• 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 August 22

17:57 Gazprom Export LLC congratulates UCL Holding with a decade of fruitful activities!
17:28 Gazprom Neft resumes regular bunkering of vessels with marine lubricants at the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:05 OOCL celebrated the christening of hull of OOCL Germany
16:36 Reconstruction of Beringovsky Port will let boost coal exports to 2 mln t per year – Beringpromugol
16:05 MAN Diesel & Turbo and AKA win order from federal Russian agency
15:50 Cuxport handles crane parts weighing several tonnes for the NYK Bulk & Projects shipping company
15:34 SGS Group opts for Aqua-tools ballast water test kits
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
14:35 First of ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE completed by Great Lakes Shipyard for The Great Lakes Towing Company
14:25 Baker McKenzie and COBALT selected the legal advisers of the IPO of the Port of Tallinn
14:02 ABP’s Scottish ports raise funds for RNLI and Fisherman’s Mission
13:38 IMO and Liberia looking to enhance maritime security
13:14 Bunker prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:47 Dredging at two berths of Vladivostok will let the port accommodate large cruise liners from 2018 (photo)
12:23 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg has increased financing of labour safety actions by 23%
12:15 Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation build on early success of pilot with commerical agreements worth up to $12 million
11:59 Maritime security code under review
11:36 ABB’s Onboard DC Grid enables integration of energy storage on specialized hybrid wind farm vessel
11:24 Stealth Maritime Corp. comments on collision of Navy vessel and its Liberia flagged tanker
11:12 FESCO launches its first transit train between China and Europe via Mongolia
10:44 About RUB 14 bln spent for construction of Vykhodnoy-Lavna line under MTH project – Murmansk Region Governor (photo)
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.58% to $51.97, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.59% to $47.81
09:57 Association of Commercial Sea Ports congratulates the management and the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
09:35 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 15 mln t milestone this year (photo)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,099 points

2017 August 21

18:06 Bahri completes registration of ASLAF under Saudi national flag
17:51 BC Ferries releases first quarter results
17:28 Khersones sailing ship takes part in celebrations marking Yalta City Day
17:06 ClassNK paves the way for HKC verification expansion to South-East Asia
16:53 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 15 cruise ships last week
16:32 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
16:14 Damen launches free dredge calculator
15:46 Linter Shipping Agency congratulates UCL Holding with its 10th anniversary!
15:18 Vice-Admiral Kulakov, major ASW ship of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet made the first business call to Cyprus
14:57 Admiral Vladimirsky research vessel of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet crossed the English Channel
14:29 MNP Group congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the 10th anniversary!
14:00 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 11,601 in RF spot market
13:33 RF President gives instructions for allocation of RUB 100 bln in 2017 to modernize BAM and Transsib infrastructure
13:02 Qatar and RasGas complete the first co-loading of LNG for split delivery
12:51 Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 obtains 34 units of small-scale mechanization equipment for RUB 300 mln (photo)
12:46 Nakilat and Shell complete first phase of LNG carrier management transition programme
12:02 Marine Engineering Bureau congratulates its colleagues from Universal Cargo Logistics Holding on the 10th anniversary!
10:48 Total to acquire Maersk Oil for USD 7.45bn
10:40 Brent Crude futures price down 0.06% to $52.69, Light Sweet Crude – flat at $48.66
10:17 Weatherdock's easyONE gets TOP grade at YACHT magazine test reports
09:56 Bunkering tanker Aginskoye will operate at the ports of Varna and Bourgas (Bulgaria)
09:34 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping congratulates UCL Holding management and personnel on the anniversary
09:17 TEN charters two Suezmaxes
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,260 points

2017 August 18

18:21 TOTE plans to establish new U.S. mainland to Hawai’i shipping service
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK Rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:55 NCSP volumes for 7M 2017 totaled 85.2 mln tons
17:27 Alexander Masko re-elected as Director General of Murmansk Commercial Seaport (photo)
17:06 Austal and ASC Shipbuilding re-commit to sovereign national shipbuilding endeavour
16:42 Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy sets a record having reached the North Pole for 79 hours
16:18 IBIA supports continued efforts to protect MFM integrity and expanding application to terminal loadings
16:16 Fjord Line doubles the capacity on the fastest route between Norway and Denmark
15:45 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg renews its equipment
15:19 Finnish Transport Agency reports increase of import/export volumes in international seaborne trade of HI’17
14:51 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)