First LNG-powered ferry built in North America

Premier traversier propulsé au GNL construit en Amérique du Nord


Davie Canada conducted a keel laying ceremony at Lévis, Quebec on Feb. 26 for the MV Armand-Imbeau II. The ceremony marked the beginning of the hull assembly for the first of two sister-ships under construction at Davie for the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ).

The event took place at Chantier Davie in the presence of Quebec's Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, Jean D'Amour, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Société des traversiers du Québec, Jocelyn Fortier.

The two ferries for the Tadoussac?Baie-Sainte-Catherine route are built for year-round navigation on the Saguenay Fjord. Measuring 92 metres long, each ship will include eight rows on two decks, enabling the transport of up to 110 vehicles, including tractor-trailers. The ferries use the latest generation in motorized systems, including Liquefied Natural Gas engines.

Instead of a conventional propulsion system, each ship uses electric thrusters. The MV Armand-Imbeau II is scheduled to be delivered in the fall of this year, and is to be followed by the MV Jos-Deschênes II some four months later.


Doug Peterson retires after long career with Nanaimo Port Authority



Long term Manager of Marketing & Sales, Douglas P. Peterson retires after a 22 year career with the Nanaimo Port Authority.

"The Nanaimo Port Authority was fortunate to enlist Doug with his skill set for our Marketing and Sales portfolio," said President and CEO Bernie Dumas. "He was a key member of the management team over his many years of service when we were so deeply engaged in the forestry-based industry and developing our cruise and short sea shipping strategies. Doug introduced and developed many long term relationships in the local and port community which will continue to be beneficial to us for many years to come."

Mr. Peterson was previously with an international trading company where he was responsible for the procurement and transportation logistics of frozen foods, bulk commodities and wood products.  He then moved to a Canadian based marketing consortium exporting a bulk commodity worldwide, directing marketing & sales, marine transportation coordination and vessel chartering.

Currently on the Board of Nanaimo Museum, Mr. Peterson is one of the founding directors of Cruise BC. (Photo NPA)


ACPA partnership with federal trade commissioner service


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

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Wendy Zatylny, President of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), announced the establishment of a memorandum of understanding that will place a full-time Canadian trade commissioner with the Association of Canadian Port Authorities. The embedded trade commissioner will work out of the Halifax Port Authority in Nova Scotia, a press release said on Feb.20.

"Canada's National Ports System is at the heart of the crucial supply chains that drive 21st-century trade and grow our exports to key markets. This partnership with the Trade Commissioner Service will help Canada fully leverage the benefits of its trade agreements, enhance its competitiveness and contribute to job creation and economic growth in communities across the country," said ACPA President Wendy Zatylny.

The trade commissioner will provide client services to Canadian companies looking to increase their international expansion and will support the 18 Canadian port authorities across the country. With the expanded trade opportunities due to the recently concluded Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in September 2014 and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2015, Canadian ports will serve as a gateway for world-class Canadian products.