Seaway welcomes new members to its Board of Directors

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) is pleased to announce that Raymond Johnston and Patrick Bushby have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Johnston is President of Chartwell Consulting Services Inc. and has a long history in the marine industry. From 2000 to 2013, he was President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, and prior to that was President and CEO of Canada Steamship Lines. Mr. Johnston is also the President of Green Marine Management Corporation.

Mr. Bushby is Director of Operations for Ontario and Quebec for Viterra, a major Canadian grain industry participant. His grain industry experience also includes senior management positions with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of SLSMC, welcomed the appointment of Mr. Johnston and Mr. Bushby, noting that their many years of experience will provide SLSMC’s Board with a wealth of knowledge to draw upon.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is a corporation created in 1998 pursuant to the Canada Marine Act to operate and maintain the Canadian locks and channels of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Seaway cargo up 18 per cent year-to-date

Total cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 18 per cent this year as the marine highway supports business growth from key sectors of the North American economy. According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to July 31 reached 16 million metric tons – 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

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Nova Scotia’s Nautical Institute has been training young men and women for careers at sea for over 140 years

By Tom Peters

Part of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the Nautical Institute, originally started in Halifax in 1872 as the Halifax Marine School, is located in Port Hawkesbury on the Strait of Canso and draws students from all over the world.

The face of the commercial marine industry has changed drastically in the past several years with ships’ sizes of both container vessels and bulk carriers reaching levels not anticipated 30 years ago, and with the constant evolution of technology.

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Captain Alain Richard joins Laurentian Pilotage Authority

Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Alain Richard as Executive Director, Marine Safety and Efficiency. He assumed his duties as of April 18.

Holder of a Certificate of Master Mariner, Captain Richard has more than 35 years of maritime transport experience. He served as Director of the Institut maritime du Québec in Rimouski, and for more than five years oversaw major undertakings related to the establishment of a Maritime Training Center in the Quebec City area and the development of the Maritime Institute, at the international level. He has also worked on the development of pilotage risk analyses, and recently sailed as Captain.

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A wave of optimism with Seaway opening

By Alex Binkley

When it comes to the prospects for a new navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes, Terence Bowles and Craig Middlebrook have to sound optimistic. This year might justify upbeat comments the President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the Deputy Administrator of Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation offer in separate interviews.

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With rejuvenated rosters, shipping lines prepared for new Seaway season

By Alex Binkley

With steadily growing rosters of modern vessels, Canadian shipping lines are hoping for a strong start to the 2017 season so their new assets can show their worth. Louis Martel, Executive Vice-President and Incoming CEO of the CSL Group, says tough times in the global maritime industry in recent years have his company clearly focused on ways to improve its bottom line. “Amid the continued volatility, we at Canada Steamship Lines are staying focused on reducing costs, gaining efficiencies and improving the overall performance and flexibility of our operations by taking full advantage of our modern fleet and leveraging new technologies. Shipping markets are by nature cyclical, but the uncertainty we have witnessed in the past few years is unprecedented in recent history, and putting enormous pressures on shipping companies worldwide. We hope to see a market recovery in 2017, but we’re not counting on it,” he added. “Although the 2016 Great Lakes shipping season was better than originally expected thanks to an uptake in grain demand in the fall, we are very far from the types of results we were seeing in previous years.”

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Old issues plague Seaway when future focus is needed

By Alex Binkley

Higher pilotage costs and ballast treatment uncertainties are among the unresolved issues that could mar any hopes for a Seaway-Great Lakes revival. Last year the Conference of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers issued a blueprint for boosting shipping in the region while the review of the Canada Transportation Act also pointed to the need to encourage short sea shipping in Canada, including the Great Lakes.

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Iron ore exports keep St. Lawrence Seaway shipping on course

A surge of North American iron ore exports to Japan and China is keeping the St. Lawrence Seaway bustling in the critical months before the shipping season winds down, with over a million metric tonnes of iron ore pellets for export anticipated to be shipped via the inland waterway by the end of the shipping season. On a year-to-date basis, 4.5 million metric tonnes of iron ore were shipped through the Seaway, compared with just over 5.0 million tonnes during the same time in 2015.

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Bumper grain harvests lift St. Lawrence Seaway shipments

Strong movements of North American grain and renewed iron ore export activity in September have spearheaded an upswing in shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

From the waterway’s opening on March 21 to the end of September, shipments of Canadian and U.S. grain hit 5.8 million metric tonnes, in line with the healthy volumes experienced in 2015. Overall, some 21.2 million metric tonnes of cargo transited the Seaway’s locks, down 5.3 per cent from 2015 shipping volumes during the same period of time.

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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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