• 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 May 22

18:41 Wagenborg Offshore signs contract for multipurpose offshore vessel Arcticaborg
18:36 CMA CGM launches a second service between India, Middle East and Africa, the Midas 2
18:34 Golden Ocean announces delivery of dry bulk vessel
18:33 Nevsky Shipyard laid a new dry-cargo vessel of the project RSD59
18:13 Nominations now open for TMS Awards
18:05 Port of Antwerp Authority CEO plays prominent role at Chinese Belt and Road Summit
17:46 Pharma logistics services expanding strongly in Antwerp
17:22 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 10 cruise ships last week
16:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Apr'17 up 4% to 4.26 mln t
16:18 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 341,300 t in 4M’17
15:49 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 6.19 mln t in Jan-Apr'17
15:25 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet ship detachment arrived in Jakarta
15:00 Operational formation of RF Navy in Mediterranean Sea will receive Black Sea Fleet’s Smetlivy guard ship
14:34 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 10% to 33.02 mln t in 4M’17
14:11 Port of Brisbane welcomes new CFO
13:53 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 9,674 in RF spot market
13:32 Throughput of Arkhangelsk Sea Commercial Port down 45% to 316,000 t in Jan-Apr'17
13:11 Vallianz records operating profit of US$ 20.3 mln for FY 2017
12:45 ECS and 2XL form one European logistics group
12:21 Columbia Shipmanagement receives DNV GL certification for energy and safety management
11:48 Throughput of port Primorsk up 4% to 22.22 mln t in Jan-Apr'17
11:24 Russia’s Pacific Fleet celebrates its 286th anniversary
11:01 RF Navy's Northern Fleet starts planned combat training in the Barents Sea
10:59 MacGregor participates in developing unmanned/autonomous traffic in the Baltic Sea
10:37 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 6% to 16.79 mln t in 4M’17
10:13 HH Ferries Group appoints new CEO
09:55 Brent Crude futures price up 0.47% to $53.86, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.55% to $50.95
09:39 RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet held a scheduled antisubmarine exercise
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 956 points

2017 May 21

22:00 EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Galicia maintains counter-piracy watch off coast of Somalia
21:56 Gulf Navigation posts 39% growth in the net profit in Q1 2017
21:52 Diana Shipping announces delivery of the Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel m/v Astarte
12:57 Albwardy Damen wins two ship repair awards in 4 weeks

2017 May 20

15:54 NYK participates in joint program between MIT and the University of Tokyo
12:57 Hantong Ship Heavy Industry holds the keel laying ceremony for 38800DWT B.C.
05:55 ANL changes terminals in Port Kelang on its KIX service
05:52 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers bulk carrier
05:48 JES International announces acquisition of a wholly - owned subsidiary in Singapore

2017 May 19

17:54 Nakilat transitions LNG Onaiza to in-house management
17:01 Mitigation of negative impact on environment and optimization of construction costs considered at Rosmorrechflot’s meeting on Bagayevsky hydrosystem
16:32 Rosmorrechflot appoints Magomed Abdulatipov as head of FSBI Caspian Sea Ports Administration
16:05 Rolls-Royce to deliver world’s first hybrid subsea crane
15:46 Vyborg Shipyard will build two trawlers of Project ST-116XL-FOR for FOR GROUP
15:43 Fincantieri signs an agreement with STX Europe for the acquisition of a majority stake of STX France
15:21 RAS net profit of NCSP in QI’2017 fell by 22.8% to RUB 7.4 bln
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to East Coast of South America
14:27 Eighth Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980 left Zelenodolsk shipyard for delivery base in Kronshtadt (photo)
14:04 Ocean Yield extends charter contrac with Ezra Holdings for Lewek Connector
13:40 Oil Spill Conference held in Long Beach, United States on 15-18 May
13:05 Libra FPSO arrives in Brazilian waters
12:24 A liquified natural gas (LNG) supply solution available to all shipowners in Québec
12:05 Deep Sea Supply awarded time charter contracts for 2 PSVs
11:32 Costa Victoria to make her third call at port Vladivostok on May 20
11:05 MOL to launch sales of upgraded version of energy-saving Propeller Boss Cap Fins
10:16 Brent Crude futures price up 0.78% to $52.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.93% to $49.81
09:55 ABB strengthens its decision support software suite with certified MRV module
09:29 TTS Group signs new contracts for heavy lift cranes
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 957 points
09:01 Keppel on track to deliver state-of-the-art drilling rig in Azerbaijan
08:28 GTT to equip two new LNG carrier vessels for DSME