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Two cranes arrive for DP World Saint John

2016-10-31

DP World Saint John has announced the arrival of two new quay cranes for installation at Rodney Container Terminal before its operations begin in January 2017. A current lease with Logistec Corporation expires on Dec. 31. The cranes arrived on Oct. 29 on board the heavy lift vessel Zhen Hua 14.

DP World is working in partnership with Port Saint John, who, together with the governments of Canada and New Brunswick, have embarked on a previously announced $205 million infrastructure modernization program expected to be completed in 2021.

As demonstrated by the purchase of the two cranes, DP World Saint John is adding new terminal cargo handling equipment to deliver exceptional customer service and further expand capacity and productivity of the terminal. Key goals are to attract larger vessels and to complement the New Brunswick port's traditional Latin America trade by developing North Atlantic business. In 2015, the port handled 97,000 TEUs.

Matthew Leech, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Americas Region, said: "DP World Saint John will bring significant benefits to New Brunswick and Maritimes importers and exporters through our investment in modern container handling equipment that will be capable of serving post-panamax container vessels in line with the Port Authority's expansion works program."

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Ocean Group christens newest tug

Un nouveau remorqueur pour Océan

2016-10-28

Québec City-based Ocean Group proceeded on Oct. 28 with the christening of its newest powerful tug, the Ocean Taïga, the second in the TundRA series. This series, built at the Ocean Industries shipyard located on Isle-aux-Coudres, further demonstrates Ocean's willingness to adapt to the future needs of its customers.

The traditional ceremony was held in the presence of the Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix,  Gordon Bain and Jacques Tanguay, respectively President and CEO of Ocean and Ms. Carmen Lacasse-Tanguay, the ship's sponsor and mother of Jacques Tanguay.

The 36-meter tug is equipped with the latest technologies and can operate in the most extreme conditions. The hull of the tug Taïga is reinforced and certified 1A Super FS for navigation in ice. In addition, its engines develop a power of 8,160 BHP, propelled by two Z- drive omnidirectional propellers and have a total bollard pull of more than 100 TM.

"We are very proud of the ingenuity and expertise developed by our teams from the shipyard located on Isle-aux-Coudres and in Québec. Today's event helps celebrate this expertise, while emphasizing the quality jobs associated with it", said Jacques Tanguay.

 

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TorQuest Partners Invests in McKeil Marine

2016-10-25

Hamilton-based McKeil Marine  and TorQuest Partners announce that TorQuest has invested in McKeil, in partnership with existing management and shareholders. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

McKeil also announces that Steve Fletcher, President, who has been with McKeil for 17 years, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and that Blair McKeil, previously Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, has assumed the role of Vice Chairman.

McKeil is a leading Canadian provider of marine transportation and project services for a wide range of customers and industry sectors across the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, East Coast and the Canadian Arctic. It operates a fleet of two bulk carriers, 24 tugs and 31 barges.

Canadian-based TorQuest is a manager of private equity funds with more than $2 billion of equity capital under management.

"This milestone event is a testament to our skilled and dedicated crew, our valued customers, service providers and industry partners," said Blair McKeil, Vice Chairman, McKeil. "Enhancing our ability to sustain and accelerate our growth is a fantastic way to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary. I am excited to remain an owner of the business and look forward to helping guide McKeil as it navigates its way to a stronger, better future. I believe the best is yet to come."

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ZIM adds Prince Rupert to Pacific Northwest service

2016-10-20

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has announced launching another Asia-Pacific North West Service, (CEN-China Express Northwest service) that joins the network serving the Asia-Pacific northwest trade, which includes the Pacific North Express Service 1 (NP1) and Pacific North Express Service 3 (NP3). The new CEN will rotate through Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Prince Rupert and back to Xingang starting October 25.

"We are very pleased to see another service calling at Prince Rupert and taking advantage of the increasingly well-known advantages that Prince Rupert has to offer," said Michael Gurney, Communications Manager for the northern British Columbia port.

Zim said CEN is the only Pacific north west service in the market to call Xingang directly, offering the fastest transit time in the market on the eastbound leg from Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai.

In a press release, ZIM said the new route offers a smooth gateway through Prince Rupert to the U.S. and Canada with "efficient rail connectivity using the CN rail network."

 
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Ports of Indiana and Trois-Rivières launching joint study

2016-10-18

The Ports of Indiana and the Port of Trois-Rivières announced on Oct. 17 that the two port authorities have formed a first-of-its-kind marketing partnership and will conduct a joint study to explore new maritime shipping opportunities.

The two ports will launch a market analysis in the next few weeks to identify potential supply chain connections between their facilities. The initiative was created as a direct result of the maritime partnership formed between Indiana and Québec in 2015. Both port organizations have been working together in the past few months, but now plan to expand their collaboration efforts.

"We believe there are potential synergies in the industrial sectors surrounding each of our ports and that the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway can provide logistics solutions for developing new business connections in Indiana and Québec," said Gaétan Boivin, President & CEO, Port of Trois-Rivières. "The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor offers connections to extensive supply and demand opportunities for Quebec businesses in the Chicago marketplace, and can provide access to the U.S. inland waterways system."

The  announcement was made when Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith, Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper and a group of Indiana leaders visited the Port of Trois-Rivières as part of an Indiana Maritime Trade Mission to Quebec that included meetings with Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, as well as representatives from the Port of Trois- Rivières, Port of Montreal, Fednav and various maritime businesses based in Québec.

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