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NEWS BULLETIN
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Port of Vancouver taps Sawicki Group
as energy project safety consultant

DOT earmarks $500,000
for hydrogen fuel cell study

NYK car carrier vessel
performs Mediterranean Sea rescue

Matson plans improvements
for newly-acquired Alaska services

G6 Alliance making changes
to Asia/Europe sailing schedule

Port of Vancouver taps Sawicki Group
as energy project safety consultant

VANCOUVER, USA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners has approved The Sawicki Group LLC (TSG) as the port’s safety consultant for energy projects. The contract with Blaine, Washington-based TSG is not to exceed $200,000 for up to three years of services. TSG’s initial scope of work includes review of Vancouver Energy’s facility safety and operations plans; rail safety and operations plans; the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council’s (EFSEC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement; and support of port legal counsel through the EFSEC adjudication process. Two Port of Vancouver tenants – Tesoro Corp. and NuStar Energy LP – are pursuing projects to bring North American crude oil through the port. The port issued a Request for Proposal in March to evaluate and select a consultant to provide safety and operations plan review and guidance services for energy projects. TSG was one of three respondents. A panel of port staff interviewed all three, and TSG was selected in June as the most capable consultant. TSG will begin reviewing Vancouver Energy’s plans this summer. The company is expected to provide a report to the port by early 2016.

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Matson plans improvements
for newly-acquired Alaska services

HONOLULU Matson, Inc. is funding improvements in its new Alaska operations following its May 29 acquisition of Horizon Lines' Alaska services. Matson expects to invest more than $30 million in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition. Equipment upgrades to be made over the next three months include:
2,000 new standard 40-foot dry containers for general cargo
A new 65-ton gantry crane – the largest in Alaska – for Kodiak Terminal
430 new insulated containers for winter operations
2 new Kenworth tractors for Anchorage Terminal container positioning
In addition, Matson has scheduled work to install new exhaust scrubber systems on the three former Horizon D7 Class vessels it now operates in Alaska, with each vessel going into dry dock for three months, one after another, starting in September. The new equipment will help the vessels comply with the latest federal emissions regulations and will eliminate virtually all sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions. Matson will deploy a reserve container ship during the installation period to prevent any disruption to its twice weekly service from Tacoma to Anchorage and Kodiak and weekly service to Dutch Harbor. The modifications to all three ships are expected to be complete by December 2016. Matson has retained Horizon personnel and maintained operations at port terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor and acquired several reserve steam powered Jones Act containerships that may be used for dry-dock relief.

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DOT earmarks $500,000
for hydrogen fuel cell study

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced that it is providing $500,000 to support a feasibility study for the design, construction, and operation of a high-speed passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology and a hydrogen refueling station. The fuel cell would provide power for the ferry’s propulsion and auxiliary electrical systems, while the hydrogen refueling station -- which would be the largest in the world -– would service the ferry, electric cars, buses and fleet vehicles, and other maritime vessels powered by fuel cells. MARAD has partnered on this project with Sandia National Laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) which will lead the research effort. The study will examine the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell vessel as a clean energy alternative. This study is part of ongoing work by MARAD’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program (META) and the maritime industry to conduct research, testing, validation and documentation of fuel cells for marine applications. The work complements an ongoing joint project to demonstrate fuel cells to provide auxiliary power for other port and shipboard applications such as powering refrigerated containers and replacing diesel generators. MARAD is also funding an effort to demonstrate a fuel cell for ship auxiliary power for its school ship KENNEDY, which is used by Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a training vessel.

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G6 Alliance making changes
to Asia/Europe sailing schedule

TOKYO — Members of the G6 Alliance have announced the additional voiding of four Asia-Europe sailings in response to changes in market demand. The void sailings are planned for the following services and weeks:
• Loop 6 service in week 36 (westbound ETA Kaohsiung 03 September 2015). The westbound Kaohsiung call and the eastbound Jebel Ali call will be added into Loop 7 in the respective week. The westbound Colombo and Nansha calls will be added into Loop 4 and the Fuzhou call will be added into Loop 5.
• Loop 7 service in week 37 (westbound ETA Qingdao 07 September 2015). The westbound Qingdao call will be added into Loop 4 in the respective week, with the newly added Gdansk call being covered by the Loop 5 in the respective week.
• Loop 4 service in week 38 (westbound ETA Ningbo 18 September 2015). The westbound Le Havre call will be added into Loop 6 in the respective week.
• Loop 5 service in week 39 (westbound ETA Kwangyang 25 September 2015). The westbound Kwangyang and Pusan calls will be added in other loops in the respective week.
The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.

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NYK car carrier vessel
performs Mediterranean Sea rescue

TOKYO — On July 14, HERMES LEADER, a car carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued 336 people in the Mediterranean Sea. On July 14, the vessel received an emergency call for help while sailing to port of Gioia Tauro, Italy after transiting the Suez Canal. The vessel immediately set a course for the given position and rescued 336 people in the afternoon. All of the rescued individuals were handed over to the coast guard at the port of Augusta in Sicily island in Italy on July 15.

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