ACPA Applauds increase federal funding for ports

L'AAPC applaudit la bonification des fonds fédéraux pour les ports


Given the importance of trade-enabling port infrastructure and the oversubscription of the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) is extremely pleased to see the government accelerate NTCF funding, as announced on November 21 Fall Economic Statement.

With the $773.9 million brought forward for the next 5 years, ACPA members see a clear opportunity to contribute to economic and job growth through trade diversification and infrastructure development.  "Canada Port Authorities are central to the Canadian economy. Investment in sustainable and innovative trade-enabling infrastructure such as our Port Authorities will send strong and tangible global signals that Canada is building its future," said Wendy Zatylny, President, Association of Canada Port Authorities.

Canada's port authorities are innovative in their use of research, technology, people and processes to move Canada's goods and connect Canada globally and are eager to see their existing and new comprehensive project proposals considered immediately.  "Developing projects and assembling investors takes time," said Ms. Zatylny, "so this ongoing augmentation of funds available in the near term will enable ACPA members to support the government's Export Diversification Strategy and have infrastructure ready to go as volumes increase."

Photo Port of Vancouver


Compte tenu de l'importance des infrastructures portuaires bénéfiques au commerce et la surtaxation du Fonds national des corridors commerciaux (FNCC) , l'Association des administrations portuaires canadiennes (AAPC) est extrêmement heureuse de voir le gouvernement accélérer le financement du FNCC, comme annoncé le 21 novembre dans l'énoncé économique de l'automne .

Avec les 773,9 millions de dollars mis de l'avant pour les cinq prochaines années, les membres de l'AAPC voient clairement une possibilité de contribuer à la croissance économique et à la création d'emplois par la diversification des échanges et le développement des infrastructures. «Les administrations portuaires canadiennes sont au c?ur de l'économie canadienne. L'investissement dans une infrastructure propice au commerce durable et novateur, telle que nos administrations portuaires, enverra des signaux mondiaux forts et concrets indiquant que le Canada bâtit son avenir », a déclaré Wendy Zatylny, présidente de l'Association des administrations portuaires canadienne.

Les administrations portuaires canadiennes utilisent de manière novatrice la recherche, la technologie, les personnes et les processus pour transporter les marchandises du Canada et connecter le Canada à l'échelle mondiale et souhaitent voir leurs propositions nouvelles et existantes de projets compréhensifs, être examinées immédiatement. "Développer des projets et rassembler des investisseurs prend du temps", a déclaré Mme Zatylny, "donc cette augmentation continue des fonds disponibles à court terme permettra aux membres de l'AAPC de soutenir la stratégie de diversification des exportations du gouvernement et de disposer d'une infrastructure prête à fonctionner à mesure que les volumes augmentent." Photo Port of Vancouver



Optimarin consolidates Fednav relationship with retrofit and newbuild orders


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).

Norway based Optimarin has signed a contract to supply seven of its USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) to Fednav, Canada's largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group. Five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the 63-strong Fednav fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds. The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year, signalling a growing relationship between the two market leaders.

"Fednav is an established, family-owned and first class supplier of innovative maritime transport solutions within the dry-bulk niche," comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. "With customers and routes in North America and around the world, the firm is dedicated to providing optimal service and requires proven ballast water treatment (BWT) systems that ensure complete global compliance.

"They initially ordered one retrofit and four newbuild units last year and have now decided to roll out further installations. In a technology segment that is still in its infancy, with varying degrees of reliability, Fednav, along with other leading shipowners, are opting for a system they know they can trust."

Dana Wandschneider, Fednav's Manager, Owned Fleet, says this proven pedigree, alongside full IMO and USCG approval, was a key factor in the initial decision making process. Since then the company's attitude and professionalism has led the working relationship to blossom.



Record shipping season from Baffinland iron ore mine

Saison record pour l'expédition de la mine de fer de Baffinland



Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation  announced the recent conclusion of a record 2018 shipping program. From July 24 to October 17, Baffinland shipped approximately 5.1 million tonnes of iron ore from its Milne Inlet Port to markets in Europe, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Japan.

This surpassed the previous record of 4.1 million tonnes shipped in 2017. Seventy-one voyages were executed, carrying an average of 71,750 tonnes of iron ore each over an 86-day period. It was the largest shipping program by volume ever executed in the Canadian High Arctic, Baffinland said.

The company jointly owned by ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore also carried out two Northern Sea Route (NSR) transits to Asia, a first for iron ore bulk carriage. The Nordic Olympic and the Nordic Oshima, both 1A ice-class vessels owned by Denmark's Nordic Bulk Carriers, shipped a total of about 160.000 tonnes of iron ore from the Mary River mine. It was the first time Nordic's ships sailed from the Canadian Arctic to Asia via the NSR. "In 2019, we hope there will be more," said Nordic Managing Director Mads Boye Petersen.



Québec elected Canada's best cruise ship port

Québec élu meilleur port canadien pour les croisières



At the end of this season, the Port of Québec welcomed 230,940 visitors, representing an increase of nearly 15% compared to the 2017 season. These cruise passengers and crew members were divided among 156 ship tours, 14 of which were boarding and disembarking. In addition, the Port welcomed eight ships on an inaugural visit, including the famous Disney Magic ship that visited Québec last September.

In recent years, Québec has carved a place in the Canada / New England market and is now a leading destination. This month, the City of Québec received the Best Canadian Port Award by "Porthole Cruise's" as part of the 20th anniversary of the Reader's Choice Awards.

"The Port of Québec is extremely honoured to be recognized as the best port in the Canada / New England market," said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Port of Québec. "This recognition is a testament to our ongoing operations efforts, whose customer experience remains one of our top priorities."

This distinction demonstrates to the international cruise industry that, in addition to being one of the best cruise destinations, Québec can count on a port that has the infrastructure and port development projects necessary for the future growth of the industry. Remember that this honour is added to those received last July. In addition to being named "Best Cruise Destination - the US and Canada in 2018" by "Cruise Critic", Québec also ranked 3rd as "Best Cruise Destination in the World".


Fednav wins IBJ people

development award

Fednav lauréat du prix IBJ du développement des personnes




At a gala dinner held at the Eskimofabriek in Ghent, Belgium, last night, Fednav was presented with the distinguished IBJ Award for People Development.

The International Bulk Journal (IBJ) has been a trusted resource for the maritime dry bulk industry for 35 years and these awards draw attention to achievements in the maritime bulk industry, providing companies with a chance to highlight their initiatives.

As a first-time applicant to this category, Fednav, Canada's largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group, is honoured to be recognized for its forward-thinking commitment for investing in its people.

According to IBJ, "Entrants for this award should show how they have improved the training of staff by identifying a need and implementing schemes. The measurable outcome of training and its contribution to business success should be demonstrated."

Fednav has been spearheading a new culture journey for the past few years under the leadership of the president and CEO, Paul Pathy. This transformation is a strategic edge for the company in which aligning the human element with its corporate strategy, leadership, and culture to achieve business excellence has become a key focus.


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