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Seaway extends toll freeze

2011-12-28

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has announced there will be no toll increase in 2012. The decision to extend the toll freeze is aimed at reinforcing the waterway's market development initiatives following an approximate tonnage increase of 1% in 2011.

"We are striving to reduce system costs and to bring more cargo into the system," said SLSMC President Terence Bowles.


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Canadian ports applaud border action plan

2011-12-09

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities has welcomed the Dec. 7 action plan by Canada and the United States to facilitate cross-border trade and to increase cooperation on security.

The agreement includes pilot projects on pre-screening cargo which are expected to start next September at the ports of Prince Rupert and Montreal. Both ports handle a significant volume of U.S.-bound goods.

The pilot projects fall within the framework of an integrated security strategy to pre-screen cargo away from the borders at the first port of entry under what amounts to an "inspected once, cleared twice" policy for moving goods between the two countries.

ACPA applauded an agreement that enhances the long-standing relationship with Canada's biggest trading partner, the United States.

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Marine Delivers launches
new website resource

2011-12-07

Members of the Great Lakes-Seaway marine industry have launched a new one-stop website resource at www.marinedelivers.com to highlight the economic, environmental and safety benefits of the bi-national waterway.

Aimed at both Canadian and U.S. audiences, the re-designed site serves as a platform for industry news and announcements, economic statistics, safety information and environmental success stories. Interested parties can sign up for an RSS feed.

Marine Delivers is a bi-national industry collaboration that includes ports, shipowners, the St. Lawrence Seaway corporations and other stakeholders in the Great Lakes-Seaway marine industry.

 
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Port of Montreal
soaring to record

2011-12-07

The Port of Montreal is on track to shatter its previous annual cargo record, with preliminary statistics for the first nine months of 2011 showing a nearly 16% increase. It was thus well-positioned for final 2011 volume to approach 28 million tonnes, mainly thanks to brisk liquid bulk and container activity.

Last year, Montreal handled 25.9 million tonnes, the best performance since the 25.93 million tonnes handled in 2006. In the three quarters to end September, the port's volume amounted to 21.2 million tonnes versus 18.3 million tonnes.

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Bowles sees final 2011 Seaway volume at 37m tonnes

2011-11-24

Due to global economic and financial uncertainties that were worse than anticipated, total annual cargo on the St. Lawrence Seaway when the 2011 commercial navigation ends will attain barely 37 million tonnes, according to Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"This will represent an increase over 2010 of between 1.5% and 2%," Mr. Bowles told a Nov. 24 luncheon in Montreal staged by the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (Sodes).

In 2010, the Seaway's throughput amounted 36.5 million tonnes, and last March Seaway officials had been counting on a 2011 cargo increase of about 7%.

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