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Canada to acquire ferry to temporarily replace MV Madeleine and names future replacement in honor of Jean Lapierre (in French)

Photo: Centre d’archives régional des iles GATINEAU, QC – L’honorable Marc Garneau, ministre des Transports, et l’honorable Anita Anand, ministre des Services publics et de l’Approvisionnement, ont annoncé que le gouvernement du Canada a l’intention d’acheter le navire à moteur (NM) Villa de Teror en vue de remplacer temporairement le NM Madeleine qui assure la …

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Manila creates ‘green lane’ for seafarers

Manila – The Philippines, the world’s top crewing hub, opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to finally allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders. The joint circular for the Philippine Green Lane was signed Thursday by senior government officials in Manila. The Joint Circular, which takes effect upon signing, …

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Canadian Coast Guard and Pacheedaht First Nation sign MOU to build marine facility

“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a proud moment for the Canadian Coast Guard and is solid proof of the successes that nation-to-nation negotiations can bring,” said Mario Pelletier, CCG Commissioner. (photo Canadian Coast Guard) Port Renfrew, BC – The Canadian Coast Guard and the Pacheedaht First Nation, as part of the Co-Developing …

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COVID-19 tests negative for Canadian Coast Guard crews departed for Arctic

(photo Canadian Coast Guard) All personnel onboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels going to the Arctic this season will be tested for COVID-19 before deployment. “This is a total of approximately 960 tests, including two crew changes throughout the season,” said Benoit Myrand, spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard. “We are working with provincial health authorities …

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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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COVID testing accord reached for CCG crew members being deployed from Québec City to Arctic

By Leo Ryan, Editor Responding to questions from Maritime Magazine, the Canadian Coast Guard disclosed that an agreement has been reached with the provincial health authorities guaranteeing COVID-19 testing of crew members prior to deployment from Québec City to the Arctic for the whole icebreaking season. The icebreaking services starting June 22 and lasting until November …

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Many vessels not complying with whale protection slowdown orders

OTTAWA – During a week in May, 72 percent of vessels were observed exceeding a voluntary 10 knot slowdown through the Cabot Strait, a key passage for endangered North Atlantic right whales as they migrate into the Gulf of St. Lawrence in search of food. The highest observed speed – 21.1 knots – was a …

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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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Seaspan and Heddle Shipyards team up to eventually capture polar icebreaker contract

Photo: CCG By Leo Ryan, Editor Formerly competing for the same multibillion dollar contract, Seaspan Shipyards (Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd.) and Heddle Shipyards (Heddle Marine Service Inc.) today announced an alliance to win approval from the federal government to build the long-delayed future polar icebreaker of the Canadian Coast Guard. Under the terms of their …

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