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Stay Clear to Stay Afloat!

Soyez prudents, gardez vos distances!

2011-05-03

To raise the awareness of pleasure boaters regarding the risks associated with navigating in proximity to commercial vessels, the Canadian Marine Pilots Association has produced a video that can be viewed as of May 4. Using the technology of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre operated by the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots in Quebec City, it was produced in cooperation with the Office of Boating Safety (Transport Canada) and the National Search and Rescue Secretariat.

The video notably illustrates how small recreational boats are seen by marine pilots from the bridge of ocean-going vessels.

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Container carriers doubling calls
at Prince Rupert

2011-05-02

Starting in early May, Fairview Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert will be receiving four containerships a week, double the present number, operated by CKYH Alliance partners COSCO and Hanjin Shipping in response to Asian trade demands. Both carriers are phasing in expanded or new services.

"We are adding capacity to British Columbia ports, including Prince Rupert, and look forward to increased imports and exports," said Dave Bedwell, Executive Vice-President of COSCO Canada.

Last year, container traffic at the Port of Prince Rupert rose by 30% to 343,366 TEUs, representing over half the existing terminal capacity. The port's 2020 Vision plan targets a phased increase of capacity to 2 million TEUs.

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Tentative labour accord
at Canada's West Coast ports

2011-04-20

Some 4,500 dockers working at British Columbia's ports have been recommended by their union to support a tentative new collective agreement reached with maritime employers.

"We are unanimously recommending the tentative agreement to members of the International Longshore Warehouse Union Canada," said union president Tom Dufresne. The previous agreement expired on March 31, 2010.

The accord will be voted on Thursday (April 21) by the ILWU leadership and submitted shortly afterwards to the full membership. Agreement details will be released publicly after this vote.

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Algoma Central completes purchase
of Upper Lakes interests in SMT

2011-04-15

Algoma Central Corporation announced today (April 15) that it completed the acquisition of the Upper Lakes Group partnership interest in Seaway Marine Transport and related entities along with the vessels and assets owned by ULG used by SMT in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence bulk freight business.

Under the transaction, Algoma has acquired 11 vessels outright and has acquired ULG's interest in four jointly-owned vessels. In addition, Algoma has acquired ULG's interest in a fifth vessel currently under construction in China. To be delivered in July, it will be renamed the Algoma Mariner.

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CN's Mongeau extols impact of collaboration agreements

2011-04-07

During the relatively short period of 15 months he has been at the helm of CN since succeeding E. Hunter Harrison on Jan. 1, 2010, President and CEO Claude Mongeau considers that the series of supply chain collaboration agreements the railway initiated with ports and terminal operators across Canada have generated "dramatic improvements" in container dwell times and on-time performance.

"We have gone from finger-pointing on what is happening to pin-pointing on issues leading to (corrective) action," Mr. Mongeau declared in his keynote luncheon speech at the annual conference in Montreal on April 6 of the Shipping Federation of Canada.

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