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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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Algoma Central acquires
Upper Lakes shipping interests in SMT

2011-02-28

In a major restructuring development in Canada's Great Lakes marine industry, Algoma Central Corporation has acquired the Upper Lakes Group partnership interests in Seaway Marine Transport and related entities. Transaction valued at $85 million comprises the vessels and assets owned by ULG and its affiliates and used by SMT in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence waterway dry bulk business.

The deal, concluded on Feb. 25 and slated to close by the end of March, will create by far the largest domestic fleet under single ownership - about 36 ships all told - on the inland waterway. Upper Lakes currently owns 11 vessels and is part owner of five others.

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Saint John port employers & dockers
conclude new collective agreement

2011-02-22

The International Longshoremen's Association Local 273 and the Port of Saint John Employers Association (PSJEA) have agreed to a new Collective Labour Agreement, which became effective on February 13, 2011. The term of the agreement is four years, expiring on December 31, 2014.

The agreement allows for cost savings for employers and wage increase of 6.1 % for employees over the term of the agreement as well as an 8 % increase toward pension and welfare contributions, again over the term.

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New Le Havre-Vancouver service

2011-02-17

Hamburg Sud and Chilean shipping line CCNI have launched an expanded container service between Le Havre and the Americas which includes a new, direct call at Port Metro Vancouver.

The new service links the French Atlantic port with the West Coast of North America via the Panama Canal. Final destination is Vancouver following a voyage of 31 days.

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