• 2017 February 16 16:20

    Government of Canada settles Seafarers’ International Union of Canada lawsuits

    Commencing next week, the Federal Court had been set to hear arguments in dozens of lawsuits filed by the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (“SIUC”) against the Government of Canada. However, the case has now been resolved with the SIUC accepting a last-minute settlement offer put forward by the Government of Canada.

    The SIU filed 42 lawsuits in 2015 saying that, instead of providing Canadian seafarers with the opportunity to work, and in violation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”), the Government of Canada was systematically issuing work permits to the non-Canadian crew members of hundreds of foreign ships engaged in shipping in Canadian waters. The SIUC found evidence that some of these temporary foreign workers made as little as $2.41 per hour while working in Canada, when they should have been paid the Canadian prevailing wage. In July 2016, the SIU filed an additional 13 lawsuits with similar allegations.

    In July 2016, the Government of Canada admitted that it improperly issued work permits to the foreign crew members of the New England, a Marshall Islands flagged oil tanker that engaged in shipping in Canada. The Federal Court granted SIUC’s judicial review applications and set aside 11 work permits for the crew of the New England.

    The SIUC was successful in reaching a settlement of the remaining outstanding 44 lawsuits with Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”). Some of the settlement terms that ESDC has committed to are:
    • Conduct a full review of ESDC’s TFWP policies and procedures as they relate to employment of Temporary Foreign Workers on foreign-flagged vessels engaged in Canadian domestic shipping. ESDC will consult with SIU Canada regarding the format of stakeholder discussions and SIU will have a seat at the table.
    • Immediately issue an interim practice directive to ESDC officers to enforce requirements under the TFWP requiring employers looking to hire foreign workers to crew vessels to first advertise the positions to Canadian Seafarers to prove that there are no available Canadian seafarers, and to also require documentation from employers seeking an exemption from minimum advertising requirements.
    • Carefully consider and commence investigations into the SIUC’s allegations that seafarers admitted to work in Canada as Temporary Foreign Workers are not being paid the proper Canadian prevailing wage and, in some cases, are being paid below the Canadian minimum wage.

    SIU President James Given said, “After 18 months of litigation, I am very happy to see the Government finally agree to what we sought all along – enforcement and a review of the rules with the full participation of the SIU Canada.” President Given added, “We are confident that the terms of the settlement will lead to hundreds of jobs for Canadian seafarers who are qualified and available to crew marine vessels of all sizes and types.”

    The settlement is a major victory for the SIUC and its members. The SIU Canada looks forward to participating as a lead stakeholder in a full review of the TFWP policies and procedures as they relate to employment of Temporary Foreign Workers on foreign-flagged vessels of all types engaged in Canadian domestic shipping.


2017 February 21

14:51 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver second icebreaking support ship intended for Novy Port in May 2017
14:20 Port of London Authority to discuss 20 year growth plan for the Thames river
14:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to West Africa
13:41 Bunker prices go down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:10 New Times Shipbuilding holds naming ceremony for two oil tankers and announces delivery of cargo lake ship
12:55 Yamal major landing ship of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet returned to Sevastopol from the Mediterranean Sea (photo)
12:39 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies
12:23 KCA Deutag secures platform drilling contract with Sakhalin Energy
12:10 Intermodal Asia to launch the Industry Leaders Strategy Summit in Shanghai on 21st – 22nd March 2017
11:44 Delivery of icebreaker Ilya Muromets scheduled for autumn – RF Defence Ministry (photo)
11:30 Kelvin Hughes to supply radar systems for the Royal Navy’s latest River-class OPVs
11:16 Allseas Group will build the second string of TurkStream
11:03 De Boer Remorquage SARL orders two custom tugs from Damen
10:42 MHI-MME retrofitted 80 LNG carriers for running on low sulfur fuel
10:24 GTT to equip yet another FSRU with its cryogenic membrane containment system
10:18 Sydney City Marine completes its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.05% to $56.15, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.41% to $54
09:59 “K” Line (India) becomes member of Indian National Shipowner’s Association
09:45 Baltic Dry Index up to 757 points
09:31 HII Executive VP and General Counsel inducted into Women’s Leadership Institute
09:17 Throughput of NCSP Group in January 2017 up 6.4% to 12.7 mln t

2017 February 20

18:26 ECSA deplores that port and cargo interests condone regional measures
17:59 Sea transport of Sevastopol carried 390,600 passengers in January 2017, down 10%, Y-o-Y
17:31 Period of icebreaker services is over in the Kerch Strait
17:06 Maersk Line increases rates from North Europe to Far East
16:44 USPA to expand range of tenderers for port infrastructure development
16:23 Ships of RF Navy’s Baltic naval base are preparing for a planned combat mission in the sea
16:00 ITF condemns Ukrainian wage slash offer
15:57 Fincantieri and Ferretti announce a cooperation agreement
15:46 Cargo traffic via Nika-Tera terminal (Ukraine) in January 2017 up 2-fold Y-o-Y to 330,500 t
15:20 HH Ferries Group takes visible steps on path to battery operation
14:58 Preparations are underway in New York ahead of June’s UN Oceans Conference
14:35 IMO training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules
14:12 Icebreaker Voima set out to help vessels in the Gulf of Finland
13:47 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 3.5% to 1.73 mln TEUs in January 2017
13:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,226 in RF spot market
13:00 Evoqua Water Technologies supports Conference “Implementation of the BWMC in Russia” as its Sponsor
12:39 Port of Singapore throughput up 10% to 50.54 mln t in January 2017
12:36 Hyundai Global Services enters into eco-friendly ship services business with KSS Line
12:21 Newbuilding programme of Krasnoye Sormovo covers a two-year period with cruise liner PV-300 to be laid down in March – USC
11:55 Throughput of port Primorsk up 11% to 5.63 mln t in January 2017
11:48 Fire on Korean fishing vessel at port of Cape Town under control
11:27 Rolls-Royce showcases MTU drive and propulsion solutions for naval vessels at IDEX, NAVDEX 2017
11:02 RF Government signs Decree on expansion of Taman seaport (Krasnodar Territory)
10:58 Swedish Dockworkers Union agrees to call off all industrial action in the Port of Gothenburg
10:40 FAS Russia and container carriers will develop common rules and principles of behavior in shipping market
10:19 Gastops to provide DRA for USCG's offshore patrol cutter
09:57 Brent Crude futures price up 0.20% to $55.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.17% to $53.87
09:38 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard completed first phase of Project R1650 Rondo boat construction (photo)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 741 points

2017 February 19

08:55 Three Gorges Dam congestion caused by annual maintenance and COSCO Shipping Lines’ countermeasures
07:10 Gazprom’s exports to Germany add 37 per cent between February 1 and 15
07:07 Golar LNG coses $402.5 mln of 2.75% convertible senior notes
07:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to East Coast of South America

2017 February 18

16:35 Boskalis subsidiary VBMS awarded inter-array cabling contract for EnBW Hohe See OWF
16:32 Dryships enters into $200 mln common stock purchase agreement with Kalani Investments
11:31 Color Line and Ulstein sign contract for building the world's largest plug-in hybrid vessel
11:30 Spanish strike actions suspended

2017 February 17

18:14 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 32% to 1.59 mln t in January 2017
17:56 Atomflot says construction of Leader icebreaker should be started in 2021