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Panama Canal reminds shipping industry IMO 2020 is just around the corner

Le canal de Panama rappelle au secteur maritime qu'OMI 2020 approche à grands pas


2019-11-20

 

 

 

On November 6 this year, the Autoridad del Canal de Panama sent a reminder to all shipping agents, owners, and operators concerning Fuel Requirements in the Panama Canal.

Advisory to shipping No. A-39-2019 has been issued because the upcoming international sulphur cap for marine fuels (IMO 2020), which will go into effect January 1, 2020, has prompted numerous inquiries to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the types of fuels that will be permitted while in Panama Canal waters.

As a result, the following information is provided as a summarized guide of the fuels and arrangements suitable for anchoring, transiting, and docking at terminals in Panama Canal waters.

The current mandate to switch to marine distillate fuel as published in NT Notice To Shipping No. N-1-2019 "Vessel Requirements" is maintained. All vessels proceeding to Panama Canal waters for transit shall switch from residual fuel to marine distillate fuel prior to arriving at Panama Canal waters. However, these requirements allow for cases whereby vessels may supplement or replace marine distillate fuels with LNG fuel, biofuels, closed loop scrubbers, and ULSFO & VLSFO not exceeding a viscosity of 70 centistokes @ 50°C.

 

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Shippers and marine industry impacted by CN strike

2019-11-20

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 

By Leo Ryan, Editor


To varying degrees, the impact of the strike launched Tuesday on the CN rail network by some 3,200 conductors, train and yard personnel is being felt by shippers and ports across Canada. The conflict presents an immediate challenge to the new federal cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sworn in today. The ports that could be most potentially affected are Vancouver, Canada's largest port, Montreal, Prince Rupert and Halifax. At both Halifax and Prince Rupert, CN is the sole rail provider linking these ports to Central Canada and the US Midwest.

"The Association of Canadian Port Authorities is concerned that a lengthy CN Rail work stoppage would not only significantly impact port authorities that rely on rail service to move international and domestic cargo, but that it would also have a negative impact on Canada's economy," said ACPA President Wendy Zatylny. "Disruptions in shipments will be detrimental to the role that Canada's major ports play in the supply chain system, and will be felt by other industries such as the auto sector and grain producers, for instance. We hope that the situation will be resolved quickly."

At the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce, Bruce Burrows, President, declared: "The CN strike means that it is even more important for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping system and the marine mode to deliver for its customers in the month of December."

The strike, the first at CN since 2009, was called by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference after negotiations remained deadlocked after a midnight deadline. The workers, who have been without a contract since July 23, have been seeking a new collective agreement that rectifies long hours, fatigue, and what they regard as dangerous working conditions. Business and opposition political circles have called for the federal government to step in rapidly with back-to-work legislation, as has happened in the past in such cases, but the House of Commons is not scheduled to re-open until Dec. 5.

 

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CP to acquire Central Maine and Quebec Railway

Le Canadien Pacifique prévoit acquérir les Chemins de fer du Centre du Maine et du Québec


2019-11-20

 

 

 

Canadian Pacific and Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors (FTAI) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby CP will acquire the Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CMQ).The transaction is expected to close by the end of this year.

CMQ owns 481 miles (774 kilometres) of rail lines primarily in Quebec and Maine. The end-to-end transaction will provide CP customers with seamless, safe and efficient access to ports at Searsport, Maine and to Saint John, New Brunswick, via Eastern Maine Railway Company (EMRY) and New Brunswick Southern Railway (NBSR), thereby preserving and enhancing competition.

"This strategic acquisition gives CP a true coast-to-coast network across Canada and an increased presence in the eastern U.S.," said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. "With additional port access, more dots on the map, and our proven precision scheduled railroading operating model we are confident this transaction will bring benefits to all stakeholders moving forward."

As part of the transaction, FTAI will retain ownership of Katahdin Railcar Services (KRS), a tank car cleaning and repair facility, and the contract to operate at a 12-mile branch line at FTAI's Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Monroe County, Ohio. FTAI intends to continue to develop and grow both the KRS and Long Ridge branch line businesses. (Photo Mike Peverett/CMQ)

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IMO agrees a goal-based approach to help cut emissions is best for now

L'OMI convient qu'une approche par objectifs visant à réduire les émissions est préférable pour le moment        


2019-11-18

 

 

The IMO, which met in London this week to discuss how the shipping industry can continue to decarbonize, has agreed that a mandatory goal-setting approach is the best way to reduce carbon emissions in the short-term. Full details of the approach will be discussed next year.

States and NGOs discussed the details and the complexities of the different submitted proposals and how they would cut emissions and impact states. After lengthy discussions it was clear that there was no appetite for prescriptive speed reduction regulation.

The IMO concluded that a mandatory goal-based approach is the most appropriate way forward that will provide the needed flexibility and incentive for innovation. Two methods, in line with the industry's proposal, were recognized: a technical and an operational approach. It was agreed that the two approaches would be further refined, and their implementation and enforcement would also be developed at the next meeting.

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MSC confirms former Maersk executive as CEO

 

2019-11-18

 

 

 

 

Geneva, Switzerland - MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company officially announced today that former Maersk COO Soren Toft will join as Chief Executive Officer for container shipping and logistics.
MSC said in a statement that it is delighted that Mr. Toft will be supporting the Aponte family at the helm to ensure that the company remains a global leader in the years to come. He will report directly to Diego Aponte, Group President, and Gianluigi Aponte, founder and Group Chairman.

Mr. Toft comes with an impressive career background and pedigree in the industry, having worked at Maersk for the past 25 years, specifically as Maersk Line's Chief Operating Officer since 2014. "MSC is confident that this appointment will bring significant value to its cargo businesses, building on the company's existing strengths and boosting its development plans even further," said the company.

"As the world of shipping continues to evolve through great challenges such as digitalization and the environmental goals set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), container carriers and their customers face a range of exciting tests and opportunities."


 
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