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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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Seaway reports cargo rebound

La Voie maritime signale un fort regain des marchandises.

2010-06-22

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has reported that activity related to the steel industry remains buoyant, with shipments of iron ore and steel slabs showing continued strength. Cargo volumes on the Seaway remain almost 20% ahead of the pace set last year.

Total cargo shipments on the Seaway for the period of March 25 to May 31 amounted to 6,888,000 tonnes as compared to 5,840,000 tonnes for the same period last year. Marine carriers have transported 33,000 tonnes of steel slabs as of May 31. This figure stands in stark contrast to steel slab activity last year, in which no slabs were observed in transit.

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