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Port of Prince Rupert restores container terminal top fluidity

2018-04-11

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).

The Port of Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal has restored fluidity to its target 2.5-day dwell times in the wake of several months of congestion linked to weather-related rail service issues and double-digit growth in volume. Early in the winter, dwell times had reached as many as six days.

"We recognize the importance of speed and reliability in the supply chain and that shippers have come to expect industry leading performance in Prince Rupert," said Shaun Stevenson, Vice President, Trade Development and Public Affairs for the Port of Prince Rupert. "With service levels restored and capacity available to accommodate growth, we are on track for another record year."

Last year, the port's container throughput soared by 26% to 926,540 TEU.

Following a significant expansion project completed in 2017, the Fairview Container Terminal is now Canada's second largest gateway for intermodal trade. Additional terminal capacity has been fully realized with the deployment of rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes in the terminal rail yard, increasing outbound rail capacity from 30,000 to 40,000 feet per day.

"Restoration of normalized dwell times demonstrates the resiliency of both DP World Prince Rupert and CN," said Mr. Stevenson. "With the support of our ocean carriers, CN's extensive rail network, and the strength and flexibility of DP World's global network of marine terminals, Prince Rupert was able to meet challenging market conditions with practical solutions."

With ample capacity for growth and increasing trans-Pacific trade demand, the Fairview Container Terminal is now well-prepared to accommodate growth in import and export volumes through the duration of 2018. In addition to nearly 200 longshore positions added in Prince Rupert in 2017, ILWU 505 is in the process of recruiting an additional 200 longshoremen this month to ensure the local workforce is sufficient.

CN has increased intermodal rail equipment supply and acquired additional locomotives for the Prince Rupert rail corridor, as part of a $3.2 billion capital investment plan for 2018 to improve network efficiency. "Our collaborative approach to strategic planning and responding to customer demand continues to be one of the greatest strengths of the Prince Rupert model," said Mr. Stevenson. "The recent challenges we experienced are regrettable. However, the situation demonstrated our collective commitment to our customers and to the sustained fluidity of our operations." (Photo PRPA)

 
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Longer gate hours mulled for Port of Montreal

2018-04-05

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).

In response to persistent congestion issues since early this year, a study into the cost of extending gate hours at the Port of Montreal will be presented to stakeholders on April 23. A pilot program will be implemented by early summer or perhaps earlier, according to a statement signed by CargoM, MSC, Montreal Gateway Terminals, Termont Montreal and the Quebec Trucking Association.The statement cited a number of "challenges that are impeding the flow of our logistics chain." The "most visible" challenges include "constant growth" in container freight volumes, traffic problems caused by infrastructure and repair work, and longer commuter rush hours reducing periods when port area truck traffic can flow freely.

In the past few months, trucks have experienced waits of up to several hours, and several trucking companies raised their rates $75 an hour for waiting times. Congestion has been substantially lower for railway movements, which account for approximately 45% of surface shipments.

Last year, Montreal's container cargo rose by 6.2% to 1.54 million TEUs. A strong surge continued in the first months of 2018. (photo MPA)



 
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St. Lawrence Seaway opens 60th navigation season

2018-03-14

 

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).

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation marked the opening of the Seaway's 60th navigation season today (March 29), with the transit of the newly built Algoma Niagara through Lock 3 on the Welland Canal. Marine industry stakeholders were cautiously optimistic following the waterway's 9% volume growth in 2017 to more than 38 million metric tons (driven by solid iron ore movements) and improved economic trends globally as well as in Canada and the United States.

However, there was widespread concern that an escalating trade war initiated by U.S. President Trump could affect the flow of commodities and goods on the world's shipping routes. The steel and ore trades are vital for the Seaway. At least until May 1, President Trump has exempted Canada from heavy U.S. steel and aluminum import tariffs.

State-of-the-art ships such as the Algoma Niagara serve as a key part of the supply chain serving to bolster the competitiveness of North American industry. The Algoma Niagara is part of a multi-billion dollar fleet renewal program undertaken by shipowners who frequent the St. Lawrence Seaway, underlining the industry's strong degree of confidence in the future of the waterway. As the most energy efficient means of moving cargo with the lowest carbon footprint, these newly built ships play an important role in supporting both economic growth and enhanced trade in a highly sustainable manner.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), noted in his opening address that 2018 marked both the 60th navigation season for the waterway and the 20th anniversary of the SLSMC. Created in 1998 as a not-for-profit corporation, the SLSMC succeeded the former St. Lawrence Seaway Authority.

"We are very pleased to celebrate 20 years of progress" said Terence Bowles. "Since 1998, the SLSMC has worked collectively with its partners to reinforce the Seaway's competitiveness as a vital transportation artery. From being the first inland waterway in North America to implement AIS in 2003 which enables the precise monitoring of ship locations by satellite, to the recent completion of our Hands-Free Mooring system which was recognized by the OECD as a great example of innovation, the SLSMC has been at the forefront of progress within the marine industry. Our modernization program, including Hands-Free Mooring, brings about the greatest advancements in Seaway operations since its inception 60 years ago."

 

 

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First ship calls at new Sept -Iles multi-user dock

2018-03-26

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).

A new era has been launched at the Port of Sept-Iles on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River with the arrival of the first large bulk carrier at the newly-built multi-user dock.  The M/V Magnus Oldendorff arrived on March 25 to load 190,000 metric tons of iron ore from the Bloom Lake mine of Québec Iron Ore Inc. for delivery to China's Port of Qingdao.

While the facility is now operational, official inauguration is slated for May. It is the only facility in North America able to accommodate Chinamax bulk carriers with capacities up to 400,000 tons. Port officials forecast a cargo throughput of more than 30 million tons in 2018 thanks to strong resurgence of global iron ore markets.

Pierre C. Gagnon, President and CEO of the Sept-Iles Port Authority, underlined the benefits for customers of the launching on March 26 of the new conveyor of the Société ferroviaire et portuaire du Pointe-Noire (SFPPN).

Carl Allard, the port's asset manager, indicated that the vessels calling in April and May will represent a "breaking-in" period for the  dock's equipment and cargo-handling systems. (Photo Port de Sept-Iles)


 
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Bientôt un brise-glace de croisière hybride

2018-03-15

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).

L'armateur de croisière Ponant a annoncé la construction d'un premier brise-glace de croisière hybride électrique, propulsé au gaz naturel liquéfié. Leader mondial de l'expédition de luxe en zones polaires et unique armateur français de navire de croisières, Ponant a confié la tâche de construire cette première unité à la filiale norvégienne du chantier italien Fincantieri. La livraison est prévue pour 2021. Avec ses 135 cabines et ses prestations luxueuses, ce navire innovant, certifié Clean Ship entrainera ses passagers vers des destinations polaires jusque-là inaccessibles: le pôle Nord géographique (90° Latitude Nord), la mer de Weddell, la mer de Ross ou encore l'île de Pierre 1er. Peut-être aurons-nous le plaisir de le voir sur le Saint-Laurent et le Saguenay en hiver? L'armateur est un habitué du système Saint-Laurent-Grands-Lacs.

 
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