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In what it says is an industry first Maersk will provide confirmation of a container booking in seconds compared to waiting times of up to two hours in the past. With the solution Maersk customers get visibility of sailing options and vessel space with a certainty that a booking will not then be cancelled. Maersk said that previously 10% of bookings were either rejected or put on an alternative sailing generating 15% of all the company customer service calls and chats, and some 200,000 emails monthly. The instant booking confirmation is currently available to all customers in a beta version. Maersk will also be introducing online booking via the Maersk App allowing instant bookings directly from mobile devices.



Friday, 02 November 2018 08:00

IOPC Funds celebrate 40 years

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The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC) has provided assistance in 150 oil spill incidents since its inception in 1978. IOPC-funds began with the Torrey Canyon oil spill in 1967, were it was clearly demonstrated that there was a need for an effective international regime to pay for damages caused by major oils spills. The IOPC-funds are financed by contributions from organizations receiving oil shipments by sea in ports and terminals located in the IOPC member states.


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Cargo shipping in Russia’s northern territorial waters has increased by more than four times since 2013 according to the department head at the Northern Sea Route Administration. As of October 1st, the volume of cargo transported reached 13 million tons, a marked increase over the 3 million tons shipped 5 years ago. The Northern Sea Route, operating in Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, is the shortest passage connecting the European part of Russia with the country’s Far East Regions. This route halves the transportation time compared to routes through the Panama and Suez Canals.



Friday, 26 October 2018 16:21

Another successful cruise season wraps up

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The final cruise ship of the 2018 season set sail last Saturday, marking the end of the 32nd consecutive cruise season at Canada Place terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Star Princess was the first ship to kick off the 2018 season and her sister ship, the Emerald Princess, was the last to depart. Vancouver welcomed more than 900,000 cruise passengers on 243 ship visits, reflecting a seven per cent increase in passenger volumes over 2017. Cruise continues to be a key economic driver for the region as each cruise ship adds about $3 million to the local economy.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:19

Challenges with the SRKW’s diet

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Stu McNish of the Conversations that Matters video series, interviews Dr. Andrew Trites, a professor at UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, on the challenges facing the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) and a research project focussed on addressing the lack of available prey.  The Salish Sea Marine Survival project is examining a wide range of factors that have contributed to the decline of chinook, coho and steelhead – factors that include eelgrass depletion, a reduction in the volume of phytoplankton and zooplankton, algae blooms, spawning ground distribution as well as great blue herons, harbour seals and sea lions who also love to dine on chinook.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:18

Silver Explorer retrofit completed

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Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock (Seaspan) has completed the work on the Silver Explorer for Silversea Expeditions. 125 contractors worked on the vessel to complete a variety of upgrades, including the manufacturing and installation of a stabilizer – or ducktail – on the stern of the Silver Explorer. In addition to assembling a stabilizer, work taking place on the vessel included tank top repairs and changes to functionality of tanks, propeller repair and polishing, blast and painting work of the underwater hull. Work on the vessel was completed October 11th, on time and on budget. The Silver Explorer returned to the ocean that same day.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:16

CPTPP receives Royal Assent

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The Government of Canada received royal assent to Bill C-79, the act to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) today. Canada will be among the first group of CPTPP countries to bring the agreement into force, thus ensuring the country retains first-mover advantage in many thriving Asia-Pacific markets, including those with whom Canada did not previously have an agreement such as Japan and Singapore. Once the CPTPP is implemented, 99% of Canada’s current exports to CPTPP markets will enter tariff-free.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:14

Creation of new Arctic CCG Branch

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The Government of Canada has announced the creation of a stand-alone Arctic Region inclusive of the four regions of Inuit Nunangat for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard. The creation of the Arctic Region will be implemented in phases and has already begun with the hiring of new DFO Regional Director General, Gabriel Nirlungayuk, who will be based in Rankin Inlet, and a new Assistant Commissioner of the Coast Guard, Neil O’Rourke, who will be based in Yellowknife. They will both work with Inuit and all Indigenous peoples, as well as residents of the North to define the borders of the new Region and its activities.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:09

USCG approves HHI Ballast Water System

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The Marine Safety Center issued the 11th US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements. The treatment principle of the HiBallast BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization during discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 75 m3/h and 10,000 m3/h.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:06

MEPC73 bans carriage of heavy fuel oil

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The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has posted a good summary of the discussions and decisions coming out of this week's IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee's (MEPC) 73rd session online. Much of the discussion focussed on the implementation on the new 0.50% sulphur global cap for marine fuels from January 1, 2020. Further amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to prohibit not just the use, but also carriage of bunkers above 0.50% sulphur on ships (unless they have approved abatement technology onboard) were adopted and set to take effect from 1 March, 2020.

Friday, 26 October 2018 16:00

World's longest sea bridge opens

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A $20-billion bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai opened this week, marking the completion of the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began. The bridge is 55 km long and with 6.7 km of it consisting of an undersea tunnel, equivalent to the height of 60 Eiffel Towers. The mega-structure is supported by three cable-stayed bridges and designed to withstand typhoon-force winds of up to 340 km an hour.  The bridge will shorten the driving time from Hong Kong International Airport to Zhuhai from four hours to just 45 minutes, as well as halving the commuting time between the ports.

Friday, 19 October 2018 14:51

COS and WMCC intervene in SRKW lawsuit

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This this week the Chamber of Shipping together with the Western Marine Community Coalition submitted an appliction to intervene in the EcoJustice lawsuit against the federal government seeking an emergency protection order for the Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Under the Species at Risk Act, when it is determined that a species is facing imminent threat, the government must assess the situation and make recommendations to Cabinet for emergency measures if needed.  EcoJustice filed an affidavit on October 5th on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund Canada.  The rationale behind the intervention is for industry to present the success of the voluntary efforts and investment already made by the marine sector over the last several years and hold off any potential regulations or measures that may be less effective or have unintended consequences on marine safety and gateway competitiveness. 

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