CMA CGM continues fleet energy optimization by retrofitting ten of its vessels’ bulbous bows

CMA CGM Group will be retrofitting ten of its vessels’ bulbous bows in order to continue improving its fleet’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Bulbous bows are the underwater part of the bow. Because of their influence on the vessel’s wave resistance, their design has a major impact on the vessel hydrodynamic efficiency. They were initially designed for 24 knots sailing speed. Following the implementation of the slow steaming, the Group’s vessels now sail at speeds between 16 to 18 knots. Bulbous bows have therefore been redesigned in cooperation with Hydrocéan, a French engineering company specializing in hydrodynamics.

Those ten vessels will be added to the list of fifteen vessels, whose bulbous bows have been modified in 2013 and 2014. All vessels that have entered the CMA CGM fleet in 2014 are sailing with optimized bulbous bows.

With this optimization, CMA CGM Group’s objective of a 50 per cent reduction in CO2/TEU-km emissions between 2005 and 2015 is on track to be met.

Pace at the Seaway accelerating

After a slow start to the shipping season, shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway rebounded strongly during the past three months as Prairie grain stockpiles were moved through the Seaway at an increasing clip. Total cargo tonnage from August 1 to October 31 reached 14.5 million tonnes, up 15.1 per cent over the same period last year. Year-to-date cargo tonnage as of October 31 registered at 29.6 million tonnes, versus 28.3 million tonnes during the prior year. Year-to-date grain shipments (including Canada and the U.S.) totalled 8.4 million tonnes, an increase of 49.9 per cent compared to 2013. This increase was offset by a 26.5 per cent decrease in iron ore volumes through the system and an 11 per cent decrease in coal tonnage. 

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CanEst officially opened

By Brian Dunn

The new CanEst Transit grain containerization terminal on the site of the former Elevator No. 3 at the Port of Montreal has been opened officially. The old grain elevator had been closed for over 10 years until CanEst decided to take it over and spend $20 million into upgrades, including the addition of specialized equipment for product cleaning, sifting, packaging and containerization. Port of Montreal spent another $4 million on building upgrades and to improve road and rail access. The project created 100 jobs during construction and will initially have seven full-time employees.

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First of CSL’s two Trillium class Great Lakes bulk carriers leave yard in China bound for Montreal

Canada Steamship Lines’ next generation bulk carrier CSL Welland set out on November 5 on her maiden voyage from China to Canada, where she will serve as the latest addition to CSL’s state-of-the-art Trillium Class fleet on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The 36,100 tonnes in deadweight, Seawaymax gearless bulker embarked for Montreal from the Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan Island, China, where she was built. The 50 to 60 day journey will take CSL Welland across the East China Sea and Pacific Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the east coast of North America. Captain Andriy Bondarenko and Chief Engineer Nicolas Lavoie are in command of CSL Welland. Capt. Bondarenko was also at the helm of the Trillium Class self-unloader Baie Comeau on her maiden voyage from China to Canada last year.

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St. Lawrence Seaway and Unifor agree to binding arbitration and avoid strike

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that it agreed with UNIFOR on November 1 to refer certain important issues to binding arbitration. UNIFOR represents the Corporation’s 460 unionized employees. This agreement also suspends the right to strike or lockout, ensuring that shippers will continue to benefit from uninterrupted navigation until March 31, 2018.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of SLSMC, said “I am very pleased that we have reached this agreement, which enables navigation on the Seaway to continue without interruption”.