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600,000 Seafarers Still Unable to Get Crew Change

Photo : Synergy Group The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) estimates that there are now approximately 300,000 seafarers trapped working aboard ships due to the crew change crisis caused by government Covid-19 border and travel restrictions, and an equal number of unemployed seafarers waiting to join them who are ashore. That makes 600,000 seafarers affected

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CSL’s MV Thunder Bay Crew Assists in Rescue Operation near Hamilton

(photo CSL)   At approximately 0200 on July 15, Captain David Ingram of MVThunder Bay reported a distress call made as he departed the Port of Hamilton. Three individuals on a small inflatable floating object were drifting within the port limits.   Captain Ingram flashed the deck lights and located the floating object and the individuals

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Grain sparks improving Great Lakes-Seaway cargo volumes in June

(photo Thunder Bay by Michael Hull) Canadian Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway reported improving cargo shipments in June fueled by grain exports, agricultural inputs and a recovery in construction materials. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that cargo tonnage from April 1 through June 30 through the bi-national transportation corridor totaled nearly 11.7 million metric

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Wind propulsion makes headway in Marine Transport (in French)*

(photo: Stena Bulk) La propulsion vélique d’appoint pour des navires de commerce n’a rien d’une fantaisie. Elle constitue plutôt une piste solide pour les armateurs engagés dans une démarche de réduction des émissions de carbone. La vertu écologique n’est pas la seule motivation de l’International Windships Association, mise sur pied en 2014. La réduction des

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Minister Jordan highlights importance of growing Canada’s ocean economy

(photo: Fisheries Oceans Canada) The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, speaking at the Vancouver Board of Trade today, outlined the Government’s path forward to achieve healthy, sustainable oceans and economic prosperity here in Canada and around the world. This includes reaching our target of protecting 25% of

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TSB investigating  two-vessel collision in Welland Canal

Florence Spirit and Alanis moments after the collision (courtesy of Jeremy Barton) The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has sent investigators on site following a rare head-on collision Saturday between two cargo vessels in the Welland Canal section of the St. Lawrence Seaway. There  was no interruption to Seaway traffic or reported injuries or fuel spills causing

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Thirteen countries sign joint statement on Crew change at virtual summit

Photo: V. Group The International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes was held on June 9, hosted by the United Kingdom in London. Following this summit came a joint statement signed by thirteen countries who have agreed to new international measures to open up foreign borders for seafarers and increase the number of commercial flights to

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