Le gouvernement fédéral se tourne vers le chantier Davie pour la construction de deux traversiers

Federal government favours Davie shipyard to build two ferries


Le gouvernement fédéral a annoncé son intention de passer un contrat avec Chantier Davie de Lévis, au Québec, pour la construction de deux traversiers dans l'est du Canada. Le ministre fédéral des Transports, Marc Garneau, et le ministre de la Famille, de l'Enfance et du Développement social, Jean-Yves Duclos, ont annoncé publiquement le 17 mai, au nom de la ministre des Services publics et de l'Approvisionnement, Carla Qualtrough.

«Le gouvernement du Canada a mené une analyse de l'industrie, concluant que Chantier Davie est le seul chantier naval canadien connu doté de la capacité, de l'expérience récente et de la capacité de construire ces traversiers dans les délais requis», indique un communiqué de presse.

«Le signal est important?», a déclaré avec enthousiasme Frédérik Boisvert, vice-président aux affaires publiques de Davie. «Il y a environ 400 employés ici actuellement. Avec les nouveaux traversiers, on peut parler de plusieurs centaines de travailleurs rappelés sur une base de quatre à cinq ans.»

Parallèlement, le gouvernement fédéral a récemment inclu Davie dans un contrat d'entretien des frégates de la classe Halifax - ce qui pourrait créer quelque 5 400 emplois d'ici 2021.

Les nouveaux traversiers, mentionnés pour la première fois dans le budget fédéral de mars, remplaceront le NM Madeleine, qui assure actuellement la liaison entre les îles de la Madeleine et Souris, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (Î.-P.-É.), et le NM Holiday Island, l'un des deux navires reliant Wood Islands, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, à Caribou, en Nouvelle-Écosse (NS). Les deux navires approchent de la fin de leur vie utile.

Le gouvernement a confirmé l'intention du Canada de conclure un contrat avec Davie Shipyard. Les autres fournisseurs intéressés disposeront d'un délai de 15 jours calendrier pour soumettre un énoncé de capacités démontrant qu'ils répondent aux exigences précisées dans le préavis d'adjudication de contrat (PAC).

M. Garneau a indiqué que le gouvernement fédéral aimerait que la construction des traversiers commence le plus tôt possible. «C'est une priorité pour nous. Il y a quelques étapes à franchir avant, comme négocier un prix. Nous devrons également négocier un projet final. Ces choses prennent toujours un peu de temps.»



The federal government has signalled its intention to award a contract with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Québec to build replacements for two ferries in eastern Canada. This was publicly announced on May 17 at the shipyard site at an event attended by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on behalf of Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

"The Government of Canada conducted industry analysis, which concluded that Chantier Davie is the only known Canadian shipyard with the capacity, recent experience and capability to build these ferries in the required time frame," stated a press release.

"The signal is important," enthusiastically declared Frédérik Boisvert, Davie's Vice President of Public Affairs. "There are about 400 employees here presently. With the new ferries, one can speak of several hundred workers being recalled on a basis of between four and five years."

At the same time, the federal government also recently included Davie in a maintenance contract for Halifax-class frigates-which could create some 5400 jobs as of 2021.
The new ferries, first mentioned in the March federal budget, will replace the motor vessel (NM) Madeleine, which currently provides the link between the Îles de la Madeleine, and Souris, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and the NM Holiday Island, one of two vessels connecting Wood Islands, PEI, to Caribou, Nova Scotia (NS). Both ships are approaching the end of their useful life.

The government confirmed Canada's intention to enter into a contract with Davie Shipyard. Other interested suppliers will have 15 calendar days to submit a statement of capabilities demonstrating that they meet the requirements set out in the Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN).
Mr. Garneau indicated the federal government would like the construction of the ferries to begin as soon as possible. "It is a priority for us. There are a few stages to pass through beforehand, like negotiating a price. We will also need to negotiate a final design. Those things always take a little time."



Prince Rupert master plan sees container capacity potential up to 7m TEUs


The Port of Prince Rupert has announced the completion of a container terminal master plan that outlines the potential of future container terminal capacity and sequencing of development at the Pacific gateway in  northern British Columbia. The planning work identifies the long-term potential to develop six to seven million TEUs of capacity through the development of multiple terminals.

In releasing the master plan, port officials reiterated their ambition of transforming Prince Rupert into Canada's second largest port after Vancouver within five years. A significant percentage of Prince Rupert cargo volume is with the US Midwest via the CN rail network. Last year, Prince Rupert handled one million TEUs and 27 million tonnes of cargo.

The plan's research was completed with the assistance of AECOM, a global leader in infrastructure planning and development. It considered capital costs, operating efficiencies, optimization of construction sequencing to minimize disruptions to ongoing operations, and mitigation of human receptor impacts (air quality, noise and lighting) as criteria to determine the feasibility and sequencing of container terminal potential at the Port of Prince Rupert.

"Conducting this work ensures we have a clear understanding of the future potential for terminal development and contributes to a vision for the future of our container business to respond to the growing market demand for capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert," said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The master planning concluded the potential for further expansion of Fairview Terminal and the development of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert's South Kaien Island site.  This second terminal features a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and was identified as the next phase of terminal expansion for the container business at the Port of Prince Rupert following the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal announced with DP World in 2018, increasing its current capacity from 1.35 million TEUs to 1.8 million TEUs by 2022. Both the current Fairview Terminal and South Kaien sites are in close proximity to expanding export logistics operations on Ridley Island, and will fully integrate with these operations following PRPA's construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor scheduled for the end of 2020.

Maksim  Mihic,  General Manager of DP World,  applauded a "development vision which enables Canadian trade and improves the balance between imports and exports through the northern corridor."

JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN, said "the Port of Prince Rupert continues to be an important part of CN's supply chains to and from international markets."

(photo PRPA)



Talks continue after ILWU strike vote by BC dockers


Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Canada) voted overwhelmingly (98.4%) at the end of last week to strike against the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) to replace an eight-year contract expired on March 31, 2018 but have agreed to continue negotiations throughout May.
Any such strike would hit cargo traffic at Vancouver, Prince Rupert and other BC ports accounting for over half of Canada's maritime trade. The last major strike was called in 1935. Neither side would say what issues are holding up agreement.

"We have dates scheduled to continue bargaining through to the end of May with the assistance of the federal Conciliation and Mediation Services," said Jeff Scott, BCMEA chairman.
Rino Voci, President of ILWU Local 500 previously indicated that a "yes" vote does not mean dockworkers will go on strike immediately. "It means the union can go on strike in the next 60 days with a 72-hour strike notice to the employer." (photo VFPA)



Unique agreement in Canada to protect killer whales


VANCOUVER - As Canada continues to increase its focus towards sustainable trade growth, nine key groups have come together in support of conservation on the nation's west coast. The first of its kind in Canada,  the Conservation Agreement, announced by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast supports the continuation of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program (ECHO), a Port of Vancouver-led initiative aimed at better understanding and mitigating the impact of shipping activities on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in the Salish Sea.

Commercial shipping accounts for nearly 50% of the acoustic noise in the Salish Sea. The Conservation Agreement encourages large commercial vessels to slow down in key foraging areas for the SRKW to reduce underwater noise that may disrupt their ability to find prey. The agreement also pledges ongoing support to the ECHO program from the signatories, and details joint efforts to grow international engagement and collaboration while also collecting and sharing data and research between key groups.

The coalition brings together the Department of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA), and the commercial marine sector.

"We appreciate the Government of Canada's continued support in implementing effective, protective, and flexible measures that respect the inherent challenges of safe and responsible trade," said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. "This significant commitment by ship operators comes at a period of unprecedented trade volatility, and at a time when ship operators are implementing costly technical changes to their practices and fleets as they prepare to transition to low-sulphur fuel in 2020, in addition to installing ballast water treatment systems to stop the spread of invasive species. With the support of the Government, our industry has banded together to commit to tackling problems efficiently, effectively, and transparently".

The agreement extends the voluntary measures designed to reduce the impact of large commercial vessels and hopes to attain an 80% participation rate. Since the Salish Sea is bi-national waters, shared between Canada and the USA, these voluntary measures can establish effective measures and guidelines in a way that traditional regulation cannot, as it would be outside the Government of Canada's jurisdiction. (Photo VFPA)



DP World purchases Fraser Surrey Docks


Dubai-based DP World PLC has announced the acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks terminal at Canada's Port of Vancouver from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP). MIP is a fund managed by the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) division of Macquarie Group.  Earlier this week, Macquarie sold its ownership stake in Halterm Container Terminal to PSA International.

The acquisition will be effected through DP World's Canadian subsidiary, DP World Canada Investment Inc. which is owned 45% by Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and is subject to customary completion conditions. DP World expects the transaction to be earnings accretive from the first full year of consolidation and to close in the first half of 2019.

Fraser Surrey Docks is a large, multi-purpose marine terminal located in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. It operates over 1,200 meters of berth and 189 acres of yard and is one of Vancouver's major steel import terminals. It also handles over 1 million tons of grain and serves several container lines, handling approximately 250,000 TEU in 2018.

The acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks complements DP World's footprint in Canada and provides an attractive platform to better serve its customers' break-bulk and dry bulk requirements. DP World's existing facilities at Centerm terminal in Vancouver and Fairview container terminal at Prince Rupert have enjoyed strong growth in recent years. (photo VFPA)

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