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Green Marine receives international award
L'Alliance Verte reçoit un prix international

2011-07-11

Green Marine received the prestigious Sustainable Shipping Award for Green Shipping Initiative of the Year for 2011 at the gala presentations held on July 7 in London, England. The award celebrates and rewards the important work that is going on worldwide to assist the marine industry in improving environmental efficiency. Other nominees in this category included Rightship, DNV, Royal Caribbean and the Carbon War Room.

It was with great pride that David Bolduc, Green Marine's Executive Director, accepted the Green Shipping Initiative of the Year prize before an audience that included environmental and marine industry experts from throughout the world. "The Green Marine initiative has grown rapidly since being launched just over three years ago" he noted.

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Wight assails NY ballast water rules

2011-07-05

Greg Wight, President of Algoma Central Corporation, has sharply criticized measures by the State of New York to impose ballast water treatment standards as of January 2012 that could "stop all traffic through the St. Lawrence Seaway if they are not changed."

Both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, he said, "must request that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues a formal clarification or interpretation confirming that New York regulations can only apply to vessels that discharge ballast water in New York waters and not to vessels that are simply transiting through New York waters."

The senior Canadian shipping executive expressed his views on the controversial issue at the recent annual meeting and conference in Niagara Falls of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

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Japan's Sekimizu new Secretary-General of IMO

2011-06-30

Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for an initial term of four years, succeeding Efthimios Mitropoulos, effective Jan. 1, 2012. He is the first Japanese national to be chosen to run the UN specialized agency.

The vote took place during the session of the 40-member IMO Council held from June 27 to July 1. The decision will be submitted for approval to the IMO Assembly in late November.

Mr. Mitropoulos had headed the IMO for two four-year terms since Jan. 2004 after succeeding Canada's William O'Neil.

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Port Metro Vancouver
unveils annual sustainability report

2011-06-29

Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) has released its first annual sustainability report outlining key social, financial and environmental achievements and milestones during 2010.

Among the achievements listed in The Way Forward report was the first full year of shore power for cruise ships berthed at Canada Place and an air emissions reduction program that won the ecoFREIGHT Sustainable Transportation Award at the 2010 GLOBE Conference.

The port contributed $311,000 to community events and charities through its Community Investment Program.

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CN starting construction
of Calgary Logistics Park

2011-06-15

CN has announced the start-up of construction this summer of its new Calgary Logistics Park, representing an investment of $200 million, with operations slated to begin in early 2013.

Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, said the facility "will provide seamless transportation solutions to rail customers moving products and commodities into and out of Calgary, one of the fastest-growing cities in North America and a key logistics hub for consumer and industrial goods markets in southern Alberta."

In a press release on June 14, he added that the facility was part of a plan to build similar multi-modal facilities across the CN network at key distribution centres to handle a variety of goods and commodities.

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