Transport Canada and Green Marine sign memorandum of cooperation

Transport Canada and Green Marine have signed a memorandum of cooperation to enhance environmental protection and performance in the marine shipping sector. The agreement was announced to members of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council at its annual meeting in Ottawa. The memorandum of cooperation formalizes a cooperative agreement and designates Transport Canada as a “Green Marine supporter.”

As part of the agreement, Transport Canada and Green Marine will work together to:

• enhance the industry’s environmental performance bench­marking;

• support efforts to promote Green Marine goals and successes nationally;

• collect environmental data and develop environmental performance measurement standards; and

• identify ways to promote industry best practices, measures and strategies that can further address environmental issues in the marine sector.

“Transport Canada’s support will play a key role in expanding the program’s scope in terms of both content and industry participation,” said Raymond Johnston, Chair of Green Marine’s Board of Directors. “The memorandum of cooperation recognizes Green Marine as a unique opportunity to promote a culture of continuous environmental improvement on a voluntary basis among shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators, the St. Lawrence Seaway and shipyards.”

Under the memorandum of cooperation, Transport Canada will also participate as an observer on the Green Marine Environment Committees. This will involve monitoring developments and exchanging information to support the advancement of Green Marine’s goals.

Rail freight traffic up

According to Statistics Canada, Canadian rail freight traffic from both domestic and inter­national operations rose 13.1 per cent from February 2011 to 25.4 million tonnes in ­February 2012. On the domestic front, the industry’s core transportation systems, non-intermodal and intermodal, saw their combined freight loadings rise 11.7 per cent to 22.3 million tonnes over the same 12-month period.

Non-intermodal cargo loadings, which are typically carried in bulk or loaded in boxcars, advanced 12.0 per cent to 20.0 million tonnes. The gain was the result of increased traffic in more than two-thirds of the commodity classifications carried by the railways. The commodity groups with the largest increases in tonnage were coal, wheat and colza seeds (canola).

Intermodal freight loadings of containers and trailers loaded onto flat cars grew 8.6 per cent to 2.2 million tonnes. The increase occurred solely on the strength of containerized cargo shipments as trailers loaded onto flat cars declined.

At an international level, traffic received from the United States increased 24.5 per cent to 3.1 million tonnes. The increase was driven by both non-intermodal and intermodal traffic.

Geographically, 61.0 per cent of the freight traffic originating in Canada was in the West, with the remainder loaded in the East. For statistical purposes, the Eastern and Western Divisions are separated by an imaginary line running from Thunder Bay to Armstrong, Ontario. Freight loaded at Thunder Bay is included in the Western Division while loadings at Armstrong are reported in the Eastern Division.

Director appointed at Montreal Port Authority

Michel M. Lessard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announced the appointment by the City of Montreal of Claude J. Melançon as Director of Montreal Port Authority, effective March 24, 2012 through to March 23, 2015.

M. Melançon replaces Diane Provost, who has served on the Board since March 1, 2003 and whose term ended March 23, 2012.

M. Melançon has been a member of the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association since 1974. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1967 and a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1972. He also holds a BA in Philosophy (B.PH.) from Saint Paul University, Ottawa in 1967.

M. Melançon began his career in 1974 at the law firm Guy & Gilbert. In 1998, he joined Gowling Lafleur Henderson, one of Canada’s foremost business law firms, as a senior partner, where he stayed until he retired in 2011.

China Shipping (Canada) Agency announces new President

China Shipping (Canada) Agency (CSCA) ann­ounced that, effective April 1, 2012, Helen Xia has taken over as President of the agency from Capt. Zhao YingTao, who will move on to a new challenge within the China Shipping Group in Shanghai.

Ms. Xia will step in to this role, based in CSCA’s Vancouver head office, with a wealth of experience within the China Shipping Group family, having led China Shipping Agency offices in Dalian, Qingdao and Xiamen. Later she was appointed to lead the development of the global Customer Service Center for China Shipping Container Lines and more recently Ms. Xia helped to start up the China Shipping Air Cargo company.

Maritime Welding Inc. – Stainless Steel tanks from port of Belledune to Russia

Tanks destined for Russia began loading onto the M.V. Saimaagracht at the port of Belledune. Maritime Welding won in April 2011 a contract to build 10 large stainless steel tanks built in two pieces each with additional piping.

“Getting this project in the Chaleur region is a true testament of the skilled work force and the capacity of our SMEs to diversify their markets and be successful abroad: we have the people, we have the infrastructure and we have the expertise,” said Danny Valley, General Manager of Maritime Welding

This project represents the successful cooperation of several New Brunswick companies. Eastern Canada Stevedoring (ECS), Cyber Freight Systems, East Coast Shrink Wrap and Belledune Port Authority (BPA) all played a supportive role in making this project possible in northern New Brunswick while Maritime Welding led the way and opened the doors to this new market.

The tanks began arriving at the port in March and were stored on Terminal 3. Each of the 20 stainless-steel pieces weighs approximately 20,000 pounds, with a 18-foot diameter and are 14 feet high. Both ECS and Port of Belledune specialize in handling this kind of oversized cargo.

“Belledune Port Authority congratulates Maritime Welding for its hard work perseverance and most of all for taking on the challenge of exporting to a new market,” said Jenna MacDonald, Director of Marketing at BPA. “This project is indicative of the work that fabrication companies in New Brunswick have been doing; successfully diversifying their markets, taking on challenges and working with experts available in the province such as Peter Clark at Cyber Freight Systems and oversized cargo experts at Eastern Canada Stevedoring who operate at the port of Belledune.”