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Merger of CMC and CSA

2016-09-29

The Chamber of Marine Commerce and the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) announced on Sept. 29 a merger agreement that will create a strong, united voice for commercial shipping in Canada and the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Chamber of Marine Commerce will assume the assets, liabilities and staff of the CSA. Based in Ottawa, Canada, the merged entity will retain the name of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

"We're uniting two organizations that have successfully promoted the interests of commercial marine shipping for many decades. Both associations recognize that we have many shared goals and issues and that combining our resources will make us a much stronger advocate for the future growth of our industry," said Wayne Smith, Chairman of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

Allister Paterson, Chairman of the CSA, added: "One of our common objectives is to foster a harmonized and efficient regulatory climate throughout the bi-national Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region and along the eastern seaboard and northern coasts. Our combined teams will now be working in tandem to deliver that message to the public, media and all levels of government in Canada and the U.S."

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Inauguration d'un monument à la mémoire de J.E. Bernier à Lévis

2016-09-29

Par un très bel après-midi ensoleillé, le maire de Lévis, M. Gilles Lehouillier, le premier ministre du Québec, M. Philippe Couillard, et la ministre responsable du Travail, ministre responsable de la région Chaudière Appalaches et députée de Bellechasse, Mme Dominique Viens, ont procédé le 28 septembre au dévoilement de la statue du capitaine Joseph-Elzéar Bernier. Étaient aussi présents, plusieurs dignitaires, notamment Mme Jeanne Coudé de la Société d'histoire de Lévis, dont les efforts inlassables depuis treize ans ont été déterminants à la réalisation de ce projet, ainsi que M. Steven Blaney, député fédéral de Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Lévis, dont les interventions dans le dossier ont aussi été appréciées ainsi que M. Raymond Bernier, député du Québec pour Montmorency et descendant de J.E. Bernier.

À l'âge de dix-sept ans, Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, originaire de L'Islet, devient le plus jeune capitaine de l'Empire britannique. Devenu lévisien en 1887, soit à l'âge de 35 ans, ce personnage plus grand que nature aura commandé une centaine de navires et effectué plus de 250 traversées de l'Atlantique dont onze ont été réalisées dans des temps records.

Explorateur dans l'âme, Bernier a été mandaté par le gouvernement canadien pour effectuer une série de voyages dans les eaux polaires entre 1904 et 1911, à bord du CGS Arctic pour le compte du ministère de la Marine et des Pêcheries.

En plus d'avoir perçu des droits de douane et délivré des permis de chasse à la baleine, il a apposé le 1er juillet 1909, dans un geste hautement symbolique, une plaque sur l'île de Melville, indiquant alors qu'il prenait possession de l'ensemble de l'archipel arctique au nom du Canada. Ce geste prend toute son importance aujourd'hui alors que le Canada doit lutter pour faire reconnaître sa souveraineté dans l'Arctique canadien, contestée par plusieurs autres pays nordiques.

Aussi, au fil de ses campagnes nordiques pendant lesquelles il passait les hivers immobilisé dans les glaces, le grand capitaine tissera de solides liens avec la population inuite.

Demeuré actif passé l'âge de 70 ans, il meurt à sa résidence de Lévis en 1934, à l'âge de 82 ans, sans avoir pu réaliser, faute de soutien, son plus grand rêve de tous, celui d'atteindre le pôle Nord.

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Severe illness compels Bruce Wood to leave Port of Hamilton helm

2016-09-22

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)

Hamilton Port Authority's Board of Directors announced it has started a process to replace Bruce Wood, President and CEO for eight years, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

On September 21, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt rose in the House of Commons in Ottawa to speak in recognition of World Alzheimers Day, and revealed that Mr. Wood, her husband,  had been diagnosed with an early onset form of the disease.

Edward Minich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hamilton Port Authority, released this statement on September 22:

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, executive team and staff of HPA, we are deeply saddened by this news, and all of us extend our sincere best wishes to Bruce and his family at this difficult time. The Port's executive team, along with myself as interim CEO, have been providing continuity and service to our stakeholders while Bruce sought his diagnosis. The Port's Board of Directors will immediately begin a process to identify his replacement. We are grateful to Bruce for his eight years of service, overseeing a period of strong growth and diversification at the Port of Hamilton. Bruce has been a well-liked and respected leader to the Port's staff and he will be missed. Information regarding a fundraiser to support Alzheimer's research in tribute will be forthcoming." (photo HPA)

 
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Great Lakes-Seaway shipping rebounding

2016-09-16

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping rebounded in August due to a surge in U.S. grain exports, iron ore shipment improvements and a steady flow of raw materials for manufacturing and construction.

"We've seen a real rally in August. St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments were up 8 percent compared to the same month last year," said Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. "U.S. grain exports now match last season's strong performance. Iron ore shipments have improved as Canadian and U.S. mines have boosted production and we continue to see steady demand for aluminum, cement and asphalt."

The August acceleration lifted year-to-date Seaway cargo shipments (from March 21 to August 31) to 17.3 million metric tons. While this number is down 7.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015, the busier August narrowed the gap.

U.S. grain shipments via the Seaway (from March 21 to August 31) totaled 1.1 million metric tons with wheat, corn and soybeans being loaded in ports such as Duluth-Superior and Toledo, Ohio.

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Louis Martel to head CSL Group on retirement of Rod Jones

2016-09-14

The CSL Group announced that Rod Jones has decided to retire effective March 31st, 2017, after a nine-year tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, and a career with CSL that has spanned over thirty years. He will be succeeded on April 1, 2017 by Louis Martel, presently President of CSL International and Executive Vice-President of CSL Group.

The Montreal-based shipping group is the world's largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships, with divisions throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia delivering more than 78 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.

During his three decades at CSL, Mr. Jones worked with CSLers around the world to transform what was a Great Lakes-focused shipping business into the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Under his leadership, CSL expanded beyond Canada and the Americas to Australia, Asia and Europe.

"The CSL Board of Directors and the Martin family are very grateful for the enormous contribution Rod Jones has made to the company's growth and success," said Paul Martin, Chair of the CSL Board. "Rod has stood out as an inclusive, visionary and modern leader who leaves behind a sound company and lasting legacy built on authentic values and a commitment to people, safety and the environment."

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