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Ian Hamilton appointed President and CEO of Hamilton Port Authority

2016-12-04

A new container terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal was formally inaugurated today, boosting the port's handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs as Canada's second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade. The Terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc., is part of Logistec's extensive network on the East Coast of North Americ.
Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority; Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Madeleine Paquin, President of Logistec and Chair of Termont Terminal;  Sokat Shaikh from MSC and other industry representatives.
"The new Viau terminal will have a considerable impact!" said Ms. Vachon. "Ultimately, it will increase the Port of Montréal's handling capacity by 2.1 million TEUs and generate significant benefits for the region, province and country as whole with annual spinoffs of $340 million and the creation of 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.
"The success of this project is the result of a significant collaboration between public and private organizations, including Termont Montréal Inc. and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. Moreover, the work was carried out with concern for communities and the environment."
The new terminal, together with the work done previously and the second phase of work to be completed in the years to come, will bring the total handling capacity in the Viau sector to 600 000 TEUs, and the Port of Montréal's overall handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs. Last year, Montreal's container cargo broke another record, rising 4% to nearly 1.5 million TEUs.
The construction of the new terminal is part of a broader port capacity optimization project covering three essential areas: the terminal's container-handling capacity, marine access and road access. The Port of Montréal must be active on all three fronts to establish the right balance between facilitating traffic and ensuring that activities continue to run smoothly.
The federal government is contributing a third of the eligible funding for all three project components to a maximum of $43.6 million under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Of this amount, up to $27.2 million is available to fund the new container terminal. The remainder of the funding will be attributed to the project's other two components.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that port infrastructure plays a key role in supporting economic growth,' said Minister Garneau. "In addition to making the Port of Montréal considerably more competitive, productive and effective, this project will also help to support economic growth for Canadians in the years to come." (Photos Sylvain Giguère/APM)

The Board of Directors of the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) has announced that Ian Hamilton will assume the role of President and CEO of the HPA, effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Hamilton has served as the Port's Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate since 2008. He succeeds Bruce Wood who was recently diagnosed with a serious illness.

Mr. Hamilton possesses more than 25 years of experience in international transportation and logistics in Europe and North America, and has held progressively senior positions in the liner shipping industry, including Transatlantic Trade Director (Europe) for CP Ships and Business Development Manager for Hapag-Lloyd.

He holds an MBA from Aston University (UK) and a BSc in business administration and economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.
"In 1990, as an undergraduate at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina States Port Authority sponsored me to spend a week in Rotterdam to study port operations up-close," recalls Ian Hamilton. "That opportunity sparked an interest in international commerce and the crucial role that the shipping industry plays in our business and private lives. It was also the catalyst that started my career. Twenty-five years later I remain as fascinated by the industry as I was at 21."

Since 2008, Ian has been responsible for managing the port's $500M real estate portfolio. In recent years, the Port of Hamilton has attracted more than $300M in investment.

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McKeil's Evans Spirit wins IBJ 2016 Ship of the Year award

2016-11-25

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.

"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.

Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 
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Canada's Capt. McCann appointed IMO Maritime Ambassador

2016-11-22

A new container terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal was formally inaugurated today, boosting the port's handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs as Canada's second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade. The Terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc., is part of Logistec's extensive network on the East Coast of North Americ.
Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority; Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Madeleine Paquin, President of Logistec and Chair of Termont Terminal;  Sokat Shaikh from MSC and other industry representatives.
"The new Viau terminal will have a considerable impact!" said Ms. Vachon. "Ultimately, it will increase the Port of Montréal's handling capacity by 2.1 million TEUs and generate significant benefits for the region, province and country as whole with annual spinoffs of $340 million and the creation of 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.
"The success of this project is the result of a significant collaboration between public and private organizations, including Termont Montréal Inc. and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. Moreover, the work was carried out with concern for communities and the environment."
The new terminal, together with the work done previously and the second phase of work to be completed in the years to come, will bring the total handling capacity in the Viau sector to 600 000 TEUs, and the Port of Montréal's overall handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs. Last year, Montreal's container cargo broke another record, rising 4% to nearly 1.5 million TEUs.
The construction of the new terminal is part of a broader port capacity optimization project covering three essential areas: the terminal's container-handling capacity, marine access and road access. The Port of Montréal must be active on all three fronts to establish the right balance between facilitating traffic and ensuring that activities continue to run smoothly.
The federal government is contributing a third of the eligible funding for all three project components to a maximum of $43.6 million under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Of this amount, up to $27.2 million is available to fund the new container terminal. The remainder of the funding will be attributed to the project's other two components.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that port infrastructure plays a key role in supporting economic growth,' said Minister Garneau. "In addition to making the Port of Montréal considerably more competitive, productive and effective, this project will also help to support economic growth for Canadians in the years to come." (Photos Sylvain Giguère/APM)

Master Mariners of Canada announced that Captain John McCann has been appointed as an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Ambassador. Captain McCann is the only Canadian representative in the IMO Ambassador Scheme, and joins approximately 40 other Ambassadors worldwide. He was nominated for this prestigious position by the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA).

"My hope is that, as an IMO Maritime Ambassador, Captain McCann will have the chance to tell young people how rewarding, satisfying and fulfilling the shipping world can be," says Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO.

An IMO Maritime Ambassador is a spokesperson for the maritime and seafaring professions. Ambassadors are encouraged to share their passion about the maritime world, particularly with young people who are starting out in their education, apprenticeships and career pathways. The goal of the program is to reach new target audiences and inspire a new generation of maritime experts and seafarers.

"My goal with the IMO Ambassador Scheme is to represent the Master Mariners of Canada, and use this appointment to raise our profile, meet the needs of our members in terms of meaningful professional development, and further our strategic objectives as an organization," says  Capt. McCann. "This is an avenue for us to encourage youth to take up a career at sea."

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