New container terminal coming to the Port of Quebec

The Quebec Port Authority recently announced the signing of a long-term partnership with Hutchinson Ports and Canadian National Railway (CN) to build and operate a new terminal. Known as Laurentia, the new $775 million project is expected to have the most environmentally and technologically advanced cargo-handling facility in North America. It will be a terminal…

IMO announces tougher sulfur emissions restrictions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced tougher ship rules on sulfur emissions. The rules will come into effect on January 1, 2020.  Beginning in 2020, the sulfur content in fuel cannot exceed 0.5%, down from the current 3.5%. Only ships with sulfur-cleaning devices called scrubbers will be permitted to continue to burn high-sulfur fuel. The…

Vancouver’s Two Largest Terminals Will Not Shut Down During Union Strike

The International Longshore Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) have confirmed that workers are not picketing outside Vancouver’s two largest shipping container terminals on Monday, May 27, during a union strike, as had been previously reported by some media outlets.  All Vancouver ports and terminals remain open. The strike is…

2,000 Workers Set to Strike at Key Vancouver Container Terminals

Two thousand waterfront workers at two key container terminals operated by the Port of Vancouver are poised to walk off the job at 7 A.M. on Monday, May 27. The news comes after a vote held earlier this month by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which overwhelmingly resulted in favour of taking a job…

BCMEA UPDATE: ILWU Canada Strike Vote May 8, 9

UPDATE: May 14 Update: ILWU Local 500 posted the results of the strike vote held on May 8 and 9 on its website. More than 98 percent of the union’s members voted in favor of supporting strike action against the member companies of the B.C. Maritime Employers Association, if necessary. As noted in bulletins last…

Port of Chittagong Update

Further to our June 1st customer notice, we would like to advise that the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh is continuing to face a shortage of space to store import containers and loose cargo which is impacting feeder vessel berthing and subsequent sailing of export bound cargo. Discharging cargo from feeders is taking up to…