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Name change announced for Canadian Coast Guard vessel Edward Cornwallis

The CCGS Edward Cornwallis outside Halifax, whose controversial founder of the same name is known to have put a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in 1749 while he was governor of Nova Scotia. Photo: Mac Mackay DARTMOUTH, NS, June 30, 2020 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous peoples to right the wrongs …

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Longshore union launching strike against biggest Montreal container operator

By Leo Ryan, Editor The union representing more than 1,100 longshore workers at the Port of Montreal has served notice that it will strike for 40 hours starting at 3 pm on Thursday, July 2 against the two terminals of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, largest container operator at Canada’s leading east coast port. MGT’s Racine …

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Port of Montreal named Marine Industry Trusted Partner

  The Port of Montreal is proud to be the first Quebec port to be named a Marine Industry Trusted Partner. Awarded by the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce, this recognition aims to promote best practices in this period of pandemic so as to ensure the health and safety of society as a whole. Right …

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BIMCO introduced Covid-19 crew change clause

Even though travel restrictions are beginning to ease, there are still restrictions in many countries impacting on crew changes. International shipping association BIMCO has therefore produced a special Covid-19 crew change clause for time charter parties designed to give owners the liberty to deviate for crew changes under tightly defined circumstances. It also provides an …

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On this 2020 Day of the Seafarer ECSA and ETF cry out: Let them go home!

Photo: ECSA The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) pleads the EU has to start acting to resolve the current crew change crisis Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, seafarers around the world have been facing difficulties in being replaced by other crew and getting repatriated. Specifically for Europe, the …

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CMC urges unified Canada-U.S. approach to ballast water regulations

Bruce Burrows, CMC President and CEO By Leo Ryan, Editor The Ottawa-based Chamber of Maritime Commerce has urged the Canadian and U.S. authorities to abandon their separate regulatory tracks and to “forge a bilateral arrangement on managing ballast water” in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence  shipping corridor. At the same time, in an emailed statement to …

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Canadian Coast Guard assures “extraordinary measures” precede start of Arctic shipping season

By Leo Ryan, Editor The Canadian Coast Guard stresses that it has applied “extraordinary measures” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in advance of the 2020 Arctic icebreaking season that kicks off on June 22. “Throughout this pandemic, the Canadian Coast Guard has taken extraordinary measures to protect our employees and the general public as we continue …

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St. Lawrence Shipoperators is saddened by the death of the humpback whale discovered in the St. Lawrence River (in French)

Photo: Réseau québécois d’urgences pour les mammifères marins Québec, le 11 juin 2020 – Armateurs du Saint-Laurent (ASL), l’association représentant les transporteurs maritimes québécois est attristée par la mort de la baleine à bosse qui semblerait avoir été frappée par un navire après s’être retrouvée dans la voie maritime du Saint-Laurent.  Rappelons que depuis plusieurs …

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Fratianni of MGT chairs new board of Green Marine

Michael Fratianni, President of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT), was elected new Chair of the new board of Green Marine at its Annual General Meeting. He succeeds Ron Tursi, President of Guardian Ship Management, who has served on the Board for six years, the last year of which was as Chairman. “I look forward to …

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FMC launches investigation into proposed “discriminatory” Canadian ballast water regulations

By Leo Ryan, Editor U.S.-flag carriers on the Great Lakes seriously perturbed over the implications of proposed Canadian ballast water regulations strengthening measures against the spread of aquatic invasive species have successfully taken up their cause with Washington’s Federal Maritime Commission. The FMC in late May agreed to launch an investigation based on unanimous acceptance …

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