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Wärtsilä SmartMove Suite sets sail with the American Steamship Company

Wärtsilä Corporation has announced the first order of its SmartMove Suite was placed by American Steamship Company (ASC), a subsidiary of Rand-ASC Holdings LLC, and has been installed on the MV American Courage, a 194 metres Great Lakes self-unloading bulk freighter with a cargo-carrying capacity of 24,300 gross tonnage.  The freighter becomes the largest ship

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Thunder Bay exceeds 10 million tonnes for first time since 1997

The Port of Thunder Bay 2020 shipping season closed today, marking the completion of the Port’s most successful year in over two decades.  Annual cargo volumes tallied 10.2 million metric tonnes (MMT), exceeding the ten million mark for the first time since 1997. Much of the success in 2020 is attributable to the port’s strategic

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Quebec government grants $55m to Montreal Contrecoeur container project 

The Government of Quebec today announced $55 million in financial assistance to the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) towards its $750 million container terminal project in Contrecoeur. “The Government of Quebec’s backing is an important signal for the MPA and reflects a shared commitment to provide local businesses with a highly efficient supply chain,” said MPA

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VT Halter Prepares for construction of polar security cutter

Pascagoula, Miss. – The Polar Security Cutter (PSC) is rapidly progressing through the detailed design phase, and Halter Marine is actively preparing for its construction. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the PSC will be constructed. The 460-foot icebreaker* is the heaviest vessel per foot of length

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PortsToronto and U of T Trash Team announce results of Seabin Program

Toronto –With its second season now complete, the Seabin Program – managed by program partners PortsToronto and the University of Toronto Trash Team – has released 2020 results that confirm the important function the Seabins play both in capturing plastics and microplastics, as well as informing research on origination and approaches to elimination. U of T

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen returns ships from lay-up

Norway’s Wallenius Wilhelmsen announced plans to reactivate vessels the company had laid up in mid-2020 in response to the challenging market conditions brought on by Covid-19 last year. «The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic saw a significant reduction in demand for cargo-carrying capacity across the globe. In response, we made the decision to recycle four

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The ongoing seafarer crisis: do charterers have hearts? (FORUM)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world shipping journalism, Michael Grey* offers in our FORUM section, another impassioned commentary and an urgent suggestion for the intervention of BIMCO on seafarers so inhumanly treated during the mounting COVID crisis. Do seafarers have souls? Are they sentient human beings, with natural rights, or, as the last

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