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A container ship moves up through the winter ice in the St. Lawrence River, near the Port of Montréal. Approximately 8,000 merchant vessels travel the St. Lawrence annually. The importance of the river in all aspects of the economy is enormous and is expected to increase in the years to come. (Shutterstock)

How the St. Lawrence Seaway will continue to become more important to the economy

Approximately 8,000 merchant vessels travel the St. Lawrence each year. Its ports have become the catalysts that link trade, development and industrial innovation.
Shipping containers are moved from the Fairview Cove Container Terminal In Halifax in May 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

How to make fragile global supply chains stronger and more sustainable

The world needs robust supply chains that are founded on sustainability, collaboration, trust, transparency, visibility and diversification of supply.
State-owned enterprises, such as Transnet, which runs South Africa’s ports, loom large over the economy. Getty Images

Corruption in state-owned companies hurts low skilled workers the most: we show how

Corruption and fraud make a few rich households richer. But the already poor and low-skilled lose their jobs and become poorer.
The wreckage of a ship at the devastated site of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug.6, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

Beirut’s devastating port explosion echoes the 1917 Halifax Harbour blast

In 1917, two ships collided in the port of Halifax, resulting in an explosion similar to the Aug. 4 blast in Beirut. Port explosions have devastating effects far beyond the site of the actual blast.

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