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Port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp renew cooperation agreement

Les ports de Montréal et Anvers renouvellent leur entente de coopération

2019-05-24

 

The port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp announced that they have renewed their cooperation agreement. The official announcement was made at the MPA's annual reception for clients held at the Port of Montreal's Grand Quay.

The Port of Montreal and the Port of Antwerp have been in a close partnership for six years now. In fact, the first cooperation agreement was signed in 2013 for three years and was renewed in 2016.

In light of the many projects jointly conducted by both ports in several fields, the two authorities decided to extend the new agreement for another 10 years. This builds on four areas of cooperation: inter-port governance, trade, innovation, sustainable development and energy transition.

"Our two ports share the same vision, the same priorities and the same interests. It's a natural partnership that will definitely be beneficial and rewarding on both sides of the Atlantic," said Sylvie Vachon.
"This long-term commitment shows how much the Port of Antwerp values its cooperation with the Port of Montreal," said Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp.

As the gateway of choice for European markets and a major transshipment port, the Port of Antwerp is the Port of Montreal's largest trading partner. In total, 15% of containerized tonnages at the Port of Montreal come from or go to the Port of Antwerp.


 

Les administrations portuaires de Montréal et d'Anvers sont heureuses d'annoncer qu'elles ont renouvelé leur entente de coopération. L'annonce officielle a été faite lors de la réception annuelle des clients de l'APM qui se déroulait au Grand Quai du Port de Montréal.

Le Port de Montréal et le Port d'Anvers entretiennent un partenariat privilégié depuis maintenant six ans. En effet, la première entente de coopération avait été signée en 2103 pour 3 ans, et a été renouvelée en 2016.

Compte tenu des nombreux projets menés conjointement par les deux ports dans de nombreux domaines, les deux administrations ont décidé de prolonger la durée de la nouvelle entente pour 10 ans. Celle-ci repose sur quatre axes de coopération : gouvernance interportuaire , échanges commerciaux, innovation. Et développement durable et transition énergétique.

«Nos deux ports partagent la même vision, les mêmes priorités et les mêmes intérêts. Il s'agit d'une collaboration naturelle qui sera assurément bénéfique et fructueuse de part et d'autre de l'Atlantique», a déclaré Sylvie Vachon

«Cet engagement à long terme montre à quel point le port d'Anvers accorde une grande importance à sa coopération avec le port de Montréal» a pour sa part déclaré Jacques Vandermeiren, PDG du Port d'Anvers.

Porte d'entrée de choix pour les marchés européens et important port de transbordement, le Port d'Anvers est le plus grand partenaire du Port de Montréal. Au total, 15 % des tonnages conteneurisés au Port de Montréal ont pour origine ou destination le Port d'Anvers. (photo APM)

 
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Trudeau Announces Major Renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet

Trudeau annonce un important renouvellement de la flotte de la Garde côtière canadienne

 

2019-05-23

 

All of the major Canadian media were widely quoted yesterday by the Trudeau government's announcement on the Canadian Coast Guard, and for a long time the marine industry has been calling for a renewed fleet of Coast Guard vessels.
On the eve of a fall election, the Canadian government plans to invest nearly $16 billion in the fleet renewal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.

Surprisingly, the two partners of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) for the construction of large ships-Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards and Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax-who are seriously struggling to deliver the ships they've had on order for seven years for a sum of 70 billion, will build the new ships according to the release.

To carry out missions including light icebreaking, patrol at sea and search and rescue operations, up to 16 vessels will be built at the Vancouver shipyard. This shipyard was not able to properly weld the only ship it was able to launch in seven years, with the help of subsidies to modernize the yard. Creating the yard would be more appropriate since it's only experience was the maintenance and construction of small tugs.

Two more ships-Arctic Patrol Ships to be modified for the Canadian Coast Guard-will be built at Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia. Patrol vessels currently under construction are subject to gross overspending.

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Le gouvernement fédéral se tourne vers le chantier Davie pour la construction de deux traversiers

Federal government favours Davie shipyard to build two ferries

2019-05-17

Le gouvernement fédéral a annoncé son intention de passer un contrat avec Chantier Davie de Lévis, au Québec, pour la construction de deux traversiers dans l'est du Canada. Le ministre fédéral des Transports, Marc Garneau, et le ministre de la Famille, de l'Enfance et du Développement social, Jean-Yves Duclos, ont annoncé publiquement le 17 mai, au nom de la ministre des Services publics et de l'Approvisionnement, Carla Qualtrough.

«Le gouvernement du Canada a mené une analyse de l'industrie, concluant que Chantier Davie est le seul chantier naval canadien connu doté de la capacité, de l'expérience récente et de la capacité de construire ces traversiers dans les délais requis», indique un communiqué de presse.

«Le signal est important?», a déclaré avec enthousiasme Frédérik Boisvert, vice-président aux affaires publiques de Davie. «Il y a environ 400 employés ici actuellement. Avec les nouveaux traversiers, on peut parler de plusieurs centaines de travailleurs rappelés sur une base de quatre à cinq ans.»

Parallèlement, le gouvernement fédéral a récemment inclu Davie dans un contrat d'entretien des frégates de la classe Halifax - ce qui pourrait créer quelque 5 400 emplois d'ici 2021.

Les nouveaux traversiers, mentionnés pour la première fois dans le budget fédéral de mars, remplaceront le NM Madeleine, qui assure actuellement la liaison entre les îles de la Madeleine et Souris, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (Î.-P.-É.), et le NM Holiday Island, l'un des deux navires reliant Wood Islands, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, à Caribou, en Nouvelle-Écosse (NS). Les deux navires approchent de la fin de leur vie utile.

Le gouvernement a confirmé l'intention du Canada de conclure un contrat avec Davie Shipyard. Les autres fournisseurs intéressés disposeront d'un délai de 15 jours calendrier pour soumettre un énoncé de capacités démontrant qu'ils répondent aux exigences précisées dans le préavis d'adjudication de contrat (PAC).

M. Garneau a indiqué que le gouvernement fédéral aimerait que la construction des traversiers commence le plus tôt possible. «C'est une priorité pour nous. Il y a quelques étapes à franchir avant, comme négocier un prix. Nous devrons également négocier un projet final. Ces choses prennent toujours un peu de temps.»

 


 

The federal government has signalled its intention to award a contract with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Québec to build replacements for two ferries in eastern Canada. This was publicly announced on May 17 at the shipyard site at an event attended by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on behalf of Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

"The Government of Canada conducted industry analysis, which concluded that Chantier Davie is the only known Canadian shipyard with the capacity, recent experience and capability to build these ferries in the required time frame," stated a press release.

"The signal is important," enthusiastically declared Frédérik Boisvert, Davie's Vice President of Public Affairs. "There are about 400 employees here presently. With the new ferries, one can speak of several hundred workers being recalled on a basis of between four and five years."

At the same time, the federal government also recently included Davie in a maintenance contract for Halifax-class frigates-which could create some 5400 jobs as of 2021.
The new ferries, first mentioned in the March federal budget, will replace the motor vessel (NM) Madeleine, which currently provides the link between the Îles de la Madeleine, and Souris, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and the NM Holiday Island, one of two vessels connecting Wood Islands, PEI, to Caribou, Nova Scotia (NS). Both ships are approaching the end of their useful life.

The government confirmed Canada's intention to enter into a contract with Davie Shipyard. Other interested suppliers will have 15 calendar days to submit a statement of capabilities demonstrating that they meet the requirements set out in the Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN).
Mr. Garneau indicated the federal government would like the construction of the ferries to begin as soon as possible. "It is a priority for us. There are a few stages to pass through beforehand, like negotiating a price. We will also need to negotiate a final design. Those things always take a little time."

 
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Prince Rupert master plan sees container capacity potential up to 7m TEUs


2019-05-14


The Port of Prince Rupert has announced the completion of a container terminal master plan that outlines the potential of future container terminal capacity and sequencing of development at the Pacific gateway in  northern British Columbia. The planning work identifies the long-term potential to develop six to seven million TEUs of capacity through the development of multiple terminals.

In releasing the master plan, port officials reiterated their ambition of transforming Prince Rupert into Canada's second largest port after Vancouver within five years. A significant percentage of Prince Rupert cargo volume is with the US Midwest via the CN rail network. Last year, Prince Rupert handled one million TEUs and 27 million tonnes of cargo.

The plan's research was completed with the assistance of AECOM, a global leader in infrastructure planning and development. It considered capital costs, operating efficiencies, optimization of construction sequencing to minimize disruptions to ongoing operations, and mitigation of human receptor impacts (air quality, noise and lighting) as criteria to determine the feasibility and sequencing of container terminal potential at the Port of Prince Rupert.

"Conducting this work ensures we have a clear understanding of the future potential for terminal development and contributes to a vision for the future of our container business to respond to the growing market demand for capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert," said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The master planning concluded the potential for further expansion of Fairview Terminal and the development of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert's South Kaien Island site.  This second terminal features a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and was identified as the next phase of terminal expansion for the container business at the Port of Prince Rupert following the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal announced with DP World in 2018, increasing its current capacity from 1.35 million TEUs to 1.8 million TEUs by 2022. Both the current Fairview Terminal and South Kaien sites are in close proximity to expanding export logistics operations on Ridley Island, and will fully integrate with these operations following PRPA's construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor scheduled for the end of 2020.

Maksim  Mihic,  General Manager of DP World,  applauded a "development vision which enables Canadian trade and improves the balance between imports and exports through the northern corridor."

JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN, said "the Port of Prince Rupert continues to be an important part of CN's supply chains to and from international markets."

(photo PRPA)

 
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Unique agreement in Canada to protect killer whales


2019-05-13


VANCOUVER - As Canada continues to increase its focus towards sustainable trade growth, nine key groups have come together in support of conservation on the nation's west coast. The first of its kind in Canada,  the Conservation Agreement, announced by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast supports the continuation of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program (ECHO), a Port of Vancouver-led initiative aimed at better understanding and mitigating the impact of shipping activities on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in the Salish Sea.

Commercial shipping accounts for nearly 50% of the acoustic noise in the Salish Sea. The Conservation Agreement encourages large commercial vessels to slow down in key foraging areas for the SRKW to reduce underwater noise that may disrupt their ability to find prey. The agreement also pledges ongoing support to the ECHO program from the signatories, and details joint efforts to grow international engagement and collaboration while also collecting and sharing data and research between key groups.

The coalition brings together the Department of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA), and the commercial marine sector.

"We appreciate the Government of Canada's continued support in implementing effective, protective, and flexible measures that respect the inherent challenges of safe and responsible trade," said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Shipping. "This significant commitment by ship operators comes at a period of unprecedented trade volatility, and at a time when ship operators are implementing costly technical changes to their practices and fleets as they prepare to transition to low-sulphur fuel in 2020, in addition to installing ballast water treatment systems to stop the spread of invasive species. With the support of the Government, our industry has banded together to commit to tackling problems efficiently, effectively, and transparently".

The agreement extends the voluntary measures designed to reduce the impact of large commercial vessels and hopes to attain an 80% participation rate. Since the Salish Sea is bi-national waters, shared between Canada and the USA, these voluntary measures can establish effective measures and guidelines in a way that traditional regulation cannot, as it would be outside the Government of Canada's jurisdiction. (Photo VFPA)

 
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