The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance is suing NOAA Fisheries, saying the agency has failed to act on a petition it filed in 2016. The petition sought to bar vessels from a 26- to 31-square-kilometre area west of San Juan Island where the whales feed from April through September each year. NOAA Fisheries claims that it supports the already-existing voluntary "no-go" zone, announced by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, that extends 400 metres off the west coast of San Juan Island.
Port of Kalama Commissioners have sent a letter to the Port of Astoria approved a letter opposing a new fee that was implemented in March which charges any trade vessel 250 feet or longer a $300 fee, whether it docks there or continues upriver. The Port of Astoria has received similar letters from the Port of Longview and other nearby ports are reportedly considering issues letters as well. The Columbia River Steamship Operators’ Association said late last month it is prepared to sue the port because it believes the fee conflicts with the commerce clause of the US Constitution. Revenue from the fee is intended to fund the operation and maintenance of a wharf that provides an emergency berth to distressed vessels - a service many feel the port is not required to offer.
The port of Long Beach has welcomed the cleanest containership to travel to the US - the 14,436-TEU MSC Jewel, at Total Terminals International's Pier T facility. The vessel owned by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is powered by tier III diesel engines, which are 75 per cent cleaner than the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) tier II standard. In addition to its clean engine, all MSC vessels are shore-power equipped, enabling them to connect to the landside electrical grid to reduce emissions when berthed. The carrier will receive US$6,000 from the port of Long Beach's Green Ship Incentive Programme.
Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% – sulphur marine fuel has just been developed and released by a group experts in an effort to provide guidance for stakeholders across the marine fuels and shipping industries, from fuel blenders and suppliers to end users. The publication is designed It presents the specific safety and operational issues relating to the supply and use of max. 0.50%-sulphur fuels, an overview of fuel quality principles, and the controls that should be put in place to ensure that safety issues are identified, prevented and/or mitigated. It addresses issues such as fuel compatibility, fuel stability, and fuel handling and storage, and contains a comprehensive review of existing operational factors that can affect safety.
After 34-months abandoned on board the UAE-flagged general cargo vessel Tamim Aldar, the entire crew has now been brought to shore. The ship was abandoned off Ras al Kaimah by owner Elite Way Marine Services with no fuel, food, potable water, or power available. Last week the remaining crew got into a lifeboat and attempted to seek refuge on shore, but were promptly returned to the vessel, which was subsequently towed into position approximately 13 km off the UAE until their rescue earlier this week. The four final crew members to leave the vessel are currently in Dubai, awaiting their unpaid wages. They are very unlikely to receive what they are owed in the full amount – the 39 other seafarers who have already been repatriated have received portions ranging from 40–75% of their wages.
The Norwegian government has approved Enova, a government-run entity, for up to NOK 2.3 billion (US$256 million) in funding to develop the world’s first floating offshore wind farm to power offshore oil and gas installations in the northern North Sea. The offshore wind farm will consist of 11 floating wind turbines with a total capacity of 88 MW, enough to meet around 35% of the annual electricity needed of the five existing oil and gas platforms at the Gullfaks and Snorre fields. During periods of high winds, the percentage could even be much higher.
We are now one week away from the Mission to Seafarers’ annual and most important fund raiser of the year – the 12th Annual Cycling for Seafarers. The Mission is solely focussed on the welfare of seafarers who play such a vital role in ensuring that Canada’s domestic and international trade is delivered safely and efficiently. Please reflect on the importance of this initiative and consider making a contribution. The details of the ride can be found here and you are welcome to call or email Robert Lewis-Manning, Chairperson – Mission to Seafarers for further details.
BC Ferries has released the feedback it received during the new major vessel engagement the company ran earlier this year for the next generation of ferries. The first phase of engagement focused on nine topic areas, including: accessibility, pedestrians and cyclists, pet spaces, outdoor spaces, food and beverage, family spaces, new amenities, technology, and additional thoughts and key considerations like sustainability and future flexibility to meet changing needs. With more than 11,000 respondents, feedback included requests for more space and amenities for pet owners, more diversity in fresh food choices, improved areas for bicycle storage, quiet areas away from technology and noise, and environmental impact, among other topics.
Jim Pattison and his company, Great Pacific Capital Corp., have proposed taking lumber producer Canfor Corp. private for about $981.6 million. The company already owns 51 percent of Canfor and is proposing that it buys out the remaining shares for $16 apiece, an 82 per cent premium to the stock’s closing price last Friday. Canfor has formed a special committee of independent directors to review the offer. Canfor shares soared 72 per cent to $15.12 Monday. The deal, which values the Canfor at about $2 billion, would require the holders of two-thirds of the stock to approve a special resolution.
The Canada Infrastructure Bank has announced that it will work with the Montreal Port Authority to advance the project development of a new container terminal in Contrecoeur, where the port plans to expand its activities. The new terminal will serve to enable importers and exporters to get products to market as quickly as possible, by increasing the port’s capacity.
Transport Canada is issuing fines to a pair of Canadian Coast Guard ships, the CCGS Cape Edensaw and CCGS Cap d'Espoir that allegedly sailed too fast through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where speed restrictions which were in place earlier this month to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whales. The fines are 6,000 and $12,000, respectively. Since the restrictions have gone into place, a total of six vessels, including a luxury yacht and three cargo vessels, have incurred penalties.
Transport Canada has announced over $100 million in rail-related infrastructure funding in recent weeks. The projects receiving funding are part of a multi-year, billion-dollar program by the Canadian government to invest in key trade corridors. Projects include:
The Government of Canada will be bringing the new Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, and associated regulations into force on August 28, 2019. The outlines rules for transitioning to the new system seek to protect our environment and communities while making sure good projects can get built to create jobs for the middle class.
Ship-to-shore cranes and shipping containers have been removed for the US tariff list, which includes $300 billion in goods subject to tariffs. Had the 10 percent tariff on ship-to-shore cranes remained in place, port authorities would have spent about $1.5 million more on cranes. New shipping containers would have cost about $1,000 to $1,500 to domestic intermodal providers.
The Port of New York and New Jersey has completed their first delivery by a zero-emission electric truck. Best Transportation delivered a 14,000-pound container from its Port Newark warehouse to Costco Wholesale in Monroe, New Jersey, about 36 miles away. The vehicle is the only commercially available zero-emission drayage truck and is powered by a battery pack that enables the truck to travel 125 miles per charge, with a cab that can carry a combined weight of 105,000 pounds. The delivery is the latest step in the port’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which includes replacing aging trucks newer, cleaner-burning vehicles.
Australia is on track to surpass Qatar as the world’s largest LNG exporter. It already surpasses Qatar in LNG export capacity and exported more LNG than Qatar in November 2018 and April 2019. Within the next year, as more of Australia’s projects ramp up and increase operations, U.S. Energy Information Administration expects Australia to consistently export more LNG than Qatar. The country’s LNG export capacity increased from 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2011 to more than 11.4 Bcf/d in 2019. The LNG exports are forecast to grow to 10.8 Bcf/d by 2020–21 once recently commissioned projects start operating at full production.
Evergreen has told clients that any omission, concealment or misdeclaration of hazardous cargoes that it finds will result in fines of $35,000 per container. This decision comes in a wake of several other carriers issuing warnings of fines for misdeclared cargoes, including OOCL and Maersk, though they have not specified the amount of the fine. Hapag-Lloyd and HMM have said clients with misdeclared cargo will face a fine of $15,000 per box charge.
25% of all serious incidents onboard containerships are attributaed to misdeclared cargos that lead to significant fire on boxships every 60 days. Most recently, a fire swept through the countainers on the APL Le Havre, which took four hours to bring under control.