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Proposed U.S. high-level Arctic diplomatic position

New legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate would create a new diplomatic position for the Arctic at the Department of State, the ArcticToday daily newsletter reported. The bill would establish the Assistant Secretary of State for Arctic Affairs, in order to centralize U.S. Arctic leadership from the agency. Unlike other Arctic nations, the United States

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Weak grain harvest impacts Thunder Bay shipments

   The Port of Thunder Bay continues to experience reduced grain shipments as the Prairie harvest yield hits a ten-year low. Monthly grain loads were down 30% in September. This mirrors estimates by crop analysts of a 30% reduction in crop yield this season. Year-to-date grain shipments of 4.6 million tonnes tonnes are now 5%

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Prince Rupert part of new expedited COSCON services to North American West Coast

COSCO Shipping Lines (COSCON) is launching expedited services this week for shippers to get their goods more quickly from China to Chicago or to heavily-congested Los Angeles/Long Beach, the biggest port complex in the United States. Deploying five 4,250TEU ships, CEN-EXPRESS transports containers from Qingdao and Shanghai to Prince Rupert. The CEN-PLUS, deploying six 10,000TEU

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Trudeau includes marine transportation in new vaccine requirements

Ottawa – Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, today announced details of the government’s plans to require COVID-19 vaccination across the federal public service and federally regulated transportation sectors. This includes marine operators with Canadian vessels that operate with 12 or more crew (such as Great Lakes cargo ships in photo). Under the

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Drillship to be converted to ABS-Class subsea mining vessel 

Rotterdam – A former drillship is being converted to an ABS-Classed subsea mining vessel, in an industry first. Allseas’ 228-meter Hidden Gem is being equipped with a deep-sea mineral collection system to recover polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor and transfer them to the surface for transportation to shore. The nodules contain high grades of nickel, manganese, copper and cobalt—key metals required for building

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