575 Abandoned Ships


The provincial government is currently exploring ways to prevent vessels from being abandoned in the first place and find recycling solutions to keep salvaged marine debris out of landfills.  Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program provides funding to assist with the removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters and the new Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act makes it illegal to abandon boats. Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo and parliamentary secretary for environment, will be making recommendations for a provincial action plan, in co-ordination with the federal government, to eliminate the environmental threats caused by abandoned vessels. Success stories and suggestions from British Columbia and other regions can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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In response to industry feedback, the Government of Canada has made amendments to the invitation to qualify (ITQ) for a third shipyard under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Specifically, the changes reflect a previous inconsistency in the vessel dimensions that shipyards’ must be capable of building and launching. Given these changes, the deadline for ITQ submissions has been extended to August 30, 2019, to allow interested Canadian shipyards more time to prepare their submissions.



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The new Canadian Navigable Waters Act and the Major Works Order came into effect this week, replacing the Navigation Protection Act. The legislation restores lost protections on all navigable waters in Canada and provides new opportunities to create partnerships with Indigenous peoples to be involved in the administration of the Act.



575 Seamounts


The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have released a Co-Management Plan to safeguard the SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area. The plan protects an underwater mountain 180 km off the coast of Haida Gwaii known as SGaan Kinghlas. The Plan identifies goals, strategic objectives, and operational objectives for the MPA and describes how they will be achieved. It identifies management tools, addresses surveillance, enforcement and user compliance, and highlights education and outreach. Four implementation priorities are identified for the MPA: cooperative governance and adaptive co-management; research to support conservation outcomes; monitoring; and education and outreach.



Friday, 30 August 2019 09:40

Disney Cruise Line names new ship

575 Disney Wish


Disney Cruise Line has unveiled the name of its newest vessel, the Disney Wish. The vessel will be the fifth ship to be added to its fleet, and first of three newbuilds ordered from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. The cruise ship is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021 and expected to set sail in January 2022. The three new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.



575 Port of Indiana


The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has announced plans to invest nearly $20 million over the next four years in a major expansion that will boost its cargo handling capacity. The port was pursuing five big projects, including two rail yards which will be equipped to handle unit trains, or block trains in which all cars carry the same commodity from the same starting point to the same destination. The projects will be funded in part by a $9.85-million federal grant.



575 Tankship Fines


The operator of the M/T Ocean Princess, Ionian Shipping & Trading Corp., and its owner Lily Shipping Ltd. were each fined US $1.5 million and placed on probation for four years for failing to comply the Emissions Control Area fuel requirements. The Master, Chief Officer, and Chief Engineer were also all sentenced to three years of probation and ordered not to return to the US on a ship during that time. The Chief Officer was also fined $3,000 for instructing the crew to provide false information to the inspectors.



575 Macron Ship Speeds


French President, Emmanuel Macron, has stated that he is prioritizing ship speed regulation as part of his environmental agenda. Under Macron, France has become one of the most aggressive advocates of pushing society to decarbonise. France believes that in order to meet climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement shipping needs to act faster than goals set out by IMO to get decarbonisation regulations moving by 2023. In April this year France made a submission to the IMO urging for a swift global speed limit for shipping in a bid to slash the industry’s emissions.



575 Indonesian Bulker


The Indonesian bulker, Nur Allya, has disappeared along with its 25 crew members, off the coast of eastern Indonesia. Shortly before disappearing, the crew sent a distress signal, although the its not immediately clear what prompted the call. Search and rescue efforts were launched right away, but the 52,400 dwt vessel which was carrying nickel ore, is yet to be located. Nickel ore has gained the reputation of being one of the world’s deadliest cargoes because it is highly susceptible to liquefaction, especially when exposed to damp conditions. Cargo liquefaction can result in a vessel to lose stability and capsize with minimal notice.



Friday, 30 August 2019 09:30

BWM Convention to reach second phase

575 BWM Convention


The Ballast Water Management Convention is coming into full effect from this September so all ships must be fitted with D-2-compliant ballast water treatment system by the next IOPP renewal survey no later than 8 September 2024. Currently, around 25% of the fleet in international voyage already has a ballast water treatment system (BWMS), D-2 standard. The rest of the fleet, about 75%, complies with the D-1 standard (ballast water exchange). As the updated BWM Convention is approaching, shipowners are making the necessary preparations to comply.



Friday, 30 August 2019 09:28

CMA CGM rejects Arctic shipping route

575 CMACGM Arctic Shipping


CMA CGM has decided that it its fleet of 500 vessels will not use the Northern Sea Route connecting Asia to Europe through the Arctic in an effort to protect the fragile ecosystem there from the threat of accidents, oil pollution, and collisions with marine wildlife. The Northern Sea Route, which runs the length of the Siberian coast has become navigable due to global warming.



Friday, 23 August 2019 14:14

Our new logo is here!

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The Chamber of Shipping has a new logo! Branding ourselves with new colours, look, and feel is just one of the many ways that we are looking to the future and embracing the changing times that we are experiencing today. There are more changes to come so keep an eye out!



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