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Port of Halifax Board appoints new President and CEO

2019-08-22

The Board of the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) has chosen its new President and CEO: Captain Allan Gray will be concluding his tenure as Harbour Master and General Manager - Operations of Fremantle Ports in Perth, Australia, and joining the Halifax Port Authority as President and CEO in late November, 2019.  He will be succeeding Karen Oldfield, who joined the port in 2002.

"Captain Gray's extensive experience in leading a large port with similar priorities and economic impact as our own, from container and bulk shipping to cruise and infrastructure expansion projects, will serve the growing Port of Halifax's needs well," says Board Chair Hector Jacques.

"Our new CEO brings great depth and breadth of experience, and relationships in maritime transportation, shipping and cruise which will allow the Port of Halifax to continue to play an important role in growing Canada's international trade," says Mr. Jacques.

"I am excited to be joining the Port of Halifax, which is well-recognized around the world for being well-run and highly competitive," says Captain Gray, "I look forward to working with the board, staff, Port partners and the community to support the development, alignment and implementation of the Port's vision and strategy to grow as Canada's Ultra Atlantic Gateway."

Captain Gray plans to attend the annual Port Days events in Halifax on September 18-19 where he will be introduced to the port community.

"The Port of Halifax is now well-positioned for significant future growth. I want to thank CEO Karen Oldfield and her team at HPA for their efforts to ensure our port becomes Canada's east coast entry point for ultra-class container vessels as well as their continued success in growing the cruise business for Halifax and all of Atlantic Canada. We welcome and look forward to Allan Gray continuing to build on this positive momentum as he assumes the position of President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority in late 2019," says Mr. Jacques.

"We will be recognizing Karen's important contributions to the port in the coming months as she assists the board, staff and our stakeholders to prepare for our leadership transition," added Mr. Jacques.

Capt. Gray joined Freemantle Ports in 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master/Manager Marine and Port Operations and was appointed Harbour Master in 2008 and in addition to this statutory function was appointed General Manager Port Operations in 2009. He is currently President of the International Harbour Masters Association. Prior to coming ashore, his career at sea spanned over 20 years. He traded on various vessels, from ro/ro to container, bulk and LPG tankers.

 
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Un don de 100 000 $ du Groupe Océan à la Fondation de l'IMQ

2019-08-21

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).

 

Rimouski - 21 août 2019 : Le Groupe Océan a fait l'annonce officielle d'un don de 100 000 $ dans le cadre de la campagne majeure de financement de la Fondation de l'Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ). Le Groupe Océan devient ainsi le partenaire majeur de la journée de l'Abordage qui portera pour les cinq prochaines années le nom : Abordage OCÉAN.

Complices depuis toujours, le Groupe Océan et l'IMQ entretiennent des liens forts qui se concrétisent souvent à travers des projets innovants, comme la réfection du Café étudiant en 2015 désormais appelé Café Océan.

«Le Groupe Océan est à nos côtés depuis le début de cette campagne majeure, la plus grande de notre histoire. D'abord en acceptant la coprésidence du cabinet pour piloter ce dossier, puis en octroyant le tout premier don majeur!», indique Geneviève Allard, Présidente de la Fondation de l'IMQ.

Dans le cadre de l'entente avec le Groupe Océan, ce dernier a choisi de s'associer à l'Abordage parce que cette activité unique organisée par l'IMQ permet aux élèves et aux membres du personnel de tisser des liens forts dès la rentrée en plus de faire la promotion des valeurs chères à l'école : le dynamisme, la solidarité et le sens de l'engagement. Des valeurs que partage le Groupe Océan.

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Government of Canada invests in infrastructure improvements at the Port of Hamilton

2019-08-21

HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 21, 2019, today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a major investment of $5.5 million for a project that will increase capacity at the Port of Hamilton, and move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently.

The Port of Hamilton is the primary export gateway for Ontario-grown grain to global markets. Currently the port is facing capacity constraints at Pier 10 which result in shipping delays.

Expansion of the port will create additional export capacity for agricultural products by building covered storage for bulk goods, addressing congestion by creating additional docking space that will mitigate vessel wait time, and improving the efficiency of the transportation system and food-processing supply chain.

These investments are expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 110 jobs in the region during construction.

According to Minister Tassi "Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies. The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by addressing urgent capacity constraints at the Port of Hamilton and fostering long-term prosperity for our community."

 
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Seaway posts mid-summer traffic decline

Voie maritime: diminution de la circulation au milieu de l'été

2019-08-19

 

Cargo traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway to the end of July recorded a 4.66% drop compared with a year earlier, as all categories except for dry bulk declined. The summer slowdown is not unusual and is usually followed by a strong burst in the fall led by grain shipments from the new harvest.

Total volume between late March - when the 2019 navigation season opened - and end July amounted to 16.5 million tonnes, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reported.

Grain fell moderately by 3.9% at 4.3 million tonnes. Dry bulk rose by 14.1% at 4.9 million tonnes. Iron ore, coal, liquid bulk and general cargo fell respectively by 3.9%. 8.4%. 15.6%, 8.8% and 35.3%. Vessel transits at 1,794 declined by 6.3%. (photo Paul Beesley)

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First Cut of Steel Signals Start of Construction for New Great Lakes Bulk Carrier


2019-08-14

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).


Sturgeon Bay, WI. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event on August 14, celebrating the historic start of construction on the first U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years.
After careful preparation by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding's blast and prime team, its fabrication team prepped and then cut the steel with automated precision within the shipyard's largest fabrication building in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

"The first cut of steel is a major milestone that signifies we, along with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, are ready to begin production on this historic project," says Interlake President Mark W. Barker. "We are extremely proud to build our company's first ship since 1981 on these freshwater shores with the hardworking women and men who help power our industry and with American-made steel from the iron ore we carry on our U.S. flag fleet vessels. It's a true Great Lakes success story.

"Our workforce is very proud to begin construction on what will become a "homeport ship" so to speak," says Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding's Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse. "This large-scale bulk carrier will be built on the Great Lakes and operate right here on the Great Lakes, which creates a sense of local and regional pride. Today's ceremony with Interlake was a great way to demonstrate how excited and appreciative we are for their continued confidence in the quality of our work."
The first plate of steel used in the ceremony was sourced from ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor steelworks location. ArcelorMittal is the premiere steel provider for the project.
"ArcelorMittal is privileged to serve as a steel supplier for the newest bulk carrier on the Great Lakes," says Gary Mohr, Vice President of Supply Chain Management at ArcelorMittal USA. "The expansion of Interlake's fleet will further support water commerce and the movement of raw materials using the safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly method of transportation. The construction of a new bulk carrier is a great example of how the steelmaking process comes full circle."

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