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National Geographic Endurance leaves building dock

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, a global player in expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, celebrated the float out of National Geographic Endurance in Ulstein Verft, Norway, on December 7. The National Geographic Endurance is the first of two polar vessels of the CX104 design from Ulstein. The hull was built in Poland by CRIST Wodowa Ship

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Iceland creates a strict sulphur emissions control area

The Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland has enacted a strict sulphur emissions control area (SECA) whereby ships calling at the island starting next year will only be allowed to burn 0.1% sulphur content fuel. The nation’s minister for the environment and natural resources, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, commented: “Vessels can use light

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Port of Montreal using AI to improve flow of port trucking

Montreal, December 10, 2019 – The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) launched an upgrade of the Trucking PORTal application, which now includes predictive data on processing times at the Port of Montreal’s various container terminals. This new tool helps port truck drivers plan their routes better and improve traffic flow on Port territory, thereby reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Prairie exports power cargo growth at Port of Thunder Bay

The Port of Thunder Bay is reporting above-average cargo tonnage as of October 31.  Port terminals have handled 6.9 million metric tonnes of cargo so far this season.  This figure is 10% higher than last year and 5% higher than the 5-year average, noted Tim Heney, the port’s President and CEO. The month of October was notable

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Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries

A new global project to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries has been launched today (5 December) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Initial funding for the project is from the Government of Norway. Plastic litter in the oceans is recognized as

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Sea-Intelligence rains on parade of decarbornisation

While shippers are increasingly interested in tracking their carbon footprint, Copenhagen’s Sea-Intelligence, a leading provider of innovative analysis in the container transport sector, reveals in an explosive report that CO2 data provided by the main lines of containers can be extremely misleading. The organization goes so far as to say that the online CO2 calculators used

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Canada Infrastructure Bank commits $300 million to Contrecoeur project

The Canada Infrastructure Bank announced today it is committing up to $300 million in financing to the Port of Montreal project to build a new container terminal in Contrecoeur. The port, which handled 1.7 million TEUs in 2018, is counting on the planned new terminal 25 miles downstream on the St. Lawrence River to meet future demands

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Louise Bédard new head of St. Lawrence Shipoperators

Québec – St. Lawrence Shipoperators (SLS) announced the appointment of Louise Bédard as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms.  Bédard has succeeded Martin Fournier who recently left the post after eight years at the helm of the organization. Thanks to her extensive political experience within the Quebec government, Ms. Bédard is a highly skilled manager and strategic

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