• 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 April 25

11:18 Ukraine’s water transport carried 2,000 passengers in Jan-March'17, down 43.6%, Y-o-Y
10:59 First shiploader delivered to Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 (photo)
10:24 Brent Crude futures price up 0.44% to $55.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $49.44
10:05 Zelenodolsk Plant Named After M. Gorky lays down tenth small-size missile ship of Project 21631 for RF anvy (photo)
09:33 Port of Gdansk throughput up 0.7% to 8.86 mln t in Jan-March'17
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,170 points

2017 April 24

18:07 DOF Subsea purchased shares in Canadian Subsea Shipping Company AS
17:49 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 9.3% to 0.9 mln t in QI’2017
17:30 Shearwater GeoServices receives TGS Irish Atlantic Margin award
17:02 DOF awarded extension with Statoil for the vessel Skandi Vega
16:36 DHT Holdings announces delivery of two VLCCs from BW Group
16:23 Rosmorport prepares seaport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy for cruise navigation season of 2017
15:59 Icebreaker assistance services will not be provided at port Primorsk (Leningrad Region) from April 25
15:31 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 9,649 in RF spot market
15:03 ICTSI services inaugural call of Evergreen’s Kor-Twn-Phl route in Subic
14:50 IMO in China to share policies and regulations update
14:27 Big Port St. Petersburg stops providing icebreaker assistance services from April 25
14:03 HELCOM Pressure Group meeting focuses on reducing the input of nutrients into the Baltic Sea
13:41 Belgium accedes to oil pollution response treaty
13:20 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant launches fourth boom-laying boat of Project А-40–2Б-ЯР (photo)
13:02 Ocean Alliance prepares to call at Wilhelmshaven
12:42 Rail Baltica Global CBA confirms the project's financial and economical viability
12:19 Kimmo Rahkamo appointed CEO of Skangas
12:01 Nakilat concludes first quarter with net profit of QR 191 million
11:26 Pacific Fleet ship detachment finished its visit to the Philippines
11:23 Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries attracts 300 billion won investment via pre-IPO
11:04 TransContainer’s net income increased more than 2.3 times to RUB 1,237 million
10:40 Yantar Shipyard laid down rescue support ship of Project 23700, Voyevoda, for RF Ministry of Industry and Trade (photo)
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.72% to $52.82, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.64% to $49.95
09:39 ABP South Wales offers bespoke solutions to Hinkley Point C suppliers
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,195 points

2017 April 23

08:23 Freeport of Riga CEO position to be announced this week
08:20 MPI Offshore and Vroon Offshore Services collaborate to provide offshore services for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
08:17 Christening of EasyMax vessel Egbert Wagenborg takes place
08:16 HRADF announces three improved binding financial offers for Thessaloniki Port Authority SA
08:11 Ocean Rig announces extension of Drill Rigs Holdings early consent deadline

2017 April 22

08:25 Norway is first to ratify 2010 compensation regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes
08:03 Polarcus Amani delivered to Sovcomflot
08:01 Concordia Maritime charters two ECO MR tankers
07:59 DEME acquires new dredging contracts in Germany, France, UK and Spain
07:54 Two Damen companies to combine their specific skill sets
07:49 Ireland’s port traffic remains strong in 2016 despite challenging trading environment

2017 April 21

18:01 President of the Philippines visited RF Navy’s Varyag missile cruiser in the port of Manila
17:40 Shipbuilding cluster to be created in the Astrakhan Region
17:15 Bill on transit cargo transportation supported by RF Government with some comments and proposals
16:52 Commander of Varyag cruiser of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet had a meeting with Philippine Navy Commander
16:31 Gates on the Upper Volga can be opened ahead of schedule as requested by ship owners – Rosmorrechflot
16:06 Active search of crewmembers of dry cargo ship Geroi Arsenala is over in the Black Sea
15:48 Superficial structure of the Ice-Resistant Platform-2 escorted along the Volga-Caspian Marine Shipping Canal
15:24 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
15:09 World's bunker market still in waiting mood, expert says
14:55 Indicative bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
14:23 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa trades
14:02 Navios Maritime Partners agrees to acquire 14-vessel container fleet from Rickmers Maritime
13:41 Moscow will host Midstream & Downstream Russia & CIS on 22-23 June, 2017
13:23 Siem Offshore announces charter contracts
13:02 EIB and ABN AMRO provide EUR 150 million to finance green shipping
12:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in QI’2017 up 1% to 3.14 mln t
12:31 ICTSI, DOTr launch the Philippine´s first container barge terminal
12:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 9% to 251,800 t in QI’2017