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Transport Canada introduces new measure to protect right whales

Nouvelle mesure par Transport Canada pour protéger les baleines noires

2019-06-27

 

Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced expanded vessel speed restrictions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in order to address the recent deaths of several North Atlantic right whales. The measure is effective immediately.

"Due to the unfortunate deaths of a number of North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters, Transport Canada is implementing an interim precautionary speed restriction of 10 knots, for vessels of 20 metres or more in length travelling in the western the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the two designated shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island," said a Transport Canada press release.

This measure is in addition to the fixed speed restriction introduced on April 28, 2019, in a large area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where vessels 20 metres or longer are restricted to a maximum of 10 knots until November 15, 2019.

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Raising water outflow levels above 10,400 CMS on Seaway could cost bi-national economy over $1 billion

Une augmentation au-delà de 10 400 MCS des débits d'eau sur la Voie maritime coûterait plus de 1 milliard de dollars à l'économie binationale

2019-06-26

 

The Chamber of Marine Commerce supports the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board's decision last Friday to continue flow rates from the Moses-Saunders dam at 10,400 cubic metres per second (CMS).
Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows said: "We are sensitive to the flood damage being done to homeowners. Given the plight of riparians, sustaining flow rates at these very high 10,400 CMS rates is the best compromise solution to deliver relief for Lake Ontario residents while maintaining safe, commercial navigation and supply to North American consumers. The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital trade artery for both raw materials and global exports for North American industries, including grain, manufacturing, steel, construction, mining and energy sectors."

Maintaining the 10,400 CMS outflow still results in a significant cost to the economy, with an estimated (CDN) $3 million to $4 million in business revenues lost for every day it's in place due to delays for all ship transits through the Seaway.

The Chamber's ship operators are following all of the new speed restrictions and additional mitigation measures developed by the Seaway to ensure the highest safety standards to accommodate these outflows of water. The Chamber's operations group has had positive feedback thus far from ship captains that current water conditions are safe.

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Federal government funds Port of Belledune infrastructure project

Gouvernement du Canada investit dans l'infrastructure du Port de Belledune

 

2019-06-24

 

Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a major investment of $17 million to increase capacity at the Port of Belledune to move Canadian goods to international markets.

The project includes filling in the water gap between Terminals 3 and 4 to create a larger berth thereby improving the port's ability to move cargo between the terminals, and to and from vessels. This work will also create additional space for commodities at the south end of Terminal 3.

This investment is expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 340 jobs during construction. (photo Port of Belledune)

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Desgagnés christens two polar class dual fuel/LNG vessels

Desgagnés baptise deux navires de classe polaire à bicarburation/GNL

 

2019-06-20

 

Québec City - Groupe Desgagnés today proceeded with the double christening and inauguration of the M/T Paul A. Desgagnés and the M/T Rossi A. Desgagnés, two leading-edge polar class dual fuel/LNG (liquefied natural gas) petroleum/chemical tankers. The ceremony was held in front of about 500 guests at the Port of Québec. These additions to the Desgagnés fleet represent the completion of an investment plan, worth more than $200 million and launched in 2015, for the construction and commissioning of four new vessels.

The twin new-generation ships are the result of an original concept developed by Desgagnés to optimize characteristics related to safety, environmental performance and operational efficiency, as well as to adapt to the navigational conditions of northern Québec and the Great Lakes regions. Each vessel represents an investment of $50 million, of which close to $9 million for each ship was solely for the purpose of adding a dual fuel/LNG engine. With a deadweight of almost 15,000 tonnes and tanks with a capacity of more than 17,000 m³, the vessels are suitable for transporting refined petroleum or chemical products. They were built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.

"Desgagnés is very proud to have state-of-the-art vessels in its fleet," said its President and Chief Executive Officer, Louis-Marie Beaulieu. "The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés and the Rossi A. Desgagnés demonstrates Desgagnés' vision and leadership in sustainable development in a tangible way, as well as its commitment to its customers to offer a first-class marine petroleum transportation service that represents quality, safety and respects the environment."

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Modernization of Pointe-aux-Basques terminal

Modernisation du terminal Pointe-aux-Basques

 

2019-06-19

 

Sept-Îles -The Port of Sept-Îles is very pleased with the announcements made today that confirm the equal shares of both levels of government representing more than $13.3 million, or two-thirds of the costs of the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal modernization project, an estimated investment of $20 million.

It was during a "sod-turning" ceremony that the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and  Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord, took the opportunity to present their respective announcements to support the launch of construction at the terminal.
In more detail, an amount of $6.7 million was allocated to the Port of Sept-Îles under the National Trade Corridor Program (FNCC), as well as $6.7 million from the support for investments in maritime transport infrastructure (PSIITM) by the Ministry of Transport of Québec on a total project of $20 million for the restoration and modernization of the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal. The Port of Sept-Îles will fill the remaining one-third of the financing gap.

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