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Global sailing schedules fall victim to COVID-19

The practice of cancelling sailings on an industrial scale has been, since February, the strategy put in place by the carriers to address the huge volume drop across major container trades globally, since the outbreak of COVID-19. UK-based Drewry consultancy believes that carriers will continue the practice of large-scale blank sailings “for months” and urges

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Canadian vessels lower flags to honour shipping giant Jack Leitch

Canadian vessels lowered their flags to half-mast yesterday to honour John “Jack” D. Leitch, a long-time pillar of the Great Lakes marine transportation community, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 99. Ships from Algoma Central Corporation, who purchased Upper Lakes Shipping from Mr. Leitch in 2011, along with other Canadian fleets participated in

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Rand completes acquisition of American Steamship Company

JERSEY CITY, N.J.- Rand Logistics, Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of American Steamship Company (ASC) from GATX Corporation. Rand is a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners (AIP) and provides dry bulk shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region. The combination of Rand and ASC moves almost 50 million tons annually of dry bulk

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Termont Montreal places order with Liebherr for STS and RMG cranes

Killarney, Ireland – Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. Announced it continues its recent success in Canada with an order for one ship to shore (STS) container crane and one rail mounted gantry (RMG) crane for Termont Montreal Inc. The new STS and RMG cranes will operate at Termont’s Viau Terminal. The terminal opened in 2016 and

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Global Marine Travel working on efficient crew repatriation

Each month about 150,000 seafarers need to be changed over to and from the ships which they operate to ensure compliance with international maritime regulations which ensures crew safety, health and welfare, and the prevention of fatigue. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a large number of seafarers extending their service onboard ships after

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ECSA and ETF request EU coordination on implementing IMO Framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes

The European Community Shipowners association (ECSA)and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) sent a joint letter to the European Commissioner for Transport, requesting her assistance in ensuring EU-wide coordination on implementing the IMO’s ‘Framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’. The IMO recently published the 12-point

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Construction begins of new $1 billion Soo Lock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announced that the new lock at the Soo project is on schedule as construction for phase one of the nearly $1 billion project began last week. Trade West Construction, Inc., began to move equipment to the site on May 4 and will begin deepening the upstream approach

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