Friday, 15 December 2017 15:34

Port of Vancouver releases emissions study

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has released its third Port Emissions Inventory Report that indicates a decrease in air pollutant emissions since 2010, despite an increase in trade through the port - a result of stronger regulation and investment in technology. The port authority’s inventory report estimates air emissions from marine, rail, on-road, non-road and administrative activities associated with the Port of Vancouver. It complements regional and national emission inventories that capture other sources, such as commuter vehicles, buildings, and commercial activity, to provide a complete picture of emissions in the Lower Mainland. In addition to capturing detailed estimates of emissions by type in 2015, the report provides an emissions backcast and forecast, which helps to track how emissions have changed and are expected to change in the future. 

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Congratulations to Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) for launching the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) designed and built under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) last Friday. The vessel, named Sir John Franklin, is 63 metre in length, with a beam of 6.16 metres and capable of speeds of up to 12.5 knots. After a period of sea trials and finishing touches, the ship will be used to gain a better understanding of fish stocks and their ocean environment. 

Friday, 15 December 2017 15:07

Ship owners reducing GHG under Green Marine

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Ship owners participating in the Green Marine environmental certification program have demonstrated leadership in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). Green Marine’s first carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions data gathering and analysis indicate an average annual reduction in GHG intensity of 1.4%. This initiative was undertaken to better gauge Green Marine’s impact since the environmental program’s launch 10 years ago. The ship owners that provided data for this voluntary initiative represent more than 250 vessels of various types, including: tug, passenger and cargo ferry, bulk, self-unloading, tank, container, and articulated tug barge.

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The Québec Port Authority (QPA) announced its plan to invest $400 million on a new container terminal at the site of the Beauport 2020 project. This initiative, part of the Beauport 2020 expansion project, is the culmination of a lengthy process by the QPA to identify economic niches with the highest potential for the future Port’s development. The project includes a 610 metre extension of the wharf and development of 17 hectares. For the Québec City area and all along the St. Lawrence, this promising project could potentially create a new international economic hub geared toward logistics, distribution centers, and new businesses.

Friday, 15 December 2017 14:51

ELD proposal for Canada

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Regulations Amending the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (Electronic Logging Devices and Other Amendments) are published in the Canada Gazette Part I, December 16, 2017.  The proposed amendments would align with the US requirements mandating drivers of commercial buses and trucks to use electronic logging devices (ELDs).  The amendments would also incorporate by reference a technical standard to establish minimum performance and design specifications for ELDs.

Friday, 15 December 2017 14:45

Proposal Canada Grain Regulations amendments

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Proposed Regulations Amending the Canada Grain Regulations are published in the Canada Gazette Part I, December 16, 2017 Vol.151, No. 50.  The amendments seek to update fees for the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) from April 1, 2018 and seeks to adjust fees with the annual adjustment factor provided for in the new Services Fee Act

Friday, 15 December 2017 14:41

Preclearance Bill C-23 receives Royal Assent

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Bill C-23, an Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States has received Royal Assent. This important milestone brings Canada and the United States closer to implementing the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America. Once enabling regulations are in place, Canada and the United States can ratify the Agreement and start expanding preclearance operations to other modes of transportation – land, rail and marine – in addition to new locations in the air mode. The Agreement also opens the door to explore possibilities for cargo preclearance. The regulations for the air mode are expected to be in place by the end of 2018. 

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The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc has signed eight Critical Habitat Orders under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The approved orders will allow for further protection of eight at-risk species, including two whales – the North Atlantic Right Whale and Beluga Whale of the St. Lawrence Estuary. A Critical Habitat Order (Order) triggers the prohibition in subsection 58(1) of SARA against the destruction of any part of the critical habitat.  This may apply to any ongoing or future human activities that might result in their destruction.  SARA provides for conservation agreements that can be entered into by the Minister with any government in Canada, organization or person to benefit a species at risk or enhance its survival in the wild, and allows for the making of regulations, codes of practice, and national standards or guidelines with respect to the protection of critical habitat.

Friday, 15 December 2017 14:18

PM outlines themes for G7 Presidency

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Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that the following themes that will guide Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency:

  • Investing in growth that works for everyone;
  • Preparing for jobs of the future;
  • Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world.

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The National Transportation Safety Board released more than 50 recommendations after its two year, 30,500 hour investigation into the SS El Faro's sinking on October 1, 2015 during Hurrican Joaquin.  The recommendations include review and implement training of Coast Guard inspectors and accredited classification society surveyors to ensure that they are properly qualified and supported to perform effective, accurate, and transparent vessel inspections, and perform a “proof-of-concept” project to establish whether AIS, or another suitable alternative, can practically deliver, in a single message (1) meteorological and oceanographic data obtained directly from automated instrumentation and manual observation on board vessels at sea, (2) vessel position and time of observation, and (3) other important metadata, by satellite and land-based receivers, to global meteorological authorities via the Global Telecommunication System with acceptable time delay.

Friday, 15 December 2017 13:45

New edition of BARECON released


BIMCO has released a new leaner version of the BARECON form for bareboat chartering which introduces a formula for calculating a fair share of costs for any compulsory structural changes or new equipment that may be implemented during the charter period. Following the “Ocean Victory” judgment earlier this year, BIMCO has also clarified the wording of the insurance clauses in relation to an insurer’s right to claim against third parties. BARECON 2017 keeps pace with modern bareboat chartering practice and will be useful for all those involved in specialized long term bareboat chartering agreements. 

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BIMCO and the international association for the marine electronics industry, CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime), is hoping to establish an industry-wide standard for software maintenance. BIMCO has seen incidents, where ships for example, suffer complete blackouts, and malfunctions in radar and other related systems, as a result of unforeseen difficulties with a software update.  The goal of the Standard on Software Maintenance of Shipboard Equipment is to make sure software updates happen in a secure and systematic way as these update are also necessary to minimize hacking and malware problems. BIMCO and CIRM would like to see the standard become an ISO-standard, to make it more robust. ISO has provisionally accepted the proposal. BIMCO expects a working group to complete the standard in 2021. 

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