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MS Roald Amundsen, world's first hybrid cruise ship completes first sea trial

Le NM Roald Amundsen, le premier navire de croisière hybride au monde termine ses premiers essais en mer


2019-02-25

 

Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen is nearing completion at Kleven Yard. This weekend it succesfully completed its first sea trials in the fjords along the western coast of Norway.

« I am very pleased with the results of the sea trial. The Kleven employees, along with our subcontractors, has done a great job leading up to the successful sea trial », Kleven CEO Olav Nakken said after MS Roald Amundsen's return to the yard Monday morning.

Custom built for some of the most extreme waters on the planet, MS Roald Amundsen is currently undergoing final outfitting alongside her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen at Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

The advanced hybrid powered expedition cruise ships, accommodating 530 guests, feature groundbreaking green technology such as battery packs and specially designed ice-strengthened hull. Both ships are designed and constructed with sustainability at core of every detail.

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Rodney Corrigan named President of Losgistec Stevedororing

Rodney Corrigan nommé président de Logistec Arrimage

2019-02-26

 

Montreal-based Logistec Corporation announced that Rodney Corrigan has been named president of Logistec Stevedoring Inc. effective immediately. As President, Rodney will lead the operational and commercial teams and oversee all aspects of Logistec Stevedoring across North America. He will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Logistec Corporation, Madeleine Paquin.

In the last year, Mr. Corrigan played an instrumental role in the strategic acquisitions of Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. and Pate Stevedore Company, Inc. located in the U.S. Gulf Coast. His unrelenting drive for operational excellence is built upon a strong focus on the safest and most efficient approach to business operations. He challenges his team to find innovative solutions and to go above and beyond for their customers.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Rodney Corrigan's calibre and hands-on experience step up to lead Logistec Stevedoring," says Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, Logistec Corporation. "We are at a pivotal moment and we need dynamic leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of market opportunities ahead. Rodney has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments over the last 25 years. He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader and brings to this position a strong reputation for developing talent and inspiring teams."

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CMC backs Seaway season extension

La CMC soutient l'extension de la saison de la voie maritime


2019-02-22

 

The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) said today it was encouraged by a Standing Committee report saying the Canadian government should explore ways of optimizing the commercial navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on February 20 released its Interim Report on Establishing a Canadian Transportation and Logistics Strategy. The Seaway season traditionally runs between late March and late December.

Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, had the following comments. "It's heartening that the committee has recognized the value of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence navigation system and that moving more goods by ship on this waterway has the potential to alleviate the intense highway congestion in the Niagara region. We support the committee's recommendation that the Government of Canada explore ways to optimize the shipping season of the St. Lawrence Seaway to transport goods within central Canada. The government needs to be part of the conversation on what additional infrastructure and ice-breaking resources would be required to make this work. Lengthening the shipping season on the Seaway by even a few weeks would additionally help many of our steel, mining and grain customers export more goods and/or bring efficiencies to their operations."
As part of this study, the Committee travelled to the Niagara region, Vancouver and Seattle. Witnesses in the Niagara region indicated that the regular congestion on the Queen Elizabeth Way highway meant that an alternative must be found for transporting freight. The Committee agreed with the recommendations put forward by stakeholders and believes that the Government of Canada should support the mid-peninsula highway project and encourage increased use of the St. Lawrence Seaway for transporting freight.
The CMC is also supportive of other recommendations in the report, including the timely development of major port infrastructure projects that would support viable future trade opportunities and the increased harmonization of policies and regulations on freight transportation between both Canada and the United States. Photo of the inauguration of the Seaway season on March 22, 2013: Pierre Terrien, Maritime Magazine

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Algoma Central Corporation adds product tanker to fleet

Algoma Central Corporation ajoute un nouveau pétrolier à sa flotte


2019-02-22

 

Algoma Tankers Limited (ATL), an operating unit of Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services based in St. Catharines, ON, has announced the purchase of a 2010-built product tanker that will become the eighth ship in Algoma's Great Lakes based product tanker fleet. The 16,512 dwt vessel will be re-named the Algoterra as part of its transition to ATL ownership.

"We expect to take ownership of the Algoterra in mid-March in Europe and she will join our fleet in early April. The ship will be the youngest tanker we operate and as our newest ship, she will be the workhorse of the ATL fleet for many years to come," said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma.

He added: "The acquisition of a second tanker vessel in just over three months demonstrates Algoma's willingness to invest to meet the growing needs of our customers for marine-based transportation of petroleum products. Acquiring high-quality assets is critical to our commitment to operate in a safe and efficient manner.  We saw this as the ideal time to take advantage of the availability of attractive international assets in this segment, leverage our robust existing infrastructure for technical and commercial management, and capitalize on our position as the employer of choice for Canadian seafarers across the provinces.

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CSA 2020 concerned over EC gas scrubber proposal to IMO

2019-02-20

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 Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has expressed strong concerns about a proposal submitted by the European Commission (EC) which urges the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to change its Exhaust Gas Cleaning System ("scrubber") guidelines.

The proposal, which the Commission submitted to IMO on the 8 February deadline, calls for "evaluation and harmonization" of scrubber discharges across all ports, world-wide.  The proposal is intended for consideration by the 74th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which meets in May, in London.

"This proposal is an attempt by the European Commission to push forward restrictions on scrubbers, which are accepted globally by the IMO, EU and others as acceptable means of improving air emissions quality in controlled areas" said CSA 2020 Executive Director Ian Adams.

"Within two weeks of a draft surfacing, the Commission had taken the proposal to a one-day Working Party review and then submitted it to IMO" he said. "Clearly this was planned to avoid the open discussion and deliberation that a proposal with such far-reaching impact requires. In the absence of credible evidence to justify such a major departure from the existing rules, the proposal is instead based mostly on speculation."

"CSA 2020 members, who represent over 30 leading commercial and passenger shipping companies have been investing for years to prepare their ships in time to meet emissions abatement targets in accordance with existing IMO and EU rules, which endorse the use of open and closed-loop scrubbers in all waters," said Adams.  "To see the Commission take this step within months of the entry-into-force of the Global ECA is beyond disappointing."

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