From Paper Charts to ECDIS: A Journey Through the Evolution of Marine Navigation
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by jeanfrancoisveilleux
1w ago
The officer of the watch on the bridge of a modern cargo ship or cruise liner is responsible for the safe navigation of these giants of the sea. They rely on an array of navigational technology to safely find their way and avoid collisions with other ships or natural obstacles. But how has navigational technology advanced in the past 50 years? “Steady as She Goes” – Navigating a Ship 50 Years Ago Even in the 1960s and 1970s, ships already had some impressive modern technology available. The increasing accuracy and reliability of gyrocompasses had made error-prone magnetic compasses obsolete e ..read more
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Research Spotlight: Dr. Jean Holloway
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by Meghan Mathieson
1M ago
The Role of Weather, Water, Ice and Climate Data for Arctic Navigation Dr. Jean Holloway is a research associate in the Environment, Society and Policy Group (ESPG) at the University of Ottawa, conducting research on climate change in the Arctic. She completed her PhD in terrestrial science at the University of Ottawa in 2020 focusing on permafrost thaw and forest fires. When the opportunity came up to work with Dr. Jackie Dawson, Jean pivoted to undertake new research on maritime and climate issues in the Arctic. Tell us about a project you are currently working on As the focus for my postdoc ..read more
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Applying Different Technologies to Shipping Risk: Data Collection and Application
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by Meghan Mathieson
2M ago
About this webinar: This webinar series investigates different ways technology is being applied to understand the marine environment, with a particular focus on the activity and impacts of vessels that are not using Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders. As a result of this knowledge sharing, community of practice members can apply this range of technologies in new ways to address information needs for a safer marine environment. The Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) is Canada’s home for ocean observing data, funded by the Marine Environmental Observing, Predictio ..read more
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Indigenous Employment in the Ocean Sector
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by Meghan Mathieson
3M ago
Indigenous people are leaders in marine stewardship living on Canada’s coastlines – and want meaningful participation in the maritime industry. Industry employers are facing an employee shortage across the sector. How can employers create an inclusive workplace to attract and retain Indigenous people? The marine industry is a vital part of Canada’s ocean economy, but it has thousands of unfilled jobs. In this article we explore how and why Indigenous candidates are starting to fill these roles. Indigenous people are providing a much-needed injection of dynamic leadership and strong environment ..read more
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A Day In The Life On A Coast Guard Research Vessel
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by jeanfrancoisveilleux
3M ago
Climb aboard the CCGS Sir John Franklin for a 24-hour research mission in the Pacific Ocean. During summer 2023, two Clear Seas’ staff members were given the opportunity to go aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Sir John Franklin on a research mission with the MELO Project. Chanessa Perry, an intern with Clear Seas’ Indigenous Internship Program, and Tessa Coulthard, one of Clear Seas’ research associates, learned what it is like to work on a Canadian Coast Guard research vessel, and witnessed scientific research in action while sailing through Boundary Pass in the Pacific Ocean. This ..read more
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Think globally, ship locally: Short-sea shipping moves goods efficiently and reduces emissions
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by webmaster
3M ago
When you think of marine shipping, you might picture a giant cargo ship in the ocean or at port after a long voyage from far away. However, marine shipping also plays a key role over shorter distances for domestic transport of goods through what is referred to as ‘short-sea shipping.’ Although exact definitions vary by country, short-sea shipping is usually understood as the movement of cargo by sea, lake, or river without crossing an ocean.1 Shipping vessel on the Mississippi river. Port Technology International. Short-sea shipping exists as an important part of intermodal networks world ..read more
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Integrating Two-Eyed Seeing in the Blue Economy: Reflections from the Blue Generation During World Ocean’s Week
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by webmaster
3M ago
As an Indigenous Program Lead at Clear Seas, I had the privilege of bringing participants from our Indigenous Career Pivot Program and Indigenous Internship Program to World Ocean’s Week in New York. Supported by funding from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, we came to New York to join the Blue Generation, a group of 35 early career ocean stewards from over a dozen countries with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Collaborating with experts in ocean research and conservation during this event deepened my understanding of the challenges our oceans face due to climate change. It also mad ..read more
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Getting to Zero by 2050 – Technical Regulatory Details Matter in Accelerating Decarbonization of Marine Fuels
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by webmaster
3M ago
A growing proportion of global GHG emissions — at 3% and climbing — come from the global shipping industry. The majority of those pollutants come from large ocean-going container ships, tankers and bulk carriers that move finished goods, raw materials, minerals, and food all over the globe. Measures to curb this rise in emissions are already being enacted but the details of how they come into effect are vitally important. In this article we investigate these details and why they matter. Methanol and methane are currently winning the alternative fuels race – what are the consequences? The lion ..read more
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Clear Seas Internship Program is Opening Doors for Indigenous Students
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by webmaster
3M ago
The Clear Seas Indigenous Internship Program is wrapping up its second year of research projects led by post-secondary students across Canada. Each of these projects is unique as they are guided by local cultural and protocol teachings, are addressing the community’s priorities and concerns, and incorporating the individual student’s Indigenous Knowledge. Sarah Thomas, Director of Indigenous Programs at Clear Seas, says, “I have begun to see hope for the future as we are hearing about the benefits this internship program has brought to both the students and the communities. Students are learni ..read more
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Disaster Avoided: Oil Removed From 1960s Shipwreck but Threat from Other Historical Wrecks Persists
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by webmaster
3M ago
A hazardous coastline The region stretching from Cape Scott Provincial Park on Vancouver Island in the north down to Tillamook Bay on the Oregon coast is known as the Graveyard of the Pacific for a reason. From the era of sails and sextants to the present day, this region has been a challenge for mariners to navigate due to the unpredictable weather and rocky, convoluted coastline. First Nations have been journeying up and down this same coast since time immemorial, fishing and harvesting the rich bounty from coastal areas, and trading with other Nations. Cargo ship MV Schiedyk before and shor ..read more
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