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Fednav takes delivery of MV Arvik I

  Montreal – Fednav Limited announced that it has taken delivery of its latest Polar Class 4 icebreaking bulk carrier—the MV Arvik I. This new state-of-the-art vessel will replace the 43-year old MV Arctic. The Canadian-flag, Arvik I will trade between St. Lawrence River ports and Deception Bay, servicing Glencore’s Raglan Mine, commencing mid-May 2021.  Ordered through Sumitomo Corporation and built by Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) shipyards Japan, the 31,000-DWT mine resupply vessel is a sister

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MSC poised to overtake Maersk as world’s largest container carrier

  Taking into account new orders and strong involvement in second-hand vessels, MSC is on track to soon overtake Maersk as the world’s biggest container line, according to maritime analyst Alphaliner. “Irrespective of past developments and fleet growth, the carriers’ opposing stance on container vessel newbuilding is expected to see MSC overtake its Danish competitor

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InterManager vows to source vaccinations for seafarers

  Frustrated by the lack of progress and slow pace of international efforts, InterManager has vowed to work separately to obtain much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to protect the world’s more than one and a half million seafarers and thereby keep international trade routes open. InterManager President Mark O’Neil declared: “Global organisations have talked their way round

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Ottawa tables bill to force striking Montreal dockers back to work

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The federal government today tabled a bill to end the unlimited strike launched yesterday by dockers at the Port of Montreal, Canada’s second largest port that has seen cargo and vessels diverted amidst the mounting uncertainty provoked by a prolonged waterfront conflict. Such back-to-work legislation would impose arbitration with stiff

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Montreal dockers on picket lines ahead of possible Ottawa intervention

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Some 1,150 Montreal dockers today began an “indefinite” strike that shut down almost all operations at Canada’s second largest port as the longest labour conflict in its modern history showed no signs of abating. But the work stoppage could be short-lived after the federal government on Sunday announced plans to

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Ottawa announces it will intervene in any new Montreal docker strike

  Last summer’s docker strikes cost Canadian businesses an estimated $600 million in lost sales. By Leo Ryan, Editor With an unprecedented, prolonged waterfront conflict entering another crisis point, the federal government today (Sunday) served notice it is prepared to rush through legislation should the Port of Montreal’s 1,150 dockers proceed with a planned unlimited

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Montreal longshore union gives general strike notice for Monday

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The prolonged Port of Montreal waterfront conflict hit a new flash point today with the union representing 1,150 dockers announcing an “indefinite” general strike starting Monday at 7 am. But at the same time, the union said the work stoppage could be avoided if the maritime employers dropped their pressure

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