International

Large increase of ships transiting Canada’s marine waters in Northwest Passage

  More and more vessels are passing through Canada’s marine waters in the Northwest Passage (NWP), according to a report published by the Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME). From 2013 to 2019, the number of ships sailing in Northwest Passage waters increased by 44 percent, from 112 to 160 …

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Waterfront Shipping demonstrate simplicity of methanol bunkering

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, – Waterfront Shipping, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methanex Corporation (Methanex), yesterday demonstrated the ease of ‘barge-to-ship’ bunkering as part of the launch of the world’s first barge-to-ship methanol bunkering operation at the Port of Rotterdam. Waterfront Shipping’s Takaroa Sun—a long-term chartered vessel owned by NYK Bulkship (Asia) …

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Ground breaking propulsion and steering system being tested

  A greener, more efficient rudder system, designed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, will be demonstrated as part of a €6 million EU-funded research project. The GATERS project led by the University of Strathclyde under the Horizon 2020 Fund will see the ‘gate rudder’ – a novel propulsion and steering system – retrofitted …

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Asian ports dominate global Container Port Performance Index

  Asian container ports are the most efficient in the world, dominating the Top 50 spots according to the new global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) launched by the World Bank and IHS Markit. The report scored ports against different metrics, making the efficiency ranking comparable around the globe by assessing and standardizing for different …

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Clean Shipping Alliance scrubs away at ICCT report on Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

  Following the release of a report by environmental group ICCT, the Clean Shipping Alliance expresses its concern about the wrong perception of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (“scrubbers”) and wash water discharges portrayed in the publication. “We welcome all scientific inquiries on Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) that are objective and well researched. However, in …

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Port of Montreal re-opening after Ottawa passes legislation

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Operations  began gradually returning to normal  today at the Port of Montreal after the Senate late Friday followed the lead of the House of Commons by passing legislation forcing some 1,150 striking dockers back to work. Canada’s second largest port has become heavily congested due to the week-long strike and …

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Hapag-Lloyd begins regular Mediterranean service to Saint John in May

  Saint John (NB) –  An agreement announced by Canadian Pacific and Hapag Lloyd in late 2020 is now firmly in place via a notice to customers made Wednesday about the startup of a weekly container service on rotation from the Mediterranean to Saint John, New Brunswick.  The first vessel of the new regular service, the Liverpool …

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Global scrubber wastewater discharges represent 10 Gt per year says ICCT (Forum)

  Ships with scrubbers will emit at least 10 gigatonnes (Gt) of scrubber wash water each year absent additional regulations, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) said in a report. A rapidly growing number of ships are being fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems, or “scrubbers,” as a way to comply with the International …

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Montreal docker union reacts angrily to Ottawa back-to-work legislation

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The union representing 1,150 striking Port of Montreal dockers today vented its anger after the House of Commons approved back-to-work legislation overnight. Bill C-29 will now go before the Senate Friday, where it is likely also to be passed, and potentially go into force Saturday. Subsequently, an appointed mediator-arbitrator would …

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MSC poised to overtake Maersk as world’s largest container carrier

  Taking into account new orders and strong involvement in second-hand vessels, MSC is on track to soon overtake Maersk as the world’s biggest container line, according to maritime analyst Alphaliner. “Irrespective of past developments and fleet growth, the carriers’ opposing stance on container vessel newbuilding is expected to see MSC overtake its Danish competitor …

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