U.S. shipping firm joins Green Marine


New York-based Roymar Ship Management has become the first major U.S. shipping enterprise and newest participant in the Green Marine program. It is the 50th company to join the bi-national voluntary program established in Quebec City in 2008 to reduce the marine industry's environmental footprint.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of TBS International, Roymar manages an international fleet including 50 multi-purpose vessels and bulk carriers operating in key trade routes, notably transporting steel products, project cargo, general and dry bulk cargo.


Prince Rupert posts record cargo volumes


The Port of Prince Rupert recorded its strongest ever cargo volumes in 2010, thanks notably to increased container and coal activity. It is driven by expanding trade with Asia.

The northern British Columbia port handled 16.4 million tonnes of cargo, up 35% over 2009 and the first time it has surpassed 13 million tonnes since 1997.

Fairview Container Terminal handled 343,366 TEUs, a nearly 30% jump over 2009.


Craig Neeser new Chair of Port Metro Vancouver


The Board of Directors of Port Metro Vancouver has elected Craig Neeser as its incoming chair, effective March 1, 2011, succeeding Sarah Morgan-Silvester, whose term of office expires at the end of February. The Board made the announcement on Jan. 25.

A past President of Weyerhauser and Senior VP, International Group, Mr. Neeser joined the PMV Board in 2009.

He served most recently as Chair of the Major Capital Projects Committee and Member of the Governance/Conduct Committee.   (Photo: PMV)


Port of Halifax posts double-digit cargo growth


The Port of Halifax announced a strong recovery in most cargo categories, including container traffic, in 2010 within the context of a global economic rebound from the recession.

Container cargo rose by 26% to 435,461 TEUs from 344,811 TEUs in 2009. This growth rate, the Halifax Port Authority said, has "kept pace or exceeded competitor ports around North America."

The box growth was attributed to new shipping line customers, more frequent port calls and more cargo with existing lines, plus expanded trade in markets such as Asia.

Breakbulk and ro/ro cargo also recorded strong gains, while oil imports and gypsum exports declined. Overall total volume was 9.5 million tonnes versus 9.64 million tonnes.  (photo: ACOA)


SMT unveils new generation
'green-focus' bulk carriers


Seaway Marine Transport announced  that it will be introducing in 2013 a series of next generation Great Lakes bulk carriers, called the Equinox Class, which will significantly reduce environmental footprint and will be able to carry more cargo at increased speeds while using less energy. The new ships being built in China will generate an average of 40% less air emissions.

In a speech with a distinctly 'green' and expansion focus at a packed luncheon during the annual Marine Club Dinner events in Toronto, SMT President Allister Paterson stressed today (Jan. 21) that the recent elimination by Ottawa of a longstanding 25% import duty on foreign-built vessels helped to launch "an exciting new era" for SMT and Canada's shipping industry facing vital fleet renewal. "It's opened the door to re-capitalize business."

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