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Davie first Canadian
shipyard to obtain
ISO 14001: 2015 certification

2016-12-07

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

A few weeks after becoming the first shipyard in Canada to earn the ISO 9001:2015 certification, Davie Shipbuilding of Lévis, Québec has met the latest globally-recognized environmental standards. Davie Shipbuilding, the largest shipbuilder in Canada with its extensive production capacity, successfully implemented an environmental management system based on ISO 14001:2015, thereby promoting environmental stewardship at all levels.

Jared Newcombe, Chief Executive Officer noted : "Davie has a history of rising to the challenge. Regulatory requirements, public concerns, climate change and of course, Davie's forward thinking, which is an integral part of our DNA, have pushed us to take this additional step to show our know-how and dedication to the marine industry."

Developed along three main lines, such as compliance with environmental laws, continuous improvement and pollution prevention. Davie's environmental management system had to go through a full and comprehensive audit in order to obtain the coveted seal of excellence. The ISO 14001:2015 certification is issued by the International Organization of Standardization. (photo Davie)

 
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DP World and big Québec
pension fund create joint
venture to invest in ports

2016-12-05

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

DP World and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Canada's second largest pension fund, have announced a C$5 billion joint venture that will invest in ports and terminals around the world, including Asia and Latin America.

Dubai-based DP World, which operates some 77 marine and inland terminals, will own 55% of the investment platform, and the Caisse will control the remainder, according to a statement released on Dec. 2. As a first step, the Caisse will acquire for C$865 million a 45% stake in two of DP World's Canadian container terminals in the ports of Prince Rupert (seen in photo) and Vancouver.

Michel Sabia, chief executive of the Montreal-based CDPQ, said the partnership will give the Caisse "access to high-quality transactions and the opportunity to invest in the best port infrastructure worldwide."

In its infrastructure portfolio, the Caisse, which has about $255 billion in net assets under management, has a 27% interest in Australia's Port of Brisbane.

Pension funds are increasingly targeting ports and terminals as steady sources of cash flow. Earlier this year, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board was part of a group that purchased Australian port and rail operator Asciano Ltd. for A$9 billion. And the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System agreed, with partners, to buy a 50-year lease to operate the Port of Melbourne in Australia for A$9.7 billion. (photo PRPA)

 
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Ian Hamilton appointed 
President and CEO
of Hamilton Port Authority

2016-12-04

A new container terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal was formally inaugurated today, boosting the port's handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs as Canada's second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade. The Terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc., is part of Logistec's extensive network on the East Coast of North Americ.
Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority; Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Madeleine Paquin, President of Logistec and Chair of Termont Terminal;  Sokat Shaikh from MSC and other industry representatives.
"The new Viau terminal will have a considerable impact!" said Ms. Vachon. "Ultimately, it will increase the Port of Montréal's handling capacity by 2.1 million TEUs and generate significant benefits for the region, province and country as whole with annual spinoffs of $340 million and the creation of 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.
"The success of this project is the result of a significant collaboration between public and private organizations, including Termont Montréal Inc. and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. Moreover, the work was carried out with concern for communities and the environment."
The new terminal, together with the work done previously and the second phase of work to be completed in the years to come, will bring the total handling capacity in the Viau sector to 600 000 TEUs, and the Port of Montréal's overall handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs. Last year, Montreal's container cargo broke another record, rising 4% to nearly 1.5 million TEUs.
The construction of the new terminal is part of a broader port capacity optimization project covering three essential areas: the terminal's container-handling capacity, marine access and road access. The Port of Montréal must be active on all three fronts to establish the right balance between facilitating traffic and ensuring that activities continue to run smoothly.
The federal government is contributing a third of the eligible funding for all three project components to a maximum of $43.6 million under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Of this amount, up to $27.2 million is available to fund the new container terminal. The remainder of the funding will be attributed to the project's other two components.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that port infrastructure plays a key role in supporting economic growth,' said Minister Garneau. "In addition to making the Port of Montréal considerably more competitive, productive and effective, this project will also help to support economic growth for Canadians in the years to come." (Photos Sylvain Giguère/APM)

The Board of Directors of the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) has announced that Ian Hamilton will assume the role of President and CEO of the HPA, effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Hamilton has served as the Port's Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate since 2008. He succeeds Bruce Wood who was recently diagnosed with a serious illness.

Mr. Hamilton possesses more than 25 years of experience in international transportation and logistics in Europe and North America, and has held progressively senior positions in the liner shipping industry, including Transatlantic Trade Director (Europe) for CP Ships and Business Development Manager for Hapag-Lloyd.

He holds an MBA from Aston University (UK) and a BSc in business administration and economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.
"In 1990, as an undergraduate at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina States Port Authority sponsored me to spend a week in Rotterdam to study port operations up-close," recalls Ian Hamilton. "That opportunity sparked an interest in international commerce and the crucial role that the shipping industry plays in our business and private lives. It was also the catalyst that started my career. Twenty-five years later I remain as fascinated by the industry as I was at 21."

Since 2008, Ian has been responsible for managing the port's $500M real estate portfolio. In recent years, the Port of Hamilton has attracted more than $300M in investment.

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