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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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Great Lakes pilotage costs criticized at ACPA conference (updated)

2016-09-11

Sparks flew over high pilotage costs on the Great Lakes during the Sept. 7-9 annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) held at Thunder Bay, on the tip of Lake Superior. These costs run in the tens of thousands of dollars for carriers entering the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Angus Armstrong, Harbormaster and Director of Security at the Port of Toronto, bluntly stated that in light of the significant advances in recent years of navigational equipment "pilotage today is a 19th century technology" that is undermining the competitiveness of the waterway in the industrial heartland of North America.

In an interview, he expressed concern that a refusal to eliminate or reduce compulsory pilotage could compromise the future of international shipping on the Great Lakes."Where are the cost savings, when regulations don't reflect technology. They are killing the golden goose."

Reached by Maritime Magazine,  Capt. Mike Burgess, Vice-President, Great Lakes Region of the Canadian Marine Pilots Association, underlined the importance of maintaining the traditional role of pilots in protecting marine safety and security and took issue with the view expressed by Mr. Armstrong. He added: "Pilotage is reviewed and examined on a continuous basis by Transport Canada and the industry. The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority is currently reviewing regulations and taking input from stakeholders."

Following a marked decline last year, with Seaway cargo volume down nearly 9.1% to 36.2 million tonnes, the downtrend is continuing this year, with volume down 11% at the end of July. Canadian domestic carriers are notably not deploying their fleets at full capacity. A major factor has been the continuing weakness in global commodity markets.

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Port of Indiana greets new Fednav ship with innovative ballast system

2016-08-24

Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, welcomed to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on August 23 the Federal Caribou , one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system that is a first for the Great Lakes. This vessel protects the Lakes by treating its ballast water two times: by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic, and through filtration and a chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship.

The Federal Caribou is part of a series of 16 Handysize vessels, representing an investment by Fednav of more than $400 million and designed specifically for the Great Lakes. Of particular interest: the Federal Caribou and its sister-ships have box-shaped holds in order to facilitate the handling of general cargo.

In April 2015, Fednav announced the signing of an agreement with JFE Engineering Corporation for the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BallastAce) on board its new ocean-going lakers. The Federal Caribou is one of those ships, and its voyage to Burns Harbor highlights the fact that Fednav is the first shipping company in the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard system. JFE is now pursuing US Coast Guard certification, with expected approval in 2017.

Other outstanding environmental characteristics of these vessels include: 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago ; a decrease of over 15% nitrogen oxide emissions ; and a CLEAN notation from the DNV/GL classification society.

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Fednav announces corporate leadership change

Changement à la direction de Fednav

2016-08-22

Fednav Limited of Montreal has announced that effective September 10, Paul Pathy will assume responsibility as the sole Chief Executive Officer of Fednav Limited and of Fednav International Ltd (FIL).

Since 2010, Paul and Mark Pathy have successfully led Fednav Limited as co-CEOs, and Mark as President and CEO of Fednav International Ltd. (FIL) since 2008. However, as shareholders, Paul and Mark have concluded that it would be best for Fednav to operate under one leader.

"In his role as co-CEO of Fednav Limited and President and CEO of FIL, Mark has played a significant, indeed essential, leadership role in ensuring the success of the company during a period marked by considerable changes in the market and in our commercial staff. While he is resigning from his positions, he will continue to be involved in the company's activities as a major shareholder and member of the Board," stated Laurence Pathy, Chairman of the Board.

Paul Pathy joined Fednav in 2003 as Vice-President and General Manager of Federal Marine Terminals, moving to Senior Vice-President of the Business Development Group in 2007. Since 2010 he has been responsible for various company departments including the Shipowning, Arctic Operations, and Projects group, as well as Finance, Investment, and Risk Management. (Photo: Fednav).

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