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The MSRC wins bid for the training of the Great Lakes pilots

Le CSEM remporte un appel d'offres pour la formation des pilotes des Grands Lacs


2019-09-23

 

Québec City - The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), a world-class pilot simulation training and port feasibility studies facility, is pleased to announce that it has been granted a four-year contract, with an optional additional year, to provide training for all pilots under the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA).

To ensure transparency, fairness and merit-based business practices, last May, the GLPA issued a request for proposals (RFP) to training facilities across Canada seeking proposals from bidders to provide specialized ship simulator training courses and exercises for its marine pilots and apprentice-pilots of the Great Lakes Region.

The seven-part bid solicitation was very stringent in terms of technical capabilities, human resource skills, experience and financial stability. "The MSRC is extremely proud to have been selected by the GLPA as their sole training provider," declared MSRC's Director, Paul Racicot. "This is a very strong vote of confidence from a well-established pilotage authority."

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Algoma Central Corporation agrees to acquire Croatia-built vessel

2019-09-20

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).

Algoma Central Corporation has announced it has reached an agreement with 3Maj Brodogradiliste d.d. of Croatia under which Algoma will acquire a new Equinox Class 650' self-unloading dry-bulk carrier upon completion of the vessel by the Shipyard.

The vessel, the second of two such ships that were to be built by 3Maj for the Company, is partially built and moored at the 3Maj shipyard in Rijeka. Work on the vessel was halted in 2017 when the Shipyard entered an extended period of financial difficulties. Algoma took delivery of the Algoma Innovator, a sister ship and the first ship built under a two-vessel contract, near the beginning of the 2018 navigation season. Algoma cancelled the contract for the second ship along with the contracts for three Seaway-max self-unloading vessels in 2018 as a result of the financial problems at the Shipyard.

Under this new contract, 3Maj will complete the vessel with financing provided by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and has committed to a delivery date of September 15, 2020. Algoma will pay the agreed price of the vessel at delivery, subject to certain penalties for late delivery, including a cancellation right if delivery is delayed beyond an agreed date.

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5th annual meeting of chainPORT in Montreal deemed a success

La cinquième réunion annuelle chainPORT à Montréal qualifié d'un succès


2019-09-18

 

The Port of Montreal is pleased to have hosted the fifth annual meeting of the chainPORT association-the multilateral partnership of the world's leading smart ports-for two days, on September 16 and 17. The meeting was held at Centech, where the Port of Montreal launched its very own port innovation accelerator a year ago, thus becoming the only of its kind in North America.

While welcoming delegates to the event, Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority mentioned: "We see our membership into chainPORT as significant in facilitating and accelerating our digital transformation by tapping into a very rich pool of knowledge and expertise."

Montreal was in fact well positioned to hold such discussions, with its stated ambition to become a global hub in artificial intelligence. While the overarching theme of the meeting was "innovation ecosystems", Vachon continued by saying that "we are confident that by the end of the event, delegates got a true sense of what makes Montreal a unique model and a true North American leader in innovation."

The discussions were centred on the need for supply chains to become more predictable in serving customers. The insights from invited key international cargo interests confirmed that deliverables under chainPORT must align with expectations of cargo owners and port users as the manufacturing industry simultaneously undergoes digital transformation.

A top priority on this year's agenda was accelerating the smart adoption of artificial intelligence in the port sector. During a visit at the O-Mile-X, North America's largest artificial intelligence lab, Dr. Bengio elaborated in practical terms how artificial intelligence can advance the collective innovation agenda of the maritime industry in tackling complex logistical problems. The technology holds tremendous potential to further optimize processes and increase efficiency in ports.

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