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Sylvie Vachon honoured with a Femme d'affaires du Québec award

Sylvie Vachon Lauréate d'un prix Femmes d'affaires du Québec


2018-11-09

On November 7, the 18th annual awards gala for Quebec businesswomen, the prestigious gala des prix Femmes d'affaires, was held at Montreal's Palais des congrès. In the presence of more than 1000 businessmen and women, ten winners were revealed, including Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) in the Executive, Officer or Professional, Public or Para-Public Organization category.

Ms. Vachon stated at the award ceremony: "Receiving an award like this shows me that the economic impact of our port activities is recognized in Quebec. I thank the entire MPA team, our partners and our clients, because it takes a huge collaborative effort to make the Port of Montreal so successful."

Awarded by the Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ), which for 37 years has contributed to women's leadership, economic development and the professional growth of its members, this award honours women working in solidarity who have taken their place in the business world while making an outstanding contribution to collective prosperity.


Le 7 novembre dernier a eu lieu le 18e gala des prix Femmes d'affaires du Québec au Palais des congrès de Montréal. En présence de plus de 1000 femmes et hommes d'affaires, dix lauréates ont été dévoilées, dont Sylvie Vachon, présidente-directrice générale de l'Administration portuaire de Montréal (APM) dans la catégorie Cadre, dirigeante ou professionnelle, organisme public ou parapublic.

Mme Vachon a déclaré lors de la remise du prix : « Recevoir un prix comme celui-ci me démontre que l'impact économique de nos activités portuaires est reconnu au Québec. Je remercie toute l'équipe de l'APM, nos partenaires et nos clients, car c'est un grand travail de collaboration qui fait le succès du Port de Montréal ! »

Décerné par le Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ), qui contribue depuis 37 ans au leadership féminin, au développement économique et à l'épanouissement professionnel de ses membres, ce prix honore des femmes actives et solidaires qui ont pris leur place dans le monde des affaires tout en contribuant remarquablement à la prospérité collective.

 
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ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

2018-11-06

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).

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the 'Manila amendments' but the previous major overhaul of the STCW regime was last undertaken by IMO Member States over 25 years ago.

Mr Poulson said "It's now commonplace for employers to routinely provide additional training and assessments prior to the deployment of many officers holding STCW certification which raises questions as to whether the Convention as currently drafted is still fit for purpose in the 21st Century."

"A fully revised STCW regime would allow the industry to adapt much more effectively to technological developments including increased automation. It should provide a structure of sufficient flexibility to hit the moving target of a changing world fleet, and may need to develop a more modular approach to competency accumulation and certification.  The arrival of new technology is already changing the functions that seafarers perform on board and the skills and training they require."

Mr Poulsson added "A revised STCW should seek to improve transparency and the robustness of implementation oversight.

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Proposed Saguenay terminal project advances another step following Ottawa approval

2018-11-06

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).

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Construction has not yet been given a formal go-ahead for a proposed $260 million multi-user terminal on the Saguenay River that would handle large volumes of phosphate concentrate from deposits  situated 200 kms north away following a recent environmental approval, with certain conditions, accorded by the federal government. More hurdles need to be overcome for the big undertaking to proceed. While local environmental interests have raised concerns over the impact of increased maritime shipping on the region's beluga population, the leading proponents - Port of Saguenay and Arianne Phosphate Inc. - have welcomed the decision announced by Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change as a positive step forward.

Carl Laberge, General Manager and CEO of the Saguenay Port Authority, expressed "full awareness that there are other steps to be taken before the first shovel of earth." But he said the "happy news" allowed the growth-generating project to move closer to realization.

Brian Ostroff, CEO of Ariane Phosphate, said the minister's decision "greatly increases the chances of our project coming to fruition."

Ariane Phosphate is developing the Lac à Paul high quality phosphate deposits, with little or no contaminants, that would produce an estimated 3 million tons a year for shipment to global markets.

In making her decision announced on Oct. 22, the Minister reviewed the Environmental Assessment Report and the comments received from indigenous peoples and the public. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency concluded that the risk of adverse cumulative effects on the beluga whales in the St. Lawrence estuary caused by increased marine traffic would be low, and that the mitigation measures would help reduce the risks.

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An unsuspected economic engine: Marine Protected Areas

2018-11-05
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).

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are set to cover more of the maritime space. Both the UN and the EU require that countries set aside sufficient areas of their seas for biodiversity conservation.

But is this yet another cost for people making a living from the sea? Quite the contrary. A brand-new Commission study finds that marine protected areas can generate unforeseen, but tangible economic benefits.

Even though scientific evidence is scarce, anecdotal evidence is abundant, including statements by blue businesses themselves. It all points to a profusion of new jobs and new business opportunities around MPAs.

Fisheries and tourism are indeed rich with such positive examples - and with success stories, in fact, which hinge on the very existence of the local protected area to begin with. But the study also found examples of business benefits for sectors like aquaculture, blue biotechnology and even passenger shipping. Not to mention, of course, the jobs generated by the MPA itself: for its daily management, for scientific monitoring and for consulting with engineering companies to restore coastal and marine habitats.

Through ten case studies, the new study reveals a wide spectrum of benefits for the local economic operators and communities, sometimes backed up by precise econometric data. What's more, it uncovers practical real-life 'tips and tricks' on how to enforce, how to fund and how to govern an MPA and really make it work for itself and for the community.

Funded by the European Commission, the new study on "Economic Benefits of Marine Protected Areas and Spatial Protection Measures", provides valuable lessons and ideas for anyone involved in MPAs and will undoubtedly raise awareness and acceptance of marine protected areas.

 
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Davie to share in Canadian naval $7 billion contract

2018-11-02

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 federal government has announced it plans to award contracts worth $7 billion to three shipyards for maintenance and repair work on 12 Royal Canadian Navy frigates. The award notices for work slated to begin in 2021 were extended to Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards and Davie Shipbuilding in Lévis, Québec.

The contracts are aimed at maintaining Canada's existing 12 Halifax-class frigates until the end of their operational life, estimated at another 20 years.

Irving and Davie are expected to handle the work on the seven vessels of the Atlantic fleet, while Seaspan is to work on the five ships assigned to the Pacific fleet.

"We recognize that Davie did a great job with the Asterix," Prime Minister Trudeau said in reference to the navy supply ship that Davie converted last year,

The Ottawa authorities had faced strong pressure from the Québec government to send more business to struggling Davie.

Davie had a workforce of 1,500 during the conversion of the Asterix, and sought in vain a contract to produce a second resupply vessel.

The contract share was welcomed at Davie where hundreds of workers had been laid off in the past year. But shipyard spokesman Frederik Boisvert noted that since the frigate work does not kick off until 2021, Davie still faces serious challenges. "It is going to be hard to maintain (workforce levels) because of the weak volume of contracts we have." Photo: Davie

 
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