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Cautious optimism reigns at opening of St. Lawrence Seaway

  SAINT-LAMBERT, QC – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) staged the opening of its 63rd navigation season today.  The CSL Group’s Baie St. Paul, a Trilliumclass Laker, was the first ship through the St. Lambert Lock in a virtual opening ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Canadian Minister of

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IMO warns crew change crisis is far from over and issues around vaccination need to be resolved

  The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement in the numbers, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization has warned.   In a statement, Secretary General Kitack Lim said that according to industry analysis, the numbers of seafarers requiring repatriation after finishing their contracts had declined from

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CP Rail purchase of Kansas City Southern creates major continental railroad

  In one of the biggest foreign acquisitions ever by a Canadian company, Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern today announced they have entered into a merger agreement, under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS for US$25 billion. Following final approval from the Surface Transportation Board, the transaction will combine the

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Montreal dockers propose revived negotiations after rejecting MEA offer

    By Leo Ryan, Editor By a 99.7% majority, the members of the union representing 1,125 longhoremen at the Port of Montreal today rejected the latest formal offer on March 12 from the Maritime Employers Association to renew a collective agreement which expired on December 31, 2018.  But  CUPE  375 leader Michael Murray did

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Government of Canada and Heiltsuk Nation collaborate to develop a local Marine Emergency Response Team 

  BELLA BELLA, BC, –  The Government of Canada and the Heiltsuk Nation announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing both organizations to work together to enhance the Nation’s role in marine environmental response within the Heiltsuk territory. Under the MOU, the Heiltsuk Nation, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport

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