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Seaway reaches tentative agreement with union

2011-10-03

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers union representing 475 employees. Details of the agreement, announced on Oct. 3 following extended talks during the weekend, were not disclosed, pending ratification.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, said the conclusion of the bargaining process will allow ships to continue transiting the Seaway without interruption.
A previous, three-year collective agreement expired on March 31, 2011 and was extended to September 30.

Last Friday, federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt had urged both sides to reach an accord, noting that a work stoppage would hurt Canadian businesses and the economy. Her statement came on the heels of the union serving a 72-hour strike notice which could have been implemented as of noon, Oct. 3.
(Photo: Pierre Terrien)

 
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Queen Elizabeth makes inaugural call to Québec

2011-09-28

Cunard Line's all-new cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth, has paid its inaugural visit to Québec City. It was berthed at  Pointe-a-Carcy prior to its scheduled departure on Sept. 28 for Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Flying the British flag, the imposing 294-metre long vessel with GRT of 89,500 and able to accommodate 2,172 passengers, is the Cunard Line's second-biggest ship, just after the Queen Mary ll.

"When a Cunard liner is in port, the excitement can be felt all over town," said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority. "I am also pleased to announce that the Cunard Line has already confirmed its presence at our wharves next season."

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U.S. West Coast group evokes 'land border loophole'

2011-09-27

In another development in the current cargo diversion controversy in North America, a U.S. West Coast lobby group indicated that it "supports efforts to close the Harbor Maintenance Tax land border loophole that unfairly creates a competitive advantage for Canadian and Mexican ports."

To achieve this end, the U.S. West Coast Collaboration (USWCC) proposes that "federal policy should be modified to ensure equal treatment of all US-bound containers regardless of mode of arrival in the US."

Created in 2009, the USWCC comprises the container ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Oakland, Long Beach and Los Angeles, along with BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad.

The USWCC  statement follows the initiative of two Washington State senators asking the Federal Maritime Commission to launch an inquiry on the 'diversion' of US import containers from Asia through Port Metro Vancouver, Prince Rupert as well as Mexican ports.

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Oct. 5 meeting to formalize launch of FMC study on cargo diversion

2011-09-21

Richard Lidinsky, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, announced on Sept. 21 that the five-member Commission will meet on October 5 to respond to the request of  two senators to launch a study on the alleged diversion of U.S. import containers from Asia through Canada's west coast ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert as well as Mexican ports.

At a two-day Canada Maritime Conference in Montreal, Mr. Lidinsky said: "I plan to propose that the Commission begin the study that the U.S. senators requested."

And he sought to put a reassuring face on the initiative that has stirred controversy in Canadian port and railway circles, declaring that "our door will be open to all parties to file comments, provide information and to assist in producing workable answers through this neighborly discussion."

 

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Grain shipments drive Seaway cargo increase

2011-09-19

A marked increase in Canadian grain shipments helped to lift Seaway total cargo by 3.5% to 22 million tonnes at the end of August versus the year-earlier period.

Canadian grain shipments attained 893,000 tonnes in August, representing a 35% increase from the same month in 2010. Total grain volume to the end of August amounted to 4.5 million tonnes compared with 3.9 million tonnes.

The Thunder Bay Port authority reported handling 693,000 tonnes of grain in August, compared to 458,000 tonnes.

Bruce Hodgson, Market Development Director of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, said decreases in some cargo categories were likely due to normal summer slowdowns.

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