The Port of Vancouver is hosting a family-friendly community event to celebrate World Maritime Day on Saturday September 28th at Canada Place. The event will run from 10:00am to 6:00pm and intends to recognize the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The theme for this year is ‘Empowered Women in the Maritime Community’. The event will feature exhibitor’s booths and displays, on water demonstrations, performances with maritime flair, community activations, speaker presentations, public harbour tours, performances, and much more!
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) has accepted an initial project description for the proposed Cedar LNG Project, located near Kitimat, British Columbia. The proposed project would process and liquefy natural gas to produce approximately 3 to 4 million tonnes of LNG per year and include storage capacity for up to 250,000 cubic metres of LNG. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to review the summary of the initial project description and provide feedback related to the proposed project. Comments received will support the Agency in the preparation of a summary of issues. Once completed, the Agency will provide the summary of issues to the proponent, Cedar LNG Export Development Ltd. Written comments will be accepted until October 20, 2019 and can be submitted online.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted 146 destructive Asian Gypsy Moth egg masses on four ships recently in the port of Baltimore. One vessel alone was found with 126 egg masses. There has been a surge in the population of AGM this season and while the high-risk period is over in Canada, crew onboard vessels from Japan, Korea and China should continue to check vessels for AGM egg masses while en route to North American ports.
The Columbia River Steamship Operators’ Association has filed a lawsuit in federal court over the Port of Astoria’s $300 pier maintenance fee. They claim that the fee is unconstitutional as it applies to all ships over 250 feet regardless of whether the ship stops at the pier or not. The Port has charged about 250 ships so far, holding the money in a protected account controlled by the association. Once a legal decision is made on the fee, the money will go to the Port or back to shipping agents.
US Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, is under investigation for allegedly using her government posting to benefit Foremost Group, a shipping company owned by her father. The House Oversight and Reform Committee has requested documents, citing “troubling questions” over whether she used her office for personal gain. Chao has until the end of the month to send the requested documents.
Glencore has joined an initiative led by the world’s leading agri-shippers to digitize shipping transactions. Launched last October, the group now consists of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill, COFCO, Louis Dreyfus as well as Glencore. Its aim is to make a digital platform to smooth supply chains. The initiative is initially looking at new technologies – such as blockchain and artificial intelligence – to create digital solutions to automate grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes, reducing costs needed to move agricultural and food products around the globe. The group is projecting launch of the new platform in the second half of 2020 subject to regulatory approval.
This year, BIMCO, CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO, InterManager, INTERTANKO, IUMI, OCIMF and WSC published version 3.0 of The Guidelines on Cyber Security onboard Ships, which offers guidance to shipowners and operators on how to assess their operations and develop the necessary procedures and actions to improve resilience and maintain integrity of systems onboard their ships. White Paper Available Here.
After reports surfaced that Iranian assets in Toronto and Ottawa had been sold to compensate terrorism victims, an Iranian legislator has threatened to retaliate by seizing vessels carrying goods and products to or from Canada. Last week, reports surfaced that Canadian courts has sold many of Tehran’s non-diplomatic assets, including buildings, vehicles, and bank accounts in order to satisfy judgements against the regime over its sponsorship of Hamas and Hezbollah.
The World Shipping Council, a Washington-based liner shipping lobbying group, will pitch the creation of an International Maritime Research Board (IMRB) at a November meeting at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to drive global research and development of alternative fuels. Recognizing that the shipping fuels of the future will need to cut GHGs while remaining commercially viable and cost effective, the group is aiming to influence the creation of a research body. Main concerns around the plan centre around how the IMRB might be funded.
The first vessel has arrived at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, following Hurricane Dorian. The 57,062-ton crude oil tanker Agathonissos returned to the yard to complete repair works that began before the hurricane arrived. The shipyard also said it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5. The shipyard experienced limited damage from the, with no effect on berths.
The MS Roald Amudsen is the first hybrid-powered cruise ship through the Northwest Passage using a combination of massive batteries and diesel engines. Hurtigruten, a cargo, ferry and cruise company from Norway claims it's the first time a vessel of its kind and size has sailed the route. The ship, which is named after Norway's famed polar explorer, completed a more than 3,000-nautical-mile voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, ending in Nome, Alaska, on Sept. 10. Nearly 500 people were on board.
The ship's hybrid technology involves four diesel engines and two large battery packs and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 20 per cent. In some scenarios the ship can run solely off battery power for about an hour. The ship also has energy recovery systems, such as using water that cooled engines to help heat the spa and pools. All grey water and waste is stored on board.
Year Built: 2019 Shipyard: Kleven Yards Passenger Capacity: 530 (500 in Antartica) Gross tonnage: 20,889 Length: 140 m Speed: 15 knots