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SIU urges federal action plan to immediately vaccinate Canadian seafarers

    Mr. Renato Battisti, who for almost 10 years held the position of chief cook on board several Desgagnés ships and more recently on board  the Damia Desgagnés, died as a result of a fierce fight against Covid-19 last April. The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is demanding a meeting with the federal Minister …

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Russia broadens Arctic seabed claim to Canada/Greenland EEZs

    Russia’s claim now covers some 70 percent of the seabed in the central parts of the Arctic Ocean and reaches to Canada and Greenland’s exclusive economic zones. (1) According to a report in Arctic Today newsletter, Russia has formally enlarged its claim to the seabed in the Arctic Ocean all the way to …

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Ever Given successfully refloated in Suez Canal

  Photo: Suez Canal Authority via Agence France-Presse. On Monday morning at dawn, the 400-meter-long, over 220,000-ton vessel, flying the Panamanian flag, had started to move. Normal transits in the Suez Canal are resuming for more than 400 waiting ships after Evergreen Line confirmed that Ever Given was successfully refloated within the SuezCanal at approximately …

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Montreal port employers reveal details of offer rejected by dockers

  By Leo Ryan In what is believed to be an unprecedented move, the Maritime Employers Association publicly disclosed, in a full-page ad in The Montreal Gazette and La Presse+ today,  the details of its offer for a new collective agreement that was overwhelmingly rejected on March 21 by the Port of Montreal’s longshoremen. The vote …

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IMO warns crew change crisis is far from over and issues around vaccination need to be resolved

  The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement in the numbers, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization has warned.   In a statement, Secretary General Kitack Lim said that according to industry analysis, the numbers of seafarers requiring repatriation after finishing their contracts had declined from …

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CMA CGM a customer for Doornekamp Great Lakes container service starting in May

  Newly-established Doornekamp Lines  has announced that global shipping carrier CMA CGM Group has agreed to be one of the users for the launching in May of a bi-weekly Canadian-flag container service via the St. Lawrence Seaway between Halifax and Picton, a small growing port on Lake Ontario some 200 kms east of Toronto. First …

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Five percent zero emission fuels by 2030 needed for Paris-aligned shipping decarbonization (Forum)

  The ambition of the Getting to Zero Coalition is to have commercially viable zero emission vessels operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030. But at what degree of adoption do zero emission fuels become “commercially viable”? An S-curve based analysis suggests that zero emission fuels need to make up 5 percent of the …

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Costs veer out of control for Canada’s national shipbuilding plans (expanded version)

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The latest disclosures show that costs are soaring way beyond original estimates for Ottawa’s multibillion dollar program to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. It all points to difficult political decisions ahead for the government of Prime Minister Trudeau. First came the disclosure …

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Enjoy! The Winter Edition of Maritime Magazine (#99) is online

Like most sectors of the global economy, the publishing world has been hit hard by the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Against the odds, once again, the winter 2020-2021 edition of Maritime Magazine awaits you with its special features on the Great Lakes-St Lawrence system and Arctic shipping, plus an exclusive interview of Sylvie Vachon on her 11 …

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The ongoing seafarer crisis: do charterers have hearts? (FORUM)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world shipping journalism, Michael Grey* offers in our FORUM section, another impassioned commentary and an urgent suggestion for the intervention of BIMCO on seafarers so inhumanly treated during the mounting COVID crisis. Do seafarers have souls? Are they sentient human beings, with natural rights, or, as the last …

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