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Polar Knowledge Canada research station in Cambridge Bay seeks new CEO

Polar Knowledge Canada, the Ottawa-based federal agency that manages the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, announced it is looking for a new president, as well as a chairperson and a board member. The person chosen as new president will be replacing David Scott, who had been at the helm since the inauguration …

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ECSA and ETF request EU coordination on implementing IMO Framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes

The European Community Shipowners association (ECSA)and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) sent a joint letter to the European Commissioner for Transport, requesting her assistance in ensuring EU-wide coordination on implementing the IMO’s ‘Framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’. The IMO recently published the 12-point …

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First government report on state of marine ecosystems in Canadian Arctic

Ottawa – Today, on Earth Day, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, released Canada’s Oceans Now: Arctic Ecosystems, 2019, the second status report of the annual ocean series. Canada’s State of the Ocean reports are summaries of the current status and trends of marine ecosystems in Canada’s three oceans. Today’s release provides useful educational …

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IATA and ICS call on governments to designate crew change airports

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, seafarers are having to extend their service onboard ships after many months at sea, unable to be replaced following long tours …

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Marine Atlantic offers to fill any gaps in supply lines to Newfoundland

Marine Atlantic says it can fill any gap in critical supply lines to Newfoundland and Labrador if pandemic-related financial losses force Oceanex Inc. to tie up its ships and stop carrying freight to St. John’s, the CBC reported today. Operating a ferry service between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador,  the federal agency has a four-vessel …

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Shipping industry requests European Commission to put public consultations and impact assessments on hold

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), together with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA Europe), the European Dredging Association (EuDA) and Interferry, sent a joint letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, requesting that all public consultations and impact assessments be put on hold, due to the current specific situation …

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Québec government takes over four former Transport Canada ports

Within the context of the federal government’s 2015 Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP), the St. Lawrence River ports of Matane, Gros-Cacouna, Rimouski and Gaspé, formerly administrated by Transport Canada, have been transferred to the Québec government, effective March 30. The agreement between the two governments comprises compensation of nearly $150 million from the federal government …

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EU shipping industry needs more EU support says ECSA Board

In their meeting on 2 April, ECSA’s Board of Directors thanked all maritime professionals across the whole shipping industry for their dedication and sacrifices made to continue the supply of goods and equipment in these times of crisis but it also issued a strong statement on the perilous state of the continent’s shipping community. “European …

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