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2011 Seaway traffic seen rising 7%

2011-03-18

Following on the rebound momentum of last year, total tonnage on the St. Lawrence Seaway is forecast to increase by 7.1% in the 2011 commercial navigation season beginning on March 22, according to Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"The total volume this year should bring us to about 39.1 million tonnes," Mr. Hodgson told Maritime Magazine. "We see improvements in a number of sectors."

Last year, the Seaway handled 35.5 million tonnes on the heels of a severe, recession-related decline in 2009 to 30.7 million tonnes from 40.8 million tonnes in 2008. In 2007, the waterway's throughput amounted to 43 million tonnes versus 47 million tonnes in 2006.

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U.S. Great Lakes carriers
assail big dredging budget cuts

2011-03-18

The Washington administration's proposal to slash the Great Lakes dredging budget by 32% in 2010 has prompted the region's shipping industry to declare a State of Emergency.

"What a dredging crisis is now a State of Emergency for each of the eight Great Lakes states," declared John Baker, President of the Toledo-based Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, in a statement on March 16.

"Iron ore this year will continue to be steady along with grain and petroleum, and we should see a good pick-up in salt as inventories are low," Mr. Hodgson said.

 

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International Symposium in Quebec
Defining tomorrow's city-port relationships

Rencontre internationale de Québec
Définir la relation ville-port de demain

2011-03-14

From April 10th to 12th, business leaders in the maritime industry and urban development planners will put forward concrete and ambitious proposals to create effective city/port relationships that can foster economic prosperity and quality of life within the context of Sustainable Development.

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Seaspan joins Green Marine Program

2011-03-08

Seaspan Marine Corporation has become the first major West Coast shipowner to join the Green Marine environmental program.

Based in North Vancouver, Seaspan operates more than 150 tugs, ferries and barges. Providing coastal and deepsea transportation, the company also offers bunkering, shiprepair and shipbuilding services.

The firm has entrolled its marine fleet and shipyards in the program. "The inclusion of Seaspan Shipyards also represents another significant FIRST for Seaspan and Green Marine," a press release stated on March 7.

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Green Marine expands to Atlantic Canada

2011-03-02

Quebec City-based Green Marine has announced that Atlantic Towing Limited has joined the voluntary program as its newest member and first shipowner participant from Atlantic Canada.

Part of J.D. Irving, Atlantic Towing operates a diverse fleet of harbour tugs, coastal tugs, barges and offshore support vessels.

"We have joined Green Marine to share environmental innovations and best practices," said Sean Leet, General Manager of Atlantic Towing. "Through our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, we already have a number of initiatives underway to reduce the environmental impact of our activities."

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