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West Coast marine interests underline binational sustainable shipping co-operation

2019-02-19

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).

Vancouver/Seattle -The Canadian-based Chamber of Shipping and the United States' based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association today expressed their joint support for continued binational federal leadership in ensuring safe and sustainable shipping.

Both organizations are focused on the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea as a vital gateway for marine commerce in Canada and the United States, and as a significant part of the larger North American supply chain that supports businesses, jobs and a high standard of living in both nations. The Salish Sea is a sensitive ecosystem and, while it plays a crucial role in our economies, ensuring its ecological sustainment and protecting species at risk is a shared responsibility.

The marine transportation industry is committed to doing its part, including supporting the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. In fact, both organizations are active participants in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's ECHO program, which seeks to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales in the Salish Sea.

 

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Kalmar and Cummins join to launch new terminal tractor

Kalmar et Cummins s'associent pour lancer un nouveau tracteur de terminal


2019-02-15

 

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has taken the latest step towards its goal to offer the whole equipment portfolio as electrically powered options by 2021 with the announcement of Cummins as the electrification solution provider for its terminal tractor offering.

The Kalmar Electric Terminal Tractor that is due to be launched in 2020 will be equipped with a 107 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of DC fast charge. This means that operators will be able to take advantage of opportunity charging during shift breaks. To maintain battery life, a thermal management system keeps it within the optimal temperature range, enabling the machine to operate in a range of climates. The Cummins driveline solution eliminates the need for a transmission on a terminal tractor, simplifying the overall system and reducing maintenance needs.

Cummins will provide powertrain technology, including the batteries, for the Kalmar Electric Terminal Tractor (KT2E). Kalmar has already launched the fully electric Kalmar Ottawa electric terminal tractor (OT2E) in the US in 2018. This product joins Kalmar's growing portfolio of fully electric equipment including both light and medium forklift trucks and Kalmar's own FastCharge(TM) solution for horizontal equipment including AGV's, Shuttle and Straddle Carriers.

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Vancouver south shore rail project moves ahead

2019-02-14

 

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).

Vancouver, BC - The Government of Canada, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and CN have signed an agreement to upgrade key infrastructure to increase capacity on a critical segment of trade infrastructure in the Greater Vancouver area.
The project is part of a long-term strategy to increase capacity and grade-separate the Burrard Inlet rail corridor that services the south shore port area in Vancouver. It consists of double-tracking a four-kilometre section of rail that links expanding import and export terminals on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet to the national rail network.
By building a second track, CN will create more rail capacity, allow for a better flow of rail traffic in and out of the port, and improve efficiencies in the supply chain.
"We are pleased to participate in this historic infrastructure project. The Port of Vancouver is the busiest global trade export gateway of Canada and we must make the most of the existing limited assets," said J.J. Ruest, President and Chief Executive Officer at CN. "Increasing run-through rail capacity with strategic investments will benefit all aspects of the supply chain.  With today's announcement, Canada is signalling to our international trade partners that we take trade and its importance to the Canadian economy very seriously."

 

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Proposed Hamilton-Oshawa port merger stirs shock waves in Oshawa

Le projet de fusion du port de Hamilton-Oshawa suscite une onde de choc à Oshawa

2019-02-13

Transport Canada's recently announced 'surprise' plan to amalgamate the ports of Hamilton and Oshawa has stirred shock waves among Oshawa municipal and port officials, reported The Oshawa Express community newspaper.

Mayor Dan Carter said he was on a train coming back from a meeting with provincial representatives when he heard the news. He indicated there was "no discussion" in advance with the city on a potential merger. "I am not pleased with this process at all."

He added there were a number of unanswered questions such as how much of a voice the City of Oshawa will have in any new structure.

 

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Sweden sets out to lead world shipping towards decarbonisation

La Suède veut mener le transport maritime mondial vers la décarbonisation

2019-02-13

Swedish shipping is setting out to be ahead of the pack when it comes to decarbonisation. The Swedish Shipowners' Association has outlined plans to be fossil fuel free by 2045, five years' ahead of current IMO decarbonisation targets.
The association is developing a roadmap to net zero greenhouse gas emissions in partnership with Fossil-free Sweden, a government initiative.
The heads of the two bodies wrote an opinion article for local financial newspaper, Dagens Industri, in which they stated that with the right incentives, shipping can transform to become fossil fuel free in 26 years' time.
A national target to cut emissions from domestic transport 70% by 2030, on the way to net zero in 2045, is "challenging but not impossible", wrote shipowners boss Rikard Engström and Svante Axelsson, the head of Fossil-free Sweden.

 

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