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World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship Successfully Passes Final Sea Trials

  Victoria, British Columbia – Mercy Ships announced that the Global Mercy has now completed deep water sea trials, one of the final milestones in the countdown towards the hospital ship’s delivery, equipping, maiden voyage and launch into service to sub-Saharan Africa in 2022. Deep water trials are designed to test the vessel during extended sailing time to

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Port of Montreal and India’s Adani Group renew cooperation agreement

  The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and the Adani Group have renewed their cooperation agreement for a period of five years. This new agreement continues the joint work begun in 2018 with the signing of the first agreement between the two port authorities: a collaboration focused on business development, marketing, information sharing on marine operations, new

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Canadian Coast Guard to get two Polar icebreakers

  Artist concept of new polar icebreaker (NSS) In a surprise announcement, the Canadian government today said it will move forward with the construction of two Polar icebreakers instead of a single vessel that had been originally planned a decade ago under the national shipbuilding program. One is to be built by Seaspan Shipyards in

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First U.S.-Flag harbor tug with autonomous systems coming soon in real-world commercial operations

  SEATTLE – Foss Maritime has selected Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomous-command and -control system for use aboard its tugboat Rachael Allen, the fourth of several new ASD-90 tugs under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, in Freeland, Wash. Delivering in May 2021, the newly built 90-ton bollard pull Rachael Allen will be the first U.S.-Flag

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Ground breaking propulsion and steering system being tested

  A greener, more efficient rudder system, designed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, will be demonstrated as part of a €6 million EU-funded research project. The GATERS project led by the University of Strathclyde under the Horizon 2020 Fund will see the ‘gate rudder’ – a novel propulsion and steering system – retrofitted

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Asian ports dominate global Container Port Performance Index

  Asian container ports are the most efficient in the world, dominating the Top 50 spots according to the new global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) launched by the World Bank and IHS Markit. The report scored ports against different metrics, making the efficiency ranking comparable around the globe by assessing and standardizing for different

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Grain fuels solid season start for Thunder Bay

  The Port of Thunder Bay’s 2021 shipping season is off to a solid start.  Cargo shipments from the beginning of the season to April 30 were 20% higher than the 5-year average.  The 1.27 million metric tonne cargo tally is down 9% from the same period in 2020.  The season opened March 26, and

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