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U.S. Great Lakes stakeholders elated over House of Representatives committee approval for 2nd heavy icebreaker

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Great Lakes maritime stakeholders are delighted over a surprise decision taken earlier this week in Washington: the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shore side infrastructure nationwide and $350 million in funding for a second heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as part of its budget

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Iron ore shipments soar on St. Lawrence  Seaway

North American demand for manufacturing and building materials led to dramatic spikes in shipments of iron ore, steel, cement, stone and other raw materials via the St. Lawrence Seaway and through Canadian Great Lakes ports, according to the latest results. From March 22 to August 31, iron ore shipments hit 4.6 million tonnes, up 30%

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CP and KCS announce merger accord

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern today announced they have entered into a merger agreement, under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately USD$31 billion which includes the assumption of $3.8 billion of outstanding KCS debt. The merger creates the first U.S.-Canada-Mexico railway. The decision

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ABS launches industry-first simulation decarbonisation service

Houston, Texas – In an industry first, ABS has launched an advanced service using sophisticated modeling and simulation technologies to assess the impact of a wide range of vessel decarbonization technologies at the design stage as well as simplifying EEXI and CII compliance. The SIM-based Energy Efficiency Evaluation Service will allow both newbuild vessels and

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Laurence Pathy inducted into Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame

Saluted as the 2021 Marine Man of the Year, Laurence G. Pathy, Chairman of Montreal-based Fednav Limited, has been inducted into the Captain John P. Wellington Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The prestigious award, which was launched in 1955 and is housed at the Sault Historic Sites was presented

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Kansas City Southern opts in favour of “superior” CP merger deal

Adding a new chapter in a continental railway power struggle full of twists and turns, the Board of Directors of Kansas City Southern announced on Sunday that CP’s revised proposal is “superior” to an existing rival merger agreement with Canadian National Railway. KCS has notified CN that it intends to terminate KCS’s current merger agreement

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Seafarers awarded pay increase of 4.5% in 2022-2023

Over the next two years, seafarers working aboard more than 9,000 flag-of-convenience vessels will be receiving a pay increase of 4.5%, the International Transport Workers’ Federation(ITF) announced after a deal with maritime employers was struck with employers represented by the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG). The agreement recognized the enormous sacrifices of seafarers during the pandemic

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Port of Halifax welcomes direct call with India through MSC service

The Port of Halifax will receive the first direct call between the West Coast of India and a Canadian port when the maiden call of the MSC Indus 2 Service arrives early next month. The service will berth at the South End Container Terminal operated by PSA Halifax. The first sailing from Mundra commenced on

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