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Seawaymax Algoma Conveyor headed for Canada


2019-02-19

 

St. Catharines, Ontario - Algoma Central Corporation (TSX: ALC), announced that the recently completed Algoma Conveyor, the third Seawaymax Equinox Class 740' self-unloading dry-bulk carrier, has begun its delivery voyage from China to Canada.

The vessel began its two month journey home, departing the Yangzijiang shipyard on February 16, 2019. After taking fuel in the Philippines the vessel will cross the Pacific Ocean, travelling through the Panama Canal and from there will make its way to Canada. The vessel is expected to arrive in early April.

"We are looking forward to the Algoma Conveyor joining our fleet for the 2019 navigation season as market demand and volumes are strong," said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma. "Our Canadian crews and our customers are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our new ship," added Mr. Ruhl.

The Algoma Conveyor will be the eighth Equinox Class vessel to join Algoma's Domestic Dry-Bulk fleet since the first vessel, the Algoma Equinox, arrived in 2013. The Algoma Conveyor was the first and only Equinox self-unloader partially built for Algoma by the now bankrupt Nangtong Mingde shipyard. Algoma acquired the hull at auction in September, 2017 and it was then taken to the Yangzijiang shipyard for final construction. The Equinox Class fleet now includes four gearless bulkers and four self-unloaders.

Replacement of ageing ships with modern, fuel- efficient and environmental friendly vessels enables Algoma to better serve the evolving needs of its customers.

 
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Captain Louis Rhéaume joins the Maritime simulation and resource centre

Le Capitaine Louis Rhéaume se joint au Centre de simulation et d'expertise maritime


2019-02-19

 

Québec City - Mr. Paul Racicot, Director of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), is pleased to announce the arrival of Captain Louis Rhéaume to the team. Mr. Rhéaume joined the MSRC on January 28 and will supervise the implementation of maritime expertise projects and provide his professional and administrative experience to the pilots in training.

Louis Rhéaume is a graduate of the Institut maritime du Québec and holder of a Master Foreign Going Certificate. He was a pilot on the St. Lawrence River in the Québec-Escoumins sector from 1984 to 2018, President of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation from 1999 to 2001 and member of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority from 2006 to 2018. Mr. Rhéaume holds a major in marine transportation from the Université du Québec à Rimouski (2002) and a certificate in intermodal transportation from the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)

A yachtsman in his spare time, Louis Rhéaume has, throughout his career, worked on numerous committees and working groups and enjoys an impressive reputation within the maritime community in Québec and Canada.

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West Coast marine interests underline binational sustainable shipping co-operation

2019-02-19

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).

Vancouver/Seattle -The Canadian-based Chamber of Shipping and the United States' based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association today expressed their joint support for continued binational federal leadership in ensuring safe and sustainable shipping.

Both organizations are focused on the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea as a vital gateway for marine commerce in Canada and the United States, and as a significant part of the larger North American supply chain that supports businesses, jobs and a high standard of living in both nations. The Salish Sea is a sensitive ecosystem and, while it plays a crucial role in our economies, ensuring its ecological sustainment and protecting species at risk is a shared responsibility.

The marine transportation industry is committed to doing its part, including supporting the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. In fact, both organizations are active participants in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's ECHO program, which seeks to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales in the Salish Sea.

 

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Kalmar and Cummins join to launch new terminal tractor

Kalmar et Cummins s'associent pour lancer un nouveau tracteur de terminal


2019-02-15

 

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has taken the latest step towards its goal to offer the whole equipment portfolio as electrically powered options by 2021 with the announcement of Cummins as the electrification solution provider for its terminal tractor offering.

The Kalmar Electric Terminal Tractor that is due to be launched in 2020 will be equipped with a 107 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of DC fast charge. This means that operators will be able to take advantage of opportunity charging during shift breaks. To maintain battery life, a thermal management system keeps it within the optimal temperature range, enabling the machine to operate in a range of climates. The Cummins driveline solution eliminates the need for a transmission on a terminal tractor, simplifying the overall system and reducing maintenance needs.

Cummins will provide powertrain technology, including the batteries, for the Kalmar Electric Terminal Tractor (KT2E). Kalmar has already launched the fully electric Kalmar Ottawa electric terminal tractor (OT2E) in the US in 2018. This product joins Kalmar's growing portfolio of fully electric equipment including both light and medium forklift trucks and Kalmar's own FastCharge(TM) solution for horizontal equipment including AGV's, Shuttle and Straddle Carriers.

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Vancouver south shore rail project moves ahead

2019-02-14

 

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).

Vancouver, BC - The Government of Canada, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and CN have signed an agreement to upgrade key infrastructure to increase capacity on a critical segment of trade infrastructure in the Greater Vancouver area.
The project is part of a long-term strategy to increase capacity and grade-separate the Burrard Inlet rail corridor that services the south shore port area in Vancouver. It consists of double-tracking a four-kilometre section of rail that links expanding import and export terminals on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet to the national rail network.
By building a second track, CN will create more rail capacity, allow for a better flow of rail traffic in and out of the port, and improve efficiencies in the supply chain.
"We are pleased to participate in this historic infrastructure project. The Port of Vancouver is the busiest global trade export gateway of Canada and we must make the most of the existing limited assets," said J.J. Ruest, President and Chief Executive Officer at CN. "Increasing run-through rail capacity with strategic investments will benefit all aspects of the supply chain.  With today's announcement, Canada is signalling to our international trade partners that we take trade and its importance to the Canadian economy very seriously."

 

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