• 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 April 25

11:18 Ukraine’s water transport carried 2,000 passengers in Jan-March'17, down 43.6%, Y-o-Y
10:59 First shiploader delivered to Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 (photo)
10:24 Brent Crude futures price up 0.44% to $55.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $49.44
10:05 Zelenodolsk Plant Named After M. Gorky lays down tenth small-size missile ship of Project 21631 for RF anvy (photo)
09:33 Port of Gdansk throughput up 0.7% to 8.86 mln t in Jan-March'17
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,170 points

2017 April 24

18:07 DOF Subsea purchased shares in Canadian Subsea Shipping Company AS
17:49 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 9.3% to 0.9 mln t in QI’2017
17:30 Shearwater GeoServices receives TGS Irish Atlantic Margin award
17:02 DOF awarded extension with Statoil for the vessel Skandi Vega
16:36 DHT Holdings announces delivery of two VLCCs from BW Group
16:23 Rosmorport prepares seaport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy for cruise navigation season of 2017
15:59 Icebreaker assistance services will not be provided at port Primorsk (Leningrad Region) from April 25
15:31 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 9,649 in RF spot market
15:03 ICTSI services inaugural call of Evergreen’s Kor-Twn-Phl route in Subic
14:50 IMO in China to share policies and regulations update
14:27 Big Port St. Petersburg stops providing icebreaker assistance services from April 25
14:03 HELCOM Pressure Group meeting focuses on reducing the input of nutrients into the Baltic Sea
13:41 Belgium accedes to oil pollution response treaty
13:20 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant launches fourth boom-laying boat of Project А-40–2Б-ЯР (photo)
13:02 Ocean Alliance prepares to call at Wilhelmshaven
12:42 Rail Baltica Global CBA confirms the project's financial and economical viability
12:19 Kimmo Rahkamo appointed CEO of Skangas
12:01 Nakilat concludes first quarter with net profit of QR 191 million
11:26 Pacific Fleet ship detachment finished its visit to the Philippines
11:23 Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries attracts 300 billion won investment via pre-IPO
11:04 TransContainer’s net income increased more than 2.3 times to RUB 1,237 million
10:40 Yantar Shipyard laid down rescue support ship of Project 23700, Voyevoda, for RF Ministry of Industry and Trade (photo)
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.72% to $52.82, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.64% to $49.95
09:39 ABP South Wales offers bespoke solutions to Hinkley Point C suppliers
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,195 points

2017 April 23

08:23 Freeport of Riga CEO position to be announced this week
08:20 MPI Offshore and Vroon Offshore Services collaborate to provide offshore services for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
08:17 Christening of EasyMax vessel Egbert Wagenborg takes place
08:16 HRADF announces three improved binding financial offers for Thessaloniki Port Authority SA
08:11 Ocean Rig announces extension of Drill Rigs Holdings early consent deadline

2017 April 22

08:25 Norway is first to ratify 2010 compensation regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes
08:03 Polarcus Amani delivered to Sovcomflot
08:01 Concordia Maritime charters two ECO MR tankers
07:59 DEME acquires new dredging contracts in Germany, France, UK and Spain
07:54 Two Damen companies to combine their specific skill sets
07:49 Ireland’s port traffic remains strong in 2016 despite challenging trading environment

2017 April 21

18:01 President of the Philippines visited RF Navy’s Varyag missile cruiser in the port of Manila
17:40 Shipbuilding cluster to be created in the Astrakhan Region
17:15 Bill on transit cargo transportation supported by RF Government with some comments and proposals
16:52 Commander of Varyag cruiser of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet had a meeting with Philippine Navy Commander
16:31 Gates on the Upper Volga can be opened ahead of schedule as requested by ship owners – Rosmorrechflot
16:06 Active search of crewmembers of dry cargo ship Geroi Arsenala is over in the Black Sea
15:48 Superficial structure of the Ice-Resistant Platform-2 escorted along the Volga-Caspian Marine Shipping Canal
15:24 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
15:09 World's bunker market still in waiting mood, expert says
14:55 Indicative bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
14:23 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa trades
14:02 Navios Maritime Partners agrees to acquire 14-vessel container fleet from Rickmers Maritime
13:41 Moscow will host Midstream & Downstream Russia & CIS on 22-23 June, 2017
13:23 Siem Offshore announces charter contracts
13:02 EIB and ABN AMRO provide EUR 150 million to finance green shipping
12:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in QI’2017 up 1% to 3.14 mln t
12:31 ICTSI, DOTr launch the Philippine´s first container barge terminal
12:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 9% to 251,800 t in QI’2017