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On our Forum: Something ghoulish about tours of Titanic wreckage

By Michael Grey* I had just finished re-reading an old biography of Edward Wilson; doctor, scientist, naturalist, artist and Antarctic explorer, who died with Captain Scott and fellow members of the south polar party, in March 1912. Even across all these years, it is impossible to remain unmoved, reading his final letter to his wife,

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UNCTAD sees global trade rebounding, but outlook remains problematic

  Following two consecutive quarters of decline, global trade in goods and services rebounded between January and March 2023, but prospects for the rest of the year are bleak, according to the latest report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. During the first quarter of 2023, trade growth was positive for both

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Commercial vessels anchoring around BC’s Southern Gulf Islands to avoid nighttime arrivals or departures

  Vancouver – Starting July 1, commercial ship operators anchoring around the Southern Gulf Islands will be asked to avoid nighttime arrivals or departures, as the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and its industry partners work together to reduce the effects of Canada’s growing trade on coastal communities, the Port of Vancouver announced. Under the port

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Carrix buys Ceres Terminals from Macquarie Infrastructure

  Seattle, WA –  Carrix, a leading marine terminal operator in the U.S. and the Americas,  announced  that it has agreed to purchase Ceres Terminals from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III, a fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Ceres was established over 60 years ago and now operates

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Canada announces mandatory environmental measures for cruise ships

  The Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, has announced mandatory environmental measures for cruise ships effective immediately. Non-compliance will be subject to fines. The measures address discharges of greywater (the drainage from sinks, laundry machines, bathtubs and showers, or dishwaters) and sewage (wastewater from bathroom and toilets): These mandatory measures for the cruise ship industry include:

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New agreements to certify foreign seafarers in Canada

  On the International Day of the Seafarer on June 25, the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, announced that Canada has signed agreements with Georgia, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom to allow their certified seafarers to work onboard Canadian vessels. These countries now join Australia, France, Norway, and Ukraine as participants in Canada’s Reciprocal Arrangement Program. Launched in 2019, the Reciprocal Arrangement Program allows highly qualified workers

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