Algoma President Ken Bloch Soerensen resigns



ST. CATHARINES, Ontario- Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services, today announced that Ken Bloch Soerensen has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer to spend more time with his family in Europe. Gregg A. Ruhl, the current Chief Operating Officer, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and will assume that role immediately.

Mr. Soerensen joined Algoma in April 2015 and was charged with redefining the strategic focus of the Company to include growth markets beyond North America. He led the development of the global short sea business and spearheaded the creation of the NovaAlgoma partnership. During his tenure, Algoma's international business grew to represent nearly one half of the revenue streams in which the Company participates.

"Ken brought a new, more global outlook to Algoma and was instrumental in shifting the focus of the Company to opportunities outside of our traditional Great Lakes markets," said Duncan N. R. Jackman, Algoma's Chairman. "He built a strong management team to support this growth, while retaining our strong strategic position domestically. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Ken for his contribution to the growth and success of Algoma and wish him all the best in his future endeavours"

"In my nearly four years with Algoma I have had the honour of working with a very talented and exceedingly dedicated group of people", said Mr. Soerensen. "Although I now must leave to spend more time with my family, I am confident the management team can continue the work we began together to build Algoma's position in the global short sea market."

Mr. Ruhl joined Algoma in November of 2015 as Senior Vice-President, Technical and became Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Mr. Ruhl has over 30 years experience in the transportation industry, including 20 years in marine transportation. Prior to joining Algoma, Mr. Ruhl was Managing Director of CN's marine divisions. Currently, Mr. Ruhl has commercial responsibility for Algoma's domestic businesses, as well as oversight of its operations both domestically and globally.


Gregg A. Ruhl


Vanterm terminal repair completed

Les réparations au terminal Vanterm sont terminées


An Evergreen ship, the Ever Summit, that struck a gantry crane at the GCT Vanterm container facility in the Port of Vancouver on January 28 has been freed through recovery operations and is expected to depart on Thursday morning, announced GCT spokesperson Louanne Wong.

The impacted ship-to-shore crane boom was removed from the vessel on Tuesday, paving the way for resumption of full vessel operations. "Subsequently, the ship was relocated to the appropriate position on the berth and is currently being worked on, with a focus on removing damaged Vancouver-destined containers," Ms. Wong said.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank GCT's amazing engineering and maintenance teams, as well as our outside contractors. Together, this group worked tirelessly to safely and expeditiously return us to full operations. As always, our primary concern is for the safety of all those individuals working at or interacting with our terminals and the vessels that call us."

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident which caused no injuries but slowed traffic at Canada's largest port.
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Centerm expansion project at Vancouver now effective

Le projet d'agrandissement Centerm à Vancouver maintenant en vigueur


The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in collaboration with DP World Vancouver, announced on Feb. 6 it has reached a significant milestone for the Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project. The contract with the design-builder, Centennial Expansion Partners (CXP), is now effective and the project enters the detailed design and construction phase. Centennial Expansion Partners is an unincorporated joint venture between Dragados Canada, Inc., Jacob Bros. Construction Inc. and Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc.

Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2019 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. Some preparatory and investigative work, such as surveying and geotechnical investigations, will likely take place in advance of construction.

The project will increase Centerm's maximum container-handling capacity by two thirds - from 900,000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs.

The Centerm Expansion Project includes improvements to the Centerm container terminal to help meet anticipated near-term demand for containers to be shipped through Vancouver. The South Shore Access Project will improve port road and rail infrastructure that will benefit the entire south shore port area.


Ottawa plans merger of ports of Hamilton and Oshawa

Ottawa envisage la fusion des ports de Hamilton et d'Oshawa


Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the Government of Canada's intent to amalgamate the Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities on Lake Ontario to form a new entity. This action is being taken to improve port efficiencies and planning in the region.

"Combining both port authorities together would allow the new entity to support growth and enhance the Southern Ontario region's connectivity to global markets," Mr. Garneau said.

"The ports of Oshawa and Hamilton play an important role in southern Ontario. They link our businesses to global markets and provide jobs to surrounding middle-class families. The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure these ports remain competitive."
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.


Recovery operations stalled at Vanterm



Operations recovery work is continuing at the GCT Vanterm container facility in the Port of Vancouver where all cargo-handling has ceased since the collapse last Monday of a gantry crane struck by an Evergreen ship, the Ever Summit. "The expectation is that the vessel operations will resume within this week," GCT spokesperson Louanne Wong told Maritime Magazine.

Two floating cranes supporting the recovery operations by GCT Canada's engineering and maintenance teams are in place, assisted by external contractors.

"While good progress was made last week aided by favourable weather, this past weekend's progress was slowed as work had to cease during high winds, and it was also discovered that the crane's boom structural integrity is more compromised than initially assessed," Ms. Wong said.

"While we are disappointed that progress was stalled, our primary concern is for the safety of all those working with the terminal and vessel," she said, adding: "We also continue to support the Transportation Safety Board's work related to this incident."

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