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Seaway posts 15% traffic increase in 2010

2011-01-13

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reported a 15% increase in cargo volume on the North American waterway during the 2010 navigation season, with an estimated total of 35.5 million tonnes.

"With a recovery in the manufacturing sector, characterized by a resurgent domestic auto assembly business, the level of activity in the iron ore trade broke out of the starting gate at a brisk pace in 2010," said Terence Bowles, newly-appointed President and CEO of the SLSMC.

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Montreal 2010 port traffic posts 4% growth

2011-01-07

Preliminary figures for 2010 cargo activity show total traffic increasing by 4%  and container traffic rising by 6.1% over 2009, indicated Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the

Montreal Port Authority on the occasion of the traditional awarding of Gold-Headed Cane awarded to the captain of the first vessel to arrive at the port in the New Year.

"Our post-recession recovery falls in line with trends at other ports on the East Coast of North America," Ms. Vachon told Maritime Magazine.

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Algoma Central Corp. orders four new bulkers

2010-12-21

Algoma Central Corporation has announced it has placed an order with a Chinese shipyard for four new maximum Seaway-sized dry bulk lake freighters, with an option for two additional vessels. The announcement follows the Oct. 1 decision by the Canadian government to eliminate a longstanding 25% duty on imported, foreign-built ships.

The shipping line expects to invest $205 million in the newbuilding construction project with Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries located in the Yangtze Delta.

The order comprises one gearless bulk freighter and three self-unloading bulk freighters. The first vessel is slated to enter service in 2013 - and the remaining three are to follow through mid-2014.

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Capt. Belzile succeeds Ivan Lantz at key Shipfed post

2010-12-16

Michael Broad, President of the Shipping Federation of Canada, has announced the appointment of Capt. Jean-Francois Belzile as Director of Marine Operations.

Effective Nov. 1, he succeeds Capt. Ivan Lantz who will be retiring on Dec. 31 after occupying the key post for over 22 years.

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Québec Cruise Terminal
named for Ross Gaudreault

Le terminal de croisières de Québec
nommé en l'honneur de Ross Gaudreault

2010-12-16

The Québec Port Authority has decided to pay tribute to the professional and personal dedication of its outgoing president and CEO by naming the building commonly referred to as the Port of Québec Cruise Terminal the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal.

"Ross Gaudreault is truly worthy of this honor. The terminal was his project and his dream. He won over his opponents and rallied the citizens of Québec City to make it happen. Over 500,000 passengers later, I think the time has come to congratulate him on a job more than well done," stated Marcel Labrecque, Executive Vice President of the Port of Québec.

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