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Hands-Free Mooring Technology Fully Operational at all St. Lawrence Seaway Locks

2019-06-07

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 U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced that Hands-Free Mooring (HFM) technology is fully deployed throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  The new technology revolutionizes the method for locking vessels through the Seaway and is the most important technological advance since the Seaway's opening in 1959.
"This new technology is a significant modernization of the St. Lawrence Seaway's infrastructure, and will enhance workplace safety, lower operating costs for carriers, and decrease vessel transit times through the locks," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The SLSDC invested $23 million to install HFM technology in the U.S. Snell Lock and the U.S. Eisenhower Lock.  The Seaway's HFM project is the first use of this technology for an inland waterway, and the SLSDC has prepared its workforce with the skills necessary to implement the new system. (HFM was completed on all Canadian locks in the Seaway in 2018.)
"The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation has a long history of implementing technological innovations to improve the safety and efficiency of its operations," said SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. "Hands-Free Mooring will dramatically improve the vessel transit experience through the Seaway by enhancing safety and achieving greater efficiencies in freight movement."

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Logistec and Waterson join forces to support ProvPort

Logistec et Waterson unissent leurs forces pour soutenir ProvPort

 

2019-06-06

 

Montreal-based Logistec Corporation announced it has entered into a cargo-handling operational agreement with Waterson Terminal Services at the Port of Providence ProvPort, New England's premiere deepwater facility located on Rhode Island, to provide marine services. The agreement brings together two marine industry leaders specializing in handling varied cargo, including bulk commodities, steel, lumber, general cargo and wind energy components.

"We are very pleased to be collaborating with Waterson Terminal Services at ProvPort," explained Rodney Corrigan, President of Logistec Stevedoring Inc. "Our vision and values are well aligned. Like Waterson Terminal Services, Logistec is known for working closely with its customers and supply chain partners to find the best solutions."

Logistec and Waterson Terminal Services are also both certified members of the Green Marine Environmental Program, an important voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements in the maritime industry.

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Garneau announces merger of ports of Hamilton and Oshawa


2019-06-05

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the Government of Canada's decision to amalgamate  the Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities to form the new Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. The new entity on Lake Ontario will represent Canada's largest Great Lakes port.

On June 8, 2019, a certificate of amalgamation will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, formally announcing the amalgamated entity. The amalgamation of the two port authorities, in effect on June 18, 2019, will maintain regular port operations in Hamilton and in Oshawa.

The newly amalgamated port will be better able to attract investment, develop the supply chain, and enhance the region's global connectivity and competitiveness, stated a press release. "Amalgamation will strengthen economic opportunity in the region and will enable a coordinated approach to port development and contribute to broadening multimodal transportation options in the Greater Toronto Area."

This action follows the publication of the Certificate of intent to amalgamate both port authorities on February 9, 2019, after which the Government undertook a 45-day public consultation period, inviting interested parties to provide their comments.

"The Government of Canada remains committed to improving the country's competitiveness in international trade and promoting employment opportunities for the middle class. The new Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority will optimize the economic growth of the southern Ontario region," said Minister Garneau.

The Oshawa Port Authority was established in 2012, and the Hamilton Port Authority in 2001.The Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities carry similar commodities including steel, project cargo and bulk cargo such as fertilizers, asphalt and grain. Cargo handled at both ports produces over $6 billion in economic activity and 4500 direct and indirect jobs.  

The amalgamation is directly aligned with Transportation 2030, a vision for Canada's transportation system fostered by the Liberal government.



Port Oshawa Photo:QSL

 
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Great Lakes/Seaway carriers call for at least five new icebreakers

L'Industrie maritime des Grands Lacs/Saint-Laurent demande au moins cinq nouveaux brise-glace

 

2019-06-04

 

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry is calling for at least five new icebreakers to be part of the federal government's recent allocation of $15.7 billion for Canadian Coast Guard fleet renewal, according to Bruce Burrows, President of the Ottawa-based Chamber of Maritime Commerce (CMC).

Mr. Burrows was in attendance when the Coast Guard dedicated the Captain Molly Kool into service at its homeport of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on May 30. The Captain Molly Kool was recently retrofitted to provide services along the East Coast.  This asset along with two other acquired icebreakers currently being retrofitted (at Davie Shipyard) will not be adding any extra capacity but take the place of other vessels that will be out of service for major repairs.

"We congratulate the Coast Guard on delivering an interim measure with the Captain Molly Kool and its two sister ships to prevent the breakdown of service.  It's important that these ships be part of the resource pool for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping - which was plagued with ice problems in the Great Lakes this past spring and during the winter on the St. Lawrence River," said Mr. Burrows.  "However, we also need an urgent commitment that new ice-breaking vessels will be built within the next 5 to 10 years for our region as part of the recently announced program for Coast Guard fleet renewal."

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Rand vessels receive AMVER awards

2019-06-03

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).

Jersey City, NJ -  Rand Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of bulk freight shipping and ship repair services throughout the Great Lakes region, announced that three of the Company's U.S. flagged vessels have been recognized by the United States Coast Guard for their commitment to safety and dedication to the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) System program for the 2018 Sailing Season.

The AMVER System, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Rand's M/V Calumet and M/V Manitowoc received the AMVER Certificate of Merit for the vessels' second year of participation with AMVER and Articulated Tug Barge Defiance/Ashtabula was honored for their fourth year. The three vessels will continue to fly the AMVER Pennant for their participation with AMVER.

"Rand Logistics is honored to have been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of the prestigious AMVER Award Program," stated Michael C. Farrell II, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) at Rand. The safety of our employees, customers, vendors and members of the communities in which we operate is our top priority and is one of our Rand Corporate Values."

Rand Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications Annemarie Dobler accepted the awards on behalf of the Captains and crewmembers of the M/V Calumet, M/V Manitowoc, and Articulated Tug Barge Defiance/Ashtabula at the AMVER Awards event on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2019 National Maritime Day celebration.

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