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Seaway opens 2010 season on upbeat note

La Voie maritime ouvre la saison 2010 sur une note optimiste

2010-03-25

The St. Lawrence Seaway on March 25 launched its 52nd navigation season on an upbeat note, forecasting a 10% to 12% increase in tonnage following last year's 25% decline due to the impact of the recession especially on the steel industry. First ship to transit the Welland Canal Lock 3 was the tug/barge MarineLink Explorer owned by Upper Lakes Group.

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IMO approval of ECA dismays Canadian Great Lakes marine industry

L'approbation par l'OMI de la SCE consterne l'industrie maritime canadienne des Grands Lacs

2010-03-29

Canada's Great Lakes shipping industry is seriously concerned over the March 26 approval by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of an Emission Control Area (ECA) proposed by the Ottawa and Washington governments while various environmental lobby groups have welcomed the decision by the London-based UN specialized agency. "It is very unfortunate that such a proposal was adopted by the IMO, despite considerable opposition from the Great Lakes marine industry," Michel Drolet, Vice-President of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) told Maritime Magazine.

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Port of Montreal buys first green locomotive

Le Port de Montréal achète une première locomotive verte

2010-03-11

The Port of Montreal has announced plans to buy up to five 'green' locomotives that will reduce emissions and conserve fuel. The Montreal Port Authority said on March 9 it had signed an agreement with R.J. Corman Railpower to purchase one next generation locomotive for $1.6 million, with an option to buy four more.

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Canada announces Arctic shipping control measures

Le Canada annonce des mesures de contrôle de la navigation dans l'Arctique

2010-03-01

Transport Minister John Baird announced on Feb. 26 that the federal government plans to implement, as of July 1 2010, a proposed regulated Arctic traffic zone, requiring all vessels of 300 tonnes or more to report to Canadian authorities.

The new regime would replace the current NORDREG ship registry, a voluntary system for monitoring the movement of cargo and cruise vessels passing through the Canadian Arctic archipelago.

 

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Davie lays off 1590 employees

2010-02-26

Davie Yards on the St. Lawrence River off Quebec City announced on Feb. 25 it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will lay off some 1,590 employees, most of them temporarily, beginning March 1. About 60 employees will continue working on a project underway while new financing is sought.

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