Quebec Port Terminals anticipates major growth in its Arctic operations

By Mark Cardwell

When Jack Watt took over as operations manager at the Quebec Port Terminals (QPT) terminal in Bécancour in 2008, the loading and unloading of ships bound for a fledgling open-pit gold mine in Canada’s Low Arctic was a small but promising part of the facility’s business. That is set to change, however, as Agnico Eagle begins to invest more than US$1.2 billion into opening two new mines in the same region.

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Davie delivers, receives

By Mark Cardwell

It’s out with the old, in with the old at the Davie shipyard. In mid December, the storied yard “delivered” the second of the three vessels it was contracted to build a decade ago for Norway’s now-bankrupt Cecon ASA.

The unfinished vessel – Hull 718 – was unceremoniously loaded on a specialized heavy-lift, semi-submersible ship in the St. Lawrence and shipped to an unnamed client in the Black Sea.

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Bump in business for famous Georgian Bay port

By Mark Cardwell

When he was a kid growing up in Midland, Ontario in the 1950s, Rick Leaney says the port was the economic motor of the picturesque town on southern Georgian Bay. “It was a busy place year-round back then,” recalled Leaney, the 68-year-old harbour master of the port of Midland and a descendent of a long line of Great Lakes ship captains. That list notably includes his father Dick Leaney, who retired as commodore of the CSL fleet in the early 1980s. 

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Davie hot to build federal icebreakers

by Mark Cardwell

Alex Vicefield says a light went on in his head when he heard that HMCS Protecteur was to be prematurely decommissioned following a serious engine fire in early 2014. The blaze left the Royal Canadian Navy without a seaworthy supply ship, since electrical problems had also scuppered Protecteur’s sistership HMCS Preserver, which was decommissioned recently.

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Davie sticks with Aubut for STQ talks

By Mark Cardwell

Alex Vicefield says he’s aware of the spectacular fall from public grace of Marcel Aubut, who stepped down last fall as President of the Canadian Olympic Committee amid numerous allegations of sexual and personal harassment of staff members. But Vicefield, who is CEO of Davie Canada’s parent company, Inocea Group, says the shamed Quebec City lawyer remains the right person to represent the shipyard in its contract dispute with the Quebec government over the construction costs of two high-tech ferries. “Marcel hasn’t been charged with any crimes,” Vicefield told Canadian Sailings from his home office in Monaco in late August. “The key thing for us is that he is a good communicator and he still receives a good reception from key government people.”

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Davie hopes to break through politics, and land icebreaker and Coast Guard contracts

by Mark Cardwell

Providing a practical solution for a good customer. That’s how Alex Vicefield, CEO of Davie Canada’s parent company, Inocea Group, describes the Quebec shipyard’s recent unsolicited bid to build icebreakers and multipurpose ships for the Canadian Coast Guard. “Others are making it into something political, which I can assure you it’s not,” Vicefield told Canadian Sailings from the parent company’s headquarters in Monaco. “We presented (the Canadian government) with an idea to convert some of the many high-ice class vessels from the offshore oil and gas industry vessels that are now available in North America and elsewhere. “We’re telling them to stop throwing good money after bad by repairing old ships, and instead take advantage of the current economic environment by buying or leasing new or newer ships.”

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Marine Day draws record numbers

By Mark Cardwell

Despite fears of disturbances from demonstrating government workers, the 15th annual Marine Day went off without a hitch at Quebec’s National Assembly on October 27. “We were a bit worried,” Nicole Trépanier, General Manager of the St. Lawrence Economic Development Society (SODES) told Canadian Sailings.  “But nothing happened and we had another great opportunity to explain first-hand to provincial policy makers about how safe and efficient marine transportation really is.”

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Hermel exhibition site opens its doors

By Mark Cardwell

Port of Sept-Îles, in partnership with Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu, officially opened the Hermel exhibition site in the Port of Sept-Îles Marina building.

As part of the strategy promoting Sept-Îles as an international cruise destination, Port of Sept-Îles and Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu wanted to make Hermel accessible to cruise passengers as well as tourists and locals. To do so, they renovated the Marina building to refurbish existing facilities and create a space dedicated to this remarkable transatlantic watercraft. An interactive console sits next to Hermel, allowing visitors to learn about the famous rowboat and its 129-day voyage across the Atlantic.

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Kelp forest flourishing in Sept-Îles Bay

By Mark Cardwell

The decade-old effort aimed at building a massive kelp forest to help sea life flourish in the harbour of Sept-Îles is beginning to bear fruit. Created to enhance the marine habitat in the natural 45-square-km body of water, the plan began in 2007 with the construction of several dozen concrete structures on the harbour’s sandy seabed. Since then, more than 200 structures have been installed, including 160 in 2014.

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