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Indigenous interests expand involvement in Novaporte

 


2020-01-14

 

 

 

 

Sydney, NS - Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) have announced the expansion of its partnership consortium to include Membertou and Bridging Finance Inc. SHIP is working to develop Novaporte, a deep-water, multi-use port on 500 acres within the Port of Sydney. Novaporte is targeting container capacity of 1 million TEU's in phase one and 3 million TEU's by phase three

Membertou, a progressive Mi'kmaq community located three kilometers from downtown Sydney, has an existing partnership through SHIP's Novazone project. The latter is a planned logistics park of more than 1250 acres which is directly adjacent to the Novaporte site. In addition to Membertou, the other 12 Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq communities are also currently major shareholders in Novazone.

Furthering the relationship with Mi'kmaq partners, the next stage will see Membertou become major equity players in SHIP and Novaporte - while remaining invested in Novazone.
Chief Terry Paul, CEO of Membertou Development Corporation, says, "Through increased efforts with SHIP, we see great potential for the future of Sydney Harbour. In Membertou, we recognize the robust capacity of the port and believe its economic opportunities are vast."

In working together with Membertou, SHIP will establish Novaporte and Novazone as the only large-scale, deep-water port projects in Canada with major Indigenous ownership and leadership.
Bridging Finance is an Indigenous-led private Canadian company providing middle-market Canadian enterprises with alternative financing options. David Sharpe, CEO of Bridging Finance and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay Quinte, commented, "We see tremendous potential in this project and we think it has wide-reaching benefits to Membertou and all 13 Mi'kmaq communities, as well as for the entire province of Nova Scotia."


 
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CN underlines benefits of Québec container terminal project

Le CN souligne les avantages du projet de terminal à conteneurs de Québec

2020-01-14

 

 

 

 

Canada's largest railroad sees a proposed container terminal in the Beauport sector of the Port of Québec as a strategic gateway to capture market share from the Port of New York and New Jersey especially in the U.S. Midwest. "Our vision for Québec City is a port which would do a lot of rail like we do in Prince Rupert," CN President Jean-Jacques Ruest said on the occasion of a speech at the Canadian Club of Montreal on Jan. 13.

Last May, the Québec Port Authority announced the signing of a long-term joint venture with CN and global terminal operator Hutchison Ports to build a $775 million intermodal terminal known as the Laurentia project with container capacity of 700,000 TEU and slated for start-up in 2024. Such a terminal would mark a return of the predominantly bulk-shipping Port of Quebec to a cargo sector it lost in the four decades ago after CP Ships, later acquired by Hapag-Lloyd, shifted its North Atlantic service to Montreal.

Mr. Ruest noted that CN will have rail access to the Port of Montreal's proposed container facility at Contrecoeur and CN was also involved in discussions for possible expansion at the Port of Halifax. "More and more you will see us do commercial and financial alliances with partners to ensure the Eastern Canadian ports play an important role in the U.S. Midwest," he added, according to a report published in The Gazette.

 

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Port of Thunder Bay posts strong season

 

2020-01-13

 

 

The 2019 shipping season has wrapped up in the Port of Thunder Bay with the departure of the final cargo-laden vessel on Sunday, January 12. The season featured notably higher cargo shipments than the past several years. Strong shipments of grain and other dry bulk commodities from Western Canada buoyed the port's cargo tonnage to 9.3 million metric tonnes (MMT), the highest since 2014.

Grain volumes increased by 500,000 MT as Thunder Bay elevators funneled larger quantities of canola to markets in Europe and South America. Coal tonnage hit a seven year high, while potash shipments remained above average for a third-straight year.

Both the foreign and domestic vessel fleets contributed to the strong season in Thunder Bay; vessel calls and cargo tonnage for both fleets were up compared to the prior year. Three domestic vessels will winter at Keefer Terminal for seasonal refurbishment.

The Port of Thunder Bay is projecting another strong season in 2020. Thunder Bay grain terminals continue to set the bar for efficiency, producing the fastest railcar and vessel turnaround times of all Western Canadian grain ports. A highlight for the 2020 season will be increased shipments of wood turbine cargoes for Western Canadian wind farm developments. (photo TBPA)


 
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Équipe renouvellée à la SODES

New team at SODES


2020-01-13

 

La nouvelle année s'entame avec un vent de changement à la Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent. En plus d'accueillir son nouveau président-directeur général en fin d'année, la Sodes pourra maintenant compter sur une nouvelle directrice des affaires publiques, en plus de revoir les responsabilités de ses ressources à l'interne.

En effet, Mathieu St-Pierre, nouvellement à la présidence de l'organisation (succedant Nicole Trépanier), pourra maintenant compter sur l'appui de Josiane Marmet (à sa gauche sur la photo) qui agira à titre de directrice des affaires publiques. Ayant ?uvré dans les univers des communications et des relations publiques pendant 10 ans, Josiane se joint à l'équipe pour mettre à profit sa vision stratégique des enjeux et son regard neuf sur le positionnement de la Société et ses activités qui permettront de faire rayonner l'industrie et ses membres.

De plus, c'est avec plaisir que la Sodes confie à Marie-Pier Racine de nouvelles responsabilités. Après  plus de 5 ans au sein de l'équipe, Marie-Pier ?uvrera maintenant à titre de coordonnatrice des finances et de l'administration. (photo SODES)

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Jane McIvor to head Association of Pacific Ports

 



2020-01-10

 

 

The Board of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP) has announced the appointment of Jane McIvor as Executive Director, effective February 1, 2020.

In making the announcement, Ian Marr, President of the APP and President and CEO of the Port of Nanaimo, noted that "Jane's strong knowledge of the marine industry, coupled with her expertise in association management, will allow the APP to continue to fulfill its mandate of promoting communications and collaboration among ports within the Pacific trading area."

Contacted by Maritime Magazine, Ms. McIvor disclosed that the administrative office of APP is being transferred to her home base of Vancouver, BC from Portland, Oregon. She added that one of her priorities will be to increase the membership among Canadian West Coast ports.

In accepting the position, Ms. McIvor thanked the Board for their support, adding that she was excited to be leading the Association into a new decade with renewed and refreshed perspectives and connections to increase opportunities for member ports and industry supporters.

"Given its rich history and regional diversity, as well as the solid commitment of the board to build stronger relationships throughout the Pacific region, the APP is well-positioned to significantly contribute to members' goals of trade and economic development, environmental stewardship and best practices, and professional development," Ms. McIvor said, adding that she looked forward to meeting members at the upcoming APP Winter Conference - January 22 to 24 in Oahu, Hawaii.

Having worked in the public relations and communications field for over 25 years, predominantly in the maritime industry, Ms. McIvor provided association management services to clients such as British Columbia Marine Trades Association, Pacific Rim Cruise Association, Cruise BC and others before launching BC Shipping News, a trade magazine focused on commercial marine activities on the West Coast of Canada.


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