St Lawrence

Growing uncertainty as Montreal docker/port employer truce soon expiring

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Recently resumed negotiations between waterfront employers at the Port of Montreal and the union representing 1,125 dockers have reportedly made little progress ahead of a seven-month truce expiring on March 21. And amidst the renewed uncertainty, there is evidence some importers have made contingency plans and have already begun to …

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Seaway announces early 2021 opening dates

    The opening dates for the 2021 navigation season were announced today by the Canadian and U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway agencies as winter weather conditions remained relatively mild. “Water levels, environmental conditions and forecasts have been favourable, allowing for early opening dates within the usual timeframe,” Nicolas Poirier-Quesnel, spokesman for the St. Lawrence Seaway …

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Seaway continues to demonstrate resiliency during 2020 Pandemic

Cornwall, Ontario – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today that nearly 38 million tonnes of cargo transited the system during the 2020 navigation season, which closely matched last year’s results. “Considering the impact of the worldwide pandemic, we are very pleased with these traffic results”, said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the …

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The City of Sorel-Tracy partners with QSL to develop its industrial-port zone

  Sorel-Tracy – The City of Sorel-Tracy and the Quebec company QSL have entered into a partnership for the development and operation of the Sorel-Tracy industrial-port zone (St. Lawrence sector). Under this agreement, QSL will develop and operate a port terminal on city property where Hydro-Québec’s thermal power plant once stood.  QSL is undergoing significant …

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Chantier Davie establishing Arctic icebreaking research centre

  LÉVIS, QC – Chantier Davie, Canada’s premier builder of polar and ice-capable ships, today launched the National Icebreaker Centre (NIC) – reflecting its leadership role in the rejuvenation of Canada’s entire icebreaking fleet under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. “Davie’s National Icebreaker Centre puts Canada in the global vanguard of ultra-modern, versatile and sustainable polar and ice-capable vessel construction,” said James Davies, …

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U.S. Seaway corporation receives first American-built tugboat in 61 years

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced the arrival today of its new tugboat, the Seaway Guardian, in Massena, New York. The vessel has been on a three-week journey through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, and up the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana, where it …

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Grain sparks improving Great Lakes-Seaway cargo volumes in June

(photo Thunder Bay by Michael Hull) Canadian Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway reported improving cargo shipments in June fueled by grain exports, agricultural inputs and a recovery in construction materials. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that cargo tonnage from April 1 through June 30 through the bi-national transportation corridor totaled nearly 11.7 million metric …

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OGSL receives over $ 1.2 million in funding from Canada

  OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $1.2 million to support the development of a web-based scientific data management system for integrating and sharing ocean science data. The project, led by the St. Lawrence Global …

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Canadian Coast Guard assures “extraordinary measures” precede start of Arctic shipping season

By Leo Ryan, Editor The Canadian Coast Guard stresses that it has applied “extraordinary measures” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in advance of the 2020 Arctic icebreaking season that kicks off on June 22. “Throughout this pandemic, the Canadian Coast Guard has taken extraordinary measures to protect our employees and the general public as we continue …

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