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The port of Montreal is recognized for its sustainable development initiatives

Le port de Montréal récompensé pour ses initiatives de développement durable


2018-10-29

One of Green Marine's founding members, the Port of Montreal received the Marine Environment Protection Award for 2018 in the port category from the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).

The award was presented at the awards dinner October 25 in New York City.
The Port of Montreal was recognized for several recent sustainable development initiatives, particularly:

Trucking PORTal: a new web and mobile application designed to streamline truck traffic at terminals, reducing wait times and greenhouse gas emissions.

Shore power: an electrical power supply system at the Grand Quay Cruise Terminal and power supply stations for vessels that winter at the port to provide them with cleaner energy during their stay.

A liquefied natural gas solution: an LNG supply system for ship owners to be able the use a cleaner fuel.

Photo shows Daniel Dagenais, Vice-president, Operations, accepting the award on behalf of the Port of Montreal.

Source: Green Marine


Le Port de Montréal, un des membres fondateurs de l'Alliance verte, a reçu le prix Marine Environment Protection 2018 de la North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) dans la catégorie Port. La cérémonie de remise de prix aura lieu le 25 octobre à New York.

Le Port de Montréal s'est vu récompenser pour ses initiatives récentes en matière de développement durable, notamment pour certains projets porteurs :

Le PORTail du camionnage : une nouvelle application web et mobile conçue pour fluidifier la circulation des camions sur les terminaux du Port, diminuer les temps d'attente et contribuer ainsi la réduire les émissions de GES.

L'électrification à quai : un système d'alimentation électrique au terminal de croisières du Grand Quai et des systèmes de branchement à quai pour les navires-hivernants, afin d'alimenter ceux-ci d'une énergie plus propre pendant leur séjour.

Une solution d'approvisionnement en gaz naturel liquéfié : un système d'avitaillement des navires en GNL accessible aux armateurs du Québec permettant d'utiliser un carburant plus propre.

Sur la photo, Daniel Dagenais, Vice-président aux opérations, acceptant le prix au nom du Port de Montréal.

Source: Alliance Verte

 
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Seaway workers ratify contract

Les travailleurs de la Voie Maritime ratifient leur contrat


2018-10-26

 

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that its unionized employees, members of UNIFOR, have ratified a three-year labour agreement covering the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, praised the negotiating teams for achieving another multi-year agreement, and said: "A fair labour settlement was reached earlier this month, enabling the St. Lawrence Seaway to continue providing uninterrupted service to the thousands of entities that depend upon marine transportation, including manufacturing, retail, and agriculture".

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is a private, not-for-profit corporation, created in 1998 pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, to operate and maintain the Canadian locks and channels of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since the St. Lawrence Seaway's inception in 1959, almost 3 billion tonnes of cargo has been transported via the waterway.

Some 329,000 jobs and $59 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River System. As the lynchpin connecting the Great Lakes to the lower St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Lawrence Seaway's locks form a vital trade corridor for markets found within North America and across the world.


La Corporation de Gestion de la Voie Maritime du Saint-Laurent (CGVMSL) aq annoncé que ses employés syndiqués, membres d'Unifor, ont ratifié un contrat de travail de trois ans couvrant la période du 1er avril 2018 au 31 mars 2021.

Terence Bowles, président et chef de la direction de la CGVMSL, a louangé les efforts des équipes de négociation pour l'achèvement d'une entente pluriannuelle et confirme :   « Un règlement de travail équitable a été conclu plus tôt au cours du mois, permettant à la Voie Maritime du Saint-Laurent de continuer à fournir un service interrompu aux entités qui dépendent du transport maritime, notamment les secteurs de l'industrie,  de la vente au détail et de l'agriculture. »

La Corporation de Gestion de la Voie Maritime du Saint-Laurent est une corporation privée sans but lucratif, créée en 1998.  Conformément aux dispositions de la Loi maritime du Canada, elle gère et exploite les écluses canadiennes et les canaux de la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent.  Depuis la création de la Voie Maritime du Saint-Laurent en 1959, près de 3 milliards de tonnes de cargos ont été transportées par la voie navigable.

Quelque 329,000 emplois et 59 milliards de dollars d'activité économique sont supportés par le mouvement des marchandises dans le réseau Grands Lacs-Fleuve Saint-Laurent.  À titre de pivot connectant les Grands Lacs au Bas-Saint-Laurent et l'océan Atlantique, les écluses de la Voie maritime forment un corridor commercial vital pour les marchés en Amérique du Nord et à travers le monde.

 
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Fednav receives Belgique-Québec des liens d'affaires award

Fednav recoit le prix Belgique-Québec des liens d'affaires


2018-10-26

 

At a prestigious gala event on Oct. 25, Fednav Limited received the Belgique-Québec des liens d'affaires award presented by the Cercle d'affaires Belgique Québec.

This award recognizes the important contribution of a Québec-based company that has demonstrated exceptional trade performance with Belgium during the past year.

This year, Fednav's ships will have performed about 40 voyages from the Port of Antwerp to the ports of the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes, transporting roughly 700,000 tonnes (iron and steel products, fertilizers and other bulk cargoes), and about just as much on return trips (grain products, ores, and others).

In addition to facilitating trade, each port of call in Belgium and Québec represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic benefits (pilots, inspectors, and stevedores, towing fees, berthage fees, crew costs, fuel oil, food, and equipment).

Founded in 1944 and headquartered in Montreal, Fednav is a private company and the largest international bulk shipping carrier in Canada. It operates a modern and efficient fleet of more than 100 vessels, most of which are owned.


Fednav limitée a reçu le 25 octobre le Prix Belgique-Québec des liens d'affaires offert par le Cercle d'affaires Belgique Québec lors de sa soirée gala.

Ce prix souligne la grande contribution d'une entreprise québécoise ayant démontré durant l'année une performance exceptionnelle respective au commerce avec la Belgique.

Cette année, les navires de Fednav auront exécuté une quarantaine de voyages depuis le Port d'Anvers vers les ports du Saint-Laurent et des Grands Lacs pour un total d'environ 700 000 tonnes transportées (produits sidérurgiques, engrais et autres cargaisons en vrac) et tout autant sur les voyages de retour (produits céréaliers, minerais et autres).

En plus de faciliter les échanges commerciaux, chaque escale en Belgique et au Québec représente des centaines de milliers de dollars en retombées économiques (emplois de pilotes, d'inspecteurs et d'arrimeurs, frais de remorquage, droits d'amarrage ou coûts afférant à l'équipage, achats de mazout, de victuailles et d'équipement, etc.)

Fondée en 1944, Fednav est une compagnie privée et le plus important transporteur maritime international de vrac au Canada.  Elle exploite une flotte moderne et performante de plus d'une centaine de navires, la majorité étant détenue en propre.

Photo Marc Latour/Fednav.  De gauche à droite: Jean-Nicolas Papillon (Café Liégeois Canada) | Suzanne Bleau-Myrand & Dennis Pfeffer (Fednav) Camille Dodd (Café Liégeois Canada) | Olivier Grosman, Vice-président CABQ.

 
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Alaskan State ferry operator becomes first Green Marine member in Alaska

L'opérateur de traversier de l'état devient le premier membre de l'Alliance Verte en Alaska

 

2018-10-25

 

On October 18, 2018, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has signed on as the newest participating member of Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America.

AMHS is an integral part of the state's highway infrastructure, transporting people, goods and vehicles to Alaska's coastal communities year round. It has registered eight ships with the environmental program. The vessels link more than 30 Alaskan communities, many of which are inaccessible by road. The southern gateway cities of Bellingham, Washington, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, are major AMHS hubs, providing important links between Alaska and The Lower 48.

"Minimizing the impact on our environment is a responsibility we take seriously," said John F. Falvey, AMHS's general manager.

"Sustainability remains our principal focus and we believe Green Marine's collaborative approach is a good fit with our culture of pursuing best practices and exploring new technologies to not only protect the environment but maintain a high quality of life for Alaska's residents."

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Shipping finance banks back global CO2 reduction efforts

2018-10-25

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).

Leading banks closely involved in financing shipping companies have come together for the first time to boost efforts aimed at cutting carbon emissions by the sector. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a UN agency, was meeting in London this week to develop strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Reuters reported. IMO estimates that shipping accounts for 2.2% of world CO2 emissions.

"We believe it is important for banks to support the IMO's vision in making shipping a cleaner and more environmentally sustainable industry," said Michael Parker, global head of shipping with Citibank.
"We encourage other lenders to the industry to join us in supporting this call of action," he said in a statement on Oct. 24.

The initiative has been spearheaded by the Global Maritime Forum (GMF), an international non-profit foundation seeking to drive change in the shipping industry.

"The requirement for the industry to work towards a de-carbonised future is accepted by the GMF," stated Peter Stokes, GMF Chairman.

Various banks are among the 46 companies that have joined the GMF which also include such trade houses as Cargill and shipping groups like Maersk and Euronav.

The shipping sector avoided specific CO2 reduction targets in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
But in separate climate action, the IMO has set new rules that will ban ships from using fuels with sulphur content above 0.5% from January 2020 versus 3.5% at present.

Some shipping lines have begun adopting or plan to use scrubber technology to function with cleaner fuel. Photo: Pierre Terrien

 
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