Cosco Shipping Lines coming to Montreal

Cosco Shipping Lines arrive à Montréal


After a record year marked by a 9% increase in the number of containers transiting through the Port of Montreal, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is proud to announce the arrival of a seventh international container shipping line, Cosco Shipping Lines.

Cosco Shipping Lines, which ranks third in the world in container transport, wants to expand its activities in North American markets through the addition of this transatlantic service.

As a result, starting in April the Port of Montreal will welcome this new service, which will connect Montreal with several northern European cities, such as Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre and Liverpool, for the benefit of importers and exporters. Cosco Shipping Lines' containers will be handled at the terminals of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP).

"We welcome the arrival of Cosco Shipping Lines. This excellent news reaffirms the Port of Montreal's place as the preferred gateway for freight transport between Europe and North America's industrial heartland," said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon.

With a fifth record year in 2018 and this third service added to the Port of Montreal in one year, the MPA is actively pursuing its development to accommodate growth, notably via the major Contrecoeur container terminal project.

Après une année record où le Port de Montréal a connu une hausse de 9 % du nombre de conteneurs ayant transité sur ses quais, l'Administration portuaire de Montréal (APM) est fière d'annoncer l'arrivée d'une 7e  ligne maritime internationale de conteneurs, Cosco Shipping Lines.

Cosco Shipping Lines, qui occupe le 3e rang sur l'échiquier mondial du transport de conteneurs, souhaite accroître ses activités sur les marchés nord-américains par l'ajout de ce service transatlantique.

Le Port de Montréal accueillera donc dès avril ce nouveau service, qui fera la liaison entre la métropole et plusieurs villes d'Europe du Nord telles qu'Anvers, Bremerhaven, Le Havre et Liverpool, au bénéfice des importateurs et exportateurs. Les conteneurs de Cosco Shipping Lines seront manutentionnés aux terminaux de Société terminaux Montréal Gateway (MGT).

« Nous saluons l'arrivée de Cosco Shipping Lines, une excellente nouvelle qui réaffirme la place du Port de Montréal comme porte d'entrée privilégiée pour le transport de marchandises entre l'Europe et le c?ur industriel de l'Amérique du Nord », a déclaré Mme Sylvie Vachon, présidente-directrice générale de l'APM.

Avec une cinquième année record en 2018 et ce 3e service s'ajoutant au Port de Montréal en une année, l'APM poursuit activement son développement pour accueillir la croissance, notamment le grand projet de terminal à conteneurs à Contrecoeur.



Global port cargo growth seen moderating in next decade

La croissance mondiale portuaire modérerait au cours de la prochaine décennie


Volume growth will continue for ports throughout the world but at a more modest pace over the next 10 years, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report from the New York-based credit agency.

Global port throughput has shown resilience over the last 10 years with throughput growth outpacing economic growth rates despite volatility through the last recession. Containerization of cargo and increasing vessel sizes coupled with supporting infrastructure at ports have all contributed to these throughput trends. However, growth rates are slowing relative to historical averages as these trends mature, and volume growth, while expected to continue, will likely more closely mirror that of global GDP.

An increase in protectionist trade policies, shifts in centers of production, and the advent of disruptive technologies are all factors which add further complexity in considering future throughput levels. Regarding U.S.-China trade relations, "Primary ports of call will be able to weather the storm despite elevated concentration in Chinese trade exposure in some cases," said Senior Director Emma Griffith. "Conversely, smaller and more specialized ports will have less leeway to offset major losses in imports and exports if commodities handled are targeted by tariffs."

Shifts in trade policy are not likely to curb growth meaningfully for ports located in North America. "Port investment will continue to focus on capacity enhancements to accommodate larger vessels while investor interest in North American port assets appears to be increasing," said Ms. Griffith.



Nuclear container ship «Sevmorput» sets course for new Arctic gas field

Le porte-conteneurs nucléaire «Sevmorput» met le cap sur un nouveau champ gazier arctique


by Pierre Terrien, Publisher, with files

On March 6, the Russian nuclear-powered ice breaking LASH carrier ( lighter aboard ship) and container ship, Sevmorput arrived from Murmansk to the seaport of Arkhangelsk to load more than 17,000 tons of construction goods all destined for the development of the Utrenneye natural gas field (Arctic LNG 2), shipowner Rosatomflot informs.

After the loading operations, the Sevmorput will proceed to the Morning deposit located on the Gydan Peninsula in the Gulf of Ob. In mid-March, the Sevmorput crew will then ensure the unloading of the shipment onto the shore ice of the frozen bay. This amount of cargo would have needed three voyages if carried by ships of the Pavlin Vinogradov type (gross tonnage-6,395 tonnes).  A second shipment to Gydan is scheduled later this year.

"Rosatomflot is an active participant in the largest Arctic hydrocarbon projects," said Mustafa Kashka, General Director of Atomflot. "Attracting the nuclear container ship Sevmorput to the implementation of the Arctic LNG 2 project demonstrates the relevance of our successful experience in the Arctic.'


Scott Bravener succeeding Steve Fletcher at helm of McKeil Marine



Canadian marine services provider McKeil Marine Limited, based in Burlington, Ontario announced that Steve Fletcher is retiring from his position as President and CEO and will be succeeded by veteran shipping executive Scott Bravener, effective March 18.

Steve  Fletcher joined McKeil Marine in 1999 and has been instrumental in the company's growth. Vice Chairman Blair McKeil emphasizes, "Steve has played a key role in setting the strategic direction for the business that has empowered McKeil to become a significant player in the Great Lakes transportation industry. We wouldn't be here today without him."

Blair McKeil is joined by the entire Board of Directors and shareholders of McKeil Marine to thank Steve for his years of hard work and dedicated service and wish him many happy years in his retirement.

Scott Bravener comes to McKeil after an impressive career of more than 30 years in the maritime industry, stated a company announcement. He was the founder of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., which started in 1994 and grew under Scott's leadership to own and operate, along with its U.S. affiliate Rand River Navigation Company, a fleet of 16 dry-bulk vessels. Scott  Bravener was most recently Co-president and Chief Operating Officer of Rand Logistics Inc., the parent company of these two companies. In 2013, he was selected as Great Lakes "Maritime Man of the Year" and inducted into the Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame.

"Scott recognizes McKeil's position as a leading, innovative marine services provider and shares our passion for the maritime transportation and projects business," added Blair McKeil. "We are confident that he and the McKeil Marine team will lead this company on to continued growth and success while retaining the family culture that makes us who we are. I'm excited about the future for all of us at McKeil."



Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects partner up

L'Alliance Verte et la Society of Naval Architects forment un partenariat



Québec City, QC, March 8, 2019- Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals in fostering greater environmental sustainability in the maritime sector.

The agreement, signed earlier this year, will serve as a framework to enhance technical cooperation between the two parties and encourage the exchange of information to raise awareness for both organizations and in program development towards environmental advancement.

Through this cooperation, Green Marine gains access to a greater pool of technical experts and delegates Dr. Eleanor Kirtley, Green Marine's West Coast Program Manager, as chair of SNAME's Technical and Research Environmental Committee. In exchange, SNAME becomes a Green Marine Association member. SNAME and Green Marine also agree to be partners in the marketing and branding of the two organizations.

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