British Columbia is seeing an unprecedented level of investment in ports, terminals and infrastructure to support Canada's growing trade with Asia. Each project helps create a more competitive environment for our ports and more jobs for communities throughout Western Canada.Read More
Shipping is the most efficient means of moving cargo worldwide, with ships carrying more than 90% of global trade by water. As ships transit through many jurisdictions and can cross several boundaries in one voyage, the international governance of shipping is essential for industry to maintain a degree of consistency and global acceptance.Read More
While international shipping has embraced the use of new technologies to enhance the mariner's toolkit for safe navigation, ships still look to our professional marine pilots to assist in the safe navigation of vessels along our coast and in the Fraser River. The requirements for the safe navigation of ships are embodied in the Canada Shipping Act 2001 and other key pieces of marine-related legislation in Canada.Read More
Tankers have been calling BC ports for several decades and continue to demonstrate that industry best practices, which often exceed regulations, can ensure that these transits are done safely and without any harm to the surrounding environment.Read More
The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia is finally underway to her final resting place, Genoa (coincidentally where she was built), escorted by an armada of tugs and support craft. Her final voyage began on July 23 at 9am local time and running at a speed of 2 knots she is expected to arrive in Genoa in the early hours of Sunday July 27. Sirens were sounded on nearby boats and church bells rang on the island of Giglio as two tugs began the towage operation. The lead tugs are the Blizzard and the Resolve Earl which together have a combined 24,000 HP and 275 tons of bollard pull. See the short video of her departure from Giglio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2JS6illgYQ.
Despite the appalling recklessness that resulted in the loss of Costa Concordia when she struck a reef on the Island of Giglio in January 2012 with the loss of 32 lives, the other side of the coin has been the tremendous ingenuity and seamanship of the salvage teams that have been involved in firstly bringing the vessel upright in September 2013 and then refloating her last week.
The salvage has been led by a consortium made up of Titan Salvage, which is a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corporation, and Italy’s Micoperi. In charge of the operation itself has been South African salvage master Nick Sloane (above left). Using a system of parbuckling assisted by watertight steel boxes known as caissons attached to the port side of the hull, the Concordia was slowly hauled upright (above centre and right) and laid to rest on a purpose built platform last September. Over the winter, a matching set on caissons was then attached to the now accessible starboard side of the hull in preparation for the refloating operation which began early last week.
With a somewhat hesitant green light from the Italian government, the Concordia was last week floated about 2 meters off the platforms and moved 30 meters towards the east with the assistance of tugs. Once stabilized, engineers were able to use a pneumatic system to slowly deballast the sponsons, raising the ship one deck at a time from deck 6 to deck 3 until she reached a draft of 18.5 meters.
Greenpeace has been at the wreck site at Giglio all week to monitor for pollution and oil spills during the refloating operation as part of a joint operation between Greenpeace Italy and a group called Legambiente or “Costa, We are Watching You”. Ultimately, the loss and salvage of the Costa Concordia is likely to cost her owner, Costa Crociere, a member of the Carnival Group, over €1.5bn ($2bn), almost twice the initial estimate made in the immediate wake of the casualty in January 2012. The Standard Club is the lead P&I insurer with overall claims handling responsibility for Carnival, and is in a quota share arrangement with Steamship Mutual. The two clubs share a retention of $8m which was the limit prevailing in 2012. After that, the passenger and third-party liability pay outs enter the International Group pooling scheme and ultimately the reinsurance market. On the hull side, Aon acted the broker and XL leads the Lloyd’s slip for the €395m insured value hull cover with a 5% line. RSA (formerly Royal Insurance and Sun Alliance) is the company market lead on the placement, which had significant support from Allianz and Axa as well as a smaller participation from Italian giant Generali and marine specialist Gard.