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Arctic shipping volume rises as ice melts

Much of the new traffic through the Northern Sea Route is one-way shipments of fossil fuels from Northern Europe to Asia or is between Russian ports. Wall Street Journal photo.

Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

The opening up of the Arctic for commercial cargo offers a faster route for some shipments between Europe [...]

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Louis Dreyfus Canadian canola plant offline indefinitely after fire

Louis Dreyfus fire, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus Corp will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Saskatchewan, plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of [...]

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Port of Tacoma CEO to head Tacoma-Seattle alliance

Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe said it remains to be determined whether he will continue to serve as the Port of Tacoma chief executive as well as the alliance CEO or whether he will give up his Tacoma post to assume the new post.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle, for decades rivals in [...]

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As new CEO takes helm, Port of Seattle faces stiff competition for shipping

Ted Fick, the Port of Seattle’s new CEO, is a former manufacturing and distribution company executive who is from Tacoma.

The Port of Seattle’s new CEO began work Thursday, faced with a booming airport and a struggling seaport.

According to port documents, the Port of Seattle supports 148,000 maritime jobs that pay an average of [...]

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Famed Northwest Passage ship found in Arctic

British explorer Sir John Franklin and 128 sailors aboard two ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, vanished in 1846 during their quest to find the long-sought passage along the northern coast of North America and through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Harper said it wasn’t yet known which of the ships — ”perfectly preserved” [...]

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US grain exporters welcome ILWU contract but rail delay concerns persist

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are working to improve service as the 2014 harvest starts to move from farms to grain elevators. A backlog of shipments caused by a harsh 2013-2014 winter, coupled with an increase in intermodal and carload freight, has resulted in some [...]

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Canada on mission to map Arctic, lay claim to broader boundaries

Canada has dispatched two icebreakers to map the Arctic seabed beneath the North Pole to support a bid to extend the country’s maritime territory deeper into the waterways at the top of the world.

A preliminary submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in December laid claim to about [...]

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Port of Nanaimo container shipping trial under way

Port of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

From the Nanaimo Daily News:

Container shipping has arrived on Vancouver Island. The MV Westwood Pacific was loaded and left Nanaimo carrying containers filled with lumber, pulp and water bound for Asian ports Tuesday.

Though just a trial run, the port and its partners hope it will lead to [...]

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BHP says potash market may be deterring Jansen partners

BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, said prospective partners for its proposed Jansen potash mine in Canada may be deterred by current market conditions for the crop nutrient.

While BHP would like a partner to help develop the project, “we are not in a hurry and we have to take account of how [...]

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Crane collapse in Quebec leaves driver injured

gCaptain has posted several pictures of this incident in which a crane broke from a bulk carrier and fell into the cargo hold, leaving the crane driver with a broken ankle.

See more at gCaptain

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Traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert down in 2014 while traffic through Fairview Terminal rises

While overall cargo volumes increased last month, terminals within the Port of Prince Rupert have handled less cargo so far this year.

All together the terminals moved five per cent more tonnage month-over-month, with 2,102,694 tonnes being handled this July in comparison to 1,999,971 last July. However, year-over-year there has been a six per cent [...]

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DP World Vancouver to turn away US-bound rail cargo

From the Journal of Commerce:

Starting Friday, DP World Vancouver will stop accepting U.S.-bound containers intended for direct transfer to rail, citing a lack of railcars to handle the surge of cargo headed across the border.

The operator of the Centerm Terminal will continue to handle U.S.-bound cargo moving by truck either to the regional [...]

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FMC members cite progress in cross-border report

Two Federal Maritime Commission members hailed U.S. dredging legislation and Seattle-Tacoma port cooperation as “significant” steps to help U.S. ports compete with Canadian and Mexican gateways for shipments to U.S. points.

Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. and William P. Doyle … noted this year’s passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which among [...]

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Manitoba pushes potash

Manitoba is hoping to capitalize on the potash boom the way Saskatchewan has.

The Selinger government is about to invite the world’s potash producers to sink their machines into a western Manitoba mine that could generate $2 billion worth of royalties for the province over the course of 40 years.

The Potash Corporation of Manitoba [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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