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Transport Canada maps transfer of Port of Baie-Comeau

Vers un transfer du port de Baie-Comeau

2019-08-28

 

BAIE-COMEAU, QC -The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Marc Lefebvre, president of the Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau, announced today that Transport Canada and the Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau have reached a common understanding regarding the future costs associated with the operating of the Port of Baie-Comeau, an essential step in the negotiating process towards a future transfer agreement.

For over 25 years, the Government of Canada's goal has been to transfer local port assets administered by Transport Canada to new owners in order to foster the continued sustainability of these facilities and a development better adapted to regional realities. Canada' ports contribute to economic prosperity and the creation of jobs in the communities and regions they serve. Transferring local ports makes it possible to more fully develop their potential based on the needs of current users, develop new activities and involve users and partners from the area in the management of these ports.

Launched in April 2015, the aim of the Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP) is to facilitate the transfer of the 50 remaining port assets in the Transport Canada inventory to other entities. (Photo Logistec)

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Automation implies big job losses at BC marine terminals

2019-08-28

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 - Automation will kill thousands of good jobs at marine terminal operations in British Columbia, draining hundreds of millions of dollars from the provincial economy annually, according to a new economic forecast.

"Like many other sectors, automation is sweeping the marine industry world-wide with steep declines in employment of up to 90%. It's only a matter of time before such automation happens here too," said Rob Ashton, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union - Canada, which commissioned the study.

The study found that automation is likely to eliminate more than 9200 marine terminal jobs across BC taking into account new employment automation may create.  The provincial economy stands to take a material hit from income lost in excess of $600 million annually, with tax revenues declining more than $100 million a year.

"Disruption on this scale will be felt by the provincial economy and will have an acute effect in some local communities, particularly those that rely on this industry for good jobs and the economic benefits they bring locally,' said John O'Grady, founding partner of PRISM Economics and Analysis which conducted the forecast.
The study forecasts that 11% of middle-income employment ($70,000+ per year) and 23% of high-income employment ($100,000+ per year) in the community of Delta alone risk being eliminated due to future automation in the marine terminal industry.

In Prince Rupert, one quarter of middle-income and fully two-thirds of high-income employment is at risk of elimination due to future automation, the study affirmed.
"The companies that automate these jobs out of existence stand to benefit.  It is equally clear that workers, communities and governments would be left to pick up the pieces after the damage is done," said Rob Ashton.

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Ottawa opens door to Heddle Marine by amending shipyard contract specifications

Ottawa ouvre la porte à Heddle Marine en modifiant les spécifications contractuelles des chantiers navals

2019-08-27

 

The federal government has amended its search for a third shipyard in line for potentially billions of dollars in work after allegations of bias for Quebec's Chantier Davie yard, but is standing firm in several other areas, according to a Canadian Press report.

This follows a late-hour complaint by Hamilton-based Heddle Marine filed at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Responding recently to Maritime Magazine over the new situation, Frédérik Boisvert, Davie's VP of Public Affairs, stated: "We have succeeded the impossible up till now and there is no reason this will change."

Public Service and Procurement Canada said Monday it had "corrected" an "inconsistency" in the size of vessel that interested shipyards must be able to build to qualify for consideration as the third yard.

Shipyards will now be required to show they can build vessels that are at least 110 metres in length and 20 metres wide, smaller than the original requirements of 130 metres in length by 24 metres wide.

The original requirement was one of several flagged by  Heddle Marine in a complaint to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal last week as not legitimate or reasonable - and potentially biased toward Davie.

Not only would the condition have disqualified all Ontario-based shipyards - their vessels must be 23.8 metres or less to traverse the St. Lawrence Seaway - but Heddle said in its complaint that the requirement didn't make sense.

That's because the third shipyard will be building six new coast guard icebreakers measuring only 20 metres in width, according to the government. And those ships will be used in the Great Lakes - meaning they must fit through the Seaway. Photo, Pierre Terrien, before Heddle took over PWDD.

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Port of Johnstown to receive 12 shiploads of wind turbines

2019-08-26

The Port of Johnstown on the St. Lawrence Seaway in eastern Ontario will be a busy port over the next several months as vessels are delivering ENERCON turbine components for the Nation Rise Wind Farm project.

The cargo represents a major business win for the Port, which completed a multi-million-dollar infrastructure project in 2016 that included several acres of laydown space to be able to accommodate this type of heavy-lift cargo.

The first vessel, the BBC Kurt Paul, arrived August 13, 2019. In total, 12 vessels are expected to arrive over a 10 to 12 week period to deliver the components for this wind energy project.
Located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Ottawa, near the South Nation River, the Nation Rise Wind Farm features 29 ENERCON wind turbines and is situated in the Municipality of North Stormont within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Logistec has been contracted to move the components from the vessels onto the dock while Bellemare transportation has been hired to transport the components to the construction site.

Robert Dalley, General Manager, for the Port of Johnstown said: "This is a proud day for our entire community, and we are extremely excited to see the project components arriving here in Johnstown. It is very gratifying to see our vision come true and to see all our hard work and effort paying off."

Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau said: "For the past two years, the port has really started to reap the rewards of investing in its infrastructure with a number of new business wins. Earlier this month, the port was awarded a further $4.8 million from the federal government for upgrades that will also improve the efficiency of grain exports for the region's farmers. The port is integral to the success of our local and regional economies." (Photo Port of Johnstown)

 
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Défi kayak Desgagnés, un franc succès!

2019-08-22

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).

 

Jeunes musiciens du monde et Desgagnés sont très fiers de la cinquième édition du Défi kayak Desgagnés qui se déroulait du 15 au 18 août. De nouveaux sommets ont été atteints à tous les niveaux : non seulement le nombre de participants était plus élevé que jamais - ils étaient 150 à pagayer sur le fleuve de Montréal à Québec - mais pour la 5e édition, l'événement a fracassé tous les records en remettant la somme de 300 300 $ à Jeunes musiciens du monde, soit le double de l'année dernière. S'ajoutent aussi une logistique sans faille et des spectacles hauts en couleur chaque soir. Les organisateurs ont pu déclarer fièrement mission accomplie !

Pour parcourir les 240 km sur le majestueux fleuve Saint-Laurent on estime que les participants ont donné 15 millions de coups de pagaie collectifs en 4 jours.

Au-delà du défi sportif, le Défi kayak Desgagnés offre, année après année, une expérience humaine unique aux participants qui vivent un mélange d'émotions, d'efforts, de plaisir et de dépassement de soi. Les prestations d'Yves Lambert, The Lost Fingers et de Simon Kingsbury ont fait vibrer les sportifs qui n'ont cessé d'en redemander, leur faisant oublier leurs muscles endoloris par les kilomètres pagayé.

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