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The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard met with representatives from fishing organizations, marine transportation industries, cruise lines, ferry associations, Indigenous peoples, whale experts and scientists, as well as the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to discuss concrete actions which can be taken to better protect the North Atlantic Right Whale in Canadian waters. A number of measures will be looked at to address the fisheries' impacts in addition to enhancing whale sighting and detection information and timely sharing of this information.  Seasonal speed restrictions in target areas and adjustments to shipping lanes based on accurate and timely whale sightings is also on the table.  

Friday, 10 November 2017 13:19

Latest Customs Notices

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Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 17-36 to advise that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires goods re-entering Canada after being refused entry by the US to proceed to a non-bonded facility for treatment prior to being exported.  

Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 17-34 advising that the 2017 version of  the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) will expire on January 31, 2018, after which time only the 2018 version will be valid. The 2018 version will be the last update to CAED and will be valid until it is retired in January 2020.  CAED participants should upgrade to the 2018 version by downloading the software along with the release notes from the Statistics Canada website.

Friday, 10 November 2017 13:09

Coast Guard survey on AIS ASM messages

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The Canadian Coast Guard has been transmitting meteorological and hydrographic information from various stations along the Pacific coast using AIS Application Specific Messages. CCG is expanding this testbed to include 20 new meteorological stations and 16 new hydrographic stations.  In order to evaluate this service, CCG is seeking feedback from many different vessels and users to determine how useful the data is.  Please assist by completing an online survey which can be accessed using either one of the following links:



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China Petrochemical Corp., known as Sinopec Group, signed a joint development agreement with Alaska Gasline DevelopmentCorp. on the plan to pipe gas from the state’s northern shore to a proposed liquefaction export terminal in the south. The state of Alaska, China Investment Corp. and the Bank of China Ltd. also signed the agreement. The pact was announced among $250 billion in U.S.-China deals unveiled this week during President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing. This announcement comes just three and a half months after Petronas pulled the plug on its  $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project, in which Sinopec held a 15% stake.  

Friday, 10 November 2017 12:51

LA / LB adopts 2017 Clean Air Action Plan

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The governing boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach unanimously approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update, ushering in a new era of aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex.  The initiatives includes:

  • Capture up to 100% of vessel at-berth emissions by 2030
  • Modify Vessel Speed Reduction Program to maximize participation to 40 nm
  • Incentivize energy-efficiency improvements and use of cleaner technologies
  • Impose differential rate system to incentivize new, cleaner vessels 
  • Require terminal operators to deploy zero-emission equipment, if feasible, or the cleanest equipment available when procuring new cargo-handling equipment, with the goal of transitioning all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.
  • Identifying clean engine milestones for new trucks entering the port drayage registries and creating a rate structure and incentives that encourage faster turnover to near-zero and zero-emission trucks, with the goal of transitioning to a zero-emission on-road drayage fleet by 2035.
  • Expanding use of on-dock rail, with the long-term goal of moving 50 percent of all cargo leaving the ports by rail.


Friday, 10 November 2017 12:37

USCG updates ballast water approval website



The US Coast Guard has updated its Marine Safety Center's website to provide better access to its plan review guides, tonnage guides and ballast water type approvals.  The latest news on the ballast water management system (BWMS) include an updated type approval certificate to Optimarin AS for the Optimarin OBS/OBS Ex BWMS to authorize the OBS Ex model for installation in hazardous locations on US vessels.  Also an application for type approval has been received for the Electro-Cleen System manufactured by Techcross, Inc. This is the eighth application received from BWMS type approval. 

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The US Office of Port and Facility Compliance has released a consolidated report on the status and work completed in 2016 by Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs). One of the key challenges highlighted in the report was cyber risk management and the marine transportation system. Cyber systems also have unique vulnerabilities, many of which are not apparent to the casual user, and are subject to accidental or intentional acts that may originate far from the impacted area. A notable accomplishment was completion of the draft Cyber Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular that was released via the Federal Register on July 12, 2017 for public comment. 

Friday, 10 November 2017 12:14

UK Chamber's Sea of Change

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The UK Chamber this week launched its new programme Sea Change, which looks at how the UK shipping industry is responding to changing demands from regulators and stakeholders on issues such as safety, the environment and crew welfare. You can watch the trailer above or watch the full programme here.

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week share its vision for zero CO2 emission from shipping in the second half of this century.  ICS says its vision might be delivered with batteries or fuel cells using renewable energy, other new technologies such as hydrogen or even something not yet anticipated.

In the meantime, the shipping industry has proposed that IMO Member States should adopt a suitably ambitious goal for reducing total emissions from the entire international shipping sector by an agreed percentage by 2050.  ICS is pleased that a large number of IMO Member States have already come forward with detailed proposals.  Several EU and Pacific island nations have jointly proposed that the sector should reduce total CO2 by as much as 70 percent by 2050.

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Two officers of the container ship MSC Giannina have been arrested in the port of Genoa on suspicion of involvement in the death of the ship's master, Capt. Yuri Kharytonov, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on the night of October 19.  Based on evidence recovered from the ship's voyage data recorder (VDR), authorities believe that Ukranian nationals Dmytro Savinykh, 44, and Oleksandr Maltsev, 43, may have conspired to attack and kill Kharytonov.  A blood trail on deck and blood spots on one of the officers' uniforms contributed to suspicions that Kharytonov did not disappear due to accident or suicide. The motive may have been a dispute over two engine failures that delayed the Giannina's voyage from Gioa Tauro to Genoa. 

Friday, 03 November 2017 15:25

IMO reports on GHG reduction strategy

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Despite NGO claims of the industry’s inefficient GHG strategy, IMO stated that the second meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships, on 23-27 October, has made progress in starting to shape a draft initial IMO GHG strategy.  While the structure of the strategy has been largely agreed, the detailed text to be included is still under discussion.

The group also agreed that candidate short-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by MEPC between 2018 and 2023; candidate mid-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by the MEPC between 2023 and 2030; and candidate long-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by the MEPC beyond 2030. Dates of entry into force and when the measure can effectively start to reduce GHG emissions would be defined for each measure individually.

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Wärtsilä will supply an “ultra-silent” propulsion package for a new research vessel to be built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute.  The ability to create a propulsion solution that significantly limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation, was a key factor in the award of this contract. The 54-m ship will be powered by two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines and will have a Wartsila fixed-pitch propeller and complete shaft line. The solution is very compact, which results in reduced acoustic signals, the company said. The engine has a bore and stroke of 200 X 280 mm and achieves 1600 kW.

The research vessel is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2020, and will be used to help provide a basis for the responsible exploitation of the marine resources around the Faroe Islands.

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