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Huge pilotage costs threaten Viking ship's voyage in U.S. Great Lakes

2016-07-15

Presently docked at Bay City, Michigan, a replica Viking ship, the Draken Harald Harfagre, that has sailed from Norway to the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway to participate in the 2016 Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge, may have to cut short its historic journey due to an estimated US$400,000 in unexpected pilotage costs.

"Bay City could be our last port, if discussions with various authorities fail to resolve matters and clear up a number of misunderstandings," Sarah Blank, Communications Manager for the project, told Maritime Magazine. This would eliminate a star attraction from scheduled Tall Ship events in Chicago later in July, Green Bay and Duluth in August and Erie, PA in September.

"We do not oppose the need for pilots, but object having to pay (the U.S. Coast Guard) the same high fees as a cargo vessel in U.S. waters," Ms. Blank said while challenging the notion that the Viking ship is a commercial vessel. "We are devastated, we hope to continue."

After leaving Norway in April with a crew of 32 sailors to cross the Atlantic, the Draken Harald Harfagre stopped over first at St. Anthony, NL before calling in Quebec City and Montreal in June and in Toronto in early July. Ms. Blank disclosed that volunteer Canadian pilots guided the ship on the St. Lawrence River.

In Canada's Great Lakes region, foreign flag vessels such as the Viking replica (pictured sailing through the Welland Canal) are subject to pilotage only when they exceed 35 metres in length. The Norwegian ship is less than 35 metres long.

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Major investment
extending dock 10
at Port of Trois-Rivières

2016-07-05

A major investment has been announced to extend dock 10 at the Port of Trois-Rivières, which is to complete the construction of the multi-purpose terminal zone in 2017.
The $14.8 million dock project will increase storage space from 3,000 square metres to 12,000 square metres, allowing for increased shipping of a large variety of products and non-containerized general cargo.  The dock extension is part of improvements to a multi-purpose zone entailing $40 million in infrastructure investments between 2015 and 2017 - with the costs shared by the federal government, the Québec government and the Trois-Rivières Port Authority. The private sector is also investing $15 million in handling equipment.
Prominent officials attending the announcement on June 30 included Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Julie Boulet; Minister of Tourism; Gaetan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières; and  Francois Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Finance and MP for Saint-Maurice Champlain.
"Stevedoring companies at the Port of Trois-Rivières will be better positioned to benefit from growth opportunities, both in current markets or new areas," commented Mr. D'Amour.
In the multi-purpose  infrastructure undertaking, Sheds 24 and 25 have been completed. The construction of Terminal 13 is ongoing and will be terminated at the end of this year. Work on Dock 10 is starting this year. (photo APTR)

A major investment has been announced to extend dock 10 at the Port of Trois-Rivières, which is to complete the construction of the multi-purpose terminal zone in 2017.

The $14.8 million dock project will increase storage space from 3,000 square metres to 12,000 square metres, allowing for increased shipping of a large variety of products and non-containerized general cargo.  The dock extension is part of improvements to a multi-purpose zone entailing $40 million in infrastructure investments between 2015 and 2017 - with the costs shared by the federal government, the Québec government and the Trois-Rivières Port Authority. The private sector is also investing $15 million in handling equipment.

Prominent officials attending the announcement on June 30 included Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Julie Boulet; Minister of Tourism; Gaetan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières; and Francois Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Finance and MP for Saint-Maurice Champlain.

"Stevedoring companies at the Port of Trois-Rivières will be better positioned to benefit from growth opportunities, both in current markets or new areas," commented Mr. D'Amour.

In the multi-purpose  infrastructure undertaking, Sheds 24 and 25 have been completed. The construction of Terminal 13 is ongoing and will be terminated at the end of this year. Work on Dock 10 is starting this year. (photo APTR)

 
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Seaway announces
new executive appointments

2016-06-28

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has announced that Guy Yelle, Vice President, Operations, will be retiring in June after an exemplary career spanning 30 years at the Seaway.

Succeeding Guy Yelle will be Stephen Kwok, who previously served as Vice President, Engineering and Technology, and has over 26 years of experience at the Seaway in both engineering and operating roles.

Jim Athanasiou has been promoted to fill the position of Vice President, Engineering and Technology, stepping up from his role as General Manager of Business Improvement. Jim recently completed an EMBA from McGill - HEC Montréal and has been with the Seaway for some seven years.

In making the announcement, Terence Bowles gave his sincere appreciation for the support and counsel that Guy Yelle provided. "Guy exemplifies the values that we have at the Seaway and, in particular, his dedication to keeping downtime and navigational delays to a minimum has resulted in our customers, shippers and carriers holding the SLSMC in high regard."
(photo SLSMC)

 
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