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The Government of Canada is taking action to deter vessel abandonment

Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures pour décourager l'abandon des bâtiments


2019-03-05

 

Wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels, including small boats, pose environmental, economic, and safety hazards, and are a concern for coastal and inland water communities across Canada. The Government of Canada, through its Oceans Protection Plan, is taking action to deter this irresponsible practice. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, were pleased to mark the passage of Bill C-64: the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act on March 5.
The Act prohibits vessel abandonment and brings into Canadian law the International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007. It increases owner responsibility and liability for vessels, addresses irresponsible vessel management, and enables the Government of Canada to remove problem vessels. Not complying with the Act now can result in penalties of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for companies or corporations, while regulatory offence prosecution could result in a maximum fine of $1M for individuals and $6M for companies or corporations.

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Seaway stakeholders invest $130 million prior to new season

Les intervenants de la Voie maritime investissent 130 millions de dollars avant la nouvelle saison


2019-03-05

 

Canadian shipowners and The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation have spent an estimated $130 million on repair and infrastructure projects this winter, preparing for the 2019 shipping season and supporting the economies of communities throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and east coast. The 2019 season begins on March 26 at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) allocated $40 million for infrastructure upgrades and repairs in the Welland Canal and Montreal to Lake Ontario segments of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The work includes upgrades to electrical distribution systems, lock rehabilitation and canal bank protection in certain areas, among other projects.

Canadian shipowners have invested an estimated $90 million to prepare their ships for the upcoming season. Projects include steel replacement and coating projects, five-year dry dock inspections, communication and energy efficiency upgrades, standard maintenance checks and annual inspections.

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Aaron Degodny assumes helm of Rand Logistics


2019-03-05

 

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Rand Logistics, Inc., has announced the continued evolution of the Company's leadership with the promotion of Aaron Degodny as President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Rand, effective March 1, 2019. Scott Bravener will be leaving the Company, but he will remain a member of the Board of Directors of Rand, where he will continue to advise and support the Company.

"Since joining the Company, Aaron has proven himself to be a respected leader who possesses the right blend of transformative leadership ability, customer-centric commercial acumen, and knowledge of the operations that makes him uniquely qualified to lead Rand and build upon the Company's successful 2018 Sailing Season," explained Jason Perri, a Partner of American Industrial Partners.

Rand had a successful 2018 Sailing Season. The dedication and hard work of the team and trust of customers resulted in a strong year for the business. The Company's safety and environmental incidents improved 36 percent, sailing days were up 15 percent, and the fleet carried a record number of cargo tonnage.

Rand Logistics, Inc. is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping and ship repair services throughout the Great Lakes region. Through its subsidiaries, the Company operates a fleet of three conventional bulk carriers and eleven self-unloading bulk carriers including three tug/barge units. The Company is the only carrier able to offer significant domestic port-to-port services in both Canada and the U.S. on the Great Lakes.

The Company's vessels operate under the U.S. Jones Act - which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to vessels that are U.S. owned, built and crewed - and the Canada Coasting Trade Act - which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to Canadian registered and crewed vessels that operate between Canadian ports.

 
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World record for highest utilized container vessel

2019-03-04

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).

Oakland, CA- Ocean Network Express (ONE) has broken the last reported world record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed - carrying over 19,100 TEU aboard the MOL Tribute. Utilizing Navis' StowMan vessel stowage planning software to optimize the ship, the record load surpasses the record previously announced by Maersk at 19,038 TEU, achieved in August 2018.

The MOL Tribute, with a total capacity of 20,146 TEU achieved the new record in February. Prior to the latest achievement, ONE completed two additional record stows aboard the MOL Trust and MOL Tradition in its last two calls at PSA Singapore.

"As vessel sizes increase, so too do the complexities associated with safe and effective stowage planning," said Capt. Kunihiko Nishimura, General Manager Global Vessel Operations, ONE. "With the help of Navis and PSA Singapore, we were able to accomplish a tremendous feat - not only planning, but successfully executing a vessel call with more than 19,100 containers on board. It is truly remarkable and we will continue to innovate and leverage the best possible technology to further advance our performance to better serve our customers."

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Record cargo volumes through the Port of Vancouver in 2018

2019-03-01

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 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released the 2018 year-end statistics for cargo through the Port of Vancouver. Overall cargo volume through Canada's largest port reached a record high of 147 million tonnes, up 3.5 per cent from 2017.
One of the port's biggest strengths continues to be the ability to accommodate the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America. Sectors that experienced strong growth last year include containers, potash, canola products and barley, all of which hit new records in 2018.
In 2018, container volumes, measured in 20-foot equivalents or TEUs, increased by 4.4 per cent to a record 3.4 million TEUs. In Vancouver, containers arrive filled with appliances, clothing and other consumer products as well as auto parts and manufactured goods from Asia. They leave loaded with Canadian grain, lumber and food products, among other goods.

 

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