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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority completed shore power project

Achèvement du projet d'alimentation à quai de Administration portuaire Vancouver-Fraser

2018-11-30

 

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, joined Mr. Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, at the Port of Vancouver to highlight the completion of a project supporting the Government of Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and to embrace new technologies to improve Canadians' lives.

Through the Shore Power Technology for Ports program, the Government of Canada and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have each contributed $3.5 million to the Centerm project, for a total investment of $7 million. The completed project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by enabling ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources.

For each large ship at berth for 60 hours, over 95 tonnes of air pollutants and greenhouse emissions will be eliminated from the port through the shore power facility. This amounts to taking 20 cars off the road for one year.
By providing ship operators with an alternative to running diesel auxiliary engines while docked, shore power technology also reduces noise associated with running engines, decreases ship owners' fuel costs, and increases the competitiveness of Canadian ports.

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Island Tug and Barge's new ATB push tug enters service in British Columbia

2018-11-28

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Island Tug and Barge Ltd, (ITB) West Coast's largest bulk transporter of refined petroleum products, informed that its new ATB push tug the Island Raider has entered service on November 22 pushing the double hulled refined petroleum products barge, ITB Resolution.

The Island Raider is the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB push tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. Constructed at ITB's Annacis Island Shipyard on the Fraser River, the Island Raider is connected by an articulating pin system to the ITB Resolution which was retrofitted with pin ladders and stern extensions for connecting to the new tug.

According to Robert Allen who designed the tug, ITB had a well-defined statement of requirements for the tug and a clear vision of the desired layout and accordingly the design was developed in close collaboration with ITB.

Partway through construction, ITB was acquired by Vancouver, Washington, based Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, with completion of the vessel falling under the direction of Tidewater's engineering department.

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Greek shipping companies to pay $4 million criminal fine for polluting in Texas

Compagnies maritimes grecques condamnées à 4 millions pour avoir pollué

2018-11-28

 

Two Greek shipping companies, Avin International LTD, and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, to charges stemming from several discharges of oil into the waters of Texas ports by the oil tanker M/T Nicos I.V.

Avin International was the operator and Nicos I.V. Special Maritime Enterprises was the owner of the Nicos I.V., which is a Greek-flagged vessel. The Master of the Nicos I.V., Rafail-Thomas Tsoumakos, and the vessel's Chief Officer, Alexios Thomopoulos, also pleaded guilty to making material false statements to members of the United States Coast Guard during the investigation into the discharges.

Both companies pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding, as well as one count of failure to report discharge of oil under the Clean Water Act, and three counts of negligent discharge of oil under the Clean Water Act. Under the plea agreement, the companies will pay a $4 million criminal fine and serve a four-year term of probation, during which vessels operated by the companies will be required to implement an environmental compliance plan, including inspections by an independent auditor. Mr. Tsoumakos and Mr. Thomopoulos each pleaded guilty to one count of making a material false statement and face up to five years in prison when sentenced.

 

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Renault partners with startup Neoline, designers and operator of sailing cargo ships.

Renault s'associe à la startup Neoline, concepteur et opérateur de cargos à voile.

2018-11-28

 

During the recent Assises de la mer, French car manufacturer Renault has signed a three-year partnership with compatriot start-up Neoline to get more of the group's vehicles and parts moved by sail technology, the latest in a recent flurry of important sail-related developments to hit the commercial shipping scene.

Jean-Philippe Hermine, vice president, strategic environmental planning at Groupe Renault, commented: "Groupe Renault's objective is to reduce the environmental impact of each vehicle throughout its entire life cycle, from parts transportation up to delivery and end-of-life processing. In the context of our strategy to explore new sustainable mobility solutions and to continue along the road to reducing our carbon footprint, the solution designed by Neoline, which combines energy efficiency and operational relevance, has truly captured our attention."

 

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Ferry completes fully autonomous  dock-to-dock trial with Wärtsilä technology

2018-11-29

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Technology group Wärtsilä has successfully completed a further round of test procedures of its automated dock-to-dock solution. In an unprecedented operation, in the presence of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), the system was further tested on the ferry 'Folgefonn', this time for full dock-to-dock capability, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route, visiting all three ports serviced by the ship.

"This represents a huge step forward in validating automated shipping solutions, and an important progression within our Smart Marine programme. This emphasises once again Wärtsilä's recognised position as the global technology leader in marine innovations. We continue to lead the way in developing the 'intelligent' products and systems needed to move the marine industry towards a new era of super-high efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability," says Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä.

The success of these latest tests cannot be underestimated. Once the operator selected the next destination berth, the operation was started by simply selecting "Sail", which authorizes the autonomous controller to take control of the vessel. The ferry was able to leave the dock, manoeuvre out of the harbour, sail to the next port of call, manoeuvre through the harbour entrance, and dock alongside the terminal - all without human intervention. It is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation, in complete hands-off mode, for a vessel of this size.

Navigation of the vessel is controlled through the use of a series of tracks and waypoints, which guide the ship to the next destination. The autonomous controller, which is based on Wärtsilä's existing Dynamic Positioning system, controls the vessel's speed, position on the pre-defined track, and heading. GNSS is used as the primary sensor, while a Wärtsilä Guidance Marine CyScan AS is being tested as a secondary position sensor for the approach to the berth.

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