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Benchmarking of Shipyards for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

2010-10-21

The results of a Solicitation of Interest and Qualification process to build large vessels for Canada under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), an unprecedented long-term, multi-billion dollar commitment to renewing Canada's federal fleet, were announced recently.

Davie Yards Inc., Lévis, QC; Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Saint John, NB; Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, BC; Kiewit Offshore Services - a division of Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Milton, ON; Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc., St. Catharines, ON are the five Canadian shipyards that have been short-listed to build these large vessels.

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Panama Canal Authority commemorates one-millionth transit through the
iconic canal

2010-10-21

On October 13, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Operations Executive Vice President Manuel Benítez awarded the vessel Fortune Plum with a plaque commemorating the ship as the one-millionth transit through the Panama Canal since its inauguration in 1914. "We are extremely honoured to commemorate the one-millionth transit through the Panama Canal," said Mr. Benítez. "For more than 96 years, this vital waterway has served world trade, and we will continue this tradition of safe, reliable and efficient service. Today, we also honour the hard work of every ACP employee, whose dedication has helped make this one million mark a reality. We are proud to be a part of this moment and look forward to many more milestones to come."

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CMA CGM Figaro makes Vancouver call

2010-10-21

The Vancouver Port Authority this week was the enthusiastic host at Deltaport of the largest CMA CGM container vessel ever to call at a Canadian port.

The 8,500-TEU CMA CGM Figaro, which was delivered by a South Korean shipyard to the French container operator last spring, is deployed on the Columbus loop - a pendulum service linking China and Korea to the Pacific Northwest and Canada as well as the US East Coast via the Suez Canal. It arrived at Deltaport on Oct. 19.

"We are delighted over the large commitment by CMA CGM to the Pacific Northwest and especially for Vancouver," said Scott Galloway, Trade Development Director of Port Metro Vancouver.

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Russia drought sparks Great Lakes grain trade

2010-10-21

According to the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, Russia's recent decision, due to a persistent drought, to suspend grain exports has ships throughout the world heading for the Great Lakes to load wheat and other staples.

"Grain shipments through the Seaway in September increased 68% compared to a year ago," noted James Weakley, President of the Task Force as well as President of the Ohio-based Lake Carriers Association. "The fact that most of these cargoes were destined for customers overseas underscores that the Lakes and Seaway truly are America's Fourth Sea Coast."

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Seaway traffic continues upward trend

2010-10-20

The rebound trend continues on the St. Lawrence Seaway, with traffic to the end of September showing an 18% increase over the same period in 2009 thanks notably to strong American grain exports and iron ore and steel shipments.

Total year-to-date traffic added up to 22.9 million tonnes. Iron ore shipments were up 62% at 7.2 million tonnes and American grain shipments were up 36% at 1.3 million tonnes.

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