COS Weekly News - 4 May 2012
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 15:22
COS News – Week ending 04 May 2012
Issue No. 207
PORT METRO VANCOUVER RECOGNIZED WITH GREEN 30 AWARD
Port Metro Vancouver has been recognized as one of Aon Hewitt’s Green 30, the top 30 Canadian organizations whose employees are most positive about their record on environmental stewardship. The Green 30 list was compiled based on employee feedback using Aon Hewitt’s Employee Green Index, which focuses on employers’ environmental strategies and activities, and their efforts to consider long-term social, environmental and economic impacts when making decisions.
As part of the 2012 Best Employers in Canada and Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada studies, Aon Hewitt surveyed over 112,000 employees at more than 261 organizations regarding their employers’ commitment to environmental stewardship. Amongst the Green 30, 82 per cent of employees have a positive perception of their employers’ eco-friendly efforts, contrasted against the 30 organizations with the least positive reviews only 49 per cent were favourable.
MS ZAANDAM’S ARRIVAL KICKS OFF THE CRUISE SEASON IN PRINCE RUPERT
The Holland America Line vessel Zaandam arrived for its first visit in Prince Rupert this morning, carrying over 1,300 passengers. The ship is completing a transpacific journey that includes stops in Japan, Korea, Russia and Alaska. Following the Zaandam's visit, vessels from Regent Seven Seas and Silver Sea Cruise Lines are scheduled to make stops in Prince Rupert in July.
CITY OF VANCOUVER MAYOR PROPOSES BY-LAW
City of Vancouver is preparing a by-law that would require pipeline operators and oil tankers using Burrard Inlet, Vancouver Harbour and/or the Fraser River to indemnify the City of Vancouver and existing local industries through appropriate liability insurance at a level equal to the projected amount of clean up operation costs, and loss of business compensation for a worst case scenario oil spill.
LOW LEVEL ROAD PROJECT REPORT RELEASED
A Consultation Summary Report, summarizing the input from the March 2012 consultations, is now available here. Information sessions on the proposed preferred design will be held on May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm at the John Braithwaite Community Centren and on May 16th from 4 to 8 pm at the Pinnacle Hotel. For more information visit www.porttalk.ca.
LEMONNIER RECEIVES MARINE SAFETY AWARD
Transport Canada’s Director General Donald Roussel presented ILWU Canada’s Third Vice President, Al LeMonnier with Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Award at the national Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting held last week.
CFIA CONSULTATION ON ALTERNATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY POLICY
As part of the process to develop an Alternative Service Delivery Policy, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is consulting with stakeholders until June 24, 2012. CFIA is seeking input that will help shape its future policy. Once a policy has been drafted, the CFIA will conduct a second consultation to for feedback. There are multiple ways to provide input during the consultation. For more information or to complete the on-line survey, visit the CFIA website.
TRANSPORT CANADA FUNDING FOR SHORE POWER
Transport Canada is continuing its commitment to limit air emissions from the Canadian transportation sector by inviting applications for funding under the $27.2-million Shore Power Technology for Ports Program. The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program will provide cost-shared funding for the installation of marine shore power at Canadian ports. This innovative technology allows ships to plug into the local electrical grid to power the vessel and turn off their diesel engines when docked.
Canadian port authorities and private organizations engaged in operating and/or owning marine ports and terminals in Canada are encouraged to apply for funding by September 28, 2012. A guide for applicants and additional information is available on Transport Canada's website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/sptp
TRANSPORT MINISTER FIRM ON EU EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Met with Mr. Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport earlier this week. They discussed the European Union Emissions Trading System and the Canada-European Union Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement.
With respect to greenhouse gas emissions from international maritime shipping, Minister Lebel expressed Canada’s view that the most appropriate forum to address the question is the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Canada encourages the European Union to work on this issue together with the rest of the international community through the IMO to achieve mutual goals.
The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) was created in 2005 to reduce greenhouse gases. As of January 1, 2012, the EU ETS applies to the aviation industry, including foreign aircraft operators flying to or from the European Union. As such, all emissions from aircraft entering or leaving Europe are subject to the EU ETS, including those that are released over the high seas and in countries outside the European Union. For example, a Canadian air carrier departing from Paris for Toronto is subject to EU ETS for the entire flight.
NEW ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL MONUMENT UNVEILED IN OTTAWA
Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled The Royal Canadian Navy Monument on Richmond Landing in Ottawa. The Monument pays homage to the hundreds of thousands of Canadian sailors who served this great nation during the Navy’s first century of existence.
In true Navy tradition, the Monument was officially named by a member of the Service during the dedication ceremony. Miss Elsa Lessard, who served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service during the Second World War, accepted this honour.
The Royal Canadian Navy Monument was designed by artist Al McWilliams, architects Joost Bakker and Bruce Haden, all from Vancouver, British Columbia. The monument, which is located in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region, will act as a lasting tribute to Canada’s Navy – both past and present.
TSB RELEASES ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
Highlighting outstanding safety concerns with the transportation system, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its annual reassessments of responses to Board recommendations. In the marine sector, safety has improved. Following a number of regulatory changes by TC impacting voyage data recorders and emergency preparedness on passenger ferries, the TSB has reassessed TC’s responses to two recommendations as fully satisfactory. With eleven recommendations pertaining to small passenger and small fishing vessels still outstanding—some dating as far back as 1992—the safety of these vessels remains a top concern for the Board.
US WIDENS SANCTION ON IRAN
The US continues to focus on the marine industry in its efforts to tighten sanctions on Iran with provisions that that prohibit “US persons” from transacting business with “foreign sanctions evaders”. This is being interpreted to include US offices of organizations such as class societies and P&I clubs. The Presidential Order authorizes sanctions on foreigners found to have had dealings with Iran and Syria and immediately bar such persons from entering the country. A further catch all clause targets “US persons” doing any business, whether involving Iran and Syria or not, including transactions already under way – with people who are designated “foreign sanctions evaders”. In effect, companies who may have assumed they could ignore US sanctions now need to reconsider.
CRUISE INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO ARGUE FOR ECA COMPROMISE SOLUTION
Following on from our notification last week of the decision by Canada to delay ECA implementation until November 2012, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is continuing to lobby the US Congress for support for its alternative compliance tool based on interpretation of “equivalences” allowed for under MARPOL Annex VI legislation. Unfortunately, Both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) have opposed the CLIA compromise plan in a letter to IMO Secretary-General. Undeterred, CLIA is seeking non partisan Congressional support for a plan which it concludes would achieve at least the same overall health benefits to the population of the US and Canada as the 200 nautical miles (nm) ECA off the coastline of the two countries. Pressure also continues to mount for the states of Alaska and Hawaii to be exempt from the 200 nautical mile ECA zone fearing significant negative consequences for tourism.
AUSTRALIA’S PLUTO LNG PROJECT NOW ACTIVE
Western Australia’s Pluto LNG export project is finally underway with the first cargo to be loaded on the LNG carrier Woodside Donaldson. The project is another string in the bow of Australia’s aim to be the dominant supplier of LNG to Asia. It is estimated that around 70% of global LNG production capacity under construction is in Australia which will eventually overtake Qatar as the world’s largest LNG producer at around 80m tons/year. Approved for development in July 2007, the Pluto LNG Project will process gas from the Pluto and Xena gas fields, located about 190km north-west of Karratha in Western Australia, into LNG and condensate. The two fields are estimated to contain 4.8 trillion cubic feet of dry gas reserves.
layout of the Pluto and Xena gas fields off the port of Karratha and the LNG carrier Woodside Donaldson, complete with kangaroos
The initial phase of the project comprises an offshore platform in 85m of water, connected to five subsea wells on the Pluto gas field. Gas will be piped in a 180km trunk line to the onshore facility, located between the North West Shelf Project and Dampier Port on the Burrup Peninsula. Onshore infrastructure comprises a single LNG processing train with a forecast production capacity of 4.3 million tons/year.
SOLAR POWERED SHIP COMPLETES WORLD’S FIRST CIRCUMNAVIGATION
Covered with roughly 38,000 solar cells, a PlanetSolar catamaran has finished the first round-the-world voyage fueled solely by the sun. The MS Turanor arrived in Monte Carlo, Monaco mid-afternoon on Friday. The vessel completed the 37, 294-mile expedition that spanned 28 countries and 585 days. The roof on the catamaran is covered with SunPower Corp. panels that extend over the hulls; these power six (6) blocks of lithium-ion batteries.
TITANIC TO SAIL AGAIN?
Not for the first time, plans have been announced to build a new Titanic. The man behind the project is Mr. Clive Palmer, one of Australia's richest men who claims to have signed an MOU with CSC Jinling Shipyard. Construction will begin in 2013 start at the end of next year and the vessel will be delivered in 2016.
It was steady as she goes this week with the Baltic Dry Index closing on Thursday on 1157 points, compared to 1148 points last week and 1028 points the week before.
Cape Size Panamax Supramax
Index 1527 1635 1108
One week ago 1505 1727 1097
Spot time charter $7,100/day $13,000/day $11,600/day
One week ago $6,400/day $13,800/day $11,500/day
Containers: Alphaliner is reporting that idle container capacity fell from just over 900,000 TEU in mid-March to a little over 600,000 TEU at the end of April. At the same time, average freight has increased by 38% since the beginning of the year.
Tankers: Chinese oil companies fixed 10 tankers (8 VLCCs and 2 Suezmaxes) in the Atlantic spot market on one day this week as China seeks to diversify its oil imports away from Iran. Additional oil is being sourced from Angola, Algeria, Libya and Venezuela.
LR ILO MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION 2006 TRAINING COURSE
May 8 – 9 – Lloyd’s Register is offering a two-day course for those involved in the creation and implementation of policies and procedures required for compliance with the ILO MLC 2006. The course is outlined in the attached brochure and is priced at $895. The course will be held in the local office in North Vancouver.
CMLA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ANNUAL SEMINAR
May 11 – 12 - The Canadian Maritime Law Association will be holding its 2012 Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 11, 2012 and its annual Seminar on Saturday May 12, 2012. To register for the seminar please go to the CMLA website (www.cmla.org) and follow the links to the registration page. Alternatively, you can go direct to the registration page at www.cmla.org/agmseminarreg.php.
ICMA XVIII - REGISTRATION
May 13 – 18 - The Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association, (VMAA), invites you to the International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, ICMA XVIII, to be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. ICMA provides a forum for arbitrators, national maritime arbitration associations, marine insurers, ship owners, charterers, cargo interests and the legal community from around the world to come together to exchange views and developments. After 21 years ICMA returns to Vancouver in 2012. For more information or to register, visit www.icma2012.com
PORT SECURITY CONFERENCE
May 15 – 17 – The 2012 Canadian Port and Maritime Security Conference will be held this year at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, BC. For more information visit: www.portsecure.ca
PLIMSOLL CLUB ANNUAL SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT
GREEN MARINE ANNUAL CONFERENCE – GREEN TECH 2012
May 29 – 30 – Green Tech 2012 will be held this year in Quebec City at the Loews Hotel Le Concorde.
This will be Green Marine’s 5th edition of its annual conference on green technologies and innovation in marine transportation. Detailed information and registration forms for exhibitors and participants are available on Green Tech 2012 website: www.green-marine.org/annual-conference.
BC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUMMIT
June 4 – 5 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Transportation Summit on “Shipping and Exports to the Asia Pacific” Wolfgang Freese, President of Hapag-Lloyd Region Americas was added to the list of noteworthy speakers and panelists. The early bird rate for registration expires on May 18th. To view details and to register, visit www.bcchambersummit.ca.
BUSINESS OF SHIPPING COURSE – NANAIMO, BC
June 7 – The Chamber of Shipping of BC and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers will hold its next full day course in Nanaimo. Details of the course content and registration form are attached.
VANCOUVER GRAIN EXCHANGE GOLF TOURNAMENT
ARCTIC SHIPPING UPDATE
June 21 – A half-day morning session is planned to discuss developments in Arctic Shipping with the Canadian Coast Guard. Further details to follow.
MARITIME SECURITY CHALLENGES (MSC) 2012
Oct 1–3 – The 5th annual conference presented by Maritime Forces Pacific and Royal Roads University will take place in Victoria, BC and will address the illegal movement of people and goods at sea, security issues in the Gulf of Guinea, maritime applications of unmanned and autonomous vehicles, and shipbuilding and future naval requirements. To register or for more information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities visit: http://mscconference.ca/
May 8 Port Metro Vancouver Land Use Meeting – Transportation & Goods Movement
May 9 COS Board of Directors Meeting @ 11:30
May 11 Canadian Maritime Law Association Annual General Meeting
May 12 Canadian Maritime Law Association Seminar
May 13-18 International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators XVIII Conference
May 15 COS Ship & Port Operations Committee Meeting @ 12:00
May 15-17 Port Security Conference
May 16 Plimsoll Club Annual Spring Golf Tournament
May 17 COS Navigation & Pilotage Committee Meeting @ 10:00
May 17 COS Liner Committee Meeting @ 12:00
May 21 Victoria Day – Office Closed
May 24 WMCC Annual General Meeting @ 09:00
May 24 WMCC Board of Directors Meeting @ 09:30
May 29 PMV Annual General Meeting
May 29-30 Green Marine Annual Conference – Green Tech, Quebec City
May 30 PACMAR / NANS Meeting @ 10:30
Jun 7 Business of Shipping Course (full day) Vancouver Island Convention Centre, Nanaimo
Jun 15 Vancouver Grain Exchange Golf Tournament
Jun 21 Arctic Shipping Update
Ship of the Week
Built 1955 as the refrigerated tween decker Port Sydney by Swan Hunter Shipyard, Newcastle UK
Speed 16 knots
Passenger 422 normal, 540 maximum
Other names: Daphne, Switzerland, Ocean Monarch
Originally built in 1955 as a cargo-passenger ship, under the name Port Sydney, Princess Daphne underwent a major conversion in 1974 into a luxury passenger cruise ship. Since then she has been rebuilt and refurbished a number of times and has sailed under the names Daphne, Switzerland and Ocean Monarch. Her last major refurbishment took place in the beginning of 2008, as she came under the Classic International Cruises banner, and saw her change her name to Princess Daphne. She now boasts 241 of the largest cabins found on any cruise ship of which 27 are suites.
Originally built in 1955 as Port Sydney
Carrying no more than 550 passengers, Princess Daphne now boasts 241 of the largest cabins found on any cruise ship of which 27 are suites. Classic International Cruises was founded in 1985 as the Arcalia Shipping Company Ltd, which eventually became Classic International. The company is headquartered in Neutral Bay, NSW, Australia and has branch offices in Paris, Piraeus, Lisbon, London and Sollentuna, Sweden.
in a previous life as Daphne with Costa Cruises, calling Canada Place
Ambiente Kreuzfahrten, a new German cruise operator currently has Princess Daphne on a three year charter. Itineraries began with a twelve-day cruise from Palma de Mallorca to Kiel on April 29, 2012 followed by summer cruises to western Scandinavia, the UK and Baltic before returning to the Mediterranean. Base ports for 2012 are Kiel and Bremerhaven while voyages to the Canary Islands, Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean are scheduled for the 2012/13 winter season until she returns to European waters in April 2013.
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