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Seaway 2010 cargo could attain
35 million tonnes

2010-12-06

Following a dramatic decline in 2009, the St. Lawrence will register a double-digit upswing when the 2010 commercial navigation season wraps up in late December.

"We are projecting that 2010 volume will show an increase of about 18% to some 35 million tonnes," Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, told Maritime Magazine.

At the end of October, Seaway cargo was at 27.1 million tonnes versus the year-earlier 23.1 million tonnes.

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US Coast Guard Cutter from Connecticut
joins Great Lakes Fleet

2010-11-30

The Connecticut-based Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-ft icebreaking tug, will arrive shortly in the Great Lakes region to assist in the service's icebreaking mission there throughout the winter months. While there, the crew will assist those of other Coast Guard icebreakers during Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite, the largest domestic ice breaking operations in the USA.

The Coast Guard conducts domestic ice breaking to aid in search and rescue and other emergency operations, mitigate flooding, and to meet the reasonable demands of commerce.

Large quantities of steel, coal, heating oil and grain are shipped throughout the region. The Coast Guard ice breaking services enable the lake shippers to transport an average of $2 billion worth of cargo each year.

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Veritas publishes new polar rules
and ice guidance

2010-11-27

International classification society Bureau Veritas has released new rules for polar-class vessels and specific guidance on ice/structure interaction.

The rules are aimed at accelerating Arctic and Caspian Sea oil and gas development by facilitating the building of tank, cargo and offshore service vessels which can operate unsupported by icebreakers in very heavy ice conditions.

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Vancouver box surge approaches 2008 record

2010-11-26

The rebound of container cargo at Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) from the 2009 recession  has surpassed expectations and is approaching the record of 2.5 million TEUs set in 2008.

In the period to end October, Canada's largest port handled 2.09 million TEUs - representing a 17% increase over the 1.78 million TEUs a year-earlier. Imports were up 16% and exports up 18%.

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Avis de recrutement d'apprentis pilotes

Notice of recruitment of apprentice pilots

2010-11-22

L'Administration de pilotage des Laurentides prévoit recruter des apprentis pilotes qui pourront être appelés à exercer la profession de pilote maritime sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent dans la circonscription 1.1 (port de Montréal) à partir du 15 février 2011 ou dans la circonscription no 1 (Montréal/Québec) à partir du 1er avril 2011. Le recrutement est conditionnel aux besoins en main-d'oeuvre de pilotage pour les prochaines années. Le concours se termine le 7 janvier 2011.  Pour information, cliquez ici.

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