Port of Montreal and Logistec boosting Viau Terminal capacity

Le port de Montréal et Logistec renforcent la capacité du terminal Viau


The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Logistec Corporation announced that Viau Terminal, which handles about 350,000 containers annually, will undergo a new construction phase to increase its handling capacity. This is its second phase, which continues and completes the most recent container terminal at the Port of Montreal. Its first phase was completed in 2016.

After a fifth consecutive record year, steady growth in its various fields of activity and a 9% upswing in the container sector with 1.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in 2018, the Port of Montreal is more than ever a hub of global trade.

This is why the management teams of the MPA and Logistec (through the terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc.) decided to launch the last phase of Viau Terminal, which is so successful that it is quickly reaching full capacity, as is the Port of Montreal as a whole

This new phase will make it possible to add?250,000 TEUs to Viau Terminal's current capacity, bringing it to 600,000 TEUs.



Davie pushes for bigger role in national shipbuilding strategy

Davie plaide pour un rôle plus important dans la stratégie nationale de construction navale


OTTAWA - The president of Davie Shipbuilding says he is confident the Québec-based shipyard will be tapped to build two new ferries included in this week's federal budget. But according to a Canadian Press report, James Davies says it is time for the federal government to stop rewarding other shipyards for failing to deliver new vessels to the navy and coast guard, and officially admit his company into the multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding plan.

The comment came late Wednesday as top officials from Davie and its two rivals, Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, appeared one after the other before the Senate finance committee.

Seaspan and Irving were selected through the shipbuilding strategy in 2011 as the two shipyards responsible for building what at the time was estimated to be $35 billion worth of new vessels for the navy and coast guard.

Davie also competed but was passed over and has since been forced to fight for scraps outside the plan, the Canadian Press report said.
That includes the provision of an interim resupply vessel for the navy and three second-hand icebreakers for the coast guard.



CMC applauds budget pledge to modernize pilotage system

La CMC applaudit l'engagement budgétaire de moderniser le système de pilotage


Ottawa- The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) said it is pleased with the Federal Budget promise to introduce legislation to modernize Canada's pilotage service for commercial ships - a system that has not been overhauled in 45 years.

"This is an historic step forward to make the significant changes needed to the Pilotage Act and its regulatory framework that will create a pilotage system that not only ensures safe navigation but improves the efficiency and competitiveness of Canada's transportation system for years to come," said Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

"Pilotage costs in Canada are out of control and have a long history of increasing at rates that far exceed inflation. This government-mandated service has for decades been provided by monopolistic entities with little accountability or input from shipoperators and their customers - despite the fact that it is paid for by industry fees - costs passed ultimately to consumers. We look forward to delving into the details of these regulatory changes and working with government and the pilotage authorities in the months to come to improve this valuable service."

CMC is particularly pleased to see the pledge to increase transparency in Canada's pilotage system included as part of this reform, and will continue to work for a comprehensive legislative and regulatory overhaul of the pilotage regime. Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce

Ottawa - La Chambre de commerce maritime (CMC) s'est félicitée de la promesse faite par le budget fédéral de présenter un projet de loi visant à moderniser le service de pilotage du Canada pour les navires de commerce - un système qui n'a pas été révisé depuis 45 ans.

«C'est un pas en avant historique pour apporter les changements importants nécessaires à la Loi sur le pilotage et à son cadre réglementaire qui créeront un système de pilotage garantissant non seulement une navigation sécuritaire, mais améliorant l'efficacité et la compétitivité du système de transport du Canada pour les années à venir», a déclaré Bruce Burrows, président de la Chambre de commerce maritime.

«Les coûts de pilotage au Canada sont incontrôlables et ont une longue histoire d'augmentation à des taux bien supérieurs à l'inflation. Ce service mandaté par le gouvernement est fourni depuis des décennies par des entités monopolistiques, avec peu de responsabilité ou d'apport des opérateurs maritimes et de leurs clients - malgré le fait qu'il est payé par les redevances de l'industrie - des coûts finalement supportés par les consommateurs. Nous sommes impatients de détailler ces modifications réglementaires et de collaborer avec le gouvernement et les administrations de pilotage dans les mois à venir pour améliorer ce service précieux. »

CMC est particulièrement heureux de voir que la réforme vise à renforcer la transparence du système de pilotage canadien et continuera à ?uvrer en faveur d'une réforme législative et réglementaire complète du régime de pilotage. Source: Chamber of Marine Shipping



World's first commercial drone deliveries  to vessels at anchor


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).

Wilhelmsen's shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, launched last week in partnership with Airbus, marked the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage.

Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen's onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along predetermined 'aerial corridors' in its 1.5 km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage. The drone landed on the deck of the

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO)'s Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, M/V Pacific Centurion and deposited its 1.5 kg cargo without a hitch before returning to its base. The entire delivery, from take-off towards the vessel, to landing back at base, took just ten minutes.

Though small drone delivery trials from tugboats to ship have been conducted before by a number of shipping companies and service providers, shore-to-ship delivery of this range and scope has never been explored, prior to this trial.



Groupe Robert receives another fleet safety award

Un autre prix sécurité pour la flotte du Groupe Robert


The 43rd annual CAW Fleet Safety Awards recognize transportation companies that demonstrate a strong commitment to the safety of all. The 3 winners from each of the 6 divisions have the lowest accident rate per million miles travelled. Groupe Robert has been awarded this distinction for the 8th consecutive year in its category 50-99.99 million miles

"We are very proud to receive a TCA Award for the safety of our fleet," announced Michel Robert, President of Groupe Robert. "This award is the result of our commitment to the safety of our drivers and the public. Safety among Groupe Robert is one of our corporate values and is non-negotiable. We have a duty as a responsible company and also as a leader in the industry. It is always thinking and acting in a safe manner for the protection of all road users. I would like to thank all our employees, starting with our drivers, mechanics, managers, trainers and dispatchers, for all their efforts throughout the year. Moreover, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners of the different categories. We still have a lot to accomplish as an industry because safety is everyone's business."

Les 43e prix annuels TCA pour la sécurité de la flotte honorent les entreprises de transport qui démontrent un engagement fort envers la sécurité de tous. Les 3 gagnants de chacune des 6 divisions ont le plus bas taux d'accidents par million de milles parcourus. Groupe Robert obtient cette distinction pour la 9e année consécutive dans sa catégorie 50-99.99 million de milles.

« Nous sommes très fiers de recevoir un prix TCA pour la sécurité de notre flotte, » annonce Michel Robert, Président de Groupe Robert. « Ce prix est la résultante de notre engagement envers la sécurité de nos chauffeurs et de la population. La sécurité chez Groupe Robert est une de nos valeurs d'entreprise et elle est non négociable. Nous avons un devoir comme entreprise responsable et aussi en tant que chef de file de l'industrie. C'est celui de toujours penser et agir de manière sécuritaire pour la protection de tous les usagers de la route. Je tiens à remercier tous nos employés en commençant par nos chauffeurs, nos mécaniciens, nos gestionnaires, nos formateurs, nos répartiteurs pour tous les efforts déployés en cours d'année. Et je profite de l'occasion pour féliciter tous les récipiendaires des différentes catégories. Nous avons encore beaucoup à accomplir en tant qu'industrie car la sécurité, c'est l'affaire de tous. »

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