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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving to expand the state's At-Berth Regulation which currently requires some vessels to use shoreside power while at berth.  In 2007, CARB published "Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Veessels At Berth in a California Port" Regulation, also known as the At-Berth Regulation.  The rule requires that container, passenger and refrigerated-cargo ships calling at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Sand Diego, San Francisco and Pt. Hueneme to shut down their auxilary diesel generators while at berth and instead plug into shoreside power or use an approved technology to achieve equivalent emission reductions. CARB is now in the process of expanding the regulations to additional vessels types, including tankers, bulkers, general cargo and RoRo vessels.  The intent is that 100% of commercial ships calling California Ports to comply with the requirement by 2030. 





Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:04

Boat battery trouble leads to drug bust

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Last weekend the US Coast Guard in San Diego recieved a call from a small boat operator reporting battery trouble and requesting assistance.  The cutter Sea Otter was diverted to assist the boat which was about 25 nm off Point Loma, San Diego in international waters.  However, instead of helping out with a dead battery, the boarding team discovered approximately 1,200 pounds of marijuana that was alledgedly stowed below decks.  Two people were detained and handed over to police.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:35

India considers methanol as marine fuel

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India's shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has advised that the government has been studying the use of methanol for vessels.  The government had been looking at an LNG bunkering network for inland waterways, but is now considering methanol as this would be a cheaper and cleaner solution.  As the fuel is derived from coal, changing to methanol would benefit the country that disposes of a coal surplus.



Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:00

Let's Talk Whales

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On Tuesday August 8th, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North – Seymour, Terry Beech, on the behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is launching Let’s Talk Whales, an online public engagement that asks Canadians and stakeholders about proposed recovery measures to help three whale species in Canada: the North Atlantic Right Whale, the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga and the Southern Resident Killer Whale.

The Let’s Talk Whales online engagement is one of many actions the Government of Canada is taking to help support the recovery of our whales.


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An attorney for Hanjin has told a New Jersey bankruptcy court that the company has recovered only $220 million owed to it, against creditor claims of $10.5 billion.  This equates to a payout of only $0.02 to each dollar owed.  When the initial distribution to creditors will be made remains uncertain.  Judge John K. Sherwood, sitting in US Bankruptcy Court in Newark has granted a request from Columbia Group of Liberty Corner, New Jersey, to sell 35 Hanjin containers it is storing at its Port Elizabeth Terminal.  The sale of the containers is estimated to be US$ 1000.00 each.




Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:59

Ballast Water Management FAQs


The International Chamber of Shipping has prepared a list of frequently asked questions to assist ship owners/operators in understanding their obligations and responsibilities under the Ballast Water Management Convention.  To access this information visit:  http://www.ics-shipping.org/docs/default-source/resources/environmental-protection/ballast-water-management---frequently-asked-questions-(faqs).pdf?sfvrsn=4

Friday, 04 August 2017 12:57

AltaGas on track

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AltaGas has signed a deal with Tokyo's Astomos Energy Corp. to provide 1.2 million tonnes of liquefied propane gas per annum from its Ridley Island facility. Construction on its $500-million export facility is coming along. Installation of the roof section will start in Q1 of 2018 and once completed the overall height of the tank will be 45 metres.

Friday, 04 August 2017 12:44

Cruise capacity concerns in Vancouver

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Greg Wirtz, President of Cruise Lines International Association, North West & Canada appeared in Business in Vancouver this week to express concerns with the lack of planning for cruise capacity in the Port of Vancouver.  This year's passenger numbers through Vancouver are projected at 841,000.  The loss of Ballantyne Pier and the limitations under the Lions' Gate Bridge for larger vessels are forcing cruise lines to look elsewhere to homeport for the popular Alaskan cruise. In 2016, the cruise lines, their guests and crew spent nearly $1 billion directly in BC, employing local residents by the thousands — from longshore workers to taxi drivers to entertainers to summer students – and everything in between. All in, the total economic impact of the cruise industry in BC now totals $2.2 billion per year.

Friday, 04 August 2017 12:27

Teekay forms new shuttle tanker unit

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Teekay Offshore revealed plans to transfer its shuttle tanker business into a new subsidiary, Teekay Shuttle Tankers (ShuttleCo) along with the announcement that Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) has entered into conditional contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to construct two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tankers with LNG propulsion technology and options to order up to two additional vessels.  Upon delivery in 2019 and 2020, the 154,000 dwt vessels will provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea under Teekay Offshore’s existing master agreement with Statoil ASA (Statoil). 


Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), an agency established to promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada will receive increased funding worth $25 million over five years.  With its two strategic priorities for 2017-18 on innovation and Indigenous economic growth, funding wil be directed towards : 

  • supporting small and medium-sized businesses that want to adopt new technologies and boost their innovation capacity;
  • nominating 50 firms across the country to participate in a federal program that will help them grow nationally and internationally;
  • investing $100 million annually across the country in clean technology; and
  • supporting a total of 250 Indigenous projects as they develop and diversify their economies.

Friday, 04 August 2017 11:40

Westward Shipping on the move



Westward Shipping is moving back to downtown Vancouver effective August 14, 2017.  The new address is: 1500 - 1166 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC  V6E 3Z3. All phone and fax numbers remain the same - tel: 604-273-6141 and fax: 604-273-4300.

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South Korea’s 14 container carriers are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding next Tuesday to establish the Korea Shipping Partnership (KSP).  All 14 container carriers including the largest Hyundai Merchant Marine and newcomer SM Line will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create the Korea Shipping Partnership (KSP) shipping consortium next Tuesday. It will be the first time for Korea’s entire shippers to come together under a single club.   The KSP will establish operational guidelines by the end of the year, and aims to launch full-fledged operations in January.

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