COS Weekly News - 16 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011 13:59
COS News – Week ending 16 September 2011
Issue No. 175
NOTICE OF SUBTIDAL SEAPEN SURVEY AT ROBERTS BANK
As part of the Container Capacity Improvement Program, Port Metro Vancouver is conducting field studies in and around Roberts Bank to gather information and data to assist in evaluating the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. The subtidal seapen survey will assess the habitat value and distribution of the orange seapen bed. Seapens are soft corals that resemble an antique quill pen. The field team will utilize a subtidal imaging and mapping system (SIMS) as well as a dive survey (SCUBA). Activities are anticipated to occur during daylight in mid-September with no noise or light impacts on the community.
REGIONAL CANADIAN MARINE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
The regional CMAC meeting was held earlier this week in North Vancouver. Presentations included regulatory updates and also an informative presentation on Transport Canada’s implementation plan for the North American Emissions Control Area. Also of note is Transport Canada plan to publish in the Canada Gazette this fall new administrative monetary penalties covering regulations that have been updated under the Canada Shipping Act 2001. These will include penalties under the Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations and Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations. All documentation for the Regional CMAC meetings can be found on the CMAC Web site at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/rsqa-cmac-regcmac-1561.htm.
US BILL SEEKS NATIONAL BALLAST WATER POLICY
The US Congress has introduced legislation that would impose a national policy for regulating discharges of ballast water to prevent the introduction of invasive species. Bill HR 2840 amends the Clean Water Act to set a single nationwide performance standard uniform with IMO and also seeks to regulate incidental "gray water" discharges from ships ranging from oily water separator effluent and refrigeration and air condensate effluent. The Bill allows for review of the performance standard every 10 years or upon petition from the states and clearly prohibits states from passing laws or otherwise regulating ballast water discharge from commercial vessels.
CUSTOMS NOTICE 11-016 MANDATORY HS CODES
Canada Border Services Agency has released CN 11-016 to provide importers, custom brokers and their service providers with detailed information on the criteria for the acceptable use of the "Zero-Class Code" (ZCC) under the previously announced CBSA initiative concerning Mandatory HS Codes at Time of Interim Accounting.
MAERSK TO PROVIDE DAILY SERVICE FROM ASIA TO EUROPE
In a move comparable to daily airline connections, Maersk has announced a new daily Asia-North Europe service which it pledges will dramatically improve reliability and allow shippers greater flexibility in supply chain and production schedules. The new service will employ 70 vessels operating a daily service between Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung and Pelepas and Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven. Maersk has pitched the service as a “giant ocean conveyor belt for the world’s busiest trade lane”. The concept means that cargo can be shipped immediately after production without the need for storage and will be delivered on a scheduled date. If cargo availability is delayed by 1-3 days, Maersk will pay $100 per container and four or more days delay will result in a $300 per container money back guarantee.
US FIRES WARNING SHOT IN ETS DISPUTE WITH EU
The US Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved a bill that prohibits the US from participating in a European Union emissions trading scheme (ETS) that is said to unfairly tax US airlines. The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011, is seen as an unusually strong bipartisan response to EU plans to impose fees on the aviation industry whereby flights into or out of an EU airport, regardless of how long that flight is in EU airspace, would be subject to cap and trade requirements. A report last month also highlighted that the scheme would also impact the maritime industry, as the European Commission has argued that it wants to see the aviation and maritime sectors subject to the same emissions controls as land-based emitters.
Meanwhile, speed reduction and the use low sulphur fuels in the approaches to Californian ports has seen ship-sourced pollution levels “plummet” by up to 90%, according to studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). However, the jurisdiction of the state’s “Air Resources Board” beyond three miles off the coast continues to be challenged by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
JUDGE CITES ILWU FOR CONTEMPT IN LONGVIEW DISPUTE
A federal judge in Tacoma found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Two of its locals in contempt of a temporary restraining order it had issued earlier this month. The judge made his finding following demonstrations at the EGT Development grain terminal in Longview grain terminal. The remedy for the finding will be decided at a hearing on Sept. 30th.
On a related note, the 250-member Panama Canal Pilots Union has just announced that they will affiliate with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, extending the reach of the powerful West Coast dockworkers’ union to Panama three years before the canal is scheduled to complete its massive expansion project.
GREEK TANKER SAVED BY RETREAT TO CITADEL
The attempted hijacking of the Greek tanker United Emblem off the coast of Yemen late last week was thwarted when the ship’s crew retreated to a citadel. The Russian frigate Severomorsk on escort duties in the area was quickly on scene and resolved the situation.
Russian warship Severomorsk
Meanwhile, in a decidedly unhelpful move, Egypt has decided to ban all weapons and armed security teams on merchant ships transiting its waters, including the Suez Canal. This will inevitably complicate the embarkation and disembarkation of security teams just as Intermanager, the ship management trade body, which represents managers of some 4,400 ships with about 250,000 seafarers, is calling for the wider employment of armed guards. The association backs IMO guidelines on the employment of armed guards and Best Management Practices 4 (BMP4), as the basis of individual robust risk assessments for each vessel transiting danger areas. Currently there are some flag administrations, oil majors and bulk charterers which still prohibit owners from protecting their assets with armed guards.
HURTIGRUTEN PASSENGER FERRY FIRE
Two crew members were killed in a fire on the Norwegian ferry Nordlys when approaching the port of Alesund yesterday. Another 12 people were injured, two seriously. The Nordlys, operates in the Hurtigruten service between Bergen and Kirkenes, above the Arctic Circle near the Russian border.
AUSTRALIA TO ADOPT SECOND REGISTER
The Australian government has announced that the country’s ship owners are to be offered the benefits of a second register scheme provided vessels remain registered in Australia for a minimum of 10 years. In a statement last week, the government reminded that 99% of Australia’s international trade is carried by ships, yet only 0.5% of that trade is carried by Australia-flagged vessels (22 ships) whilst Australian ports manage 10% of the world’s entire sea trade. (sound familiar?)
Under the proposed scheme, Australian registered vessels will pay no company tax, with qualifying income from shipping and royalty withholding tax also exempted. Depreciation rate will be cut to 10 years from 20 years as part of a drive to accelerate fleet renewal. Rollover relief will also be offered and tax offsets will also be available to Australian employers of resident seafarers who work in international trade. The national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia said in a statement: “The MUA welcomes shipping reform as one of the greatest policy developments in Australian shipping since the Navigation Act was introduced in 1912. It recognizes the importance of Australia as the fourth-largest shipping nation by volume, and the numbers are increasing with the mineral resources boom.”
Also this week, Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure announced intent to present proposals to parliament in 2012 in a bid to save the country’s maritime industry. Sweden remains one of the few European countries without a tonnage tax, or an international ship register. Shipowners blame this for the continual decline of the Swedish flag in the last decade.
CELEBRITY MILLENIUM GRACES PORT OF NANAIMO
Celebrity Millenium in the Port of Nanaimo under a cloudless sky last weekend. Pictures courtesy of Captain Edward Dahlgren, Harbour Master.
Despite the index having retreated by 40 points on Thursday, the Baltic Dry Index again firmed strongly in the first part of this week to close on Thursday on 1907 points compared to 1682 points last week and 1582 points the week previously. Average time charter rates for Capesize closed on $28,039 per day, with transatlantic and Pacific round voyage route rates both dipping over $1,100 to $30,136 per day and $26,196 respectively.
Cape Size Panamax Supramax
Index 3267 1748 1438
Last week 2807 1624 1380
Spot time charter $28,000/day $14,000/day $15,000/day
Last week $21,900/day $13,000/day $14,400/day
Tankers VLCC Suezmax Aframax Medium Range Product
This week $9,400 $1.700 -$700 $6,800
Last week $8,000 $1,800 -$200 $7,600
A healthy increase in the number of VLCC cargoes from the Middle East Gulf to China in September and early October is providing at least a pulse to the VLCC spot market but there remains a question as to whether it will be enough to lift itself from the hopelessly low level it has been suffering over the past six weeks.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
GREAT CANADIAN SHORELINE CLEANUP
Sep 17 – 25 – Every September, Canadians from across the country head to their shorelines to help clean up our shorelines. The goal is to promote understanding and education about shoreline litter issues by encouraging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. There are several sites in the Lower Mainland – for locations and schedules visit: http://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/
PORT, SHIP AND FERRY MARITIME SECURITY TRAINING COURSES
MacDonnell is offering a number of security oriented courses during the months of September and October. Courses offered include training for Marine Facility Security Officers, Auditors, Persons with Security Responsibilities and Ship Security Officer – Certificate of Proficiency. For more visit: www.macdonnell.com.
FRASER ALUMNI ANNUAL BBQ & FUNDRAISER
Sep 17– The Annual Fraser Alumni BBQ will be held at Annacis Island Training Quarters 553 Derwent Way, Delta from 5pm. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information phone (604) 590-1770 or e-mail:
WORLD MARITIME DAY CELEBRATION
Sep 21 –The Mission to Seafarers will host a fundraising dinner at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club to commemorate the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day. The guest speaker for the evening will be Captain Graham Westgarth, Chairman of INTERTANKO and Executive Vice President for Innovation, Technology and Projects for the Teekay Corporation. The event has been sold out – thank you for your support. We are continuing to accept donations of cash, raffle and live auction items for the event and fundraising efforts to renew the Mission to Seafarers’ building at Roberts Bank. Please contact Bonnie Gee at 604-628-6132 for further information.
COS BUSINESS OF SHIPPING COURSE
Sep 22 – The next Chamber of Shipping full day Business of Shipping course is fully booked. Registration is closed – thank you for the support!
THE PLIMSOLL CLUB PUB NIGHT
GREEN MARINE INFORMATION SESSION
SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING CONFERENCE
Oct 12 – 14 All Aboard – Collaboration for Change. The Sustainable Shipping Conference will take place in Vancouver this year. 2011 marks the Sixth year of the annual Sustainable Shipping Conference, which leads the way in debating the next big issues within the industry, while focusing on the realities and practicalities of shipping. For more information visit: http://www.sustainableshipping.com/events/2011/vancouver/
LLOYD’S REGISTER RISK MANAGEMENT & INCIDENT INVESTIGATION
Oct 12 – LR is offering a two-day Risk Management and Incident Investigation Training course for those individuals responsible for safety. For more information, see the attached.
ABS – ISM TRAINING COURSE
Oct 18 - ABS Academy is offering ISM Training Course in Vancouver October 18-20. See attached for more information.
GERMANISCHER LLOYD UPCOMING ACADEMY COURSES
LLOYDS REGISTER – ADVANCES IN SHIPBUILDING
Sep 17 Mission to Seafarer’s 4th Annual Cycle for Seafarers EventSep 20 VMAA Board of Directors Meeting @ 12:00
Sep 21 World Maritime Day / Mission to Seafarers Dinner
Sep 22 Business of Shipping Course
Sep 26 BC Marine Vessel Air Quality Working Group Meeting @ 09:00
Sep 28 PACMAR / NANS Meeting @ 10:30
Sep 28 ICS Board of Directors Meeting @ 12:00
Sep 28 Plimsoll Club Board Meeting @ 16:30
Sep 28 Plimsoll Club Pub Night @ 17:30 Kingston Taphouse
Sep 29 COS Owners Committee Meeting @ 12:00
Sep 29 VMAA ICMA Planning Meeting @ 12:00
Oct 4 PMV Security Stakeholders Meeting @ 09:30
Oct 5 COS Board of Directors Meeting @ 11:30
Oct 5 Pacific Marine Advisory Board Meeting @ 13:00
Oct 6 COS Navigation & Pilotage Committee Meeting @ 10:00
Oct 6 COS Liner Committee Meeting @ 12:00
Oct 12 COS Ship & Port Operations Committee Meeting @ 10:30
Oct 12 Green Marine Information Session
Oct 12-14 Sustainable Shipping Conference
Oct 18 ISSC Board of Directors Meeting @ 12:00
Oct 18-20 ABS – ISM Training Course
Oct 20-21 GL – Academy Courses
Ship of the Week
HMS Dragon – Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer
We have become accustomed to artwork on the hulls of cruise ships and more recently the 2010 Olympic murals on the new Coastal Class of BC Ferries. However, protocol rarely provides license to decorate the hull of a modern warship. The just delivered HMS Dragon, a Type-45 destroyer, breaks with convention and sports a red dragon proudly emblazoned on her bow. Portsmouth will be home base to all the Type 45s - the largest and most powerful air defence destroyers ever built for the Royal Navy.
Class: Type-45 destroyer
Built in Govan Shipyard, Glasgow, Scotland
Displacement: 7,500 tons
Beam: 21.2metresTop speed: 27 knots
Range: 7,000 nautical miles
HMS Dragon is the fourth of a class of six ships which together will provide formidable naval capacity. Previously delivered sister ships are HMS Daring, Dauntless and Diamond. HMS Defender and Duncan are yet to be delivered.
Type 45 Destroyers are heavily armed with a Sea Viper missile defence system against multiple and simultaneous attacks. The Type 45 also has a comprehensive suite of other weapons and equipment that ensures it can be deployed on a wide range of military tasks. Equipment selected includes a main gun for shore bombardment - currently the 4.5" Mark 8 Mod 1 weapon - and either the Merlin HM Mark1 anti-submarine helicopter or the Lynx HMA Mark 8 helicopter equipped with Stingray anti-submarine torpedoes. The ship is capable of embarking a force of up to 60 Royal Marine Commandos, or other troops, and using its aircraft and boats to support operations. The Type-45 is large and spacious enough to accommodate lengthened vertical launchers that could carry cruise missiles, should the requirement for a land attack capability arise.
previous HMS Dragon in 1918
The previous ship to bear the name was a cruiser launched in 1917 as the 14th RN ship to carry a name that was first used in 1512. She was completed in 1918. During 1919 she took part in operations against troops in the Baltic and in November 1923 was part of the escort for HM Battle Cruisers HOOD and REPULSE with four other D-Class cruisers. Her later service after 1924 included commissions in the Mediterranean, China and the West Indies. She was placed in Reserve at Chatham in July 1937 and used for Boys training until fully commissioned in July 1939.
|< Prev||Next >|