Late deal with striking Canada border service officers cuts short mounting traffic jams

Go-slow job action launched last Friday morning by some 9,000 Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers with enormous implications for the smooth flow of Canada-US trade fortunately lasted well under a day after marathon bargaining sessions produced a deal with the Canadian federal government. Otherwise, the conflict would have also further complicated this Monday’s planned reopening of the border to vaccinated American travelers.
Canadian border service officers launch strike action impacting supply chains

Some 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers early today launched a work-to-rule job action just three days before the Canada-U.S. border is set to open to vaccinated U.S. travelers on Monday.
Takeaways from Laurentia’s demise

Though Canada’s federal government earlier this summer firmly rejected the Port of Quebec’s dream of building a second container port on the St. Lawrence River on the basis of serious environmental issues, there were big question marks already on the commercial viability of the Laurentia project.
First US-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier being built in 35 years

Named after the company president, the Mark W. Barker is scheduled to enter commercial service during the 2022 navigation season.
Upbeat outlook for 2021 Seaway season

The 2021 season on the St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes maritime corridor is barely two months old, but the overall outlook has been encouraging for ports and shipping lines closely involved in the waterway linking the Atlantic Ocean to the industrial heartland of North America.
Wind cargo growing at US Great Lakes ports

Wind power keying project cargo moves ports on the US Great Lakes.
Port of Montreal re-opens after legislation forces striking dockers back to work

Operations began gradually returning to normal Saturday at the Port of Montreal after the Canadian federal government rushed through legislation late Friday forcing some 1,150 striking dockers back to work.
Montreal dockers launch strike ahead of possible government intervention

More than 1,100 Montreal dockers today began an unlimited strike that shut down almost all operations at Canada’s second largest port engulfed in one of the longest labour conflicts in its history.
Canadian West Coast ports weathering pandemic challenges

Despite the unprecedented global challenges of COVID-19, the leading ports on Canada’s West Coast are still enjoying robust trade with Asia. Vancouver and Prince Rupert even broke cargo records in 2020, with container trends continuing to show strength in 2021. And the Port of Nanaimo, in partnership with DP World, is expanding a major regional, shortsea project with a container-on-barge service.
Halifax-Great Lakes container service slated for May

In a development worth watching, newly created Doornekamp Lines has announced the launching in May of a bi-weekly Canadian-flag container service via the St. Lawrence Seaway between Halifax and Picton, a small growing port on Lake Ontario.

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