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CN record grain shipments continue

2019-07-03

WINNIPEG, Manitoba-- CN announced that western Canadian grain movement in the month of June exceeded 2.3 million metric tonnes (MMT), compared to the three year average of 1.80 MMT and June 2018's result of 1.99 MMT. The cumulative total of tonnage moved for the 2018-19 crop year is on record pace at 25.5 MMT, or one million metric tonnes ahead of the previous record pace, despite the restrictions on Canadian exports to China. The bulk of these exports are shipped via the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

"Our dedication to providing outstanding service for the Canadian economy contributes to Canada's reputation as a strong and stable supply chain provider," said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN. "We are investing $210M in rail capacity in North Vancouver to support the expanding coal and grain export terminals and to further encourage the growth of natural resources export supply chains."

"Our investments and dedicated grain team focused our efforts onto what is going to be a record year," said Allen Foster, vice president of Bulk at CN. "We are optimistic that the strong pace of shipments we've seen in June takes us through to the end of the crop year and we can build on our record shipment pace."

 
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Fednav takes delivery of new vessel with historic name

Fednav lance un nouveau navire avec un nom chargé d'histoire

2019-06-28

 

At the Oshima Shipyard in Japan, Fednav today took delivery of the Federal St Laurent, its latest Great Lakes suitable handysize vessel. The ceremony was attended by officials from both Fednav and Oshima together with Ms. Denisha Lubiani of Alcoa, the godmother of the vessel.

The Federal St Laurent is a 34,500 DWT international ice-class bulk carrier, flagged in the Marshall Islands. Built to trade in the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, the vessel is certified by DNV GL. It emits 30% less greenhouse gases than similar vessels built 20 years ago and is equipped with an Optimarin ultraviolet ballast water treatment system

Named in honour of the river that flows along the company's headquarter city, Montreal, and to celebrate Fednav's 75thanniversary, the vessel is the fourth Federal St Laurent in Fednav's history. The name has always represented the company's special bond to the St. Lawrence River (St. Laurent in French) and its maritime community.

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Waterfront labour deal ratified on Canada's West Coast

2019-06-26

Canada's West Coast ports appear poised for waterfront labour peace for five years following the ratification of a new collective agreement between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada. Paving the way was a compromise on addressing the automation issue.

"Through a collaborative effort, and with both sides having worked hard to reach a tentative collective agreement on May 30, we have now ratified that agreement, and we are looking forward to next steps in our working relationship, and to continue to bring stability to the West Coast of Canada for the next five years," said BCMEA Chairman Jeff Scott.

The several thousand members of ILWU Canada last week accepted the terms of the settlement by a majority of 77%.

Negotiations had broken down in late May, leading to a brief lockout by employers at the Port of Vancouver.

Vancouver,  Prince Rupert and other ports on the Pacific Coast account for more than half of Canada's total commercial marine traffic. (photo VFPA)

 
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Transport Canada introduces new measure to protect right whales

Nouvelle mesure par Transport Canada pour protéger les baleines noires

2019-06-27

 

Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced expanded vessel speed restrictions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in order to address the recent deaths of several North Atlantic right whales. The measure is effective immediately.

"Due to the unfortunate deaths of a number of North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters, Transport Canada is implementing an interim precautionary speed restriction of 10 knots, for vessels of 20 metres or more in length travelling in the western the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the two designated shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island," said a Transport Canada press release.

This measure is in addition to the fixed speed restriction introduced on April 28, 2019, in a large area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where vessels 20 metres or longer are restricted to a maximum of 10 knots until November 15, 2019.

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Raising water outflow levels above 10,400 CMS on Seaway could cost bi-national economy over $1 billion

Une augmentation au-delà de 10 400 MCS des débits d'eau sur la Voie maritime coûterait plus de 1 milliard de dollars à l'économie binationale

2019-06-26

 

The Chamber of Marine Commerce supports the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board's decision last Friday to continue flow rates from the Moses-Saunders dam at 10,400 cubic metres per second (CMS).
Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows said: "We are sensitive to the flood damage being done to homeowners. Given the plight of riparians, sustaining flow rates at these very high 10,400 CMS rates is the best compromise solution to deliver relief for Lake Ontario residents while maintaining safe, commercial navigation and supply to North American consumers. The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital trade artery for both raw materials and global exports for North American industries, including grain, manufacturing, steel, construction, mining and energy sectors."

Maintaining the 10,400 CMS outflow still results in a significant cost to the economy, with an estimated (CDN) $3 million to $4 million in business revenues lost for every day it's in place due to delays for all ship transits through the Seaway.

The Chamber's ship operators are following all of the new speed restrictions and additional mitigation measures developed by the Seaway to ensure the highest safety standards to accommodate these outflows of water. The Chamber's operations group has had positive feedback thus far from ship captains that current water conditions are safe.

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