The Port of Trois-Rivières welcomes its first  ocean-going vessel of 2019

Le Port de Trois-Rivières accueille son premier navire océanique en 2019


The Ellensborg is the first ocean-going vessel from an overseas port to directly reach the Port of Trois-Rivières non-stop in 2019. It reached the port on January 7th, at 2:24 p.m., following a 25-day Atlantic voyage. The vessel, with its fifteen crew members of Thai nationality, left the port of Lüderitz in Namibia on December 14, 2018, with a cargo of 11,000 metric tons of zinc unloaded by Somavrac and destined for CEZinc.

Ms. Danielle St-Amand, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA), explained: "To receive the title, the vessel must arrive in Trois-Rivières from an overseas port without making a stopover and perform a loading or unloading operation at the port."

During the 53rd ceremony marking the arrival of the first vessel of the year at the Port of Trois-Rivières, Captain Meemongkhon Choorith and Chief Engineer Singh-Sa Suthep, were presented with a giclée reproduction of the painting Un port, une équipe, produced by Mauricie artist Ms. Caroline St-Pierre and a basket of local products.


New Tropical Shipping vessel calls at Halifax  


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 Tropical Shipping vessel Tropic Hope made her inaugural call in early January at Halterm Container Terminal at the Port of Halifax. It was  the first of two new Tropical Shipping vessels that will be calling Halifax. The Tropic Island will arrive later this year.

Tropical Shipping is the primary reefer-carrier serving the Caribbean region. These new vessels increase Tropical Shipping's capacity to bring temperature-controlled cargo to the Caribbean. Schedule integrity will also benefit from the increased speed and efficiency of the new vessels.

The Tropic Hope and Tropic Island are among six new Tropical Shipping vessels entering into service. Four of the new vessels, including the Tropic Hope and Tropic Island, are Carib Class vessels which are 160 metres length overall with 1,100 TEU capacity including 270 reefer plugs and can travel up to 20 knots, serving ports in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Puerto Rico, the Eastern Caribbean and the Virgin Islands.

The other two new vessels are smaller Mini Express Class and will carry up to 300 TEU with a speed of 14 knots. They can deliver cargo in ports as shallow as 12 feet and will serve Providenciales, Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.


Wharf-building equipment arrives in Antarctica

L'équipement pour construire un quai arrive en Antarctique


A cargo ship loaded with 4,500 tonnes of steel and construction equipment required to build a new Antarctic wharf has arrived at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)'s Rothera Research Station.

Staff awaiting its arrival cheered as the DS Wisconsin pulled alongside, guided for the final few hours through sea ice by the ice-strengthened RRS Ernest Shackleton. Work began immediately on the huge task of unloading the cargo, which is likely to take around two weeks.

The ship, containing plant, 83 containers, permanent and temporary materials and 1,000 tonnes of steelwork, departed the UK in late November for her month-long journey.

It's arrival at Rothera is a major milestone in the modernization of the UK's Antarctic infrastructure, as once the ship is unloaded construction partners BAM Nuttall can begin deconstructing the old wharf and building a new one big enough to safely berth the new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.



Montreal set new cargo records in 2018

Montréal établit de nouveaux records de fret en 2018


By Leo Ryan

The Port of Montreal climbed to new summits for total and container cargo in 2018, Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, announced while officiating over the annual ceremony awarding the Gold-Headed Cane to the captain of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the port without a stopover in 2019.

"This year (2018) was marked by a new record in the container sector with a total of 1.6 million containers handled, representing a 9% increase over last year," Ms. Vachon indicated.

Total throughput rose by 2.5% to attain 39 million tonnes. This was the fifth consecutive year of increased overall  cargo. 2018 was also a banner year in the cruise sector, with 127,000 passengers and crew members.

Presented with the Gold-Headed Cane was Volodymyr Yurchenko, Master of the Virginiaborg, which left the Port of Porsgrunn in Norway on Decmber 20 and crossed Montreal"s port limits on January 2 at 3.50 am.

Operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented by Lower St. Lawrence Ocean Agencies, the bulk carrier docked at Logistec's Berth 42 terminal. The Virginiaborg unloaded an unusual cargo - thousands of tonnes of ferromanganese, which is mainly used for the design and manufacture of high quality, ultra-resistant steel.


Port of Montreal welcomes first ocean-going vessel of 2019

Premier navire océanique de 2019 au port de Montréal


The Virginiaborg became the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2019, by crossing the downstream limits of the Port at Sorel on January 2, at 3:50 a.m.
The Virginiaborg under the command of Captain Volodymyr Yurchenko, is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montreal by the Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. The Virginiaborg left the Port of Porsgrunn, Norway, on December 20.
It docked early this morning at Berth 42 at the terminal operated by Logistec.
Captain Yurchenko will receive tomorrow, as part of an official ceremony, the Gold-Headed Cane, a trophy awarded each year to the Master of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. This ceremony will mark the 180th anniversary of this great tradition in the shipping community. Photo MPA

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