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Panama Canal Welcomes 5,000th Neopanamax Transit

Le canal de Panama accueille le 5 000e transit de Neopanamax

2018-12-11

Today, the Panama Canal welcomed its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, reaffirming the value and impact the route has had on global maritime trade.

The COSCO Faith container carrier transited today travelling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The vessel has a 13,345 total TEU allowance (TTA) and measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam.

"The steady increase in Neopanamax transits reflects our customer's confidence in the Panama Canal route," said Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. "We reinforce our commitment to continually improve our service to better serve the industry."

The COSCO Faith is part of Ocean Alliance's Manhattan Bridge-AWE2 service, between Asia and the US East Coast.

Of the 5,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, 51 percent have been from the container segment. Liquefied petroleum gas vessels constitute another 26 percent, and liquefied natural gas carriers, a relatively new segment to the Panama Canal, make up 10 percent. Dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruise ships make up the remaining transits.

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Port of Montreal tackles tree planting pledge

Le Port de Montréal amorce son engagement à semer des arbres

2018-12-11

In June, the Port of Montreal announced it had joined the Greening Leaders Committee of Montreal together with CN and Hydro-Québec, as well as its commitment to plant 2,000 trees over the next five years.
The Montreal Port Authority is pleased to announce that last Friday, the initial planting effort in collaboration with Soverdi was completed. About 100 trees in total were planted near Cast Terminal and along Notre-Dame Street close to Alphonse D. Roy Street, despite the bad weather!
The Port of Montreal is proud to contribute to the greening of Montreal and plans to take this collaborative approach further in the coming years to achieve its objective.

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Québec National Assembly unanimously pushes Ottawa for more shipbuilding work

L'Assemblée nationale du Québec pousse unanimement Ottawa pour plus de travaux de construction navale

2018-12-09

Québec's National Assembly has unanimously adopted a motion in support of the federal government's reform or 'refresh' of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The motion on Dec. 7 called upon the federal government to endorse the House of Commons and Senate's recommendations to proceed immediately with the construction at Davie Shipbuilding of a second Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship as well as a new fleet of icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Seaspan shipyards in Vancouver and St. John-based Irving, chosen to carry out the major part of the shipbuilding contracts, have opposed additional contracts being shifted to Davie. Regarding the Resolve matter, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has gone on record for stating: " We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn't exist."

During 2017, the Federal government conducted a review of the National Shipbuilding Strategy in order to reform the failed strategy and begin to deliver ships for Canada in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Québec marine industry workers and suppliers are now awaiting the widely anticipated policy adjustment.

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