The US Coast Guard has released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-18, Oily Mixtures (“Oily Bilge Water”) Management for Oceangoing Vessels of less than 400 Gross Tons, to provide guidance to the industry, mariners, and the general public, on compliance options for oily bilge water management for oceangoing vessels less than 400 gross tons.

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At this week’s session of the IMO’s Maritime Environmental Protection Committee, member nations adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, setting out a vision to reduce and phase GHG emissions from international shipping. The initial strategy envisages for the first time a reduction in total GHG emissions from international shipping which, it says, should peak as soon as possible and to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels, while at the same time pursuing efforts towards phasing them out entirely. The initial strategy identifies levels of ambition for the international shipping sector noting that technological innovation and the global introduction of alternative fuels and/or energy sources for international shipping will be integral to achieve the overall ambition. The International Chamber of Shipping believes that if the 50% goal is successfully met, the wholesale switch by the industry to zero-carbon fuels should therefore follow very swiftly afterwards. While there is a high degree of optimism amongst many member states, some states believe that is was a compromised solution that lacks a sufficiently detailed plan of how to achieve the targets. This agreement will lead to a further detailed plan to be completed by 2023.

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced a major investment of $18.4 million for the Port of Montréal to help optimize rail network capacity, particularly in the port’s interchange zone. The work is expected to include relocating underground and above-ground infrastructure, relocating and constructing the port’s new road, and building new rail lines. The Optimisation du réseau intermodal Project is a project of the Montréal Port Administration in partnership with the Ministère des transports du Québec.

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The Government of Canada has awarded a contract, valued at $15M to Ardent Global LLC for the removal of bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Manolis L, which sank to a depth of more than 70 metres in 1985 off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, lay dormant until April 2013 when cracks in the hull, coupled with a powerful storm, allowed some fuel oil to reach the surface. Since then, the Canadian Coast Guard has been monitoring the Manolis L and conducting pollution containment operations.  Ardent will remove all recoverable oil in the wreck, and significantly mitigate the threat of future oil leaks and operations are expected to begin in July 2018. 

Friday, 13 April 2018 10:20

Trans Mountain Expansion in limbo

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to meet with the Alberta and British Columbia premiers over the weekend to discuss the current dispute on the movement of diluted bitumen to the coast. Last Sunday, Kinder Morgan Canada suspended all spending on non-essential services related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project until the uncertainty created by the provincial government of BC has been resolved. The federal government that approved the project following a rigorous assessment process has said it is looking at regulatory, legal, and financial options to see the pipeline built as it is in the national interest.  Kinder Morgan has given a May 31 deadline for assurance the project can go ahead.  

More than 70 business and industry leaders took part in lauching the Confidence in Canada campaign yesterday in Vancouver.  They have banded together over the last two days to sign a joint letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premiers John Horgan and Rachel Notley to resolve the impasse.

Friday, 13 April 2018 09:54

New auto terminal planned for Nanaimo

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Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) is partnering with Western Stevedoring (Western) and their affiliate organization, the Auto Division of SSA Marine (SSA) to design, build, finance and operate a multipurpose break bulk terminal with an initial focus on automobile import and processing at NPA’s Nanaimo Assembly Wharf (NAW).  The project partners wish to develop the first all-water global logistics service for European automobiles to a British Columbia port. This innovative “marine highway” would create a new, highly efficient and reliable international gateway featuring short-sea shipping from Nanaimo to the Lower Mainland.

The project has the potential to transform Canada’s import automobile supply chain by addressing significant existing transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities and congestion while providing several compelling logistical efficiencies and environmental benefits. Imported vehicles will arrive on Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTCs), which are Roll-on/Roll-off transport ships purpose-built for overseas vehicle transport. The imported vehicles will be processed for delivery to Lower Mainland dealerships on conventional car carrier trailers using short-sea shipping options currently serving Vancouver Island. The project would also provide sustainable economic development opportunities for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.

Redevelopment of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf uplands will reuse existing terminal facilities and upgrade existing infrastructure. The existing shed will be transformed into a modern Vehicle Processing Centre by retrofitting the existing steel structure with contemporary amenities and materials. The existing pier will be upgraded with new fendering and mooring infrastructure to allow for berthing of a modern Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), a specialized cargo vessel used to transport vehicles and equipment.

Friday, 13 April 2018 09:37

2018 Cruise Season is underway

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The 2018 cruise season kicked this week with the arrival of the Star Princess  at Canada Place in Vancouver. Approximately 895,000 cruise passengers on 241 vessel visits are expected in the Port of Vancouver this year, the highest passenger volumes to be seen since 2010.  The Norwegian Blisswhich accommodates more than 4,000 passengers, will be the largest cruise ship ever to call on Vancouver.  The Vancouver cruise industry stimulates on average nearly $3 million in direct economic activity for each vessel that visits Canada Place. For details on local cruise schedules visit:

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Resource Works has released a Citizen's Guide to Tanker Safety and Spill Response on British Columbia's South Coast. The guide is aimed at bringing all the relevant facts together into one concise document.

Friday, 13 April 2018 09:21

Seaspan announces new CFO

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David Spivak, Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan Corporation will be stepping down effective June 29, 2018 to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Spivak will continue in his current role until May 5, 2018, after which Mr. Ryan Courson will be appointed Chief Financial Officer and Mr. Spivak will continue with Seaspan as Special Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer through the end of June. Mr. Courson joined Seaspan in March 2018 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. He played a significant role in Seaspan's recent acquisition of GCI, working closely with Mr. Chen, Mr. Spivak and other senior executives at Seaspan on all aspects of the transaction. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 11:33

Wartsila seeks BWMS type approval

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On April 9, 2018 the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) received its 13th application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval for the Aquarius EC system, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd.

Friday, 06 April 2018 14:05

TCRC at CP Rail authorizes strike action

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Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) at Canadian Pacific (CP) have voted by a margin of 94.2 % to authorize strike action. Some 3000 conductors and locomotive engineers could go on strike as early as 0:01 am on April 21, 2018.  The previous collective agreement with CP expired on December 31, 2017. Negotiations began on November 16, 2017, and federal mediators were brought in on January 29, 2018.

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The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the establishment of a National Advisory Panel on protection standards in marine protected areas. The Panel will gather information for the development of categories of standards for allowable and prohibited activities within protected areas in Canada’s oceans. The Panel will consider the best available science and Indigenous traditional knowledge, and continue to hold meetings across the country to be informed by perspectives from stakeholders and experts in the field before offering its recommendations to the Minister. The panel will be co-chaired by Mary Simon and Rémi Bujold. Panel members are David Anderson, Darcy Dobell, Tom Hayes, Marc Léger, and Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation.  Our Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning, appears before the new Panel tomorrow in Vancouver.

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