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The year 2023 could see full implementation of a ban of heavy fuel oil use in commercial shipping in the Arctic, according to the outcome of the IMO’s 6th annual meeting of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6). The group... 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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment is working to ensure the safety of lifting equipment such as anchor handling winches and cranes. The hope is to soon have industry-wide SOLAS regulations and guidelines for using preventative... Full story

 

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Work is back underway on Titanic II... 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

 

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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

 

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Two Port of Long Beach crane operators set a new US record for moving cargo at Total Terminals International’s Pier T. Using a single crane, the pair moved 564 containers on the Gudrun Maersk... Full story

 

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Apparently there’s a new tourist attraction in the Maldives for those confident enough to have a submarine pilot take them on an hour-long voyage under water. The DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S is a three-person, eight-meter craft that can give adventu... Full story

 

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Recently the maximum allowable vessel beam for Neopanamax vessels transiting the Panama Canal was extended to 168.14 feet, enabling even more giant ships to keep global trade moving. Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents A gas leak was responsible... Full story

 

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A variety of stakeholders are being polled in a new initiative being undertaken by the Canadian Government. Transport Canada is reviewing the role ports across the country play in economic trade and development, and is asking for input from sectors... Full story

 

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Incremental improvements in the price of oil and a lowering of supply chain costs, have prompted the resurgence of deepwater projects, to the tune of $136.8 billion over the next four years, according to Douglas Westwood market researchers. While... Full story

 

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A new handbook was recently released by The Nautical Institute, entitled Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships. According to reports, the book gives practical advice on the available equipment and best practices on how mariners can safely work... Full story

 

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