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Crowley designs first US fully electric tug with autonomous technology

  Crowley’s Engineering Services division announced yesterday that it has completed the design of the first fully electric U.S. tugboat with autonomous technology – a new green option for ship assist and harbour services. The design, powered by the expertise of recently integrated subsidiary Jensen Maritime, leverages a large electric battery system and power-saving technology …

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Media report Ottawa prepared to intervene in Montreal waterfront conflict

  According to a report in La Presse newspaper today, the Trudeau government intends to intervene rapidly if the Port of Montreal dockers launch a strike after overwhelmingly rejecting on Sunday the latest offer by the Maritime Employers Association. And Quebec Premier Francois Legault also backs potential quick intervention by Ottawa.  Legislation to force striking …

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Florida Governor proposes $258 million in relief for Florida ports

  Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis sent a proposal to the Florida Legislature for COVID-19 relief for the ports under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. DeSantis proposed to the legislature that $1.4 billion be allocated for immediate use in the state and in total he outlined $4.1 billion for state programs for economic …

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The European shipping industry applauds last-minute Brexit deal

  Following the last-minute deal reached between the UK and the EU, the European shipping industry applauds the efforts of both EU and UK negotiators for their perseverance to secure this agreement.   The European shipping industry has been urging policymakers on both sides to avoid a no-deal scenario at all costs. EU-UK supply chains …

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Port of Montreal 2020 container tally will be better than expected

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Just last summer,  as the global pandemic was gathering momentum and the Montreal waterfront was hit by a series of docker strikes, the Port of Montreal was forecasting an approximate 13% plunge in total and container cargo for all of 2020. But as the exceptionally difficult year comes to a …

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Draft report sees Port of Montreal Contrecoeur project as potentially triggering only moderate environmental effects 

By Leo Ryan, Editor The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, in its long-awaited draft report, has concluded that the Port of Montreal’s Contrecoeur container terminal project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account the implementation of key mitigation measures.” The Agency also concludes in its report released on November 18 …

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Port of Trois-Rivières acquires Hommage au Saint-Laurent collection

Un village une Île by Yvon St-Aubin Trois-Rivières, QC – Aware of the local and regional artistic heritage and with the desire to support its development and dissemination, the Port of Trois-Rivières has acquired the collection of canvas artworks Hommage au Saint-Laurent, created by a collective group of artists composed of Gérard Boulanger, Yvon Lemieux, Raymond …

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BC Ferries receives prestigious environmental leadership awards

Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Photo: Vancouverisland.com VICTORIA BC – Industry peers have again named BC Ferries the winner of two environmental leadership awards and the recipient of a prestigious environmental certification. This summer, the company was honoured with a Blue Circle Award from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, a Green Wave Award from the Prince …

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Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Initiative addresses alarming pollution levels

  TORONTO, Ontario – The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, has announced the launch of the first phase of the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative (www.greatlakesplasticcleanup.org) with founding partners Pollution Probe, the University of Toronto Trash Team, Boating Ontario, PortsToronto, as well as collaborators …

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