• 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 May 22

18:41 Wagenborg Offshore signs contract for multipurpose offshore vessel Arcticaborg
18:36 CMA CGM launches a second service between India, Middle East and Africa, the Midas 2
18:34 Golden Ocean announces delivery of dry bulk vessel
18:33 Nevsky Shipyard laid a new dry-cargo vessel of the project RSD59
18:13 Nominations now open for TMS Awards
18:05 Port of Antwerp Authority CEO plays prominent role at Chinese Belt and Road Summit
17:46 Pharma logistics services expanding strongly in Antwerp
17:22 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 10 cruise ships last week
16:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Apr'17 up 4% to 4.26 mln t
16:18 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 341,300 t in 4M’17
15:49 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 6.19 mln t in Jan-Apr'17
15:25 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet ship detachment arrived in Jakarta
15:00 Operational formation of RF Navy in Mediterranean Sea will receive Black Sea Fleet’s Smetlivy guard ship
14:34 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 10% to 33.02 mln t in 4M’17
14:11 Port of Brisbane welcomes new CFO
13:53 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 9,674 in RF spot market
13:32 Throughput of Arkhangelsk Sea Commercial Port down 45% to 316,000 t in Jan-Apr'17
13:11 Vallianz records operating profit of US$ 20.3 mln for FY 2017
12:45 ECS and 2XL form one European logistics group
12:21 Columbia Shipmanagement receives DNV GL certification for energy and safety management
11:48 Throughput of port Primorsk up 4% to 22.22 mln t in Jan-Apr'17
11:24 Russia’s Pacific Fleet celebrates its 286th anniversary
11:01 RF Navy's Northern Fleet starts planned combat training in the Barents Sea
10:59 MacGregor participates in developing unmanned/autonomous traffic in the Baltic Sea
10:37 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 6% to 16.79 mln t in 4M’17
10:13 HH Ferries Group appoints new CEO
09:55 Brent Crude futures price up 0.47% to $53.86, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.55% to $50.95
09:39 RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet held a scheduled antisubmarine exercise
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 956 points

2017 May 21

22:00 EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Galicia maintains counter-piracy watch off coast of Somalia
21:56 Gulf Navigation posts 39% growth in the net profit in Q1 2017
21:52 Diana Shipping announces delivery of the Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel m/v Astarte
12:57 Albwardy Damen wins two ship repair awards in 4 weeks

2017 May 20

15:54 NYK participates in joint program between MIT and the University of Tokyo
12:57 Hantong Ship Heavy Industry holds the keel laying ceremony for 38800DWT B.C.
05:55 ANL changes terminals in Port Kelang on its KIX service
05:52 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers bulk carrier
05:48 JES International announces acquisition of a wholly - owned subsidiary in Singapore

2017 May 19

17:54 Nakilat transitions LNG Onaiza to in-house management
17:01 Mitigation of negative impact on environment and optimization of construction costs considered at Rosmorrechflot’s meeting on Bagayevsky hydrosystem
16:32 Rosmorrechflot appoints Magomed Abdulatipov as head of FSBI Caspian Sea Ports Administration
16:05 Rolls-Royce to deliver world’s first hybrid subsea crane
15:46 Vyborg Shipyard will build two trawlers of Project ST-116XL-FOR for FOR GROUP
15:43 Fincantieri signs an agreement with STX Europe for the acquisition of a majority stake of STX France
15:21 RAS net profit of NCSP in QI’2017 fell by 22.8% to RUB 7.4 bln
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to East Coast of South America
14:27 Eighth Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980 left Zelenodolsk shipyard for delivery base in Kronshtadt (photo)
14:04 Ocean Yield extends charter contrac with Ezra Holdings for Lewek Connector
13:40 Oil Spill Conference held in Long Beach, United States on 15-18 May
13:05 Libra FPSO arrives in Brazilian waters
12:24 A liquified natural gas (LNG) supply solution available to all shipowners in Québec
12:05 Deep Sea Supply awarded time charter contracts for 2 PSVs
11:32 Costa Victoria to make her third call at port Vladivostok on May 20
11:05 MOL to launch sales of upgraded version of energy-saving Propeller Boss Cap Fins
10:16 Brent Crude futures price up 0.78% to $52.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.93% to $49.81
09:55 ABB strengthens its decision support software suite with certified MRV module
09:29 TTS Group signs new contracts for heavy lift cranes
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 957 points
09:01 Keppel on track to deliver state-of-the-art drilling rig in Azerbaijan
08:28 GTT to equip two new LNG carrier vessels for DSME