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Severe illness compels Bruce Wood to leave Port of Hamilton helm

2016-09-22

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)

Hamilton Port Authority's Board of Directors announced it has started a process to replace Bruce Wood, President and CEO for eight years, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

On September 21, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt rose in the House of Commons in Ottawa to speak in recognition of World Alzheimers Day, and revealed that Mr. Wood, her husband,  had been diagnosed with an early onset form of the disease.

Edward Minich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hamilton Port Authority, released this statement on September 22:

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, executive team and staff of HPA, we are deeply saddened by this news, and all of us extend our sincere best wishes to Bruce and his family at this difficult time. The Port's executive team, along with myself as interim CEO, have been providing continuity and service to our stakeholders while Bruce sought his diagnosis. The Port's Board of Directors will immediately begin a process to identify his replacement. We are grateful to Bruce for his eight years of service, overseeing a period of strong growth and diversification at the Port of Hamilton. Bruce has been a well-liked and respected leader to the Port's staff and he will be missed. Information regarding a fundraiser to support Alzheimer's research in tribute will be forthcoming." (photo HPA)

 
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Great Lakes-Seaway shipping rebounding

2016-09-16

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping rebounded in August due to a surge in U.S. grain exports, iron ore shipment improvements and a steady flow of raw materials for manufacturing and construction.

"We've seen a real rally in August. St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments were up 8 percent compared to the same month last year," said Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. "U.S. grain exports now match last season's strong performance. Iron ore shipments have improved as Canadian and U.S. mines have boosted production and we continue to see steady demand for aluminum, cement and asphalt."

The August acceleration lifted year-to-date Seaway cargo shipments (from March 21 to August 31) to 17.3 million metric tons. While this number is down 7.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015, the busier August narrowed the gap.

U.S. grain shipments via the Seaway (from March 21 to August 31) totaled 1.1 million metric tons with wheat, corn and soybeans being loaded in ports such as Duluth-Superior and Toledo, Ohio.

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Louis Martel to head CSL Group on retirement of Rod Jones

2016-09-14

The CSL Group announced that Rod Jones has decided to retire effective March 31st, 2017, after a nine-year tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, and a career with CSL that has spanned over thirty years. He will be succeeded on April 1, 2017 by Louis Martel, presently President of CSL International and Executive Vice-President of CSL Group.

The Montreal-based shipping group is the world's largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships, with divisions throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia delivering more than 78 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.

During his three decades at CSL, Mr. Jones worked with CSLers around the world to transform what was a Great Lakes-focused shipping business into the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Under his leadership, CSL expanded beyond Canada and the Americas to Australia, Asia and Europe.

"The CSL Board of Directors and the Martin family are very grateful for the enormous contribution Rod Jones has made to the company's growth and success," said Paul Martin, Chair of the CSL Board. "Rod has stood out as an inclusive, visionary and modern leader who leaves behind a sound company and lasting legacy built on authentic values and a commitment to people, safety and the environment."

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