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The Trois-Rivières Port Authority and IDE Trois-Rivières sign a partnership agreement

L'Administration portuaire de Trois-Rivières et IDE Trois-Rivières signent une entente de partenariat

 

2018-11-14

 

The Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) and Innovation et développement économique (IDE) Trois-Rivières recently signed a partnership agreement formalizing their ongoing collaborative efforts and thus establishing concerted development initiatives.

"This represents a new avenue for the Port of Trois-Rivières, the City and the TRPA to collaborate in order to support the economic development of Trois-Rivières. I would also like to acknowledge the excellent work of the IDE Trois-Rivières team," said Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the TRPA, who also highlighted the significance of this announcement as part of the On Course for 2030 development plan.

Three sectors of joint intervention have been identified: the industrial-port zone, international cruises and the riverside area near the city centre. Already, resources are being pooled in these three areas and work is underway.

"Over the past few years, we have established a close collaboration that we have decided to formalize with the signing of this agreement, which confirms this merger. Few ports in the world have been able to establish a similar partnership within their communities and I am proud to welcome this level of collaboration with the Port of Trois-Rivières," said Mario De Tilly, General Manager of IDE Trois-Rivières.

The industrial-port zone includes partnerships in the organization of joint trade missions and the hosting of potential promoters. This area promotes existing businesses that need a nearby port to support partnerships currently using the Port's infrastructure and equipment. It includes both the port and surrounding properties; e.g. our industrial parks. Following a thorough assessment study, the targeted high-end markets include metal fabrication and assembly, bulk transportation and processing and bio-industry facilities. The financial contributions required to make the Port and city of Trois-Rivères an optimal and chosen logistical solution for investors. It should be noted that the development of the industrial-port zone of Trois-Rivières is the result of a partnership between the City, the Port, IDE Trois-Rivières and the Government of Québec.

International cruises are also a privileged niche for partners and its growth forecasts are promising. Moreover, the results of the TRPA's survey of the Trois-Rivières population confirm that the development of this sector of activity is a priority for citizens. Over the next few years, the APTR and IDE Trois-Rivières will work together to significantly increase the number of cruise passengers calling at Trois-Rivières. Currently around 8,000 passengers, the partners are targeting 20,000 passengers by 2030.

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Fednav's Paul Pathy asserts exhaust gas scrubbers can damage the environment

2018-11-14
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).

 

Fednav chief executive Paul Pathy has stressed he will not fit an exhaust gas scrubber to a single ship in his fleet of 100 plus handsize and handymax bulk carriers and wishes he could convince others to follow, according to a report by TradeWinds, a leading international shipping publication.

Speaking at the TradeWinds Shipowners forum held in Tokyo this week, Mr. Pathy said Fednav would comply with the IMO 2020 limit on sulphur emissions by burning cleaner fuel. (Effective on Jan.1, 2020, the permissible sulphur content in all marine fuels used globally is to drop from 3.5% to 0.5%.

The Fednav chief executive admitted it might make financial sense to operators of larger bulkers where ships burn more fuel and could profit by installing a scrubber.

Asked how he intended to comply with 2020, TradeWinds quoted Mr. Pathy as saying: "Fednav is preparing by not doing anything. I don't believe in the scrubber idea, I don't believe it is good for the environment but I understand people with bigger ships have a different problem. Some have no choice but to do it, so I don't judge other people's positions."

"My plan is to get all the shipowners to agree not to use scrubbers for our company, it is not the best option and I don't believe it's good for the environment. The main environmental problem is that open loop scrubbers discharge the sulphur that has been washed out of the ship emissions into the sea. There is an ongoing debate in the shipping industry as to whether this causes environmental damage. However some suggest Fednav has little option but to turn down scrubbers. Scrubbers do not really make financial sense for smaller bulk carriers because of their comparatively low fuel consumption.

"Fednav also operates in the environmentally sensitive region of the Great Lakes and Canadian Arctic where discharge from open loop scrubbers is unlikely to be welcomed by the coastal authorities"  (photo Fednav)


 
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Algoma's Q3 results reflect 'strengthening' customer demand

2018-11-13
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).

 

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading Canadian provider of marine transportation services, today announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.  Commenting on the highlights, Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO, stated: "Customer demand is strengthening and we expect this will continue to have positive impacts on daily rates in the Domestic Dry-Bulk segment. "

"In order to provide capacity, we are currently reviewing options to replace the cancelled vessels and in the meantime we look forward to the arrival of the Algoma Conveyer from China in early 2019," Mr. Soerensen added.

For the three months ended September 30,  revenue rose by 16% to $159 million versus the year earlier $137.2 million. For the nine-month period, revenue climbed 14% to $358.6  million.

Net earnings from continuing operations increased 35% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. This was due to higher operating earnings, including higher earnings from joint ventures and a gain on the disposition of assets within the Domestic Dry-Bulk fleet.
For the third quarter of 2018:
-Domestic Dry-Bulk net earnings increased 8% as a result of improved freight rates.
-Product Tanker revenue increased 24% compared to 2017. The segment is experiencing strong customer demand from its major customer. Subsequent to the quarter, the strong outlook for volumes and sustained levels led the decision to purchase a sixth full size product tanker.
-Ocean Self-Unloaders revenue increased 28% compared to the prior year. This was mainly as a result of the fleet being at full utilization with the return of the Algoma Integrity to the Pool.
-Steps were taken to begin the cancellation of four shipbuilding contracts with a Croatian shipyard as a result of delays encountered in the construction of the ships.
During the third quarter, a new joint venture, NovaAlgoma Bulk Holdings ("NABH") was created. NABH has interests in four deep-sea bulkers operating internationally and is managed out of Lugano, Switzerland. (Photo ACC)

 
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Port of Hamilton receives $17.7 million federal investment to modernize infrastructure

2018-11-13

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).

Transport Minister Marc Garneau visited Hamilton on Nov. 13 to announce an investment of $17.7 million in the Port of Hamilton from the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF). The federal investment will be matched by the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA), in support of the port's $35.45 million Westport Modernization Project. The primary project investments begin this year and are slated to be completed in December 2020.

This project will see port lands used more efficiently, and be reconfigured to create new employment land development parcels. New transportation infrastructure will improve efficiency and fluidity for port users. Perimeter areas will add landscaping to improve the port-city interface.

"Our government is investing in Canada's economy by improving our trade and transportation corridors," Mr. Garneau said.
"This project is important because the Port of Hamilton is virtually out of room to grow, yet has unmet demand from users who want to invest in trade-oriented business in Ontario," said Ian Hamilton, President and CEO of Canada's largest Great Lakes port.

HPA's plan for Westport is to create a multi-modal transportation hub. Currently, not all areas of the Westport zone are accessible by rail from other areas of the port. The improvements will also help address the challenge that the port has been facing in recent years of not having enough development-ready parcels of land to meet the demand from potential port users. HPA expects to leverage the new investments into $80-90 million in new business attraction.

 

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Wärtsilä system aids in preventing damage to vessels and to waterway locks

2018-11-12

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 technology group Wärtsilä has developed a lock entry assist system that will facilitate a vessel's approach and entrance into waterway locks. The development work has been carried out in cooperation with the Canada-based CSL Group. The initial deployment of the technology will be on board the 'CSL St Laurent', a 22,600 gross tonnage Trillium class bulk carrier owned by CSL. The ship operates on the waterways of the St Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes.

The Wärtsilä system comes in response to the increasing size of vessels operating on these waters. When entering the locks along the seaway, the clearance for larger vessels is minimal, and the lock entry itself has become increasingly difficult. Damage to both the ship and the lock walls can be avoided by facilitating the ship's approach path to the locks, thereby making the operation safer, faster, and altogether more efficient.

The lock entry assist system uses high performance global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to measure the ship's position to centimetre accuracy as it enters the lock. Speed adaptive controls, together with allocation of the thruster and rudder, ensures that the vessel enters the lock in a consistent manner every time, while minimizing the influence of external forces from wind and current. During the entry, the system automatically controls the vessel's lateral position and heading, allowing the operator to focus on controlling the speed of the vessel. A customized touchscreen interface is also being developed to simplify the operation and improve situational awareness.  

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