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Sixth consecutive record cargo year announced at Montreal Gold-Headed Cane ceremony

Le Port de Montréal célèbre le capitaine gagnant et souligne une 6e année record consécutive

2020-01-06

 

 

Canada's second largest port passed a historic milestone of 40 million tonnes of cargo in 2019, it was announced on the occasion of the annual Gold-Headed Cane awarded to the captain of the first ocean-going vessel to reach Montreal without a stopover in the New Year. It was also another record performance for container traffic.

The Gold-Headed Cane, a port tradition since 1840, was awarded to Captain Qin Xiao Fei, a Chinese national, Master of the Exeborg which had left the Port of Sauda, Norway, on Dec 21 and crossed the Port of Montreal's limits on January 3 at 2.11 a.m.

"In awarding this symbolic and historic cane to Captain Qin, we are expressing our gratitude and appreciation to the men and women who are at the heart of maritime economic activity all over the world," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

The Exeborg is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montreal by the Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. It docked early Friday morning at berth 42, at the terminal operated by Logistec. The Exeborg will stay there for a few days, the time it takes to unload its cargo: ferromanganese, used for the design and manufacture of high quality, ultra-resistant steel.

In the presence of many representatives of the marine industry and Montreal's business community, as well as political figures, the MPA also recognized the work of the pilots of the Corporation of Mid St. Lawrence Pilots, Patrick Caron and Éric Godolphin, who safely guided the ship to port.

Among government representatives offering some brief comments was Chantal Rouleau, Québec Minister for Transport responsible for maritime strategy and development of a Projet Saint Laurent vision. In this connection, the Minister underlined the strategic importance for the federal government to maintain an effective Canadian Coast Guard fleet to protect a smooth flow of maritime trade on the St. Lawrence River.

At the ceremony, the MPA released preliminary (unaudited) statistics for 2019. During the review, it was announced that the Port of Montreal had another record year in 2019 in terms of the total volume of goods handled, the sixth year in a row. For the first time in its history, the Port of Montreal surpassed the 40 million tonne mark in cargo handled, reaching 40.5 million tonnes, up 4.1% over 2018.

A new record was also set on the container front, with a total of 1.75 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) handled and an increase of 4.4% over last year.

"In 2020, we are projecting that container traffic could increase another 3%," Tony Boemi, the MPA's VP Growth and Development, told Maritime Magazine.

Last year was also highlighted by solid results on the bulk front. The dry bulk sector had a 15.9% upswing in tonnage with a total of 9.3 million tonnes. Notably, grain increased by 109%. Liquid bulk remained stable at 16.2 million tonnes.

The cruise sector had more than 100,000 passengers and crew members.


 

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The Port of Montreal welcomes the first ocean-going vessel of 2020

Le Port de Montréal                       accueille le premier navire océanique de 2020



2020-01-03

 

 

 

 

Montréal, January 3, 2020 - The Exeborg became the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2020, by crossing the downstream limits of the Port at Sorel on January 3, at 2:11 a.m.
The Exeborg under the command of Captain Qin Xiao Fei, is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montréal by the Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. The exeborg left the Port of Sauda, Norway, on December 21.

It docked this morning at Berth 42 at the terminal operated by Logistec.

Captain Qin Xiao Fei will receive Monday, January 6, as part of an official ceremony, the Gold-Headed Cane, a trophy awarded each year to the Master of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. This ceremony will mark the 181st anniversary of this great tradition in the shipping community.

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Davie approche de son but avoué

Davie nears its stated goal

2019-12-19

 

Pierre Terrien

Éditeur, Maritime Magazine

 

Le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé aujourd'hui par communiqué que le chantier naval Davie s'est préqualifié en vue de devenir le troisième partenaire stratégique dans le cadre de Stratégie nationale de construction navale (SNCN). Le troisième chantier partenaire au titre de la SNCN construira six brise-glaces de programme pour la Garde côtière canadienne (GCC).

C'était un secret de polichinelle que le chantier de Lévis, après avoir accommodé le gouvernement canadien par des offres non sollicitées et brillamment exécutées afin de parer a des lacunes béantes au sein de la marine canadienne et la GCC, était pressentit pour venir appuyer les efforts des chantiers Irving Shipbuilding Inc. et Seaspan Shipyards qui ont eu beaucoup difficultés à instaurer une cadence de production raisonnable pour la construction des navires qu'on leur avait commandés en 2011. Et ce, malgré de généreuses subventions afin de se moderniser, ce qui était pourtant proscrit dans les conditions de sélection de la SNCN. Dans le cas d'Irving, les subventions sont venues du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse alors que Seaspan a obtenu de l'aide du gouvernement fédéral pour pratiquement, construire un chantier capable de livrer les navires commandés par l'État.

Alors que l'annonce d'aujourd'hui était attendue avant le déclenchement des élections cet automne, une plainte provenant de Heddle Marine de l'Ontario concernant les conditions d'éligibilité en vue de devenir le troisième chantier de la SNCN a retardé le processus de sélection. Certaines exigences jugées discriminatoires par Heddle ont donc été corrigées afin de permettre à ce chantier d'être considéré aussi pour l'obtention des importants contrats liés à la désignation de troisième chantier.

C'est donc maintenant officiel, Davie a démontré, selon Ottawa, qu'il répondait aux exigences initiales concernant l'expérience, la capabilité et la capacité, comme défini dans l'invitation à se qualifier publiée le 2 août 2019. «Une excellente nouvelle pour les travailleurs du chantier et de tous les fournisseurs au Québec et au Canada pour des années à venir», nous affirme Frédéric Boisvert, Vice-président, Affaires publiques chez Davie.

Alex Vicefield, président du conseil d'administration de Chantier Davie Canada inc., a déclaré lui dans un communiqué de Davie: « L'annonce historique d'aujourd'hui marque le début d'un programme multigénérationnel qui s'échelonnera sur les trente prochaines années et qui solidifiera la position de Chantier Davie en tant que leader mondial en matière de livraison de navires spécialisés essentiels pour les missions. »

James Davies, Président et Chef de la direction de Chantier Davie a souligné quant à lui  «Il s'agira du plus grand programme de construction navale réalisé au Québec depuis la seconde Guerre mondiale, ce qui assurera la stabilité des emplois chez Davie et qui favorisera le développement de la grappe maritime québécoise. Celle-ci sera un moteur important de l'économie de la province. Nous avons maintenant hâte de rappeler au travail le plus rapidement possible les 1 000 travailleurs qui ont été mis à pied en 2017.»

 

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Industry associations submit strong proposal to IMO on R&D for decarbonization

Des associations soumettent une proposition forte à l'OMI sur la R&D en décarbonisation

2019-12-18

 

 

A proposal to set up a fund to support research and development into zero-emission ships was submitted today to IMO for discussion at the next meeting of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2020. If it is eventually adopted and enters into force as an amendment to MARPOL, it would establish a levy on every tonne of bunkers worldwide.

The proposal is backed by eight industry organizations - BIMCO, CLIA, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo, Interferry, Intertanko, International Parcel Tankers Association, and the World Shipping Council and would be financed by shipping companies worldwide via a mandatory R&D contribution of USD 2 per tonne of marine fuel purchased for consumption by shipping companies worldwide, which would generate about USD 5 billion in core funding over a 10-year period.

ICS notes in a press release that meeting the IMO GHG reduction goals will require the deployment of new zero-carbon technologies and propulsion systems, such as green hydrogen and ammonia, fuel cells, batteries and synthetic fuels produced from renewable energy sources.  These do not yet exist in a form or scale that can be applied to large commercial ships, especially those engaged in transoceanic voyages and which are currently dependent on fossil fuels.

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Seaway traffic down under challenging conditions

Trafic de la Voie maritime en baisse dans des conditions difficiles

2019-12-18

 

 

As the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway heads into the final weeks of the 2019 shipping season, ports along the Great Lakes are reporting the wins and challenges they're facing at the end of the year.Overall cargo on the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 34 million metric tons at the end of November; down 6 per cent from 2018. (Figures represent volumes from March 22 through November 30.)

"Tonnage results on the Seaway reflect the more challenging conditions encountered this year as compared to 2018, in which Seaway tonnage was at a 10-year high," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "Trade tensions, difficult navigational conditions due to very high-water flows within the St. Lawrence River, combined with adverse weather conditions impacting grain harvests, have served to restrain total cargo volumes. Looking ahead, we see carriers working hard to wrap up the year and clear some backlogs of freight, especially western grain, which underscores the importance of the final weeks of the navigation season."

For the third consecutive year, the Port of Toronto moved more than 2 million metric tons of bulk and general cargo products through the Port, representing another strong year in marine imports. By the end of 2019, more than 190 ships will have visited the Port of Toronto, bringing sugar, road salt, cement, aggregate and steel directly into the heart of downtown Toronto.

"From the cement and steel used to build and enhance infrastructure across the Greater Toronto Area to the sugar used to support the food and beverage industry, the goods delivered through the Port of Toronto are part of an important supply chain that services many of the city's key sectors," says Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of Ports Toronto. "In 2020 and beyond, the Port will continue to provide Canadian and international businesses with a convenient, cost-effective and environmentally-responsible way of bringing goods into Canada's largest city."

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