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Big delays and cost overruns in U.S. Coast Guard modernization programs

  According a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), immature technologies and unstable designs have provoked significant delays and cost overruns in the U.S. Coast Guard’s highest priority modernization programs. The Coast Guard is modernizing its vessels in an effort known as recapitalization. The Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and Polar Security Cutter (PSC)

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New tentative deal between British Colombia’s dockers and maritime employers

  The month-long labour conflict at British Columbia’s ports may be finally ending following a late night breakthrough on Sunday announcing a new (and third) tentative collective agreement between the docker union and maritime employers. In a joint statement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada and the BC Maritime Employers Association said the new

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Enjoy! The Summer Edition of Maritime Magazine (No. 109) is online

  The summer issue is packed with substantial content. First, there is our annual review of developments at Canadian ports in times of increasing competitive and supply chain challenges. Secondly, another annual feature on a highly-topical subject for Canadian shippers seeking to develop overseas markets – the broadening perspectives in the Indo-Pacific region as the

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 Rail service restored for Port of Halifax

  CN rail service which provides the Port of Halifax with a vital link to the rest of Canada and US Midwest markets has been restored nearly a week after being cut off by devastating floods in Nova Scotia. “We continue to work closely with PSA Halifax and CN to efficiently resume moving cargo by

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UK and France adopt charter enlarging protection for seafarers

  The UK and France this week unveiled a new charter calling for broader protections in the global shipping industry for seafarers. The voluntary program had already received commitments from four major operators – DFDS Ferries, Condor Ferries, Brittany Ferries, and Stena. The UK government had previously promised to take a series of measures following

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Fire engulfs car carrier off Netherlands coast

  The Dutch Coast Guard has been leading crew rescue efforts after a car carrier caught fire off the northern coast of The Netherlands around midnight yesterday. As 23 seafarers were evacuated, latest reports indicate one crewmember was killed and several others injured and taken to hospitals in the Netherlands. The distressed vessel is the Fremantle

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