Industry News

23
Feb

New Railway Safety Act measures approved

Transport Canada has announced that the revised Rules Respecting Key Trains and Key Routes, under the Railway Safety Act, have been approved and now: require railway companies to develop a winter operation plan that is specific to each subdivision where higher risk key trains operate, which must be approved by a professional engineer; require use of...
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19
Feb

Minister of Labour issues statement on Port of Montreal negotiations

The Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, has issued a statement regarding the collective bargaining negotiations between the Syndicat des débardeurs, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association. The statement indicates two senior mediators that were recently added to the negotiations concluded after seven days of meetings that the gap...
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19
Feb

Canada takes next step toward construction of offshore oceanographic science vessel for Canadian Coast Guard

Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada has taken steps towards construction of an offshore oceanographic science vessel (OOSV). A contract of $453.8 million has been awarded to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards for design to full construction. Construction of the OOSV will begin in spring 2021, with delivery expected in 2024. The OOSV will replace the...
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19
Feb

2021 measures to protect North Atlantic right whales announced

The Government of Canada has announced the 2021 measures to help protect North Atlantic right whales (NARW) from interactions with fishing gear and vessels in Canadian waters. To help prevent entanglements with fishing gear, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is building on last year’s measures by continuing to close fishing areas wherever and whenever North Atlantic...
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19
Feb

Birth of calf draws 3 SRKW pods to Haro Strait

Three orca pods gathered in the waters off Vancouver Island on Wednesday to celebrate the birth of a new southern resident killer whale (SRKW) calf. Members of the J pod, K pod and L pod were in the waters of the Haro Strait for the calf which marks the fourth calf for 30-year-old L86. The...
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18
Feb

Proactive Vessel Management Focus of OPP Forum

This week, the Chamber participated in the 3-day Winter 2021 Oceans Protection Plan Forum. The Chamber’s President joined senior representatives from the Council of the Haida Nation and Transport Canada to speak about the planning, implementation and collaboration associated with the trial Voluntary Protection Zone (VPZ) for shipping. This trial aims to increase the distance...
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18
Feb

Crew stranded off UAE to be repatriated four years later

The crew of an oil tanker beached off UAE, MT Iba, will be repatriated after being abandoned and stranded at sea for four years.  Alco Shipping, the owner of the vessel, hit financial problems and stopped paying salaries almost three years ago. The seafarers have been given a settlement for wages owed and they hope to...
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18
Feb

Wallenius Wilhelmsen designing wind-propelled ro-ro ship

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has announced that they will be building, Orcelle Wind, the world’s first full-sized wind-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). The vessel will have the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles or a mix of cars and heavy machinery, and breakbulk cargo. Orcelle Wind could slash vessel emissions by as much as 90 percent...
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17
Feb

Maersk accelerates decarbonization strategy

Maersk has announced plans to launch the world’s first carbon-neutral liner vessel in 2023, seven years ahead of the initial 2030-ambition. The vessel will be a methanol feeder with a capacity of around 2,000 TEU and it would be deployed in one of Maersk’s intra-regional networks.  While the vessel will be able to operate on standard VLSFO,...
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17
Feb

IMO and WISTA launch Women in Maritime Survey

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) have launched its first global survey on women in the maritime sector.  The survey will inform and support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to increase the participation of women in maritime careers and...
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17
Feb

Corvus Energy partners with Seaspan Ferries for new ESS battery system

Corvus Energy has reached an agreement with Seaspan Ferries Corporation for the first delivery of Corvus’ Blue Whale ESS, to be installed onboard one of their cargo ferries. Blue Whale is a new large-scale energy storage system (ESS)—a groundbreaking battery system designed for large ships with high zero-emission energy demand, such as cruise ships, large...
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17
Feb

New directors appointed to the Nanaimo Port Authority Board

The Minister of Transport has appointed two directors to the Board of the Port of Nanaimo filling two outstanding vacancies. Jeet Manhas who has served as Past Chair of the port authority as the Provincial representative, is now appointed as the Federal representative for this term. Shiva Dean, who has 15 years of international and...
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17
Feb

Air Force medevacs injured sailors 450 km off St. John’s coast

Royal Canadian Air Force medevaced two injured sailors from a foreign ship last weekend in a mission that lasted several hours. Tasked by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax, the Air Force received information mid-last week that there had been an injury on a vessel coming across the Atlantic. The 184-metre oil tanker was...
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17
Feb

ONE containership testing sustainable marine biofuel

Ocean Network Express (ONE) containership, MOL Experience, is trialing the use of sustainable marine biofuel as industry seeks to make supply chains more sustainable by reducing carbon emissions in the container shipping segment. The 4,803 TEU-capacity vessel was refueled with the biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam on November 22, 2020. The trial was organized...
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16
Feb

Minister of Transport announces funding for abandoned boats program

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the most recent initiatives to receive funding for the assessment, removal and disposal of abandoned boats in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador.  In this round of funding under the Abandoned Boats Program, $1,692,079 is being provided and will support the assessment of 44 boat removal...
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16
Feb

Vaccinations start for dockworkers at LA and Long Beach

About 800 longshoremen from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach received the first COVID-19 vaccinations for dockworkers last week. The inoculations have brought peace of mind for those who received it, especially considering that many dockworkers jobs require interacting with dozens of people every day. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human...
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16
Feb

IMO launches a year of action for seafarers

On February 16th the International Maritime Organization announced that it is making 2021 a year of action for seafarers, who are facing unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite their vital role as key workers for global supply chains. The World Maritime Theme for 2021, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” seeks to...
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16
Feb

Western Group acquires BST and forms Interhold

Western Group and BST Transportation Group (BST) have announced that Western has acquired BST’s warehousing and transload business located in Richmond, BC., effective February 16th, 2021. The acquisition serves as the foundation for Western’s newest wholly owned subsidiary, Interhold Distribution Ltd. (Interhold).
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12
Feb

ZIM signs 12-year agreement with Seaspan

Haifa, Israel, headquartered ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM) has entered a 12-year agreement with Seaspan Corporation to charter in ten 15,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel newbuilds from Seaspan Corporation. Seaspan has ordered the vessels at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries. They are anticipated to begin deliveries in the first half of 2023 and the ships...
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12
Feb

Russia’s export ban on logs will be far-reaching

Russia’s president has announced plans to ban the exportation of softwood logs and high-value hardwood logs as of January 1, 2022 and is also considering new regulations aimed at reducing the exportation of green softwood lumber. Reducing log and green lumber exports is hoped to stimulate further value-added processing within Russia and better control illegal...
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12
Feb

Port of Prince Rupert achieves shore power milestone

On February 2nd COSCO Shipping Lines (Canada) Inc. participated in the commissioning test of the shore power installation at DP World’s Fairview Terminal in the Port of Prince Rupert.  The CSCL Summer operated off the shore power system for the 24-hour test and appears to have drawn about 27805 kWh (27.805mWh), averaging 1.183MW per hour. ...
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12
Feb

TSB releases report on the Golden Cecilie incident

The Government of Canada has released the findings of the Marine Transportation Safety Board’s investigation on the dragging anchor of the Golden Cecilie and subsequent collision with Green K-Max 1. On March 19. 2020, high winds caused the Golden Cecilie to drag anchor and collide with Green K-Max 1. The collision damage to both vessels above...
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12
Feb

Minister Jordan engages on Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy

The Government of Canada is developing a Blue Economy Strategy to grow our ocean sectors through job creation, inclusion and conservation. This strategy will harness opportunities on all three coasts to spur innovative ideas, create more jobs, leading to a more prosperous future for Indigenous and coastal communities. It will also position Canada as a world leader in...
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12
Feb

Alaska lashes out after Canada extends cruise ban until 2022

Alaskan Senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Representative Don Young have released a statement over concerns for the consequences of Canada’s cruise ban extension through Feb 1, 2022. The letter notes that Canada’s announcement came as a surprise, and the move did not take Alaska, or their economy into consideration. The extension effectively kills...
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12
Feb

Fatalities in tug incident near Kitimat

Two men are dead and one man has been rescued after a tugboat capsized while underway with tow from Kitimat to Kemano. The RCMP say at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre received an emergency beacon from a tugboat in the Gardner Canal near Kemano, about 75 kilometres southeast of Kitimat. An RCMP...
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09
Feb

BC waterfront gets new harassment and violence prevention training

The federal Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, along with representatives from the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada, and the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC), has launched a new harassment and violence prevention training program that will benefit British Columbia’s 10,000-person waterfront workforce.  The BCMEA and...
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09
Feb

USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Newsletter

The US Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has just published its winter edition of its newsletter and outlines the CDC Conditional Sail Order and details on how the USCG will enforce the Certification of Compliance.   Other notable articles in the newsletter includes how US ports and the USCG are preparing for...
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09
Feb

Pinnacle Renewable Energy to be acquired by Drax Group

Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has announced that it has entered into an arrangement agreement with Drax Group plc and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Drax Canadian Holdings Inc., pursuant to which Drax will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Pinnacle in an all-cash transaction valued at C$831 million, including the assumption of net...
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09
Feb

Bill that would have lifted the ban on west coast Canadian oil tankers defeated 

Last week, the Liberals and NDP defeated Bill C-229, which would have lifted the ban on west coast Canadian oil tankers. The bill was introduced last year, and aimed to repeal Bill C-48, which was passed in 2019 and prohibits tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil from stopping at B.C. ports between...
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06
Feb

Port of Vancouver issues statement on deferral of cruise season

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) issued a public statement on the Government of Canada’s decision to defer the cruise season to February 29, 2022.  The VFPA is working with other Canadian cruise ports through the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) to develop consistent national safety protocols for the resumption of cruising across Canada...
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05
Feb

FMC urges vaccines for dockworkers to be expedited

Through an open letter, the Federal Maritime Commissioners (FMC) is urging US president Joe Biden and his administration to emphasize the important role the maritime industry plays in maintaining the nation’s supply chain and expedite a vaccination program across the workforce. The letter highlights an upward trend in the number of cases of COVID-19 reported...
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05
Feb

Lafarge’s Richmond plant capturing CO2 emissions

Lafarge Canada Inc.’s Richmond plant has reached a milestone in its goal of becoming the first cement plant in the world to have the technology to recycle carbon emissions from its cement production. They have now completed the second phase of its Project CO2MENT, the installation of the Svante CO2 capture unit. While the plant will only...
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05
Feb

Ships waiting at California ports hits record high

Congestion at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach has reached record highs, with queues of as many as 41 container ships waiting to go alongside. This does not include the 27 ships already at berth. When striking longshoremen repeatedly closed the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for 10 days and eight...
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05
Feb

February 5 – Isle of Man Ferry

A new ferry for the Isle of Man is set to feature Wärtsilä’s hybrid solution. Wärtsilä will supply a range of solutions for a new diesel-electric hybrid roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry ordered by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IOMSPC). The vessel will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea and will...
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05
Feb

Crew fatally injured by large wave off Nova Scotia

A crew member of a bulk carrier, MV Giulia, has died and three others injured after the ship was hit by a large wave several hundred miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. The vessel was about 320 nautical miles southeast of Nova Scotia when it was hit by the wave. The incident comes as NOAA’s...
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05
Feb

Cruise vessels banned from Canada through to February 2022

The Government of Canada has announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. As a result of the orders, adventure-seeking pleasure craft are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters, passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are still prohibited...
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04
Feb

Global food trade upended by container crisis

The ongoing container crisis has had significant impact on global food trade. Shipping empty containers back to China has become so profitable that many food shippers are having to fight for containers. The core issue is that China, which has recovered faster from COVID-19, has revved up its export economy and is paying premiums for...
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04
Feb

Green Marine develops new performance indicator

Green Marine has broadened the scope of its North American environmental certification program for the maritime industry by adding a performance indicator to assess community relations. Green Marine already has an indicator for landside operations involving community impacts, but it primarily focuses on nuisances, such as dust, light, and noise. Developing this particular indicator presented a...
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04
Feb

Strong wheat exports expected to continue

Canadian wheat exports are expected to remain strong in coming months. Canadian wheat exports excluding durum stood at more than 9.2 million tonnes through the first 24 weeks of the 2020-21 crop year, and increase of nearly 29 percent over last year. Through 24 weeks of the 2019-20 crop year, Canada’s non-durum wheat exports were a...
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02
Feb

VFPA Add New Criteria for Harbour Due Discounts

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29
Jan

Congestion at LA/LB ports

Ships are piling up outside Los Angeles and other major US ports as American as companies try to restock warehouses and consumers — lacking travel and other entertainment options during the pandemic — buy more products for their homes. A record 38 container ships are awaiting berth space — 36 at anchor and two more...
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29
Jan

IMO releases statement on 2020 emission reduction

The International Maritime Organization has reported that the 2020 global sulphur cap brought about a 70% cut in total sulphur oxide emissions from shipping, ushering in a new era of cleaner air in ports and coastal areas by using less polluting fuels.   On January 1, 2020 the upper limit of the sulphur content of ships’...
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29
Jan

Request to notify MCTS of ill or symptomatic crew

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29
Jan

January 29 – CMA CGM Patagonia

The CMA CGM Patagonia, 15,000 TEU LNG-powered containership, has been launched by Chinese shipbuilder CSSC Jiangnan Shipyard. The vessel was built for the French container shipping major CMA CGM. The containership is the first of five LNG-powered sister vessels ordered by the company back in 2019. CMA CGM Patagonia is scheduled for delivery in mid-August...
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29
Jan

New maritime cybersecurity centre established in Montreal

A new research centre created at Montreal’s Polytechnique university will aim to protect ships from cyber attacks. Canada’s Maritime Cyber Security Centre of Excellence will combine the expertise of two Polytechnique researchers, Quebec cybersecurity startup Neptune Cyber and Davie Shipbuilding. The five-year research project will focus on cybersecurity for critical maritime infrastructures. Critical ship components,...
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29
Jan

Further COVID-19 measures announced

Today Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced plans to extend COVID-19 testing requirements to all non-essential travellers entering Canada via the land border from the United States, and impose new measures requiring air travellers from overseas to be tested upon arrival and quarantine up to three days in an approved hotel while awaiting the test results....
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29
Jan

Panama Canal cuts 13 million tons of CO2 in 2020

The Panama Canal contributed to a reduction of more than 13 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions in 2020 by offering a shorter route to ships when compared to the most likely alternative routes. The Panama Canal has also announced that it is launching a CO2 Emissions Dashboard which dashboard will allow users to...
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28
Jan

President Biden Backs Jones Act

President Biden has signed an executive order on strengthening American manufacturing which is aimed at delivering economic relief to the US economy. The executive action also strongly supports the Jones Act, which requires goods shipped between US ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by United States citizens or permanent...
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27
Jan

Ocean Group tugs approved for escort services

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27
Jan

Canadian Space Agency partners in smartWhales initiative

The Government of Canada is investing $5.3 million in five companies to advance innovative solutions that could enhance Canada’s ability to detect and monitor the presence of the endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters and predict their movements. smartWhales is another initiative aimed at reducing the risk of right whale entanglement in fishing...
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