Three zero-emission harbour tugs mark Corvus Energy’s 500th project order.

January 7, 2022

Bergen, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, October 13, 2021— A pioneer of lithium-ion battery technology in maritime applications, Corvus Energy is proud to announce a major milestone for the company: the 500th project order. The order is the largest in Corvus’ history and is for the supply of the 5,288 kWh batteries for each of three zero-emission harbor tugs. The tugs will be built by Sanmar Shipyards for delivery to HaiSea…

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Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada

June 23, 2018

Browsing the Canada Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) website the other day, I ran across a very interesting paper, it was an arbitration decision, ruling in favour of the Guild and against west-coast tug and barge operator, Seaspan, over it’s random drug testing policies. I completely despise these “CYA”, big brothers, top down attitudes, which these drug policy initiatives seem to be born from. Controlling and punitive motives are probably…

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First LNG-Battery Hybrid Cargo Ferry in North America

December 13, 2016

Canadian ferry operator Seaspan Ferries takes delivery of the first of 5 Planned LNG-battery hybrid ferries Richmond, B.C – Dec 13, 2016 – Corvus Energy, congratulates Vancouver-based ferry operator Seaspan Ferries which recently took delivery of the first of two LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferries to be delivered in the next 12 months. The ‘Seaspan Swift’ is the first LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferry in North America. The vessel features two dual-fuel…

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Tenacity will lead to Friendship in Nanaimo

December 2, 2013

Island Tenacity, readied for Nanaimo Picture IFSL Tonight, the City Council of Nanaimo is holding a special meeting to hear from residents, about the proposal before them, by Island Ferry Service Ltd of Victoria. They are seeking approval, and some concessions, from the city in a bid to bring back foot passenger ferry between the Harbour City and Vancouver. In the past, several ventures have failed at this, for various…

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O NSPS, NSPS! wherefore art thou NSPS?

November 28, 2013

I was asked recently to make a comment in a forum between two seasoned mariners, now working ashore in senior level positions. Of course there is no way I want to be in between two sailors looking for “blood”, but it did make me think about expressing my thoughts on the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, aka the NSPS, that have been tumbling around in the old vacuous cranium…

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Breeze from across the pond

March 14, 2013

Vancouver’s Translink MV Burrard Pacific Breeze, built 2009, image from BMT Shipyards in BC are again being passed over in another planned government funded new build. Translink, the regional Vancouver public transit authority, has sourced Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands, to build a new Seabus replacement vessel. The venerable Burrard Beaver as been in service since its launch in 1976, working alongside its sister ship Burrard Otter, ferrying passengers from…

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NSPS: where are you?

March 1, 2013

From Interwebs The much heralded National Ship Procurement Strategy’s (NSPS) wheel of progress have been mired in thick mud, seemingly unable to gain any real traction when it comes to actually cutting steel. Today, yet another blow to the program, a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer says that the $2.6 billion (yes, with a B), committed to the Joint Support Vessels in 2010 is simply not enough to build…

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Warning to the world (Thanks Mr. Harper)

July 11, 2012

All my shipmates, except myself and the Captains, have been given lay off notices; for us its just a matter of time before we get ours as well. It seems that the vessel is unable to find work in these parts. Our usual cargo was clean petroleum products, and we moved it around the St Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. Some guys were working aboard for ten years, a…

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