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Océan s'implique dans un chantier naval à Bas-Caraquet

Ocean plans shipyard  activty  in Bas-Caraquet

2014-08-18

Le 5 aout, Océan annonçait une importante collaboration avec le Centre Naval du Nouveau-Brunswick ainsi qu'avec le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick lui permettant de devenir un partenaire de premier plan pour la relance du chantier naval de Bas-Caraquet, inactif depuis sept ans.

C'est dans la foulée de la diversification de ses marchés et l'augmentation de sa capacité de production que l'entreprise étend son rayonnement canadien au Nouveau-Brunswick. Cette implantation positionnera géographiquement Océan pour l'accès à de nouveaux marchés. Les besoins estimés à moyen terme dans les Maritimes en réparation navale et construction d'embarcations laissent présager un avenir prometteur.

« Les perspectives d'affaires combinées à la disponibilité d'un chantier naval récemment rénové, ainsi que la volonté gouvernementale de relancer l'industrie de la construction et de la réparation navale constituent une belle opportunité pour Océan », affirme Jacques Tanguay, premier vice-président et directeur général.

Afin d'amorcer la relance du chantier, Océan entamera, au cours des prochains mois, la première phase de la construction d'une cale sèche flottante de près de 7 000 tonnes de capacité. Cette cale sèche sera construite en trois sections pour atteindre une longueur totale de 350 pieds. Cet équipement de grand gabarit, complémentaire à ceux déjà existants chez Océan, bonifiera la gamme de services offerts à la clientèle. Également, cette cale sèche répondra aux besoins d'Océan pour la réparation de ses plus gros navires.

Ces nouvelles activités permettront la création de 57 à 77 emplois dans la péninsule acadienne.

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Container tonnage surging at Port Saint John

2014-07-28

After experiencing a 60% growth in container tonnage in 2013, a strong upward trend is continuing at Port Saint John.

During the first six months of this year, container throughput totalled nearly 290,000 tonnes, representing a 12% increase from a year ago.

Commented Jim Quinn, President and CEO: "In 2012, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) put confidence in Port Saint John. Along with longtime stakeholder Tropical Shipping, these lines have shown how vital our port is to the region. Shippers and receivers are using Port Saint John more - that means greater economic activity for our city and province." (Photo: PSJ)

 
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Algoma Central Corporation christens new vessel

2014-07-18

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.

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

2014-06-25

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)

 
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