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Chamber of Shipping Statement on Strike Activity in the Port of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC,  – The current strike by the Canadian Merchant Service Guild has ceased the operations of Seaspan tugs and barges and is negatively impacting trade through the Port of Vancouver. This disruption is tarnishing Vancouver’s reputation as a home port for cruise lines and a primary gateway to Asian markets. It is increasing congestion

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Port of Belledune signs MOU with Niedersachsen Ports Wilhelmshaven

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG Wilhelmshaven, Germany, to collaborate on the movement of dry and liquid bulk commodities, and manufactured products, between Canada and Germany, with a focus on clean fuels and green products. The signing took place today on the

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Tugboat performs first autonomous collision avoidance performance at Port of Singapore

Digital technologies from ABB have enabled the harbor tug Maju 510 to become the first vessel in the world to receive Autonomous and Remote-Control Navigation Notation from ABS classification society and first Singapore-flagged vessel to receive the Smart (Autonomous) Notation from The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The notations acknowledge the breakthrough performance of

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Record fine for abuse of marine mammal regulations

A Prince Rupert commercial diver has received the largest fine to-date under Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations, announced Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region. On July 22, 2022, in Prince Rupert Provincial Court, the Honourable Judge Jeffrey Campbell ordered Thomas Gould to pay a fine of $12,000 for contravention of Canada’s Fisheries Act, section 7 of the Marine Mammal Regulations. This is the largest fine

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Cases of crew abandonment increasing

According to the International Transport Workers Federation, the cases of crew abandonment are rising despite the current high levels of global shipping markets. Based on data from the first seven months of the year, the ITF suggested that 2022 is on track to record the highest number of seafarers abandoned by shipowners. The ITF has

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Strike paralyzes Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe, biggest shipping gateway in the UK, has been brought to a standstill by an eight-day strike launched Sunday by nearly 2000 dockers. The walk-out has forced carriers to divert vessels to already congested other hubs in Northern Europe. The supply chain impact is considerable, given the fact that Felixstowe handles some

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Seaway traffic recovering from slow season start

Cargo shipments through the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System continue to bounce back from a slow start, creating optimism for the second half of the 2022 shipping season. Overall cargo tonnage shipments (from March 22 to July 31) via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 15.7 million metric tons, still down 7.65% compared to

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Maersk shifting calls from congested Centerm terminal in Vancouver

Due to what it described as “operational challenges” and “significant congestion” at Centerm container terminal in Vancouver, Maersk has alerted shippers of provisional changes in scheduled calls. They point to potential impacts on activities at other Pacific Northwest terminals in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Seattle. “We continue to face operational challenges at Centerm in Vancouver,”

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