Arctic

COVID-19 tests negative for Canadian Coast Guard crews departed for Arctic

(photo Canadian Coast Guard) All personnel onboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels going to the Arctic this season will be tested for COVID-19 before deployment. “This is a total of approximately 960 tests, including two crew changes throughout the season,” said Benoit Myrand, spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard. “We are working with provincial health authorities …

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COVID testing accord reached for CCG crew members being deployed from Québec City to Arctic

By Leo Ryan, Editor Responding to questions from Maritime Magazine, the Canadian Coast Guard disclosed that an agreement has been reached with the provincial health authorities guaranteeing COVID-19 testing of crew members prior to deployment from Québec City to the Arctic for the whole icebreaking season. The icebreaking services starting June 22 and lasting until November …

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Canadian Coast Guard assures “extraordinary measures” precede start of Arctic shipping season

By Leo Ryan, Editor The Canadian Coast Guard stresses that it has applied “extraordinary measures” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in advance of the 2020 Arctic icebreaking season that kicks off on June 22. “Throughout this pandemic, the Canadian Coast Guard has taken extraordinary measures to protect our employees and the general public as we continue …

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NEAS enhances safety measures for Arctic sealift

IQALUIT, NU, / KUUJJUAQ, QC — The NEAS Group has announced new enhanced safety features for essential summer sealift, marine cargo, containers and traditional community resupply services available for valued customers across Canada’s Eastern and Western Arctic, Polar and Remote High North regions for the upcoming 2020 sailing season. For the summer sealift 2020 season, …

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Polar Knowledge Canada research station in Cambridge Bay seeks new CEO

Polar Knowledge Canada, the Ottawa-based federal agency that manages the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, announced it is looking for a new president, as well as a chairperson and a board member. The person chosen as new president will be replacing David Scott, who had been at the helm since the inauguration …

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First government report on state of marine ecosystems in Canadian Arctic

Ottawa – Today, on Earth Day, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, released Canada’s Oceans Now: Arctic Ecosystems, 2019, the second status report of the annual ocean series. Canada’s State of the Ocean reports are summaries of the current status and trends of marine ecosystems in Canada’s three oceans. Today’s release provides useful educational …

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Canada fully supports global ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

OTTAWA – The Canadian government has formally confirmed its support for a global ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters to help reduce the environmental impacts of increased marine shipping in the North. Such a ban has existed in the Antarctic region since 2011. As the Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee of the …

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IMO working group recommends ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping

In a landmark decision reached at the end of last week in London, a working group of the International Maritime Organization has recommended a global ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships sailing in Arctic waters, with some notable exceptions, beginning on July 1, 2024. The decision by the Sub-Committee on …

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CN rail blockades increasingly hitting Port of Montréal cargo flows

There appears to be no immediate threat that the two-week long Indigenous blockades that have crippled much of the CN Rail network across Canada will force a shut-down of the Port of Montréal. But port officials and stakeholders at Canada’s second largest port after Vancouver acknowledge that it will be “a huge problem if the …

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