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Wärtsilä again to supply propulsion for BC Ferries Newbuild

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide an integrated system consisting of the LNG plant, dual-fuel engines, and electrical propulsion system for the latest addition to Vancouver, Canada-based BC Ferries’ series of Salish Class vessels. Three similar ferries, all operating on Wärtsilä engines fuelled by LNG, have already been delivered. As with

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Cargo moving closer to normal at Montreal and Halifax

With CN freight services on the East Coast restored last week following the lifting of key Indigenous blockades lasting more than two weeks, the ports of Montreal and Halifax are making progress in reducing cargo backlogs and recapturing normal traffic flows. “We are seeing improvements and are concentrating now on restoring full fluidity with CN

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Port of Vancouver posts small cargo decline in 2019

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced that overall cargo through the port was 144 million metric tonnes in 2019, down 2% from the 2018 record of 147 million metric tonnes but the second highest in port history. Sectors that experienced declines, including foreign petroleum products and domestic forest products, were offset by record growth in

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Ottawa unveils 2020 North Atlantic right whale protection measures

Canada’s federal government today announced enhanced 2020 measures designed to reduce the risks to North Atlantic right whales from interactions with vessels and fishing gear between April and November. There are some 400 left in the world of the endangered iconic marine mammal. “For the past several years, the Government of Canada has been working

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Industry executives seek high water solution to protect Seaway trade corridor

Ottawa, ON – Marine shipping executives are calling on government officials to protect the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway trade corridor by working with stakeholders to develop solutions that do not rely on one ineffective dam to solve high water levels across the Great Lakes. The issue, which has already cost the economy millions of dollars,

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IMO working group recommends ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping

In a landmark decision reached at the end of last week in London, a working group of the International Maritime Organization has recommended a global ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships sailing in Arctic waters, with some notable exceptions, beginning on July 1, 2024. The decision by the Sub-Committee on

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ACL diverts calls from Halifax

With Indigenous rail blockades on the CN network entering a third week, the cascading effect on cargo flows at the Port of Halifax has prompted Atlantic Container Line (ACL), the port’s longest standing customer, to provisionally re-route its calls to New York or Baltimore on the US East Coast – starting this weekend. This follows

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DP World returning to private ownership

DP World, the Nasdaq Dubai-listed company that includes terminals in three Canadian ports amongst extensive operations in 40 countries has announced a return to private ownership as part of a refocused global business strategy. Based in the United Arab Emirates, DP World is a world leader specializing in cargo logistics, port terminal operations, maritime services

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