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British Columbia Cruise Update 2012

British Columbia Cruise Update 2012

The Alaska and  British Columbia cruise sector continues to evolve. Key factors to watch are the strength of the United States economy and whether the Eurozone economies flirt with recession. However, Port Metro Vancouver is expecting a surge in cruise …

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West Coast Search and Rescue Part 2

West Coast Search and Rescue Part 2

West Coast search and rescue (SAR) was the subject of this BC Shipping News article.  Author K. Joesph Spears states that search and rescue on Canada’s West Coast is an evolving subject. Search and rescue professionals have always responded …

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Shipping Oil Off The Pacific Coast

Shipping Oil Off The Pacific Coast

The prospects of shipping oil off the Pacific Coast has generated significant public interest in Canada. It is fair to say that the regulation of international shipping in Canadian waters is a highly developed and sophisticated regime using experienced participants …

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West Coast Search and Rescue Part 1

West Coast Search and Rescue Part 1

The capacity for West Coast Search and Rescue is critical since many large commercial vessels, ferries and smaller craft ply Canadian waters. Incidents can and will happen. As a coastal nation, we need to be ready. It is too late …

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Oil Tankers in Canadian Waters: Are We Ready?

Oil Tankers in Canadian Waters: Are We Ready?

The prospect of increased oil tankers in Canadian waters raises the important question of Canada’s marine readiness and response. The  goal of marine safety management is to be strong at the prevention and protection phase so that we need never …

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The Canadian Trade Policy Agenda

The Canadian Trade Policy Agenda

A renewed Canadian trade policy agenda is part of the Conservative government economic policies. From an international shipping and marine transportation perspective, Canada is primarily viewed as a NAFTA trade dependent nation. To change this perspective tangible results from the …

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