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In less than a decade, most ships plying the waters could “increasingly resemble floating computers” according to DNVGL’s look at the emergence of digitization in the industry. An improvement in Internet connection capabilities, the... Full story


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Shore power has become a reality at the Port of Montreal, Canada. The two-phase $11 million undertaking was completed in August of this year. The new facilities enable ships that need to winter at the Port as well as cruise ships to have access to... Full story


Marine Software Systems

There are many moving pieces when building a ship and many pieces to move. SSI, a Victoria, BC-based marine software company, has created EnterprisePlatform, a tool for sharing product data model... Full story


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On September 8, the long-awaited BWM Convention officially came into force. The new rule means ballast water has to be treated before it’s offloaded from vessels, in order to stop invasive species from being transferred into non-indigenous waters.... Full story


Diving and Salvage

West Coast diving and salvage companies are busy with projects around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. California-based Underwater Resources, Inc. (URI) provides marine construction, diving and... Full story


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Hapag-Lloyd’s recent merging with UASC will see newbuilding orders stop for the foreseeable future. The company reportedly has stated that it has enough vessels to meet economies of scale and realize market growth opportunities with its combined... Full story


Harley Marine Services, Inc. 30th Anniversary

In 1987, Harley Marine Services, Inc. (HMS) Founder and CEO Harley Franco had a vision that is still true today: to become the safest, most efficient, and most environmentally-responsible marine... Full story


Oil Spill Response Equipment

Preparing for marine oil spill emergencies along BC's coastline has had more exposure in recent months due to anticipated projects such as the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and the recent... Full story


BC Regional Report 2017

Freight rates took a downward turn in 2015, which caused a lot of challenges for carriers in general due to an oversupply of vessels and a weakening demand for commodities, according to Chamber of... Full story


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The tide is changing for the maritime industry, as digitalization becomes more of an intrinsic part of the shipping world. To that end, the new president of BIMCO, Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common Progress, has committed to promoting... Full story


Marine Construction

Marine construction projects are continuing along the West Coast, including several large infrastructure projects in Washington and California. Associated Underwater Services (AUS) has been involved i... Full story


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Piracy incidents took a downturn in 2016, according to reports received by the International Maritime Organization. A reduction in incidents of approximately 29 percent occurred from 2015 to 2016 globally, while there was an 85 percent reduction of... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2017

Green Terminals

Ports around the Pacific Northwest have a variety of green projects on the go that help reduce port emissions and more. New technologies are continually being explored and tested in an effort to... Full story


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A new online global digital map of ocean litter is now available thanks to the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The AWI Litterbase reveals the scientific data, along with how it affects, for instance, fish and seabirds which may ingest litter, get... Full story


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New Zealand has become the latest country to adopt the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) in an effort to improve conditions for seafarers who work on New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels. Reportedly New Zealand labor laws already provide... Full story


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ExxonMobil reports in its 2017 The Outlook on Energy edition that by 2040, global demand is expected to jump about 25 percent higher than it did in 2015. The majority of demand is reportedly to come from non-OECD nations and economic-rapidly growing... Full story


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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has a website for kids that gives out information about the shipping industry, ways the industry is working to protect the atmosphere and the world’s oceans, explains types of vessels, and more. The... Full story


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The Polaris is touted to be the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Built at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for Arctia Ltd., the construction of the vessel which can switch between LNG and ultra-low-sulfur diesel, was supervised by the Finnish... Full story


Marine Software and Technology

Maritime software and technology has an increasingly important role to play in the safety of vessel operations and in helping organizations work more efficiently. Simulation training is part of... Full story


Diving and Salvage

A mix of underwater construction projects, maintenance and repair work, firefighting and vessel recoveries have been keeping several diving and salvage companies busy in the Pacific Northwest and... Full story


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A long-unmanned 13,500-ton mobile offshore production unit (MODU) located approximately 62 miles off the coast of Norway in the North Sea has been removed by one of the largest ships ever built. The 382-meter long by 124-meter wide Pioneering... Full story


Regional Report: British Columbia

Overall economic growth looks positive for the BC marine industry, as various infrastructure projects take shape, particularly port expansions that are necessary to meet changing trade patterns and... Full story


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The Port of Los Angeles is ratcheting up their 2016/2017 budget for daily operations and to ensure they’re keeping pace with growing demand and larger ships. The Port has seen an uptick in cargo volumes since the early 2015 slow-down due to the... Full story


Cargo Handling 2016

Advanced container handling technologies are making operations more efficient while reducing emissions and extending equipment lifecycles. The Terex Brand, Fuchs, recently unveiled a new... Full story


Marine and Waterfront Construction

A multitude of projects on the West Coast and in Alaska are keeping marine construction companies busy. California-based Power Engineering Construction Company (PEC) recently completed a $6.7 million... Full story


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