 2 specifically states, “No vessel in which a foreign person has an interest that has called at a port in North Korea within the previous 180 days, and no vessel in which a foreign person has an interest that has engaged in a ship-to-ship transfer with such a vessel within the previous 180 days, may call at a port in the United States.” The prohibition applies except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s annual Plant Protection Survey Report for 2016-2017 is now available. This report provides a summary of our plant health surveillance activities this past fiscal year, including outcomes achieved. The survey indicates that there has been no detections of Asian gyspy or new invasive alien forest insects in across Canada.
The Government of Canada has announced two new marine refuges established through fisheries management measures to protect fish and their aquatic ecosystems and contribute an additional 11,787km2 of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. The following marine refuges off the Atlantic coast will contribute to the marine conservation targets of 5% this year and make a lasting contribution to marine conservation in Canada:
This week the first unit train with a total of 122 rail cars from the Bethune mine in Saskatchewan arrived at K+S Potash Canada’s (KSPC) potash handling and storage facility in Port Moody, BC. The almost 2-kilometer-long unit train was loaded with about 13,000 tonnes of MOP standard potash and was pulled by four Canadian Pacific (CP) locomotives. The 1,800-kilometer-long route through the Rocky Mountains took three days. The arrival of the first unit train also marks a significant milestone for Canadian Pacific. CP had connected the Bethune mine to the existing rail network with a new, 30-kilometer-long link. For CP, this was the largest rail infrastructure project since the mid-1980s.
Over the next few weeks, additional unit trains will transport potash from the Bethune mine to the handling and storage facility in Vancouver. In October, the first vessel loaded with potash will then leave the port, destined for customers in Asia.
The Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority announced that Ewan Moir is the new President and CEO effective October 10. Moir has 20 years of senior corporate business experience contributing to strategy and operational performance and is known as an analytical thinker with a strong record of initiating and implementing business strategies to develop sustainable and profitable growth. He labels himself a team builder, coach in skills development with extensive experience in managing a union environment. The new Port President and CEO is completing his final duties as President and COO of Pacific BioEnergy Corporation.
Congratulations to Victor Yim who has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President of COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Canada) Inc.effective immediately. Mr. Yim was with China Shipping (Canada) Agency Co. Ltd for 17 years before the merger and held various senior management positions throughout organization. Mr. Yim will now assume responsibility for the following:
The Canada Border Services Agency reminds all clients of the terms and conditions for utilizing the emergency after-hours service provided by the Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU). The TCCU provides full technical support between the hours of 08h00 and 17h00 ET, Monday to Friday except holidays. Between the hours of 17h00 and 08h00 ET as well as on weekends and statutory holidays, the service is provided for emergency situations only. An emergency is a situation which prevents clients from transmitting data to the CBSA or receiving data from the CBSA and which cannot wait for resolution until the next business day.
Starting January 1, 2018 the TCCU will no longer be accepting calls after hours for issues that do not constitute an emergency. Some examples include:
Organizations, representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, and transportation and logistics providers who use the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, have submitted a joint response to the Draft 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update. The organizations are concerned with the lack of information with respect to the commercial availability of specified technologies, the uncertainty of the draft plan’s cost, the absence of any analysis regarding the ports’ future competitiveness, the exclusion of certain technologies and fuels, and the lack of a cost benefit analysis on the air quality benefits that would result from this program.
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) has issued a Letter to Agents regarding Submittal of Required Reporting Forms. As of October 1, 2017, all vessels must submit the Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form 24 hours in advance of the first arrival at a California port for each calendar year. If a vessel arrived at a California port in 2017 prior to October 1, this form is not required for 2017.
SLC has also issued a Guidance Document for Biofouling Management Regulations to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Arriving at California Ports. The document summarizes the requirements of the Marine Invasive Species Program's new biofouling management regulations that are effective October 1, 2017. The guidance document also includes a Frequently Asked Questions section and an example Biofouling Management Plan template.
Kudos to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for receiving the 2017 North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) Marine Environment Protection Award that is awarded in recognition of an individual or organization’s efforts in environmental stewardship as exemplified by a commitment to a program which has specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement, and which is innovative and goes beyond minimum environmental compliance. The awards are given out annually and recognize companies, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals whose efforts support NAMEPA’s mission to “Save Our Seas.” The port authority has won in the ports category.
The Royal Canadian Navy is changing its procedures in response to concerns from whale watchers about the effect of its explosive training exercises on nearby whale populations. After a confrontation with whale watchers that witnessed explosions occurring in the proximity of orcas, the navy has now increased its safety radius from one to two kilometres, along with reducing the number of explosives used by half. Military officials say the new measures are just a precaution and that whales were not at risk previously, but whale watchers are still concerned noise and vibration can damage the echo-location system that orcas use to hunt and to find their way underwater.
The Hereditary Chiefs' Council of Lax Kw'alaams has issued a declaration out of frustration for not being consulted on the establishment of the Great Bear Rainforest or the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, Bill C-48. Nine tribes are concerned that these decisions will have significant impacts on their members' ability to eke out a living and precludes the leadership from selecting balanced holistic options in the productive use of their traditional territories. The declaration goes as far as rejecting the interference of outside environmental NGOs (especially those foreign-based) who appear to be dictating government policy within their traditional territory. The Council intend to protect their inherent rights by exercising the full authority of indigenous, Canadian, and international law.
The Vancouver Mission to Seafarers this week hosted a meeting of Regional Mission to Seafarers Directors from across the globe. In addition to Reverend Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the Mission based in the London HQ and Mr. Tom Boardley, Chair of the Mission’s Board of Trustees, the meeting was attended by representatives for Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, the Gulf and South Asia, East Asia, the United States and Oceania.