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Canadian Wheat Board
buying two bulk carriers

2011-02-08

In an unprecedented initiative,  Prairie farmers will become owners of ships that move their wheat on the Great Lakes under an agreement announced in Winnipeg today (Feb. 8) between the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), Algoma Central Corporation and Upper Lakes Group Inc.

The CWB is purchasing two new laker vessels being built in China that will be ready for service in 2013 as part of a larger purchase by Algoma and Upper Lakes.

The CWB's cost for the two ships is $65 million, equal to approximately $1 per tonne, paid over the next four crop years. Prairie farmers also own a fleet of 3,400 rail hopper cars that move wheat and barley to ports and domestic customers.

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Port Metro Vancouver
launches enhanced box capacity program

2011-02-07

Port Metro Vancouver has launched what it called a new Container Capacity Improvement Program as part of long-term strategy to meet future growth and demand in Canadian international trade.

Container traffic through PMV is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years, and to nearly triple by 2030. Last year, the port handled a record 2.5 million TEUs, as box volume climbed 17% following a period negatively impacted by the 2008-2009 recession.

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Michigan's Candice Miller wins Great Lakes award

2011-02-07

As a result of her unwavering commitment to resolving the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes, Candice Miller (R-MI) has been named 2011 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing workers and industries dependent on shipping in the Great Lakes.

Congresswoman Miller, who represents Michigan's 10th District in the House of Representatives, will formally receive the award from the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force in Washington on Feb. 9.

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Armstrong joins Seaway Board

2011-01-31

Bob Armstrong, President of Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada (SCL), was recently appointed as the Ontario Provincial Government Representative on the Board of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC).

Mr. Armstrong has over four decades of experience in global supply chain issues, international trade, cross-border logistics and customs regulations and procedures.

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Vancouver sets new container record

2011-01-28

Port Metro Vancouver has announced a record container throughput of 2.5 million TEUs in 2010  as box volume climbed by 17% over the previous year. Total tonnage rose by 16% to 118.4 million tonnes. The PMV said that "demand for imported consumer goods continued and container exports returned to Asia with forest products and special crops"

"Port businesses have every reason to celebrate a hard-earned recovery that exceeded expectations," said Robin Silvester, PMV President and CEO.

"The results show the Asia-Pacific gateway strategy is working for the Canadian economy," said federal Transport Minister Chuck Strahl.

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