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Fednav's Nunavik completes historic Northwest Passage voyage to China

2014-10-21

After departing from Deception Bay in northern Québec on September 19 with a cargo of nickel concentrate, Fednav's Nunavik completed its historic voyage through the Northwest Passage to its destination port in China on October 15.

The newest and most powerful icebreaking ship in the fleet of Montreal-based Fednav was the first to transit the NWP completely and unescorted with an Arctic cargo, which was unloaded at the port of Bayuquan, Liaoning Province, China.

Master of the 31,700 DWT bulk carrier was Captain Randy Rose, a mariner with 25 years of experience in Arctic shipping. And the chief engineer was Gary Bishop, who was on board to initially take delivery of the Nunavik in Japan before proceeding through the Panama Canal to Deception Bay and then to China via the NWP.

By favouring the NWP over a traditional route via the Panama Canal, the Nunavik saved about 5,000 nautical miles or 20 days sailing time and more than 1,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo Tim Keane/Fednav)

 
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Logistec inaugurates enhanced Contrecoeur terminal

2014-10-15

Logistec Corporation welcomed nearly 100 employees, customers, partners, and suppliers at its Contrecoeur terminal in the Port of Montreal to celebrate its modernization and inaugurate the facility's new equipment.
"Our investment of nearly $12 million will allow us to move larger volumes and work with a more diversified cargo base in Contrecoeur," stated Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, in a ceremony on October 9.

"In addition to the bulk cargo that the terminal is known for, we have enhanced our ability to handle break-bulk, project cargo, and heavy lift," Ms Paquin said, stressing that its strategic location provided ample, direct access to railways, highways as well as barge services.

"With the upgrades that we've put in place, Logistec's Contrecoeur terminal is now one of the most modern, efficient bulk-handling facilities along the St. Lawrence River. We foresee a bright future for this vital part of our network."

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Robust export/import activity drives Seaway cargo increase

2014-10-05

Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have now surpassed 2013 levels by 5 percent due to strong North American import/export activity. According to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo from March 25 to September 30 reached 24.4 million metric tons.

Grain exports continue to be strong with total shipments (including Canada and the U.S.) reaching 6.8 million metric tons, up 70 percent over the same period last year. U.S. grain totaled 796,000 metric tons, up 15 percent over the same period last year.

Stated Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce: "September was another strong month for the St. Lawrence Seaway as marine shipping helped U.S. companies export products and import much-needed materials. Many people don't realize that ships are regularly carrying a huge amount of trade between Canada and the U.S. via the Great Lakes-Seaway."

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Shipping Federation welcomes Canada-European free trade accord

2014-10-01

The Shipping Federation of Canada has welcomed the proposed Canada - European Union-Canada free trade agreement, stating "it will be a boon for Canada's maritime industry on a number of fronts." (The signature of what was described as a final text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement  (CETA) took place in Ottawa on Sept. 26.)

"Not only will the agreement generate additional trade in goods between the two continents, it will also create demand for related transportation services," the Shipping Federation said on September 23. "As a result, we can expect to see new economic opportunities for Canadian ports and new employment opportunities for workers in the transportation sector."

In an interview with Maritime Magazine, Shipping Federation President Michael Broad affirmed: "CETA will not take business away from Canadian-flag vessels and crews."

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