Transport Canada released the results of a study on the safety and environmental performance of low rolling resistance tires. Low rolling resistance tires are designed to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. They are made of advanced materials and have treads, dimensions and weights that help to minimize the energy lost as the tire rolls across the road surface.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); an act that includes the widest sweeping regulations to be introduced in the food industry since the Food Bioterrorism Act of 2002. One of the most noteworthy rules included in the Act allows FDA to administratively detain food for human or animal consumption if there is reason to believe the food has been adulterated or misbranded. This interim final rule was accepted without change on February 5, 2013.
By Peter G. Hall
Uh-oh. Readers of this column know how much stock EDC Economics puts in the strength of the U.S. economy. Last week’s preliminary glimpse at fourth quarter U.S. GDP was a pretty icy shower, even for the pessimists. The consensus view was for a meagre 1.1 per cent increase for the quarter. Instead, it rang in at -0.1 per cent. Is this a major jolt to the 2013 forecast for the engine of the global economy, or is there a good explanation for the sudden about-face? (If so, it had better be a good one).
BBC Chartering and Dan-Gulf Shipping announced that the M/V BBC Ocean will be joining the CaytransBBC fleet. The BBC Ocean is a 6,150-deadweight-tonne tween-deck multipurpose vessel with 329,450-cbf bale capacity featuring 120-tonne lifting capacity. The BBC Ocean will be operated by CaytransBBC which offers a weekly breakbulk liner service between Houston and Mobile to the North Coast of South America, the Caribbean and Central America.
By Bruce Striegler
Aluminum-hull catamarans carry up to 400
Launched in 1977, Vancouver’s SeaBus ferries, the cross-harbour, aluminum-hulled, catamaran passenger ferries have become an iconic transportation link between North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. It’s a curiosity that a service which carries nearly six million passengers yearly was born from a scrapped 1960’s plan to build freeways along Vancouver’s finest city beaches. Some funds from the rejected freeway proposal were turned into cash for commuter ferries. The original two vessels, built at shipyards in Vancouver and Victoria are now operated by TransLink, the region’s transportation Authority.