KVH Appoints Ken Loke as Vice President for the Asia-Pacific Region

MIDDLETOWN, RI – May 22, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is pleased to announce that Ken Loke has been named Vice President – Asia Pacific, to direct all initiatives for KVH in this important region. Mr. Loke has extensive experience in satellite and managed services with top companies active in the telecommunications and maritime industries. KVH provides connectivity solutions for the maritime market, including global mini-VSAT Broadbandsm services used by thousands of vessels worldwide.

“I look forward to leading the KVH team in Asia Pacific at this exciting time, when the maritime industry is rapidly migrating to VSAT services to reap the benefits of digitalization,” says Mr. Loke. “KVH’s end-to-end solution, new HTS products, and AgilePlans® subscription-based offerings enable ship operators to take advantage of the benefits of global connectivity.”

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VIKING Wins Norwegian Police Patrol Boat Contract

Global safety products manufacturer and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has won a major contract to build and supply a VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 patrol boat for the Norwegian police force.

The vessel, which will be built in Arendal, Norway and delivered in December this year, will carry out police patrol and rescue missions in the East Police District covering the 38 municipalities from Gardermoen to the Swedish border.

Seeing off competition from five other providers, the company scored high when it came to quality and price in what is seen as a breakthrough order in their police patrol boat market.

The VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 has a twin waterjet from Alamarin with joystick control and dynamic positioning. It employs a twin installation, 2 x 500 horsepower IVECO FPT N67 engine with a ZF gearbox. Chairs are supplied by Ullman Dynamics.

Benefiting from a large navigation and communications package from Raymarine and Jatronic, its design embraces a new type of cabin with forward-facing windows, skylight and sliding doors.

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments

Major shipowners’ associations also give full support to the World Trade Organization.

A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures. Presenting two position papers to the WTO, the shipping sector has “fully committed to the preservation and promotion of free trade policies and principles around the world.”

This comes at a time when trade barriers are becoming more prevalent and represent a worrying trend for the delivery of sustainable economic growth. The papers highlight that there has been a seven fold increase in import-restrictive trade measures since 2017. This represents an additional USD 588.3 billion of additional costs to global trade. The importance of this representation has been given heightened relevance following the decision by the United States of America to increase import tariffs on certain goods from China.

Addressing the WTO Simon Bennett, ICS Deputy Secretary General said: “It is no coincidence that the massive growth in the global economy and thus the demand for maritime services that has been seen over the past 25 years has followed the WTO’s establishment in 1995. Global maritime trade now exceeds ten billion tonnes of cargo a year, but the efficiency of the shipping sector is dependent on a rules based trading system. This requires the negotiation and adherence to multilateral trade agreements under the auspices of the WTO. Recently this success story has been the subject of unwarranted criticism and threat by certain governments, including the United States, undermining the WTO’s role as the regulator of international trade. There are no winners when you increase unilateral tariffs, which is why the best place to address disputes is at the WTO.”

137 new trade-restrictive measures were put in place between 2017 and 2018 which have added significant burden and cost to the free movement of goods.

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KVH Announces the Sale of Videotel for $90 Million to Focus on Core Strategic Initiatives

Plans to increase its investment in photonic integrated chip technology, AgilePlans acceleration, and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity

MIDDLETOWN, RI – May 13, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced that it has sold its maritime training business, the Videotel group of companies, to an affiliate of Oakley Capital for a base purchase price of $90 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis, subject to working capital adjustments.  The sale was completed immediately upon execution of definitive agreements.

“As part of our long-term strategic roadmap, we are focusing on the large and growing markets of our core mobile connectivity and inertial navigation businesses,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer of KVH.  “We intend to use the net proceeds of the sale to invest in three key growth initiatives that we expect will drive significant value creation, as well as to reduce our debt.  Specifically, we plan to invest in the development and commercialization of our photonic integrated chip technology for use in autonomous vehicles and other commercial and military platforms, to support the further acceleration of our AgilePlans (Connectivity as a Service) program, and also to finalize the development and launch of our IoT connectivity solution.  Videotel helped us to penetrate the commercial maritime markets initially, but our strategic approach has evolved to focus on faster growing markets that we believe will produce greater long-term shareholder value.”

To maintain continuity for KVH’s AgilePlans customers, KVH has retained certain rights to continue including the Videotel training content with the AgilePlans program. Management expects to issue revised financial guidance for the second quarter and full fiscal year of 2019 reflecting the sale of Videotel, along with select pro forma disclosures, on or about May 15, followed by an investor conference call.  In light of the anticipated financial impact of the transaction, investors should no longer rely on the guidance previously issued by KVH, which included anticipated revenues and expenses of the Videotel business.

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VIKING and Kongsberg collaborate to create innovative USV Sounder System

A collaboration between Kongsberg and the VIKING Norsafe boats and davits division has resulted in an innovatively designed unmanned surface vessel (USV).

The Sounder USV System is a multipurpose platform designed to work across different market segments, including survey and fishery duties. VIKING Norsafe, was chosen by Kongsberg as its project partner for its years of experience in constructing tough and durable craft for use in extreme environments.

The Sounder USV System has been designed specifically for military and commercial maritime uses, deploying maximum stability with minimal vibration on the water, and optimized for low air disturbance under the hull.  These features are essential in providing minimal disturbance to the data collection equipment onboard.

Equipped with large hatches on deck for fast and easy equipment exchange, the vessel’s long operating range gives it the possibility to reach a large area without the need for external power or fuel supply.

It has a diverse range of applications from seabed mapping, fish finding and search operations to reconnaissance and exploration. The vessel has a high dynamic stability to provide a secure working platform.

It can fit into a 40 ft standard container and is easily transportable by air, road and sea. The USV has a rigid lifting point, verified for safe operation and as a way of optimizing the hull shape, Computational Fluid Dynamics are completed during the design face. This provides for low fuel consumption, minimized air disturbance under the hull as well as optimised stability.

Indian Register of Shipping and Dassault Systèmes co-host conference on noise-reduction design solutions for defence and commercial ships

MUMBAI, INDIA, 7 May 2019 – The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading ship classification society, and Dassault Systèmes co-hosted an international conference on design solutions for noise reduction in defence and commercial ships.

Held at IRClass’ head office in Mumbai, India, the one-day ‘Design Solutions for Noise Reduction in Defence and Commercial Ships’ conference drew participants from various sectors including the Indian Navy, shipyards, designers, consultants and ship operators.

Mr Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass, inaugurated the conference by highlighting the importance of noise prediction and its evolving techniques in view of present IMO noise code.

The conference deliberated on possible design and software solutions for conventional passenger and cargo ships to meet regulatory requirements outlined in International Maritime Organization’s Code on noise levels on board ships – IMO Resolution MSC.337 (91) – which requires the measurement of noise levels and recommends limits on acceptable maximum noise levels for all spaces to which seafarers normally have access to.

To comply with the IMO Resolution, the conference noted that noise prediction is required right from the initial design stage and discussed the methods for noise prediction ranging from empirical methods such as IRClass’ proprietary noise prediction software to advanced methods based on statistical energy analysis (SEA), boundary element method (BEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The effects of insulation and alternative arrangements to keep noise levels within specified limits through such predictions were also discussed.

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Major Shipowner Trade Associations Agree to Enhance Cooperation

Today in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) signed a joint memorandum of understanding.

This new MOU codifies the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these important international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation. The three associations collectively represent over 90 percent of the world merchant fleet. The agreement recognises their respective memberships of national shipowners’ associations and the unique and special relationship which their members enjoy with their national governments. Read more

Oversupply Still Major Challenge Warns ICS

Speaking in Istanbul, Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warned today that avoiding overcapacity and unsustainably low freight rates is still a major challenge ten years after the massive downturn of 2008.

Mr Bennett said: “In that time shipping companies needed to show restraint when ordering new ships, to prevent stifling recovery. Yet the dark clouds of protectionism and slowing growth in key economies mean that the avoidance of overordering is now more important than ever.”

Addressing an audience of shipowners and operators at the Global Maritime Summit 2019, organised in conjunction with the Turkish Chamber of Shipping, Mr Bennett acknowledged that individual operators would legitimately make their own individual business decisions regarding new tonnage.

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Seaspan Completes Rollout of KVH VSAT Connectivity for Global Container Ship Fleet

KVH’s  solution is critical to maritime operations, business applications, and crew welfare for the 107 vessels

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in global mobile connectivity, announced today that Seaspan, one of the world’s largest container ship operators, completed the implementation of KVH mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity for all 107 managed vessels in its global container ship fleet. Seaspan selected KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS/AgilePlans and KVH’s TracPhone V11-IP for the vessels.

“We chose KVH for the ability to have a superior end-to-end solution from one provider, which can be customized as per our business requirements” says Rajesh Gopinathan, manager of process improvement for Seaspan. “KVH is one of our partners in helping our business succeed. We see their entire solution as critical to our business operation, providing everything from connectivity to 24/7 support, and assisting us in continuously improving the features and functions as our business requirements change. We also appreciate the fact that KVH, working together with our IT department, were able to complete 60 installations in less than 12 months, which is an important factor for our global fleet.”

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ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents the global shipping industry, is very concerned by reports that a merchant ship, the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, had been taken over by migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, reportedly because the ship was going to return the some 100 rescued persons to Libya.

ICS is still establishing the details of the ongoing incident, but welcomes initial reports that the Maltese authorities have taken action to ensure that the situation is safely resolved.

ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten said: “ICS is carefully watching this new development, which it will seek to raise with the UN International Maritime Organization which is in session in London this week.”

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KVH Introduces World’s Fastest 1 Meter Ku/C-band Maritime VSAT Antenna for Global Connectivity

The TracPhone V11-HTS delivers global data speeds of 20 Mbps and is available as part of KVH’s AgilePlans program

MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 28, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today introduced the TracPhone V11-HTS, the world’s fastest 1 meter Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna, designed to deliver data speeds as fast as 20 Mbps down/3 Mbps up to commercial maritime vessels and superyachts around the world. The fast data speeds support the critical needs of commercial ships today for operations, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and crew connectivity. Superyacht guests can now enjoy fast connectivity for streaming HD content and accessing Internet and social media platforms at sea.

“With the TracPhone V11-HTS, we continue to bring innovative solutions to the maritime market, enabling commercial vessel operators to take advantage of the many benefits of VSAT, such as IoT applications and business efficiency, while yacht captains can offer guests onboard KVH’s fastest connectivity at sea,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer of KVH. “From our advanced mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network to our 24/7 tech support, our superior connectivity solution makes broadband at sea seamless.”

Designed, engineered, and manufactured by mobile tech innovator KVH, the TracPhone V11-HTS features a dual Ku/C-band design with automatic switching to deliver expanded global coverage, including Northern and Southern latitudes, and reliable connectivity, even in extreme weather. In addition, the antenna system features the Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), a streamlined belowdecks unit including high-throughput modem, Voice over IP (VoIP) adapter, CommBox network management software, and built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet. The ICM also receives onboard news, entertainment, and operations content sent via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service.

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KVH Videotel Expands Team with European Sales Manager Appointment

Following news of Raal Harris’s promotion to the position of managing director at KVH Videotel earlier in the year, the company has announced a further strengthening of its management team with the appointment of Jason Barreto as European sales manager.

Jason started his sales career with a series of airline, ship management, and marine travel companies, gaining particular experience in the offshore market.

Prior to joining KVH Videotel, he worked at the OSM Maritime Group, where he was head of sales and business development for the crew management side of the business.

His remit at KVH Videotel includes building on the business already established in such regions as Scandinavia and strengthening the company’s presence in the UK, France, Spain, and Portugal, as well as developing new revenue income streams.

“I am really excited about working at KVH Videotel especially during such an innovative period where new technology is changing the way we can develop training programmes, such as using virtual reality and gaming techniques, so seafarers can learn through task-based exercises,” says Mr. Barreto.

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KVH Expands HTS Maritime Network for Entire Pacific Ocean Region

Vessels in Asia Pacific, U.S. Pacific Northwest, and other key shipping areas benefit from the latest satellite technology by using KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network

MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 21, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it has expanded its mini-VSAT Broadbandsm HTS network to the Pacific Ocean via the Horizons 3e satellite, which is jointly owned by Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT.

The high-performance Horizons 3e satellite immediately adds to the global coverage and capacity of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network, which provides connectivity to vessels worldwide. Global containerships, commercial fishing fleets, and superyachts cruising to remote destinations are among the many types of vessels that transit key areas in the Pacific Ocean, Asia Pacific, and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

“With the expansion of coverage to the Pacific Ocean region, our advanced HTS network footprint is complete, providing the commercial and leisure mariners who rely on our solution with great coverage, fast data speeds, and enhanced performance for Internet access, VoIP, and all our connectivity services at sea,” says Brent Bruun, chief operating officer of KVH. “We are committed to continuing our high level of service in providing the maritime industry with a complete end-to-end solution for global connectivity.”

KVH launched its mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network in late 2017, and continually enhances the network with technological advancements. The network utilizes the Intelsat Flex Maritime service to deliver multi-layered Ku-band coverage, enabling vessels to see multiple HTS and wide beam satellites for maximum availability of broadband service. KVH’s HTS network builds on the success of the original maritime satellite network that KVH introduced in 2007.

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Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) wins 5-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for 33 vessels of The Shipping Corporation of India

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) – to undertake Emergency Response Service (ERS) for 33 vessels.

The classification society’s ERS is aimed at providing round-the-clock technical support by way of speedy assessment of the intact/damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident e.g. grounding, collision or fire. Issues potentially arising from such incidents include excessive trim/heel, loss of stability, progressive flooding, structural impairment, etc.

On alerting the dedicated communication channel, IRClass assembles a team of professionals within two hours, to recreate the status / condition of the vessel, using a pre-developed 3D hull model, and applying the data received from the vessel.

Simulation is carried out for a series of scenarios, from stability and global / local strength considerations. This is to ensure that appropriate advice is given to the Client for correcting any excessive heel/trim, and/or limit further damage to the vessel; thus, helping the ship staff to take well-informed decisions.

Reliability of the service is established by way of mock drills conducted periodically.

The service complies with various requirements including MARPOL Annex 1, Regulation 37(4) which requires oil tankers of more than 5000 DWT (deadweight tonnage) to have prompt access to shore-based damage stability and residual strength calculations; and IACS Recommendation No. 145 – with regards to the operation of shore-based ERS.

Head Technical of IRClass, Mr. C R Venugopal said: “The commitment we have made to SCI further strengthens the existing, excellent relationship we share with the shipping company.”

He added: “This contract highlights IRClass’ growing portfolio of offering value added, beyond class services”

The contract, effective from end of February 2019, will cover multiple types of vessel including oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships.

KVH Videotel and Nautical Institute Online Course Collaboration a Resounding Success

A successful collaboration between KVH Videotel, a world leader in the provision of e-learning for the maritime industry, and The Nautical Institute (NI), an international organization for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships, has resulted in more than 100 NI members enrolling in online courses to further their knowledge and skills.

The interactive courses cover a wide range of subjects from ECDIS training, cyber security, and Maritime Labour Convention for ship masters, to enclosed space entry and marine environmental awareness. Taking between 4 – 40 hours to complete, the courses are relevant for all career levels from cadet to Master and contribute to continuing professional development (CPD).

“I am thrilled by the uptake of these e-learning courses and their contribution to the lifelong learning of maritime professionals,” said Steven Gosling, quality assurance manager for KVH Videotel.

“It just shows how much NI members want to develop their knowledge and understanding of maritime subjects to enhance their maritime careers. The convenience of online access means NI members can learn at their own pace in an environment and time of their choosing.”

Under this exclusive program, NI members receive one free online course per year. Since the courses were made available at the end of 2018, the most popular titles have been “Survey & examination of lifting appliances”, closely followed by ECDIS training.

The positive responses from NI members include this feedback about the ECDIS course: “The last time I experienced ECSs was in 2004 when ECDIS was in its infancy, so I started the course as a beginner. E-learning is now part and parcel of the whole learning experience and essential for pursuing CPD,” said Robert Knight, Bachelor of Science, Member of Nautical Institute. Another member provided this feedback: “The course was fit for purpose, informative, and very helpful. I would highly recommend KVH Videotel for online courses,” said Isaac Owolabi.

In addition to the one free online course each year, NI members can also receive 25% discount on any additional training course booked by 31st March 2019.

For more information about KVH Videotel maritime training, please visit the KVH Videotel website. For training updates, follow KVH Videotel on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) wins key order for providing classification services for 8 shallow water ASW corvettes for the Indian Navy

In what could be termed as a significant recognition of its capabilities, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has won a key order for providing classification services for a series of 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to be constructed for the Indian Navy. The order was awarded under competitive bidding in which other classification societies participated, after qualifying stringent technical requirements.

The ships are to be constructed at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata and will be built to IRClass’ Naval Rules 2015.

These ships are designed for combating threats posed by submarines and special underwater craft, operating in relatively shallow waters and will incorporate advanced sensors, including sonars, and anti-submarine weapon systems. The platforms will also be equipped with modern automation systems. Read more

KVH Surpasses 9,000 VSAT Systems Shipped for Global Connectivity

The milestone highlights KVH’s position as a maritime VSAT market share leader providing satellite broadband connectivity to vessels around the world

MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 5, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in mobile connectivity, announced that it recently shipped its 9,000th mini-VSAT Broadbandsm system. KVH’s TracPhone® V-series antenna systems are designed to provide satellite broadband connectivity to commercial vessels and leisure yachts around the world, by utilizing advanced satellite technology, including the latest high throughout satellites (HTS).

“Ever since we launched our mini-VSAT Broadband network more than 10 years ago, our antenna systems have been in demand by the maritime industry,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer. “Our solution is known for fast data speeds, affordable airtime, and an advanced, secure, and reliable network, which continues to be a winning combination as the maritime industry relies more and more on connectivity.”

KVH’s products and services have been recognized in the maritime industry for many years. TracPhone V-series systems have received eight product excellence awards from the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) in the past nine years. Also, in “Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications, 6th Edition” (2018), industry analysts at Euroconsult reported that KVH is the market share leader in maritime VSAT by units, noting that KVH’s share of the maritime industry’s fielded VSAT terminals is nearly double that of its next closest competitor, as of the end of 2017.

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Columbia Shipmanagement Takes e-Learning to a New Level

Columbia Shipmanagement proudly announces the launch of its own eLearning Management System (LMS) in partnership with Adobe Systems.

It is the first time a ship manager has partnered with a multinational computer software company to implement a global LMS solution for its entire eLearning courses. This cutting edge Web and App-based eLearning platform enables seafarers to access and complete their training assignments at their own pace and even without having network connectivity.

Columbia’s LMS enables a new learner experience by harmonising the training and courses for seafarers and fleet wide activities worldwide. The new system can be used at the seafarers’ convenience and from any location: office, onboard vessels, at their homes, or even when travelling.

Seafarers can now complete interactive courses using computers or mobile devices to download the courses, generate certificates after successful completion of the relevant test, collect points and badges, post comments and questions in dedicated forums, participate in webinars, attend virtual classrooms and also access virtual reality content among many other features. All Columbia’s seafarers now have access to the platform and can benefit from a large catalogue of interactive and engaging courses.

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FONARS are ‘Not a Free Pass’ to Use Non-Compliant Low Sulphur Fuel, Warns ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the decision in principle by the UN IMO that safety or operational concerns about the quality of low sulphur fuels may, in exceptional circumstances, be a valid reason for shipowners to be issued with a Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) when the IMO global sulphur cap, requiring fuels to have a sulphur content of 0.5% or less, comes into full effect on 1 January 2020.

However, ICS is warning shipowners that this decision by an IMO Sub Committee last week should not in any way be regarded as a ‘free pass’ either to use or carry non-complaint fuel.

“FONARs remain a tool of last resort and are not something that a ship will be able to use routinely” said ICS Deputy Secretary General Simon Bennett.  “The circumstances in which a FONAR can be used are very limited and conditions attached to their use will be strict.  Shipowners still need to remain focused on doing everything possible to ensure full compliance in 2020.”

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ICS Remains Concerned that New Canadian Legislation will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

The Canadian Senate is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast).

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and 80% of the world merchant fleet, has voiced deep concern about this proposed legislation which it says will interfere with international maritime trade.

“Such a dramatic step could lead to serious concerns being raised by Canada’s international trading partners” said ICS Deputy Secretary General, Simon Bennett.  “The proposed moratorium does not seem to have been developed through an evidence-based process and we fear it could establish a dangerous precedent that might be copied elsewhere, including by individual U.S. States, with the potential to impact greatly on the efficiency of world trade, as well as that of Canada.”

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