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Covid-19 continues to impact Seaway cargo volumes

Photos: Paul Beesley The latest traffic results show that Great Lakes-Seaway shipping continues to feel the impact of the global pandemic. But grain shipments remain a bright feature. Tonnage through the bi-national transportation corridor totaled 3.9 million metric tons in July to bring the year-to-date total (from April 1 to July 31) to nearly 15.6

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MEA pledges not to use replacement workers for COVID-related cargo

The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has announced it will not resort to using replacement workers for handling some 477 containers currently identified as COVID-related from the Port of Montreal in midst of a docker strike that has entered its 11th day. In a statement, the MEA said that an agreement was made with the longshore

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BC Ferries releases first quarter, COVID-19-influenced results

  VICTORIA –BC Ferries released its first-quarter results today for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The COVID-19 global pandemic had a significant impact on first-quarter results. Net losses for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 were $62 million, compared to net earnings of $12.2 million for the same quarter of the previous year.

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Striking Montreal dockers moving Covid-related cargo

By Leo Ryan, Editor As the general strike by dockers entered its 10th day, Martin Tessier, head of the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), said that “negotiations are not really progressing” – but the longshore union had agreed  to at least move Covid-related cargo. He indicated he had asked the CUPE 365 union to move some

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New X-Bow cruise ship launched in China

SunStone’s new expedition cruise vessel, the Ocean Explorer has been launched at the CMHI shipyard, China, on Wednesday 12 August 2020. The ship is number four of six in the Infinityclass of X-BOW expedition ships, all designed by Ulstein and built at CMHI shipyards. The six ships are owned and managed by Miami-based SunStone Ships and are available for charters

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Thunder Bay grain shipments continue to soar

Canada’s Port of Thunder Bay on the tip of Lake Superior continues to experience above-average grain shipments as international demand for wheat remains high through the global pandemic.  As of July 31, year-to-date grain volume of 4.2 million tonnes sits 26% higher than last year. Total year-to-date throughput amounted to 4.7 million tonnes versus the

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Quebec and Ontario urge Ottawa to intervene in Montreal docker strike

The longshore union’s collective agreement expired on December 31, 2018. (photo CUPE 375) Echoing growing calls from the business community, the Quebec and Ontario governments have sent a letter to Ottawa urging the federal government to intervene in the latest Montreal dock strike, which entered its second week Monday. Negotiations between the longshore union and

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