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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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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT Martin Imbleau

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Imbleau to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Imbleau held several senior management positions at Énergir, where he developed extensive experience in such various fields as energy, environmental and major infrastructure project management. More recently, he held the position …

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Federal Kushiro first vessel to call the Port of Trois-Rivières in 2021

Trois-Rivières – The Federal Kushiro is the first vessel to call the Port of Trois-Rivières in 2021. It docked on January 1 at 3:48 a.m., after a 13-day crossing of the Atlantic. The vessel, with its 23 crew members of Indian nationality, left the port of Alcoa’s calcined petroleum coke plant located in Lake Charles, …

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The Atlantic Spirit wins Montreal’s Gold-Headed Cane

  Montreal, January 1, 2021 – At 2:59 p.m., the Atlantic Spirit was the first ocean-going vessel of 2021 to cross the Port of Montreal’s downstream limit at Sorel without a stopover. True to a tradition dating back over 180 years, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is awarding the Gold-Headed Cane to its master, Captain Oleksandr Popov.  The port …

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Acquisition sparks creation of Interlake Maritime Services

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO – Interlake Holding Company announced yesterday the purchase of the assets of Pere Marquette Shipping Company and Lake Michigan Car Ferry Company in an acquisition that includes two working Great Lakes vessels, the Articulated Tug-Barge Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41 and the S.S. Badger, a historic passenger-and-car ferry.    The acquisition signals the creation of a new business entity, Interlake Maritime Services, which will manage the new businesses along with The Interlake Steamship Company and its fleet of nine …

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Damen ships five vessels to Canada

  Five Damen vessels have made their way across the Atlantic Ocean on a unique voyage to Canada under a contract with Ontario-based Doornekamp Construction. It was important for the vessels to keep their schedule since their only access to the St. Lawrence Seaway was via the Montreal locks that close annually around Christmas and …

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Tailwinds of 2020 (Forum)

  Shipping has faced some historically significant challenges this year, we opened the year with IMO 2020, the greatest change in fuel regulation in this century and we end the year still trying to come to grips with crew changes in such a time of crisis. How has the maritime technology sector fared? Well, here …

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Collaborative technologies for maritime transport at economies of scale (Forum)

by Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Adam Roark, AWS Transportation & Logistics, Amazon, Michele Sancricca, AWS Transportation & Logistics, Amazon, Almir Zerem, RISE, Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT, Erminio Di Paola, HERE Technologies, Henk Mulder, IATA Never has the need for digital data sharing and processing at scale been more apparent than now. The growth …

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IMO stands against «no crew change» clause

  IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken out against “no crew change” clauses in charterparties, pointing out that such clauses exacerbate the dire situation of stranded seafarers and undermine the efforts undertaken to resolve the ongoing crew change crisis.  So-called “no crew change” clauses, which are demanded by certain charterers, state that no crew changes can occur whilst the charterer’s cargo is onboard – hence not allowing the …

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