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…

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…

Westbound Trans-Atlantic Trade Lane Update

Major ocean freight carriers offering Westbound Trans-Atlantic services have advised that various factors, including congestion at the Port of Montreal, seasonal blank sailing programs, and a recent surge in demand outpacing vessel capacity, have put a strain on schedule reliability and most importantly space availability. Carriers are seeing a surge in bookings coming from Europe….

Karachi Transport Strike Update

A transporter’s strike called last week to protest against heavy vehicles being barred from moving inside the city of Karachi has ended. Port traffic was at a standstill, and the situation escalated to such an extent that the port was almost at its full capacity, with many import containers blocking the movement of export containers….