Canadian marine shipping endorses international CO2 reduction targets

Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is endorsing proposed international targets to reduce marine shipping’s carbon emissions per tonne-km by 50 per cent by 2050 in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Canadian Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipowners are committed to environmental protection and fully endorse this proactive global approach to reducing the carbon footprint of marine shipping,” said Bruce Burrows, President of CMC. “Similar to the airline industry, marine shipping is an international business and it is important that we have one global solution to the challenge of climate change.”

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Vancouver-based GreenPower Motor Co. makes big moves into American market

By R. Bruce Striegler

Only six months after announcing the sale of ten of its EV350 40-foot zero-emission all-electric transit buses to Porterville, California, Vancouver headquartered GreenPower Motor Co. revealed in early June that it had discovered a partner in the San Joaquin valley city, and said it will build a 145,000 square-foot assembly plant and a 6,000 square-foot office in Porterville. Commemorating the event, the California Air Resources Board presented a ceremonial check for $9.5 million, which will pay for Porterville to become the first all-electric city transit system in the United States.

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A windshield on a containership saves fuel and cuts emissions, says MOL

By Mike Wackett

Japanese ocean carrier MOL has successfully completed testing a windshield on the bow of one of its containerships, which it claims has saved fuel and reduced CO2 emissions by around 2 per cent. The windshield was installed on the 2010-built 6,700 TEU MOL Marvel in September 2015 and was monitored during its service on the Asia-North America east coast route.

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Mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach set zero emissions goals for Ports of L.A. and Long Beach

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia are strengthening their pledge to make the twin city-owned ports of the San Pedro Bay global models for cleaner air, sustainability and innovation. They also reaffirmed their commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals in their cities, and highlighted the two ports’ critical role in achieving them. The two mayors signed a joint declaration that directs America’s largest port complex to reduce air pollution by moving to zero-emission trucks and yard equipment by 2035 and 2030 respectively. The mayors also affirmed that the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) will include new investments in clean technology, expanding at-berth emission reductions, and launching a zero emissions drayage truck pilot program in the next few years.

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Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock installs ballast water treatment system

Following five extensive weeks of repair and installation activities, Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock (VDC) announced on-schedule completion of its refit activities on Louis Dreyfus’ Ile de Batz Special Purpose/Cable Layer vessel. Arriving on April 21 and departing VDC on May 25, 2017, the Paris (France) based vessel underwent a wide scope of work that included the assembly of a new plow (special insitu welding/machining), overall support for mobilizing the ship, as well as the primary focus of the refit program, the installation of a ballast water treatment system – the first of its kind at VDC.

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Port of Hamilton: Sustainability in the spotlight

Port of Hamilton: Sustainability in the spotlight

Stewardship of the land and water around Hamilton’s port lands is fundamental to the Port of Hamilton’s strategy and operations. This year, HPA will begin the process of outlining a robust Sustainability program, that will track and report publicly on financial, social and environmental metrics. This program will build on a range of environmental initiatives that are already delivering important positive results:

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Trudeau’s Arctic: Warming up to the region

K. Joseph Spears

Canada’s Liberal government was elected October 2015 and is now in the second year of its mandate. A picture is emerging of the Trudeau government policy in the Arctic. Canada and the United States entered into a Joint Policy Statement on the Arctic when Prime Minister Trudeau attended his first state visit to Washington while President Obama was still in office. The joint declaration was based upon the foundation of climate change and science-based decision-making that provided a guidepost for resource development and sustainable shipping activities, to name two of the issues addressed in the joint statement. This joint declaration is the subject matter of an article in a March 2016 issue of Canadian Sailings. With the new Trump Administration, the status of this joint declaration remains undetermined, especially given the new Administration’s avoidance of statements related to climate change.

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Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ to allow Cummins truck engines to operate on natural gas

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product, at the American Trucking Association’s TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The proprietary technology was developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.

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Opinion – What more evidence do we need? Green usually follows the money

By Theo van de Kletersteeg

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Canadian National Railways was one of three Canadian enterprises to appear on CDP’s Climate “A” list. For more than a decade CN has been the undisputed leader in North American rail efficiency, proving that when business owners streamline their operations to gain maximum productivity while maintaining safety, the environment gains. No, it’s not the reduction in the use of paper that drives measurable green achievements. In CN’s case, among other factors, it’s the utilization of well-maintained, highly efficient rolling stock, it’s the optimization of train lengths, locomotive pulling power, scheduling of crews, and the constant examination of processes and procedures to leave no stone unturned to identify additional opportunities for productivity improvements.

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