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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lawrence River News

Captain Louis Rhéaume (Photo: MSRC)

Captain Rhéaume Joins MSRC

Captain Louis Rhéaume has joined the team at Maritime Simulation and Resource Center (MSRC).At MSRC Captain Rhéaume will supervise the implementation of maritime expertise projects and provide his professional and administrative experience to the pilots in training. Captain Rhéaume is a graduate of the Institute maritime du Québec and holder of a Master Foreign Going Certificate. He was a pilot on the St. Lawrence River in the Quebec-Escoumins sector from 1984 to 2018, President of the Lower St.

Image: Ports of Indiana

Burns Harbor Extends Key Partnership

The Port of Indiana Burns-Harbor has extended its partnership with its longtime stevedore and marine terminal operating company, Federal Marine Terminals.A press note from the Ports of Indiana, a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, said that the deal will run through at least 2023."FMT has been a vital collaborator with the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor since 1999," said Port Director Ian Hirt, "and this consolidated operating agreement…

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Coast Guard Proposes Annual Great Lakes Pilotage Increase

“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.” – H.L. Mencken, American journalist and essayist, 1880-1956.This report is about Great Lakes pilotage rates. It’s all about the money. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who even suggests that it’s not about the money.For fifty or so Great Lakes pilots, it’s about cold hard cash: now. For others, say, vessel owners, it’s about wasted resources, about lost chances for a more efficient and sustainable system; “opportunity costs,” as economists like to say.

A St. Lawrence Seaway bulk vessel (SLSMC)

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Ratify Contract

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has announced that its unionized employees, members of UNIFOR, ratified a three-year labor agreement covering the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, praised the negotiating teams for achieving another multi-year agreement, and said, “A fair labor settlement was reached earlier this month, enabling the St. Lawrence Seaway to continue providing uninterrupted service to the thousands of entities that depend upon marine transportation…

(Photo: Eric Haun)

Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact

The Government of Canada is acting to preserve and restore marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. under the Oceans Protection Plan to look at methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.Transport Canada’s national cumulative effects assessment framework for marine shipping will identify regionally specific tools…

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Strong July Across Great Lakes Gets Seaway Tonnage

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping continues to bounce back after a slow start. With strong tonnage numbers in July, particularly shipments of U.S. grain, liquid bulk and project cargo, the 2018 shipping season is right on par with the healthy statistics posted last year.Overall cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway between March 29 and July 31 totaled 16.5 million metric tons. Areas of strength included U.S. grain shipments totaling 888,000 metric tons, up 32 percent over last year. Liquid bulk shipments totaled 2.3 million metric tons, an increase of 25 percent.

Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce

Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Boosted in June

United States grain exports via the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 32.1 percent this season compared to 2017. Construction materials were also heavily influential in the latest results with a nearly 38 percent increase in asphalt from the same time last year, as well as increases in cement and stone.“Summer is the season for construction projects and ships have been delivering materials for major building projects across the region,” says Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “U.S.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River, serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the U.S. and Canada. Photo provided by The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

Great Lakes Shipping Supports 237,000 Plus Jobs

The new study by the Department of Transportation Great Lakes - Saint Lawrence Seaway says that shipping  supports more than 237,000 jobs and billions in economic activity.A year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system to federal, state/provincial and local economies.The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported: 237…

From left to right: Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd; Philippe Couillard, Premierminister von Quebec; Anthony J. Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd Still Strong in Canada

Hapag-Lloyd remains the market leader among liner shipping companies in Canada. In the past year, the shipping company saw its market share increase to over 18%. Hapag-Lloyd is the largest liner shipping company in terms of throughput volume at both the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Halifax. Hapag-Lloyd handles more containers in Montreal than in Los Angeles and Long Beach combined – the largest port complex in North America. Deepening the channel is an important topic at the Port of Montreal, as it is in Hamburg.

Aderco RD Laboratory Courtesy Aderco

Aderco Turns 35

waterways. 2016 - With over 20 million metric tonnes of fuel treated annually, Aderco additives are trusted by Shipowners’ and Shipmanagers’ worldwide to reduce OPEX, safeguard machinery and maximise operational reliability. Aderco shares insights and industry learnings (fuel efficiency strategies, navigating SECA challenges) in a series of workshops at the Aderco Booth during Posidonia. Nyon, Switzerland 6th June 2016 – Aderco International SA, a leader in the research & development…

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Fednav (Belgium) N.V. Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Shortly after the inauguration of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, and the growth of grain exports that followed, bulk shipper Fednav realized that incoming steel products offered ideal repositioning from Belgium, and thus was launched regular service FALLine. Steel is also transported from Germany, the U.K. and other countries, but Antwerp remained the epicenter of the activity. Located in the Scheldt estuary, Antwerp is the breakbulk port of choice due to its central position, its connections to the Rhine and its experienced stevedores.

Renewal of agreement Photo Port of Antwerp

Antwerp, Montreal Ports Renew Cooperation

Yesterday during a joint trade mission in Montreal, the port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp, Belgium renewed their cooperative agreement. The first agreement, signed in March 2013, resulted in four trade missions to Montreal and Antwerp during which extensive business contacts were developed. These meetings also enabled productive exchanges of information on issues such as sustainable development, land use, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, global trends in the markets, and the development of port logistics zones.

EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into the river by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area. The EPA has reviewed the state petition and found that there are adequate facilities around the St. Lawrence for boats to pump out their sewage, rather than dumping it in the water.

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Co

MSC Monica Refloated

Panama-flagged container ship MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Quebec city, Canada on January 22, was refloated, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The 43,618 dwt container vessel was sailing from Montreal to St. Johns in Newfoundland. The Mediterranean Shippgng Co (MSC) company owned ship refloated on Saturday after deballasting 2,000 tons of water and with the assistance of three tugs of Ocean Group, came from Quebec. The Container ship is currently at the port of Quebec, where it will undergo several inspections.

Pic: Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Monica Aground on St. Lawrence River

MSC Monica, Mediterranean Shipping Company container vessel, ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, between Bécancour and Levis. The box ship left Montreal and headed down the river, but suffered steering gear failure, which caused leaving the fairway and grounding in the sand-mud shallow. Media reports say that the ship hardly stuck and was not able to refloat by own power. The crew requested assistance from the local authorities, which started organizing of salvage operation. Efforts will be made to shift the vessel today. It is not disrupting traffic.

Courtesy  Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard Announces Hiring Push

The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced it is now hiring with 50 jobs currently available. The shipyard is now seeking candidates to fill a range of positions including naval architects, shipyard welders and pipe fitters, project managers and more. The Great Lakes Towing Company, owner and operator of a fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway, and Great Lakes Shipyard, a full-service ship repairs and construction operation on the Great Lakes…

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plays a critical role in the Great Lakes Seaway System

Pacesetter Award for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The top federal official presiding over the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway presented Indiana Governor Mike Pence with its flagship award today in recognition of an increase in international shipping at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Chief executives from the Great Lakes shipping community visited Indianapolis Wednesday to meet with Gov. Pence, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann as well as public and private leaders from Indiana. During the meetings, U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton presented the "Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award" to Gov.

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Two Tugboats Capsize on St. Lawrence River

Two tugboats capsized and sank close to each other on the St. Lawrence River on Monday. They are the latest in a recent flurry of adverse incidents on the waterway. Witnesses say the first tug tipped over around 4 p.m. while the crew managed to escape before the boat capsized. Social media reports suggested the ship is the Lac Manitoba, owned by Nadro Marine. About five hours later, a second tug overturned in the river on the south side of the barge, closer to the Cornwall Island side of the river about 500 feet downstream of the new low-level bridge.

CSL Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers

CSL St-Laurent on Maiden Voyage

The second of Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) two newbuild Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent, was delivered on November 26, 2014 and set sail on her maiden voyage on December 13. She departed at 20:00 CST from Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island, China, en route to Canada where she is set to operate throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The vessel is commanded by Captain Kevin Crouse and Chief Engineer Paul Beaudet, and is expected to take approximately 50-60 days to complete her voyage.

Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping

With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American industries. The Canadian Coast Guard is doing its utmost to work with resources across a large geographical area subject to heavy ice, but this situation is rippling into Canada's transportation and economic system.

Dennis L. Bryant,  Maritime Regulatroy  Consulting, Gainsville, Fla.

LNG Fueled Vessels

Alternative to Diesel Strengthens as Barriers Continue to Fall. From the earliest days of mechanically propelled ships, fuel use has been evolving. Starting with wood, fuel changed to coal, which held sway for many years. Oil began to be used in the late nineteenth century and was clearly the dominate marine fuel of the twentieth century. Environmental shortcomings of fuel oil, particularly traditional heavy bunkers, were brought under increasing scrutiny as the twentieth century came to a close.

'Ocean Pierre Julien': Photo credit Ocean

New Port of Montreal Tugboat Christened

Océan Remorquage Montréal Inc. tugboat 'Ocean Pierre Julien' christened at the Ocean Industries shipyard, Isle-aux-Coudres. The construction of this tug cost $ 10.6 million, and the vessel is the 3rd of the Intrépide series to be built at Ocean Industries. The traditional christening ceremony was held in the presence of the President and First Vice- President and General Manager of Ocean, Messrs. Gordon Bain and Jacques Tanguay, of Ms. Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, of Mr.

'Bella Desgagnés': Photo credit Desgagnés

Multi-purpose St. Lawrence River Ferry Christened

Relais Nordik conduct the christening of new multi-purpose ferry 'Bella Desgagnés' for service at Anticosti Island & the Lower North Shore. Julie Boulet , MNA of Laviolette and former Minister of Transport of the Government of Quebec, was the godmother and ceremonially named the ship. The Bella Desgagnés, 97.1 meters long and 19.35 meters in beam, has operational and maximum drafts of 4.2 m and 4.6 m respectively. She can comfortably accommodate 381 passengers with her aircraft-type seats.

St. Lawrence Seaway LNG Dual-fuel Ferries Ordered

Chantier Davie Canada contracted to build two dual-fuel Ro-Pax ferries for La Société des traversiers du Québec. The two dual-fuel LNG Ro-Pax ferries will operate on the St. Lawrence River on the Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine route and are due to enter service in 2015. At 92 m long, each vessel will have over 625 lane meters across two decks, allowing the transport of over 115 vehicles and 10 heavy goods vehicles. Alan Bowen, CEO of Davie commented “This project has been a long time in the planning and we are very excited to now begin construction.

New York Amends Ballast Water Rules

Great Lakes Shipping Industry Praises Deadline Extension. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) today modified its ballast water discharge permit and extended the deadline by which ship owners have to comply with state rules. Today's action effectively eliminates onerous ballast water treatment requirements through the end of 2013. The agency’s ballast water regulations are the most stringent in North America and have been the topic of considerable controversy.

Laker in Seaways Lock: Photo courtesy of SLSMC

St Lawrence Seaways: New Vessels, New Technology, Tonnage Up

A number of newly built state-of-the art vessels came into service within the Seaway in 2012, boasting sharp increases in fuel efficiency and reductions in emission levels. “These new vessels, part of a billion dollar fleet renewal effort by domestic and ocean carriers, combined with our marketing efforts which have recorded 10.6 million tonnes in new business over the past five years, underscore the Seaway’s future potential”, added Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC).