• 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 February 21

14:51 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver second icebreaking support ship intended for Novy Port in May 2017
14:20 Port of London Authority to discuss 20 year growth plan for the Thames river
14:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to West Africa
13:41 Bunker prices go down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:10 New Times Shipbuilding holds naming ceremony for two oil tankers and announces delivery of cargo lake ship
12:55 Yamal major landing ship of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet returned to Sevastopol from the Mediterranean Sea (photo)
12:39 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies
12:23 KCA Deutag secures platform drilling contract with Sakhalin Energy
12:10 Intermodal Asia to launch the Industry Leaders Strategy Summit in Shanghai on 21st – 22nd March 2017
11:44 Delivery of icebreaker Ilya Muromets scheduled for autumn – RF Defence Ministry (photo)
11:30 Kelvin Hughes to supply radar systems for the Royal Navy’s latest River-class OPVs
11:16 Allseas Group will build the second string of TurkStream
11:03 De Boer Remorquage SARL orders two custom tugs from Damen
10:42 MHI-MME retrofitted 80 LNG carriers for running on low sulfur fuel
10:24 GTT to equip yet another FSRU with its cryogenic membrane containment system
10:18 Sydney City Marine completes its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.05% to $56.15, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.41% to $54
09:59 “K” Line (India) becomes member of Indian National Shipowner’s Association
09:45 Baltic Dry Index up to 757 points
09:31 HII Executive VP and General Counsel inducted into Women’s Leadership Institute
09:17 Throughput of NCSP Group in January 2017 up 6.4% to 12.7 mln t

2017 February 20

18:26 ECSA deplores that port and cargo interests condone regional measures
17:59 Sea transport of Sevastopol carried 390,600 passengers in January 2017, down 10%, Y-o-Y
17:31 Period of icebreaker services is over in the Kerch Strait
17:06 Maersk Line increases rates from North Europe to Far East
16:44 USPA to expand range of tenderers for port infrastructure development
16:23 Ships of RF Navy’s Baltic naval base are preparing for a planned combat mission in the sea
16:00 ITF condemns Ukrainian wage slash offer
15:57 Fincantieri and Ferretti announce a cooperation agreement
15:46 Cargo traffic via Nika-Tera terminal (Ukraine) in January 2017 up 2-fold Y-o-Y to 330,500 t
15:20 HH Ferries Group takes visible steps on path to battery operation
14:58 Preparations are underway in New York ahead of June’s UN Oceans Conference
14:35 IMO training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules
14:12 Icebreaker Voima set out to help vessels in the Gulf of Finland
13:47 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 3.5% to 1.73 mln TEUs in January 2017
13:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,226 in RF spot market
13:00 Evoqua Water Technologies supports Conference “Implementation of the BWMC in Russia” as its Sponsor
12:39 Port of Singapore throughput up 10% to 50.54 mln t in January 2017
12:36 Hyundai Global Services enters into eco-friendly ship services business with KSS Line
12:21 Newbuilding programme of Krasnoye Sormovo covers a two-year period with cruise liner PV-300 to be laid down in March – USC
11:55 Throughput of port Primorsk up 11% to 5.63 mln t in January 2017
11:48 Fire on Korean fishing vessel at port of Cape Town under control
11:27 Rolls-Royce showcases MTU drive and propulsion solutions for naval vessels at IDEX, NAVDEX 2017
11:02 RF Government signs Decree on expansion of Taman seaport (Krasnodar Territory)
10:58 Swedish Dockworkers Union agrees to call off all industrial action in the Port of Gothenburg
10:40 FAS Russia and container carriers will develop common rules and principles of behavior in shipping market
10:19 Gastops to provide DRA for USCG's offshore patrol cutter
09:57 Brent Crude futures price up 0.20% to $55.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.17% to $53.87
09:38 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard completed first phase of Project R1650 Rondo boat construction (photo)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 741 points

2017 February 19

08:55 Three Gorges Dam congestion caused by annual maintenance and COSCO Shipping Lines’ countermeasures
07:10 Gazprom’s exports to Germany add 37 per cent between February 1 and 15
07:07 Golar LNG coses $402.5 mln of 2.75% convertible senior notes
07:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to East Coast of South America

2017 February 18

16:35 Boskalis subsidiary VBMS awarded inter-array cabling contract for EnBW Hohe See OWF
16:32 Dryships enters into $200 mln common stock purchase agreement with Kalani Investments
11:31 Color Line and Ulstein sign contract for building the world's largest plug-in hybrid vessel
11:30 Spanish strike actions suspended

2017 February 17

18:14 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 32% to 1.59 mln t in January 2017
17:56 Atomflot says construction of Leader icebreaker should be started in 2021