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Port of Montreal prioritizes terminal operators to accelerate Contrecoeur project

Le Port de Montréal priorise ses operateurs pour accélérer le projet Contrecoeur

2019-01-23

Following a fifth consecutive year in 2018 of record tonnage handled at the Port of Montreal, and the likelihood of similar anticipated growth in the coming years, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has decided to work in priority with its terminal operators, Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP) and Termont Montreal Inc., to accelerate the execution of its business strategy for its container terminal project at Contrecoeur.

"In 2018, we handled a record 1.6 million containers, a 9% increase compared to 2017. We are experiencing this growth with our partners, the operators and the shipping lines serving their respective terminals. We have decided to preferentially offer these operators the opportunity to pursue their growth at Contrecoeur," said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon.

"The increasing presence of international shipping lines in the Greater Montreal area means that we better expand in the Port of Montreal. For us, the growth and the future of the container handling markets depends on the Contrec?ur project," said Michael Fratianni, President and CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.

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CMC outlines 2019 maritime policy wish list

La CCM présente sa liste de souhaits pour la politique maritime pour 2019

2019-01-23

Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows has unveiled a 2019 wish list, including changes to pilotage structures across Canada, for legislative and policymakers designed to make Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping more competitive and build on the remarkable growth of the 2018 season. He outlined this list during the annual CMC industry luncheon that was part of the 60th anniversary events  on Jan. 17-18 of the Marine Club in Toronto.

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes increased almost 7 per cent in 2018, reaching 40.9 million metric tons for the first time since 2007.

"Despite an unpredictable business environment of tariff wars and trade negotiations, many of our Canadian and U.S. port members reported increased volumes in grain exports, road salt, construction materials and petroleum products underlining the importance of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway as a domestic and international trade gateway," said Mr. Burrows, President of the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce.  "There is great opportunity in 2019 to build on this economic momentum and work with legislators and policymakers to make significant progress on shipping's most enduring challenges."

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Spliethoff Group expands fleet with five vessels

Le groupe Spliethoff élargit sa flotte avec cinq navires

2019-01-22

Recently the Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group has expanded its fleet with five multipurpose tween deck vessels. The vessels were taken over from bankrupt Hansa Heavy Lift.

The ships - all Chinese-built and delivered between 2008 and 2011 will be added to the fleet of the Spliethoff Group and will be renamed mv Hudsongracht (HHL Elbe) and mv Humbergracht (HHL Tyne), both abt. 12.750 DWT and a combined crane capacity of 300mt, mv Heerengracht (HHL Amur) and mv Houtmangracht (HHL Mississippi), both abt. 12.750 DWT and a combined crane capacity of 360mt, and mv Prinsengracht (HHL New York), abt 20,100 DWT and a combined crane capacity of 800 mt. All vessels will be reflagged to the Dutch flag/register.

Hansa Heavy, the Hamburg-based successor to Beluga Shipping, declared its insolvency last month. Hansa Heavy, whose main shareholder is American private equity firm Oaktree, had been under financial pressure for a number of years with some of its ships arrested in recent months.

Spliethoff Group commented to Maritime Magazine, «we are happy and proud to offer our clients an even broader portfolio of vessels for their worldwide ocean transportation needs.»

Photo of H-type vessel that is identical to four of the five new vessels: Spliethoff.

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