Ocean protection

Maersk renews expanded partnership to rid oceans of plastics

  Copenhagen, Denmark – A.P. Moller-Maersk announced it is renewing for three years and expanding its partnership with The Ocean Cleanup, a foundation dedicated to ridding the oceans of plastics.  The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To achieve this goal, they aim to stop the …

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Melting sea ice makes Canada more, not less dependent on Icebreakers (Forum)

Climate change leads to more sea ice and higher risks for commercial marine shipping For more than ten months of the year, Canada’s Arctic is gripped by sub zero temperatures and its waters remain covered by ice. The sea ice found in these waters falls into two categories – fast ice and pack ice. While …

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Water ballast tank coating aims to benefit environment

  ABS, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI Group) and the Marshall Islands Registry (MIR) have completed a joint development project (JDP) to create an environmentally friendly, solvent-free coating for water ballast tanks that only requires one coat. ABS completed the Product Design Assessment on the epoxy paint, while MIR granted the system Approval in Principle (AiP). …

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14 countries including Canada agree to sustainably manage national waters

LONDON —The High-Level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy (the Ocean Panel) today presented a new maritime agenda, coupled with bold commitments and new studies. The leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal and those of Norway and Palau, Panel Co-Chairs, today released Transformations for a Sustainable …

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IMO committee approves ban on heavy ship fuel in the Arctic

  LONDON – In a decision criticized by environmental groups for not going far enough, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) today approved a proposed ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic region as of July 1, 2024. Such a ban already exists in the …

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces smart protective coatings project  

  (Dartmouth, NS) – Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced four projects  including the Smart Protective Coatings Project as a part of its core Technology Leadership stream of projects. With a total project value of more than $4.6 million, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $2.2 million in funding with the balance coming from industry partners. The Smart …

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A marine acoustics research station will be deployed off Rimouski

  By Jean-Francois Bouchard A marine acoustics research station will be deployed next spring in the center of the Laurentian Channel, off Rimouski. A unique project in the world co-directed by the Rimouski Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMER) of the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) and the applied research center Maritime Innovation. This research …

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Three shipyards win contracts to supply 48 barges to Canadian Coast Guard

GATINEAU, QC – Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, announced it has awarded three contracts totalling $14 million for the acquisition of 48 hard-shell barges to the following Canadian companies: Industries Océan of Québec, Canadian Maritime Engineering of Port Alberni, British Columbia, and MetalCraft Marine of …

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New Canada regulations to improve marine safety, security and the protection of marine environments

OTTAWA -The Government of Canada has reached another milestone in its commitment to keep improving the safety of Canada’s transportation sector by modernizing legislation and regulations. The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, today announced that the Government of Canada has published the new Marine Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020, which now apply to commercial vessels of all sizes, including fishing vessels, workboats, water taxis and …

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Oceana Canada calls for major initiatives to mitigate global plastics disaster

OTTAWA – A just-released Oceana Canada REPORT affirms that the massive amount of plastic waste Canada is generating disproportionately contributes to the global plastic disaster that is choking our oceans and the animals that call them home. The report from the non-profit organization outlines how the Canadian government can help turn the tide on one of the …

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