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Cote Ste. Catherine lock re-opens

2010-07-16

Three days after an incident involving the M/V Richelieu of Canada Steamship Lines in the St. Lawrence Seaway at Cote Ste. Catherine, vessel traffic re-opened at 4.00 pm on July 15 following a successful clean-up of the navigation channel. At the time of re-opening, 17 vessels were queued to transit the lock.

The incident occurred on July 12 after the vessel experienced propulsion problems during a violent storm. Fuel oil leaked out when the fuel tank was punctured after the ship ran aground.

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OOCL joins carriers imposing St. Lawrence 'low water surcharges'

2010-07-12

OOCL has joined the growing list of container carriers calling at the Port of Montreal who are imposing special surcharges due to abnormally low water levels on the St. Lawrence River that are negatively impacting load capacity and provoking increased costs.

Effective July 19, OOCL is introducing a Low Water Surcharge of US$75 per 20ft container and US$150 per 40ft box.

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Transport Canada rejects BIMCO charges

2010-07-08

Canada's federal transport authorities reject the  Baltic & International Maritime Council's sharp criticism of  new mandatory ship reporting regulations on Arctic transits that they contradict international obligations.

The strengthened Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone regulations (NORDREG) replace, effective July 1, the previous 30-year-old voluntary reporting system for foreign and domestic ships passing through the Canadian Arctic archipelago.

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BIMCO slams Canada Arctic control measure

2010-07-05

The Baltic & International Maritime Council (BIMCO), a powerful independent shipping association, has pointedly rebuked the Ottawa authorities for implementing, as of July 1, a new mandatory reporting requirement of foreign and domestic ships passing through Canada's Arctic waters as part of initiatives affirming Canadian sovereignty. The strengthened so-called Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zone regulations replace a previous voluntary reporting system.

Ships of 300 tonnes or more are required to report to the Canadian Coast Guard prior to entering the zone, while navigating in the zone, and upon exiting the zone.

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Maher Terminals commits to Nova Scotia box facility

2010-07-08

Melford International Terminal (MIT) announced on July 7 that it has signed an agreement with New Jersey-based Maher Terminals under which the latter will become a shareholder and operator of a new, deepwater container terminal at the Strait of Canso. The ambitious facility will target future trade between North America and emerging Asian markets via the Suez Canal.

What will be known as Maher Melford Terminal will connect to key interior markets through intermodal rail service provided by Canadian National Railway.

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