OPINION- Almost 60 years after the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway opened, how can we optimize the Great Lakes region’s role as a trade corridor?

Almost 60 years after the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway opened, how can we optimize the Great Lakes region’s role as a trade corridor?

Ian Hamilton, President & CEO, Hamilton Port Authority

When the Seaway opened in 1959, it marked the completion of one of North America’s greatest infrastructure projects: a marine highway connecting Great Lakes cities to the Atlantic. “It has moved the ocean a thousand miles inland,” declared the Globe and Mail newspaper of the day. It was an enormous and ambitious infrastructure project, costing $470 million (approximately $4 billion in today’s dollars) that reflected the optimism of the time.

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Port of Hamilton: Sustainability in the spotlight

Port of Hamilton: Sustainability in the spotlight

Stewardship of the land and water around Hamilton’s port lands is fundamental to the Port of Hamilton’s strategy and operations. This year, HPA will begin the process of outlining a robust Sustainability program, that will track and report publicly on financial, social and environmental metrics. This program will build on a range of environmental initiatives that are already delivering important positive results:

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Port of Hamilton: New links in Ontario’s agri-food supply chain

This spring, a brand new grain export terminal at the Port of Hamilton opens its doors to begin accepting product from Ontario farms. The state-of-the-art $50 million G3 Canada Ltd. terminal will create necessary transportation capacity to help Ontario producers deliver their corn, wheat and soybeans to markets around the globe.

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Port of Hamilton: Building pride in its Port City

Within the past decade, the Port of Hamilton has undergone a period of unprecedented growth, from 400 acres in 1990, to approximately 630 acres today. Hamilton’s port lands are occupied by strategic tenants who derive value from the port’s multimodal transportation mix. If there is a downside to this success, it is that the demand for developable land has begun to far outstrip the supply.

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Emerson urges big-picture view of trade corridors

By Alex Binkley

Don’t let discussions of improved trade and transportation corridors become mired in debates about which infrastructure projects are most important, says David Emerson.

The former federal cabinet minister and head of the group that produced a sweeping review of Canadian transportation policy released last year, says it would be a mistake to focus solely on the state of railways, bridges, pipelines and power transmission lines.

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Shipping Federation seeks clearer definition of “shipowner” in European free trade deal

By Alex Binkley

An overly restrictive definition of shipowner in the bill to approve the Canada-Europe free trade deal will negate much of the potential economic benefit of allowing the repositioning of empty containers between Montreal and Halifax, says Michael Broad, President of the Shipping Federation of Canada. The terms of the trade deal restrict permitted empty container movements “to EU owners only. Asian or South American owners cannot participate in that.”

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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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G3 constructs first new grain terminal since the 1960’s at Port of Vancouver

By R. Bruce Striegler

Responding to a question as to why G3 Global Holdings is proceeding with a new Vancouver grain terminal, Brett Malkoske, G3’s Vice-President, Business Development and Communications says, “Straight-up need, Canadian farmers are some of the best in the world at what they do, which is grow grain.” He points out that production in Western Canada in particular has been growing at a fairly constant pace for some time. “Due to our smaller population, domestic consumption of these goods is relatively stagnant, so a substantial amount of what we’re growing has to be exported, and that growth is coming from Asia.”

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Second liquid propane export terminal being studied for Prince Rupert

By R.Bruce Striegler

In early March, Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation announced it had signed a letter of intent with a wholly-owned subsidiary of the City of Prince Rupert (Prince Rupert Legacy Inc.) to build a new liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal. “We are looking forward to a new beginning for our community as we work towards putting Watson Island back on the tax roll,” Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain said in a press release. The deal is the first step for the city to get the location generating tax revenue once again, after the former Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill shut down in 2001, once the city’s biggest employer with nearly 1,000 workers.

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Technology driving freight industry swiftly up the on-ramp

By R. Bruce Striegler

By July of this year, the world’s first passenger drone aircraft will be transporting individuals over Dubai. Chinese-based Ehang unveiled the world’s first self-flying, electric aircraft prototype, or more accurately, passenger drone, at the 2016 Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. The drone can carry one passenger, weighing up to 100 kilograms, and can stay airborne for 30 minutes on one charge, and fly at a maximum speed of 100 kph. Although Ehang claims it can reach altitudes of 3,500 metres, the vehicle flies quite low, between 300 to 500 metres. The passenger uses a touchscreen to select a destination, and the drone is then “auto-piloted” by a command center.

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