Port of Montreal cargo activity at full capacity

Opérations à plein régime au Port de Montréal






Freight transport operations are running at full capacity, the Port of Montreal reported today." No cancellations have occurred, and rail transport continues as scheduled. Road transport and terminal operations are ongoing. We will continue to follow Transport Canada guidelines and monitor the impact of COVID-19 on Port operations."

The MPA is closely following the directives of federal authorities pertaining to the Port of Montreal's cruise activities. At present, the Transport Canada directive stipulating that ships with more than 500 passengers and crew members cannot call at Canadian ports until July 1 affects about 15% of the cruise ships scheduled to arrive in Montreal in 2020.


McKeil Marine adds to product tanker fleet



BURLINGTON, ONTARIO - Marine services provider McKeil Marine Limited has purchased the Adfines Sky, an intermediate-sized ice class 1A product tanker, and sister ship to the Adfines Star that was purchased last month. The 19,000 DWT vessel has been renamed the Northern Spirit and is currently in operation

With this latest addition to its diversified fleet of tugs, barges, workboats and vessels, including bunkers, cement carriers, and tankers, McKeil has one of the fastest growing fleets in Canada with the acquisition of five vessels in the last 13 months.
The Maltese-flagged Adfines Sky, built in 2011, measures 152 metres by 23 metres, with a DWT of approximately 19,000 metric tonnes. The vessel was acquired to service the needs of a key customer of McKeil and will continue to trade as a foreign-flag vessel between Europe and the Great Lakes on a consistent trading pattern.


Seaway measures to ensure operations amidst COVID-19 crisis

Des mesures liées à la COVID-19 pour la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent



Guided by information made available by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) indicated it is working closely with Transport Canada and all other relevant authorities on a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis. SLSMC has put in place a series of measures to ensure the continuity of operations on the St. Lawrence Seaway for both domestic and ocean vessels.

"These measures are designed to maintain an efficient transportation corridor into and out of the heartland of North America, while safeguarding the welfare of all personnel. We are continuing to follow the evolving situation, and are working to ensure that lock operations will be reliable when commercial navigation resumes on March 24, 2020 (Welland Canal) and April 1, 2020 (Montreal to Lake Ontario Section).

"Detailed Seaway notices related to the opening of the commercial navigation season will be communicated through usual channels within the next few days. For ocean vessels coming into the St. Lawrence Seaway, adherence to the 96 hour advance notice of arrival to the Government of Canada is essential. In addition, all crew members of domestic and ocean vessels must be monitored for symptoms of the virus and notice must be promptly given of any confirmed or suspected cases of the virus on board, prior to Seaway inspectors boarding the ship.


Canada defers start of cruise season to July 1 earliest

Le Canada reporte le début de la saison de croisière au 1er juillet au plus tôt





Transport Minister Marc Garneau today announced that Canada will defer the start of the cruise season at Canadian ports from April 2 to July 1 at the earliest in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer has issued a formal health advisory, recommending that Canadians avoid going on cruise ships at this time. The health risk is for all the people touched by the cruise ship industry in Canada.

To further complement these measures, Mr. Garneau announced the implementation of new measures pertaining to cruise ships in Canadian waters.

"In 2019, Canada welcomed over 140 cruise ships that came to our shores directly from more than 10 different countries. The cruise industry brings at least 2 million travellers to our coasts annually," the government announcement said.

As a response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada will defer the start of the cruise ship season in Canada, from April 2, 2020, to July 1, 2020, at the earliest. This deferral will apply to cruise ships capable of carrying more than 500 passengers and crew members.

Given the limited public health capacity in Canada's Northern communities, the cruise ship season for vessels with Canadian Arctic stops will be deferred for the entire season this year. This would apply to cruise ships of all sizes.

While this measure does not apply to ferries or smaller vessels at this time, the Government of Canada is also developing an approach to ensure health measures are strengthened in all passenger vessels across Canada.

Further decisions on whether the season can resume on July 1, 2020, will be based on science and evidence in the best interests of the health and safety of Canadians. (photo of Port of Quebec by Louis Rhéaume)


Breaking news: Princess Cruises follows Viking and halts global operations for 2 months

Dernière heure: Princess Cruises suit Viking et arrête ses opérations mondiales pendant 2 mois




In an unprecedented move, Princess has announced today it will pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months in response to the Coronavirus.

The extreme measure comes after the infections of passengers and crew on board the company's two ships, Diamond Princess in Japan and more recently Grand Princess in Oakland, California.

"Those currently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements," the company said in a statement.

"Princess will do everything possible to return each guest home with the greatest amount of care possible. During this time, our operations and medical teams across the fleet will remain vigilant in their care and service for guests and crew onboard."

Princess is offering guests the opportunity to transfer 100% of the money paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice, with credit benefits included.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises,  said that "while this is a difficult business decision, we firmly believe it is the right one and is in alignment with our company's core values."

In order to weather the storm once the company resumes operations, Princess Cruises said that the best way for its supporters and partners to help the company was to book a cruise on board one of its ships.

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