The Transport Canada, Innovation Centre, Marine Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) group is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) on Buyandsell.gc.ca on November 8, 2019 to further research to enhance the safety, security, efficiency, and environmental performance of Canada's marine transportation system.This RFP will solicit research, testing, demonstration and deployment projects that will contribute to advancing Transport Canada's research goals under two core streams:
Transport Canada anticipates contracting up to $21.1M under both streams for projects over the next four years. Should you wish to learn more about the Innovation Centre's Marine RD&D group or the RFP process, we will be hosting an information workshop on Tuesday, November 12 (08:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. A webex option is available. Register via Eventbrite before November 7th.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) Board of Directors has approved the Port Authority’s proposed fee amendments that will take effect on January 1, 2020. In summary, the 2020 fee amendments for the auto, cargo and container sectors reflect a CPI increase for Berthage and Wharfage rates. Harbour Dues rates reflect a CPI increase and include revised criteria to qualify for Harbour Dues discounts.The VFPA draft fee document for 2020 is available at www.portvancouver.com/fees. Persons interested in making written representations to the VFPA on the subject of the proposed fee amendments or any other matter in this notice may do so, prior to January 1, 2020.
Partnering with ICS, we hosted another successful Business of Shipping course this week! Designed as an introduction to various aspects of the shipping industry, the course featured experts on containerization, vessels, ports, and terminals, ship brokering and cargo chartering, maritime law, and the roles and responsibilities of pilotage. If you are interested in attending our next course, please let us know!
About 3,000 CN conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have threatened to launch a strike starting November 11, following six months of negotiations. 99.2% of members voted in favour of the strike, as they have been working without a contract since July 23. Should no agreement be met, the union will provide at least 72 hours notice before the strike.
Recently, the Prince Rupert Port Authority hosted two screenings of the Emmy-Award winning film Sonic Sea. The film highlights the impact of human-made ocean noise on marine mammals. Following the film, the Chamber’s President, along with the film’s producer, Michael Jasny, and local marine mammal scientist, Dr. Lance Barret-Lennard, hosted a panel session focused on the success of partnerships in British Columbia in reducing acoustic disturbance from shipping.
The Port of Prince Rupert has an active and popular marine mammal program that includes collaboration with partners on programs, initiatives, and data sharing. The program is based on science, research, engagement, education and the development s of practical tools. Components of the program include: support of the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative; underwater noise work with hydrophones; Green Marine’s underwater noise performance indicator; modeling of current and future noise; and incentivizing quieter vessels through Green Wave Program (one of only two ports in the world). Additionally, there has been recent collaborations with partners on the Mariners Guide to Walks for Western Canada, Whale Report Alert System, Whales in our Waters, the North Coast Whale Festival and the screening of Sonic Sea.
Border services agents discovered three people on board a vessel in Argentia. Though no significant details have been disclosed, the three individuals are being examined and processed by the CBSA under Canadian law before being transported to St. John's for final processing. The CBSA said the ship's captain and the shipping line are co-operating fully with the agency.
The Port of Virginia has begun the first phase of their ship-channel expansion project, which will deepen and widen its shipping channels to accommodate larger vessels and make it the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast. The 55-foot dredging project started nearly two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule following a final approval from the federal government. When dredging is complete in 2024, the commercial channels serving the Norfolk Harbor will be able to simultaneously accommodate two ultra-large container vessels.
The US Justice Department has charged two foreign shipping companies and a first assistant engineer related to the alleged illegal dumping oily bilge water from a tanker near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The FGL Moon Marshall Limited, the Unix Line, and engineer Gilbert Dela Cruz are being charged with failing to maintain an Oil Record Book and with obstruction of justice. If convicted, Dela Cruz could face up to thirty-one years in prison and fines up to $750,000. FGL Moon and Unix Line are facing criminal fines up to $1.5 million each.
St. Simons Sound Unified Command Salvors are working to stabilize the overturned Golden Ray from erosion in preparation for a potentially lengthy dismantling operation. Crews will begin to strategically place rocks next to the hull of the vessel in hopes of slowing erosion from strong tidal currents, which have already caused some erosion and movement of sediment. The rock-mixture will range in sizes from 1-to-3 inch pieces.
Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority has launched a maritime single window system that will serve as a one-stop portal for maritime regulatory and port services transactions. Named digitalPORT@SG, the service is meant to improve operations at the port. The portal will consolidate up to 16 separate forms into a single application, a step that is expected to save the shipping industry an estimated 100,000 man-hours annually. digitalPORT@SG will also have data exchange with port community systems such as Portnet and Jurong Port Online to receive relevant information including declaration on dangerous goods operations at the port terminals. The trial started on October 1 for more than 10 companies, and will be progressively rolled out to the industry from December 2019.
Police in Brazil said they have identified a Greek-controlled ship as the source of a huge oil spill off the country's northeastern coast in September. They have issued two search-and-seizure warrants targeting the Rio de Janeiro representatives of the unidentified Greek owner of the vessel. The spill is being treated as a criminal case under Brazil’s environmental law. The spill is believed to have taken place 700km out at sea between July 28 and 29 after the vessel stopped in Venezuela. The spill has impacted 250 beaches, with 2,000 tonnes of sludge collected so far.
Port of Duisburg (Duisport) and Cosco Shipping are partnering to develop the largest inland container terminal in Europe with the goal of transforming the German river port into the main gateway for rail traffic on the China-Europe rail network. While Duisport is already the largest inland port in Europe and a main rail hub for China traffic, the proposed terminal will more that double the amount of China-bound trains handled to 100 per week, generating annual throughput of about 850,000 TEU. The terminal would require an investment of $110M. Construction is set to begin in 2020 and be completed in 2022.
Maersk is calling on the energy industry to focus on developing and producing viable zero-emission fuels as soon as possible, in order that new ships can be designed and built to use them by 2030. Maersk sees 2030 as the deadline because it wants to have all shipping decarbonised by 2050, which given the working life of a ship would require the first non-fossil fuelled vessels to be developed by the end of the next decade. In an effort to accelerate development, Maersk has published a study in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register that has selected three potential fuel sources, alcohol (ethanol/methanol), biomethane and ammonia, that it believes the industry should focus on developing.
Maersk, along with BMW, H&M, Levi Strauss, Copenhagen University and others, formed a coalition to explore the use of "LEO" fuel for sustainable ocean shipping. LEO fuel is a blend of ethanol and lignin, a polymer found in plant cell walls. The project is currently in the lab development phase at Copenhagen University. The next phase will involve testing fuel on vessels, which may come as soon as Q2 2020 and the final phase will involve scaling up production of LEO fuel.
Nike has teamed up with the Ocean Conservancy to launch the Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge, inviting businesses and industry to join in a commitment against shipping through the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge invites companies to commit to not intentionally send ships through this fragile Arctic ecosystem. Other signatories include Bestseller, Columbia, Gap, H&M, Kering, Li & Fung, PVH, and ocean carriers CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company.
After introducing the Marine Fuel Recovery (MFR) mechanism nine months ago, Hapag-Lloyd has added an addition supplementary cost to offset the increased costs associated with the incoming sulphur regulations. From December 1, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce an IMO 2020 Transition Charge (ITC), valid until further notice, with customers now being charged an extra $135 per teu on Asia-Europe, $130 on the transpacific and $80 on intra-Asia trades.
Last night, the Chamber hosted our annual members appreciation event. The event offered a great opportunity to get all our members together to network and get to know each other. The Chair of our Board, Garth Mitcham, addressed the crowd and highlighted some of our big wins in the last year, including the hard work put towards getting the Conservation Agreement to the finish line, as well as the success of the shipping slowdown this year. Chamber President, Robert Lewis-Manning, thanked our members for all of their support and hopes that in the coming year we will continue to be able to improve our ports, approaching problems with climate change and reconcilliation in mind. A great event and we hope to see everyone again at next year's!