• 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 March 25

07:50 Rüdiger Grube to succeed Peer Witten as Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
07:34 Prosafe SE reports net profit of USD 172.6 million for 2016
07:31 Deutsche Bahn posts 2016 results
07:29 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from Asia Pacific to Arabian Gulf
07:28 Emmanuel Van Damme heads commercial department Port of Zeebrugge

2017 March 24

18:07 EU Naval Force Spanish and French warships conduct combined counter-piracy patrols off coast of Somalia
17:49 Iceberg small-sized missile ship of the Northern Fleet accomplished artillery firing in the Barents Sea
17:38 BW LPG announces re-financing of six 2016 built ex-Aurora ships
17:30 GlavGosEkspertiza approves construction and reconstruction works at the port of Yevpatoria (photo)
17:21 Solstad Offshore ASA, Farstad Shipping ASA and Deep Sea Supply sign merger plans
17:03 Yantar shipyard lays down the third trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:41 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first chemical tanker of Project RST27 built for shipping company Volgotrans (photo)
16:20 Ferus Smit launches Nb. 427 ‘Arklow Clan’
15:58 Rosmorport appoints Tatiana Karpinyan as Chief Accountant of its Azov Basin Branch (photo)
15:39 Port of Gdansk took part in Seatrade Cruise Global fair
15:20 DESS Aqua enters into a contract for the construction of a 3,000 m3 wellboat
14:42 FSUE Rosmorport Executive Director took part in the conference “Port Infrastructure of Russia”
14:20 Svitzer and Sanmar sign contract for a newbuild 80 tbp ASD escort tug
14:01 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport have escorted 5,573 this season
13:37 BPO debate at the European Parliament focused on Baltic ports in the TEN-T network
13:15 MOL completes study project to equip in-service vessels with SOX scrubber systems
12:53 IMO participated in the 20th E-Navigation Committee meeting in France
12:35 ClassNK issues first EGCS ready notation
12:32 World Maritime University and UN Environment step up cooperation to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
12:01 CMA CGM to launch a unique offer between Asia and West Coast South America
12:00 Bunker market at Russian port of Novorossiysk sees mixed price movements (graph)
11:38 DNV GL welcomes B.A.P Carrasco to fleet
11:11 Spring floods on the Lower Volga forecasted to begin in April
10:49 Guam’s oil spill recovery capacity significantly improved
10:24 VNT organized a public discussion on the Vapour Recovery Unit project
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $50.68, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.347% to $47.86
09:35 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,196 points

2017 March 23

18:16 NDQ sets up in Maritime Logistic Zone in Zeebrugge
18:06 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers a module carrier
17:55 Zelenodolsk Plant and Krylov Centre striving to expand cooperation
17:36 Rhenus takes a 40 percent shareholding in the ARKON Shipping Group
17:16 Nakilat transitions LNG Mesaimeer to in-house management
17:12 MABUX: The state of uncertainty on global fuel market
17:06 Port Bronka is officially announced as a deepwater port
16:52 Anglo-Eastern, Optimarin and Saga join forces for ground-breaking Manila-based BWT training facility
16:40 MacGregor and Rolls-Royce to explore implications of autonomy for container ships
16:10 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.1% to 1.36 bln t in Jan-Feb'17
16:03 DHT Holdings announces acquisition of 11 VLCCs from BW Group
15:48 Port of Singapore throughput up 7% to 99.15 mln t in Jan-Feb'17
15:25 SENAN takes delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen
14:52 Corvettes of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet carried out artillery strike on ship detachment of conditional enemy
14:29 Rail Baltica progress discussed with the European Coordinator Ms. Trautmann
14:01 VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project
13:46 Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun took part in “Fishery in the Arctic" conference
13:13 Project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II) gets governmental approval
12:55 Heading towards the 2020 sulphur limit highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark
12:34 Unique crane equipment delivered to Zvezda shipbuilding complex
12:12 Ulstein Verft is about to complete ship service on the sixth ship this year
11:51 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:30 Two NYK vessels receive Panama Canal's Green Connection Award
11:17 First fish terminal created at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (photo)
11:01 APL extends cargo assurance for protection against cargo-in-transit risks
10:31 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of container vessel with 15 years charter
10:13 Brent Crude futures price up 0.75% to $51.02, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.79% to $48.42