CN Rail has announced plans to invest approximately $340 million across BC in 2018 to expand and strengthen the Company's rail network throughout the province. The investments in BC are part of CN's planned $3.4 billion capital program for 2018 and include track expansion projects that will boost capacity for better service to forest products, grain, intermodal and industrial customers. Other elements will focus on key track infrastructure to improve safety and effeciency. Planned expansion projects include:
Construction of four new train passing sidings between Prince Rupert and Jasper, Alberta
Extension of three existing passing sidings between Prince Rupert and Jasper
A siding extension north of Kamploops on CN's Vancouver to Edmonton corridor
Western Canada Marine Response has launched Sential 30, a new oil spill response vessel. The 26-foot vessel and landing craft was built in Prince Rupert by Broadwater Industries. The Sentinel 30 will be undergoing spill response trials in Prince Rupert and will utlimately be transited to the new response base in Saanich on Vancouver Island.
The results of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program's Vessel Slow Down Trial that took place in Haro Strait last summer are in. The voluntary Vessel Slow Down Trial was initiated to study the relationship between slower ship speed, underwater noise levels, and effects on the endangered southern resident killer whales. More than 60 marine shipping organzitions participated in reducing vessel speeds to 11 knots, when safe and feasible to do so. The results from the trial demonstrate that reducing vessel speeds is an effective way of reducing noise generated by the vessel, as well as reducing total underwater noise in nearby habitats. This summer, another volunary vessel slowdown initiative will take place in Haro Strait. This measure will test levels of participation when the vessel slowdown speed is optimized based by vessel class, and will take effect when there are confirmed sightings of southern resident killer whales in the area. The final report from the 2017 trial is now available on the ECHO Program slowdown trial webpage.
On June 8th GCT Deltaport welcomed the first Ocean Network Express (ONE) vessel to Canada. The ONE Commitment arrived at Deltaport on June 8th and is the first magenta vessel to arrive in the Southeast China-South China-Taiwan-Tacoma-Vancouver-Japan rotation, following the merger of the Japanese lines, NYK Line, Mitsui OSK, and “K” Line on April 1, 2018.
On June 14, the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, introduced legislation in the House of Commons for the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP will provide Canadian exporters and investors across a broad range of sectors with preferential access to fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. This willl set a new standard for free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region by including robust and enforceable provisions in areas such as labour and the environment. The CPTPP Agreement will enter into force 60 days after at least six of the partner countries complete their respective ratification procedures. Once in force the CPTPP is expected to boost Canada's GDP by 4.2 billion.
The US Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 10-18: U.S. Gulf Coast Bunker Contamination. The alert raises awareness of an emerging problem in the US Gulf Coast Region regarding contaminated vessel fuel oil bunkers. The notice states "The Coast Guard recommends that vessel owners and managers ensure vessel operators are made aware of this potential hazardous condition, closely monitor fuel oil system components and consult their bunker suppliers and other technical service providers regarding this issue." Fuel tester VPS has indientified the presence of 4-Cumyl-Phenol which is used in the manufacture of epoxy resins and as emulsifier in pesticides. Whle the source of contaminiation remains unknown, it is presumed to be associated with the use of fuel oil cutter stocks. The standard fuel oil tests for the ISO 8217 specification will not detect these underlying problems.
China’s largest container ship, COSCO Shipping Universe, was delivered by state-owned enterprise China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) to China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited on Tuesday. The vessel, which has a capacity of 21,237 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), is 400 metres in length, 58.6 metres wide, with travel speed of 22 nautical miles per hour (25.3 miles per hour). Another five 21,000 TEU containerships, as well as a further four 22,000 TEU cargo ships, will be delivered to COSCO Shipping between the final few months of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. The vessel is set to sail along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which links China’s coast to Europe and Africa through the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The ship will both become a flagship vessel for this route and help to implement China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to promote China’s trade with around 70 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.
On June 13 the SSL Kolkata, caught fire when an explosion occurred on the vessel’s deck while in en route from Krishnapattinam to Kolkata. According to the Indian Coast Guard there were no reports of an oil spill in the area and there were no any injuries to the ship’s 22 crewmembers, who were safely evacuated from the vessel.
Incat Crowther has launched the Spirit of the Wild, a spectacular new tour vessel for Gordon River Cruises, and the first in Australia to operate in the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area with Silent Drive.
Built by: Richardson Devine Marine LOA: 33.3 m Beam: 9 m Depth: 3.25m Construction Marine grade aluminium
The Spirit of the Wild, catamaran passenger ferry exhibits excellent noise and vibration characteristics, even in Boost mode. While touring the Gordon River, Silent Drive mode is engaged and all the main engines are shut down and the vessel runs on electric power. Engine ventilation systems and the engine room have been addressed with a fully-engineered acoustic insulation system. Attention was paid to fittings and door openings, with seals and bushes used extensively to stop rattles and gaps. In Silent Drive mode, the experience is eerily quiet, with seats returning sound level readings as low as 45dbA. In open water, the vessel will use Boost mode from the hybrid system, which matches motor speed to engine speed to seamlessly add electric power. In this mode, the vessel operates at 25 knots.
The vessel layout is designed around optimal viewing. Every seat on the vessel was considered in the design to provide exceptional vistas.