Melius Energy has successfully transported the first container of bitumen from Edmonton to Prince Rupert via CN Rail and with its safe delivery, the company has plans to grow its export market overseas. Melius is establishing relationships with refineries in Asia and is working to provide a long-term, stable supply of BitCrude™ for the products such as asphalt and low-sulphur diesel. BitCrude™ is transported as a semi-solid, and is a non-dangerous good and non-flammable for transportation purposes. It floats in both fresh and saltwater and is non-toxic to marine life. The BitCrude™ process uses a state-of-the-art electrically powered diluent recovery unit (DRU), avoiding further fossil fuel combustion and requires no chemicals, additives or diluent, creating both a safer product, and a facility with a reduced green house gas footprint. The DRUs are modular, stackable and scalable; all to reduce environmental impact and improve efficiencies. “BitCrude™ partnered with Melius Energy to commercialize and market the product.
TransLink’s newest seabus, the Burrard Chinook has arrived but unfortunately is not ready for service. The catamaran built by Damen Shipyards sits too low in the water compared to the rest of the fleet. The catamaran will need to have its dual hulls increased in size as the weight came in heavier than anticipated thanks to a larger onboard air conditioning system and an advanced emissions control system that puts the Chinook’s emissions at about 75 per cent lower than the Burrard Otter II. The modifications are expected to be completed by the end of the summer 2020.
The cargo ship MV Sun Sea is set to be demolished in Nanaimo, a process that is estimated to take three months. The ship was intercepted by the Canadian Navy in 2010, carrying 492 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Canada. Canadian Maritime Engineering was awarded a $4.1-million contract to convert the vessel to scrap metal at Nanaimo Shipyard.
BCIT Marine Campus is hosting an open house on Friday, October 18 for potential students to explore how BCIT prepares mariners to navigate some of the largest ships or operate their sophisticated engine rooms. The open house will include bridge and navigation simulators, an engineering simulator, life raft and sea survival demonstrations, and more. Find more information here: https://www.bcit.ca/ppl/marineday/
With volumes down by almost 30 percent at some of the six largest West Coast ports, the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma have sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to pursue fair and mutually beneficial trade agreements. The organizations have shared concerns that the long-term impacts of the escalating trade conflict between China and the United States will create irredeemable economic harm to employers, workers, residents and international partnerships along the West Coast and throughout the entire country. The letter also highlights the latest impacts related to back-and-forth tariffs between the United States and China.
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has regained privileges via the United States trusted trader program after a temporary suspension stemming from the June 17 seizure of 20 tons of cocaine from a vessel at the Port of Philadelphia. After the largest US drug bust took place on board on the MSC’s ships, US Customs and Border Protection placed a 90-day suspension from C-TPAT which ended on Sept. 16. MSC vessels have been involved in three other drug-related incidents this year.
CMA CGM has dropped a proposed detention/demurrage processing fee for US ports only 48 hours after telling customers about the charge, that was planned for October 15. The original customer advisory stated the carrier would “assess an administrative fee of US $50 for each per diem/daily usage charge for the later return of equipment beginning Oct. 15. The charge was dropped after significant pushback was received from beneficial cargo owners (BCOs). The FMC is engaged in an interpretive rule-making procedure regarding demurrage and detention under the Shipping Act. Separate from the CMA CGM issue, the FMC on Friday announced it had extended the public comment period to Oct. 31.
The Port of Long Beach is instituting an incentive program which seeks to attract more containerized cargo. This announcement comes a year after the Port of Los Angeles launched a similar program. The one-year program will go into effect on Oct. 1. Container carriers will be given a payment of $10 per TEU for additional cargo that moves through the port over and above the cargo they handled the prior year and over and above the general growth in the trans-Pacific trade. The program applies to both loaded import and export containers, but payouts are capped at $2 million per carrier.
Starting next year, Cannes, France’s fourth-biggest cruise ship port, will ban certain cruise ships in a bid to improve the city’s air quality. The ban will target ships that do not respect a 0.1% cap on sulfur in their fuel and could stop some passengers from disembarking. Under the European Union’s clean air policy, the cap is already enforced in Baltic, North Sea and Channel ports and it may be extended to the Mediterranean.
NYK has claimed to have achieved Japan’s first carbon-neutral sea voyage through the purchase of carbon credits to offset emissions. The voyage was completed by the car carrier Aries Leader, during a trip from Japan to the Middle East. The company purchased carbon credits from a wind power project in West India to offset approximately 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emitted during the voyage.
The Captain and Chief Officer of the bulk carrier Emilie Bulker were fined for giving false information to Maritime New Zealand after a crewman passed out aboard the vessel due of lack of oxygen in the ship’s poorly ventilated hold. Captain Walter Damian and Chief Officer Ian Dalingding pleaded guilty to providing false information to Maritime NZ and were fined NZD 13,500 (USD 8,505) and NZD 4,050 (USD 2,550) respectively. The Captain also pleaded guilty to permitting dangerous activity.
Global oil shipping was thrown into disarray after the US imposed sanctions on several Chinese tanker firms for continuing to carry Iranian crude after sanction waivers lapsed in May. Four shipping companies, including a unit of COSCO Shipping Corp., were charged with knowingly violating restrictions on handling and transacting Iranian petroleum, with additional sanctions placed against executives. The penalties bar Americans from dealing with the firms, effectively blocking them from American banks at the heart of the global financial system. Further uncertainty has been raised among shippers on whether cargoes that have already been loaded onto the vessels of sanctioned firms would be allowed to deliver, or whether they would have to transfer their loads to unsanctioned tankers.
Meelunie, a leading global supplier of plant-based ingredients, and the GoodShipping Program have joined forces to decarbonise Meelunie’s Asian ocean freight. The initiative will see 340 tonnes of CO2 removed annually from transshipments on Meelunie’s oldest trading route in Asia. Meelunie has been putting significant effort into building a sustainable and carbon-neutral supply chain. The GoodShipping Program works with biofuels that are derived from forest residues and waste cooking oil products, for an 83% well-to-wake CO2 reduction and nearly eliminating other toxic emissions such as Sulphur Oxide without the need for any engine modifications.
This week, CMA CGM launched the world’s largest LNG-powered containership, Jacques Saade. The vessel is the first in a new fleet of nine French-flagged LNG-powered containerships. The ship was launched at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard. The vessel features a state-of-the-art bridge design, a smart system to manage ventilation for the reefer containers carried in the hold, and a hydrodynamically optimized hull. View video here.
The Group has symbolically given the name of its Founder to its future flagship. A visionary entrepreneur, Jacques Saadé built CMA CGM into one of the world’s leading maritime shipping companies, while maintaining its family dimension and strong values. In this way, he left a lasting mark on the entire shipping industry.