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Week of 10/5/15
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Canadian leaders called on to support shipping industry

The federal election (October 19) is an important opportunity to boldly support the marine industry as a means to sustainable Canadian growth. During this election and post-election period, political leaders are urged to build upon Canadian domestic shipping for the Canadian economy and sustainable economic growth.

“The Canadian marine industry connects Canada’s economic capacity with the rest of the world,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA). “Not only does it generate C$34 billion of revenue annually, but it also creates 98,000 jobs directly and indirectly for Canadians in the region of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence alone.”

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Rand Logistics takes delivery of newest Canadian-flagged self-unloader

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced October 1 that it took delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel. The new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any existing river class self-unloader and is anticipated to be the most efficient vessel of its class on the Great Lakes.

“This vessel is the first new river class self-unloader to be introduced into Great Lakes service in over 40 years and will arrive in Canada in approximately 45 days,” commented Scott Bravener, President of Rand’s Lower Lakes Towing subsidiary. “This additional capacity reaffirms the company’s commitment to support the growth of its customers and further solidifies our position as the premier service provider in the Canadian river class market.”

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Carbon debate must consider Great Lakes/Seaway shipping’s environmental advantages

As the debate continues both at home and abroad on carbon offsetting measures, the Chamber of Marine Commerce is urging stakeholders and governments to carefully consider the environmental advantages and the competitive challenges faced by the bi-national Great Lakes/St. Lawrence shipping industry.

The call comes as the Ontario government develops details of a new cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and federal government negotiators head to Paris in December for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting.

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Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returns to Cleveland following 14-month overhaul

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland September 29 following a 14-month Service Life Extension Project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland.

SLEP is a major mid-life overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter’s service life 15 years.

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CSL retires Birchglen and Mapleglen as part of fleet renewal program

Canada Steamship Lines has bid farewell to two distinguished ladies—Birchglen and Mapleglen—as they set sail on their final journey. The two bulk carriers are en route to Turkey, where they will be responsibly recycled at an eco-friendly shipyard.

The dismantling of the two mature vessels is part of CSL’s fleet optimization and capacity management programs. Since 2012, the Great Lakes shipping company has introduced six new state-of-the-art Trillium lakers and taken four older and less efficient ships out of service.

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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown named Great Lakes Senator of the Year by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) has been named 2015 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing workers and industries dependent on shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) to a legislator who has helped advance shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

“Sherrod Brown’s keen understanding of Lakes shipping has been invaluable to our industry,” said John D. Baker, President of GLMTF. “Whenever the Senate takes up issues that affect us, Sen. Brown is like a captain on the bridge carefully choosing the best course. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 is a case in point. The years of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) amassing surpluses while harbors go un- or under-dredged are over because WRRDA requires the government to incrementally increase expenditures from the HMTF until they reach 100 percent of receipts by 2025.”

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Celebrating 40-year partnership at Port of Oshawa

For the past four decades, they’ve been carrying out one of the most dangerous jobs in Canada. They’re the crews who work in the heat of cargoholds and under cranes hoisting metric tons of steel. They load, unload, sort and store cargo through extreme weather conditions, winter and summer. This year, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), Local 1997 celebrates its 40th year at the Port of Oshawa.

“It was Local 1997 that helped build our port and reputation for service excellence,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority and an Honorary Longshoreman who has worked with the Local for 38 of its 40 years. “It’s thanks to our strong partnership with the ILA that the port continues to thrive, drive business and grow.”

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Québec and Indiana announce Great Lakes shipping partnership

Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St-Pierre and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, announced September 29 that the Province of Québec and the State of Indiana will launch a new partnership to intensify their collaboration in Great Lakes/St. Lawrence system shipping and maritime economic development. Recent studies have shown that for the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence region, maritime transportation accounts for $34 billion in annual economic returns and more than 225,000 jobs.

Québec and Indiana have identified short-sea shipping as a factor of regional economic development that would benefit from greater regional collaboration. They are launching a joint initiative to study opportunities for enhancing shipping routes between the two jurisdictions. Short-sea shipping is especially important because it facilitates the delivery of supplies along trade routes that have rail and highway capacity constraints and infrastructure challenges.

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