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The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has announced that the search for the ill-fated 1845-46 Franklin Expedition vessels: the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror will continue.  Led by Parks Canada, the 2012 Franklin Expedition will, with the help of a number of public and private sector partners, continue to search for the two historic vessels and will also collect scientific data to increase knowledge of the Arctic in a number of areas, including the collection of data for the production of navigational charts and topographical maps in the Arctic and supporting marine archaeology and ecosystem management.  Four ships will support the on-going expedition: the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Kingston, the Arctic Research Foundation’s research vessel Martin Bergmann, and OOE’s One Ocean Voyager, as well as a number of smaller platform vessels. 

Some of the leading technologies to be employed will include the CSA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery, high resolution multi-beam and side-scan sonar, Parks Canada’s remotely operated underwater vehicle and autonomous underwater vehicle, and DRDC’s state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle, Arctic Explorer, which was developed in collaboration with private-sector partners. Five Parks Canada-led searches for the Franklin Expedition ships have already taken place, surveying and charting over 1,200 km2 of the Arctic seabed, which is equivalent to over 2,200 football fields. This year’s expedition builds on the work of the previous searches and is expected to greatly exceed the best year of mapping to date.

Monday, 25 August 2014 09:57

Introducing the Tymac Tide

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Last week Tymac Launch Service and owner, Ron Brinkhurst, introduced to the local marine industry the newest addition to its fleet, the Tymac Tide.  The Tymac Tide was built locally to service vessels in Vancouver and the Fraser River and replaces the 90 year old heritage tug, Tymac No. 20.  

Builder:              Sylte Shipyard
Designer:           A.G. McIlwain Ltd.
Length:              35.9 feet
Breadth:            16 feet
Depth:               7.8 feet
Bollard Pull:        10-ton
Gross Tonnage:  14.99
Engines:            Twin John Deere Engines (365 HP @ 1800 RPM)
Tow Line:           800' 3/4" Tow Line (75,590 lbs Breaking Strength) 

Friday, 22 August 2014 10:49

ZIM Piraeus centre of anti-Israel protest

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For four days this week, anti-Israel demontrations prevented the MV Zim Piraeus from unloading at the Port of Oakland after a number of longshoremen agreed not to work during the Block the Boat protest at the terminal.  After a brief departure from Southern California, the Zim Piraeus quickly turned around and redocked at the port enabling more than two dozen longshoremen to work the ship overnight despite the presence of protesters.  Demonstrators attempted to block a Zim vessel in Long Beach on Aug. 13 but failed to stop workers from unloading the ship.  Block the Boat has called for similar protests in Tacoma and Vancouver, with the aim of shutting down Israeli shipping to the West Coast.  ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is 32 percent owned by the Israel Corp. with the other 68 percent owned by various financial institutions and ship owners.

Friday, 22 August 2014 10:17

Russian sanctions leaves cargo adrift

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Two weeks after Russia's imposed sanctions on agricultural products out of Canada, US, Australia, European Union and Norway, shippers are scrambling to find new buyers for goods already en route.   Products failing to find a new destination will be returned to orgin at the shipper's cost and the Russian importers will lose their deposits.  Russia is Canada's third largest market for the pork industry and the US is top poultry supplier to Russia.  Russia's sanctions limiting import of agricultural, raw and food products are intended to last until August 2015. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:43

Fraser Surrey Docks earns approval from PMV

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Following an extensive review by Port Metro Vancouver and an independent environmental review conducted by Golder Associates Ltd., Fraser Surrey Docks' (FSD) permit application for the proposed direct coal transfer facility is now approved. As part of the project review process a Human Health Risk Assessment was considered and accepted.  The approval now gives FSD the green light to move forward with its $15 million project that will see up to 4M metric tonnes of coal per year loaded onto barges and transferred to ocean-going carriers at Texada Island.  FSD will begin construction and operations will commence in the fall of 2015. For more information view PMV News Release or visit www.fsd.bc.ca.

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Australia's Ambre Energy $240M coal transfer and loading project at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River was unsuccessful in its permit application filed with the Oregon Department of State Lands.  The Coyote Island Terminal was to transport up to 8.8M tons of coal a year by train from Montana and/or Wyoming to Boardman where it would be transferred by barge down the Columbia River to Port Westward and loaded onto ocean-going ships bound for Asia. The project was expected to create as many as 2,000 construction jobs and up to 30 permanent jobs, generating an economic impact of $2B.

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Thirteen children aged between one and 12 were among 35 Afghan Sikh asylum seekers found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.  The group arrived on Saturday on a ship from Zeebrugge, Belgium and were discovered by dock workers who heard banging and screaming coming from one of the containers.   One man was found dead and the others were taken to hospital and treated for severe dehydration and hypothermia.  The 30 people released into police custody include nine men and eight women aged between 18 and 72. Four people still remain in hospital.  Two men from Northern Ireland have have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

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Not unlike what happened in Vancouver earlier this year, Ningbo's Beilun container terminal has been crippled by thousands of truck drivers who were initially protesting trip rates that have not been adjusted for eight years.  The Ningbo Transportation Association has since announced an increase to the trucking rate by 12 percent, however the unrest has grown now to include issues with new environmental regulations, unreasonable port entry fees and shippers' payment terms.  The disruption is now in day five and no immediate resolution is anticipated, although Ningbo's local government and main port operator have intervened and called on industry to adhere to the new rates, violence continues to escalate.

The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is the sixth-busiest port in the world and the third-busiest port in China, handling 17.33 million TEUs in 2013 and 13,000 drivers service the Beilun terminal compared to the 2,000 drivers that service Vancouver's container terminals.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:01

Bernie Dumas appointed ACPA Chair

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At the Association of Canadian Port Authorites' 56th annual meetings in Belledune, New Brunswick this week, Bernie Dumas, CEO of the Port of Nanaimo, was appointed as the ACPA Chair for the ensuing year.  Incoming Vice Chair is Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority and Secretary/Treasurer is Pierre Gagnon, President and CEO of Port of Sept-Iles.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have issued a second mid-season bulletin to advise vessels of high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) in the regulated countries.  To date 20 vessels have been detected with AGM on the west coast of Canada and have been ordered out for cleaning and re-inspection by CFIA.  While the number of vessels found with AGM is fairly consistent with previous years, the number of egg masses found on each vessel are of significant concern.  The joint bulletin is to remind operators to order inspections at the regulated countries immediately prior to departure and to remind crew of the necessity to carry out self-inspections while en route.  Vessels departing from Russian ports during the specified risk period are of particular concern.  Should CFIA conduct an import inspection on the vessel, decks should be clear of debris and any obstacles that may hinder the inspection.  pdf 2014 In-season CFIA USDA Urgent Advisory (44 KB)

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The arrival of the M/V Westwood Pacific at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal on August 19th is the first container ship to berth at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia.  Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have been evaluating the Vancouver Island market for some time. This trial call, with express service to Japan, Korea and feeder service to other Asian ports, is expected to lead to a regular service, providing Vancouver Island manufacturers the option to ship their goods from Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has been working with DP World Vancouver to create a direct competitive connection for Vancouver Island customers to Asia Pacific markets and the arrival of this container ship is one step closer to realizing this goal. The NPA recently received $4.5 million from the federal government as part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative Program. These funds are intended to upgrade the Port’s container operation at the Duke Point Terminal.  

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The Association of Canadian Port Authority's (ACPA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Green Marine to advance environmental sustainability at all Canadian ports. The framework for cooperation calls for increased cooperation and advancement of the Green Marine Environmental Program and related intiatives, which includes encouraging environment performance beyond regulatory compliance and a program for continuous improvement.  Pictured above from left to right are: Green Marine Executive Director, David Bolduc, ACPA President, Wendy Zatylny, AAPA President and CEO, Kurt Nagle and, Green Marine President, Raymond Johnston.

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