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Diverted Maersk vessel heading for Halifax

2010-07-21

The 2,400-TEU Maersk Patras on the Atlantic route is heading for Halifax to unload its cargo tomorrow (July 21) at the Nova Scotia port instead of Montreal embroiled in a maritime employer lock-out of dockers since early Monday, an informed industry source disclosed.

The union representing the Montreal dockers has affirmed that longshoremen at various North American east coast ports, including Halifax 'won't touch ships that come from Montreal' - but such a commitment has not yet been officially confirmed. Observers note that dockers at Montreal and Halifax do not belong to the same union.

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Lockout shuts Port of Montreal

2010-07-19

Commercial operations at the Port of Montreal came to a halt early today (July 19)) after the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) locked out 850 longshoremen in a protracted labour dispute. Only grain terminal operations managed by the Montreal Port Authority continued as usual.

"As the negotiations for a new collective agreement failed to progress and pressure tactics escalated, some container shipping lines actually began deviating vessels late last week to the ports of New York/New Jersey and Norfolk, Virginia," MEA spokesman Gilles Corriveau said.

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Ocean/Inuit partnership announced

2010-07-16

Ocean Group of Quebec City and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation have formed a partnership to capitalize on the strengths of both firms to serve Canada's Far North, it was announced on July 14.

Tulaktarvik, an Inuit-owned enterprise based in Iqaluit which began operations in May2010 and is the operating entity of the partnership, combines the know-how of Ocean with the Northern experience of Qikiqtaaluk.

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Cote Ste. Catherine lock re-opens

2010-07-16

Three days after an incident involving the M/V Richelieu of Canada Steamship Lines in the St. Lawrence Seaway at Cote Ste. Catherine, vessel traffic re-opened at 4.00 pm on July 15 following a successful clean-up of the navigation channel. At the time of re-opening, 17 vessels were queued to transit the lock.

The incident occurred on July 12 after the vessel experienced propulsion problems during a violent storm. Fuel oil leaked out when the fuel tank was punctured after the ship ran aground.

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OOCL joins carriers imposing St. Lawrence 'low water surcharges'

2010-07-12

OOCL has joined the growing list of container carriers calling at the Port of Montreal who are imposing special surcharges due to abnormally low water levels on the St. Lawrence River that are negatively impacting load capacity and provoking increased costs.

Effective July 19, OOCL is introducing a Low Water Surcharge of US$75 per 20ft container and US$150 per 40ft box.

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