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CN strike triggers layoffs in Halifax

La grève au CN entraîne des mises à pied à Halifax


2019-11-20

 

Montreal, QC - The ongoing CN strike has cost scores of Halifax rail workers their jobs - at least for now - as the labour stoppage continues to impact shipping across the country, according to a Canadian Press report.

More than 250 staff at Canadian National Railway Co.'s Autoport terminal, which handles cars shipped in and out of Canada, recently received layoff notices, but CN later rescinded the notices for 180 employees, indicated Unifor, the union representing the employees.

The other 70 workers facing layoffs are expected to be temporarily out of work as of Nov. 28 unless the strike ends before then. The work stoppage by CN conductors, trainpersons and yardworkers has hampered rail shipments of cars at the facility, which sits across the harbour from Halifax.

About 3,200 CN staff across the country, who have been without a contract since July 23, walked off the job early Tuesday morning over worries about long hours, fatigue and what they consider dangerous working conditions.
The federal government has faced mounting pressure to resolve the strike as premiers and industry members voice concerns about profit losses and a propane shortage affecting Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. (Photo Port of Halifax)

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Le Saint-Laurent, pilier fondateur et économique du Québec

The St. Lawrence: an economic lever, ecological jewel, and source of recreation


2019-11-22      

 

 

 

La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain a dévoilé hier son mémoire intitulé Le Saint-Laurent, pilier fondateur et économique du Québec. Ce mémoire a été présenté dans le cadre des consultations menées par le ministère des Transports du Québec visant à définir la nouvelle vision maritime du fleuve Saint-Laurent. Le mémoire de la Chambre met de l'avant trois éléments essentiels.
1 On doit s'assurer que le Saint-Laurent continue de jouer son rôle de moteur économique pour le Québec et sa métropole.
2 Il est tout aussi important de s'assurer de la préservation des écosystèmes du fleuve.
3 La vision doit comprendre une bonification de l'offre d'activités récréatives liées au fleuve.

«La vitalité économique du Québec depuis sa création doit beaucoup à l'apport stratégique du fleuve Saint-Laurent. Le Port de Montréal, le plus important dans l'Est du Canada, joue un rôle de premier plan dans plusieurs secteurs névralgiques pour notre performance économique et notre qualité de vie. D'ailleurs, tout indique que le trafic maritime ira en augmentant avec la pleine mise en application des récents accords de libre-échange. Le premier élément de cette vision doit donc être celui d'une voie maritime efficace, bien entretenue et accessible en tout temps, 365 jours par année. Cela implique notamment qu'elle soit bien draguée et libre de glace en hiver, grâce à une flotte adéquate de brise-glaces modernes», a déclaré Michel Leblanc, président et chef de la direction de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain.

 

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Chamber of Shipping warns lengthy CN strike could spark ship diversions

Pour la Chamber of Shipping une longue grève du CN pourrait occasionner des détournements de navires


2019-11-22    

 

 

 

VANCOUVER -  While it is encouraging that the parties continue to negotiate, the impacts of the current CN Rail disruption and the probability that it will extend into a second week is untenable, stated the Chamber of Shipping which represents shipping lines and their agents trading internationally and domestically. A lengthy disruption could potentially divert ships and cargo to US ports permanently and threaten newly created jobs on Canada's West Coast, the Chamber warned.

The Chamber of Shipping called on the Government of Canada to acknowledge this exceptional situation and act accordingly to resolve this situation promptly.
"Canadian businesses rely on a predictable, efficient and productive supply chain to move products globally. This action is  harming the reputation of Canadian ports and the Canadian supply chain," stated the Chamber's President, Robert Lewis-Manning. "Even a resumption of service at this stage will take weeks to resolve and impacts the markets that Canadian shippers serve."

Vancouver and Prince Rupert are strategic ports for the Pacific Gateway and among Canada's busiest ports serving major Canadian industries including manufacturing, mining, energy, forestry, agriculture, and construction. This rail service disruption will add stressors to the operating environment surrounding the ports, as delays caused to cargo shipments and ships will force vessels to anchor in local waters.  Prince Rupert is the fastest growing port on the West Coast and highly dependent on CN Rail services, the Chamber noted. (photo PRPA)

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Logistec USA and Waterson Terminal Services expect growth in lumber handling at ProvPort

Logistec USA et Waterson Terminal Services anticipent une croissance du bois d'oeuvre manutentionné à ProvPort


2019-11-22 

 

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 22, Marine terminal operators Logistec USA Inc. ("LOGISTEC") and. Waterson Terminal Services, LLC ("WTS"), who entered into a cargo-handling agreement in June at ProvPort, in Providence (RI), are preparing to handle an increased volume of lumber to meet growing demand in the northeastern U.S. markets. The first vessel of specialized lumber from Europe, destined for manufacturers in the housing and construction markets throughout New England, arrived at ProvPort last month.

Logistec had been the terminal operator at the Port of New London (CT) for the past 20 years. After its mandate ended in April 2019, Logistec moved its operations to ProvPort. Many lumber customers who had come to depend upon Logistec's reliable and efficient service over the years at New London, chose to move their business to ProvPort with Logistec.

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India accedes Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling

L'Inde  adhère à la Convention de Hong Kong sur le recyclage des navires


2019-11-21      

 

 

 

Wednesday, the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) in New Delhi approved India's accession to the Hong Kong Convention, becoming the first of the major south Asian ship-breaking nations to do so.

"By this accession to the Hong Kong International convention, we are bringing in global best practices and we are not becoming a backyard of all rejected ships, but on the contrary scientifically dealing with ship recycling," a government spokesperson said.

Many Indian breaking yards have complied to the Convention over the last 18 months, pushing the nation's greener credentials in this area to keep business flourishing.

As per data available for 2018, India handles around five million gross tonnage (MnGT) annually, which is around 25% share of the world's ship recycling industry. The government plans to nearly double this by 2024, at around nine MnGT.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in 2009, which is aimed at ensuring that ships being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and to the environment. Delegates from 63 countries were present at the conference.

The text of the Hong Kong Convention was developed over three and a half years, with input from IMO Member States and relevant non-governmental organizations, and in co-operation with the International Labour Organization and the Parties to the Basel Convention*.

 

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