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Canada, US to protect the Salish Sea

The Canadian based Chamber of Shipping and the United States based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association will cooperate to ensure safe and sustainable shipping on the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea. These areas are considered key gateways for marine commerce in Canada and the US. Both organizations will take part in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s ECHO program.

Port of Oakland to get three mega cranes

Port of Oakland announced that it will be getting new cranes to handle the latest generation of megaships. The Port stated that its largest marine terminal would install three 300-foot-tall gantry cranes in late 2020.

Preventing the negative impacts of Asian Gypsy Moth

Asian gypsy moth is a serious pest that can be carried on ships and cargo. AGMs exist mainly in some seaport areas in Far East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China. If introduced to North America, AGM would significantly affect forestry and agriculture, the natural environment, the commerce that relies on those plant resources, and market access.

Oil spill reported in Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky

The US Coast Guard informed that it is responding to a diesel oil spill in the Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky, that took place on February 19. The spill came from a vessel that hit a pier, while being transported by an assist tug to a dry dock. The pier opened a small gash in the vessel, which caused approximately 3,000 gallons of diesel to discharge into the water.

WTO: Trade growth to slow down in early 2019

The World Trade Organization (WTO) published the World Trade Outlook Indicator 2019, which expects slower trade growth and the weakness is possible to extend into the first quarter of 2019. The decline of several trade-related indicators should alert policy makers for a sharper slowdown, whether the current trade tensions remain unresolved.

Deck boat collides with bay boat off Louisiana

The US Coast Guard responded to a report of four people in the water after two vessels collided near Baptiste Collette Bayou, Louisiana, on January 16. The boat is now half sunken in Baptiste Collete Bayou outside the channel waiting for salvage. Namely, a 40-foot commercial deck boat with eight people aboard collided with a 24-foot bay boat with four people aboard.

IEA predicts the future of gas

IEA published its gas outlook concerning global markets, business models and pricing arrangements. Although the World Energy Outlook doesn’t have a forecast for what gas markets will look like in 2030 or 2040, the scenarios and analysis provide some insight into the factors that will shape where things go from here.

Fire on vessel at Port of Toledo now under control

Oregon firefighters were battling flames on board the vessel St. Clair at the Port of Toledo, on February 16. The ship was moored in the Port for winter season repairs. No one was aboard, and there was no cargo on the vessel at the time of the fire. In addition, a helicopter crew and a pollution responder, aboard a helicopter carried out an aerial observation of the area on February 17 and found no pollution in the Maumee River.

Vessel fire results to six casualties in Durban Port

As the South American Maritime Safety Authority reported, six people lost their lives in a fire incident, that took place at the port of Durban. SAMSA is moving forward to an investigation to find out the factors that caused the fire on February 14.

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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