St. Lawrence Seaway closure could cost $193m/per week

The Chamber of Marine Commerce commented that the possibility of closing the St. Lawrence Seaway in December – which aims at accommodating higher water outflow at the Moses-Saunders dam in December – will have a negative impact to the Canadian and US economies of $193 million/per week.

USCG finalizes PFDs harmonization policy

The US Coast Guard announced it is finalizing the policy harmonizing personal flotation device standards between the US and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. This will enable PFD manufacturers to meet a single North American standard instead of separate standards.

Barge grounded on Quadra Island, British Columbia

Officials are trying to refloat a barge that ran aground, damaging its hull on Quadra Island, British Columbia, on November 9. As Transport Canada informed, it is now considering a salvage plan, and when the barge is refloated, it will be towed to a facility near Campbell River for repairs.

Port of Vancouver to establish LNG bunkering facility

To help mitigate the increased need for LNG in the maritime sector, the British Columbia government is joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and FortisBC to create the first ship-to-ship LNG marine bunkering service on the west coast of North America.

Grounded bulker in St. Lawrence Seaway now refloated

After the Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on 6 October, it has now been refloated and anchored outside of the port of Johnstown, Ontario. The ship is now waiting for repairs.

Bulk carrier runs aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

The Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, near Cardinal, Ontario, on 6 October, the Canadian Coast Guard announced. The vessel was carrying a load of iron ore at the time.

Watch: Factors and recovering methods for girding incidents

Between 2005 and 2018, the TSB received reports of 26 girding situations resulting in 21 capsizings. Girding occurs when a vessel is pulled broadside by a towline force and is unable to manoeuver out of this position. The TSB created this video to illustrate the factors leading to girding and the recovery methods.

Tug capsizes due to lack of training and oversight

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada discusses a capsize incident, where the George H Ledcor was towing another barge and resulted to the former’s capsize.The event resulted to a seriously injured crewmember and an unknown quantity of oil spill. 

Hibernia allowed to resume operations after second spill

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has approved Hibernia Management and Development Company’s (HMDC’s) plan to continue drilling and production at the Hibernia platform, subject to conditions, after the suspension of operations following a second spill on August 17, 2019.


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