567 Echo Slowdown


The ECHO Program team is pleased to share that southern resident killer whales have been confirmed as present in the slowdown trial area. Members of all three pods were seen and heard in Haro Strait this morning. The return of these endangered whales to the Salish Sea signals the start of the 2019 ECHO Program voluntary vessel slowdown trial.

Vehicle carriers, cruise and container vessels are asked to slow down to at least 14.5 knots and bulk carriers, tankers, ferries and government vessels will slow to at least 11.5 knots in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass.



567 Woodfibre LNG


Woodfibre LNG has finally received its facility permit from the British Columbia (BC) Oil and Gas Commission (OGC). The new LNG export facility planned for Howe Sound must comply the 35 conditions contained in the permit. The conditions exceed the regulatory requirements to address public, environmental and safety concerns. The conditions specify requirements for design, construction and operations, and include a tsunami hazard study, a flaring notification plan and reports on all emissions. Woodfibre LNG President, David Keane has indicated that a final decision to proceed with this project is expected this summer.



567 Marine Simulator


Seaspan has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Marine Simulator Facility, the first and only of its kind in North America. It is the cornerstone of Seaspan Marine’s $6.5-million, multi-year safety and training program first announced in May of 2018. This training program was developed in collaboration with SeaWays Global, the international standard bearer in tug training, simulation, auditing and assessments. The facility provides advanced educational opportunities for Seaspan Marine mariners, giving them access to continuous, real-time training. The two fully-enclosed simulators feature 17 computers and 12 displays, providing a floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree environmental visual that completely immerses trainees in real-world scenarios.  



567 Seaspan Reliant


Electric vessels have arrived on the BC coast. The Seaspan Reliant, is one of two natural gas/electric hybrid ships working on the BC coast. The vessel’s batteries are recharged by large engines burning natural gas. The hybrid technology allows ships to reduce the amount of engines that need to run at any given time, leading to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.



567 Emily Buck567 Kris Freidheim


The Chamber President, Robert Lewis-Manning is presenting our Engineering Award and Deck Award at this year’s BCIT Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering Convocation.

Emily Buck is this year’s Engineering Award recipient. Emily completed her Cadet time with Teekay on tankers around the world and with Norcon Marine Services serving aboard a passenger ferry on the East Coast. Prior to joining the Marine Engineering program, she served aboard Seismic streamer ships as a data processor in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Guinea, the North Seas, Barents Sea and the western North Atlantic.  She was also previously a heavy equipment technician in northern Alberta.  She has just joined the Ramform Titan, the most powerful and efficient seismic ship in the world. 

Kris Fredheim is the Deck recipient. He completed his Cadet time in the program with Marine Link, Algoma Central Corporation and BC Ferries. Prior to coming to the program he worked as a deckhand of a 50 ft troller in BC coastal waters from Campbell River to the Alaska border. He played many years of hockey including the NHL where he was a defenseman with the Minnesota Wild 2011/2012.



567 VFPA Donation


The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in coordination with Centerm container terminal operator DP World, is donating $2 million to community initiatives as part of the Centerm Expansion Project in the Port of Vancouver. The donation as part of the Centerm Expansion Project was determined based on input received from the community through formal engagement on the project. The donation includes: $1 million toward improvements to CRAB Park at Portside, $250,000 toward First Nations initiatives, $125,000 to Strathcona Community Centre Association, $125,000 to Ray-Cam Co-operative Association, and $500,000 to create the three-year Centerm Community Fund to support projects proposed by organizations in Downtown Eastside.



Friday, 05 July 2019 12:21

Canada to Invest in Port of Belledune

567 Port of Belledune


The Canadian government has announced that they will be making a $17 million investment into increasing capacity at the Port of Belledune to increase the movement of domestic goods to international markets. The project includes filling in the water gap between the M.D. Young Terminal and Rayburn Doucett Terminal to create a larger berth. This work will also create additional space for commodities at the south end of Terminal 3 which handles general cargo and bulk. The Port of Belledune is a deep-water facility located in northeastern New Brunswick which handled its record annual volumes of 2.9 million metric tons in 2018.



567 Offshore windfarm


The second offshore wind farm off the coast of the US is now under construction near Virginia. Dominion Energy Inc. has begun work to install cables for a wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean. Two 6-megawatt turbines will be installed 27 miles (43 kilometers) east of Virginia Beach. They’re expected to start producing power for up to 3,000 homes next year.



567 2020 Sulohur Compliance


The IMO has released updated guidelines to help shipping companies prepare for implementation of the global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil. The comprehensive guidelines on implementation planning will help ensure compliance across the shipping industry. The full guide can be accessed here.



567 Malaca Straight


China’s Ministry of Transport has raised its security recommendation for Chinese vessels in the Malacca Strait to the highest level. The Malacca Strait is a major potential bottleneck for global oil. While the security level has been raised to MARSEC level three, no details have been given on heightened threats.



567 Mental Health Helpline


A new 24-hour nine-language seafarer helpline, iCall, has been launched by The Synergy Marine Group, in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and iCall. The helpline is intended to address growing industry concerns around seafarer wellbeing. The service hopes to reduce seafarer suicides, raise awareness of mental health and gender, and equip participants with self-help coping mechanisms for addressing their own distress and/or help them offer support to others at sea. The service is available free-of-charge via phone, email, and the chat-based nULTA App.





Dubai's DP World has expanded its shipping portfolio with the $1.079bn takeover of Middle East offshore support vessel operator Topaz Energy & Marine. It has bought the company from Oman's Renaissance Services and Standard Chartered Private Equity/Affirma Capital. Topaz has a fleet of 117 vessels, predominantly in the Caspian Sea, Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa regions.



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