Industry News

PRPA scores top marks for environmental performance

Green Marine has determined that the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is once again one of the highest environmental performers in North America, significantly exceeding jurisdictional regulations and further establishing its reputation as a global leader in environmental stewardship. Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry that encourages...
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New cranes arrive in Vancouver harbour for container terminal expansion

This week GCT Global Container Terminals’ Vanterm facility in the Port of Vancouver took delivery of two new 14,000 TEU capable ship-to-shore cranes. The heavy load carrier, Zhen Hua 35, carried a total of five gantry cranes over 5,000 nautical miles from Shanghai. GCT’s new cranes will be among the most advanced in North America. Electrically...
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Martin Imbleau named President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has appointed Martin Imbleau to the position of President and CEO, effective January 1, 2021. In senior management positions for some fifteen years and having developed extensive experience in strategy, operations, business development and managing major infrastructure projects, he will succeed Sylvie Vachon, who will be retiring on December 31,...
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Peas and Lentils Hit by Container Shortage

A shortage of containers at the Port of Vancouver is slowing Canada’s exports of lentils and peas, the latest ripple in a phenomenon that has roiled trade. Companies are rushing to get the steel boxes to Asia so that consumer goods made in factories there can be shipped to North America, which is proving to...
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Canada’s 1st Indigenous coast guard auxiliary has launched in B.C.

The Indigenous Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary has fully launched in B.C. and has already completed a number of missions. The auxiliary consists of 50 volunteer members from five First Nations along B.C.’s coast — the Ahousat, the Heiltsuk, the Gitxaala, the Nisgaa and the Kitasoo. The auxiliary will work in tandem with the Canadian Coast Guard,...
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Study calls for ban and phasing out of scrubbers to protect the oceans

A study commissioned by the Canadian Government is recommending individual governments, including Canada, take unilateral action to restrict or prohibit scrubber discharges from both open-loop and closed-loop systems. The report comes from the International Council on Clean Transportation, and claims that ships fitted with scrubbers were not effectively meeting the global fuel standard. Findings indicate that...
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Canadian agency issues report on Montreal port’s Contrecoeur terminal project

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada has released a draft report of its analysis of the Montreal Port Authority’s (MPA) proposed Contrecoeur container terminal project. In planning for more than 30 years, the expansion of the port in Contrecoeur, Quebec, is now needed because Canadian importers and exporters continue to increase their activity in Quebec and Ontario. The MPA will...
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Federal Maritime Commission Increases Global Alliances’ Information Monitoring Report Requirements

The Federal Maritime Commission has issued letters to the three global carrier alliances (2M, THE, and OCEAN) requiring that certain carrier-specific trade data currently filed with the Commission quarterly, must now be submitted on a monthly basis. The Commission’s Bureau of Trade Analysis has determined that given recent fluctuations in the markets, they need to...
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Webinar on COVID-19 Testing for Mariners

On November 18th, the CMTS COVID-19 Working Group hosted a webinar for the maritime industry on “Covid-19 Testing Strategies for U.S. Merchant Mariners.” Two CDC subject matter experts addressed pandemic data; workplace prevention and control strategies; the types, availability and reliability of testing for mariners; preventive measures; CDC recommendations for mariners; and answered questions from...
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  1. ECHO Appreciation Event

    December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    December 2 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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    December 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  4. Marine Security Challenges Seminar

    December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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