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UNCTAD maritime transport report singles out lower growth, shifting trade, and environmental pressures


2019-10-31

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).

 

 

 

 

 

A United Nations agency has warned that a "new normal" has taken hold in world maritime trade, characterized by moderate growth, protectionist-impacted trade flows, and an accelerated sustainability agenda.

World maritime trade lost momentum in 2018 as heightened uncertainty, escalating tariff tensions between the US and China and mounting concerns over other trade policy and political crosscurrents, notably a no-deal Brexit, sent waves through global markets, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Review of Maritime Transport 2019.

Volumes in the sector grew by only 2.7% last year, below the historical averages of 3% and 4.1% recorded in 2017, according to the report. Nevertheless, total seaborne trade reached 11 billion tons.

"The dip in maritime trade growth is a result of several trends including a weakening multilateral trading system and growing protectionism," said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi. "It is a warning that national policies can have a negative impact on the maritime trade and development aspirations of all," he added.

Buffeted by a global economic slowdown, in 2018, seaborne trade also navigated other difficult headwinds such as geopolitical tensions, while preparing for an expected surge in ship fuel costs arising from a new IMO regulation (as of January 2020) requiring ships to cut their sulphur dioxide emissions.

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Nike joins anti-Arctic shipping campaign

Nike rejoint la campagne de navigation anti-arctique



2019-10-28

 

 

 

 

 

Washington, DC - Nike and Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, have launched the Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge, inviting businesses and industry to join them in the commitment to not ship through the Arctic Ocean routes.

The Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge invites companies to commit to not intentionally send ships through this fragile Arctic ecosystem. Today's signatories include companies Bestseller, Columbia, Gap Inc., H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, PVH Corp., and ocean carriers CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Through this pledge, Nike and Ocean Conservancy say they hope to inspire others in using their collective voices to help prevent a problem before it starts.

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La Fondation de l'Institut maritime du Québec reçoit de Desgagnés le don le plus élevé de son histoire


2019-10-28

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 - 28 octobre 2019 : La Fondation de l'Institut maritime du Québec annonce officiellement le don exceptionnel de 300 000 $ de Desgagnés dans le cadre de la campagne majeure de financement de la Fondation de l'Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ).

«Il s'agit du plus gros don que la Fondation de l'IMQ ait connu depuis sa création en 1980. Nous sommes tous très impressionnés et touchés par la mobilisation exceptionnelle de notre industrie maritime autour de la campagne majeure. Ce don témoigne d'une volonté claire de Desgagnés à s'engager dans la recherche de solutions aux enjeux de main-d'?uvre que nous connaissons. Je suis certaine que nos futurs diplômés se rappelleront longtemps ce geste généreux qui permettra à l'Institut maritime de se moderniser, de bonifier ses bourses d'études et d'être encore plus créatif dans ses activités de promotion des carrières maritimes qui sont toutes aussi stimulantes qu'enrichissantes », indique Geneviève Allard, Présidente de la Fondation de l'IMQ.

M. Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Président du conseil et chef de la direction de Desgagnés, souligne qu'« il est primordial de soutenir les institutions d'enseignement - d'autant que l'IMQ est la seule école francophone au Canada à enseigner le savoir maritime québécois et canadien. L'IMQ, c'est le berceau et le coeur de la relève du milieu maritime francophone et Desgagnés est fière de s'y associer étroitement. »

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New Brunswick government funding Port of Belledune capacity expansion

Le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick finance l'expansion de la capacité du port de Belledune


2019-10-24

 

 

 

 

Belledune, NB - The New Brunswick government announced a $7-million investment to increase capacity at the Port of Belledune. The funding includes a $5-million grant and a loan of up to $2 million under the Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund.

The funding support is part of a $21-million expansion project that will fill in the water gap between two terminals and enlarge the berth by 15,000 square metres.
The project will improve the port's ability to move cargo between terminals and to and from ships, while creating additional space for commodities.

In 2018, the port handled a record 2.9 million tonnes of cargo. (photo BPA)

 


 

Belledune (N.-B.) - Le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick a annoncé un investissement de 7 millions de dollars pour accroître la capacité du port de Belledune. Le financement comprend une subvention de 5 millions de dollars et un prêt de 2 millions de dollars provenant du Fonds de développement économique et d'innovation du Nord du Nouveau-Brunswick.
L'aide financière s'inscrit dans le cadre d'un projet d'expansion de 21 millions de dollars qui permettra de combler le manque d'eau entre deux terminaux et d'agrandir le poste à quai de 15 000 mètres carrés.
Le projet améliorera la capacité du port à transporter des marchandises entre les terminaux et entre les navires, tout en créant un espace supplémentaire pour les marchandises.
En 2018, le port a traité un volume record de 2,9 millions de tonnes de fret. (photo BPA)

 

 


 
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Frank Robertson appointed as VP Operations of Logistec Stevedoring (Ontario) Inc.

Frank Robertson nommé vice-président opérations de Logistec Stevedoring (Ontario) Inc.


2019-10-23

 

 

 

 

MONTREAL - LOGISTEC Corporation announced that Frank Roberston is taking on a new role as Vice-President, Operations of Logistec Stevedoring (Ontario) Inc.

Since joining the company in 2017, Mr. Roberston has been tasked with developing an in-depth overview of Logistec's terminal network, optimizing terminal operating methods and leveraging technology to gain efficiency.

"Frank makes things happen," said Rodney Corrigan, President of Logistec Stevedoring. "His passion for logistics, technology, operational improvements as well as health, safety and the environment in the workplace is unparalle"

"I am very pleased and honoured to be taking on this new role within Logistec," explained Frank. "I always say, we work best as a strong team. Nobody can unload a ship on their own. We need to build relationships with our customers and partners, which in turn builds trust as we work together towards a common goal. We never say we cannot do it. We always find a way. I love the challenge." Photo: Logistec

 

 


 

MONTRÉAL - LOGISTEC Corporation a annoncé que Frank Roberston assumerait un nouveau rôle en tant que vice-président, Opérations de Logistec Stevedoring (Ontario) Inc.

Depuis qu'il a rejoint la société en 2017, M. Roberston a pour mission de développer une vue d'ensemble détaillée du réseau de terminaux de Logistec, d'optimiser les méthodes de fonctionnement des terminaux et de tirer parti de la technologie pour gagner en efficacité.

«Frank sait faire bougé les choses», a déclaré Rodney Corrigan, président de Logistec Stvedoring. "Sa passion pour la logistique, la technologie, les améliorations opérationnelles ainsi que pour la santé, la sécurité et l'environnement sur le lieu de travail est sans pareil."

«Je suis très heureux et honoré d'occuper ce nouveau poste chez Logistec, a déclaré Frank. Je répète souvent que c'est lorsque nous formons une équipe solide que nous sommes les plus efficaces. Personne ne peut décharger un navire seul. Nous devons nouer des relations avec nos clients et nos partenaires, ce qui nous permet ainsi de gagner leur confiance et collaborer en vue de l'atteinte d'un objectif commun. Nous ne disons jamais que nous ne pouvons pas y arriver. Nous trouvons toujours une solution. J'aime le défi que cela représente.» Photo: Logistec


 
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