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CN operations to resume tomorrow after tentative deal ending strike

Les opérations du CN reprendront demain après l'entente de principe mettant fin à la grève


2019-11-26

 

 

 

A tentative deal ending a week-long strike by 3,000 CN railway workers was announced this morning by Teamsters Canada and confirmed by CN Rail management.

CN normal operations are to resume tomorrow at 6 a.m. across Canada.
Pressure had been mounting from various industries including grain, fertilizer and auto for the Federal government to impose back to work legislation.  Quebec farmers were very upset over a shortage of propane.

The striking conductors and yard employees were demanding improved working conditions in particular.  The strike had left some three dozen vessels waiting at Canada's West coast ports to load grain shipments destined for Asian markets.  Only a small number of cars from CP Railway had been reaching the grain terminals.

A statement from CN Rail, said staffers would return to work at 2 p.m. today. "We want to thank our customers for their patience and support and assure them that CN is preparing to resume full rail operations as soon as possible," JJ Ruest, president and CEO of CN, said a written statement.

It was the biggest rail strike in a decade, potentially impacting on about half of Canada exports. Photo: CN

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Fednav excellence recognized by two industry awards

L'excellence de Fednav reconnue par deux prix de l'industrie



2019-11-26

 

 

 

HAMBURG, Germany - Fednav Limited was presented with two awards at a gala dinner organized last night by the International Bulk Journal. One was the Special Achievement award, presented in recognition of the company's 75 years of success in the industry. The other was Bulk Ship of the Year award represented by the Federal St Laurent, one of Fednav's latest Great Lakes-Suitable handysize vessel. Both awards were accepted by Paul Pathy, President and CEO, at a ceremony held at the Grand Elysee Hotel.

These two awards spotlight Fednav's excellence in the maritime industry for over seven decades of dedication. With constant leadership in implementing the highest operating standards regarding the safety and efficiency of its fleet, the company aims to constantly lessen its environmental performance. This recent vessel, the 2019-built Federal St Laurent, has further evolved technologically to improve fuel efficiency and meet Fednav's bold objective of constantly reducing greenhouse gases. Named after the river that flows through the city from its headquarters in Montreal, the vessel is the fourth to be named Federal St. Laurent. This name represents the close relationship between the company and the St. Lawrence River and its maritime community. From a small shipping company to a leading shipowner and terminal operator, Fednav has made a name for itself as being one of the top employers for nearly a decade, putting people first, aiming to lead through a shared commitment to excellence. It is through long-lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers that the company has grown, all while maintaining its reliability in ocean shipping and displaying unwavering consistency and integrity.

 

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Halterm container terminal rebranded as PSA Halifax

 

2019-11-26

 

 

Halifax, NS - Singapore-based PSA International has announced the rebranding of the Halterm container terminal acquired last July from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners as PSA Halifax.

The Halifax terminal is PSA's first coastal terminal in Canada and currently the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can serve mega container vessels. With a depth alongside of up to 16 metres, the terminal is now extending the main berth, which will enable PSA Halifax to handle two mega container vessels. It is concurrently adding a fifth Super Post-Panamax Quay Crane by June 2020.

Kim Holtermand, CEO and Managing Director, PSA Halifax, said, "We are proud of our history dating back to 1969. While developing new capabilities, greater capacity and further strengthening our bench, it is with pride that our team now becomes PSA Halifax.

"Through this rebranding, the Halifax operation, with its longstanding reputation for service quality and a commitment to customer service, clearly positions itself as an important node in the global PSA network. Our new name "PSA Halifax" reflects our Port City focus and vision, as well as our aspiration to be recognised among existing and new customers, as Eastern Canada's gateway for global trade in 2020 and for decades to come," added Mr. Holtermand. (Photo PSA International)


 
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CSL receives industry award for improving Seafarer Safety

CSL reçoit un prix de l'industrie pour avoir amélioré la sécurité des marins



2019-11-26

 

 

 

MONTREAL- CSL received the prestigious Award for Safety in Bulk Handling at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards on November 25, 2019, in Hamburg, Germany. The award was presented to CSL in recognition of its innovative work to improve seafarer safety when operating landing booms.

"I am extremely proud of our technical and safety teams who, with their ingenuity and tenacity have refined the landing boom equipment and procedures," said Louis Martel, President and CEO of the CSL Group.

"Thanks to their efforts, the risks associated with embarking/disembarking vessels via the landing boom and seaway ladder have been significantly reduced.

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CMC issues red flag on raising Moses-Saunders dam water levels


2019-11-25

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).

Ottawa, ON - Closing the St. Lawrence Seaway in December to accommodate higher water outflow at the Moses-Saunders dam, as called for by some resident groups, would cost the Canadian and U.S. economies $250 million/per week, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce. Such a move would impact farmers' grain exports, manufacturing plant operations and disrupt deliveries of fuel, construction materials and road salt for winter safety to sites throughout the region.

The CMC said it issued comments to provide a wider context of the economic repercussions related to calls to increase the water outflow at Moses-Saunders dam to levels that would be unsafe for navigation and in effect halt shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway during December.

Increasing outflows above the safe navigation limit to the highest levels possible would lower Lake Ontario levels less than four centimetres a week. In a closure situation, it would take more than two weeks to clear ship traffic and removal of buoys duties before outflows begin. Ice conditions could also prohibit maximum levels. This negligible reduction would come at a huge cost to commercial navigation.

"We have the greatest sympathy for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River residents and business owners that have been impacted by flooding due to unprecedented weather conditions. This situation has also cost our supply chain millions of dollars," said Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows. "Halting St. Lawrence Seaway shipping altogether would cause major harm to our economy and achieve no noticeable benefit for flooding victims. We call on the IJC and government leaders to collaborate with affected stakeholders to find solutions that look at shoreline resiliency, flood management zones and what can be done during the winter when the St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to navigation. "

 

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