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St. Lawrence carriers assail extra pilotage costs

By Leo Ryan, Editor Domestic shipping lines trading on the St. Lawrence River  are up in arms over additional administrative costs for pilotage services they have to assume as of today that further aggravate their challenges of achieving profit margins in a world economy shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. The added charges stem from the …

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The MSRC Releases Instructional Video on the IHO standard S-102 Bathymetric Surface Product

Photo: Pascal Rhéaume Québec City, Quebec, Canada – June 23, 2020 – The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), a world-class pilot simulation training and port feasibility studies facility, announced the release of an informational video on the new S-102 standards on surface bathymetry products. In the video, Captain Pascal Rhéaume, pilot and member of …

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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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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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Crew Voices: Fearful, Frustrated, Fatigued, Forgotten.

London. UK. Reporting for Human Rights at Sea, Port of London Authority Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, provides an insight from her recent experiences in UK waters in relation to her interactions with seafarers during the COVID-19 crisis. Fearful, Frustrated, Fatigued, Forgotten These are the feelings which have been voiced by the crews I have been …

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NYK succeeds in landmark remote navigation of tugboat across Tokyo Bay

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and its group companies MTI, Keihin Dock, and Japan Marine Science (JMS) have successfully tested the remote navigation of a tugboat as a part of the Japanese government’s Sea Trial Project on Remote Control Navigation. Within Tokyo Bay, a tugboat equipped with a manned remotely controlled system was operated remotely from …

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