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NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers and Pinnacle Renewable Energy sign milestone agreement

Pinnacle Renewable Energy and NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NYKBP) have entered into a 15-year agreement to export wood pellets to key ports in Japan, with support from both countries’ governments. The agreement has been developed over the period of a year, including the launch of a new vessel, the New Pinnacle. The Handy-class vessel...
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International cargo on the Great Lakes declined 7% in 2019

International cargo on the Great Lakes totaled 38 million tons last year, a number that has dropped 7% since 2018. The decrease is being attributed to a combination of trade wars, high waters that made navigational conditions difficult at key points on the marine superhighway, and all the rain in the spring that took a...
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Association of Pacific Ports appoints Jane McIvor as Executive Director

The Board of the Association of Pacific Ports has announced the appointment of Jane McIvor as Executive Director, effective February 1, 2020. McIvor has worked in the public relations and communications field for over 25 years, predominantly in the maritime industry. She has provided association management services to clients such as British Columbia Marine Trades...
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Federally funded climate institute calls for change

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices opened its doors Tuesday and marked the occasion by releasing an 80-page report examining the consequences of climate actions that Canada might take under different global pollution scenarios.  The institute is operating on $20 million from the Government of Canada over the next five years. The institute will maintain independent...
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US Agriculture Coalition seeking better rail service

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition based in Washington, DC is advocating for cheaper rail service to help US West Coast ports and agricultural exporters reverse lost market share and increase competitiveness.  Citing cheaper and faster rail service offered by Canadian railways as one of the key reasons for lower volumes at US west coast ports, executive...
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Green Bay considered for luxury cruise destination

While Green Bay has been a stop on luxury cruises in the past, it has seen the stop cancelled for many cruise lines in recent years. However, Victory Cruise Line lists Green Bay several times as a stop as part of its Great Lakes cruises. Victory Cruise Lines includes Hop-on-Hop-off tour options in each port...
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Coronavirus leaves ships waiting at Wuhan

China has started holding back some ships from calling at the city of Wuhan, a major trade hub on the Yangtze River, as the country seeks to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus. Wuhan, an industrial city of 11 million people, is an important river port that handles close to 1.5 million containers a year, along with thousands of...
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IMO Secretary-General assesses progress on sulphur limit implementation

Information from various sources has indicated a relatively smooth transition to the 0.50% sulphur limit. Prices for compliant fuels – very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO) rose quickly initially but now appear to be stabilizing. As of 20 January, 10 cases of compliant fuel being unavailable had been reported in IMO’s...
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Malaysia returns 11 containers of garbage to Canada, 150 worldwide

The Malaysian government has returned 11 shipping containers of plastic garbage back to Canada as the country takes a hard stand to keep illegal foreign waste from its shores. The country has returned a total of 150 containers of garbage, mostly plastic waste that cannot be recycled, back to 13 countries, including Canada, France, the...
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