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Federal government funds Port of Belledune infrastructure project

Gouvernement du Canada investit dans l'infrastructure du Port de Belledune

 

2019-06-24

 

Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a major investment of $17 million to increase capacity at the Port of Belledune to move Canadian goods to international markets.

The project includes filling in the water gap between Terminals 3 and 4 to create a larger berth thereby improving the port's ability to move cargo between the terminals, and to and from vessels. This work will also create additional space for commodities at the south end of Terminal 3.

This investment is expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 340 jobs during construction. (photo Port of Belledune)

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Desgagnés christens two polar class dual fuel/LNG vessels

Desgagnés baptise deux navires de classe polaire à bicarburation/GNL

 

2019-06-20

 

Québec City - Groupe Desgagnés today proceeded with the double christening and inauguration of the M/T Paul A. Desgagnés and the M/T Rossi A. Desgagnés, two leading-edge polar class dual fuel/LNG (liquefied natural gas) petroleum/chemical tankers. The ceremony was held in front of about 500 guests at the Port of Québec. These additions to the Desgagnés fleet represent the completion of an investment plan, worth more than $200 million and launched in 2015, for the construction and commissioning of four new vessels.

The twin new-generation ships are the result of an original concept developed by Desgagnés to optimize characteristics related to safety, environmental performance and operational efficiency, as well as to adapt to the navigational conditions of northern Québec and the Great Lakes regions. Each vessel represents an investment of $50 million, of which close to $9 million for each ship was solely for the purpose of adding a dual fuel/LNG engine. With a deadweight of almost 15,000 tonnes and tanks with a capacity of more than 17,000 m³, the vessels are suitable for transporting refined petroleum or chemical products. They were built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.

"Desgagnés is very proud to have state-of-the-art vessels in its fleet," said its President and Chief Executive Officer, Louis-Marie Beaulieu. "The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés and the Rossi A. Desgagnés demonstrates Desgagnés' vision and leadership in sustainable development in a tangible way, as well as its commitment to its customers to offer a first-class marine petroleum transportation service that represents quality, safety and respects the environment."

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Modernization of Pointe-aux-Basques terminal

Modernisation du terminal Pointe-aux-Basques

 

2019-06-19

 

Sept-Îles -The Port of Sept-Îles is very pleased with the announcements made today that confirm the equal shares of both levels of government representing more than $13.3 million, or two-thirds of the costs of the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal modernization project, an estimated investment of $20 million.

It was during a "sod-turning" ceremony that the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and  Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord, took the opportunity to present their respective announcements to support the launch of construction at the terminal.
In more detail, an amount of $6.7 million was allocated to the Port of Sept-Îles under the National Trade Corridor Program (FNCC), as well as $6.7 million from the support for investments in maritime transport infrastructure (PSIITM) by the Ministry of Transport of Québec on a total project of $20 million for the restoration and modernization of the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal. The Port of Sept-Îles will fill the remaining one-third of the financing gap.

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Canadian government enters negotiations with Davie for building two ferries

Le gouvernement canadien entre en négociation avec Davie pour la construction de deux traversiers


2019-06-19

Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec - Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced on June 19 that the Government of Canada is entering into contract negotiations with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Québec, for the construction of two new ferries for Transport Canada.
The contract value and construction timelines will be determined once negotiations with the shipyard are completed. The Government of Canada will also begin discussions with the current operators of the ferries to consult them on the technical features required in the construction.

The Government of Canada had issued an Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) on May 22, 2019, signaling its intention to enter into a contract with Chantier Davie for the construction of the ferries. Other interested suppliers had 15 calendar days to submit a Statement of Capabilities to show they met the requirements laid out in the ACAN. None were submitted.

The new ferries will replace the Motor Vessel (MV) Madeleine, which is currently used for service between Îlesde-la-Madeleine, Québec, and Souris, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and the MV Holiday Island, one of two vessels used to provide service between Wood Islands, PEI, and Caribou, Nova Scotia. Both vessels are nearing the end of their life cycle. The Government of Canada wants to ensure the timeline for the construction of the ferries is determined swiftly and that they are delivered within the set timeframe. Photo: Pierre Terrien


Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec - Le 19 juin, le ministre des Transports Marc Garneau, au nom de l'honorable Carla Qualtrough, ministre des Services publics, des Achats et de l'Accessibilité, a annoncé que le gouvernement du Canada entamait des négociations contractuelles avec Chantier. Davie de Lévis, Québec, pour la construction de deux nouveaux traversiers pour Transports Canada.

La valeur du contrat et les délais de construction seront déterminés une fois les négociations avec le chantier naval terminées. Le gouvernement du Canada entamera également des discussions avec les exploitants actuels des traversiers afin de les consulter sur les caractéristiques techniques requises pour la construction.

Le 22 mai 2019, le gouvernement du Canada avait émis un préavis d'adjudication de contrat (PAC) indiquant son intention de conclure un contrat avec Chantier Davie pour la construction des traversiers. Les autres fournisseurs intéressés disposaient de 15 jours civils pour présenter un énoncé de capacités indiquant qu'ils répondaient aux exigences du PAC. Aucun n'a été soumis.

Les nouveaux traversiers remplaceront le navire à moteur Madeleine, actuellement utilisé pour le service entre Îlesde-la-Madeleine (Québec) et Souris (Île-du-Prince-Édouard), et le MV Holiday Island, l'un des deux navires utilisés pour assurer un service entre Wood Islands, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, et Caribou, en Nouvelle-Écosse. Les deux navires approchent de la fin de leur cycle de vie. Le gouvernement du Canada veut que le calendrier de construction des traversiers soit rapidement déterminé et que ceux-ci soient livrés dans les délais impartis. Photo: Pierre Terrien

 
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Atlantic Towing buys Platform Supply vessel

2019-06-18

Saint John, NB - Atlantic Towing Limited announced it has entered into a contract with Havyard Ship Technology for the purchase of a state-of-the-art Havyard 833 WE Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), the Atlantic Harrier, for delivery in April 2020.

Designed and built by Norway's Havyard Ship Technology, the Atlantic Harrier is an 89.7-meter vessel with a 1002 square meter deck area, significant cargo tankage, and accommodations for 54 people. The vessel possesses an Ice Class 1B notation and is designed to withstand the harsh operating conditions of both the North Atlantic and the North Sea.

"This is an exciting next step in Atlantic Towing's strategy to grow and continue meeting current and future demands of customers," says Gilles Gagnon, General Manager and Vice President of Atlantic Towing Limited. "The Atlantic Harrier's large cargo capacities, fuel efficiency and low emissions position it as a best-in-class PSV."

Equipped with a hybrid battery-diesel-electric propulsion package, state of the art contra-rotating propulsion drives, Clean Design notation, and Tier III low emission engines, the Atlantic Harrier will leverage 650-kilowatts of installed battery power to fully optimize vessel operating modes to significantly reduce fuel consumption during transit, DP-2 and standby activities.

"This new vessel allows us to expand our offshore capability and delivers a leading-edge design that continues to accelerate the digitization of our fleet, reduces our carbon footprint and helps our customers optimize their supply chain efficiency," says Wayne Power, Group Vice President of J.D Irving's Transportation and Logistics Division. (Photo J,D Irving)

 
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