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On our Forum: Stranger than fiction in a world ‘not far short of chaos’

By Michael Grey* Will what we used to think of as “normal” ever return? Black swans used to be rare, but now they are coming by the squadrons, like migrating geese, as one daft occurrence succeeds the last in bewildering succession. There is a world shortage of lorry drivers, as they all opt to drive …

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Summer issue of Maritime Magazine now online

  Coinciding with growing evidence that many world econo­mies are emerging from a devastating pandemic, this summer 2021 issue has a generally upbeat tone in its treatment of the two main features: an annual review of key developments at Canadian ports and how terminal operators are gearing up to meet demand flowing from economic recovery. …

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Québec unveils its Avantage Saint-Laurent maritime vision

  Trois-Rivières, Québec – Making the St. Lawrence River a high-performance economic corridor that respects ecosystems and riverside communities is the focus of Quebec’s new maritime vision: Avantage Saint-Laurent. Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, in the presence of Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and …

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CMPA Launches the National Centre of Expertise on Maritime Pilotage

  OTTAWA (Ontario) – Professional Licensed maritime pilots across Canada hold extensive technical and local knowledge. Today, the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (CMPA) is announcing the launch of a National Centre of Expertise that brings together pilots from every pilotage district across Canada and provides a unique source of expertise on technical matters, training and …

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Justifying the unjustifiable on inhuman seafarer crisis… (forum)

    By Michael Grey* Nobody should be surprised that there has been something of a fight back by ship operators after the World Maritime University’s research earlier in the year showed up widespread “adjustment” in the recording of seafarers’ hours of work and rest (see A Culture of Adjustment). It was a shocking report, …

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OECD countries underline support to “greener” transport solutions

  PARIS – Ministers of transport from the 63 member countries, including Canada and the United States,  of the International Transport Forum at the Paris-based OECD have agreed to use recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to transform transport. The ministers noted that “the recovery from this pandemic offers new opportunities to reshape transport systems and …

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Shipping’s nightmare with the Gulf of Guinea pirates (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* There will be few seafarers today who sail off to the Gulf of Guinea with a light heart and cheerful demeanour, any more than they did a couple of hundred years ago, when disease was endemic along its shores. It is a different sort of blight today, with the depredations of …

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