The report also incorporates twenty-nine different sources of possible vessel growth in the region and explores how these might be combined in four different growth scenarios extrapolated out to 2030.
The Port of New York & New Jersey has rereleased its 30-year plan for growth and development that seeks to meet the demands of growing cargo volumes. The primary objectives of the master plan are to provide opportunities for growth through stakeholder engagement; improve the port’s commercial value by investigating opportunities to maximize lease revenue; to continue to serve as an economic engine for the region; and to promote safe, resilient and environmentally sustainable operations in partnership with its tenants. Release of the master plan comes at a time when the Port of New York and New Jersey is experiencing record cargo growth, which has pushed it into the position of No. 2 in the nation.
Japan has run their first tests of new bunker fuels that will comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur cap regulations without any problems in operation. The trials took place in late June and with the ministry testing fuel with less than 0.5% of sulphur content on coastal vessels that had previously run on high-sulphur fuel oil. They are carrying out the tests to ensure a smooth transition to IMO-compliant fuels for owners and operators who chose not to install scrubbers.
The world’s largest containership has been delivered by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries. At 400 m long and 61.5 m wide, the MSC Gülsün is the first boxship in the world to feature 24 rows across giving it up to 1,500 extra container capacity compared to the existing largest container vessels. The vessel is the first of 11 giants MSC is set to operate when they deliver from South Korea in the coming nine months. The MSC Gülsün embark from Xingang on July 8 to northern Europe.
Around 200 cattle in trucks on a roro vessel that grounded and listed last week are being rescued in Southern Chile. The first cattle were taken off the Coyhaique earlier this week after the navy stabilized the ship and moved it to a more sheltered location. A series of smaller vessels are coming alongside the ship and the cattle are slowly being moved to a nearby port. Around 40 of the 244 cattle have perished. Local authorities are looking into sanctioning the ship’s owner, Navimag, over the accident and the conditions under which the animals were being transported. The accident happened in a remote part Chile and there have been some reports of oil pollution and a boom has been put around the ship.
Heerema’s newest vessel, Sleipnir, the world’s largest and strongest crane vessel, will be departing Indonesia on its maiden voyage. The vessel is designed to work on large offshore projects such as installing and removing jackets, topsides, deep-water foundations, moorings and other offshore structures, such as windmills. With two 10,000-tonne revolving cranes, the vessel can lift loads of up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem. Speipnir is also the world’s first crane vessel with dual-fuel engines capable of running on traditional MGO and LNG.
The Board of the Western Marine Community Coalition is accepting applications for scholarships from individuals intending to pursue marine related courses at a post secondary education institution in the 2019/20 academic year. The Selection Committee assessments are based on a combination of factors including financial need, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and involvement in community affairs. Please pass this information along to anyone that may be elligible and interested in applying.
The ECHO Program team is pleased to share that southern resident killer whales have been confirmed as present in the slowdown trial area. Members of all three pods were seen and heard in Haro Strait this morning. The return of these endangered whales to the Salish Sea signals the start of the 2019 ECHO Program voluntary vessel slowdown trial.
Vehicle carriers, cruise and container vessels are asked to slow down to at least 14.5 knots and bulk carriers, tankers, ferries and government vessels will slow to at least 11.5 knots in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass.
Woodfibre LNG has finally received its facility permit from the British Columbia (BC) Oil and Gas Commission (OGC). The new LNG export facility planned for Howe Sound must comply the 35 conditions contained in the permit. The conditions exceed the regulatory requirements to address public, environmental and safety concerns. The conditions specify requirements for design, construction and operations, and include a tsunami hazard study, a flaring notification plan and reports on all emissions. Woodfibre LNG President, David Keane has indicated that a final decision to proceed with this project is expected this summer.
Seaspan has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Marine Simulator Facility, the first and only of its kind in North America. It is the cornerstone of Seaspan Marine’s $6.5-million, multi-year safety and training program first announced in May of 2018. This training program was developed in collaboration with SeaWays Global, the international standard bearer in tug training, simulation, auditing and assessments. The facility provides advanced educational opportunities for Seaspan Marine mariners, giving them access to continuous, real-time training. The two fully-enclosed simulators feature 17 computers and 12 displays, providing a floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree environmental visual that completely immerses trainees in real-world scenarios.
Electric vessels have arrived on the BC coast. The Seaspan Reliant, is one of two natural gas/electric hybrid ships working on the BC coast. The vessel’s batteries are recharged by large engines burning natural gas. The hybrid technology allows ships to reduce the amount of engines that need to run at any given time, leading to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Chamber President, Robert Lewis-Manning is presenting our Engineering Award and Deck Award at this year’s BCIT Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering Convocation.
Emily Buck is this year’s Engineering Award recipient. Emily completed her Cadet time with Teekay on tankers around the world and with Norcon Marine Services serving aboard a passenger ferry on the East Coast. Prior to joining the Marine Engineering program, she served aboard Seismic streamer ships as a data processor in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Guinea, the North Seas, Barents Sea and the western North Atlantic. She was also previously a heavy equipment technician in northern Alberta. She has just joined the Ramform Titan, the most powerful and efficient seismic ship in the world.
Kris Fredheim is the Deck recipient. He completed his Cadet time in the program with Marine Link, Algoma Central Corporation and BC Ferries. Prior to coming to the program he worked as a deckhand of a 50 ft troller in BC coastal waters from Campbell River to the Alaska border. He played many years of hockey including the NHL where he was a defenseman with the Minnesota Wild 2011/2012.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in coordination with Centerm container terminal operator DP World, is donating $2 million to community initiatives as part of the Centerm Expansion Project in the Port of Vancouver. The donation as part of the Centerm Expansion Project was determined based on input received from the community through formal engagement on the project. The donation includes: $1 million toward improvements to CRAB Park at Portside, $250,000 toward First Nations initiatives, $125,000 to Strathcona Community Centre Association, $125,000 to Ray-Cam Co-operative Association, and $500,000 to create the three-year Centerm Community Fund to support projects proposed by organizations in Downtown Eastside.
The Canadian government has announced that they will be making a $17 million investment into increasing capacity at the Port of Belledune to increase the movement of domestic goods to international markets. The project includes filling in the water gap between the M.D. Young Terminal and Rayburn Doucett Terminal to create a larger berth. This work will also create additional space for commodities at the south end of Terminal 3 which handles general cargo and bulk. The Port of Belledune is a deep-water facility located in northeastern New Brunswick which handled its record annual volumes of 2.9 million metric tons in 2018.
The second offshore wind farm off the coast of the US is now under construction near Virginia. Dominion Energy Inc. has begun work to install cables for a wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean. Two 6-megawatt turbines will be installed 27 miles (43 kilometers) east of Virginia Beach. They’re expected to start producing power for up to 3,000 homes next year.
The IMO has released updated guidelines to help shipping companies prepare for implementation of the global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil. The comprehensive guidelines on implementation planning will help ensure compliance across the shipping industry. The full guide can be accessed here.
China’s Ministry of Transport has raised its security recommendation for Chinese vessels in the Malacca Strait to the highest level. The Malacca Strait is a major potential bottleneck for global oil. While the security level has been raised to MARSEC level three, no details have been given on heightened threats.