Foreign steel, vessel repairs, and a broken lock combine to cut U.S.-flag Lakes float 10 per cent in August

Lake Carriers Association reports that continued high levels of steel imports, coupled with three large vessels idled for repairs and a lengthy closure of the MacArthur Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, cost U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleets more than 1.1 million tonnes of cargo in August. The fleet moved 9.9 million tonnes of raw materials in August, a decrease of 10.3 per cent compared to the 11 million tonnes hauled a year ago.

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Intervene in container trucking dispute, CIFFA urges

By Alex Binkley

The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association has issued a call to federal and Ontario cabinet ministers to intervene in a dispute that threatens to disrupt container shipments in the Greater Toronto Area. The request was sent to Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and their provincial counterparts Kevin Flynn and Steven Del Duca.

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Large losses impacting on marine cargo insurance market, says IUMI

Speaking at this year’s IUMI annual conference in Berlin, Nick Derrick, Chairman of IUMI’s Cargo Committee warned that large cargo losses were having a significant impact on the marine insurance sector. The recent incident at the port of Tianjin should, according to Derrick, serve as a “substantial wakeup call to all cargo insurers”.

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Sailors union adds cabinet ministers to legal action over jobs on foreign ships

By Alex Binkley

Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) has added two cabinet ministers to its legal action against Canadian Border Services Agency for granting temporary work permits to foreign sailors on foreign ships delivering cargo between Canadian ports. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney were named in supplementary documents filed in Federal Court Sept. 14 in connection with a legal action started in early September by the union.

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