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SSB No. 06/2024 on maintenance of fire safety systems and equipment issued by Transport Canada

ship safety bulletin SSB No. 06/2024 published by Transport Canada
ship safety bulletin SSB No. 06/2024 published by Transport Canada

Transport Canada has issued a ship safety bulletin SSB No. 06/2024 regarding maintaining fire safety systems and equipment.

This bulletin is to remind the marine community about maintaining fire safety systems and equipment.

The bulletin emphasizes the following points:
– Visually check systems and equipment as required. ​
– Confirm that systems and equipment are accessible and available for immediate use. ​
– Keep systems and equipment in safe operating condition. ​ Continue reading “SSB No. 06/2024 on maintenance of fire safety systems and equipment issued by Transport Canada”

Candian vessel construction and equipment regulations updated

Photo by The Canadian Press/Justin Tang
Photo by The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

The Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, announced that new Vessel Construction and Equipment Regulations, which apply to the construction and equipment of new vessels 24 metres or more in length (excluding fishing vessels and pleasure craft), have come into force. The regulations update and consolidate requirements that previously existed in various regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and the Canada Labour Code, into one set of regulations and add penalties for non-compliance. The regulations are wide-ranging, Continue reading “Candian vessel construction and equipment regulations updated”

$165.4 million Green Shipping Corridor program announced by Canada

Pablo Rodriguez, has announced the Green Shipping Corridor Program
Pablo Rodriguez, has announced the Green Shipping Corridor Program

Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, has announced the Green Shipping Corridor Program, marking a significant advancement in environmental sustainability for Canada. Supported by an enormous investment of $165.4, the program promotes environmentally responsible practices in the marine shipping sector in critical areas, which includes the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes, and Canada’s eastern and western coasts.

The program, comprising two crucial funding streams, aims to solve pollution issues in the maritime industry and clear the path for more dependable and clean shipping. Funding applications under these streams are currently being accepted through Transport Canada’s website. Continue reading “$165.4 million Green Shipping Corridor program announced by Canada”

Canada Safe Boating Awareness Week 21-27 May 2022

Safe Boating Awareness week 21-27 May 2022
Safe Boating Awareness week 21-27 May 2022

The 2022 Safe Boating Awareness campaign will still be reaching out to Canadian boaters but, may be a little different in many ways.

Boating is not quite into full gear yet, with some areas of the country open and some soon to open. Because many are getting onto the water in time for Canada Safe Boating Awareness week, we want to remind you of not just our 5 key messages for boating safely, we will also want you to keep in mind recommendations related to physical distancing and who should be and not be on your boat. Continue reading “Canada Safe Boating Awareness Week 21-27 May 2022”

Canadian Government releases draft legislative proposals to implement luxury tax on new boats

In Budget 2021, the government proposed the introduction of a tax on the sale of new luxury cars and aircraft with a retail sale price over $100,000, and new boats over $250,000. The tax would be calculated at the lesser of 20 per cent of the value above these price thresholds or 10 per cent of the full value of the luxury vehicle, aircraft or vessel.

To implement this commitment, the government released for public comment draft legislative proposals. These proposals reflect, and respond to, input received during consultations with stakeholders. You have until 11 April to have your say. Continue reading “Canadian Government releases draft legislative proposals to implement luxury tax on new boats”

Report from Marine Renewables Canada sets out the progress on marine energy during 2021

Canada’s national association for offshore renewable energies Marine Renewables Canada has released a report summarizing its activities in tidal, wave, and offshore wind sector in 2021.

Marine renewable energy projects and R&D are progressing in Canada, with several tidal energy developers approaching deployments as a next step in 2022, new partnerships to accelerate integration in remote communities, and a growing focus on how to support offshore wind development. Continue reading “Report from Marine Renewables Canada sets out the progress on marine energy during 2021”

Latest data on Canadian boating market published

Canada’s most comprehensive summary of statistics on the country’s extensive boating market has been released in digital format. The 2020 Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available as a completely digital publication, highlighting a range of detailed data on North America’s second-largest boating market, compiled by the National Marine Manufacturers Association – Canada.

The report presents includes detailed data on:

Economic factoids for 2007–2020 calendar years
New and pre-owned powerboat and sailboat sales
New outboard engine sales
Boat and engine exports and imports
NMMA members receive unlimited complimentary access to the digital version of the annual Canadian Boating Statistical Abstract.

Click here for more details. 

Lubrication oil failure the most common cause of main engine damage

Lubrication oil failure the most common cause of main engine damage
Lubrication oil failure the most common cause of main engine damage

According to the Swedish Club reveals, lubrication oil failure is the most common cause of main engine damage and a major contributing factor to auxiliary engine breakdowns. The Club has released a new 12 page Engine Damage publication, featuring three case studies, which can be downloaded below.

Main engine damage is an expensive category of claims that occurs far too frequently. Statistically, a vessel will suffer between one and two incidences of main engine damage during its lifetime. The Swedish Club publication contains quick facts and case studies from real-life situations showcasing some of the most common causes of engine damage.

Quick facts Continue reading “Lubrication oil failure the most common cause of main engine damage”

New gate rudder technology claims to make a fuel saving of save up to 30%

New gate rudder technology claims to make a fuel saving of save up to 30%
New gate rudder technology claims to make a fuel saving of save up to 30%

A more efficient gate rudder system, designed at the University of Strathclyde, 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 – retro-fitted to a commercial vessel as part of a trial.

Unlike a traditional rudder which sits behind a ship’s propellers to steer the vessel, the U-shaped gate rudder – essentially two separate rudders – sits astride the propeller which, as a result, acts like a nozzle around the propeller and generates additional thrust.

Both rudders can be independently controlled to provide better steering as well as providing additional crabbing ability when docking.

Continue reading “New gate rudder technology claims to make a fuel saving of save up to 30%”

109 years after Titanic sank: What if she sank today?

109 years after Titanic sank: What if she sank today?
109 years after Titanic sank: What if she sank today?

At a recent webinar hosted by Navigate Response with speakers including David Jardine-Smith (International Maritime Rescue Federation), Dustin Eno, (Navigate Response), Georgios Hatzimanolis (MarineTraffic), Richard Turner (International Union of Marine Insurance) and Genevieve Holloway (UK P&I Club), discussion focused on what has been changed 109 years on from the Titanic disaster and how the situation would have been handled in the modern world.

The records are unclear on the number of Titanic fatalities, but it is widely thought that more than 1,500 souls were lost from a total crew Continue reading “109 years after Titanic sank: What if she sank today?”

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