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Hold Cleaning via Longshore Labour

IMG_0510Due to the longshore collective agreement, there is currently no feasible way to pursue hold cleaning using shore sourced equipment without employing longshore labour to operate.

There are presently 2 facilities on the West Coast of Canada that can-do shore-based cleaning; Tidal Transport in Nanaimo or Seaspan in Victoria. Both facilities employ longshore labour and require the subject vessel to berth at their respective facility in order to carry out the work, however, neither company will perform on a “no cure, no pay” basis. Both companies tend to use cherry pickers and high pressure washing as their primary cleaning methods.

Because the vessel must berth at these facilities for this work, pilots, tugs and lines will be required. In addition, the cost of labour, aforementioned equipment and subsequent water disposal make it almost impossible to perform hold cleaning for much less than a total cost of approximately $100,000 to $150,000 CDN.

Due to the high costs, we have not arranged this service in many years. Most of the time, it makes more financial sense to let the vessel remain idle at anchor and perform the hold cleaning (even days at a time) because of the low freight market. Typically, the off-hire time is less expensive than the total cost of employing shore side cleaning services.

Alternatively, there is a shore-based facility that operates in Tacoma and Portland, USA that most owners will use in case they need to do hold cleaning (perhaps for AQIS inspections) before coming to Vancouver. From our experience, these companies have agreed to operate on a ‘no cure, no pay’ basis although it would be worth researching further before committing to this plan of action. Historically, prince per hold is usually around $10,000 USD per hold. As you can see, this is much more economical than operations available in the West Cost of Canada. An agent in the Pacific North West region of the USA would be able to supply further details about this if required.

From past experience, most of the vessels that are not successful in their inspections within Western Canada for potash and grain usually only fail because of small amount of cargo residues in the deck beams or behind frames/stiffeners. Depending on the crew/cleaning required, it can be fairly easy to rectify these trouble areas while idle at anchor within 1-2 days.

If further assistance is required or you may have any questions not addressed in the above, please feel free to contact one of our agents at colley@colleywest.bc.ca and we would be pleased to assist.