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Friday, October 20, 2017

Transport Canada

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

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

$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

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 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

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

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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

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.  

Canada to Ban Tankers off North British Columbia

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Canada's Liberal government has introduced legislation for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of the British Columbia province, the country's transport department said on Friday, delivering on an election promise.   Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered the ban soon after the election in 2015, in which he took power on a pledge to balance resource development with protecting the environment.  

Canada Extends St. Lawrence Seaway Agreement

Canadian transport minister Marc Garneau announced a five-year extension to the Government of Canada’s agreement with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to manage, maintain and operate the Seaway. This extends the existing agreement until March 31, 2023, and will provide stability for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the marine shipping industry.   A vital artery between the Great Lakes and the lower St. Lawrence River, the St

Canada Orders Ships to Reduce Speed to Prevent Whale Deaths

North Atlantic right whales (Photo: Jolinne Surrette / Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday.   The deaths have made 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, researchers said.   The ministries of transport and fisheries issued a temporary order for vessels 20 meters or longer to slow to a maximum

Unique Barge-ferry Delivered in Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

At the completion of its 1,000 km drive along the highway from Edmonton to Hay River and the 850 km sail down the Mackenzie River to Norman Wells, the Aurora Yukon was delivered to its owner by the builder Waiward Steel LP of Edmonton, AB. The Aurora Yukon will operate with an existing tug, to carry vehicles and passengers across the Mackenzie River at Norman Wells. The Aurora Yukon replaces an existing barge which was originally built in 1969. Length overall: 30 m

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.   During 2015, 100 percent of vessels bound for the Great Lakes Seaway from outside the Exclusive Economic Zone received a ballast water management exam. In total, the BWWG assessed all 8

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 of Acadia, which was taken out of service in July 2015 and replaced by the MV Fundy Rose.   The funding has enabled the one year extension of contracts for interprovincial ferry services in

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. The project was launched on 11 March at an event in Paris and the vessels will be delivered at the end of 2017.   In close cooperation with the client, Damen designed the Fast RoPax 5510, 55 meters long

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 agreement with Tactical Marine Solutions of Victoria, Canada and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) headquartered in Cambridge, U.K.  

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, and lightering operations started Friday at 5:45 a.m.   The safety perimeter has been increased from 500 yards to 750 yards.  

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. Ships berthed in EU ports have used marine fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.10 per cent since 1 January 2010.   

MAO to Support ACO Marine's Projects in Canada

Marine and Offshore Canada is ACO Marine’s new distributor in Canada  (Photo: MAO)

ACO Marine has appointed a new distributor in Canada to help meet increasing demand in the region for wastewater treatment solutions capable of exceeding stringent environmental protection requirements. Ontario-based Marine and Offshore (MAO) Canada will provide sales and technical  support across ACO Marine’s range of products, including the MEPC227(64) compliant Clarimar MF and Maripur NF biological sewage treatment plants.

Two Turkish-built Tugs Delivered in Canada

Two newly built custom tugboats have been delivered to Canadian based SNC Lavalin to operate during the construction of Montreal's New Champlain Bridge on the Saint Lawrence River.   The new vessels, one 13 meters long and the other 15 meters long, were built in Turkey by Besiktas Shipyard's workboats division and were completed according the regulations of Transport Canada as well as Bureau Veritas.   The 15-meter Turbulent has a bollard pull of 17 tons with its Volvo Penta D16

Nod for ACO Marine Sewage Treatment Units for use on Great Lakes

The ACO Marine a dvanced Maripur NF (pictured above) and Clarimar MF (below) wastewater management systems have received Transport Canada type-approval Photo ACO Marine

ACO Marine has received Transport Canada type-approval for its advanced Maripur NF and Clarimar MF wastewater management systems. “We are delighted to have received approval from Transport Canada. Certification delivers added assurance to Canadian shipowners that our technology is completely compliant with Canada’s stringent sewage discharge requirements for vessels operating in the Great Lakes,” said Mark Beavis, Managing Director, ACO Marine.

Canadian Fleets, Seaway Invest $160 Mln for 2017 Season

File photo: Thunder Bay Port Authority / Chamber of Marine Commerce

Canadian ship owners and the St. Lawrence Seaway have spent an estimated $160 million on repair and infrastructure projects this winter, boosting the economic fortunes of communities throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence and east coast, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce.   Canadian ship owners have invested an estimated $70 million to maintain and upgrade their vessels during the winter months — an annual exercise that keeps their vessels in tip-top shape to

IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping.    Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada (May 3-4).   Port State Control is the mechanism that enables officials from a port state to board and inspect foreign-flag

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