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Seaway launches 2011 season on upbeat note

2011-03-22

The 2011 St. Lawrence Seaway season  kicked off today (March 22) with a mood of optimism prevalent among Seaway officials and users.

At the opening ceremony at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal, Terence Bowles, President  and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, saluted the recent announcements by carriers to renew their fleets and predicted that shipments on the North American waterway should increase by about 7% this year to 39.1 million tonnes.

In 2011, Mr. Bowles said he foresaw continued continued strength in the staple cargoes of grain and iron ore. He also anticipated a rebound of road salt shipments and rising project cargo movements due in part to continued activity in the Alberta oil sands.

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2011 Seaway traffic seen rising 7%

2011-03-18

Following on the rebound momentum of last year, total tonnage on the St. Lawrence Seaway is forecast to increase by 7.1% in the 2011 commercial navigation season beginning on March 22, according to Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"The total volume this year should bring us to about 39.1 million tonnes," Mr. Hodgson told Maritime Magazine. "We see improvements in a number of sectors."

Last year, the Seaway handled 35.5 million tonnes on the heels of a severe, recession-related decline in 2009 to 30.7 million tonnes from 40.8 million tonnes in 2008. In 2007, the waterway's throughput amounted to 43 million tonnes versus 47 million tonnes in 2006.

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U.S. Great Lakes carriers
assail big dredging budget cuts

2011-03-18

The Washington administration's proposal to slash the Great Lakes dredging budget by 32% in 2010 has prompted the region's shipping industry to declare a State of Emergency.

"What a dredging crisis is now a State of Emergency for each of the eight Great Lakes states," declared John Baker, President of the Toledo-based Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, in a statement on March 16.

"Iron ore this year will continue to be steady along with grain and petroleum, and we should see a good pick-up in salt as inventories are low," Mr. Hodgson said.

 

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International Symposium in Quebec
Defining tomorrow's city-port relationships

Rencontre internationale de Québec
Définir la relation ville-port de demain

2011-03-14

From April 10th to 12th, business leaders in the maritime industry and urban development planners will put forward concrete and ambitious proposals to create effective city/port relationships that can foster economic prosperity and quality of life within the context of Sustainable Development.

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Seaspan joins Green Marine Program

2011-03-08

Seaspan Marine Corporation has become the first major West Coast shipowner to join the Green Marine environmental program.

Based in North Vancouver, Seaspan operates more than 150 tugs, ferries and barges. Providing coastal and deepsea transportation, the company also offers bunkering, shiprepair and shipbuilding services.

The firm has entrolled its marine fleet and shipyards in the program. "The inclusion of Seaspan Shipyards also represents another significant FIRST for Seaspan and Green Marine," a press release stated on March 7.

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