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Algoma Central Corporation announces purchase of product tanker for domestic fleet


2018-11-10
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 (TSX: ALC), a leading provider of marine transportation services, announced on November 9th the purchase of a 2008 built product tanker which will become the seventh tanker within the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet. The purchase demonstrates Algoma's commitment to continuing to safely and efficiently ship petroleum products on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway and East Coast.

"We are extremely pleased to add a vessel to our Algoma Tankers Limited fleet as customer demand continues to strengthen in this segment," said Ken Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma.

The 16,958 dwt. vessel will be re-named the Algonorth, after the Company held a "Name the Tanker Contest," in which all employees were able to take part. The ship is scheduled to depart

Gothenburg, Sweden on November 12, 2018, and head for Canada, at which time the vessel is expected to begin operations within the product tanker fleet.
"We have been in the product tanker business for over 20 years," said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer at Algoma. "While it is important that we add this quality asset to our fleet to continue to meet our customers' needs, the true backbone of Algoma Tankers is our experienced and qualified crews who operate these ships skillfully day and night, 365 days a year," Mr. Ruhl added.

 
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Port of Prince Rupert receives $22 million for infrastructure projects

2018-11-09

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 Port of Prince Rupert announced that it is the recipient of $21.9 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support three separate projects that will foster transportation infrastructure and gateway growth.

Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and MP for Burnaby North-Seymour, on behalf of Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced an investment of $15 million from the Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative for the Fairview-Ridley Connector, as well as funding from the National Trade Corridors Fund of $3.7 million for the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor Expansion and $3.2 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Mainline Expansion.

"These investments enable the Port of Prince Rupert to improve gateway infrastructure to support growth and ensure our speed and reliability as a strategic gateway for Canadian Trade is maintained," said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. "We're very pleased to have the Government of Canada's support in continuing to advance the development of the Prince Rupert Gateway."

The first investment of $15 million for an Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative towards the $100 million project that will see construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector, a 5 kilometer corridor that will provide a physical platform for two new rail sidings and a private-haul road between Fairview Container Terminal and Ridley Island Industrial Site. Construction for this project is expected to begin in Q1 2019 and complete in Q3 2020, and is contracted to a local First Nations joint venture, the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance.

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Sylvie Vachon honoured with a Femme d'affaires du Québec award

Sylvie Vachon Lauréate d'un prix Femmes d'affaires du Québec


2018-11-09

On November 7, the 18th annual awards gala for Quebec businesswomen, the prestigious gala des prix Femmes d'affaires, was held at Montreal's Palais des congrès. In the presence of more than 1000 businessmen and women, ten winners were revealed, including Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) in the Executive, Officer or Professional, Public or Para-Public Organization category.

Ms. Vachon stated at the award ceremony: "Receiving an award like this shows me that the economic impact of our port activities is recognized in Quebec. I thank the entire MPA team, our partners and our clients, because it takes a huge collaborative effort to make the Port of Montreal so successful."

Awarded by the Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ), which for 37 years has contributed to women's leadership, economic development and the professional growth of its members, this award honours women working in solidarity who have taken their place in the business world while making an outstanding contribution to collective prosperity.


Le 7 novembre dernier a eu lieu le 18e gala des prix Femmes d'affaires du Québec au Palais des congrès de Montréal. En présence de plus de 1000 femmes et hommes d'affaires, dix lauréates ont été dévoilées, dont Sylvie Vachon, présidente-directrice générale de l'Administration portuaire de Montréal (APM) dans la catégorie Cadre, dirigeante ou professionnelle, organisme public ou parapublic.

Mme Vachon a déclaré lors de la remise du prix : « Recevoir un prix comme celui-ci me démontre que l'impact économique de nos activités portuaires est reconnu au Québec. Je remercie toute l'équipe de l'APM, nos partenaires et nos clients, car c'est un grand travail de collaboration qui fait le succès du Port de Montréal ! »

Décerné par le Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ), qui contribue depuis 37 ans au leadership féminin, au développement économique et à l'épanouissement professionnel de ses membres, ce prix honore des femmes actives et solidaires qui ont pris leur place dans le monde des affaires tout en contribuant remarquablement à la prospérité collective.

 
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ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

2018-11-06

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).

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the 'Manila amendments' but the previous major overhaul of the STCW regime was last undertaken by IMO Member States over 25 years ago.

Mr Poulson said "It's now commonplace for employers to routinely provide additional training and assessments prior to the deployment of many officers holding STCW certification which raises questions as to whether the Convention as currently drafted is still fit for purpose in the 21st Century."

"A fully revised STCW regime would allow the industry to adapt much more effectively to technological developments including increased automation. It should provide a structure of sufficient flexibility to hit the moving target of a changing world fleet, and may need to develop a more modular approach to competency accumulation and certification.  The arrival of new technology is already changing the functions that seafarers perform on board and the skills and training they require."

Mr Poulsson added "A revised STCW should seek to improve transparency and the robustness of implementation oversight.

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Proposed Saguenay terminal project advances another step following Ottawa approval

2018-11-06

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).

Leo Ryan
Construction has not yet been given a formal go-ahead for a proposed $260 million multi-user terminal on the Saguenay River that would handle large volumes of phosphate concentrate from deposits  situated 200 kms north away following a recent environmental approval, with certain conditions, accorded by the federal government. More hurdles need to be overcome for the big undertaking to proceed. While local environmental interests have raised concerns over the impact of increased maritime shipping on the region's beluga population, the leading proponents - Port of Saguenay and Arianne Phosphate Inc. - have welcomed the decision announced by Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change as a positive step forward.

Carl Laberge, General Manager and CEO of the Saguenay Port Authority, expressed "full awareness that there are other steps to be taken before the first shovel of earth." But he said the "happy news" allowed the growth-generating project to move closer to realization.

Brian Ostroff, CEO of Ariane Phosphate, said the minister's decision "greatly increases the chances of our project coming to fruition."

Ariane Phosphate is developing the Lac à Paul high quality phosphate deposits, with little or no contaminants, that would produce an estimated 3 million tons a year for shipment to global markets.

In making her decision announced on Oct. 22, the Minister reviewed the Environmental Assessment Report and the comments received from indigenous peoples and the public. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency concluded that the risk of adverse cumulative effects on the beluga whales in the St. Lawrence estuary caused by increased marine traffic would be low, and that the mitigation measures would help reduce the risks.

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