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U.S. ports awarded infrastructure grants

2010-10-25

Ray LaHood, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, has announced the awarding of nearly US$ 95 million in grants for major infrastructure projects at American ports.

Kurt Nagle, President of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), applauded "this recognition of the critical role our nation's ports play."

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Tug runs aground in Seaway

2010-10-25

U.S. Coast Guard personnel are on the scene and monitoring the grounding of the 100-foot tug Commodore Straits, which ran aground while pushing two barges in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Keewaydin State Park in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., at about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 24. The tug is operated by Upper Lakes Shipping.

Although both barges, which are carrying soybeans, are taking on water, no pollution or injuries have been reported, and the area has been determined safe for maritime traffic to pass at reduced speeds.

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Benchmarking of Shipyards for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

2010-10-21

The results of a Solicitation of Interest and Qualification process to build large vessels for Canada under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), an unprecedented long-term, multi-billion dollar commitment to renewing Canada's federal fleet, were announced recently.

Davie Yards Inc., Lévis, QC; Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Saint John, NB; Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, BC; Kiewit Offshore Services - a division of Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Milton, ON; Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc., St. Catharines, ON are the five Canadian shipyards that have been short-listed to build these large vessels.

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Panama Canal Authority commemorates one-millionth transit through the
iconic canal

2010-10-21

On October 13, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Operations Executive Vice President Manuel Benítez awarded the vessel Fortune Plum with a plaque commemorating the ship as the one-millionth transit through the Panama Canal since its inauguration in 1914. "We are extremely honoured to commemorate the one-millionth transit through the Panama Canal," said Mr. Benítez. "For more than 96 years, this vital waterway has served world trade, and we will continue this tradition of safe, reliable and efficient service. Today, we also honour the hard work of every ACP employee, whose dedication has helped make this one million mark a reality. We are proud to be a part of this moment and look forward to many more milestones to come."

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CMA CGM Figaro makes Vancouver call

2010-10-21

The Vancouver Port Authority this week was the enthusiastic host at Deltaport of the largest CMA CGM container vessel ever to call at a Canadian port.

The 8,500-TEU CMA CGM Figaro, which was delivered by a South Korean shipyard to the French container operator last spring, is deployed on the Columbus loop - a pendulum service linking China and Korea to the Pacific Northwest and Canada as well as the US East Coast via the Suez Canal. It arrived at Deltaport on Oct. 19.

"We are delighted over the large commitment by CMA CGM to the Pacific Northwest and especially for Vancouver," said Scott Galloway, Trade Development Director of Port Metro Vancouver.

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