Industry News

09
Apr

NIBC 2024 Maritime Arctic Conference

Join The Nautical Institute BC Branch May 1 – 3, 2024 in Victoria, BC, Canada, for Maritime Arctic: Best Practice, Best Technology, Best People. This international two-and-a-half-day conference will consist of informative presentations, interactive Q&A sessions, and panel discussions, bringing together key Canadian and international stakeholders in the maritime industry, environmental organizations, governmental transport authorities, coast guards,...
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05
Apr

Project Vector recovers 598 stolen vehicles

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Provincial Auto Theft and Towing (PATT) Team and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have recovered 598 vehicles before they were illegally exported as part of Project Vector. The CBSA regularly works with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) and Équité Association...
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05
Apr

CBSA members of PSAC and CIU to conduct strike vote

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) who work at Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be conducting a strike vote across the country starting April 10, 2024.  While strike votes are underway, PSAC and CBSA are proceeding to Public Interest Commission (PIC) hearings April 10 and...
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05
Apr

BC Consultations on Canada-Ecuador Free Trade Agreement

The Trade Policy, Analytics and Marketing Branch in the BC Government’s Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation requesting input on a possible Canada-Ecuador Free Trade Agreement will help to inform the Province’s input to these negotiations expected to commence this spring. Ecuador has a GDP of $155 billion CAD and a population of approximately...
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05
Apr

HaiSea Wamis receives Underwater Noise Notation

HaiSea Marine’s fully electric tugboat, the HaiSea Wamis, is now the first tugboat to receive an Underwater Noise Notation from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), validating HaiSea’s mission of operating one of the greenest tugboat fleets in the world. The HaiSea Wamis performed sea trials up and down Indian Arm last fall to put its...
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05
Apr

NWSA Terminal 46 opens for autos and breakbulk cargo

On March 27th, Terminal 46 welcomed the Triumph Ace, marking the opening of the terminal to regular auto and breakbulk cargo service. Terminal 46, a key maritime property located in The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s (NWSA) Seattle Harbor offers 42 plus acres of cargo lay-down space for shippers. Terminal 46 is ready to handle increased US and...
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05
Apr

05 April – Suspension vessel

A new crew transfer vessel with a unique suspension system, developed by Wallaby Boats GmbH in collaboration with Hitzler Werft GmbH and based on Nauti-Craft technology, has been launched. This innovative vessel, designed to significantly improve comfort and safety during transit and technician transfers in offshore operations, features a hydraulic suspension system that stabilizes the...
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05
Apr

Cryopeak to supply LNG to North Saskatchewan mine

Cryopeak Energy Solutions, a Canadian small-scale LNG firm, has struck a long-term deal to provide LNG for power generation and mine air ventilation to McIlvenna Bay Operating, a subsidiary of Foran Mining, in Northern Saskatchewan. This initiative marks the beginning of utilizing LNG to fuel a multi-megawatt power plant and replace propane for heating, signaling...
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05
Apr

Union heads approve strike vote by CN and CPKC train crews

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, representing engineers and conductors for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Kansas City in Canada, has initiated a strike vote from April 8 to May 1 due to stalled contract negotiations that began last fall. If approved, a strike or lockout could start by May 22. The railroads propose shifting from...
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05
Apr

Transport Canada advises changes to Marine safety fees regulations

As of April 1, 2024, updates to the Marine Safety Fees Regulations regarding vessel registry fees have been implemented. These changes, published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, aim to modernize Transport Canada’s (TC) fee structure. The adjustments include increased fees for certain services to more accurately represent service provision costs, introduction of new fees...
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05
Apr

Pacific Basin Shipping equips Starlink internet across its fleet

Pacific Basin is launching Starlink’s high-speed internet across its fleet, promising to enhance maritime connectivity and seafarer welfare. With speeds over 200Mbps and low latency, this upgrade marks a significant advancement in maritime communications. The pilot program on five vessels demonstrated the impact on operations and crew quality of life. This move underscores Pacific Basin’s...
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05
Apr

Transmountain Pipeline Expansion operational update

Trans Mountain has finished the pipe pullback for the Mountain 3 Horizontal Directional Drill in the Fraser Valley, marking a step toward completing the Expansion Project. Pending further approvals from the Canada Energy Regulator, the expanded system is set to begin transporting crude oil on May 1, 2024, ensuring service for all contracted volumes that...
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05
Apr

Strike ends at Autoport Nova Scotia as union ratifies agreement

Workers at the Autoport vehicle shipment facility in Eastern Passage, NS, have ended a 37-day strike by ratifying an agreement with their employer. The deal includes wage increases each year, lump sum bonuses in the first two years, an additional paid personal day, and improvements to vacation, pensions, and benefits. Almost 240 employees had walked...
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05
Apr

Cedar LNG inks Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract

The Cedar LNG project, a collaboration between the Haisla First Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corp., has reached significant milestones including long-term natural gas supply agreements and a notice to proceed with EPC contracts. The project, located in Kitimat and set to be the world’s lowest carbon and first Indigenous majority-owned LNG facility, is estimated to...
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05
Apr

Crowley unveils four new LNG dual-fuel container vessels

Crowley has unveiled the first renderings and names of its four new dual-fuel LNG-powered containerships: Quetzal, Copan, Tiscapa, and Torogoz. Ordered in 2022 from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea, the 1,400 TEU vessels are expected to be delivered in 2025. Chartered from Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), these ships will service Crowley’s US-Central America...
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05
Apr

Baltimore recovery team opens second navigation channel around collapsed bridge

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge has halted shipping at the Port of Baltimore, significantly impacting energy-related trades. As the second-largest US coal export port, Baltimore handles about 28% of the country’s coal exports. The port, vital for exporting coal, saw a spike to 28 million short tons in coal exports in 2023...
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05
Apr

Japanese partners join forces to research Anti-Roll Tank for large containerships

ClassNK, Nihon Shipyard, and IMC have embarked on a joint R&D project focusing on the application and safety evaluation of Anti-Roll Tanks (ART) on large containerships. ARTs, which reduce a ship’s roll by moving liquid within a tank, are being considered for large containerships to enhance container loading efficiency and prevent parametric roll—a phenomenon leading...
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05
Apr

Rain forecast expected to ease Panama Canal restrictions

After enduring a drought exacerbated by El Niño, causing disruptions for nearly a year, the Panama Canal is seeing a resurgence in shipping optimism as forecasts predict significant rainfall. This drought led to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reducing daily transits and draft levels since May of the previous year, pushing many ships to bypass...
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05
Apr

BIMCO invites industry for a 2-day Chartering Masterclass

BIMCO has announced an exceptional two-day face-to-face Chartering Masterclass, set to take place in Montreal on May 8th and 9th, 2024. This event promises to be an invaluable educational opportunity for all attendees. In collaboration with the Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO is pleased to offer an exclusive benefit to Chamber of Shipping members – a...
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05
Apr

Warzone GPS jamming manipulating vessels’navigation positions

Incidents of GPS jamming in the Mediterranean and Black Seas have spiked, affecting ships’ navigation data near conflict zones. On April 4, tracking data showed 117 cargo vessels appearing at Beirut airport due to GPS spoofing, a significant increase from the average daily impact in March. Similar disruptions have occurred at Cairo International airport. Such...
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05
Apr

CPKC expanding use of hydrogen fuel-cells on locomotives

CPKC now has three diesel freight locomotives retrofitted with hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. The company will test its 4,400 horsepower locomotive, the newest and most powerful of the first three, on the challenging grades of the Rocky Mountains in July, even travelling through the iconic loops of the Spiral Tunnels. With 92 percent...
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28
Mar

Canada’s marine industry to test online ocean school to combat aging workforce

Canada’s marine shipping industry is launching a campaign aimed at attracting young workers, in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, to address the sector’s aging workforce. The “Shipping on the Seaway” initiative, part of Ocean School, offers immersive online experiences with 360-degree tours of freighters to spark interest among 11 to 17-year-olds. With...
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28
Mar

Los Angeles receives more Canadian oil as Trans Mountain expansion advances

Crude oil shipments from Canada to Los Angeles have increased significantly, reaching the highest levels in four years this March with 1.74 million barrels transported. This trend, involving heavy Cold Lake crude from oil sands, could foreshadow shifts in Pacific Coast oil flows following the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that will triple capacity to 890,000...
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28
Mar

Court agrees there was no binding contract between Evergreen and Smit salvage

In the legal dispute surrounding the refloating of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal, the Court of Appeal upheld the Admiralty Court’s decision that there was no binding contract for services between the vessel’s owners and the salvors. Instead, the salvors could pursue a salvage claim under international and common law. The key issue...
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28
Mar

Pacific Basin Shipping to apply Graphene-based propeller coating to their entire fleet

Pacific Basin, a leading Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company, is adopting a new, sustainable graphene-based propeller coating, XGIT-PROP, across its entire fleet. Developed by Canadian company GIT Coatings, this biocide-free hard foul release coating is shown to boost vessel performance by up to 4%, as indicated in tests, including those by Stolt Tankers. After...
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28
Mar

$500 million contract to Seaspan shipyards for new vessels

The Canadian government is allocating over $490 million to Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver for the construction of Multi-Purpose Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. This funding, spread across two contracts, will enable pre-construction activities, design refinement, and material procurement. Aimed at enhancing the Coast Guard’s capabilities, these versatile ships will support icebreaking, search and...
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28
Mar

New funding for Port of Montreal to tackle congestion in supply chains

The Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, has announced a significant investment of up to $16.75 million for enhancements at the Port of Montréal. This initiative, funded through the National Trade Corridors Fund, includes adding a fourth railway track to the Pie-IX bridge and constructing a storage area. The project aims to extend the bridge’s railway...
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28
Mar

Canola becomes far more price competitive with soybeans and other crops

Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm shares cautious optimism for grain and oilseed markets, predicting sideways trading with potential pricing opportunities, especially for canola. This optimism stems partly from large short positions in canola futures and competitive pricing adjustments relative to soybeans. Despite this, an oversupply concern exists for canola. Export challenges persist, though canola’s market position...
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28
Mar

Russia’s stance on an individual BRICS Grain exchange gains traction

President Putin’s proposal for a BRICS grain exchange, aimed at direct purchases from producers, is gaining support, particularly for the October BRICS summit in Kazan, Russia. This exchange could significantly impact global grain markets, as it includes major wheat producers and exporters like China, India, and Russia, along with other countries such as Egypt and...
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28
Mar

Boxship with power loss collides with Baltimore bridge

The 9971-TEU container ship, MV Dali, collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning while outbound from Baltimore to Sri Lanka following what appears to be a significant power failure 45 minutes after leaving Seagirt Marine Terminal. The CNN timeline indicates that the Dali struck the bridge column within 5 minutes of losing power...
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28
Mar

Multibillion-dollar claims expected post M/V Dali collision incident

The collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, caused by a collision with the Singapore-flagged container ship, Dali, could lead to insurance claims amounting to several billion dollars. This incident has temporarily shut down one of the busiest US ports, and the financial impact on property, cargo, marine, liability, trade credit, and contingent business interruption...
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28
Mar

Tilbury Marine Jetty Project receives approval from BC

The Tilbury Marine Jetty Project by Tilbury Jetty Limited Partnership, associated with FortisBC, has been granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate by the Province of British Columbia. This project plans to establish a jetty on the Fraser River near FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility, intending to enable trans-oceanic vessels to refuel with liquefied natural gas (LNG) at...
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28
Mar

Montreal Port Authority to undergo management restructuring

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is restructuring its management from April 1 to support its strategic objectives and strengthen its role in Canada’s supply chain. Julie Gascon, MPA’s President and CEO, announced the new structure aimed at enhancing operations, commercial development, and partnerships. Key changes include Paul Bird as Chief Commercial Officer, David D’Amboise as...
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28
Mar

Davie Shipyards awarded first contract under National Shipbuilding Strategy

Chantier Davie Canada Inc. (Davie) has been awarded its first contract under the National Shipbuilding Strategy by the Government of Canada for designing a fleet of six Program Icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. This marks Davie’s commencement of work to renew Canada’s Arctic fleet, promising advanced, sustainable, and durable vessels suitable for harsh environments....
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28
Mar

Thefts of cargo containers on the rise

In Delta, BC a theft at a warehouse on Annacis Island saw 150 Biktrix e-bikes, valued at approximately $500,000, stolen. The incident occurred early Tuesday morning when a semi-tractor, identified as a white Freightliner with “Ryder” on its doors, was used by two suspects to haul away a trailer containing the e-bikes. Despite the trailer...
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22
Mar

Port of Vancouver 2023 statistics show strong export volumes

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s 2023 cargo statistics, released today, show it was a mixed year at the port, with growth in some sectors and softening in others. Notably, bulk and containerized exports, auto imports and cruise all grew—including near-record grain exports—while container imports softened in line with trends seen across the West Coast.  Cargo...
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22
Mar

States challenge Biden’s LNG permitting pause

The attorneys general of 16 states have filed suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Louisiana challenging the Biden administration’s announced pause on new LNG project permitting.  The plaintiffs argue that the decision is unlawful, ignoring the Natural Gas Act. The State of Louisiana is joined in the suit by the...
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22
Mar

1.5 tonnes of cocaine seized at Port of Halifax

In early March 2024, more than 1.5 tonnes of suspected cocaine was seized by CBSA border services officers at the Container Examination Facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS). The seizure, valued at approximately $194 million, was a result of collaboration between CBSA Atlantic’s Operations and Intelligence Divisions, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Halifax, NS,...
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22
Mar

Auditor General releases report on National Trade Corridors Fund

The Auditor General of Canada has released its assessment of the National Trade Corridors Fund administered by Transport Canada, noting that the Fund was well designed and implemented but there were weaknesses found in monitoring and reporting on results.  The findings state that it was unclear on what basis the Transport Canada prioritized some meritorious...
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22
Mar

Modernized agreement for St. Lawrence Seaway Management

A new agreement between Transport Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has been signed to continue the not-for-profit organization’s role under the Management Operations and Maintenance Agreement, which has been in place since 1998. The signing of this agreement follows the St. Lawrence Seaway Review, which was launched by Transport Canada in 2017,...
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22
Mar

Heiltsuk leaders seeks recognition of cultural heritage in IMO’s work

Representatives from the Heiltsuk Nation joined the 81st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to address the need for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to include Indigenous cultural heritage in all aspects of its work and regulations and ensure redress for cultural impacts to Indigenous peoples from marine spills and shipping activities. The...
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22
Mar

22 March – M/V Ever Top

The Evergreen neo-panamax vessel, Ever Top, has become the first containership in its class to be retrofitted with onboard CO2 capture and storage (CCS) systems, receiving the “SCCS-Full” class notation from ClassNK. This distinction indicates the ship is now equipped with state-of-the-art CCS technology. The CCS retrofitting was carried out at Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co.,...
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22
Mar

International Sailors’ Society Canada accepting maritime studies scholarship applications

The International Sailors’ Society Canada (ISSC) is now accepting applications from qualifying students engaged in maritime studies for the 2024 Sue Hanby Maritime Bursary.  To apply for the scholarship, please visit the ISSC website at https://intl.sailorssociety.ca/issc-bursary-application/
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22
Mar

Statistics Canada states 40% of Canadian industries vulnerable to supply shocks

Statistics Canada highlights that 40% of Canadian industries, representing a quarter of the nation’s economic output, are highly vulnerable to global supply chain disruptions. The report shows a rising share of small manufacturers and wholesalers that are directly importing specialized intermediate inputs, resulting in fewer resources to absorb supply chain shocks. Next steps identified include...
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22
Mar

Former Canfor mill in Taylor, BC to become logistics hub

Buffalo Rail and Infrastructure has acquired the former Canfor pulp mill in Taylor, BC, for $7 million, with plans to transform the 300-acre site into a logistics and distribution hub. The Calgary-based company intends to invest over $50 million into the project, creating around 100 construction jobs and 30 permanent positions. The hub aims to...
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22
Mar

GSTS to develop AI-driven berthing schedule management system

Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS) announced securing a contract from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s Core Technology Leadership Program to enhance their AI-powered SaaS platform, OCIANA™. This development aims to introduce a predictive Berth Schedule Management System to improve global supply chain efficiency by reducing vessel emissions and fuel consumption through digital collaboration. Collaborating with notable maritime...
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22
Mar

Canadian Government and Inuit firm join forces to enhance Arctic marine safety

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has engaged Sedna ROV Services for a $6.5 million hydrographic survey project in the Arctic, as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. Utilizing the icebreaker Polar Prince, the initiative aims to enhance navigational safety, environmental protection, and sustainable development by mapping the Arctic seabed. This project also promotes Indigenous employment and...
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22
Mar

ILWU Local 514 bargaining update

The BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Ship & Dock Foremen Local 514 (Local 514) have been negotiating since January 19, 2024, with help from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services. As the initial 60-day negotiation period was set to end on March 19, 2024, both parties agreed to extend...
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22
Mar

US Coast Guard to reassess Polar Security Cutter build schedule

The US Coast Guard has not requested additional funds for its Polar Security Cutter icebreaker program for fiscal year 2025 due to delays and design challenges. The program aims to replace the aging CGC Polar Star and CGC Healy with three heavy polar icebreakers for operations in Arctic and Antarctic regions. Despite being the top...
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22
Mar

Tight oil tanker supply prompts shippers towards longer time charters

Global disruptions have led to increased oil tanker chartering rates, pushing shippers towards longer-term charters. The redirection of Russian oil to Asia due to European sanctions, vessel attacks in the Red Sea, and low water levels in the Panama Canal have extended sailing times and escalated costs. These factors have contributed to a significant rise...
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