IMO hails "relatively smooth" transition to new sulphur limit

L'OMI salue une transition «relativement douce» vers la nouvelle limite de soufre






Since January 1, the global upper limit on the sulphur content of ships' fuel oil has been reduced to 0.5% from 3.5% under the so-called "IMO 2020" regulation. This is significantly reducing the amount of sulphur oxide emanating from ships and will have major health and environmental benefits, particularly for people living close to ports and coasts. The International Maritime Organization has stated that information from various sources has pointed to "a relatively smooth transition to the 0.50% sulphur limit."

Prices for compliant fuels - very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO) rose quickly initially but now appear to be stabilizing. As of January 20, 10 cases of compliant fuel being unavailable had been reported in IMO's Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS); and the dedicated email address established by the IMO Secretariat ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) has not received any specific correspondence reporting issues with implementation.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said "I believe it is testimony to the diligence and dedication of IMO, its Member States, the shipping industry, the fuel supply industry and other relevant industries that such a major rule change is being implemented successfully without significant disruption to maritime transport and those that depend on it."


Record tonnage since Sept- Îles Port Authority was created

Tonnage record depuis la création de l'Administration portuaire de Sept-Îles




The Port of Sept-Îles announced an increase of more than 15% in volume handled in 2019, at 29,292,000 tonnes compared to 25,363,000 tonnes the year before. This is the fourth best year since the record-setting 34,948,000 tonnes handled in 1979, and the best year since the Sept-Îles Port Authority was created in 1999.

In 2019, 481 ships anchored in Sept-Îles Bay-53 more than in 2018. The multi-user dock accommodated 45 vessels for a total of 7,776,000 tonnes handled, a 40% increase over 2018. Québec Iron Ore began shipping last year, and a new user, Tacora Resources Inc., brought in another 917,000 tonnes. IOC Rio Tinto also carried out split cargoes on vessels chartered by Tacora. Another major milestone- 10,000,000 tonnes handled at the multi-user dock-was reached in August.

In June the Port welcomed the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord Region, to a traditional ground-breaking ceremony in confirmation of the equal participation by the two levels of government to the cost of the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal modernization project, for a total of more than $13.3 million, or two-thirds of an estimated investment of $20 million.


Halifax cargo volumes hold steady







Canada's Port of Halifax on the Atlantic Coast has reported continued steady cargo trends, with total and container volumes in 2019 nearly matching 2018.

Performance in the container sector was described as "consistent with last year" as containerized throughput amounted to 546,691 TEUs versus 548,000 TEUs in 2018. In the past few years, the port has attracted new Asian services via the Suez Canal and new generation containerships above 10,000-TEUs capacity.

Total traffic handled at the port in 2019 was 8.6 million tonnes versus 9 million tonnes in 2018.
(photo HPA)


Global shipping's decarbonisation cost to attain $1 trillion




London, UK - According to a new study, at least $1 trillion of capital investment in land-based and ship-related infrastructure will be required to halve international shipping's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A new study by UMAS and the Energy Transitions Commission for the Getting to Zero Coalition spells out the scale of the challenge. Depending on the production method, the cumulative investment needed between 2030 and 2050 to halve shipping's emissions amounts to approximately $1-1.4 trillion, or an average of $50-70 billion annually for 20 years. If shipping is to fully decarbonize by 2050, this will require further investments of some $400 billion over 20 years, bringing the total to $1.4-1.9 trillion

"We need to understand the scale of the challenge to solve it," says Johannah Christensen, Managing Director, Head of Projects & Programmes at the Global Maritime Forum, a partner of the Getting to Zero Coalition. "Shipping's shift to zero carbon energy sources calls for significant infrastructure investments. The investment needed should be seen in the context of global investments in energy, which in 2018 amounted to $1.85 trillion. This illustrates that shipping's green transition is considerable, but certainly within reach if the right policy measures are put in place."

"Energy infrastructure and ships are long-life capital-intensive assets that normally evolve slowly. In the next 3 decades however, our analysis suggests we will see a disruptive and rapid change to align to a new zero carbon system, with fossil fuel aligned assets becoming obsolete or needing significant modification. Even though regulatory drivers of this system change such as carbon pricing are only starting to be debated, the economic viability of today's investments and even the returns on recent investments will be challenged, and the sooner this is factored in to strategies and plans, the better," says Dr Tristan Smith, Reader at the UCL Energy Institute.


St. Lawrence Seaway demonstrates resilience in 2019

La Voie maritime fait preuve de resilience en 2019






Cornwall, Ontario -The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced  that cargo volume on the North American waterway during the 2019 navigation season totaled 38 million tonnes versus 41 million tonnes in 2018.
Throughout 2019, high water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River made the navigation season very challenging. The SLSMC, in concert with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, worked quickly and collaboratively to support the IJC's International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board efforts to grant shoreline communities the greatest possible relief from high water levels.

As the IJC's Board set water flows at 10,400 cubic meters (sufficient to fill four Olympic sized swimming pools per second) for a record setting length of time, the SLSMC was able to safely sustain navigation thanks to the implementation of special mitigation measures, including the imposition of reduced speed limits and the implementation of one-way navigation in certain portions of the river. "From farmers eager to realize the sales of their crops to municipalities dependent upon ships for the supply of road salt, the Seaway demonstrated its ability to serve as a sustainable and reliable transportation artery for a vast array of clients. Thanks to the diligence of SLSMC employees, ship captains and pilots, the season ended on schedule and without any serious incidents," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC.


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