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Supreme Court rejects BC appeal of Trans Mountain pipeline case

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected BC’s move to regulate what can flow through an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta. The BC government wanted to require provincial permits before heavy oil could be shipped through pipelines in the province. The twinned pipeline, with roughly twice the capacity of the original, would carry only […]

BC Ferries’ new hybrid electric vessels expected to arrive tomorrow

BC Ferries’ newest hybrid electric ships are expected to arrive in Victoria tomorrow. The vessels departed Constanta, Romania on November 20 on a semi-submersible transport vessel, the MV Sun Rise owned and operated by Pan Ocean. The Island Class are battery equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology […]

Keel laying ceremony for the HMCS Protecteur

This week Seaspan Shipyards held a keel laying ceremony for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future joint support ship HMCS Protecteur.  Scheduled for 2023 delivery, the newbuild is the first of two joint support ships to be constructed by Seaspan as part Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). With a length of 173.7 meters and a breath […]

Cargo Volumes at Port of Los Angeles drop slightly in 2019

Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles hit near-record levels, despite lingering tensions from the US / China trade war. The port moved a total of 9,337,632 TEUs in 2019, just shy of the port’s second-busiest year (2017) in its 113-year history and 1.28% off 2018’s record-setting volumes. The near-record volumes come despite a […]

Suez Canal approves HFO, bans open-loop scrubbers

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has announced that it will allow ships to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO) when transiting the waterway and will restrict the use of open-loop scrubbers. The restriction on the open-loop scrubbers is consistent with pre-existing restriction on wash water discharges during vessels transit of Suez Canal. The Suez Canal Authority will […]

South Korea takes steps towards greener coastline

South Korea is taking steps towards a greener coastline with the introduction of voluntary speed limits and an impending 0.1% emission control area (ECA). The first part of the Special Act on Air Quality Improvement in Port and Other Areas is a voluntary vessel speed reduction program, which took effect last month, with ships that […]

Pilot fees set to surge at China’s YICT

Container lines calling at southern China’s Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) are facing a surge in pilotage fees which took effect January 1. The addition of this compulsory pilotage service is expected to cost container lines calling at YICT approximately HK$400 million (USD $51.4 million) a year.

IMO 2020 breaches uncovered in China

The Chinese authorities have caught two vessels in Chinese waters for using non-compliant fuel, the first reported cases of breaches of IMO 2020. The first ship was under a port state control inspection in Qingdao port when the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) verified the use of fuel oil with a sulphur content of 0.6777%. […]

BIMCO appoints David Loosley as Secretary General & CEO

Bimco has announced the appointment of David Loosley as Secretary General & CEO, effective from June 2020. Loosley joins from the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST), the international membership body for all marine professionals, which he has successfully led for the last eight years.