Eco Ship will harness wind and sun to dramatically reduce fuel use

BY JULIE GEDEON

Eco Marine Power, a Japanese company specializing in renewable energy technology for marine use, is building an Aquarius Eco Ship that will harness both wind and solar power. The ultimate goal is to help various kinds of large vessels to significantly reduce their fuel consumption.

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Vancouver company delivers on high-powered batteries for largest hybrid ferry

BY JULIE GEDEON

Corvus Energy of Richmond, B.C. has achieved impressive fuel savings aboard the world’s biggest hybrid electric ferry through its high power lithium polymer battery solutions. “The direct fuel savings for this ferry are currently between 15 and 20 per cent,” says Brent Perry, the company’s CEO. “In a year, that amounts to enough fuel to run 600 cars and saves the equivalent amount of carbon emissions.”

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CP banks on sustainability at its new Calgary headquarters

BY JULIE GEDEON

Canadian Pacific Railway employees began moving from the company’s downtown Calgary offices to new $38-million headquarters at its Ogden rail yard in early September with all 1,900 staff members expected to make the transition before the year ends. The company is expected to save an estimated $15 million annually by occupying its own premises adjacent to key rail operations rather than continuing to rent expensive downtown offices at Gulf Canada Square.

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Data-connected vehicles and development of possible standards on the horizon

BY JULIE GEDEON

Intelligent transportation systems are embarking on a new era with vehicles communicating with each other directly or through a central infrastructure. “When a delivery truck detects black ice on a road, for example, it would be able to automatically transmit such information to a central infrastructure and/or to all of the vehicles within a fleet,” says Michael De Santis, Chair of Intelligent Transporta tion Systems (ITS) Canada.

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Receding ice pushes Canada towards new environmental and economic realities

By Julie Gedeon

The latest comprehensive report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month concludes the Arctic will lose a substantial amount of its sea ice. The world’s leading scientific experts predict that the extent of summer ice in the Arctic Ocean will decrease significantly, which will cause the region’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to rise considerably. The extensive summertime melting will open new sea routes that the IPPC recognizes will “have major trading and strategic implications.”

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Regional efforts seen as most effective for improving air shed quality

By Julie Gedeon

The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., are expanding their efforts to improve their region’s air quality as part of a draft update to their Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. “All three ports recognize that good air quality is essential to their businesses remaining successful and continuing to expand,” says Jason Jordan, Director of Environmental programs at Port of Tacoma. “So we know it’s important to work together to remain ahead of the regulatory community with overarching goals that we can achieve in the best ways possible for each of our ports.”

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Cleaner air is a top priority for prominent shipping companies

By Julie Gedeon

Major shipping companies are leading the efforts to reduce air emissions with huge investments in new vessels, state-of-the-art technology, as well as unprecedented attention to best environmental management practices.

Fednav has just completed a retroactive assessment of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that indicates the shipping company is emitting only 48.57 per cent – less than half – of the GHG that its ships released in 1990 per tonne-mile even though more vessels are in use. The company is set on further reducing that percentage by spending well over $500 million to build 23 new ships – a few of which have been launched so far. The new-builds will significantly lower the overall age of its already young fleet (now averaging 9.5 years).

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Sustainable development – Denmark assesses the associated risks

By Julie Gedeon

Denmark has completed a detailed risk assessment to protect the environment along Greenland’s 14,000 kilometres of coastlines. While shipping activity is still minimal, it is expected to increase with less ice cover and heightening interest in Greenland’s mineral resources, as well as tourism.

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Polar Code – Canadian IMO delegation member outlines framework and personal concerns

By Julie Gedeon

Marine industry experts agree on the need for a mandatory Polar Code as soon as possible, but no one at the 5th Annual Arctic Shipping North America conference expected it to be done by 2014, as promised. Next year’s deadline is already a two-year extension from an earlier timetable.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has completed a draft of a Code of Safety for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, but its imminent release is expected to generate additional debate.

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