Shipping Sector

Wave Point Consulting shipping  sector case studies enhance maritime transportation performance, grow market share and maritime policy analysis. Our services are outlined in the shipping sector brochure available for downloading.

Marine Transportation Market & Feasibility Analysis

Bunkering VesselLiquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering Study (2016) – Wave Point Consulting was part of the Lloyd’s Register shipping consulting team engaged by a confidential North American port authority to complete a market assessment on the commercialization of LNG bunkering. The project scope included a vessel study, financial analysis, regulatory scan and the creation of recommendations for the client. Team members were involved in survey design, implementation, and data analysis from the international shipowners in the bulk (dry and liquid), break-bulk, container, cruise and roll-on roll-off segments of the market. The work also included a literature review of LNG bunkering implementation best practices, commercial and economic analysis related to the implementation recommendations.

ShortSeaShippingResearch On Feasibility And Constraints For Expanded Short Sea Shipping (2014) – Phil Davies led a consulting team to undertake research on the feasibility and constraints for expanded short sea shipping in the Lower Mainland. The consultants conducted research, collected and compiled data, and completed interviews to prepare the content on the Short Sea Shipping potential in the Metro Vancouver region. Darryl Anderson was retained to assist in the research to gather information to understand current short-sea shipping dynamics within the overall regional goods movement system, and the prospects for future expansion, with consideration about opportunities, challenges, feasibility, benefits, ad adverse impacts. The Short Sea Shipping in Metro Vancouver – Facts in Focus publication can be accessed through this web link.

marine transportationBarge Service and Liquid Bulk Terminal (2013) –Business Issue: an independent Western Canadian investment dealer engaged Wave Point Consulting to conduct pre-feasibility economic and operational analysis to determine ways to enhance the performance of a potential liquid bulk river barge service in a South American country. Client value-added: insights and analysis led to a specific recommendation on ways to strengthen the business case for the marine transportation energy investment opportunity and thereby reducing the project risks and decreasing the time to market for this new transportation service. Thus making it a more attractive business opportunity for equity investors and more secure for issuers of corporate loans during the construction and operating phase.

corporate business developmentMercy Ships Canada Corporate Donation Business Development Strategy (2014) – Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization. It has a mission to increase health care delivery throughout the world through the deployment of the world’s largest, non-governmental hospital ship. Mercy Ships Canada (MSCA) is one of 16 international offices.  The primary purpose of this pro-bono project was for Wave Point Consulting to develop a strategy and implementation plan to retain and diversify the level of private sector and/or corporate participation in the organization, with the objective of increasing market share by strengthening the level of financial commitment from existing donors and diversifying the private sector donor base to support the ongoing domestic and international work of Mercy Ships. MSCA is now using the results of the project as the basis of the corporate fundraising program: learn more here.

Maritime Policy, Regulatory & Environmental Analysis

Marine Pilotage Review (2017) – In 2016, the federal government announced the Ocean Protection Plan to improve marine safety and responsible shipping, protect the environment, strengthen partnership with Indigenous communities, and to make investments in science for evidence-based decision-making. As part of this national strategy, the Government committed to reviewing the Pilotage Act to support the delivery of safe, efficient and environmentally sensitive pilotage services into the future. Wave Point Consulting was engaged by the Aim Group to research and analyze the economic and competitiveness considerations concerning the costs borne by users in the provision of pilotage in Canada. The scope of the project included reviewing:

  • The economic impact of pilotage to illustrate the magnitude of these costs with respect to Canadian waterborne trade;
  • The magnitude of pilotage costs in relation to the overall supply chain costs for the movement of goods; and
  • The competitiveness of Canadian pilotage in an international context by comparing various indicators including cost, safety and service delivery.

Maritime Labour ConventionMaritime Policy and Education (2016) – Clear Seas | Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping and other confidential clients have engaged the Wave Point Consulting team members to conduct evidenced-based research, information, and analysis critical to the mission of their organization.  Independent third party marine transportation research, fact checking and policy insights provide an important quality control mechanism that enhances the research credibility of the private and public sector organizations and assists in the communication of often technical information. The analysis and information performed by our shipping consultants are used by a variety of organizations to help create and develop high-quality branded content that drives traffic and engagement.

Marine Transport Environmental Response Regime Analysis and Bench-marking (2016) – A confidential client engaged the Wave Point Consulting team to conduct a cross-jurisdictional analysis of the effectiveness of international shipping and domestic marine transportation regimes dealing with ship-sourced pollution.  The scope of work included a literature and document review of the processes, market instruments, standards, information-based regulation, and corporate responsibility commitments of a major project involving a marine terminal expansion that will result in increased vessel traffic. The project also included benchmarking various national regimes against predefined criteria. The analysis and information produced by our shipping consultants were used by the client to successful negotiate the substance and outcome of a maritime policy initiative directed towards enhancing the environmental response on Canada’s Pacific coast.

oil tankerAssessing Marine Transport for Canadian Oil Sands (2013) – Business Issues: How does tanker safety in Canada compare to other regions? What is the historical track record of moving crude oil by tanker? What safety measures can be taken to prevent and respond to spills?   How does Canada compare to other jurisdictions? IHS CERA initiated a research project to assess the performance of the marine transportation mode for Canadian oil sands products by marine tanker. The Wave Point marine transportation team was retained to develop the research program, analyze data and compare the oil spill prevention and response measures on Canada’s west coast to other jurisdictions in this segment of the energy sector. By identifying and highlighting international best practices a more robust policy discussion on how to enhance Canada’s existing regulatory framework to reduce risk and capture new market opportunities can take place.

oil tankerThe Canadian Senate Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (2013) – Business Issue: Senators were studying the subject was the safe marine transportation of hydrocarbons. Mr. Anderson appeared as an expert witness on the international and domestic maritime regulatory framework for the transportation of energy products. The presentation provided a framework for enhancing the safety performance and reducing the risk from the marine transport of oil and thereby helping to create a policy climate where the export of oil products could more readily be brought to international markets and reducing reliance on Canada’s oil exports to the United States.

The Review of Canada’s Ship-Source Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime (2013) – Mr. Anderson made an independent submission to the expert panel reviewing the capabilities and performance of Canada’s existing system of ship-source oil spill preparedness for marine transportation. Business Issue: the submission provided a framework for reducing the risk from the marine transport of oil and thereby help to create a climate where the export of oil products could more readily be brought to market. The submission was based on independent research findings our shipping consultant published in the annual proceedings of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs.

port and shippingAssessing the Benefits of Regulatory Alignment: A Case Study of the Marine Transportation Sector (2012) – The objective of the research was to identify and estimate quantitatively the potential cost impacts of Canada-US regulatory alignment in the ports and shipping sector, for regulations, and for congruent industries. The objective for this marine transportation project was achieved by identifying the direct benefits to regulated firms in both countries through in-depth interviews and consultations. The research contributed to improved efficiency by determining the overall economic benefits from Canada-US regulatory cooperation and the identification of key elements that regulatory departments/agencies may use to assess, in a consistent and objective way, the potential benefits of pursuing Canada-US alignment in their particular regulatory programs. The Wave Point Consulting team collaborated with the Center for Trade Policy and Law on this project for the Regulatory Cooperation Council.

LNGLiquefied Natural Gas Project (2012) – A confidential client engaged the Wave Point Consulting shipping consulting team to lead a project as it relates to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The scope of the project required a contextual review of the existing ocean and shipping governance framework in Canada. The project team analyzed the typical impacts of the mode of maritime transport and performed a risk gap analysis as it related to LNG traffic. The project also involved analysis of the business development opportunities, risk mitigation and strategic options for the client. By identifying and highlighting international and LNG industry best practices a more robust discussion on whether it is necessary to enhance Canada’s existing regulatory framework to reduce risk and capture new LNG market opportunities.

Oil tanker with tug escortThe Maritime Transport of Canadian Crude: Improving Sustainability in the Age of Occupy Wall Street Protests (2012) – Mr. Darryl Anderson, Managing Director Wave Point Consulting, was the lead author who wrote the terms of reference, developed study methodology and co-authored this independent marine transportation analysis and report with Mr. K. Joseph Spears. Business Issue: the paper provided an analysis of the performance of the maritime transport mode of moving crude oil energy products to explore the economic, social and environmental perspectives that are influencing the public debate. It identified the type of measures that are legally permitted to deal with concerns and shed insight into the risks and outcomes of the present regulatory framework. The shipping consultants “stress tested” this framework to determine if is adequate to address the magnitude of the present opportunities. Conclusions regarding areas of shipping that may need to be enhanced, or adapted to improve transportation sustainability outcomes were provided.

marine transportationRegulating Oil Tankers in Canadian Waters (2012) – As an independent shipping consultant, Mr. Darryl Anderson co-wrote the terms of reference, developed study methodology and co-authored the report with Mr. K. Joseph Spears, Principal Horseshoe Bay Marine Group. Business Issue: this paper explored the specific policy commitments that govern deep-sea tanker shipping in Canada and the underlying legal rationale both in international and domestic law.  Some of the outcomes of the present safety and environmental framework that govern bulk oil energy shipments were provided concerning the kind of measures legally permitted to deal with those concerned about tanker traffic. The paper concluded by considering how Canada’s existing commitments affect our ability to ban oil tanker traffic and the consequences of our policy choices on our international obligations.

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