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St. Lawrence Seaway launches opening marking 60th anniversary

La Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent inaugure son 60e anniversaire

2019-03-26

On a day of splendid sunshine, a decidedly upbeat mood prevailed when the St. Lawrence Seaway marked its 60th anniversary with the opening today of the 2019 season at the binational  North American waterway's entrance on the Saint Lambert lock facing Montreal. And fittingly enough, in the presence of many dignitaries, the Fednav Kumano, part of the fleet of Fednav Limited which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, served as the opening vessel. It was loaded with a bulk cargo of titanium chloride destined for the Port of Ashtabula, Ohio.

Marc Garneau, Canada's Minister of Transport, applauded the evolution of the Seaway to remain competitive and technologically advanced amidst fast-changing global transportation and trade trends to build a sustainable future. "The St. Lawrence Seaway has a distinguished past, a dynamic and vital present and will continue to play a vital role in Canada's economy."

Mme. Chantal Rouleau, Québec Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal metropolitan region, noted that taken separately the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Region represented the world's third largest economy.

"After 60 years of operation, we have much to celebrate," declared Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation  - a sentiment echoed by his U.S. counterpart, Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

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Davie Shipbuilding Welcomes Federal Budget 2019

Davie Shipbuilding accueille favorablement le budget fédéral 2019


2019-03-25

Davie Shipbuilding responded on March 22 to the 2019 Federal Budget, welcoming the decision of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transportation Minister Garneau to build three new ferries for Eastern Canada.

The three routes operating in Québec, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia serve a vital role in connecting people, goods and services between the provinces.

"The commitment by the government to build these new ferries is a great step in the right direction," applauded James Davies, president of Davie Shipbuilding.

"We thank the Prime Minister for his commitment to build three new ships. Not only will it provide Davie - the largest, highest capacity and most experienced shipyard in Canada - the chance to recall many of the 1300 skilled shipbuilders who have been on temporary layoff it will also be a major step in developing an exportable line of products for the booming international passenger vessel construction market. It is very good news for Davie workers, their families and our 996 suppliers throughout Canada who, I am sure, will all be celebrating today."

"We thank the Mayor of Lévis, the Mayor of Québec, the National Assembly of Québec, Premier Legault, Quebec's 24 senators, Minister Duclos, MP Lightbound, as well as the CSN for standing together and supporting the important role Davie will continue to play in renewing the federal fleet, not just for ferries, but also for the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy. Source : Chantier Davie Canada Inc.

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Port of Montreal and Logistec boosting Viau Terminal capacity

Le port de Montréal et Logistec renforcent la capacité du terminal Viau


2019-03-21

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Logistec Corporation announced that Viau Terminal, which handles about 350,000 containers annually, will undergo a new construction phase to increase its handling capacity. This is its second phase, which continues and completes the most recent container terminal at the Port of Montreal. Its first phase was completed in 2016.

After a fifth consecutive record year, steady growth in its various fields of activity and a 9% upswing in the container sector with 1.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in 2018, the Port of Montreal is more than ever a hub of global trade.

This is why the management teams of the MPA and Logistec (through the terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc.) decided to launch the last phase of Viau Terminal, which is so successful that it is quickly reaching full capacity, as is the Port of Montreal as a whole

This new phase will make it possible to add?250,000 TEUs to Viau Terminal's current capacity, bringing it to 600,000 TEUs.

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Davie pushes for bigger role in national shipbuilding strategy

Davie plaide pour un rôle plus important dans la stratégie nationale de construction navale


2019-03-21

OTTAWA - The president of Davie Shipbuilding says he is confident the Québec-based shipyard will be tapped to build two new ferries included in this week's federal budget. But according to a Canadian Press report, James Davies says it is time for the federal government to stop rewarding other shipyards for failing to deliver new vessels to the navy and coast guard, and officially admit his company into the multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding plan.

The comment came late Wednesday as top officials from Davie and its two rivals, Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, appeared one after the other before the Senate finance committee.

Seaspan and Irving were selected through the shipbuilding strategy in 2011 as the two shipyards responsible for building what at the time was estimated to be $35 billion worth of new vessels for the navy and coast guard.

Davie also competed but was passed over and has since been forced to fight for scraps outside the plan, the Canadian Press report said.
That includes the provision of an interim resupply vessel for the navy and three second-hand icebreakers for the coast guard.

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CMC applauds budget pledge to modernize pilotage system

La CMC applaudit l'engagement budgétaire de moderniser le système de pilotage

2019-03-20


Ottawa- The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) said it is pleased with the Federal Budget promise to introduce legislation to modernize Canada's pilotage service for commercial ships - a system that has not been overhauled in 45 years.

"This is an historic step forward to make the significant changes needed to the Pilotage Act and its regulatory framework that will create a pilotage system that not only ensures safe navigation but improves the efficiency and competitiveness of Canada's transportation system for years to come," said Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

"Pilotage costs in Canada are out of control and have a long history of increasing at rates that far exceed inflation. This government-mandated service has for decades been provided by monopolistic entities with little accountability or input from shipoperators and their customers - despite the fact that it is paid for by industry fees - costs passed ultimately to consumers. We look forward to delving into the details of these regulatory changes and working with government and the pilotage authorities in the months to come to improve this valuable service."

CMC is particularly pleased to see the pledge to increase transparency in Canada's pilotage system included as part of this reform, and will continue to work for a comprehensive legislative and regulatory overhaul of the pilotage regime. Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce


Ottawa - La Chambre de commerce maritime (CMC) s'est félicitée de la promesse faite par le budget fédéral de présenter un projet de loi visant à moderniser le service de pilotage du Canada pour les navires de commerce - un système qui n'a pas été révisé depuis 45 ans.

«C'est un pas en avant historique pour apporter les changements importants nécessaires à la Loi sur le pilotage et à son cadre réglementaire qui créeront un système de pilotage garantissant non seulement une navigation sécuritaire, mais améliorant l'efficacité et la compétitivité du système de transport du Canada pour les années à venir», a déclaré Bruce Burrows, président de la Chambre de commerce maritime.

«Les coûts de pilotage au Canada sont incontrôlables et ont une longue histoire d'augmentation à des taux bien supérieurs à l'inflation. Ce service mandaté par le gouvernement est fourni depuis des décennies par des entités monopolistiques, avec peu de responsabilité ou d'apport des opérateurs maritimes et de leurs clients - malgré le fait qu'il est payé par les redevances de l'industrie - des coûts finalement supportés par les consommateurs. Nous sommes impatients de détailler ces modifications réglementaires et de collaborer avec le gouvernement et les administrations de pilotage dans les mois à venir pour améliorer ce service précieux. »

CMC est particulièrement heureux de voir que la réforme vise à renforcer la transparence du système de pilotage canadien et continuera à ?uvrer en faveur d'une réforme législative et réglementaire complète du régime de pilotage. Source: Chamber of Marine Shipping

 
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