A wave of optimism with Seaway opening

By Alex Binkley

When it comes to the prospects for a new navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes, Terence Bowles and Craig Middlebrook have to sound optimistic. This year might justify upbeat comments the President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the Deputy Administrator of Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation offer in separate interviews.

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Madeleine Paquin talks about future opportunities for Logistec

By Brian Dunn

Logistec has enjoyed a proud history since the company was founded 65 years ago by Roger Paquin, father of current President and CEO Madeleine Paquin, including 47 consecutive profitable years since listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1969. Much of the company’s success can be attributed to management’s philosophy of embracing innovation, Ms. Paquin told a recent luncheon meeting of the Canadian Club of Montreal. “This approach has directly contributed to our growth over the years and enables us to have a positive long-term impact on the communities we serve.

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Capacity crunch on box ships to Asia: Maersk first to stop taking bookings, as air freight awaits boost

By Mike Wackett and Alex Lennane

On March 1, Maersk Line stopped booking export containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, according to market sources, while capacity is said to be extremely tight for other lines. Air freight could feel the benefit, if the capacity crunch continues, according to one forwarder.

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Zim and THE Alliance to offer joint Mediterranean-US east coast services in 2017

By Mike Wackett

THE Alliance and Israeli carrier Zim are to combine Mediterranean-US east coast services in April. Subject to regulatory approval, the co-operation involves THE Alliance dropping calls at Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia and the transhipment hub of Algeciras from its AL6 service, which will be served by Zim’s flagship ZCA service, branded AL7 by THE Alliance.

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UK Institute agrees to fund development of wind-power systems to cut cargo ship emissions

By Alexander Whiteman

Britain’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) will fund development of flettner rotor systems for cargo vessels, arguing that wind power represents the only credible way to cut shipping’s CO2 emissions. A flettner rotor system uses a spinning cylinder to convert wind force into thrust that helps propel a ship.

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Anti-dumping and countervailing duties – and their role in softwood lumber sector

By Alan M. Field

Like peanut butter and jelly, countervailing duties and antidumping duties go hand-in-hand. Explains Susan Kohn Ross, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, a Los Angeles international law firm. Dumping occurs when you are charging a lower price in a foreign market than you are charging in your domestic market, or you are charging less in a foreign market than it costs you to make that product.

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The new terms of trade: disagreement, discontent and dissent grow in an age of anti-globalization

By Alan M. Field

Late in October, Canada and the European Union signed their long-delayed Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA). Like the troubled 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was intended to bring together Canada, the U.S. and other nations that border on the Pacific, CETA is not an old-fashioned free-trade pact aimed at making further tariff cuts, but a next-generation agreement focused on facilitating market deregulation, liberalization, and, its critics say, the handing of further powers over law-making to big business. For some, its most nefarious component is its Investor State-Resolution System (ISDS), which would establish a “corporate court” system that gives foreign investors their own special legal process to sue governments.

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Extra ships slow to book via Panama Canal as Suez tries to lure back traffic with rebates

By Gavin van Marle in Cancun

Less than half a year since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, large amounts of available capacity through its larger lock remain unused, according to shipping lines speaking at this week’s TOC Americas Container Supply chain event in held in Cancun.

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AltaGas begins development of propane export terminal at Port of Prince Rupert

By R. Bruce Striegler

In January of this year, Alberta-based AltaGas Ltd. announced that subleases and related agreements were signed with Port of Prince Rupert’s Ridley Terminals Inc. to develop, build, own and operate a proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. In an interview with Dan Woznow, AltaGas Vice-President of Energy Exports, he says, “Propane has become landlocked in Canada. There’s been a big development in the U.S. with gas drilling in the northeast. Over the last five to six years, from less than 100,000 barrels a day of propane being exported, it’s now closer to 800,000 bpd or more, being exported from the Gulf Coast.”

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Report on ACPA Conference held in Thunder Bay

By William Hryb

From September 6 to 9, Port of Thunder Bay showcased its natural harbour and vital maritime link discovered by explorers such as Radisson & Groseilliers some three and a half centuries ago. On the occasion of the 58th annual ACPA Conference (Association of Canadian Port Authorities), the Port illustrated in exemplary fashion that its facilities represent a truly superior gateway and vital lifeline to Eastern markets for Western Canada and beyond.

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