Ocean vessels boosting Thunder Bay traffic

Des navires océaniques renforcent le trafic à Thunder Bay


The Port of Thunder Bay had very high ocean vessel traffic in the month of November, a trend that is continuing in December and making for a strong end to the shipping season. Twenty ocean vessels - commonly referred to as 'salties' - called the Port in November to load or unload with internationally trading cargo. Some of the ocean ships (per photo) carried project cargo which was continuing to show brisk business at Keefer Terminal, accounting for the bulk of general cargo totalling 25,156 tonnes.

This is the highest number of salties to visit the Port in any single month since 2015. Salties typically load grain in Thunder Bay after bringing steel into lower lakes ports through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Grain exported from Thunder Bay in November is en route to international ports in France, Egypt, Dominican Republic and North Africa, among others. Total cargo volumes in November were slightly lower than last year, but a rebound is expected before the season closes in mid-January. Strong saltie traffic, aided by milder weather than last December, will help to boost volumes.

The final month of the season is expected to be the busiest of the year, with a projected 1.4 million tonnes of cargo to be handled. That would be a 25% increase over last December, due mainly to higher grain shipments this time around. Annual 2018 grain volumes are anticipated to be slightly higher than the final tally in 2017. The Port of Thunder Bay is anticipating a total of 400 vessel calls for the season, which is also slightly higher than the 393 calls in 2017, when total cargo was 8.8 million tons. (Photo TBPA).


MSC explains new bunker recovery charge

MSC précise ses nouveaux frais de recouvrement pour le carburant


Swiss-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will introduce a bunker charge starting January first.

"MSC has estimated that the cost of the various changes we are making to our fleet and its fuel supply is in excess of two billion dollars (USD) per year. We have already had to start incurring these costs to be ready for 2020," the group said in a December 1 note.

"As a result of the regulatory changes we all support" MSC's new Bunker Recovery Charge (BRC),  will be a "transparent way of segregating, and passing on, the significant operating cost MSC faces from the 2020 sulphur cap", the company added.

The privately owned group has a fleet of 510 vessels with a total capacity of 3.3 million TEUs, which includes both owned and chartered vessels, the MSc spokesman said on Monday.
"Clearly, MSC will need to use a large amount of low-sulphur fuels to propel the fleet, in order to meet the 2020 low-sulphur cap," the spokesman said.

"At the same time, a significant portion of MSC's owned ships will be equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems. For a shipping line of our size, with a global network, it makes sense to have a combination of these solutions." MSC is far advanced in installing these systems.

In September, Denmark's Maersk Line - the world's number one container shipping carrier - said it would introduce a new bunker adjustment factor surcharge from January 1, 2019. Maersk has said it expected extra fuel costs of at least $2 billion annually.

Apart from scrubbers and low sulphur fuel, shipping companies can also use LNG as an alternative marine fuel, although its usage is still at an early stage.
MSC's description of its BRC can be found HERE: https://www.msc.com/global-document-library/pdfs/low-sulphur-2020_update-on-charges ... Photo: MSC


'World's First' Zero Emission Marine Biofuel Test Successful

Le premier test au monde de biocarburants marins à zéro émission est un succès



GoodFuels Marine, the world's first supplier of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, in conjunction with bulker and tanker owner and operator Norden A/S has successfully completed trials of the world's first zero emission, 'drop in' Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)-equivalent marine biofuel - almost entirely reducing all carbon and sulphur emissions.

The culmination of three years extensive research and development with partners including Royal Dutch Boskalis and technology group Wärtsilä, GoodFuels' Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO) delivers near-zero carbon and Sulphur Oxide (SOx) emissions without any requirement for engine modifications. The trials - which saw hundreds of tonnes of 'drop in' BFO taken on board in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region - were conducted on the 37,000 dead weight tonne (dwt) Handysize product tanker vessel Nord Highlander as it ran in typical commercial operation in the North and Baltic Seas.


Thailand turns to Torqeedo to create its first all-electric ferry

La Thaïlande se tourne vers Torqeedo pour créer son premier transbordeur entièrement électrique



Thailand's first all-electric commuter ferry was recently placed into service by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA), powered by Torqeedo. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha celebrated the launch, giving his symbolic approval to the city's efforts to ease congestion and improve air quality through investments in green transportation.

The Prime Minister commuted by sky train, subway and foot through Bangkok's crowded streets, before ending his mixed-mode commute with a trip aboard the emission-free passenger ferry.

The 47.5-ft fibreglass vessel was repowered by MariArt Shipyard, replacing the existing 205 hp diesel engine with twin Torqeedo Cruise 10 kW electric outboards, each with six lithium battery banks and two fast chargers. The 40-passenger vessel is part of a fleet of ferries operated by BMA's Enterprise Krungthep Thanakom Company and operates on a five-kilometre route daily between Hua Lampjong and Thewes Pier.


Le traversier de la STQ Jos- Deschênes II est arrivé à Tadoussac.

STQ's Jos-Deschênes II has arrived in Tadoussac



La Société des traversiers du Québec a annoncé le 30 novembre que le Nm Jos-Deschênes II, son plus récent navire, est arrivé à la traverse Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine.

La période de rodage du navire commencera sous peu. À l'instar de son frère jumeau, le NM Armand-Imbeau II, la mise en service du NM Jos-Deschênes II sera graduelle. Si tout se déroule comme prévu, il devrait effectuer sa première traversée en service vers la fin de la semaine prochaine. Il pourrait être retiré du service à certains moments pendant la période de rodage, qui durera quelques semaines.

Le Armand-Imbeau II, qui est actuellement à Québec pour des ajustements, sera quant à lui de retour à Tadoussac dans quelques jours. Il est toujours prévu que les deux nouveaux navires soient officiellement en service au début de l'année 2019.



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