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Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries

Lancement d'un projet mondial contre les déchets plastiques provenant des navires et des pêcheries


2019-12-05

 

 

A new global project to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries has been launched today (5 December) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Initial funding for the project is from the Government of Norway.

Plastic litter in the oceans is recognized as a major environmental problem. The GloLitter Partnerships Project aims to help shipping and fisheries move to a low-plastic future. GloLitter will assist developing countries identify opportunities to prevent and reduce marine litter, including plastic litter, from within the maritime transport and fisheries sectors, and to decrease the use of plastics in these industries, including identifying opportunities to re-use and recycle plastics.

The project will consider the availability and adequacy of port reception facilities; look at enhancing awareness of the marine plastics issue within the shipping and fisheries sectors, including seafarers and fishers; and encourage fishing gear to be marked so it can be traced back to its owner if discarded.

These and other actions to reduce plastic litter have already been identified in IMO's Action Plan to address marine plastic litter from ships, adopted in 2018.

The GloLitter project will develop guidance documents, training material and toolkits to help enforce existing regulations, including IMO's International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex V. Since 1988, this has prohibited the discharge of plastics, including discarded fishing gear, into the sea from ships.

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Sea-Intelligence rains on parade of decarbornisation

Sea-Intelligence lance un pavé dans l'eau de la décarbornisation


2019-12-04

 

While shippers are increasingly interested in tracking their carbon footprint, Copenhagen's Sea-Intelligence, a leading provider of innovative analysis in the container transport sector, reveals in an explosive report that CO2 data provided by the main lines of containers can be extremely misleading. The organization goes so far as to say that the online CO2 calculators used by ten of the 15 largest carriers are useless.

According to analysts "None can be validated," Sea-Intelligence stated, adding: "They are riddled with absurdly poor data quality, sailing distances from China to New York range from 878 km to 1.5 times around the world. One CO2 calculator has not been updated in at least 2.5 years. Avoid them all!"

Comparing the data of two identical services operated by OOCL and CMA-CGM between Shanghai and New York one of the services would emit 96.84 tons while the other would emit 56.80 tons, a reduction of 41.3%.

"What makes this feat even more incredible (literally incredible) is that they are the exact same services! Same vessels! Same rotation! With everything exactly identical, the only difference would be the paint on the container," Sea-Intelligence pointed out in a report amusingly headlined, 'Colour of box saves 77% CO2.'

Another sobering example is that COSCO, the parent company of OOCL, offers a service identical to the services mentioned above, with reported CO2 emissions of only 22.36 tonnes, a "staggering" reduction of 76.9%. The Chinese carrier must not shine in geography, assuming that the distance travelled between Shanghai and New York is only 878 km, about the same distance as between Quebec and Toronto.

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Canada Infrastructure Bank commits $300 million to Contrecoeur project

La Banque d'Infrastructures du Canada consacre 300 millions de dollars au projet Contrecoeur


2019-12-04

 

The Canada Infrastructure Bank announced today it is committing up to $300 million in financing to the Port of Montreal project to build a new container terminal in Contrecoeur. The port, which handled 1.7 million TEUs in 2018, is counting on the planned new terminal 25 miles downstream on the St. Lawrence River to meet future demands as container traffic growth in recent years is expected to soon stretch capacity in the five existing box terminals.

"It's excellent news," said Michael Fratianni, President and CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, largest terminal operator at the Port of Montreal. "Logistec and MGT are working collaboratively to see whether we can operate the facility at Contrecoeur," he told Maritime Magazine.

The project is valued at $750 million. The terminal would boost the port's capacity from 2.1 million TEUs to 3.5 million TEUs. Once final regulatory approvals are made and a full financing package (involving the port, government and industry stakeholders) is assembled, the Montreal Port Authority would set the wheels in motion for new terminal completion by 2023,

"The Contrecoeur expansion will strengthen and diversify our trade with other countries," said Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO of the CIB. "Given the Port's central role in the Canadian economy, this wealth creation will have an impact on the entire country."

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Louise Bédard prend en charge les Armateurs du Saint-Laurent

Louise Bédard new head of St. Lawrence Shipoperators

2019-11-28

 

Québec - Armateurs du Saint-Laurent (ASL) est heureux d'annoncer la nomination de Mme Louise Bédard en tant que nouvelle directrice générale de l'organisation. Mme Bédard succède à Martin Fournier qui a récemment quitté son poste après huit années aux commandes de l'organisation.

Grâce à sa riche expérience en politique provinciale, Mme Bédard est une gestionnaire et conseillère stratégique de haut niveau. Elle a travaillé pendant plus de vingt ans en cabinet politique en occupant des postes de directrice de cabinet, directrice de la recherche, directrice des communications et d'attachée de presse.

Dans le cadre de ses nouvelles fonctions, Mme Bédard s'investira dans plusieurs dossiers prioritaires pour les membres d'ASL, tels que la pénurie de main d'?uvre, le pilotage et la nouvelle stratégie maritime du gouvernement du Québec. Grâce aux excellentes habilités en relations publiques et gouvernementales de Mme Bédard, Armateurs du Saint-Laurent continuera de jouer un rôle de premier plan dans la promotion et le développement des activités des armateurs canadiens. Photo ASL

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Russia ignores climate emergency in planning Arctic shipping

La Russie fait fi de l'urgence climatique dans ses projets arctiques



2019-11-27

 

As the UN published yet another alarming report on Climate Urgency and several of the world's largest container shipping companies, including CMA CGM, Hapag Lloyd and MSC announced in recent months that they would not operate in the Arctic because of environmental concerns, news agency Interfax reports Russia's state-owned Rosatom Group is in talks with VTB Bank, one of the country's largest banks, to secure $7 billion in funds to acquire up to 55 ice-class container ships and upgrade port facilities along the Arctic's Northern Sea Route (NSR), a shortcut between Asia and Europe, competing with the Suez Canal. This would stand in direct conflict with efforts by environmental advocates to limit the amount of shipping activity in the north, in part due to the risk emanating from the use of heavy fuel oil and black carbon emissions.

Shipping traffic along Russia's Arctic coastline continues to be at an all-time high reaching nearly 30 million tons in 2019. The vast majority of this traffic comes from the transport of oil and gas and general cargo but container shipping has been very limited.

It seems Russia intends to change that. Just last month, the Ministry for the Development of the Far East put forth a proposal to create a state-run container shipping company offering service between Murmansk in the West and Kamchatka in the East.

"Very little of Russia's marine activity and shipping in the Arctic can exist without the government subsidizing many elements of the operation," explained Lawson Brigham, Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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