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Cargo ship denied entry to Halifax over COVID-19 concerns

The Public Health Agency of Canada says a cargo ship travelling from Germany has been denied entry to the port of Halifax because several crew members have symptoms of COVID-19, according to a Canadian Press report.The Siem Cicero is carrying a shipment of cars, which is considered non-essential. In a statement, the health agency says it was

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Synergy Group CEO calls for collective crew changes

Captain Rajesh Unni founder and CEO of Singapore-based Synergy Groupis is calling for collective managed crew changes to tackle the “time bomb” of the crisis of relieving seafarers at the end of their contracts. “I believe that collective, carefully managed crew changes at designated ports could help us tackle this crisis,” said Capt Unni in

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Tug and barge launches Thunder Bay shipping season

For the first time on record, a tug and barge has opened the Port of Thunder Bay shipping season. The 2020 navigation season officially began with the arrival of the Tug Sharon M1 and Barge Huron Spirit on Thursday evening. The vessel combination came abeam of the Mission Pier entrance at 21:30 March 26, 2020. Owned and

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Panama Canal adopts measures to guarantee sustained operations

The Panama Canal Authority has announced on March 25 that it has adopted more measures to guarantee operations and prevent the further spread of the virus after Panama ordered a mandatory nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The Canal Authority created teams with the necessary staffing levels in order to maintain the safe operation

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Hapag-Lloyd adds 100,000 TEU of Capacity to cope with demand

German container shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd has hired over 100,000 TEU of additional equipment across the globe to keep the supply chain flowing amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “Our vessels are today operating as usual and our service structure is largely unchanged,” Rolf Habben Jansen, Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO said in a COVID-19 update. «In terms of trade,

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China’s container decline accelerating

China is heading for an up to 5 percent decline in container volume in 2020, according to Alphaliner, the authoritative maritime research firm, which noted that the initial shock of an extended factory shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been compounded by reduced global demand for Chinese products. Chinese ports account for one third of

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Port of Montreal appoints Diego Labelle as Director Port Logistics

A geographer by training, Mr. Labelle held a number of management positions at Canadian National (CN) before joining the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). He brings over 20 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the departments of risk management, intermodal operations and innovation. He was also employed by Aqua-Jet Cargo as an international transportation consultant.

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St. Lawrence Seaway opens amidst uncertain times

St. Catharines, Ontario – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 62nd navigation season today, with the transit through Lock 8 on the Welland Canal of the NACC Argonaut, a pneumatic cement carrier that is 50% owned by Algoma Central Corporation. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in recent months is expected to have an

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