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ZIM adds Prince Rupert to Pacific Northwest service

2016-10-20

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has announced launching another Asia-Pacific North West Service, (CEN-China Express Northwest service) that joins the network serving the Asia-Pacific northwest trade, which includes the Pacific North Express Service 1 (NP1) and Pacific North Express Service 3 (NP3). The new CEN will rotate through Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Prince Rupert and back to Xingang starting October 25.

"We are very pleased to see another service calling at Prince Rupert and taking advantage of the increasingly well-known advantages that Prince Rupert has to offer," said Michael Gurney, Communications Manager for the northern British Columbia port.

Zim said CEN is the only Pacific north west service in the market to call Xingang directly, offering the fastest transit time in the market on the eastbound leg from Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai.

In a press release, ZIM said the new route offers a smooth gateway through Prince Rupert to the U.S. and Canada with "efficient rail connectivity using the CN rail network."

 
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Ports of Indiana and Trois-Rivières launching joint study

2016-10-18

The Ports of Indiana and the Port of Trois-Rivières announced on Oct. 17 that the two port authorities have formed a first-of-its-kind marketing partnership and will conduct a joint study to explore new maritime shipping opportunities.

The two ports will launch a market analysis in the next few weeks to identify potential supply chain connections between their facilities. The initiative was created as a direct result of the maritime partnership formed between Indiana and Québec in 2015. Both port organizations have been working together in the past few months, but now plan to expand their collaboration efforts.

"We believe there are potential synergies in the industrial sectors surrounding each of our ports and that the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway can provide logistics solutions for developing new business connections in Indiana and Québec," said Gaétan Boivin, President & CEO, Port of Trois-Rivières. "The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor offers connections to extensive supply and demand opportunities for Quebec businesses in the Chicago marketplace, and can provide access to the U.S. inland waterways system."

The  announcement was made when Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith, Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper and a group of Indiana leaders visited the Port of Trois-Rivières as part of an Indiana Maritime Trade Mission to Quebec that included meetings with Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, as well as representatives from the Port of Trois- Rivières, Port of Montreal, Fednav and various maritime businesses based in Québec.

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Port of Halifax cargo
upswing gains momentum

2016-10-20

Total and container traffic is continuing to grow briskly at the Port of Halifax, Q3 statistics show.

Container throughput was up 9.9% in Q3 with 119,181 TEUs and up 16% year-to-date with 354,544 TEUs. "Quarter-over-quarter container volumes are now catching up to the increase we saw in Q3 last year following the introduction of new and expanded cargo services," said the Halifax Port Authority.

Total cargo volume to the end of September amounted to 3.26 million tonnes - up nearly 20% from a year ago.

(photo HPA)

 
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Arctic research funding from Irving Shipbuilding and Nunavut Research Institute

2016-10-14

HALIFAX-Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) have awarded $2 million in funding to nine applied Arctic research projects focused on areas of importance to Canada's Artic communities and the marine industry. On top of Irving Shipbuilding's $2 million in funding, the nine research projects have leveraged an additional $2.3 million from contributing partners, for a total of $4.3 million in research funding

"From oil spills preparation, wildlife health monitoring and marine safety planning, to shipping policies and water research, the initiatives to be conducted as a result of the partnership between Irving Shipbuilding and the Nunavut Research Institute will contribute to a vibrant future for the marine research industry throughout Canada's North," said Joe Adla Kunuk, president, Nunavut Arctic College. "In addition to the research being conducted, this is a valuable opportunity to build our capacity to facilitate and administer funding for research in our communities."

In June 2016, the Nunavut Research Institute issued the call for proposals. Twenty-six proposals were reviewed by an independent review committee of scientist and northern experts. The nine research projects selected by the committee to receive funding involve residents of Canada's Arctic communities in the research, and will contribute to enhancing marine safety and improving response to marine incidents.

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Upswing in St. Lawrence Seaway shipments

2016-10-13

Strong movements of North American grain and renewed iron ore export activity in September have spearheaded an upswing in shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway. From the waterway's opening on March 21 to the end of September, shipments of Canadian and U.S. grain hit 5.8 million metric tons, in line with the healthy volumes experienced in 2015. Overall, some 21.2 million metric tons of cargo transited the Seaway's locks, representing a small drop of 5.32% from a year earlier.

The rise in global iron ore prices over recent months has sparked a revival of iron ore exports via the Seaway, although iron ore traffic for the period to end September still showed volume down 13% at 3.7 million metric tons. Big gainer was liquid bulk, up nearly 35% at 2.5 million tons, while general cargo was slightly lower at 1.73 million tons.

"September's burst of activity is helping to bring overall cargo numbers close to last year's performance," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "I am pleased to note that Canadian shipowners are now operating virtually every vessel in their fleet on the Great Lakes-Seaway System in order to meet heightened levels of demand. In addition, ocean-going vessels in our system are tracking at the same level as last year, which is above the five-year average."

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