Friday, 19 January 2018 12:01

WCMRC's new look

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Western Canada Marine Response Corporation recently completed a process to standardize its vessel names and design with new distinct paint schemes of orange, blue and white. Orange was chosen to match the colour of the boom we typically deploy, while blue and white are the core colours of WCMRC's brand identity. All vessels in the response fleet will now contain the word “Sentinel” in their names to reflect the role WCMRC plays in protecting B.C.’s coast from the effects of oil and other marine spills. 

Friday, 19 January 2018 11:45

ONE set to start operating in April

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The three members of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) have announced that their joint venture has now received all the regulatory approvals that it needs. The South African Competition Commission had originally rejected the merger for fear it would strengthen market coordination for liner shipping, car transportation and bulk shipping, has now granted approval with conditions requiring measures regarding competition law compliance. The companies involved in the joint venture are Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.  ONE will be the sixth largest containerline in the world and will be headquartered out Singapore. 

Friday, 19 January 2018 11:29

1% increase to Seaway toll

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The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a news release announcing a toll rate increase of 1% for the 2018 navigation season. The New Business Incentive and the Gateway Incentive programs will continue for the 2018 season as it has proven to be an attractive incentive for new business.  However, the recent ice-locked Federal Biscay has some urging that the seaway shipping season be shortened. On that matter, Davie Shipyards has offered to loan four icebreakers currently located in Europe and Florida and is expected to commence negotiations with the Canadian Coast Guard today.

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The Canadian Coast Guard will be seeking proposals to remove all "recoverable oil" from the Manolis L shipwreck on Newfoundland's northeast coast. The environmental impact of the Liberian-flagged Manolis L that sank in 1985 has been monitored routinely and annual maintainance has helped contain leaks from the damaged hull.  The government plans to award the contract by spring of 2018 with operations commencing in summer 2018 to remove most of the estimated 115,000 to 150,000 litres of oil that remains onboard. 

Friday, 19 January 2018 11:12

$700M fund available for Clean Tech

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Government of Canada will invest $700 million through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) over the next five years to grow Canada’s clean technology industry, protect the environment and create jobs. The investment will enable the BDC to take on more risk to help high-potential clean tech firms expand by providing them with the capital they need to hire new staff, develop products, support sales, and scale up and compete globally.

Friday, 19 January 2018 11:07

FMC concludes hearings on demurrage


The Federal Maritime Commission has concluded two days of hearings to examine issues issues related to detention, demurrage, and per diem practices of marine terminal operators and container ship lines. Acting Chairman Michael A. Khouri said the Commission will meet in closed session to discuss next steps soon after the hearing record is closed. Further information may be submitted for the record through Friday, January 26, 2018. In total, 26 different individuals testified on seven different panels during the hearings.  The hearings were livestreamed and are available to view now on YouTube.

Friday, 19 January 2018 10:58

Cosco receives cyber certification

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China's first 20,000 TEU container vessel COSCO Shipping Aries is undergoing sea trials at the Port of Nantong after a naming ceremony on Tuesday. She is also the first container ship to receive Lloyd Register’s Cyber-enabled ship (CES) certification note Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM for its energy management system. . Cyber-enabled systems are considered to be systems installed on board ships that would conventionally be controlled by the ship’s crew but which, through recent advances in IT, now include the capability to be monitored or controlled, either remotely or autonomously. 

Friday, 19 January 2018 10:45

Sunken Sanchi creates four oil slicks

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The sunken Iranian tanker, Sanchi, off China’s east coast has created four oil slicks covering a total area of almost 101 square kilometres after colliding with the bulk carrier CF Crystal.  Sadly the bodies of only three of the 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi crew members have been recovered. The disaster is ranked as the sixth largest spill ever and the largest withni the last 27 years.  The Suezmax was carrying 136,000 tonnes of natural gas condensate and the incident has reminded us all that despite improvements over the last several decades, there is always room for improvement. The Sanchi is now lying under 115 metres of water in the East China Sea, about 530 kilometres southeast of Shanghai.

Friday, 12 January 2018 13:27

American Ports requesting $66 Billion

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The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), has sent Port of Cleveland President and CEO William Friedman to testify for a fund of US$ 66 billion over the next decade for America’s public ports. Friedman presented his case before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) in a hearing titled ‘America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges’. His testimony, which has focused on issues related to navigation infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement, is to help committee members better understand and appreciate some of the critical infrastructure issues faced by US ports. Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26 percent of US GDP, over 23 million American jobs, and generates over $320 billion annually in federal, state and local tax revenues.


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Amendments to the regulation for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships, known as MARPOL Annex V, will enter into force on March 1, 2018. The amendments, adopted at MEPC 70, include criteria for determining whether cargo residues are harmful to the marine environment, and a new Garbage Record Book format with a new garbage category for e-waste. Solid bulk cargo as per regulation VI/1-1.2 of SOLAS, other than grain, shall now be classified per the criteria in the new appendix I of MARPOL Annex V, and the shipper shall then declare as to whether or not the cargo is harmful to the environment (HME). Additionally, the new form of the Garbage Record Book will be divided into two parts, Part I for all garbage other than cargo residues, applicable to all ships, and Part II for cargo residues only applicable to ships carrying solid bulk cargo.



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The Suez Canal Authority has extended the discount offered to dry bulk vessels back in April 2017 until the end of 2018. Specifically, a 75 percent rebate of the canal transit tolls is being offered to laden or ballast dry bulk vessels coming or heading to ports at South West, South and East of Australia. The extension also relates to dry bulk vessels coming from the Republic of South Africa ports and heading to the ports in the Mediterranean Sea. The discount is being offered as the canal authority works to attract more ships to transit the waterway.


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More than 100 MPs and senators have signed a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau asking $1.4 billion to be included in the federal budget for an expansion of Canada's protected land and marine areas to be financed over three years. The letter drafted by Quebec Liberal MP William Amos, a former environmental lawyer, says the money is needed for development of national parks and for protected areas being created by Indigenous groups, provinces, territories, municipalities and private interests. According to recent reports, just more than 10 per cent of Canada's land is currently protected. The letter's 115 signatories include Liberal MPs and senators, New Democrat MPs and a Conservative senator. It asks for an initial investment of $1.4-billion over the next three years and then $470-million annually to pay for the enhancement of protected areas.  On October 28th 2017, the federal government announced that canada had achieved its interim target of 5 percent protection of marine and coastal areas.


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