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Iron ore exports fuel upswing on St. Lawrence Seaway

2016-11-14

A surge of North American iron ore exports to Japan and China is keeping the St. Lawrence Seaway bustling in the critical months before the shipping season winds down. Ships will deliver over a million metric tons of iron ore pellets for export via the inland waterway by late December.

The ore exports in combination with a steady flow of Canadian Prairie grain helped lift year-to-date Seaway cargo shipments (from March 21 to the end of October) to 25.8 million metric tons. That is 5% down from the same period last year, but marks an improvement from earlier in the season.
"After a slow start to the season, our entire fleet is now booked out until the end of the year," said Wayne Smith, Senior Vice-president of Commercial, Algoma Central Corporation. "We were able to move quickly to put more vessels into service to respond to the unexpected demand of iron ore exports. The shipping industry is also well-positioned to deal with the large volumes of Prairie grain expected to come through the waterway over the coming months."

North American mining companies are seizing on opportunities to export iron ore pellets to serve steel production demand in Japan and China," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "The Seaway is an important international trade conduit that provides efficient, cost effective transportation for industries like the mining sector."

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Tropical Shipping moving port operations from Saint John to Halifax

2016-11-10

Tropical Shipping has announced a change in its port operations in Canada. Effective January 9th, 2017, Tropical Shipping will move its port operations from Saint John, New Brunswick to Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"This move will improve our long term commitment to our customers with improved intermodal connections and terminal capacity designed to meet market demands." The niche carrier said in a message on Nov. 8 to customers.
Tropical Shipping's Canadian service will continue to provide a weekly sailing every Monday from the Halterm Container Terminal, Halifax. The last sailing from the Port of Saint John will be December 27.
"We want to thank the Port of Saint John and Logistec for their valued partnership and excellent service over the past 15 years," Tropical Shipping said. "The Port of Saint John has been a supporter of Tropical Shipping and we appreciate the relationship.
"Tropical Shipping has had a presence in Canada for over 30 years.  It is our belief that this strategic move will better align Tropical Shipping now and in the future with the ability to service the Canadian market with the best shipping service to Florida, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Tropical Shipping will maintain its local office in Saint John, New Brunswick.
"Tropical Shipping values the close relationships we have built with our customers throughout our more than 50-year history. Thank you for choosing us as your carrier of choice," the company said. (Photo HPA)

"This move will improve our long term commitment to our customers with improved intermodal connections and terminal capacity designed to meet market demands." The niche carrier said in a message on Nov. 8 to customers.

Tropical Shipping's Canadian service will continue to provide a weekly sailing every Monday from the Halterm Container Terminal, Halifax. The last sailing from the Port of Saint John will be December 27.

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Les Bateaux-phares du Saint-Laurent
En aval de Québec 1830-1963

2016-11-04

C'est à une rencontre fortuite aux Archives nationales du Québec qu'on doit cette impressionnante brique de 400 pages sur les bateaux phares du Saint-Laurent (et plus encore). Jean Cloutier et Jean-Pierre Charest, deux passionnés de l'histoire maritime du Québec et fouineurs invétérés, ont été surpris l'un comme l'autre de voir quelqu'un d'autre mettre le nez dans le coin des archives maritimes, habituellement désert. Il n'en fallait pas plus pour que les deux chercheurs s'apprivoisent et  fomentent l'ambitieux projet de mettre à jour l'histoire très méconnue des bateaux-phares du Saint-Laurent.

Véritable devoir de mémoire envers les marins qui veillaient sur ces navires « qui n'allaient nulle part » , l'oeuvre nous plonge dans cet univers de l'immobile qui était tout sauf statique. Grâce à de savoureux entretiens avec les derniers survivants de cette époque révolue, le lecteur peut en comprendre l'aspect humain.  Appuyé par des heures de recherches incontestables, la très généreuse iconographie, incluant une remarquable liste de documents officiels, ont permis aux auteurs de livrer un portrait détaillé des postes de mouillage et des navires assignés qui parsemèrent le Majestueux depuis la Traverse-d'en-Haut jusqu'à la pointe est de l'île d'Anticosti.

Beaucoup plus que la simple histoire des bateaux-phares, déjà pas banale, les auteurs nous offrent un portrait admirablement documenté et bien vivant d'un aspect qu'on soupçonnait peu de la navigation sur le Saint-Laurent de 1830 à 1963. Pour ça, on leur doit une fière chandelle, pour ne pas dire une lanterne bien brillante.

http://www.septentrion.qc.ca/catalogue/les-bateaux-phares-du-saint-laurent

 
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ACPA welcomes infrastructure content of federal economic statement

2016-11-03

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities has welcomed the enhanced support for infrastructure, trade corridors and green technology outlined in the fall economic statement of Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Nov. 1.

Transportation infrastructure such as ports are key enablers for sustainable economic development and the government's pledge to invest an additional $81 billion - including $10.1 billion in trade-enabling infrastructure - is a major opportunity to build for the future, said ACPA. The association represents 18 ports accounting for the great bulk of Canadian maritime trade.

"We especially recognize that the government is committed to the idea that a clean marine environment and a strong economy go hand in hand.  ACPA members have long been actively engaged in environmental protection and sustainable transportation initiatives, and welcome the opportunity to build upon this base," said ACPA President Wendy Zatylny.

"For ports to fully leverage this funding and the announced Canada Infrastructure Bank, it is vital that a national transportation strategy be developed that recognizes the value of small and large projects, inland and tri-coastal transportation and trade corridors that span the country," Ms. Zatylny said.

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Baffinland second shipping season totals over 2.7 million tonnes of iron ore

2016-11-02

Some 2.72 million tonnes of iron ore from Baffinland Iron Mines were transported to northern Europe during the second shipping season from Milne Inlet on the north coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. This compares with 917,000 tonnes in 2015. A total of 38 voyages were conducted, versus 13 in 2015, between July 25 and October 13.

"Fednav managed all port operations and shipping operations (on site and home office personnel)," Michael Cooper, Manager, Capital Projects, Shipowning, Arctic and Projects, told Maritime Magazine. "All vessels were manned with qualified ice advisors contracted by Fednav."

Scandinavian operators Nordic Bulk Carriers and Golden Ocean carried out 36 Panamax voyages while ESL Shipping of Helsinki carried out two Supramax voyages with loads of iron ore from the rich Mary River deposits. Main destinations included Rotterdam, Dunkirk and Hamburg.

Steel giant ArcelorMittal has a 50% stake in the vast Arctic mining enterprise.

Throughout the shipping season, two Svitzer tugs on site assisted in operations.

 
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