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Ottawa banning Russian vessels from Canadian ports and waters

Canada announced today it is closing its waters and ports to ships owned or registered in Russia, including fishing vessels, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Issued under the Special Economic Measures Act, the ban is expected to take effect later this week. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Russia should be held

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Four UN bodies seek renewed global efforts to mitigate crew change crisis

Geneva – Four UN organizations have called for continued global collaboration to address the crew change crisis that at times during the COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 400,000 seafarers stranded at sea. In a joint statement issued today, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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Most major shipping lines suspend shipments to and from Russia

Maersk, its 2M Alliance partner Mediterranean Shipping Co., and CMA CGM have joined Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE) in suspending bookings for Russian cargo in response to tightening global sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine, the JOC.com news platform reported today. “As the stability and safety of our operations is already being directly and indirectly impacted

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On our Forum: Beware of risks for ships carrying EV vehicles…

By Michael Grey Here is a useful motoring tip that you probably will not discover in your service manual, should your new, all-electric vehicle inadvertently burst into flames. While your natural inclination might be to run for your life, it is suggested that the terrifying fire might be smothered in a blanket, or better still,

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Suez Canal announces new toll increase effective March 1

After raising tolls one month ago, the Suez Canal Authority has announced another toll increase effective March 1, 2022. According to circulars by the canal authority, the levy decision was “in line with the significant growth in global trade, the improvement of ships’ economics, the Suez Canal waterway development and the enhancement of the transit

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Port of Toronto reports strong cargo trends

Imports of cement, steel, sugar and salt moving through the Port of Toronto and directly into the heart of Canada’s largest city in 2021 surpassed 2.2 million metric tonnes for the 5th consecutive year. Bypassing trade gateways disrupted by the pandemic, Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway shipping routes remained reliable and congestion free, reinforcing

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Russian attack on Ukraine ignites upheaval in global commodity flows

Global commodity trading patterns are set for their greatest upheaval in decades following today’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia, reports  Sam Chambers on the Splash247 news platform. Russian president Vladimir Putin sent troops into four different regions of Ukraine this morning in an attack that is the largest seen on European soil since the

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