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Tug and barge launches Thunder Bay shipping season

For the first time on record, a tug and barge has opened the Port of Thunder Bay shipping season. The 2020 navigation season officially began with the arrival of the Tug Sharon M1 and Barge Huron Spirit on Thursday evening. The vessel combination came abeam of the Mission Pier entrance at 21:30 March 26, 2020. Owned and …

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Panama Canal adopts measures to guarantee sustained operations

The Panama Canal Authority has announced on March 25 that it has adopted more measures to guarantee operations and prevent the further spread of the virus after Panama ordered a mandatory nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The Canal Authority created teams with the necessary staffing levels in order to maintain the safe operation …

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Hapag-Lloyd adds 100,000 TEU of Capacity to cope with demand

German container shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd has hired over 100,000 TEU of additional equipment across the globe to keep the supply chain flowing amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “Our vessels are today operating as usual and our service structure is largely unchanged,” Rolf Habben Jansen, Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO said in a COVID-19 update. «In terms of trade, …

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Port of Montreal appoints Diego Labelle as Director Port Logistics

A geographer by training, Mr. Labelle held a number of management positions at Canadian National (CN) before joining the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). He brings over 20 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the departments of risk management, intermodal operations and innovation. He was also employed by Aqua-Jet Cargo as an international transportation consultant. …

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St. Lawrence Seaway opens amidst uncertain times

St. Catharines, Ontario – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 62nd navigation season today, with the transit through Lock 8 on the Welland Canal of the NACC Argonaut, a pneumatic cement carrier that is 50% owned by Algoma Central Corporation. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in recent months is expected to have an …

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Italian ports fully operational

According to a letter from the Italian Ports Association seen by Maritime Magazine, Italian Ports are fully operational while and ensuring the safety of cargo and crew members. The letter can be read bellow. In complete compliance with the measures adopted by the Italian Government, having the primary objective of protecting public health due to the current …

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BIMCO downgrades global container shipping outlook

Copenhagen, Denmark – The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has revised its outlook for container shipping demand in 2020 from low global demand growth to negative demand growth for the full year. According to BIMCO’s revised forecast, container shipping freight rates are now expected to go down to loss-making levels as the coronavirus pandemic …

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IMO issues guidance on STCW certification

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidelines on standards for training, certification and monitoring of seafarers (STCW) in response to growing concerns following the coronavirus epidemic. IMO has stated that the worldwide response to the epidemic poses a serious challenge for administrations to enable the continuing education of seafarers, revalidate certificates, including medical certificates, and the …

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Port of Antwerp fully operational

The first meeting of the Port of Antwerp Covid-19 Taskforce was held early today. It confirmed that the port is considered as essential national infrastructure and is important to keep Belgium and indeed the rest of Europe supplied. The port remains 100% operational thanks to the daily efforts and commitment of all employees. In addition …

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