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Halifax showing total cargo improvement

2010-04-26

The Port of Halifax has announced an overall improvement in its cargo activity during the first quarter of 2010. While bulk cargo declined compared with a year earlier, there was a strong increase in container, breakbulk and ro/ro volumes.

The statistics on container cargo confirm a strengthening recovery trend, with box throughput climbing by 41% to 99,450 TEUs from the same quarter in 2009. This follows news this month of two enhanced services by CMA CGM and the CKYH Alliance.

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Vancouver container traffic rebounding

Vancouver, forte reprise du trafic de conteneurs

2010-04-19

Emulating its U.S. competitors on North America's west coast, Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) is showing a strong recovery in box volumes, with throughput up by 7% in Q1 2010 over a year-earlier as Asian trade gathers momentum.

The first quarter numbers were also a marked improvement over 2009 container performance as a whole, when PMV's annual box business dropped by 14% from 2008 to 2.15 million TEUs from 2.5 million TEUs.

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Maersk economist underlines Asia role in world maritime outlook

2010-04-09
The post-recession global shipping trend is characterized by an ever-expanding concentration on Asia trade, according to Graham Slack, Chief Economist of AP Moeller Maersk, the world's biggest shipping enterprise.

With economic recovery on a fragile, slow-growth path, notably in the United States and Europe, in what he called 'a new normal' environment, Mr. Slack underlined the role of China-led Asian economies as major drivers of world trade.

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Halifax hails enhanced Asian service

2010-04-14

Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, has hailed the announcement of an enhanced Asian service by "K" Line and Mitsui-OSK Line making Halifax the first inbound North American port.

"This service announcement is of significant importance to Canada's commercial supply chain with Asia," Ms. Oldfield said on April 13.

Together with the Nova Scotia deepwater port's existing Asia services, the new service will strengthen Canada's trading position in providing "fast and secure logistics through an Atlantic Gateway Port," Ms. Oldfield stated. "We appreciate the support of the CKYH partners for again selecting the Port of Halifax and we welcome MOL's return to the Port of Halifax."

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Historic bi-national ice study on St. Lawrence Seaway

2010-04-07

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) together with Transport Canada, the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), the U.S. St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and the Canadian Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have finalized a three-year Joint Observational Study (JOS) that assessed the potential impacts caused by icebreaking activities on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Results of the study were released on April 7.

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