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Montreal docker union announces another strike starting Monday

photo CUPE 375 By Leo Ryan, Editor In a further escalation of a prolonged, bitter waterfront labour conflict at the Port of Montreal that is increasingly preoccupying Canadian business and shipper interests, the union representing more than 1,100 longshoremen today announced a four-day strike starting Monday on the two container terminals operated by Termont, which …

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Seafarers still in crisis: a new survey reveals a drop in the happiness index of seafarers 

By Alizée Dussault The well-being and mental health of seafarers have been a topic  seen in the media for a few years now, although the maritime industry remains largely unknown to the general public. However, the subject has never been as hot as it is today, as the Covid-19 pandemic has left more than 300,000 …

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Montreal container terminals closing tomorrow due to eruption of violence during docker strike

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The main container terminal operators at the Port of Montreal have served notice of a complete shutdown of their operations for one day, starting Friday, July 31 at 7.00 a.m. in response to violent incidents involving striking dockers. “In light of the violent acts against terminal operator employees on Wednesday, …

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Montreal police investigating alleged violent clash amidst docker strike

Photo: CUPE375 By Leo Ryan, Editor Montreal police are investigating a confrontation between striking longshoremen and management staff of maritime employers that allegedly erupted into violence Wednesday night, according to a report from Canadian Press news agency. The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) hastily called a press conference today (Thursday) to strongly condemn the incident.  The …

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Montreal waterfront labour conflict deteriorates

Photo: CUPE Local 375 By Leo Ryan, Editor The bitter, prolonged dispute between Port of Montreal employers and waterfront workers has deteriorated with checkers joining dockers in taking strike action – and prompting a cry of alarm from the powerful freight industry association that is the national voice of shippers in Canada. It is the …

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Sustainable Composite Ship Construction is Making Progress at Damen

On July 18, the Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships (RAMSSES) project reached a key milestone. On that date, at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s (DSNS) location in Vlissingen-East, the Netherlands, the project’s partners unveiled the recently assembled full scale composite ship’s hull section they have been developing these past …

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Finally, at sea

Photos: Tui Cruises   By Pierre Terrien, Publisher The German cruise line TUI Cruises has kick-started its operations on Friday July 24 with the “Mein Schiff 2” sailing for the first time since the industry was shut down because of the coronavirus, with 1,200 people on board. The first 3-nights-voyage from Hamburg across the North Sea to Norway consisted exclusively …

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Montreal dock workers launch 4-day strike

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Dock workers at the Port of Montreal early today launched a 4-day strike as prolonged negotiations with the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) to renew a collective agreement which expired on December 31, 2018, remained deadlocked. The strike is scheduled to end Friday at 06.59 am. Working schedules are reported to …

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Maersk and other big names of diverse industries join in a zero-emission initiative

   The heads of nine companies announced, on July 21, the establishment of a new initiative to accelerate the transition to a net zero global economy. The initiative, known as Transform to Net Zero, intends to develop and deliver research, guidance, and implementable roadmaps to enable all businesses to achieve net zero emissions.  The Initiative …

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Shell and Deloitte publish a new report on carbon emission reduction goals

Photo: ABS As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) restarted its committee work with a focus on efficiency measures ensuring progress towards greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in the sector, a new report published on July 7 by Shell and Deloitte finds that 95% of senior shipping executives see decarbonization as important or a top three priority …

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