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Shipping Federation welcomes Canada-European free trade accord

2014-10-01

The Shipping Federation of Canada has welcomed the proposed Canada - European Union-Canada free trade agreement, stating "it will be a boon for Canada's maritime industry on a number of fronts." (The signature of what was described as a final text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement  (CETA) took place in Ottawa on Sept. 26.)

"Not only will the agreement generate additional trade in goods between the two continents, it will also create demand for related transportation services," the Shipping Federation said on September 23. "As a result, we can expect to see new economic opportunities for Canadian ports and new employment opportunities for workers in the transportation sector."

In an interview with Maritime Magazine, Shipping Federation President Michael Broad affirmed: "CETA will not take business away from Canadian-flag vessels and crews."

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Tanker with Alberta oil heading for Europe

2014-09-25

The Minerva Gloria, a 62,341 GRT tanker registered in Greece, left early this week for Sarroch, on the Italian island of Sardinia, with some 700,000 barrels of railed crude oil from Suncor Energy in Alberta that was loaded at the Port of Sorel-Tracy on the St. Lawrence River. It is Suncor's first waterborne shipment across the Atlantic from Canada's East Coast and it has attracted attention from environmental groups.

The Port of Sorel-Tracy is situated 70 kms from Montreal.

The shipment coincides with efforts by Canadian oil companies to broaden their markets as crude oil production has risen significantly in the United States and Canada over the past five years, with supply exceeding demand on domestic markets. (Photo: Louis Rhéaume)

 
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Fednav's Nunavik first to carry Arctic cargo through the Northwest Passage

Le Nunavik de Fednav, premier navire à transporter une cargaison arctique par le Passage du Nord-Ouest

2014-09-20

The Nunavik, Fednav's most modern icebreaking ship is one of the first commercial vessels to transit the Northwest Passage completely and the first to do so unescorted with an Arctic cargo. The 31,700-DWT bulk carrier sailed September 19, 2014 from Deception Bay in Northern Québec carrying a cargo of nickel concentrate bound for the port of Bayuquan, Liaoning Province, China. Estimated time of arrival at the Chinese port is October 18.

By favouring the Northwest Passage over the regular Panama Canal route, the Nunavik will save roughly 5,000 nautical miles (9,400 km) or 20 days of sailing and therefore more than 1,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Second vessel added to Cleveland-Europe Express

2014-09-18

The Port of Cleveland and Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group have announced their mutual intent to add a second monthly vessel to the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE), the only scheduled ocean service for containerized and breakbulk freight operating between Europe and a Great Lakes port.

"We are extremely pleased to announce our intent to add a second sailing to the CEE starting next season or perhaps sooner to better accommodate the needs of the containerized segment of the market, which requires more frequent sailings," said Will Friedman, CEO of the Port of Cleveland, on September 18.  With two ships, the CEE will offer regularly scheduled departures every two weeks from both Antwerp and Cleveland.

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