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Canada's shipping industry urges government to introduce pilotage reform

2018-10-18

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 shipping executives on Oct. 17 urged the swift introduction of new legislation to modernize mandatory pilotage services when they met with Canadian federal government officials during Marine Day events on Parliament Hill, organized by the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC).

This year's Marine Day on the Hill emphasized the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Waterway - Our national trade and transportation corridor.  The day of meetings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa culminated with a reception for stakeholders, MPs and Senators, featuring Transport Minister Marc Garneau as a speaker as well as a multi-party panel discussion with Liberal MP Vance Badawey, NDP MP Brian Masse and Conservative MP Kelly Block.

Pilotage reform and infrastructure funding were key topics of discussion during the day. The federal government recently carried out a thorough Pilotage Act review and consultation process.

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Grain and salt shipments fuel Seaway cargo increase

2018-10-18

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).

Total cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway (March 29 to September 30) reached 25.7 million metric tons, up 4.1 percent over the same time period in 2017.

In the thick of the fall harvest, U.S. grain exports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway continue at a robust pace and are expected to remain steady for the remainder of the shipping season. U.S. grain shipments for the season totaled 1.6 million metric tons, up 45.6 percent. Salt shipments also showed significant improvement after a labor strike at the Compass Minerals Goderich, Ontario mine ended in July.  Salt shipments (from March 29 to September 30) reached 1.9 million metric tons, down 12 percent.

"While salt tonnage remains down compared to 2017 volumes, we saw a positive change with a healthy increase in salt shipments in the last couple of months," says Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. "As we get closer to winter, with some parts of the Midwest already experiencing snowfall, ports throughout the Great Lakes are replenishing their salt supplies to prepare for the weather. September was also a positive month for cement, stone and gypsum."

At the Port of Green Bay, total tonnage for the season is up seven percent from this time last year. In September, the top shipments were cement, coal and limestone, however gypsum made its first entrance into the Port since 2014. The vessel, Pere Marquette, brought approximately 4,700 tons of gypsum from Michigan to Green Bay, for use by GLC Minerals.

Grain shipments through the Port of Toledo, which include corn, wheat, oats, canola and soybeans, surpassed the 1-million-ton mark in September; up 90 percent from January to September compared to the same time in 2017. Tonnage through the Port remained steady through September, two percent greater than the same period in 2017.



 
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Sanexen opens new environmental services office in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Sanexen ouvre un bureau de services environnementaux à Kitimat, en Colombie Britannique

 

2018-10-16

 

Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. ("Sanexen"), member of the Logistec family, announced on October 15 in Montreal the opening of a new office in Kitimat, British Columbia, where a very strong regional economy and the growing number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and megaprojects on the horizon, makes it the perfect place for Sanexen, the industry, communities and Indigenous groups to come together as leaders in environmental management.

Over the past 30 years, the experts at Sanexen have completed projects totalling more than one billion dollars in the environmental and water main rehabilitation fields, and this, in urban centres and remote northern communities across Canada. Sanexen's team of more than 450 environmental experts, researchers and developers has implemented innovative technologies adapted to the needs of private companies and public organizations faced with various environmental issues.

Madeleine Paquin, C. M., President and CEO of Logistec Corporation explained, "Over the past several years, we have developed strong partnerships and collaboration with the local communities, and feel that the time is right to demonstrate our commitment to the region by putting down roots and establishing a greater presence."

"Our goal is clear," reinforced Eric Sauvageau, Executive Vice-President of Sanexen. "We aim to stimulate capacity building and encourage the emergence of a strong regional expertise. This is what Sanexen is recognized for. Over the years, we have developed productive partnerships with Indigenous and Inuit communities and learned from each other. We believe that this is the key to success."

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