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Garneau launches roundtable discussions on port modernization

2018-05-09

 

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).

By Leo Ryan

 

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has chaired a first roundtable in Ottawa with Canadian port officials to discuss the port system and what Transport Canada can do to ensure this country is well positioned to innovate and compete for years to come.

"Ports are a critical part of Canada's transportation network and trade corridors," said Mr. Garneau on May 8 when meeting with top executives from the 18 Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) and Wendy Zatylny, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA). The 18 CPAs, including Vancouver, Montreal, Prince Rupert and Halifax handle more than 60% of Canada's commercial marine cargo.

"Collaboration with marine stakeholders and Canadians will help shape the future of Canada's port system, so that it continues to support sustainable and inclusive growth," Mr. Garneau said.

In the coming weeks, Transport Canada will host a series of roundtables and meetings with Indigenous peoples, provincial governments, municipalities, broader domestic and international marine stakeholders, and Canadians. The roundtables are the next step in a review of Canada Port Authorities that was announced in March.
Findings of the review are expected in 2019. The review will optimize the role of ports in the transportation system as strategic assets that support inclusive and sustainable growth and trade, Transport Canada stated.

Once viewed as an option, privatization of both seaports and airports is reportedly no longer being seriously considered at Transport Canada.
In a comment to Maritime Magazine in March, Ms. Zatylny declared: "In addition to greater funding and financial flexibility, CPAs are looking in a broader sense as they adapt to a changing global environment that includes such developments as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canada's free trade agreement with the European Union, blockchain data management and artificial intelligence."

 

 

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Minister Chaggar stresses Canada- U.S. Great Lakes ties

2018-05-08

 

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).

Canada trades with many nations around the world, but the United States of America is by far our most important trading partner. The links between Canada and the United States in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region are particularly important. In 2017, bilateral trade between Canada and the eight U.S. Great Lakes states exceeded $250 billion.

To promote this special relationship, Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, participated in the Great Lakes Economic Forum held in in Montreal last week.

In her remarks, Minister Chagger emphasized the importance of NAFTA and highlighted its benefits for small businesses on both sides of the border. "Our government strongly believes that cross-border trade and investments will mean economic growth and prosperity for both Canada and the United States."

 

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Trois-Rivières breakbulk terminal inaugurated

2018-05-01

 

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).

Mid-way between Montreal and Québec City on the St. Lawrence River, the Port of Trois-Rivières has inaugurated a breakbulk terminal operated by Logistec Corporation that entailed investments exceeding $27 million. Among government officials attending the ceremony on April 27 were federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, federal International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, and Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs. Ninety per cent of the port's 3 million metric tons of cargo is related to international trade.
"This terminal will allow us to improve the competitiveness of businesses in the region and shipping on the St. Lawrence," said Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA).

Rodney Corrigan, Executive VP of Operations of Logistec, said the large-scale infrastructure "will enable Logistec to provide superior services and thus better contribute to their competitiveness in foreign markets." Based in Montreal, Logistec operates 58 terminals in 35 ports throughout Canada and the United States.
Jean D'Amour recalled how the Québec Liberal government has made the marine sector a priority, implementing the Maritime Strategy "in close collaboration with the various industry stakeholders."

Mr. Garneau described Trois-Rivières as "one of Canada's strategic ports."

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Yang Ming & The Alliance launch new service with Prince Rupert

2018-04-25

 

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, DP World Prince Rupert and CN have announced a new weekly marine carrier service at the Fairview Container Terminal.

Yang Ming and its partners in THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, have added Prince Rupert as the first North American port of call on the amended PS8 trans-Pacific service this spring. Originating in the ports of Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai and Busan, the new service made its inaugural call at the Port of Prince Rupert on Saturday, April 21 with the arrival of the 6,500 TEU capacity vessel, the YM Masculinity.

"The addition of THE Alliance to Prince Rupert's containerized cargo services expands the reach of Asia-North American trade through our port to new markets and shippers," said Shaun Stevenson, Vice President of Trade Development and Public Affairs for the Port of Prince Rupert. "With expanded capacity to accommodate 1.35 million TEUs, we're confident this new partnership will strengthen the supply chain solutions offered through the west coast's leading-edge gateway."

In the decade since Fairview Container Terminal began operations, its exclusive ship-to-rail service has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America, while earning a reputation for industry-leading dwell times and productivity. In 2017 growth continued with a record 926,540 TEUs handled, representing a 26% increase over 2016 volumes.
THE Alliance's PS8 service is the fourth weekly service for Prince Rupert, unlocking the ability for all intermodal shippers on or near CN's continental rail network to route freight through the Port of Prince Rupert.

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Antwerp unveils plan to reduce barge congestion

2018-04-24

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).

Like the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Antwerp has unveiled structural measures to mitigate the problem of barge congestion as surging ocean container volume through Europe's second largest port has provoked regular delays for the 2.6 million TEU transported annually to and from inland terminals.

All stakeholders signed a roadmap to make container barge transport more efficient. Waiting times for barge operators have recently varied between 24 an 48 hours. With the agreement, the parties have not only confirmed their previous commitments but have also worked out structural and above all feasible solutions to permit sustainable growth of container barge transport and of the port of Antwerp itself.

"This is an excellent, future-oriented plan that will benefit the entire port and barge community," said port CEO Jacques Vandermeiren.

The agreement announced on April 19 concentrated on three areas: planning and collaboration, consolidation and digitisation. In a key feature, the three leading terminals (PSA,MPET and DP World) are carrying out a large-scale trial to deal with barge scheduling on a port-wide basis, thereby streamlining the entire process for all parties.

Following record container throughput in 2017, The Port of Antwerp recently reported its best ever quarter, with Q1 2018 container cargo rising by 10.7% to 2.7 million TEU. (Photo APA)

 
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