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WWF Canada seeks ban on scrubbers

Yesterday the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada released a study concerning the use of open-loop exhaust cleaning systems (often referred to as scrubbers) and their potential impact on the endangered and iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale. WWF-Canada is encouraging a ban on the use of open-loop scrubbers and/or discharge from hybrid scrubbers in Canadian waters,...
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Corvus Energy receives R& D funding

Corvus Energy will receive funding of up to $6 million from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support a research and development project to create the next generation of energy storage and digitalization technologies for marine vessels. The multi-year project will be undertaken in Corvus Energy’s main research, engineering and...
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Tough year for Canadian farmers

Heavy rain and colder temperatures in the East, overly dry conditions in the West and an early snowfall in the Prairies slowed the growing season, leaving record amounts of potatoes unharvested in fields and pushing canola and soybean production to their lowest levels in years. Challenges brought on by global trade wars and diplomatic frictions...
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Chevron to seek buyer for its 50% stake in Kitimat LNG project

Chevron is looking to sell its 50 per cent stake in the Kitimat LNG Project in British Columbia as it writes down assets by $10B because lower long-term prices for oil and natural gas will reduce the value of its assets.  The announcement comes just days after the National Energy Board approved Chevron Canada’s application...
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PRPA announces Green Wave Program Award winners

The Prince Rupert Port Authority has announced four commercial vessel owners recognized for achieving the highest level of environmental performance and participation in 2018 under the Port of Prince Rupert’s Green Wave vessel incentive program. They are COSCO, Maersk, Yang Ming, and BC Ferries. Since 2013, the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Green Wave program has...
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ECHO Program hits five-year mark

The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has reached a significant milestone, marking five years of collaboration and research to better understand the effects of marine shipping on at-risk whales. The ECHO Program uses underwater microphones to measure noise levels, including the sound of more than 10,000...
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CP train derailments sparks concerns

Early Monday morning, a CP train carrying 34 tank cars laden with crude oil from Rosyth, Alberta derailed near Guernsey, 115 east of Saskatoon. The train destined for Oklahoma resulted in a spill of an estimated 1.5 million litres of crude that quickly become engulfed in flames.  No injuries or damage to waterways have been...
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Work gear developed to fit shipbuilding women

With the increasing the number of women working in shipbuilding, Seaspan has partnered with Helga Wear to develop work clothes specifically for the needs of women. Helga Wear has developed a coverall for the women of Seaspan that meets safety requirements, offers a fit proportioned for a woman’s body, has zippered legs to facilitate going...
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$2000 fine issued under new Marine Mammal Regulations

In August 2019, Honourable Judge George Leven found guide Scott Babcock guilty of a violation under the Marine Mammal Regulations. Babcock had to pay a fine of $2,000 and completed two days of community service in educating the public on boater safety around whales. Babcock was observed by DFO employees in an unmarked boat as he...
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