After years of hard work and firm convictions, Turbo Expert Québec is on solid footings

By Mark Cardwell

Diesel mechanic Yves Grondin says most of his friends, family members and work colleagues thought he was crazy in 1996 when he quit his well-paying job as a fuel injection and turbocharger expert with the now- defunct diesel Division of United Auto Parts in his hometown of Quebec City, to invest everything he had to start up a small business devoted exclusively to the sale, maintenance and repair of turbochargers.

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Common Structural Rules software allows ship designers to quickly assess designs

By Mark Cardwell

A new software upgrade that simplifies compliance with existing and future (International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Common Structural Rules (CSR) will make life easier for designers and shipbuilders, the companies behind the leading software say. “As requirements change, it is imperative for classification societies to provide services and solutions that keep pace,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). 

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French navy contract puts federal contracts in Ocean Group sights

By Mark Cardwell

Ocean Group has landed a four-year contract for the repair and maintenance of a small French Navy vessel that patrols the waters around the sparsely-populated French archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, just south of Newfoundland. A spokesperson for the Quebec City-based dredging, towing, salvage and ship repair company hopes the modest contract with a foreign power will help land larger ones with the federal government here at home.

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Davie stays course on Project Resolve, icebreaker bid

By Mark Cardwell

Rubbish. That’s how the co-owner and Chairman of Davie Shipbuilding summarized a The Globe and Mail article that questioned the Canadian content of the novel navy supply ship being built at his company’s yard in Lévis, and the integrity of ownership and financing behind the project. “It tells a story that isn’t factual and that misrepresents the truth,” Alex Vicefield, also CEO of Davie parent company Inocea, told Canadian Sailings from his home in Monaco on May 1. “It has a whole lot of conspiracy theories and makes insinuations that are unproven and untrue.”

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Port of Quebec covets Rabaska lands

By Mark Cardwell

To hear Alain SansCartier tell it, land and long-term thinking are the two key elements that shape the future development of major ports. So, as Vice-President of Port of Quebec, he’s understandably excited by the facility’s announced plan to purchase the vast site where the now-scuttled Rabaska LNG export terminal project was to be built on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, just east of the Davie shipyard.

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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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