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Marine industry attacks NY ballast water regulations

2010-09-21

Canadian Great Lakes marine industry executives have sharply attacked regulations planned by the State of New York, charging they could lose much commercial business as a result of "unachievable standards governing the treatment of ballast water carried by ships through the St. Lawrence Seaway."

Gathering in Thunder Bay for an annual meeting of the Ontario Marine Transportation Forum, the executives called on Sept. 21 for local politicians and business leaders to press authorities in both the United States and Canada to devise one set of achievable ballast water treatment standards, according to a press release issued by Marine Delivers, a bi-national marine industry communications entity.

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Strahl backs waiver of 25% vessel import duty

2010-09-15

Chuck Strahl, the recently appointed new federal Minister of Transport, has strongly endorsed a proposed elimination of a 25% duty on imported cargo vessels that Canadian shipping operators have long been seeking.

Referring to the proposal announced last October by the federal Department of Finance and detailed in the official Canada Gazette, Mr. Strahl declared that the proposed waiver of the duty "has my full support and the support of Transport Canada."

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Lloyd's Register wins award in China

2010-09-13

Lloyd's Register has won a prestigious British government award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to UK-China relations.

The "British Company of the Year" award was presented to Lloyd's Register at a gala dinner hosted by His Royal Highness The Duke of York on September 7 in Shanghai. More than three dozen other British enterprises had presented their candidatures for an award focused on demonstrating strong commitment to developing a sustainable business partnership between the UK and China.

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Terence Bowles to succeed Richard Corfe

2010-09-07

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced on September 2 the appointment of Terence Bowles, former President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, as the successor to Richard Corfe as President and CEO of the Seaway corporation, effective November 1, 2010. Mr. Corfe had been at the helm of the SLSMC since 2003.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Terry Bowles' experience and background to succeed Dick Corfe," said Ian MacGregor, who recently assumed the position of Chair of the SLSMC Board, replacing Guy Véronneau.

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Accord for shorter Quebec-Toronto transit times

2010-09-01

The Port of Quebec, IMTT and CN announced in August a service arrangement that will reduce transit times to Toronto by 30%.

The transit times for shipments destined for Toronto are reduced from 53 hours to 38 hours as a result of the port and IMTT (International Matex Tank Terminals) agreeing to more consistent release times and of CN adjusting schedules to expedite the flow of traffic over its network between Quebec City and Toronto.

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