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."


Strahl salutes Great Lakes fleet renewal efforts


Canada's Minister of Transport, Chuck Strahl, today (Jan. 20) expressed great enthusiasm over recent fleet renewal efforts by what he called "an industry in motion" on the Great Lakes amidst global economic recovery.

Speaking at a luncheon in Toronto staged by the Chamber of Marine Commerce on the occasion of the annual Marine Club events, Mr. Strahl recalled that the vital need to remove a long-existent 25% import duty on foreign-built vessels was one of the early important messages that he received when he took over the federal transport portfolio. The duty's elimination was announced last October.


Seaway extends toll freeze


The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced that an existing toll freeze will be extended in 2011.

"We are striving to reduce the cost and complexity of the system and attract new cargo," said Terence Bowles, newly appointed President and CEO. "The extension of the toll freeze, coupled with various incentive programs, represents tangible steps toward meeting these objectives.

"Following a difficult season during the recession in 2009, the Seaway posted a 15.5% increase in cargo in 2010 to about 35.5 million tonnes.


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