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CMC backs Seaway season extension

La CMC soutient l'extension de la saison de la voie maritime


2019-02-22

 

The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) said today it was encouraged by a Standing Committee report saying the Canadian government should explore ways of optimizing the commercial navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on February 20 released its Interim Report on Establishing a Canadian Transportation and Logistics Strategy. The Seaway season traditionally runs between late March and late December.

Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, had the following comments. "It's heartening that the committee has recognized the value of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence navigation system and that moving more goods by ship on this waterway has the potential to alleviate the intense highway congestion in the Niagara region. We support the committee's recommendation that the Government of Canada explore ways to optimize the shipping season of the St. Lawrence Seaway to transport goods within central Canada. The government needs to be part of the conversation on what additional infrastructure and ice-breaking resources would be required to make this work. Lengthening the shipping season on the Seaway by even a few weeks would additionally help many of our steel, mining and grain customers export more goods and/or bring efficiencies to their operations."
As part of this study, the Committee travelled to the Niagara region, Vancouver and Seattle. Witnesses in the Niagara region indicated that the regular congestion on the Queen Elizabeth Way highway meant that an alternative must be found for transporting freight. The Committee agreed with the recommendations put forward by stakeholders and believes that the Government of Canada should support the mid-peninsula highway project and encourage increased use of the St. Lawrence Seaway for transporting freight.
The CMC is also supportive of other recommendations in the report, including the timely development of major port infrastructure projects that would support viable future trade opportunities and the increased harmonization of policies and regulations on freight transportation between both Canada and the United States. Photo of the inauguration of the Seaway season on March 22, 2013: Pierre Terrien, Maritime Magazine

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Algoma Central Corporation adds product tanker to fleet

Algoma Central Corporation ajoute un nouveau pétrolier à sa flotte


2019-02-22

 

Algoma Tankers Limited (ATL), an operating unit of Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services based in St. Catharines, ON, has announced the purchase of a 2010-built product tanker that will become the eighth ship in Algoma's Great Lakes based product tanker fleet. The 16,512 dwt vessel will be re-named the Algoterra as part of its transition to ATL ownership.

"We expect to take ownership of the Algoterra in mid-March in Europe and she will join our fleet in early April. The ship will be the youngest tanker we operate and as our newest ship, she will be the workhorse of the ATL fleet for many years to come," said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma.

He added: "The acquisition of a second tanker vessel in just over three months demonstrates Algoma's willingness to invest to meet the growing needs of our customers for marine-based transportation of petroleum products. Acquiring high-quality assets is critical to our commitment to operate in a safe and efficient manner.  We saw this as the ideal time to take advantage of the availability of attractive international assets in this segment, leverage our robust existing infrastructure for technical and commercial management, and capitalize on our position as the employer of choice for Canadian seafarers across the provinces.

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CSA 2020 concerned over EC gas scrubber proposal to IMO

2019-02-20

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 Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has expressed strong concerns about a proposal submitted by the European Commission (EC) which urges the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to change its Exhaust Gas Cleaning System ("scrubber") guidelines.

The proposal, which the Commission submitted to IMO on the 8 February deadline, calls for "evaluation and harmonization" of scrubber discharges across all ports, world-wide.  The proposal is intended for consideration by the 74th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which meets in May, in London.

"This proposal is an attempt by the European Commission to push forward restrictions on scrubbers, which are accepted globally by the IMO, EU and others as acceptable means of improving air emissions quality in controlled areas" said CSA 2020 Executive Director Ian Adams.

"Within two weeks of a draft surfacing, the Commission had taken the proposal to a one-day Working Party review and then submitted it to IMO" he said. "Clearly this was planned to avoid the open discussion and deliberation that a proposal with such far-reaching impact requires. In the absence of credible evidence to justify such a major departure from the existing rules, the proposal is instead based mostly on speculation."

"CSA 2020 members, who represent over 30 leading commercial and passenger shipping companies have been investing for years to prepare their ships in time to meet emissions abatement targets in accordance with existing IMO and EU rules, which endorse the use of open and closed-loop scrubbers in all waters," said Adams.  "To see the Commission take this step within months of the entry-into-force of the Global ECA is beyond disappointing."

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Seawaymax Algoma Conveyor headed for Canada


2019-02-19

 

St. Catharines, Ontario - Algoma Central Corporation (TSX: ALC), announced that the recently completed Algoma Conveyor, the third Seawaymax Equinox Class 740' self-unloading dry-bulk carrier, has begun its delivery voyage from China to Canada.

The vessel began its two month journey home, departing the Yangzijiang shipyard on February 16, 2019. After taking fuel in the Philippines the vessel will cross the Pacific Ocean, travelling through the Panama Canal and from there will make its way to Canada. The vessel is expected to arrive in early April.

"We are looking forward to the Algoma Conveyor joining our fleet for the 2019 navigation season as market demand and volumes are strong," said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma. "Our Canadian crews and our customers are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our new ship," added Mr. Ruhl.

The Algoma Conveyor will be the eighth Equinox Class vessel to join Algoma's Domestic Dry-Bulk fleet since the first vessel, the Algoma Equinox, arrived in 2013. The Algoma Conveyor was the first and only Equinox self-unloader partially built for Algoma by the now bankrupt Nangtong Mingde shipyard. Algoma acquired the hull at auction in September, 2017 and it was then taken to the Yangzijiang shipyard for final construction. The Equinox Class fleet now includes four gearless bulkers and four self-unloaders.

Replacement of ageing ships with modern, fuel- efficient and environmental friendly vessels enables Algoma to better serve the evolving needs of its customers.

 
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Captain Louis Rhéaume joins the Maritime simulation and resource centre

Le Capitaine Louis Rhéaume se joint au Centre de simulation et d'expertise maritime


2019-02-19

 

Québec City - Mr. Paul Racicot, Director of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), is pleased to announce the arrival of Captain Louis Rhéaume to the team. Mr. Rhéaume joined the MSRC on January 28 and will supervise the implementation of maritime expertise projects and provide his professional and administrative experience to the pilots in training.

Louis Rhéaume is a graduate of the Institut maritime du Québec and holder of a Master Foreign Going Certificate. He was a pilot on the St. Lawrence River in the Québec-Escoumins sector from 1984 to 2018, President of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation from 1999 to 2001 and member of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority from 2006 to 2018. Mr. Rhéaume holds a major in marine transportation from the Université du Québec à Rimouski (2002) and a certificate in intermodal transportation from the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)

A yachtsman in his spare time, Louis Rhéaume has, throughout his career, worked on numerous committees and working groups and enjoys an impressive reputation within the maritime community in Québec and Canada.

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