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COULD CHINA WIN THE BATTLE OF THE NORTH POLE?

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ABOUT THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

Franklin Expedition

History has not forgotten the famous Franklin expedition of 1845. He was desperately seeking the shortest route between Asia and Europe. Like many explorers, he learned that northern Canada is difficult and risky because of cold and ice, because of risks of accidents, hunger and disease. Franklin died with his men, prisoners of an immense territory covered with ice. If they had survived and succeeded, they would have been the heroes of an era, like many European explorers. The distance between Asia and Europe, via the Arctic, is almost twice as short as that … Lire la suite

2018 ECONOMIC REVIEW AND TREND OF MARITIME ECONOMY

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1-The world economy in 2018

The situation in brief

The year 2018 paves the way for growth for all the major economic blocs of the world that are America, Asia, and Europe. The large debt that has held back the economic recovery of several countries since the recession of 2008 still leaves some traces but the situation is now considered less problematic beacause of favorable global financial environment and recovery in advanced countries. The table below shows the evolution of global growth by block size since 2016. It also presents the forecasts of the World Bank and the International Monetary … Lire la suite

October 2016 Strategy for the Great Lakes and St.lawrence River Martime Transportation System

Context of the Conference

On June 15 in Detroit, Michigan, United States governors and premiers of Canadian provinces made public the first “regional strategy” designed to increase shipping in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence river. This strategy proposes an integrated vision of the maritime system of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and calls for better coordination of decisions between different jurisdictions and cooperation.

It plan to double marine trade, reduce the environmental footprint of the transport network in the region and support its industrial core. The strategy is expected to boost the regional economy by 5 000 billion … Lire la suite

MAY 2016, FUNDING FOR THE QUÉBEC MARITIME STRATEGY: ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES

By Gilles Couture

The St. Lawrence River is the shortest waterway between Europe and the centre of North America. The transport system St. Lawrence-Great Lakes therefore constitutes a lever important for economic activity and industrial of the American continent. It is with this in mind that the main objective of the Québec maritime strategy is to give a new impetus to shipping on the St. Lawrence River by investing in port infrastructure; energizing Quebec shipyards; developing intermodal transport and maritime tourism; as well as investing in the research and development of marine technology in order to ensure the sustainability of … Lire la suite

APRIL 2016, CRUISE TOURISM: A CHARACTERIZATION OF THE GROWTH CYCLE

INTRODUCTION

Who hasn’t dreamt of vacationing  in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean? Navigating gently on the waves of summer, tasting the salt air or discovering new cultures. Cruises will take us there. From the easy comfort of our cabin, we can explore the world.

The cruise industry is growing. For years the seas were accessible to few, but today, cruises have democratized the access to eater and nature.

The cruise industry cycle will last for several decades. According to the International Association of cruise lines (CLIA), a record number of passengers, 26 million  will take a cruise in 2016, a … Lire la suite

MARCH 2016, WHEN THE MAJOR PORTS OF THE WORLD COMMUNICATE

 

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This text explains the performance of port sites by the theory of networks. It indicates that the level of integration of a port site to a network can explain financial profitability and performance. This performance comes from the synergy generated by the sum of the parts of the network. We speak then of “economies of network” or “network effect”.

The ports of the world support international trade

International trade is supported by a vast network of transport. If maritime transport represents … Lire la suite

FEBRUARY 2016, A SIMPLE EQUATION TO EXPLAIN THE MARITIME INNOVATION

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INTRODUCTION

All knowledge of the world, it is the most important, are those who lead us to follow the evolution of our society, to see throughout history where we come from and understand where we are going. Of large industrial and technological innovations, we look at those that have shaped our world and change our ways of doing things.

Innovation as a concept plays an important role in society because it allows the realization of concrete projects by the learned knowledge. It is the vehicle that … Lire la suite