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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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On this 2020 Day of the Seafarer ECSA and ETF cry out: Let them go home!

Photo: ECSA The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) pleads the EU has to start acting to resolve the current crew change crisis Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, seafarers around the world have been facing difficulties in being replaced by other crew and getting repatriated. Specifically for Europe, the …

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CMC urges unified Canada-U.S. approach to ballast water regulations

Bruce Burrows, CMC President and CEO By Leo Ryan, Editor The Ottawa-based Chamber of Maritime Commerce has urged the Canadian and U.S. authorities to abandon their separate regulatory tracks and to “forge a bilateral arrangement on managing ballast water” in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence  shipping corridor. At the same time, in an emailed statement to …

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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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Many vessels not complying with whale protection slowdown orders

OTTAWA – During a week in May, 72 percent of vessels were observed exceeding a voluntary 10 knot slowdown through the Cabot Strait, a key passage for endangered North Atlantic right whales as they migrate into the Gulf of St. Lawrence in search of food. The highest observed speed – 21.1 knots – was a …

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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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Seaspan and Heddle Shipyards team up to eventually capture polar icebreaker contract

Photo: CCG By Leo Ryan, Editor Formerly competing for the same multibillion dollar contract, Seaspan Shipyards (Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd.) and Heddle Shipyards (Heddle Marine Service Inc.) today announced an alliance to win approval from the federal government to build the long-delayed future polar icebreaker of the Canadian Coast Guard. Under the terms of their …

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Canada among countries signing joint statement marking World Oceans Day

OTTAWA –  Prime Minister Trudeau was among world leaders signing a joint statement by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy marking World Oceans Day: “Today, we celebrate World Oceans Day under unprecedented circumstances, as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated health and economic challenges,” the statement said. “We, the …

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Halifax suspends entire 2020 cruise season

The Port of Halifax has suspended the 2020 cruise season following the announcement on May 29 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau of COVID-related, updated restrictive measures on cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters. Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers are now forbidden to operate in Canadian waters until October 31. An earlier …

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FMC launches investigation into proposed “discriminatory” Canadian ballast water regulations

By Leo Ryan, Editor U.S.-flag carriers on the Great Lakes seriously perturbed over the implications of proposed Canadian ballast water regulations strengthening measures against the spread of aquatic invasive species have successfully taken up their cause with Washington’s Federal Maritime Commission. The FMC in late May agreed to launch an investigation based on unanimous acceptance …

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