Algoma Central Corporation christens new vessel


Algoma Central Corporation christened on July 17 its second Equinox Class bulk cargo vessel, the Algoma Harvester, at a ceremony at Pier 26 South in the Port of Hamilton.

After departing from the Chinese shipyard on May 18, the Algoma Harvester picked up its first load of cargo at Port Cartier on the St. Lawrence River on July 11. This first cargo of iron ore, which set a new record in size, was delivered to the ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant in Hamilton.

Mrs. Kathy Baske, wife of Jim Baske, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, imparted the traditional blessing as sponsor.

Greg Wight, President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation, commented he was "extremely pleased" with the performance of the first Equinox Class vessel, the Algoma Equinox, since she joined the carrier's fleet last November.

"The Equinox Class bulkers have been designed to optimize performance in the movement of iron ore for companies like ArcelorMittal Dofasco and for the movement of grain products," said Mr. Wight. "We expect the ship to move one  million tonnes per year of these commodities."

«Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway marine transport is integral to our business and fleet renewal is critical for a sustainable supply chain," said Mr. Baske.


CMC blasts 'staggering' hike in U.S. inspection fees of Canadian ships


Staggering fee hikes being proposed by the U.S. government for inspections of Canadian ships coming from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway are tantamount to anti-competitive non-tariff barriers, according to the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce.

The CMC on June 24 filed a submission to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, strongly opposing a proposed federal rulemaking to significantly increase fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection services.

The rule change would increase the fee from $496 to $825 per inspection and eliminate the annual fee cap of charging a maximum of 15 times per vessel. For Canadian carriers, this could increase their annual inpection costs by as much as 238%.

"These staggering fee hikes fly in the face of President Obama's oft-spoken commitment to the efficient flow of goods between our two countries," said Stephen Brooks, President of the CMC, a bi-national marine industry association. "They are unjustified on the grounds of environmental risk and would make Canadian Great Lakes vessels less competitive against U.S. Great Lakes ships carrying the same products in the same waters."

In its submission, the CMC argues that Canadian ships using the waterway should be exempted from such fee increases as they never leave the waters of the bi-national maritime corridor, do not cross oceans and pose very little risk of introducing or infestations to the United States. In addition, these vessels predominantly carry various bulk cargoes like steel and iron ore that are non-agricultural, inorganic and with no containers or packing materials. (Photo CMC)


Ocean décroche un prix d'excellence pour un projet de dragage au Mexique

Ocean wins distinction for dredging project in Mexico


Le 18 juin 2014, au Centre des sciences de Montréal, le Gala des grands prix d'excellence en transport a réuni près de 200 professionnels issus du secteur des transports et a été l'occasion de souligner plus de 20 projets ainsi que de dévoiler les lauréats dans 10 catégories, en plus de remettre le Prix Distinction et le Prix Coup de coeur du jury d'honneur.

Ocean Dragage DSM s'est vu décerner le nouveau Prix International pour le projet «Dragage du port de Dos Bocas à Paraiso au Mexique».

«Ce prix représente beaucoup pour nous, car il vient couronner de succès notre audace ainsi que plusieurs mois d'efforts de notre équipe de développement», souligne François Lessard, directeur général de Travaux Maritimes Océan, lors de la remise du prix.

Tout a débuté en mars 2011 lorsqu'Océan a obtenu le contrat de dragage d'entretien de la Traverse du Nord sur le Saint Laurent. Cette dernière est un tronçon essentiel pour le transport maritime situé en aval de Québec, car plus de 6 000 navires y circulent annuellement.
Pour être en mesure de réaliser le contrat dans les échéanciers prescrits, Océan a dû construire, au coût de 25M$, la plus imposante drague à succion autoporteuse à élinde traînante de l'Est du Canada, l'Ocean Traverse Nord.

Ne pouvant utiliser cet équipement durant l'hiver nordique,  il était essentiel pour l'entreprise de dénicher des contrats ailleurs dans le monde, afin de rentabiliser son investissement.

À l'automne 2013, après plus de deux  ans de démarches, l'équipe obtient, par le biais d'un partenaire mexicain, son premier contrat au Port de Dos Bocas.
Le contrat a été complété avec succès et depuis la firme de Québec a obtenu des contrats pour le port de Veracruz au Mexique ainsi qu'en République dominicaine.


ACPA 'pleased' that Canadian ports spared from threatened   U.S. tax grab


"The Association of Canadian Port Authorities is pleased that the notion of a tax on cargo entering the United States from Canada and Mexico has not been included" in major legislation - the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 -  signed into law on June 10 by President Barack Obama, said ACPA President Wendy Zatylny.

For several years, U.S. West Coast senators and port circles notably in Tacoma and Seattle  have been pushing for a special levy aimed at offsetting an alleged competitive disadvantage in relation to such Canadian ports as Prince Rupert.

"Shippers decide which port to ship their cargo through based on many factors, including proximity to manufacturers and speed to market," Ms. Zatylny said, stressing the tax would have been an unfair penalty not only on Canadian ports but the continental economy.

"Canada's port authorities invest heavily in infrastructure and innovation, and their efforts have allowed them to remain at the forefront of a highly competitive and mobile sector," she said.

"Further, over 8 million American jobs and over 2 million Canadian jobs depend on trade and investment between our two countries.

"Both economies have prospered as a result of measures to increase the flow of goods between the two countries, and the proposed cargo tax would have been detrimental to these positive efforts."