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IMO and WCO urge ports and customs to maintain critical goods flow

Trade by sea must continue to flow to maintain the continued provision of essential goods, including vital medical supplies, during the unprecedented global situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the message of a joint statement from the heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), issued on April 17. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya strongly urged customs administrations and port state authorities, together

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Helping developing world seafarers on the COVID-19 frontline

LONDON – “The outbreak of COVID-19 on a global scale has brought fear and uncertainty to key workers around the world. Those in the maritime sector have particular anxieties as they are displaced from home, friends, family and the other support mechanisms available to most. It has never been more important for these seafarers to

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Panama Canal posts tonnage increase

Panama City, Panama – The Panama Canal announced it has closed the first half of the 2020 fiscal year  with a 4.4% tonnage increase to 258.4 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), while closely monitoring the global impact of COVID-19. In terms of total tonnage, the container segment continued to lead with 82.1 million PC/UMS tons

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Minship bulk carrier biofuel trial advances carbon neutral shipping

Bavarian ship management company Minship and its subsidiary Minmarine  announced that a bulk carrier in their fleet of managed vessels, M/V Trudy, has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam. The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790 dwt bulk carrier on April 17 was GoodFuels’ sustainable Biofuel Oil MR1-100: which is a second generation sustainable

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Logistec announces change in senior leadership

Logistec Corporation, a Montréal based marine and environmental services provider, wishes to inform all its stakeholders of a change in senior leadership. Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec, announced that, for personal reasons, Kevin Bourbonnais will be stepping down as President of Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. and Logistec Environmental Services Inc. Ms. Paquin will assume the role

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CTMA Cancels its 2020 Cruise Season

Cap-aux-Meules, April 15, 2020 – With the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTMA cancels its 19th cruise season which was scheduled from June 12 to September 25, 2020. Due to the new measures put in place last week by Transport Canada concerning the non-essential transportation of passengers, cruises scheduled June 12, 19 and 26 had

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IATA and ICS call on governments to designate crew change airports

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, seafarers are having to extend their service onboard ships after many months at sea, unable to be replaced following long tours

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