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Thunder Bay 2020 shipping season starts


2020-03-25

 

 




The 2020 shipping season starts this week at the Port of Thunder Bay following the arrival of the Canadian Icebreaker Samuel Risley on Tuesday, March 24, the Lake Superior gateway reported in its just-released newsletter. Ice conditions are favorable compared with recent years.

Upon ice break-out, three vessels docked for the winter at Keefer Terminal will shift to grain elevators to load. Several more Canadian vessels are set to arrive in port later this week after the Soo Locks open as scheduled on March 25.

The opening of marine shipping to Thunder Bay Port elevators will help alleviate the largest winter carryover of grain in Canada since 2014. This year's backlog is the result of a strong 2019 harvest and the impact of rail blockades throughout the country earlier this winter.

The Port had its strongest season in five years in 2019. Grain shipments accounted for nearly 8.0 million of the overall 9.3 million metric tonnes of cargo shipped from Thunder Bay last year. (Photo TBPA)

 

 

 

 


 
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Port of Montreal appoints Diego Labelle as Director Port Logistics

Diego Labelle nommé Directeur, logistique portuaire du Port de Montréal

2020-03-25

 

A geographer by training, Mr. Labelle held a number of management positions at Canadian National (CN) before joining the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). He brings over 20 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the departments of risk management, intermodal operations and innovation. He was also employed by Aqua-Jet Cargo as an international transportation consultant.

His track record gives him solid skills in operations management and an excellent understanding of logistics-related issues. His experience will certainly be valued by all and of great benefit to our organization's development. (photo MPA)

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Soo Locks open 2020 Great Lakes shipping season

Les écluses Soo ouvre la saison 2020 de navigation sur les Grands Lacs


2020-03-25

 

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announced the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened at midnight Monday, marking the beginning of the 2020 Great Lakes shipping season.

The up-bound Motor Vessel H. Lee White, 704-foot long freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock. It is coming from Sturgeon Bay, Michigan and headed to Superior, Wisconsin to load cargo.

"Enabling navigation on the Great Lakes by maintaining and operating these locks are the District's most critical tasks," said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer, Detroit District. "On top of the amazing work that the team did over the 70 day maintenance period, we're taking deliberate steps to safeguard our workforce and ensure continued operations during the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Detroit District is taking precautionary measures to protect its workforce, while also remaining fully operational, leveraging physical distancing, flexible work schedules, telework, technology and virtual meetings to keep projects moving forward.

The locks were officially closed on January 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the 10 week long winter shutdown. Work on the Poe Lock included gate structural repairs, gate anchorage link replacement, gate stressing checks, gate tieback installation, repairs to concrete gate sills, emptying valve and valve machinery repairs, electronics updates and debris removal from the drainage system. The MacArthur Lock work included repairs to the gate operating machinery, inspection of gate anchorages, electronics updates and operating shelter maintenance. The MacArthur Lock, located on the south side of the Poe, will continue undergoing maintenance until mid-April. (photo U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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St. Lawrence Seaway opens amidst uncertain times

La Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent ouvre en une période incertaine

2020-03-24

 

St. Catharines, Ontario - The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway's 62nd navigation season today, with the transit through Lock 8 on the Welland Canal of the NACC Argonaut, a pneumatic cement carrier that is 50% owned by Algoma Central Corporation. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in recent months is expected to have an impact on cargo volumes on the bi-national waterway which handled 38.4 million tonnes in 2019 versus 41 million tonnes in 2018.

The Seaway's Montreal / Lake Ontario section will open on April 1st , eight days after the opening of the Welland Canal. This hybrid approach will enable the International Joint Commission to move record volumes of water out of Lake Ontario in order to provide relief to lakeshore communities battered by high water levels.

"With the COVID-19 outbreak, we are living in exceptional times. We witnessed a tremendous response by our employees and members of the broader marine community in overcoming a range of obstacles to ensure that the Seaway can open" said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC.

"The St. Lawrence Seaway provides an essential transportation service that literally feeds nations around the world, including Canada and the U.S., and supplies the inputs which keep many of our industries operating," Mr. Bowles stressed. "We will strive to do our part during this difficult period. We are implementing recommended preventive measures to protect the health of our employees, including working from home where possible. "

Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said, "Every navigation season brings opportunities and challenges and the 2020 season will be no different.  While the opportunities and challenges change each year, what remains constant are the safety, reliability, efficiency and environmental performance advantages of waterborne transportation."

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Italian ports fully operational

Les ports italiens pleinement opérationnels


2020-03-23

 

 

 

 

According to a letter from the Italian Ports Association seen by Maritime Magazine, Italian Ports are fully operational while and ensuring the safety of cargo and crew members. The letter can be read bellow.

In complete compliance with the measures adopted by the Italian Government, having the primary objective of protecting public health due to the current medical emergency, the Italian Port Association wishes to clarify that operations in ports are carried out with adequate measures.

Ports are, therefore, fully operational with all their regular services guaranteeing complete functionality of all those offices dedicated to control and verification (i.e. Port Authority, Customs, Harbour Master, Health department offices and so on).

All restrictions enforced by the Italian Government are referred only to the Cruise sector.

The measures adopted by the Government in no way restrict the transport of cargo in the country. The precautionary obligation of the so-called "Free Sanitary Practice" issued by the Local Office of Maritime Health remains in force. This document authorizes ships to berth, and all Italian ports are equipped and ready to apply any new measures deemed necessary by the Italian Office of Civil Defence, without compromising cargo operations. Photo: Port of Genoa


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