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Ocean acquires Québec-based Techsol Marine

Groupe Océan acquiert Techsol Marine de Québec

2019-01-10

Ocean Group announced on January 9th the acquisition of Techsol Marine, which once again became entirely Québec-owned. A nice comeback for Ocean, which had awarded Techsol its first major contract in 1998.

A Specialist in marine electrotechnology and a leader in its field, Techsol Marine installs and ensures the commissioning of various automated systems used to control and monitor the machinery used on ships. Entirely designed and developed in Québec, the systems are installed on all kinds of ships around the worl

This new acquisition will allow Ocean Group to pursue its growth plan, which is essentially based on expanding its operations in Canada and continuing its global expansion. It comes in to invest in a company recognized in the maritime field and which has an expertise complementary to its own.

This is great news for Ocean Group and for Techsol Marine also, which will continue to work in its field of activity as a company in its own right, while maintaining its name, expertise and qualified workforce.

"We are pleased to contribute to the development of this company with a real know-how, while bringing back the ownership of the company in Quebec. We are convinced of the great potential of Techsol Marine and want to invest in growing its market shares in Quebec, Canada and internationally", said Jacques Tanguay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Group.

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The Port of Québec plans record investments in 2019

Le Port de Québec prévoit des investissements records en 2019

2019-01-10

Investment in infrastructure at the Port will reach a record high in 2019, with projects valued at about $70 million. Combined with planned investments by Port users in their own facilities, total expenditure at the Port will exceed $169 million in 2019.

Most of the projects planned by the Québec Port Authority (QPA) are part of the first phase of a port infrastructure upgrade made possible by a $15.5 million contribution from the Government of Canada's National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF). The work involves repairing several wharves and restoring the drawbridge which crosses the canal between the inner and outer basins of the Bassin Louise.

The QPA will also start work on improvements to the international cruise terminal this year, with financial support from the Québec government ($15 million) and Ville de Québec ($5 million). A second cruise terminal will be built at Wharf 30 allowing for simultaneous embarkation and disembarkation operations for large ships (4,000 to 5,000 passengers). The project includes development of the site, access points, and walkways.

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Port of Vancouver selects Schneider Electric shore power system

Le port de Vancouver choisit le système d'alimentation à quai de Schneider Electric

2019-01-09

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has selected Schneider Electric Canada Inc. to develop a solution to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG), air emissions and noise from ships while docked at Centerm Container Terminal which is operated by DP World Vancouver.

The result is a Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Platform design that delivers an intelligent implementation of a worldwide standard for shore power. This allows docked ships to shut down their engines and be powered using a "plug-in" electrical shore power connection, stated a Jan. 9 press release.

The shore power capability also qualifies a ship for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's EcoAction program, providing discounted harbour dues and the opportunity to be recognized with a Blue Circle Award.  The system was successfully commissioned and connected to the first ship (the Cosco Pacific) on October 15, 2018.

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Gold-headed Cane goes to Cape Quebec at QPA

Le Cap Quebec remporte la Canne à pommeau d'or à l'APQ

2019-01-08

On January 3rd, the Québec Port Authority (QPA) handed the Gold-headed Cane to Captain Nikolaos Steiakakis of the M / T Cap Quebec.

A short ceremony was held aboard the vessel in the presence of representatives of the QPA, Valero, the Corporation of Bas-Saint-Laurent pilots, as well as the Oceanic Tankers Agency Ltd. APG president and CEO Mario Girard handed over the gold-headed cane to the Greek captain, Nikolaos Steiakakis. This traditional maritime ceremony, perpetuated at the Port of Québec since 1835, sees Cape Quebec become the 184th ship to receive the prestigious trophy.

Arriving at 6:54 am on January 2nd, Cape Quebec was the first ocean vessel coming from a foreign port to unload its goods at the Port of Quebec in this new year. Flying the Greek flag, the tanker is 277 metres with a gross tonnage of 82 099. It docked at section 87 of Valero facilities located in Saint-Romuald on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence. Coming from Galveston, Texas, the ship was at the Port of Québec to deliver a cargo of crude oil destined for the Jean-Gaulin Refinery. Built in 2018, the vessel is operated by Euronav NV, based in Antwerp, Belgium.

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New year marked by the entry into force of new amendments to MARPOL

L'entrée en vigueur de nouveaux amendements à MARPOL arrivent avec la nouvelle année

2019-01-08

Amendments to the bunker delivery note relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships which have fitted alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on 1 January 2019.

The amendment enters into force as the shipping industry counts down to 1 January 2020, when the limit for sulphur in fuel oil will be reduced to 0.50% m/m outside emission control areas (ECAs), from 3.5% currently. The new limit under IMO's MARPOL treaty will have significant benefits for the environment and human health. In ECAS, the limit will remain at 0.10% m/m.

The amendments to Appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI are intended to address situations where the fuel oil supplied does not meet low sulphur requirements, but has been supplied to a ship which is using an alternative compliance method permitted under regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI ("Equivalents") to reduce the sulphur oxide emissions of the ship in order to comply with MARPOL requirements. An equivalent means may be abatement technology such as an exhaust gas cleaning system ("scrubber"), if accepted by the flag State of a ship as an alternative means to meet the sulphur limit requirement.

The bunker delivery note shall include a declaration signed and certified by the fuel oil supplier's representative that the fuel oil supplied is in conformity with regulation 18.3 of MARPOL Annex VI and that the sulphur content of the fuel oil supplied does not exceed: the limit outside ECAS (currently 3.50%, falling to 0.50% from 1 January 2020) under regulation 14.1; the limit in emission control areas (0.10% m/m) under regulation 14.4;  or the purchaser's specified limit value, on the basis of the purchaser's notification that the fuel oil is intended to be used:1, in combination with an equivalent means of compliance; or 2, is subject to a relevant exemption for a ship to conduct trials for sulphur oxides emission reduction and control technology research.
The 0.10% m/m limit applies in the four established ECAS: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).

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