Ocean Group breaks into Canada's West Coast market

Groupe Ocean perce le marché de la côte ouest canadienne




Québec - Ocean Group announced  that it has been awarded several contracts in British Columbia in various sectors of its activities. After more than three years of presence in Alberta, Ocean Group is now extending its services to the Canadian west coast.

"It goes without saying that a great deal of development work has been carried out on the Canadian west coast and that we are constantly monitoring business opportunities with a view to establishing our services there in a viable manner. However, we can already say that Ocean Group is present from coast to coast," said Jacques Tanguay, President and CEO of Ocean Group. Harbour Towing Ocean BC Towing Inc, a related corporation of Ocean Group, will now provide harbour towing services in the Port of Vancouver.

In preparation for this first breakthrough in Western Canada, Ocean Group has acquired two new 28-metre tugs newly built at a Damen shipyard in Vietnam. These tugs will be added to the existing fleet and will be assisted by another tug in the fleet, the Ocean Stevns. In total, three state-of-the-art tugs will provide harbour towing services in Vancouver, following the signing of a service contract with Cargill Limited in Canada.


ICS issues new Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for shipping industry

L'ICS publie de nouvelles directives sur les coronavirus (COVID-19) pour l'industrie du transport maritime




On Thursday, 5th of March, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued new guidance to help the global shipping industry combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The guidance is produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA).

Among a raft of measures highlighted in the guidance the document contains advice on managing Port Entry Restrictions, offers practical Protective Measures Against COVID-19 for Seafarers, including an Outbreak Management Plan. The guidance document also provides information around important topics including Port Entry Restrictions, Pre-boarding Screening, Education and what to do in Suspected Cases of Infection. There is also straightforward advice on Hygiene Measures for Seafarers on Ships, Managing High Risk Exposure, Case Handling, Isolation and Cleaning, Disinfection and Waste Management. The guidance also comes with posters which can be printed out and placed onboard ships as well as a Sample Pre-Boarding Passenger Locator Form and a WHO COVID-19 Support and Logistics Supplies List.

Speaking at a meeting with Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO, to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the sector, Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said:

"With no vaccine currently available to tackle the Coronavirus, all industries and governments must take appropriate steps to contain the spread. Shipping is responsible for 90% of global trade and recognises its responsibility in helping tackle this global health issue whilst ensuring that the wheels of global trade continue to turn.

"This document in the result of careful and considered collaboration with international partners. It is intended to be comprehensive, but also easy to understand and implement. Providing shipowners and operators who are dealing with the sharp end of the crisis with the reassurance and guidance needed to continue to carry out their operations.

"We are, however, conscious of the fluid nature of the situation, and will continue to work with international bodies to ensure our guidance is in line with the most up to date developments."


QSL joins ranks of Canada's best-managed companies

QSL parmi les sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada




Quebec City - QSL, a world-class, 100% Québec company specializing in port operations and stevedoring, has been named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for 2020. QSL rose to the top among hundreds of businesses owned and managed by Canadians-the outcome of a rigorous and independent process overseen by Deloitte and CIBC. Recognized for excellence, outstanding performance, and sustainable growth, QSL was named a winner of the prestigious award.

"We are honoured to be on this highly respected list that recognizes so much more than financial performance. We owe our success first and foremost to the efforts of our entire team. Our employees' unwavering loyalty, attention to detail, and drive for excellence are the secrets to our continued success. Over the last 40 years QSL has undergone a profound change, developing long-term relationships with our customers along the way. This mutual trust is the backbone of our growth and development. We are proud to see our leadership recognized, especially because QSL has achieved success on an increasingly impressive scale, without ever losing sight of our roots and our mission: tailor-made client success," said Robert Bellisle, QSL president and CEO.

Today, QSL's impact extends far beyond Québec, with 1,300 employees; more than 35 maritime terminals along the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes corridor, from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Chicago, Illinois, and all the way to Houston, Texas; 21 million metric tons of cargo handled; and more than 1,200 ships loaded and unloaded annually. The company is also recognized for its sustainable development strategy and its efforts to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment and the communities where it operates. All QSL's Canadian terminals are certified through Green Marine, a rigorous environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. The company plans to extend this certification to all its facilities.


Berkshire Hathaway abandons $4 billion investment in Saguenay LNG project

Berkshire Hathaway abandonne un investissement de 4 milliards de dollars dans le projet de GNL de Saguenay




Warren Buffett's investment company Berkshire Hathaway has decided not to invest $4 billion in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant by the Saguenay port, according to Radio-Canada, CBC News reported.
The marine terminal to ship LNG to overseas markets is slated to be built roughly 230 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, at a cost of $9.5 billion.

News broke Thursday morning in La Presse that Berkshire Hathaway was walking away from the project.

Stéphanie Fortin, head of communications for the company behind the project, GNL Québec, confirmed the company had lost a significant potential investor, but did not want to say who it is.

She did say, however, that the company lost the investor because of the "current Canadian political context."

She said with "instability" in the last few weeks, such as ongoing rail blockades, foreign investors are getting nervous.

This won't keep the project from progressing, Ms.  Fortin said, nor will it mean job losses in the immediate future.

She said the loss of the Berkshire Hathaway investment won't be without an impact, though.

The LNG project also involves the construction of a pipeline across a 782-kilometre stretch of the province - from northern Ontario to Saguenay - to transport natural gas from Western Canada.
The goal is to export 11 million tonnes of LNG per year


Wärtsilä again to supply propulsion for BC Ferries Newbuild



The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide an integrated system consisting of the LNG plant, dual-fuel engines, and electrical propulsion system for the latest addition to Vancouver, Canada-based BC Ferries' series of Salish Class vessels. Three similar ferries, all operating on Wärtsilä engines fuelled by LNG, have already been delivered. As with the previous three ferries, Remontowa Shipbuilding (RSB), located in Gdansk, Poland, will also build this latest ship. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in January 2020.

"The very best endorsement of customer satisfaction is repeat orders, and this latest contract further strengthens the partnership between our three companies. The decision by BC Ferries to again select RSB as the yard, and to opt for Wärtsilä's proven and well-established LNG propulsion technology, provides clear confirmation of the efficiency of Wärtsilä's integrated solution concept. It also shows that the performance of the vessel provided by the Wärtsilä solution, and based on the design by Remontowa Marine Design and Consulting (RMDC), delivers great operational benefits to the owner," says Wilco van der Linden, Director of Business Development, Ferry Industry at Wärtsilä.

"We are proud to extend our fleet of environmentally sustainable and highly efficient Salish Class ferries. The Wärtsilä LNG solutions enable us to reliably serve our customers while helping to protect the pristine waters of British Columbia," says Mark Collins, President & CEO of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

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