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Saint John targets container capacity expansion to handle larger vessels

2015-01-30

Greg Wight, President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation since 2008  recently announced to employees his plan to retire from the Corporation during the 1st quarter of  2015.
Mr. Wight joined the Marine Division of Algoma Central Railway in January 1980 as the Division's Controller. At that time, Algoma's Marine Division owned and operated 12 Great Lakes vessels and had revenues of $66 million.
Today, as CEO, Greg heads an organization that owns and operates 33 Great Lakes vessels and has interests in ocean shipping and real estate. In 2013 the Corporation reported revenues of $500 million.
Mr. Wight  rose steadily in the Company, holding a variety of financial roles, eventually moving to St. Catharines in 1996 following the sale of the Algoma Central Railway and the consolidation of the Company's marine operations in the city.
In addition to his responsibilities at Algoma and a number of positions with industry related organizations
"Come January, I will have been with Algoma for 35 years," Mr. Wight said "and I could not have asked for a better Company or group of people to work with. Algoma has risen to be the largest owner and operator of Canadian flag vessels on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway. The Company prides itself on its contribution to the Canadian economy and on the role it plays in the communities in which employees live and work."
Mr. Wight continued, "Algoma is a very strong company that has been recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in both 2012 and 2013."
"Greg deserves tremendous praise for his contributions to the company", said Duncan Jackman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algoma.  "His leadership and focus have been so important to the success of Algoma, particularly during a period of such economic uncertainty.  Greg's accomplishments extend to the fleet renewal program he championed, which leaves Algoma well positioned for future success."
The Board of Algoma has engaged an executive search firm to assist them in the process of selecting Mr. Wight's successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the role.
(Photo ACC)Greg Wight soon retiring from Algoma

The Port of Saint John has submitted a $205 million application to the federal Building Canada Fund, National Infrastructure Component, to upgrade its container facilities over the next seven years to meet demand. The Port and the New Brunswick government would participate in the proposed partnership.

"Our container traffic has almost doubled since 2012," says Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John. "To continue competing and growing on the world stage a terminal upgrade is required to accommodate larger vessels and to have the handling capability required to service modern fleets."

Port Saint John has made great strides over the past two years with a resurgence of port activity and the attraction of some of the world's top container shipping lines including Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Tropical Shipping to offer their clients weekly service to global markets through Saint John. Box traffic is handled at Rodney Container Terminal.

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Record load for Maersk

2015-01-28

Greg Wight, President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation since 2008  recently announced to employees his plan to retire from the Corporation during the 1st quarter of  2015.
Mr. Wight joined the Marine Division of Algoma Central Railway in January 1980 as the Division's Controller. At that time, Algoma's Marine Division owned and operated 12 Great Lakes vessels and had revenues of $66 million.
Today, as CEO, Greg heads an organization that owns and operates 33 Great Lakes vessels and has interests in ocean shipping and real estate. In 2013 the Corporation reported revenues of $500 million.
Mr. Wight  rose steadily in the Company, holding a variety of financial roles, eventually moving to St. Catharines in 1996 following the sale of the Algoma Central Railway and the consolidation of the Company's marine operations in the city.
In addition to his responsibilities at Algoma and a number of positions with industry related organizations
"Come January, I will have been with Algoma for 35 years," Mr. Wight said "and I could not have asked for a better Company or group of people to work with. Algoma has risen to be the largest owner and operator of Canadian flag vessels on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway. The Company prides itself on its contribution to the Canadian economy and on the role it plays in the communities in which employees live and work."
Mr. Wight continued, "Algoma is a very strong company that has been recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in both 2012 and 2013."
"Greg deserves tremendous praise for his contributions to the company", said Duncan Jackman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algoma.  "His leadership and focus have been so important to the success of Algoma, particularly during a period of such economic uncertainty.  Greg's accomplishments extend to the fleet renewal program he championed, which leaves Algoma well positioned for future success."
The Board of Algoma has engaged an executive search firm to assist them in the process of selecting Mr. Wight's successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the role.
(Photo ACC)Greg Wight soon retiring from Algoma

Maersk McKinney Moller - Maersk Line's iconic Triple E containership established a record with a load of 18,168 TEU from the port of Algeciras, Spain. The ship is now en route to Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.

With this shipment, Maersk McKinney Moller becomes the first vessel to have sailed with over 18,000 TEUs.

Niels Vestergaard Pedersen, Captain of Maersk McKinney Moller commented, "Personally I am both very proud, and humbled, to be the Captain of the iconic Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, and to be the first vessel to cross the 18,000 TEU limit. All crew members have shared their excitement with cameras, questions, and of course a lot of planning and calculations." Stowage on a Triple-E can prove to be an exciting challenge and Maersk McKinney Moller loaded the 11th tier as it crossed the 18,000 TEU mark.

"It is not an easy task to fill up a vessel like this. It is difficult to make a record like this, with a few people pushing, and many highlighting the risks. It is 100% team work all over the line, and a lot of planning and thoughts had been done" adds Captain Niels Vestergaard Pedersen.

The Triple-E can transport 2,500 more containers than Maersk's E-class ships - while using 20 percent less fuel and cutting CO2 emissions by 20 percent, thereby making it more energy efficient as a choice. Source: Maersk Line

 
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Toronto Port Authority
rebrands as PortsToronto

2015-01-26

Greg Wight, President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation since 2008  recently announced to employees his plan to retire from the Corporation during the 1st quarter of  2015.
Mr. Wight joined the Marine Division of Algoma Central Railway in January 1980 as the Division's Controller. At that time, Algoma's Marine Division owned and operated 12 Great Lakes vessels and had revenues of $66 million.
Today, as CEO, Greg heads an organization that owns and operates 33 Great Lakes vessels and has interests in ocean shipping and real estate. In 2013 the Corporation reported revenues of $500 million.
Mr. Wight  rose steadily in the Company, holding a variety of financial roles, eventually moving to St. Catharines in 1996 following the sale of the Algoma Central Railway and the consolidation of the Company's marine operations in the city.
In addition to his responsibilities at Algoma and a number of positions with industry related organizations
"Come January, I will have been with Algoma for 35 years," Mr. Wight said "and I could not have asked for a better Company or group of people to work with. Algoma has risen to be the largest owner and operator of Canadian flag vessels on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway. The Company prides itself on its contribution to the Canadian economy and on the role it plays in the communities in which employees live and work."
Mr. Wight continued, "Algoma is a very strong company that has been recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in both 2012 and 2013."
"Greg deserves tremendous praise for his contributions to the company", said Duncan Jackman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algoma.  "His leadership and focus have been so important to the success of Algoma, particularly during a period of such economic uncertainty.  Greg's accomplishments extend to the fleet renewal program he championed, which leaves Algoma well positioned for future success."
The Board of Algoma has engaged an executive search firm to assist them in the process of selecting Mr. Wight's successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the role.
(Photo ACC)Greg Wight soon retiring from Algoma

The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) announced that it is rebranding itself PortsToronto, effective immediately. Created by Canadian strategic marketing agency Ariad Communications, the new PortsToronto name and brand architecture is designed to drive increased awareness and understanding of the organization by strengthening the connection to its consumer businesses - specifically Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto and the Outer Harbour Marina - and thus better reflect the direction and priorities of the organization.

Established in 1911 as the Toronto Harbour Commissioners (THC), the Toronto Port Authority was given its name in 1999 as part of a broader federal government restructuring strategy to modernize the administration and operation of Canadian ports.  Marine activity focuses on bulk cargo, breakbulk and cruise ship calls.

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Couillard visits
Port of Antwerp

2015-01-20

Greg Wight, President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation since 2008  recently announced to employees his plan to retire from the Corporation during the 1st quarter of  2015.
Mr. Wight joined the Marine Division of Algoma Central Railway in January 1980 as the Division's Controller. At that time, Algoma's Marine Division owned and operated 12 Great Lakes vessels and had revenues of $66 million.
Today, as CEO, Greg heads an organization that owns and operates 33 Great Lakes vessels and has interests in ocean shipping and real estate. In 2013 the Corporation reported revenues of $500 million.
Mr. Wight  rose steadily in the Company, holding a variety of financial roles, eventually moving to St. Catharines in 1996 following the sale of the Algoma Central Railway and the consolidation of the Company's marine operations in the city.
In addition to his responsibilities at Algoma and a number of positions with industry related organizations
"Come January, I will have been with Algoma for 35 years," Mr. Wight said "and I could not have asked for a better Company or group of people to work with. Algoma has risen to be the largest owner and operator of Canadian flag vessels on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway. The Company prides itself on its contribution to the Canadian economy and on the role it plays in the communities in which employees live and work."
Mr. Wight continued, "Algoma is a very strong company that has been recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in both 2012 and 2013."
"Greg deserves tremendous praise for his contributions to the company", said Duncan Jackman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algoma.  "His leadership and focus have been so important to the success of Algoma, particularly during a period of such economic uncertainty.  Greg's accomplishments extend to the fleet renewal program he championed, which leaves Algoma well positioned for future success."
The Board of Algoma has engaged an executive search firm to assist them in the process of selecting Mr. Wight's successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the role.
(Photo ACC)Greg Wight soon retiring from Algoma

During a short stay in Europe, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard went on a tour of the Port of Antwerp on January 18 prior to visiting the European Parliament in Brussels and taking part in the World Economic Forum in Davos.

While visiting Antwerp, members of the delegation accompanying Mr. Couillard had the opportunity to discuss with port officials the free trade accord between Canada and the European Union slated to be ratified sometime in 2016.

Since 2013, the ports of Antwerp and Montreal have been collaborating closely under a special agreement to develop maritime trade. A delegation from the Port of Montreal will be visiting Antwerp at the end of May. And on February 10, Antwerp Port Ambassador Frank Geerkens  is to address a conference in Montreal where Québec Transport Minister Jean D'Amour is scheduled to unveil a Maritime Strategy blueprint. (photo : Antwerp Port)

 
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