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Canadian Tour Boat Sinks

Canadian Transport Minister David Collenette released the following statement concerning the sinking of the tour boat Lady Duck, which resulted in the deaths of four passengers. The accident happened in the late afternoon of June 23, 2002, on the Ottawa River. “I would like to convey my condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic accident. “We are cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) investigation. A Transport Canada marine safety inspector is on the scene to keep me informed of the investigation’s progress and a Ministerial Observer will be appointed. Should safety deficiencies be identified, Transport Canada will take immediate action. “Safety is Transport Canada’s top priority and we are committed to doing all we can to maintain and enhance the safety of Canada’s marine sector.” Transport Canada has ordered Amphibus-Lady Dive Inc., operator of the Lady Duck, to suspend operations of their tour boats until further notice.

Transport Canada Confirms Chute Evac System

Transport Canada has assessed the safety of both types of vertical chute Marine Evacuation Systems used by BC Ferries and has confirmed that both systems are safe for use by all passengers, including infants (babies-in-arms). Extensive testing of BC Ferries’ chute systems was conducted following possible concerns raised by the Union about the suitability of the systems for infants, elderly and severely disabled passengers

Canada Eyes the Shipbreaking Biz

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 Canadian companies can get into the business of scrapping and recycling ships that have outweighed their useful life, reports Financial Post.  The government of Canada through Transport Canada has called tender for “an assessment of the current Canadian capacity for small and large vessel recycling.”   When the life span is over, the ships are being sold to the countries that specialize in shipbreaking, such as Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey

$70,000 Fine for Marine Polluter

A Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court judge has ordered the Motor Vessel (MV) Project Europa to pay a $70,000 penalty for violations of the Canada Shipping Act associated with the unlawful discharge of an oily substance into Canadian waters. On August 23, 2003, a Government of Canada marine pollution surveillance flight detected a slick in the wake of MV Project Europa, a cargo ship registered in the Netherlands and owned by Biglift Goedkoop B.V.of Amsterdam

Marine Polluter Gets Fined

A Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court judge has ordered the Motor Vessel (MV) Project Europa to pay a $70,000 penalty for violations of the Canada Shipping Act associated with the unlawful discharge of an oily substance into Canadian waters. On August 23, 2003, a Government of Canada marine pollution surveillance flight detected a slick in the wake of MV Project Europa, a cargo ship registered in the Netherlands and owned by Biglift Goedkoop B.V.of Amsterdam

Canada to get Tough on Marine Polluters

Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre announced the purchase of new marine pollution aerial surveillance equipment that will significantly strengthen Transport Canada's National Aerial Surveillance Program. The $2.3 million contract will cover the purchase of the equipment, as well as the on-board crew training. "The Government of Canada is committed to preventing pollution from ships and to continuously enhancing the protection of our marine environment," said Mr. Lapierre

Canada Proposes New Rules for Dangerous Cargo

Transport Canada proposes changes to strengthen the safe transportation of dangerous goods; new reporting requirements will improve risk analysis and emergency response   Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt proposed new amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations that would enhance reporting requirements and expand data collection. The proposed amendments would apply to the transportation of dangerous goods in all transportation sectors.  

CanShip Ugland’s Shuttle Tanker First To Be Certified

ABS has been authorized to conduct inspections and issue approvals and certificates to convention ships registered in Canada. ABS acts on behalf of over 100 administrations around the world to issue statutory certificates on their behalf. Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Executive branch issued the authorization under its Delegated Statutory Inspection Programme. According to ABS Regulatory Affairs Manager Gregory Shark the class society successfully documented and demonstrated its

Detroit River Barge Runs Aground

The U.S. Coast Guard and local salvage companies safely removed a barge that ran aground Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., on the Detroit River. The 115-meter barge, which contains approximately 3.7 million gallons of gasoline, was freed Monday at approximately 2 p.m. The 41-meter tug William J. Moore and the barge were leaving Sarnia, Ontario, bound for Montreal when the barge ran aground approximately 100 yards northwest of the Detroit River Light.

Canada Commissions Maritime Pollution Risk Study


Harper government announces pan-Canadian risk assessment study on marine safety.   The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that Transport Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and Environment Canada, is commissioning a pan-Canadian risk assessment study on readiness to respond to ship-source spills in Canadian waters.   “Our government is working to protect the safety of Canadians and the environment

Onboard Verification of Fuel Sulphur Content

Photo: Gard

 Spot sampling and analysis of a ship’s fuel is becoming increasingly common as a means for port state control officers to verify the actual sulphur content of the fuel in use.   The shipping industry is facing increasingly stricter air emission limits all over the world

Lightering Operations Begin on Grounded Bulker

Motor vessels Phillip R. Clarke and Roger Blough in Lake Superior, June 2, 2016. The Clarke is scheduled to remove some of the taconite from the Blough in order to lighten the Blough so it can be refloated. (Photo courtesy of Transport Canada)

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond as lightering operations begin on the motor vessel Roger Blough, Friday, after the vessel ran aground May 27 on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.   The Philip R. Clarke arrived on scene with the Blough Thursday afternoon

Crystal Charters Escort Vessel for Arctic Cruise

RRS Ernest Shackleton (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

When cruise liner Crystal Serenity sets off on its 32-day expedition voyage through the Northwest Passage from Anchorage to New York August 16, she will be escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton.   Crystal Cruises recently secured RRS Ernest Shackleton for the voyage via a charter party

Damen Secures Ferry Orders in Canada

Image: Damen

In 2015 Collectivité de Saint Pierre et Miquelon launched a tender for two new Mixt Ferries to operate between the two Islands and Fortune, Canada. The same year the contract was awarded to the Damen Shipyards Group and, in January 2016, the Loan agreement with Rabobank was signed

Canada Commits $51.9 Mln to Ferry Services

MV Fundy Rose (Photo: Bay Ferries Ltd.)

The Canadian Government has committed $51.9 million to support Atlantic Canada ferry services, announced Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau.   The funding, announced as part of Budget 2016, will support operations, maintain and repair ferry assets and dispose of the MV Princess

All Ships’ Ballast Water Checked in Great Lakes Seaway

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report    The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) released its 2015 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management activities Thursday.  

Seaspan Venture: Like for Like

Photo: Alan Haig-Brown

“We don’t usually remove the heads at mid-life on the Cummins engines,” Randy Beckler, Shore Engineer for Seaspan Marine, explained in reference to the 2003 launched Seaspan Venture’s third like-for-like repower.  

Realignment at ABS Americas

ABS Americas President and COO James Watson (imaage: ABS)

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, announces the realignment of its Americas Division operations to create two new regions – Canada and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  

MV Miner Cleanup Complete

The final piece of the MV Miner wreck is removed for the site off Scaterie Island. Pic: Nova Scotia Government

 The Cape Breton community is celebrating after the last scraps of a rusting shipwreck were finally hauled from the shores of Scatarie Island.   Nova Scotia Lands has been overseeing the cleanup work removing the final remnants of the ill-fated MV Miner from Scatarie Island off Cape

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

Detroit Agencies Perform Maritime Security Exercise

Detroit Coast Guard members are participating in a Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee multi-agency table-top exercise Wednesday at the Detroit Fire Department Regional Training Center. The purpose of this exercise is to test plans and policies of federal, provincial

Canada Commissions Study on Underwater Noise

Green Marine has signed a nine-month contract with Transport Canada to provide insight on underwater noise generated by shipping and its effects on marine life, along with potential solutions. “This agreement is a logical next step following the Memorandum of Cooperation that Green

Vancouver to Install Shore Power for Containerships

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Government of Canada and Port Metro Vancouver announce funding for shore power for container vessels; installation of facilities at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals will reduce emissions and noise Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two

Oil Leak Contained at MV Miner Site

MV Miner off Scaterie Island. Photo: The Nova Scotia government

 On-site workers acted quickly to contain an oil leak during the final stages of removing the wreck of the MV Miner off Scaterie Island, says the government of Canada’s Nova Scotia province.   About 800 litres of oil was collected after a leak occurred during demolition of the

BC Ferries’ First-Ever Cable Ferry Named

Captain Esther Allen officially christens BC Ferries’ new Cable Ferry

  BC Ferries unveiled the name of its newest vessel and first-ever cable ferry, Baynes Sound Connector, at an official naming ceremony at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver on 9th May. The 78.5 metre ferry – named after the channel it will regularly cross –

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