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Port of Montreal to begin unlimited strike on Monday

The union representing dockworkers at the Port of Montreal announced that an unlimited strike will begin Monday. The union stated that the notice was made necessary after the maritime companies at the port this week announced changes to workplace conditions. Dock workers have already walked off the job twice for four-day periods. Since last Monday, […]

Voluntary slowdown and lateral displacement areas see high participation levels

The voluntary slowdown in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass hit 95 per cent participation in its fifth week, bringing the overall cumulative participation rate to 91 per cent. Specifically, in week 5, 109 out of 115 ships slowing down to the recommended speeds through Haro Strait and Boundary Pass in an effort to reduce the […]

CP reports highest grain record ever

CP Rail has reported that it has hauled more Canadian grain and grain products in the 2019-2020 crop production year than any in its 139-year history. In total, CP moved 29.52 million metric tonnes (MMT) this crop year, exceeding last year’s record of 26.77 MMT by 10 per cent. CP credits its 8,500-foot High Efficiency […]

New funding available for infrastructure program

The Government of Canada has announced that British Columbia now has the option to allocate up to $412,968,016 towards projects under a new COVID Resilience funding stream.  This amount represents 10% of its total allocation under the Investing in Canada infrastructure program.  Projects under the new stream will be eligible for a significantly larger federal […]

CBSA issues Quarantine Filing Requirements for Crew

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advised that all travellers entering Canada are subject to mandatory quarantine or isolation, and exempt persons are required to provide their contact information. Exempt travellers are only required to provide their contact information to allow persons to be contacted during the 14-day period that begins on the day on […]

CLIA members suspend US cruise operations through October

Members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have agreed to voluntarily suspend US cruise operations until at least October 2020. This goes beyond the September 30 extension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) No Sail Order imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Port of New Orleans dredging project to boost vessel size limit

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has taken the first steps to deepen a 256-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from 45 feet to 50 feet, a move that will allow the Port of New Orleans to receive ships larger than the 10,000 TEU limit in place now. The Corps and the state of […]

Ammonium nitrate cargo at Beirut port causes deadly blast

On Tuesday, 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a hangar at Beirut’s port caused a massive explosion, killing scores of people, injuring thousands, and destroying much of the city. Documents published online show senior Lebanese officials knew for more than six years that the ammonium nitrate was stored in Hangar 12 of Beirut’s port, […]

Shipping’s Share of Global Carbon Emissions Increases

A study commissioned by the IMO has found that carbon emissions from shipping rose in the six-year period to 2018 and accounted for 2.89 per cent of the world’s CO2. The report indicated that CO2 emissions from shipping had raised to 2.89 per cent in 2018 from 2.76 per cent in 2012, when the last […]

COVID-19 Outbreak on MS Ronald Amundsen

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has confirmed that 41 crew and 21 passengers (over two voyages) from the MS the Roald Amundsen have tested positive for COVID-19. The two voyages affected took place around Svalbard with boarding and disembarking in Tromsø occurred 17-24 July and 24-31 July.  Passengers from the MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Spitsbergen […]