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Tentative labour accord
at Canada's West Coast ports

2011-04-20

Some 4,500 dockers working at British Columbia's ports have been recommended by their union to support a tentative new collective agreement reached with maritime employers.

"We are unanimously recommending the tentative agreement to members of the International Longshore Warehouse Union Canada," said union president Tom Dufresne. The previous agreement expired on March 31, 2010.

The accord will be voted on Thursday (April 21) by the ILWU leadership and submitted shortly afterwards to the full membership. Agreement details will be released publicly after this vote.

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Algoma Central completes purchase
of Upper Lakes interests in SMT

2011-04-15

Algoma Central Corporation announced today (April 15) that it completed the acquisition of the Upper Lakes Group partnership interest in Seaway Marine Transport and related entities along with the vessels and assets owned by ULG used by SMT in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence bulk freight business.

Under the transaction, Algoma has acquired 11 vessels outright and has acquired ULG's interest in four jointly-owned vessels. In addition, Algoma has acquired ULG's interest in a fifth vessel currently under construction in China. To be delivered in July, it will be renamed the Algoma Mariner.

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CN's Mongeau extols impact of collaboration agreements

2011-04-07

During the relatively short period of 15 months he has been at the helm of CN since succeeding E. Hunter Harrison on Jan. 1, 2010, President and CEO Claude Mongeau considers that the series of supply chain collaboration agreements the railway initiated with ports and terminal operators across Canada have generated "dramatic improvements" in container dwell times and on-time performance.

"We have gone from finger-pointing on what is happening to pin-pointing on issues leading to (corrective) action," Mr. Mongeau declared in his keynote luncheon speech at the annual conference in Montreal on April 6 of the Shipping Federation of Canada.

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Italy's Fincantieri negotiating
to buy Davie Yards

2011-04-05

Financially-truggling Davie Yards of Lévis, Québec has announced negotiations with Fincantieri, a large Italian shipbuilder based in Trieste within the Finmeccanica Group, in a bid to position itself to win part of a multi-billion naval contract from the Canadian government.

Gustav Johan Nydal, chief executive of Norwegian-controlled Davie, said that Fincantieri and DRS Technologies Canada, a defence electronics subsidiary, "have the strength and technical expertise that we are seeking to take over the Lévis yard."

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BC waterfront dockers/employers
in prolonged deadlock

2011-04-01

A federal mediator has stepped in to seek a new collective agreement between  maritime employers and 4,500 dockers locked in a prolonged deadlock that could potentially disrupt normal shipping activity at Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) and other ports on the B.C. coast.

Bill Lewis, the mediator, entered resumed negotiations on March 31 between senior officials of the B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The BCMEA represents 62 ship and terminal owners.

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