• 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 June 23

16:27 Vostochny Port monitors environment with the help of a drone
16:04 Port of NYNJ/OCEMA agreement to become effective Sunday
15:35 Brittany Ferries confirms LNG cross-channel ferry order
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Clio with Phaethon
14:39 Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure will present investment opportunities of Chornomorsk seaport
14:15 Baltic Sea Tug Agency performed its first operation on towing and mooring of oil tanker at Ust-Luga port (photo)
14:09 Damen delivers two tugs to Rimorchiatori Riuniti
13:52 RF Government proposes amendments to a bill on extension of ‘cabotage’ concept in Russia’s Merchant Shipping Code
13:16 USPA will update the dredging and ecological security fleet of Ukraine
12:54 Statoil awards contract on new shuttle tankers
12:01 DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy solutions
11:48 MOL-MES to jointly develop "Next-generation Vessel Monitoring and Support System"
11:10 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier
10:37 Vostochny Port purchased VIKHR vacuum cleaner for Nakhodka streets
10:12 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg welcomes innaugural call of Seven Seas Explorer
09:48 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $45.41, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.42% to $42.92
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 855 points

2017 June 22

18:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May'17 grew by 3% to 5.41 mln t
17:33 Throughput of port Vyborg up 10% to 501,400 t in 5M’17
17:16 Rudiger Grube named as new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
17:04 Kalmar wins an order of six RTGs from Ports America Chesapeake in Baltimore, USA
16:37 Increase in cruise calls as sector grows at ABP South Wales
16:05 HHLA holds AGM, OKs distribution of € 46.7M to shareholders for the 2016FY
16:04 The world’s largest container ship makes its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe
15:45 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’17 is flat, year-on-year, at 27.46 mln t
15:44 MABUX: No upward drivers on global bunker market so far
15:24 Gasum increase its shareholding in Skangas
15:03 BIMCO, INTERCARGO, ICS and INTERTANKO unite to propose ambitious Co2 reduction objectives to IMO
14:33 TTS Group signs historical contract for Syncrolift® and transfer system
14:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge from Italian ports to all Eastbound trades
13:38 IMO treaty covering removal of wrecks was under discussion at dedicated seminar in London
13:31 Kieler Woche draws cruise ships
13:15 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 7.73 mln t in Jan-May'17
13:11 Sweden’s Port of Kapellskär gets five modern quay-berths and a larger port area
12:53 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 42.05 mln t in 5M’17
12:16 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 21.47 mln t in 5M’17
12:01 Sanmar constructs the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel
11:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record May international container volume
11:19 Africa Maritime cooperation centre holds first workshop
10:47 Maximum number of ships received by Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
10:20 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey and lease and operate contracts for the ExxonMobil Liza FPSO
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $44.78, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $42.51
09:45 Port of Gdansk participates in Polish Days of the Sea in Slovakia
09:36 New car-and-passenger ferry deployed at Kerch Strait ferry line (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 844 points

2017 June 21

20:10 Combi Lift calls on Damen with 19 vessel order
20:05 Damen’s UK Sales Manager receives Lifetime Achievement Award
18:12 Icebreaker pier in Katajanokka (Helsinki) reinforced and extended for IB Polaris
17:51 ABP donates £1,500 to Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
17:30 Russian-Greek joint commission for maritime navigation held its first session
17:06 Eighty-seven Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards recognizing 670 combined years of safe operations
16:47 GMN maritime technology project seeks stakeholder participation
16:25 Ha Noi will host Vietship 2018 on January 24-26
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs with Hudson
15:46 IMO’s Chris Trelawny was speaking at the Port Security Technology conference in London
15:34 Ulstein Verft earns ISO9001 certificate
15:04 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph vessel makes maiden call at Gulftainer’s Northern Container Terminal in Saudi Arabia
14:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 mln passengers in Jan-May'17, up 4.9%, Y-o-Y
14:33 Port of Grangemouth orders new Liebherr ship-to-shore crane