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Port of Halifax cargo
upswing gains momentum

2016-10-20

Total and container traffic is continuing to grow briskly at the Port of Halifax, Q3 statistics show.

Container throughput was up 9.9% in Q3 with 119,181 TEUs and up 16% year-to-date with 354,544 TEUs. "Quarter-over-quarter container volumes are now catching up to the increase we saw in Q3 last year following the introduction of new and expanded cargo services," said the Halifax Port Authority.

Total cargo volume to the end of September amounted to 3.26 million tonnes - up nearly 20% from a year ago.

(photo HPA)

 
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Arctic research funding from Irving Shipbuilding and Nunavut Research Institute

2016-10-14

HALIFAX-Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) have awarded $2 million in funding to nine applied Arctic research projects focused on areas of importance to Canada's Artic communities and the marine industry. On top of Irving Shipbuilding's $2 million in funding, the nine research projects have leveraged an additional $2.3 million from contributing partners, for a total of $4.3 million in research funding

"From oil spills preparation, wildlife health monitoring and marine safety planning, to shipping policies and water research, the initiatives to be conducted as a result of the partnership between Irving Shipbuilding and the Nunavut Research Institute will contribute to a vibrant future for the marine research industry throughout Canada's North," said Joe Adla Kunuk, president, Nunavut Arctic College. "In addition to the research being conducted, this is a valuable opportunity to build our capacity to facilitate and administer funding for research in our communities."

In June 2016, the Nunavut Research Institute issued the call for proposals. Twenty-six proposals were reviewed by an independent review committee of scientist and northern experts. The nine research projects selected by the committee to receive funding involve residents of Canada's Arctic communities in the research, and will contribute to enhancing marine safety and improving response to marine incidents.

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Upswing in St. Lawrence Seaway shipments

2016-10-13

Strong movements of North American grain and renewed iron ore export activity in September have spearheaded an upswing in shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway. From the waterway's opening on March 21 to the end of September, shipments of Canadian and U.S. grain hit 5.8 million metric tons, in line with the healthy volumes experienced in 2015. Overall, some 21.2 million metric tons of cargo transited the Seaway's locks, representing a small drop of 5.32% from a year earlier.

The rise in global iron ore prices over recent months has sparked a revival of iron ore exports via the Seaway, although iron ore traffic for the period to end September still showed volume down 13% at 3.7 million metric tons. Big gainer was liquid bulk, up nearly 35% at 2.5 million tons, while general cargo was slightly lower at 1.73 million tons.

"September's burst of activity is helping to bring overall cargo numbers close to last year's performance," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "I am pleased to note that Canadian shipowners are now operating virtually every vessel in their fleet on the Great Lakes-Seaway System in order to meet heightened levels of demand. In addition, ocean-going vessels in our system are tracking at the same level as last year, which is above the five-year average."

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Port of Montreal reduces emissions by optimizing truck routes

2016-10-05

A major investment has been announced to extend dock 10 at the Port of Trois-Rivières, which is to complete the construction of the multi-purpose terminal zone in 2017.
The $14.8 million dock project will increase storage space from 3,000 square metres to 12,000 square metres, allowing for increased shipping of a large variety of products and non-containerized general cargo.  The dock extension is part of improvements to a multi-purpose zone entailing $40 million in infrastructure investments between 2015 and 2017 - with the costs shared by the federal government, the Québec government and the Trois-Rivières Port Authority. The private sector is also investing $15 million in handling equipment.
Prominent officials attending the announcement on June 30 included Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Julie Boulet; Minister of Tourism; Gaetan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières; and  Francois Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Finance and MP for Saint-Maurice Champlain.
"Stevedoring companies at the Port of Trois-Rivières will be better positioned to benefit from growth opportunities, both in current markets or new areas," commented Mr. D'Amour.
In the multi-purpose  infrastructure undertaking, Sheds 24 and 25 have been completed. The construction of Terminal 13 is ongoing and will be terminated at the end of this year. Work on Dock 10 is starting this year. (photo APTR)

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has announced the implementation of a project that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by optimizing truck routes to and from terminals located on Port of Montreal territory.

The advanced new Trucking PORTal Web-based application will be a key tool to reach the goal of reducing wait times at port container terminals.  A data capture system makes it possible to measure truck trips from entering to leaving the Port, and to relay this information in real time to drivers and dispatchers. To achieve this, the port relies on a combination of Bluetooth and RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technologies and licence plate readers.

Specifically, truck trips are captured at several points on Port territory, tracking their movement. This results in a comprehensive view of the traffic, bottlenecks and wait times at the various terminals. This information is sent to drivers in real time by means of a mobile application that they download on their mobile device (from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store), or directly on their computer. They use this information to plan their route to get to the Port and, while on Port territory, optimize the time it takes them to deliver or pick up cargo. (Photo APM)

 
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Ray Johnston appointed CMC interim president

2016-10-05

A major investment has been announced to extend dock 10 at the Port of Trois-Rivières, which is to complete the construction of the multi-purpose terminal zone in 2017.
The $14.8 million dock project will increase storage space from 3,000 square metres to 12,000 square metres, allowing for increased shipping of a large variety of products and non-containerized general cargo.  The dock extension is part of improvements to a multi-purpose zone entailing $40 million in infrastructure investments between 2015 and 2017 - with the costs shared by the federal government, the Québec government and the Trois-Rivières Port Authority. The private sector is also investing $15 million in handling equipment.
Prominent officials attending the announcement on June 30 included Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Julie Boulet; Minister of Tourism; Gaetan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières; and  Francois Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Finance and MP for Saint-Maurice Champlain.
"Stevedoring companies at the Port of Trois-Rivières will be better positioned to benefit from growth opportunities, both in current markets or new areas," commented Mr. D'Amour.
In the multi-purpose  infrastructure undertaking, Sheds 24 and 25 have been completed. The construction of Terminal 13 is ongoing and will be terminated at the end of this year. Work on Dock 10 is starting this year. (photo APTR)

The board of directors of the Chamber of Marine Commerce has appointed Raymond Johnston as interim President effective October 1, 2016. He will oversee the implementation of the merger between the Chamber of Marine Commerce and the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) announced last week and will lead the association until the recruitment process for a new president is completed.

Mr. Johnston served as president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce between 2000 and 2013. He also currently serves as President of the Green Marine Management Corporation, the legal entity that manages the Green Marine environmental certification program.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the Chamber of Marine Commerce and the CSA will be combining resources to advocate for an efficient regulatory climate that promotes a strong and competitive marine industry for the benefit of all industry stakeholders throughout the bi- national Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region and along the eastern seaboard and northern coasts. Based in Ottawa, Canada, the merged entity will continue to be called the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

"We're pleased to have Ray on board as our interim president and to lead the association as it goes through this exciting transition. Ray has vast experience working in the marine shipping industry and is well respected by the memberships of both organizations," said Wayne Smith, Chair of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

Mr. Johnston's background includes more than 35 years of experience in the marine industry. Prior to joining the Chamber of Marine Commerce in 2000, he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines Inc. (Photo CMC)

 
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