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CMC  appoints Paterson as new Chair  and six new Board Directors

2018-07-03

 

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).

The Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) announced the appointment of a new Chair and six new directors to the Board effective June 22, 2018. Allister Paterson, Chief Operating Officer, CSL Group, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding Wayne Smith, longtime senior executive with Algoma Central Corporation.

CMC President Bruce R. Burrows said: "We're delighted to have Allister on board as our new Chairman. Allister has a wealth of experience in leadership roles at Canadian ship operator companies and other global transportation businesses. His insight will be invaluable as the CMC continues to advocate for harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system's significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Coastal and Arctic regions."

Mr. Paterson joined CSL as President of Canada Steamship Lines in January 2015 and took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, CSL Group, in January 2017. He has over 20 years' experience in the transportation industry, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer of Finnair. Prior to joining Finnair, he was President and CEO of Seaway Marine Transport.

Six new Board members have also been appointed, including: Sujit Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer, Stelco Holdings Inc; Carsten Breden, Vice-President, Grain Merchandising, Richardson International; Jim Reznik, Director of Logistics - North America, St. Marys Cement -Votorantim Cimentos; Scott Bravener, Co-President & COO, Rand Logistics / Lower Lakes Towing; J. Wesley Newton, Senior Vice-President - Corporate Development and General Counsel, Algoma Central Corporation; William D. Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

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Fednav proposal on three ice-breakers for Canadian Coast Guard

2018-06-28

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).

Due to the drastic deterioration in recent years of the Canadian Coast Guard's icebreaker fleet, Montreal-based Fednav Ltd. proposed to the federal government to take charge of the construction of three icebreakers in a Norwegian shipyard that could be delivered in 24 months. In a televised interview carried on June 27 on the French-language Radio-Canada network, Fednav President Paul Pathy revealed the offer was made a year and half ago -  but no reply had yet been received.

Under the proposal, Fednav would finance the whole operation and assume the design and construction risks. While remaining owner of the vessels, Fednav would lease them to the CCG for 15 years. Cost of each icebreaker built at Norway's Havyard shipyard would be about $240 million.

"I am disappointed not to have received a reply," Mr. Pathy told Radio-Canada. "If I receive a call from the Prime Minister, I push on the button and in two years we have new and modern icebreakers."

During the interview, Mr. Pathy stressed the advantages of having the icebreakers built in Norway as opposed to Canada. In addition to being ready in 24 months, their costs would be two times cheaper than icebreakers built in a Canadian shipyard.

In the past few years, not only has there been a long delay in the start-up of construction of a planned polar icebreaker, the current aging working Coast Guard fleet has been beset by mounting mechanical problems that have impacted on commercial shipping and caused the cancellation of Arctic research voyages.

With a fleet of more than 100 vessels, Fednav is Canada's largest ocean-going dry bulk shipping company. It is the leading international carrier on the Great Lakes and biggest provider of shipping services to mining operations in the Canadian Arctic. (Photo is artist rendering of proposed icebreaker design)

 
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Prince Rupert Port Authority Appoints Shaun Stevenson As CEO
2018-06-22

The Board of Directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced  that Shaun Stevenson has been selected as the organization's next President and Chief Executive Officer. The selection is the result of an international search that began last October, following the retirement of long-time President and CEO Don Krusel.

Mr. Stevenson was PRPA's Vice-President of Trade Development & Public Affairs, where he has worked extensively with industry partners, shippers and marine carriers, and development proponents, as well as local First Nations and a variety of government and community stakeholders.  He has more than 20 years of strategic and operational experience at PRPA, and has played a key leadership role in the development and implementation of several successful strategies that have driven the growth and diversification of the Port's business.

In the past few years, Prince Rupert has emerged as North America's fastest-growing container port, with the main focus on maritime trade with Asia. Last year, containerized cargo surged by 26% to 926,540 TEU. Earlier this year, Mr. Stevenson predicted that box throughput could exceed one million TEU in 2018.

"I'm inspired and humbled to be given this opportunity to work with our dedicated PRPA team as we advance into a very bright future," said Mr. Stevenson.  "The Port of Prince Rupert's importance to the country's trade agenda and economic future has never been more relevant.  We have the opportunity to be truly progressive and innovative in our Port development plans, and we can't wait to keep doing our part to build a better Canada."

PRPA Chair Bud Smith thanked Joe Rektor for his service as interim President and CEO.  "Thanks to Joe's steady leadership, the Board had the opportunity to engage deeply in this recruitment process, providing us with the utmost confidence that Shaun is the right choice to be the Port of Prince Rupert's leader into the future."

"Shaun has played an integral role in the Port's development from a relatively small concern to a North American Gateway that is playing a vital role in delivering and expanding market access to Canadian shippers, industries, and their communities," said Mr. Smith.  "Shaun's deep understanding of the Port's role in adding value to global trade is outstanding, as his ability to communicate and develop strong relationships with our partners." (Photo PRPA)

 

 
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Scott Bravener returns under Rand Logistics corporate restructuring

2018-06-22

 

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).

Rand Logistics Inc. has  announced the departure of Ed Levy as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the appointment of Aaron Degodny as Interim Co-President & COO with responsibility for Rand Logistics, Inc. and Grand River Navigation Company, and the return of Scott Bravener as Director of Rand and Interim Co-President & COO with responsibility for Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. In addition, Rand announced on June 19 the commencement of a comprehensive search process to appoint a new CEO of Rand.

"We would like to thank Ed Levy for his significant contribution to Rand over the past twelve years," said John Becker, Managing Partner at American Industrial Partners (Rand's majority shareholder).

"Rand is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region. The Company is well positioned to continue advancing on its growth trajectory," John Becker also commented. "We are extremely excited to partner with Aaron and Scott in this next phase of Rand's growth. We believe Aaron and Scott possess the right blend of transformative leadership ability, customer-centric commercial acumen, and knowledge of the Rand operations to make them uniquely qualified to lead Rand. Over the coming weeks, Aaron and Scott will be connecting with and visiting Rand's operations and customers."

 

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Next phase unveiled of Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal

2018-06-19

 

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).

The Port of Prince Rupert and DP World have agreed on terms of a project development plan that outlines the next phase of expansion for the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal. The Phase 2B expansion will increase annual throughput capacity at Canada's second largest container terminal to 1.8 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) when complete in 2022.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: "Canada is an important part of our global network and we are delighted to confirm these plans, which underline our commitment to Prince Rupert, which plays a major role in enabling trade in the region and across the west coast with rail connections inland to the rest of the country and the United States."

The Fairview Phase 2B project follows the 2017 completion of Fairview Phase 2A, which increased the terminal capacity by 500,000 TEUs to its current capacity of 1.35 million TEUs. Construction on Phase 2B will begin in mid-2019. There will be an initial gradual release of capacity to 1.6 million TEUs, in 2020 following the completed expansion of the container yard to the south.

Port of Prince Rupert Chair, Bud Smith, said: "The execution of this agreement signifies DP World's commitment to enabling Canadian trade with another significant investment that will bring a total of one million additional TEUs of container capacity to the Port of Prince Rupert in less than five years. This project will provide critical trade-enabling infrastructure for Canada's west coast, a timely response to forecasted growth in trans-Pacific trade and supportive of Canada's efforts to diversify markets through new free trade agreements such as the CPTPP."

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