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IMO holding crucial discussions on decarbonising maritime shipping

London – Vital measures to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships will be discussed by governments this week November 16-20 by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee amidst calls by the global marine sector to adopt a proposal for an industry-financed US$5 billion research and development programme. The latter would catalyse the transformation of …

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Transport Canada and marine stakeholders create a seafarers’ welfare board

  OTTAWA- The Government of Canada recognizes the important role seafarers play in moving people and the many goods Canadians rely on every day. Keeping them safe as they work to support Canada’s economy — even during challenging times — is an important priority. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, in collaboration with the Canadian marine community, announced …

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LNG becoming increasingly popular in the shipping sector

  Rotterdam – early Thursday, Total’s bunker vessel Gas Agility started bunkering the container ship CMA CGM Jacques Saade with 18,000 m³ of LNG (liquefied natural gas). The operation took around 16 hours to complete. Gas Agility, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, was built especially to supply ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) like Jacques Saade with LNG …

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New report provides blueprint to unlock the first wave of zero-emission shipping projects

  The maritime industry has no time to waste if it is to meet the International Maritime Organization’s ambition of at least halving emissions from international shipping by 2050. It will require commercially viable zero emission vessels to be operating along deep-sea trade routes by 2030. This is the goal of the Getting to Zero …

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Covid-19 pandemic crises pushing up costs for crew changes

  Ship operators are being warned to expect higher crewing costs next year as pandemic measures and challenges in carrying out crew changes push prices higher. Henrik Jensen, managing director of Danica Crewing Specialists, has analyzed recent crew costs and reports that each crew change is costing an extra $2,000 USD – doubling the price …

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Montreal, a hub of excellence in intelligent transport and logistics (Forum)

  Open letter by Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, published following the recent interview with Jean-Philippe Décarie in La Presse.  As a recognized Canadian champion of growth, Montreal can and must maintain this enviable title. On the occasion of the C2 Mtl business event and the Relaunch Montreal Metropolitan Economic Movement, this …

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Canadian government invests $65M in 15 Northern sealift projects

  OTTAWA – Marking the recent fourth anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, today announced $64.9M in funding towards 15 projects that will improve sealift and re-supply services in the North.  For Nunavut, the projects include building a new warehouse facility to organize and store cargo containers in Iqaluit, improving sealift …

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Five consortia bid for construction of Contrecoeur container terminal

  In response to the Request for Qualification for the design and construction of a new container terminal in Contrecœur, as of October 30, the Montreal Port Authority has received bid responses from five bidders. These consortia expressed their intention to be qualified for the next step of the procurement process initiated by the Montreal …

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Desgagnés renounces plan for further container shipments this fall to Toronto

By Leo Ryan, Editor There will be no follow-up this year to the first dedicated container shipment via the St. Lawrence Seaway in four decades to a Great Lakes port. This was confirmed, in an interview, by Alexandre Beauchamp-Parent,  President of Navigation Desgagnés, which last month deployed a geared, self-unloading vessel to transport nearly 400 …

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Shocking WMU report underlines why seafarers work such long hours

New research from a team at the World Maritime University (WMU) underlines systemic failures in the implementation of the regulatory regime for seafarers’ hours of work and rest, undermining the credibility of international regulations relating to working hours. ‘A culture of adjustment’, by Dr. Raphael Baumler, Ms. Yvette deKlerk, Dr. Michael Ekow Manuel and Dr. …

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