Federal government investing $47.5m in two Port of Halifax projects


Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, announced on June 2 a major investment of $47.5 million for two projects that will increase capacity at the Port of Halifax to move Canadian goods to international markets.
The first project will increase storage capacity at the Port of Halifax by connecting the South End Container Terminal to the Fairview Cove Container Terminal by rail. Among other improvements, the Port will add rail tracks within its existing footprint and acquire four new rail-mounted cranes to load and unload containers faster and more efficiently at both terminals. As a result of this project, there will be an increase in the transportation of goods by rail between the two terminals in downtown Halifax, and a reduction in traffic congestion.
The second project will upgrade the Windsor Street Exchange, which is the main access road to the Port of Halifax. This work includes realigning the Bedford Highway, upgrading Lady Hammond Road and installing new traffic signals to improve traffic flow. These upgrades will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and increase the reliability and efficiency of freight movements.
These investments are expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 880 jobs during construction. (Photo HPA)



BREAKING NEWS: Lockout rapidly ends at British Columbia ports after tentative deal


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).

Some 6.500 dockworkers across British Columbia were locked out by their employers starting with the first shift today in the latest development of a lengthy labor dispute dominated by automation issues. But barely three hours after the lockout began, a tentative deal was reached, announced the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). No details were immediately outlined.

Negotiations involving a federal mediator had continued throughout the night without an agreement by deadline.

Disruption at the BC ports could have reportedly cost the Canadian economy about C$5 billion a day.

Early reports had pointed point to at least four cargo vessels being diverted so far to US Pacific Northwest ports and more were expected to follow if the stalemate persisted in negotiations between the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and  International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada. The BCMEA gave the lockout notice late Tuesday to the union after the latter had initiated an overtime ban Monday at two GCT container terminals at the Port of Vancouver.

"This is a reckless, irresponsible and needless decision that will undermine the economy of BC and Canada," said ILWU president Rob Ashton.

The brief lockout applied to all Canadian West Coast ports, but did not impact, per federal laws, dockers handling grain operations and cruise ships.

The ILWU had warned that a lockout would "shut down the entire West Coast shipping industry."


Montreal mobilizes to defend Davie supplier interests

Montréal se mobilise pour les fournisseurs du Chantier Davie




Montréal - A group of companies and economic players from Montreal are joining forces to set up the Chantier Davie Montreal Supplier Committee. The mission of this new regional committee will be to defend and promote the interests of Chantier Davie Canada's current and future suppliers as well as their regional economic development partners in the city.

The AFCDC-Montreal is thus representing the interests of the metropolis within the Chantier Davie Canada Suppliers Association (AFCDC). Rémy Franzoni, Montreal representative on the Chantier Davie Canada Supplier Association Board, will lead this regional committee. President of the Engram Group, Mr Franzoni envisions this regional grouping as an opportunity to be heard and influence government decision-makers by speaking with one voice while supporting the association at the provincial and federal levels.

Its members have given themselves the primary mission of convincing the new government of Québec (Coalition Avenir Québec) to adopt a genuine shipbuilding policy in order to maximize the economic spinoffs of the Québec government's contracts in the Québec shipbuilding industry, a press release stated. This industry is a formidable vehicle for collective enrichment that provides payroll wages in 13 administrative regions of Québec.



Port of Québec deal with Hutchison Ports and CN for container terminal
Entente entre Port de Québec, Hutchison Ports et CN pour un terminal de conteneurs


Québec City, QC - The Québec Port Authority (QPA) today announced the signing of a long-term commercial agreement with Hutchison Ports and Canadian National Railway to build and operate a new container terminal, known as project Laurentia (previously Beauport 2020).

"Once the present environmental review process is completed, the plan is to begin construction of a 500,000 TEU capacity terminal by 2020 that would be operational by 2024-2025," Marie-Andrée Blanchet, QPA spokesperson, told Maritime Magazine.

Such a terminal would mark a return of the Port of Québec to a cargo sector it lost in the 1980s after CP Ships, later acquired by Hapag Lloyd, shifted its North Atlantic container service to Montreal.

This agreement increases Hutchison Ports' global network to 52 ports spanning 27 countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, China, Pakistan, Egypt, Argentina, Mexico and Panama. Hutchison Ports plays a strong role in the maritime industry worldwide and handles close to 85 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) per year, representing approximately 11% of the global containerised cargo trade.

The $775 million project will be financed primarily through the joint investment of the three partners. The QPA also has ongoing discussions with the federal and provincial governments to complete the financing. The new terminal facility will support hundreds of new jobs at full operations.  Hutchison Ports was selected after a competitive process in which QPA invited the leading international port operators to provide proposals to participate in the project. HSBC acted as QPA's sole strategic and financial advisor throughout the process.

"We have chosen Hutchison Ports as it is a world-class operator, with customer-focused experience who shares our business vision regarding supply chain efficiency, innovation, safety and environmental concern. Today, through a joint venture with Hutchison Ports and CN, we are setting the stage for this project to become a North American success in terms of business and social acceptability not to mention a vector of economic development for Québec, allowing the St. Lawrence to gain additional growth and competitiveness with U.S. ports," commented Québec Port Authority's President and Chief Executive Officer, Mario Girard.

The agreement stipulates that Hutchison Ports will build the most environmentally and technologically advanced cargo-handling facility in North America. It is a unique opportunity for the Port of Québec's future container terminal to become one of the terminals with the smallest ecological footprint in the world.

"We are pleased to partner with the Québec Port Authority and CN to develop the Québec container terminal. Québec City will become Hutchison Ports' gateway to the East coast of North America. With its fully intermodal deep-water port, its strategic location to reach the Midwest market, and the strong support shown by the local authorities, the Québec project has all the attributes to be successful in this highly important market," said Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports.

"In an economy driven by consumer spending derived freight, long haul supply chains need to be modern, cost effective and reliable. Hutchison is a world class container operator and we are confident that we are partnering with a group that can make the project a success," added JJ Ruest, President and Chief Executive Officer of CN.

With the project reaching a pivotal milestone, the Québec Port Authority is using the opportunity to unveil the new brand image for its deepwater container terminal. In reference to the North American continent's genesis, the project will henceforth be known as Laurentia, reflecting the continental reach and importance of the new container terminal on the Saint Lawrence.

It is noteworthy that Laurentia terminal, a deep-water terminal project, boasts strategic assets, which will enable it to play a unique role in the continent's supply chain. As the major inland deep-water terminal in North America, it is the only facility in the St. Lawrence, which could accommodate the new generations of very large ships. It also benefits from a direct railway and highway connection and has all the necessary space to handle efficiently thousands of containers per year. According to a study from KPMG, for the construction phase alone, the project will generate $500 million in economic benefits and an average of 1267 jobs a year. Ultimately, the project will generate $84 million in economic benefits a year and will create nearly 800 jobs, including 500 direct ones, in Québec.

The deep-water container terminal project is currently under an environmental assessment process with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. (photo shows original artist rendering.)

Québec - L'Administration portuaire de Québec (APQ) est fière d'annoncer la signature d'une entente commerciale à long terme avec Hutchison Ports, le plus important réseau de ports dans le monde, et le Canadien National (CN), la principale compagnie de transport et de services de chaîne logistique en Amérique du Nord, en vue de construire et d'exploiter le nouveau terminal de conteneurs, dans le cadre du projet Laurentia (appelé auparavant Beauport 2020).

"Une fois terminé le processus d'évaluation environnementale, nous comptons démarrer la construction en 2020 d'un terminal de capacité de 500,000 EVP pour etre opérationnel en 2024-24," souligne Marie-Andrée Blanchet, porte-parole du port.

Cela marquera le retour du port de Québec a un secteur perdu dans les années 80 quand CP Ships a transférer ses services atlantique nord à Montréal.

Grâce à cette entente, Hutchison Ports compte maintenant dans son réseau mondial 52 ports situés dans 27 pays dont le Royaume-Uni, l'Espagne, la Pologne, la Suède, l'Allemagne, les Pays-Bas, la Belgique, l'Australie, la Chine, le Pakistan, l'Égypte, l'Argentine, le Mexique et le Panama. Véritable force de l'industrie maritime dans le monde, Hutchison Ports manutentionne chaque année près de 85 millions d'équivalents vingt pieds (EVP), soit environ 11 % du trafic mondial de conteneurs.

Le projet de 775 millions de dollars sera financé principalement par un investissement conjoint des trois partenaires. L'APQ poursuit également ses discussions avec les gouvernements fédéral et provincial pour compléter le financement. Une fois en activité, le nouveau terminal permettra la création de centaines d'emplois. Hutchison Ports a été choisie à l'issue d'un processus au cours duquel l'APQ a invité les principaux opérateurs de terminaux dans le monde à présenter une offre et à participer au projet. HSBC a agi comme conseiller stratégique et financier exclusif de l'APQ dans le cadre de ce processus.

« Nous avons choisi Hutchison Ports parce qu'il s'agit d'un opérateur de classe mondiale doté d'une expertise axée sur la clientèle et qui partage notre vision commerciale en matière d'efficacité de la chaîne logistique, d'innovation, de sécurité et de préoccupations environnementales. Aujourd'hui, par l'entremise d'une coentreprise entre Hutchison Ports et le CN, nous posons les jalons pour que ce projet devienne un succès commercial et d'acceptabilité sociale en Amérique du Nord ainsi qu'un vecteur de développement économique pour le Québec, permettant auSaint-Laurent de gagner de la croissance additionnelle et une meilleure compétitivité avec les ports américains », a commenté le président-directeur général de l'Administration portuaire de Québec, monsieur Mario Girard.

L'entente prévoit que Hutchison Ports construira les installations de manutention portuaire les plus vertes et technologiques de toute l'Amérique du Nord.  Il s'agit d'une occasion unique pour le futur terminal de conteneurs du Port de Québec de devenir l'un des terminaux avec la plus faible empreinte écologique au monde.

« Nous sommes très heureux de nous associer avec l'Administration portuaire de Québec et le CN pour développer un projet de terminal et de faire de la ville de Québec la porte d'entrée de Hutchison Ports sur la côte est de l'Amérique du Nord. Avec son port en eau profonde complètement intermodal, son emplacement stratégique en vue d'atteindre le marché du Midwest américain et le grand soutien de la part des autorités locales, le projet de Québec possède tous les atouts pour réussir dans ce marché hautement prometteur », a déclaré monsieur Eric Ip, directeur général du groupe Hutchison Ports.

« Dans une économie où le transport des marchandises découle des dépenses de consommation, les chaînes d'approvisionnement sur de grandes distances doivent être modernes, rentables et fiables. Hutchison est un opérateur de conteneurs de classe mondiale et nous sommes convaincus que nous nous associons à un groupe qui saura contribuer à la réussite du projet », a ajouté monsieur J.-J. Ruest, président-directeur général du CN.

Une nouvelle image de marque pour un projet exceptionnel, Laurentia

Le projet ayant franchi un jalon important, l'Administration portuaire de Québec profite de l'occasion pour dévoiler la nouvelle image de marque de son terminal de conteneurs en eau profonde. Afin de faire référence à la genèse du continent nord-américain, le projet portera dorénavant le nom de Laurentia, reflétant la portée et l'importance à l'échelle du continent du nouveau terminal de conteneurs sur le Saint-Laurent.

Rappelons que le terminal Laurentia possède des atouts stratégiques qui lui confèrent un rôle unique dans la chaîne logistique continentale. En tant que terminal en eau profonde situé le plus loin à l'intérieur des terres en Amérique du Nord, c'est la seule installation sur le Saint?Laurent pouvant accueillir les nouvelles générations de navires à grandes capacités. Il met à profit une desserte ferroviaire et une connexion autoroutière directe et dispose de tous les espaces requis pour faire transiter efficacement des milliers de conteneurs par année. Selon une étude de KPMG, dans la phase de construction uniquement, le projet générera 500 millions de dollars en retombées économiques et en moyenne 1 267 emplois par année. À terme, le projet générera 84 millions de dollars en retombées économiques par année et créera près de 800 emplois, dont 500 emplois directs, à Québec.

Le terminal de conteneurs en eau profonde fait actuellement l'objet d'un processus d'évaluation environnementale par l'Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale. (photo dessin d'origine.)





Dockers begin limited job action at Port of Vancouver


Although longshore workers in Vancouver are in a legal strike position, they stalled a full-scale strike today (Monday) and instead began targeted job action such as a ban on overtime as contract talks were reportedly continuing.  The limited job action against maritime employers was taking place at the GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm container terminals, which account for the bulk of container cargo at Canada's largest port.

Earlier in May, the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 98% in favour of a strike as negotiations had not been resolved to renew a contract that expired on March 31, 2018.

"Our goal is to keep the ports open with minimal disruption to trade," said union President Rob Ashton. "We remain optimistic that a fair deal can be reached through the constitutionally protected bargaining process."

Mr. Ashton pointed to union "concerns over automation of the workplace and the potential devastation to our communities." (photo CGT Deltaport)

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