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 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    June 1, 2020 

West Coast Maritime Construction

While much of the world is in forced isolation, the maritime construction industry continues to work on essential projects needed to keep the infrastructure functioning at the interface of land and se... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2020

Green Terminals 2020

Ports on the West Coast continue to invest in environmental projects that push the boundaries of technology and innovation. In late 2019, the Port of Los Angeles introduced the world's first zero emis... Full story

 

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The International Maritime Organization is expecting a 77 percent drop in sulphur emissions now that the official sulphur cap regulations are in place. This equates, the IMO estimates, to an annual reduction of about 8.5 million metric tons of SOx.... Full story

 

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In a first of its kind operation, two Tote Maritime Alaska Orca-class ro/ro vessels will be upgraded to LNG while still in service. Midnight Sun...

 

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New Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) guidelines, titled Guidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation of Ships — Design Development, Installation and Operation of Automated Operation Systems/Remote Operation Systems, have been released by... Full story

 

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COSCO, Maersk, Yang Ming, and BC Ferries have been recognized for achieving the highest level of participation and performance in 2018 by Canada’s Prince Rupert Port Authority through the Port’s Green Wave vessel incentive program. In a... Full story

 

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The International Maritime Organization has introduced a new software tool to help IMO Member States with electronic reporting procedures when ships arrive or depart ports. The IMO Compendium reference manual that helps orient users, is available... Full story

 

Diving and Salvage

From outfall pipes to houseboats to underwater caverns, divers see it all. Infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation, sunken vessels and environmental issues are all in a day's work for West Coast... Full story

 

Above Board – Maritime news from the seven seas

The LNG-powered semi-sub crane vessel Sleipnir... Full story

 

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In 2020, the world’s first LNG Bunker ATB will be afloat and ready for servicing LNG-fueled ships. The vessel is being built for Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport, Harvey Gulf’s Shane Guidry and HGIM. It is currently under construction in... Full story

 

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Next year will see the first Canadian woman helm a cruise ship for a major cruise line. Virgin Voyages’ first cruise vessel, named Scarlet Lady will be captained by Wendy Williams, who has extensive seafaring background. Williams hails from... Full story

 

West Coast Barges

Capilano Maritime Design Ltd., located in North Vancouver, BC, is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering design company. The company works on a wide range of projects, including... Full story

 

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If environmental assessments go well, an impressive inland deep-water terminal project will be in the works along the St. Lawrence River. The Quebéc Port Authority, Hutchison Ports and CN are partnering on the estimated $775 million undertaking to... Full story

 

Marine Construction

Current or recent marine construction projects on the West Coast range from the removal of navigation hazards to the clean-sheet construction of floating facilities. The latter, a floating fireboat... Full story

 

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into vessel corrosion detection. A partnership between ABS, Google Cloud and Soft Serve has resulted in the successful completion of a pilot program using AI to detect levels of corrosion and coating... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2019

Technology Implementation at Green Terminals

As part of its Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2021, the Port of San Francisco continues with several environmental and sustainability projects. Between April and December 2015, the Port took part in an... Full story

 

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The Port of Vancouver BC, Canada’s largest port, handled a record 147 million tons of cargo in 2018, reportedly an increase in volume of 3.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, the Port enjoyed a 5.5 percent increase in cruise passenger... Full story

 

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Mercy Ships Canada has a new CEO, who has a wealth of experience in humanitarian endeavors and human rights. Jamie McIntosh will be based in Ontario and work with Interim National Director Darryl Anderson during the transition and McIntosh will also...

 

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Ten women from around the world are learning more about port industry innovations, thanks to an IMO initiative. The selected participants, who attended the Port Senior Management Program held at the Galilee International Management Institute in late... Full story

 

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UK-based KVH Videotel recently released a new training offering that’s free to industry. Seafarers Mental Health and Well-Being includes a brief video, information booklets and facilitator notes. The project was developed in collaboration with... Full story

 

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Recently, the IACS published nine of its 12 recommendations on cyber safety with the aim of enabling the delivery of cyber resilient ships whose resilience can be maintained throughout their working lives. These are the result of long-term efforts... Full story

 

Diving and Salvage

Underwater construction and salvage jobs require a lot of planning and mustering of highly-experienced teams to complete work and keep business going. One company that has the capability of... Full story

 

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According to the IMO, next year’s World Maritime Day theme will be centered on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community in order to help raise gender equality awareness and shine a light on women in the industry who are making contributions in... Full story

 

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BC’s coastal waters are getting a much-needed boost in oil spill response operations and equipment. The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has entered into a lease agreement with the City of Nanaimo, located on Vancouver Island, to... Full story

 

BC Regional Report

During 2017, West Coast issues were high on the agenda for the Shipping Federation of Canada, given the growing and significant volumes of cargo moving through Vancouver and other British Columbia... Full story

 

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