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IMO urges keyworker exemptions for crew changes and repatriations

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr. Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting (1 April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting addressed the

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Federal Review Panel underlines environmental risks of Roberts Bank container terminal project

By Leo Ryan, Editor A federal Review Panel report assessing whether to allow the construction of a planned new container terminal at the Port of Vancouver at Roberts Bank has acknowledged its potential competitive benefits for Canadian marine shipping markets and regional employment but has also underscored “significant adverse” effects on the nearby wetlands, fish

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MSC unveils new flexible cargo service to meet demand from Asia

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s new “Suspension of Transit” (SOT) programme is a flexible cargo service that will help to fulfil the imminent resumption of demand from Asia and ensure service continuity. It includes container yard storage in six transshipment hubs across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, ensuring that goods can be shipped

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CSL vessel opens Seaway’s MLO section for 2020 season

St. Lambert, Québec – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of its Montreal / Lake Ontario section today, with the transit of the CSL Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we are living in exceptional times. As the 2020 navigation season gathers momentum, we continue to witness a tremendous

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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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