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Russia broadens Arctic seabed claim to Canada/Greenland EEZs

    Russia’s claim now covers some 70 percent of the seabed in the central parts of the Arctic Ocean and reaches to Canada and Greenland’s exclusive economic zones. (1) According to a report in Arctic Today newsletter, Russia has formally enlarged its claim to the seabed in the Arctic Ocean all the way to

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Federal Cedar opens ocean-going shipping at Thunder Bay

  The Marshall Islands-registered M.V. Federal Cedar became the first ocean-going “Salty” vessel to enter the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2021 navigation season. The vessel berthed at the Richardson International Main Elevator Sunday morning, April 4, marking the earliest opening to saltwater vessel traffic at the Port in 5 years. The vessel is

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Algoma Central Corporation takes delivery of the Captain Henry Jackman

  St. Catharines, Ontario — Algoma Central Corporation, a leading supplier of marine transportation services, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Captain Henry Jackman, the fifth Equinox Class gearless dry-bulk carrier and the tenth Equinox Class vessel to join the fleet. The ship is expected to begin her voyage to Canada from

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MSC doubles down on Arctic shipping ban

  In view of the recent public debate around container shipping in the Arctic, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has doubled down on its position to avoid considering the Northern Sea Route, including the Northeast and Northwest Passages on environmental grounds. An expansion of Arctic shipping could increase the emissions of so-called black carbon – physical

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Montreal dockers present offer to port employers

  The union representing 1,125 dockers today (April 1) presented what was described as “a global offer” to the Maritime Employers Association to renew a collective agreement that expired on December 31, 2018. No details were immediately disclosed. In a message released on Facebook, Martin Lapierre, president of CUPE 375, said the union’s negotiating committee

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Hydrogen-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredger project moves closer to reality

  Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC is moving forward with its hydrogen-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredger project. The company has recently received an ‘approval in principle’ (AiP) from classification society Bureau Veritas for the design of a hydrogen-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD). In an innovation partnership with the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat, Royal IHC is exploring a

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Aker Arctic designs an icebreaking Arctic container ship

  As hundreds of vessels anchored on both sides of the Suez Canal waited for the giant container ship Ever Given to be freed, ship designers with Aker Arctic in Finland could not have found a better timing opportunity to introduce its latest study: an icebreaking Arctic container ship. The Northern Sea Route north of

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Can the misfortune of some make others happy?

  Recently, the Christophe de Margerie made history by becoming the first commercial vessel to cross thick ice on the Northern Sea Route unescorted in February. For sure, the Russian Energy Ministry did not hesitate to say that the blocked Suez Canal underscored the safety and sustainability of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and Russian

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