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MSC joins carriers shunning NSR


2019-10-21

 

MSC announced it will not explore or use the Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia for container shipping. This follows similar decisions recently announced by two other major carriers, CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd.

The company said it decided not to use the Arctic as a new short cut between northern Europe and Asia and will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes.

The Northern Sea Route lies entirely in Arctic waters and has been trialed by other shipping lines seeking to take advantage of melting ice from global warming. MSC is convinced that the 21 million containers moved each year for its customers can be transported around the world without passing through this Arctic corridor.

"As a responsible company with a longstanding nautical heritage and passion for the sea, MSC finds the disappearance of Arctic ice to be profoundly disturbing. Every drop in the oceans is precious and our industry should focus its efforts on limiting environmental emissions and protecting the marine environment across existing trade routes," said Diego Aponte, President & CEO, MSC Group.

A surge in container shipping traffic in the Arctic could damage air quality and endanger the biodiversity of untouched marine habitats - a risk MSC is not willing to take.
According to MSC, the decision to avoid the Northern Sea Route is complementary to the company's broader strategic approach to sustainability. (photo MSC)

 


 
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GCT joins TradeLens supply chain platform

2019-10-18

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 - Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) has joined the TradeLens supply chain platform, underpinned by blockchain technology.

GCT operates four strategically located, big ship ready terminals on the west and east coast of North America. A leader in technologically advanced terminal operations, no company is more prepared to keep pace with the changing needs of global supply chains than GCT.

In the Port of Vancouver, GCT Canada is at the heart of the Asia-Pacific Gateway. GCT Deltaport is Canada's largest marine terminal, providing the most efficient ship-to-rail discharge facility worldwide, and GCT Vanterm is among the most productive terminals on the continent.

In the Port of New York and New Jersey, GCT USA boasts the fastest truck processing and vessel productivity in the harbor. GCT New York is a full service facility offering near-dock CES operations, on-terminal warehousing, and unique customer solutions. GCT Bayonne pioneered truck appointments on the East Coast using the latest technology, providing consistent and reliable turn-times. Both USA terminals offer first and last port-of-call intermodal advantage with their on-dock rail facilities.

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Hapag-Lloyd rules out Arctic shipping

2019-10-09

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).

 

Hamburg, Germany - German shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd says it will not use the Arctic shipping passages which are now open as the sea ice in the Arctic is melting.
"Hapag-Lloyd does not use the Northwest Passage or the Northeast Passage as shipping routes right now, nor are there any plans to do so in the future," stated Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability at Hapag-Lloyd.

With its stance on the possible route through the Arctic, the German carrier joins French container shipping company CMA CGM. In August, CMA CGM said that none of its 500 vessels would use the Northern Sea Route along Siberia as it would represent "a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems."

"The particles produced by the combustion of carbon-based fossils and fuels contribute to global warming, which can in turn harm our ecosystems. As long as there are no guarantees that these passages can be navigated without negatively impacting the environment, using them is out of the question for Hapag-Lloyd, as well," added Mr. Erdmann.

According to Mr. Erdmann, the significance of the above sea passages for container shipping is still limited as the window of time during which ships can navigate through the Arctic region continues to be relatively narrow. At present, it would be difficult to use these routes regularly.

"What's more, since container ships operate in liner services, we must take a long and hard look at whether the time one might save from the shorter distances offered by using the Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage would result in genuine economic benefits, especially when taking into account the draughts of larger ships or the fact that ships would likely need to have the appropriate ice classes.

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Logistec appoints Michel Miron to lead its Gulf Stream Marine operations

Logistec nomme Michel Miron pour diriger Gulf Stream Marine

2019-10-08

 

 

 

 

MONTREAL - LOGISTEC Corporation today announced that company veteran Michel Miron will take the helm as head of its Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. operations. As Executive Vice-President of GSM, he will oversee all operational management and commercial activities in GSM's port terminals strategically located throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast.

With over 30 years of hands-on experience in the marine and transportation industry and 20 years as a member of Logistec Stevedoring's senior leadership team, Michel Miron has been instrumental in identifying emerging market opportunities and implementing innovative solutions to serve Logistec's customers. As Vice-President of Logistec Stevedoring, he has helped customers succeed in their markets by finding creative ways to increase efficiencies beyond terminal operations, by looking at the whole supply chain and working as partners.

 

"Michel is our go-to guy when we need a fresh perspective on an opportunity. His incredible depth of knowledge and unique way of looking at a challenge exemplifies the strength of our team as well as our commercial and operational leadership," said Rodney Corrigan, President, Logistec Stevedoring. "He leads by example and is a team player, which means that under his leadership, we will continue to invest in this strategic franchise and our most passionate talent to strengthen our presence in this region."

 

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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).

SHIP adds green tech park to Navazone and Novaporte project

2019-10-03

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYDNEY, NS  -  Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), a privately owned, Canadian seaport investment and development company, announced today the creation of a new, strategic initiative to run in conjunction with its existing exclusive port mandate. The new strategic initiative will establish eastern North America's most energy efficient, most environmentally advanced, deep water port, logistics park and on-dock rail facility in the Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

As a component of Novaporte's Green Design Strategy, the Port and adjacent logistics park, Novazone, will be the greenest facilities of their kind in the world, with a carbon neutral footprint. This green design is under the direction of AECOM, one of the world's largest infrastructure engineering firms. A critical part of this strategy calls for the establishment of a park within a park dedicated to nurturing and commercializing the latest green technologies. ??"Our goal is to provide the green fuels, energy, lubricants and other products, as well the supporting infrastructure that our shipping, ro-ro and bulk partners require," said Albert Barbusci, CEO of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners.

This dynamic new venture, operating under the name NOVARe, will be undertaken in concert with First Nations.

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