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Proposed Hamilton-Oshawa port merger stirs shock waves in Oshawa

Le projet de fusion du port de Hamilton-Oshawa suscite une onde de choc à Oshawa

2019-02-13

Transport Canada's recently announced 'surprise' plan to amalgamate the ports of Hamilton and Oshawa has stirred shock waves among Oshawa municipal and port officials, reported The Oshawa Express community newspaper.

Mayor Dan Carter said he was on a train coming back from a meeting with provincial representatives when he heard the news. He indicated there was "no discussion" in advance with the city on a potential merger. "I am not pleased with this process at all."

He added there were a number of unanswered questions such as how much of a voice the City of Oshawa will have in any new structure.

 

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Sweden sets out to lead world shipping towards decarbonisation

La Suède veut mener le transport maritime mondial vers la décarbonisation

2019-02-13

Swedish shipping is setting out to be ahead of the pack when it comes to decarbonisation. The Swedish Shipowners' Association has outlined plans to be fossil fuel free by 2045, five years' ahead of current IMO decarbonisation targets.
The association is developing a roadmap to net zero greenhouse gas emissions in partnership with Fossil-free Sweden, a government initiative.
The heads of the two bodies wrote an opinion article for local financial newspaper, Dagens Industri, in which they stated that with the right incentives, shipping can transform to become fossil fuel free in 26 years' time.
A national target to cut emissions from domestic transport 70% by 2030, on the way to net zero in 2045, is "challenging but not impossible", wrote shipowners boss Rikard Engström and Svante Axelsson, the head of Fossil-free Sweden.

 

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Port of Trois-Rivières funding environmental protection and innovation

Port de Trois-Rivières soutien l'innovation et protection de l'environnement

2019-02-12

The Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) is continuing to deploy its On Course for 2030 plan by setting up two funds for its users, with a total investment of $2.5 million over five years, it was announced on February 11.

First of all, the Environment Fund aims to support users' investments in solutions that will improve the Port's environmental performance, in a spirit of sustainable development. Through this innovative initiative, the TRPA wishes not only to support the implementation of projects, but also to enable them to be carried out earlier.

"With the participation of those who work there, the Port's environmental practices have already enabled it to position itself advantageously. However, its record in this regard must continue to improve. Indeed, shippers no longer choose a port solely on the basis of its productivity, just as citizens no longer evaluate it solely on the basis of its economic impact. It is also judged on the basis of its environmental performance. Environmental protection and economic development go hand in hand," stresses Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the TRPA.

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ICS looks beyond game changing sulphur cap

L'ICS regarde au-delà du révolutionnaire plafond de soufre

2019-02-12

"The 2020 global sulphur cap will be the regulatory game changer of the decade with profound implications for the economics of shipping" believes Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson. "But there are even more profound changes to come.  We are rapidly moving into a multi-fuel future to be followed we hope, in the 2030s, by the arrival of commercially viable zero CO2fuels suitable for global application."

Mr Poulsson was speaking following the ICS Board meeting in London last week, attended by senior representatives of the world's national shipowners' associations.

As the 1 January 2020 deadline for the sulphur cap approaches, ICS members reviewed progress in persuading the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) to take measures to address expected implementation problems.  This includes outstanding safety and fuel compatibility issues associated with the use of new 0.5% sulphur blends and continuing uncertainty over the availability of compliant fuels in every port worldwide, a particular challenge for tramp trades.  The ICS Board concluded that it will be vital for the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee to complete this work at its meeting in May 2019, as shipowners begin ordering compliant fuels.

"While fuel suppliers must play their part in providing sufficient quantities of safe and compliant low sulphur fuels, shipowners must urgently prepare their ship specific implementation plans for 2020," said Esben Poulsson. "This should be carried out using the IMO template adopted at the industry's request and the detailed advice prepared by ICS which we have just updated to take account of other recent IMO decisions.  This will be vital to reduce the possibility of teething problems or in the event of initial Port State Control difficulties due to factors beyond the shipowner's control."

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Vancouver logistics conference looks at Canada's Big Ship readiness

2019-02-11

By Colin Laughlan

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 -Speaking on what it takes to be big ship ready, a panel of experts representing key links in Canada's cargo transportation chain told an industry conference it was crucial to prepare for the surge in container traffic generated especially by the arrival of ultra-large vessels at the country's sea ports. But different views were expressed on where capacity was the most needed.

The panel discussion was presented by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation in North America (CILTNA) at the 6th annual Cargo Logistics Canada Conference (Feb. 7-9), and was moderated by Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping.

"The issue is not really the size of the ship," affirmed Tony Boemi, Vice President, Growth and Development, Port of Montreal. "The issue is do we have the infrastructure to handle all the containers that come off the ship?"

Mr. Boemi noted that the Port of Montreal's 17 per cent growth in containers over the past two years "caught everybody by surprise" and spurred a $50-million investment in rail optimization along with extended terminal hours and a significant increase in waterfront labour since November 2018. He added that the port's biggest area of focus now is on information technology using artificial intelligence to develop data analytics "to predict what will happen in the next day or two days."

Jordan Kajfasz, Assistant Vice President of International Intermodal and Automotive at CP Rail, identified inland terminal capacity as the critical issue. "You need capacity beyond the port," said Mr. Kajfasz. "You can take a 18,000 TEU ship, you can have a super post Panamax crane, a mile-long berth, and build a 12,000-foot train track, but if you don't have the inland capacity to process that much cargo ... the supply chain will start to fail when it's put under pressure."

He added that CP "has 150 acres worth of capacity on terminal now in Toronto," and has land for expansion "across all markets in all its locations in North America. If you don't have room to grow, at some point you're going to be landlocked."  
Mr. Kaifasz said the best way to plan was to "start inland and build your way back (to the ocean port). That's the critical aspect for being big ship ready."

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