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Halifax hails enhanced Asian service

2010-04-14

Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, has hailed the announcement of an enhanced Asian service by "K" Line and Mitsui-OSK Line making Halifax the first inbound North American port.

"This service announcement is of significant importance to Canada's commercial supply chain with Asia," Ms. Oldfield said on April 13.

Together with the Nova Scotia deepwater port's existing Asia services, the new service will strengthen Canada's trading position in providing "fast and secure logistics through an Atlantic Gateway Port," Ms. Oldfield stated. "We appreciate the support of the CKYH partners for again selecting the Port of Halifax and we welcome MOL's return to the Port of Halifax."

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Historic bi-national ice study on St. Lawrence Seaway

2010-04-07

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) together with Transport Canada, the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), the U.S. St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and the Canadian Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have finalized a three-year Joint Observational Study (JOS) that assessed the potential impacts caused by icebreaking activities on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Results of the study were released on April 7.

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More than 10% rebound foreseen on Seaway

2010-03-16

Traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which had a disastrous year during the recession in 2009, could recover more strongly in 2010 than foreseen just a few months ago, thanks to a rebounding steel industry in North America. In an interview with Maritime Magazine, Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, stated: "We are projecting a 10.7% increase driven by higher demand for steel as it relates to iron ore and coal. It also looks good for project cargo in the latter half."

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Seaway opens 2010 season on upbeat note

La Voie maritime ouvre la saison 2010 sur une note optimiste

2010-03-25

The St. Lawrence Seaway on March 25 launched its 52nd navigation season on an upbeat note, forecasting a 10% to 12% increase in tonnage following last year's 25% decline due to the impact of the recession especially on the steel industry. First ship to transit the Welland Canal Lock 3 was the tug/barge MarineLink Explorer owned by Upper Lakes Group.

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IMO approval of ECA dismays Canadian Great Lakes marine industry

L'approbation par l'OMI de la SCE consterne l'industrie maritime canadienne des Grands Lacs

2010-03-29

Canada's Great Lakes shipping industry is seriously concerned over the March 26 approval by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of an Emission Control Area (ECA) proposed by the Ottawa and Washington governments while various environmental lobby groups have welcomed the decision by the London-based UN specialized agency. "It is very unfortunate that such a proposal was adopted by the IMO, despite considerable opposition from the Great Lakes marine industry," Michel Drolet, Vice-President of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) told Maritime Magazine.

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