Associations

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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UN agencies call for urgent action on crew changes and keyworker designation for sea and air workers

From the middle of June 2020, around 150,000 seafarers a month will require international flights to ensure crew changeovers can take place. Half of these seafarers need to be repatriated home by aircraft, the other half will be joining ships. The heads of the maritime, labour and aviation organizations of the United Nations have issued …

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COVID-19 provokes mixed results for Canadian Great Lakes-Seaway Ports

Tonnage reports from Canadian ports for the first five weeks of the Great Lakes-Seaway shipping season are mixed, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “The shipping industry is starting to notice changes in demand for certain commodities,” says Bruce Burrows, President and CEO of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “We continue to see an …

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How green stimulus measures could fuel shipping’s decarbonization

By Johannah Christensen, Managing Director, Global Maritime Forum and Anthony Hobley Executive Director, Mission Possible Platform, World Economic Forum Policymakers should invest in shipping’s green transition when deciding on policies and stimulus measures to kickstart the global economy. We are in the middle of a global health crisis that will have severe consequences for people around …

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Canadian vessels lower flags to honour shipping giant Jack Leitch

Canadian vessels lowered their flags to half-mast yesterday to honour John “Jack” D. Leitch, a long-time pillar of the Great Lakes marine transportation community, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 99. Ships from Algoma Central Corporation, who purchased Upper Lakes Shipping from Mr. Leitch in 2011, along with other Canadian fleets participated in …

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