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Trois-Rivières breakbulk terminal inaugurated

2018-05-01

 

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).

Mid-way between Montreal and Québec City on the St. Lawrence River, the Port of Trois-Rivières has inaugurated a breakbulk terminal operated by Logistec Corporation that entailed investments exceeding $27 million. Among government officials attending the ceremony on April 27 were federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, federal International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, and Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs. Ninety per cent of the port's 3 million metric tons of cargo is related to international trade.
"This terminal will allow us to improve the competitiveness of businesses in the region and shipping on the St. Lawrence," said Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA).

Rodney Corrigan, Executive VP of Operations of Logistec, said the large-scale infrastructure "will enable Logistec to provide superior services and thus better contribute to their competitiveness in foreign markets." Based in Montreal, Logistec operates 58 terminals in 35 ports throughout Canada and the United States.
Jean D'Amour recalled how the Québec Liberal government has made the marine sector a priority, implementing the Maritime Strategy "in close collaboration with the various industry stakeholders."

Mr. Garneau described Trois-Rivières as "one of Canada's strategic ports."

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Yang Ming & The Alliance launch new service with Prince Rupert

2018-04-25

 

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, DP World Prince Rupert and CN have announced a new weekly marine carrier service at the Fairview Container Terminal.

Yang Ming and its partners in THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, have added Prince Rupert as the first North American port of call on the amended PS8 trans-Pacific service this spring. Originating in the ports of Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai and Busan, the new service made its inaugural call at the Port of Prince Rupert on Saturday, April 21 with the arrival of the 6,500 TEU capacity vessel, the YM Masculinity.

"The addition of THE Alliance to Prince Rupert's containerized cargo services expands the reach of Asia-North American trade through our port to new markets and shippers," said Shaun Stevenson, Vice President of Trade Development and Public Affairs for the Port of Prince Rupert. "With expanded capacity to accommodate 1.35 million TEUs, we're confident this new partnership will strengthen the supply chain solutions offered through the west coast's leading-edge gateway."

In the decade since Fairview Container Terminal began operations, its exclusive ship-to-rail service has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America, while earning a reputation for industry-leading dwell times and productivity. In 2017 growth continued with a record 926,540 TEUs handled, representing a 26% increase over 2016 volumes.
THE Alliance's PS8 service is the fourth weekly service for Prince Rupert, unlocking the ability for all intermodal shippers on or near CN's continental rail network to route freight through the Port of Prince Rupert.

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Antwerp unveils plan to reduce barge congestion

2018-04-24

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).

Like the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Antwerp has unveiled structural measures to mitigate the problem of barge congestion as surging ocean container volume through Europe's second largest port has provoked regular delays for the 2.6 million TEU transported annually to and from inland terminals.

All stakeholders signed a roadmap to make container barge transport more efficient. Waiting times for barge operators have recently varied between 24 an 48 hours. With the agreement, the parties have not only confirmed their previous commitments but have also worked out structural and above all feasible solutions to permit sustainable growth of container barge transport and of the port of Antwerp itself.

"This is an excellent, future-oriented plan that will benefit the entire port and barge community," said port CEO Jacques Vandermeiren.

The agreement announced on April 19 concentrated on three areas: planning and collaboration, consolidation and digitisation. In a key feature, the three leading terminals (PSA,MPET and DP World) are carrying out a large-scale trial to deal with barge scheduling on a port-wide basis, thereby streamlining the entire process for all parties.

Following record container throughput in 2017, The Port of Antwerp recently reported its best ever quarter, with Q1 2018 container cargo rising by 10.7% to 2.7 million TEU. (Photo APA)

 
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Halifax continues strong container growth
2018-04-19

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).

Positive momentum has continued for the Port of Halifax, with 11 consecutive quarters of containerized cargo growth for Canada's second biggest container port on the East Coast after Montreal. This has coincided with increased calls by larger container vessels with capacities above 10,000 TEU.

Container volume in Q1 2018 amounted to 134,367 TEU, up 2.8% from a year earlier. Last year, the Nova Scotia port handled a record 560,000 TEU, representing a 16% spike over 2016.

Non-containerized volume in the first quarter was 66,681 tonnes. And total cargo was up 5.6% at 1.2 million tonnes. (Photo HPA)

 
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Le premier pétrolier-chimiquier de classe polaire à bicarburation

Desgagnés christens world's first polar class, dual fuel product/chemical tanker

2018-04-17

Le Groupe Desgagnés a procédé  le 17 avril au baptême et à l'inauguration à Montréal du N/C Mia Desgagnés, premier pétrolier-chimiquier de classe polaire à bicarburation au monde. «Desgagnés est très fière d'avoir réalisé, en quelques mois, cette autre première mondiale », a déclaré son Président et chef de la direction, M. Louis-Marie Beaulieu, rappelant qu'en mai dernier, Desgagnés baptisait le N/C Damia Desgagnés, le tout premier asphaltier-bitumier-chimiquier à bicarburation.

«Les défis et les exploits ne s'arrêtent pas à ces premières mondiales », a précisé M. Beaulieu puisque que l'Équipe Desgagnés a dû relever de nombreux défis de taille, entre autres,les nombreuses innovations et nouvelles technologies de ces navires à intégrer aux opérations, le réseau de distribution de GNL pour les besoins maritimes presqu'inexistant à développer, la main-d'oeuvre qualifiée et certifiée plus que rarissime à former - une nouvelle classe de marins est née - sans compter les programmes de formation et de certification - auparavant des pages blanches - à inventer.  «C'est grâce à l'apport et la collaboration exceptionnelle de différents partenaires d'affaires dont Énergir, l'Administration portuaire de Montréal et Transports Canada que les défis de ce projet d'avenir ont pu être relevés » a souligné M. Beaulieu.

En plus d'être un travail de pionnier et d'innovation, marquant l'histoire et transformant non seulement Desgagnés mais aussi l'industrie, « l'ajout du Mia Desgagnés à notre flotte, tout comme celui du Damia Desgagnés, démontre de façon tangible toute la vision et le leadership de Desgagnés en matière de développement durable ainsi que son engagement envers sa clientèle pour offrir un service de transport pétrolier maritime de première qualité, sécuritaire et des plus respectueux de l'environnement » a affirmé M. Beaulieu.

La construction et la mise en service de navires tels que le Mia Desgagnés sont rendues possibles grâce à des partenaires d'affaires majeurs et l'obtention de contrats à long terme.  « Je tiens à remercier sincèrement Énergie Valero, un joueur clé et d'importance capitale, qui a contribué de façon tangible et très importante à la naissance et au développement de notre unité d'affaires de transport de vrac liquide ainsi qu'à la réalisation de projets d'envergure tels que celui-ci » de souligner M Beaulieu. Ce navire représente un investissement de plus de 50 millions de dollars, dont près de 9 millions seulement pour l'ajout d'une motorisation à bicarburation / GNL. «C'est un investissement très significatif en lien avec notre engagement de réduire notre empreinte environnementale », a ajouté M. Beaulieu, qui a tenu à remercier le gouvernement du Québec pour sa participation financière de 700 000 $ dans le cadre de son programme d'aide à l'amélioration de l'efficacité du transport et de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (PETMAF).

Le pétrolier-chimiquier a été baptisé Mia Desgagnés en présence de nombreux dignitaires et invités.  Diminutif de Damia, ce prénom a été retenu puisqu'à l'origine, le Mia devait être un asphaltier-bitumier jumeau du Damia Desgagnés, et parce que ce prénom signifie « goutte de mer » en hébreu, ce qui rejoint l'essence même de Desgagnés.  Choisie pour avoir oeuvré de nombreuses années au sein de Desgagnés tout en incarnant bien ses valeurs, la marraine, Mme Anne-Marie Cisotto Montgrain, a procédé au baptême du navire qui a été préalablement béni par l'officiant, l'abbé Aleksander Dudik, vicaire à la Basilique-cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, à Montréal.

Le Mia Desgagnés est doté de plusieurs certifications en matière de développement durable, dont celles de « CLEANSHIPSUPER » et « GREEN PASSPORT »; mais ce qui le met dans une classe à part, c'est sa capacité de pouvoir être alimenté par trois types de carburants différents, mais plus spécialement au gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) qui possède des avantages environnementaux indéniables en permettant, entre autres, de réduire substantiellement les émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

Avec un port en lourd de près de 15 000 tonnes et des citernes d'une capacité dépassant les 17 000 m³, le Mia Desgagnés est adapté au transport de produits pétroliers raffinés ou chimiques.  De nouvelle génération à la fine pointe de la technologie, il a été construit au chantier maritime Besiktas en Turquie, selon un concept original et des spécifications élaborés par Desgagnés afin d'en optimiser les caractéristiques en matière de sécurité, de performance environnementale et d'efficacité opérationnelle.

Construit avec une double coque et la certification Polar 7 confirmant sa capacité à naviguer dans les glaces, il est équipé d'une hélice à pas variable ainsi que de propulseurs d'étrave et de poupe lui garantissant une manoeuvrabilité exemplaire et un niveau de sécurité optimal. La puissance électrique de plus de 3 mégawatts de ses génératrices lui permet, à travers sa génératrice/moteur intégrée à l'arbre de propulsion, d'atteindre une vitesse de navigation jusqu'à 7 noeuds sans utiliser le moteur principal. Cette flexibilité et option de propulsion améliorent encore davantage et de façon tangible la sécurité pour les marins, l'environnement et le navire lui-même. (Photo Desgagnés)

 

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