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Record tonnage since Sept- Îles Port Authority was created

Tonnage record depuis la création de l'Administration portuaire de Sept-Îles


2020-01-23

 

 

The Port of Sept-Îles announced an increase of more than 15% in volume handled in 2019, at 29,292,000 tonnes compared to 25,363,000 tonnes the year before. This is the fourth best year since the record-setting 34,948,000 tonnes handled in 1979, and the best year since the Sept-Îles Port Authority was created in 1999.

In 2019, 481 ships anchored in Sept-Îles Bay-53 more than in 2018. The multi-user dock accommodated 45 vessels for a total of 7,776,000 tonnes handled, a 40% increase over 2018. Québec Iron Ore began shipping last year, and a new user, Tacora Resources Inc., brought in another 917,000 tonnes. IOC Rio Tinto also carried out split cargoes on vessels chartered by Tacora. Another major milestone- 10,000,000 tonnes handled at the multi-user dock-was reached in August.

In June the Port welcomed the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord Region, to a traditional ground-breaking ceremony in confirmation of the equal participation by the two levels of government to the cost of the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal modernization project, for a total of more than $13.3 million, or two-thirds of an estimated investment of $20 million.

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IMO hails "relatively smooth" transition to new sulphur limit

L'OMI salue une transition «relativement douce» vers la nouvelle limite de soufre


2020-01-22

 

 

 

 

Since January 1, the global upper limit on the sulphur content of ships' fuel oil has been reduced to 0.5% from 3.5% under the so-called "IMO 2020" regulation. This is significantly reducing the amount of sulphur oxide emanating from ships and will have major health and environmental benefits, particularly for people living close to ports and coasts. The International Maritime Organization has stated that information from various sources has pointed to "a relatively smooth transition to the 0.50% sulphur limit."

Prices for compliant fuels - very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO) rose quickly initially but now appear to be stabilizing. As of January 20, 10 cases of compliant fuel being unavailable had been reported in IMO's Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS); and the dedicated email address established by the IMO Secretariat ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) has not received any specific correspondence reporting issues with implementation.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said "I believe it is testimony to the diligence and dedication of IMO, its Member States, the shipping industry, the fuel supply industry and other relevant industries that such a major rule change is being implemented successfully without significant disruption to maritime transport and those that depend on it."

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Halifax cargo volumes hold steady

 


2020-01-21

 

 

 

 

Canada's Port of Halifax on the Atlantic Coast has reported continued steady cargo trends, with total and container volumes in 2019 nearly matching 2018.

Performance in the container sector was described as "consistent with last year" as containerized throughput amounted to 546,691 TEUs versus 548,000 TEUs in 2018. In the past few years, the port has attracted new Asian services via the Suez Canal and new generation containerships above 10,000-TEUs capacity.

Total traffic handled at the port in 2019 was 8.6 million tonnes versus 9 million tonnes in 2018.
(photo HPA)


 
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