Port of Montreal tackles tree planting pledge

Le Port de Montréal amorce son engagement à semer des arbres


In June, the Port of Montreal announced it had joined the Greening Leaders Committee of Montreal together with CN and Hydro-Québec, as well as its commitment to plant 2,000 trees over the next five years.
The Montreal Port Authority is pleased to announce that last Friday, the initial planting effort in collaboration with Soverdi was completed. About 100 trees in total were planted near Cast Terminal and along Notre-Dame Street close to Alphonse D. Roy Street, despite the bad weather!
The Port of Montreal is proud to contribute to the greening of Montreal and plans to take this collaborative approach further in the coming years to achieve its objective.


Panama Canal Welcomes 5,000th Neopanamax Transit

Le canal de Panama accueille le 5 000e transit de Neopanamax


Today, the Panama Canal welcomed its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, reaffirming the value and impact the route has had on global maritime trade.

The COSCO Faith container carrier transited today travelling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The vessel has a 13,345 total TEU allowance (TTA) and measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam.

"The steady increase in Neopanamax transits reflects our customer's confidence in the Panama Canal route," said Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. "We reinforce our commitment to continually improve our service to better serve the industry."

The COSCO Faith is part of Ocean Alliance's Manhattan Bridge-AWE2 service, between Asia and the US East Coast.

Of the 5,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, 51 percent have been from the container segment. Liquefied petroleum gas vessels constitute another 26 percent, and liquefied natural gas carriers, a relatively new segment to the Panama Canal, make up 10 percent. Dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruise ships make up the remaining transits.


Québec National Assembly unanimously pushes Ottawa for more shipbuilding work

L'Assemblée nationale du Québec pousse unanimement Ottawa pour plus de travaux de construction navale


Québec's National Assembly has unanimously adopted a motion in support of the federal government's reform or 'refresh' of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The motion on Dec. 7 called upon the federal government to endorse the House of Commons and Senate's recommendations to proceed immediately with the construction at Davie Shipbuilding of a second Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship as well as a new fleet of icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Seaspan shipyards in Vancouver and St. John-based Irving, chosen to carry out the major part of the shipbuilding contracts, have opposed additional contracts being shifted to Davie. Regarding the Resolve matter, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has gone on record for stating: " We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn't exist."

During 2017, the Federal government conducted a review of the National Shipbuilding Strategy in order to reform the failed strategy and begin to deliver ships for Canada in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Québec marine industry workers and suppliers are now awaiting the widely anticipated policy adjustment.


Report of CN offer for Halterm

Rapport sur l'offre du CN pour Halterm


Canadian National Railway has reportedly made a preliminary offer to buy Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax. During an interview published by Canada's Financial Post, Jean-Jacques Ruest, chief executive of CN, said the goal of the potential acquisition is to create a "Prince Rupert of the East" - referring to the strong growth of the Port of Prince Rupert in recent years through notably a direct CN network connection with the US Midwest market. The Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert is operated by DP World.

According to the media report, Mr. Ruest indicated CN has a partner in the bid for the Halterm Terminal owned by Australia's Macquarie Infrastructure, but did not identify this partner. He also said the railway was looking at possibilities at two other ports, one in Nova Scotia and another on the St. Lawrence River, without specifying which ports.

The Port of Halifax and the Halterm and Ceres container terminals rely exclusively on CN for reaching markets in Central Canada and the United States. The port currently handles container vessels in the 10,000 TEU class but could handle still larger box ships calling on the East Coast of North America at New York and other ports.

Mr. Ruest said that if CN were successful, it would make changes to the Halterm business model. "We're interested to get behind a terminal to make them ready for bigger things and run them in a way they have not been run in the past."

The CN told the Financial Post that CN wants to expand the terminal capacity to be able to service two large containerships simultaneously and accommodate long freight trains.

The Halifax Port Authority recently began construction of a temporary berth extension at Halterm (slated for completion in 2020), but it would seemingly not be big enough to assemble the longest double-stack trains. "We're willing to put in some of our rail infrastructure to create a solution for the big trains," Mr. Ruest said. (photo HPA)


Maersk's pledge: net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050

Maersk s'engage à réduire ses émissions nettes de CO2 à zéro d'ici 2050



A.P. Moller -Maersk aims at having carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030 and calls for strong industry involvement

Aimed at accelerating the transition to carbon neutral shipping, Maersk announced on December 4th its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaptation of new technology is required says the boggest container shipping company in the world.

According to a Maersk release, climate is one of the most important issues in the world, and carrying around 80% of global trade, the shipping industry is vital to finding solutions. By now, Maersk´s relative CO2 emissions have been reduced by 46% (baseline 2007), approximatly 9% more than the industry average.

As world trade and thereby shipping volumes will continue to grow* efficiency improvements on the current fossil-based technology can only keep shipping emissions at current levels but not reduce them significantly or eliminate them.

"The only possible way to achieve the so-much-needed decarbonisation in our industry is by fully transforming to new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains," says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer at A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Maersk is putting its efforts towards solving problems specific to maritime transport, as it calls for different solutions than automotive, rail and aviation. The yet to come electric truck is expected to be able to carry max 2 TEU and is projected to run 800 km per charging. In comparison, a container vessel carrying thousands of TEU sailing from Panama to Rotterdam makes around 8800 km. With short battery durability and no charging points along the route, innovative developments are imperative.

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