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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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Kevin Bourbonnais new President of Logistec Environmental Services and Sanexen

Kevin Bourbonnais nouveau président de Logistec Environnement et de Sanexen


2019-09-17

 

LOGISTEC Corporation announced that Kevin Bourbonnais has accepted the role of President of Logistec Environmental Services Inc. and SANEXEN.

His appointment is a clear reflection of Sanexen's current state: ready to take on the future and work closely with our customers and partners to deliver consistent growth for the next years.

Over nearly three decades, Kevin Bourbonnais has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments. Kevin was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. from August 2013 to 2018. As part of the acquisition of Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. by Logistec in March 2018, Kevin joined the management team as Vice-President, Logistec Stevedoring U.S.A. Inc.

"After a rigorous and wide-ranging selection process, the Board of Directors of Logistec and I are delighted to appoint Kevin to the role of President of Logistec Environmental and Sanexen. Kevin has proven to be a successful and trusted leader and brings to this position a strong reputation for developing people and inspiring teams. There is enormous opportunity for Sanexen that lies ahead, and we couldn't be happier with Kevin joining this incredible team and leading the next chapter," said Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of LOGISTEC. (photo Logistec)

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Seaway tonnage moves closer to 2018 levels

Tonnage sur la Voie maritime se rapproche du volume de 2018


2019-09-17

 

August proved to be a strong month for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping led by grain exports, iron ore, road salt and construction materials. Despite the busy August, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo tonnage from March 22 to August 31 totaled 20.9 million tonnes, down 3.5 per cent from last year.

"For the most part, Canadian grain volumes have been in line with 2018 and we expect that trend will continue in the fall as the new harvests come to market while iron ore exports should remain strong," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "The Seaway is also attracting more international salt imports - cargo that in the past typically came through the Gulf Coast. This business has helped offset decreases in steel imports, which have been crimped by the imposition of tariffs".

August was a big month for dry bulk shipments, including salt and stone. For the year, dry bulk is up 12 per cent compared to 2018, while salt shipments are up 23.7 per cent as cities and towns replenish in preparation for the coming winter.

Canadian grain shipments via the Seaway for the season totaled 4.3 million metric tons, down just 1.9 per cent from 2018.  Prairie canola has been the star performer with exports via the Port of Thunder Bay to Europe and Latin America surging by 85 per cent this season.  There is more stock available due to China not buying canola from Canada and there is more demand after the European canola crop was much smaller this year. (photo SLSMC)

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