• 2017 February 16 10:43

    New Mariner’s Guide in Canada's ports aims to reduce threats to species at risk

    Ship strikes, vessel disturbance, and underwater noise are key threats faced by whales, dolphins and porpoises off British Columbia’s coast. A new guide for mariners — produced by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute in partnership with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Prince Rupert Port Authority — is intended to inform mariners about the risk of collisions between vessels and marine life, and to help minimize vessel disturbances, the Port of Vancouver said in its media release.

    On the B.C. coast, cetacean-vessel collisions may involve many species, including fin whales, humpback whales, killer whales and grey whales. The purpose of the Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of Western Canada is to raise awareness among large vessel mariners and provide information that will help mitigate vessel impacts on cetaceans along the B.C. coast including strikes, disturbance, noise, and air pollution.

    Data collected by the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, supplemented by data sets from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Pacific Northwest LNG, have been used to create maps that give a sense of high density areas for various species of cetaceans found off the coast of B.C., and where encounters are likely to occur. The guide will also help vessel crew members identify key cetacean and sea turtle species, understand the threats their vessels pose, and take action to minimize those threats.

    “We are so fortunate in British Columbia; our coastal ecosystem is home to an incredible array of whales, dolphins and porpoises,” said Caitlin Birdsall, marine mammal researcher with the Institute. “It’s also host to increasing marine traffic and this is a terrific example of agencies working together to address common threats to at-risk wildlife.”

    The guide was developed with input from ports and other partners from the marine transportation industry. Along with the ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver, contributors included Department of Fisheries and Oceans, B.C. Ferries, B.C. Chamber of Shipping, Shipping Federation of Canada, Pacific Pilotage Authority, B.C. Coast Pilots, ROMM (Réseau D’Observation De Mammifères Marins) and Cruise Lines International Association.

    “We are very proud of the collaborative efforts that have led to the development of this guide. We also believe that the guide aligns well with the government’s recently announced Oceans Protection Plan, as it relates to preserving and restoring Canada’s marine ecosystems,” said Duncan Wilson, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

    “The creation of the Mariner’s Guide is another vital component of our comprehensive approach to sustainability,” said Jason Scherr, manager of Environmental Sustainability for the Port of Prince Rupert. “The health of the ocean is integral to our success as a gateway for maritime trade. Close teamwork by partners that share this perspective helped make this project a success, and lays the foundation for future, similarly positive, initiatives.”

    The guide has been distributed to commercial vessel captains, coastal pilots, B.C. Ferries and other professional mariners.

    B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network
    A research and conservation program of the Vancouver Aquarium, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the goal of the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is to increase public awareness of British Columbia’s whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles, and the threats to their survival, through outreach and opportunistic data collection.

    Coastal Ocean Research Institute
    Established to measure and monitor the health of coastal ecosystems, the Coastal Ocean Research Institute produces and communicates scientific knowledge and understanding about Canada’s West Coast. Established by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, the Research Institute is grateful for its generous founding partners the Sitka Foundation and North Growth Foundation.

    Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
    The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

    Port of Prince Rupert
    The Port of Prince Rupert is Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. Its five modern and efficient terminals collectively shipped over 7.3 million tonnes of goods in 2016. With respect to sustainability, the Port of Prince Rupert is guided in all of its activities by the key principles of pollution prevention, preservation of environmental integrity, efficient use of resources, and continuous improvement.

    Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
    Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The port authority manages the Port of Vancouver, which is Canada’s largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America, responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the Port of Vancouver is responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, and integrates environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods in 2015, the port sustains an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.




2017 December 9

06:36 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates for all cargoes and all container types from North East Asia to Australia
06:35 British Ports looking for cross border trade solutions as the UK and EU pass first big hurdle in the Brexit negotiations
06:30 Polarcus secures funding for 3D broadband project in Australia
04:11 CMA CGM GROUP completes the acquisition of MERCOSUL Line and strengthens its service offering in South America

2017 December 8

21:46 Neptumar agency successfully completes challenging two-phased delivery of project cargo from China to St. Petersburg
18:17 Yamal LNG loads first batch of LNG on Christophe de Margerie tanker
18:06 Wison multifunctional LNG Distributor granted AiP by DNV GL
17:06 China Classification Society signs Framework Agreement with MAN
16:58 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard is ready to lay down yet another mine countermeasures vessel for RF Navy (photo)
16:27 Ice-class ships Spasatel Demidov, Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Serebryakov will assist vessels in the Kerch Strait this winter (photo)
16:05 MAN PrimeServ China signs Service Station Agreement with Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard
15:36 CMA CGM premium service to optimize CO2 emissions
15:34 Morsviazsputnik and Qiwi Blockchain Technology signed cooperation agreement (photo)
15:10 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 18% Y-o-Y
14:46 ABB opens first ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Center in China
14:19 ABB AbilityTM extended with digital turbocharging solutions for marine
13:48 Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie named Engineering Project of the Year at 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards
13:43 Jumbo signs LOI to order new LNG powered offshore construction vessel
13:25 Bunker prices go down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
13:01 Teekay Tankers announces management change
12:30 Le Havre, France hosts "Women in Port Management" course
12:01 Port of Virginia posts results for Nov 2017
11:43 LUKOIL starts drilling of first production well at Filanovsky field's Phase 2
11:22 FESCO transported 21 000 tons of cargo to northern Russia
11:01 BMT awarded new funding for autonomous navigation
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.06% to $62.24, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $56.7
10:19 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Boston
09:38 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 308,800 t in 11M’17, up 8.8% (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,679 points
09:13 Wärtsilä Linesafe for propeller shafts revolutionises bearing design
08:12 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles ask for proposals to reduce vessels’ at-berth emissions
07:11 ME-GI/ME-LGI dual-fuel engines hit 100,000 operating hours
06:12 ABS Executive lays out vision for future of shipping
05:12 Fincantieri launches new cruise ship “Nieuw Statendam”
04:13 London leads with first Air Quality Strategy for a UK port
03:13 CSSC GWS smart ship project achieves LR cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes
02:13 DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA statement for exoskeleton LNG tanks
01:24 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey contract for Statoil’s Johan Castberg turret mooring system

2017 December 7

18:15 MABUX Weekly Report: Rising oil production in the U.S. may pressure bunker prices
18:11 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) down 6.7% to 31.11 mln t in 11M’17
17:50 Antwerp will host European Environmental Ports Conference on 16-17 May 2018
17:28 The Port of Gdansk gets yet another EU subsidy
17:05 Crowley’s newest LNG-fueled ConRo ship launched at VT Halter Marine
16:35 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
16:16 Port Bronka presents railway-yard project for Russia to take over dry bulk cargo flows (photo)
16:05 OOCL introduces Japan Vietnam Service
15:37 Wärtsilä enters joint project agreement for shuttle tanker development
15:12 Aker Solutions to design Johan Castberg FPSO accommodation unit
15:03 Russian Arctic to face period of serious changes - Deputy PM of Russia
14:37 Seaports of Ukraine handled 121 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 0.6% Y-o-Y
14:14 USPA and EBRD signed an Agreement on joint development of concession projects in two ports
13:51 Warships of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet arrive on visit to Myanmar
13:20 Marintec China: DNV GL awards DSIC a pair of AiP certificates
13:00 USC is looking into building 40 MW icebreaker powered by LNG
12:38 Russia's state expert evaluation authority approves Phase 1 of Vostochny-Nakhodka transport hub (photo)
12:02 Throughput of port Murmansk expected to make 51 mln t in 2017, 71 mln t in 2020
11:59 Damen delivers Cutter Suction Dredger 450 to Vesirakennus Ojanen Oy in Finland
11:39 Coal transshipment facilities to be shifted from the center of Murmansk to the western coast of the Kola Bay
11:11 Light fuel is in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)