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.
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) has accepted an initial project description for the proposed Cedar LNG Project, located near Kitimat, British Columbia. The proposed project would process and liquefy natural gas to produce approximately 3 to 4 million tonnes of LNG per year and include storage capacity for up to 250,000 cubic metres of LNG. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to review the summary of the initial project description and provide feedback related to the proposed project. Comments received will support the Agency in the preparation of a summary of issues. Once completed, the Agency will provide the summary of issues to the proponent, Cedar LNG Export Development Ltd. Written comments will be accepted until October 20, 2019 and can be submitted online.
The Port of Vancouver is hosting a family-friendly community event to celebrate World Maritime Day on Saturday September 28th at Canada Place. The event will run from 10:00am to 6:00pm and intends to recognize the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The theme for this year is ‘Empowered Women in the Maritime Community’. The event will feature exhibitor’s booths and displays, on water demonstrations, performances with maritime flair, community activations, speaker presentations, public harbour tours, performances, and much more!
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted 146 destructive Asian Gypsy Moth egg masses on four ships recently in the port of Baltimore. One vessel alone was found with 126 egg masses. There has been a surge in the population of AGM this season and while the high-risk period is over in Canada, crew onboard vessels from Japan, Korea and China should continue to check vessels for AGM egg masses while en route to North American ports.
The Columbia River Steamship Operators’ Association has filed a lawsuit in federal court over the Port of Astoria’s $300 pier maintenance fee. They claim that the fee is unconstitutional as it applies to all ships over 250 feet regardless of whether the ship stops at the pier or not. The Port has charged about 250 ships so far, holding the money in a protected account controlled by the association. Once a legal decision is made on the fee, the money will go to the Port or back to shipping agents.
US Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, is under investigation for allegedly using her government posting to benefit Foremost Group, a shipping company owned by her father. The House Oversight and Reform Committee has requested documents, citing “troubling questions” over whether she used her office for personal gain. Chao has until the end of the month to send the requested documents.
Glencore has joined an initiative led by the world’s leading agri-shippers to digitize shipping transactions. Launched last October, the group now consists of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill, COFCO, Louis Dreyfus as well as Glencore. Its aim is to make a digital platform to smooth supply chains. The initiative is initially looking at new technologies – such as blockchain and artificial intelligence – to create digital solutions to automate grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes, reducing costs needed to move agricultural and food products around the globe. The group is projecting launch of the new platform in the second half of 2020 subject to regulatory approval.