Ontario replacing Pelee Island ferry

The province of Ontario has awarded a contract for a new ferry that will help transport the more than 60,000 visitors and residents that travel to the island each year. The new ferry will replace MV Pelee Islander, which is 55 years old and has capacity for 196 passengers and 10 vehicles. MV Jiimaan, in operation since 1992, will also continue to service Pelee Island with capacity for 399 passengers and 35 automobiles.

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Damen coordinating European Innovation Project LeanShips

The European Innovation Project LeanShips – Low Energy And Near Zero Emissions Ships – will demonstrate the effectiveness and reliability of energy saving and emission reduction technologies at real scale. LeanShips is one of the first projects funded under the new European Research and Innovation Framework Program HORIZON 2020. The project is coordinated by Damen Shipyards Group and jointly managed by the Netherlands Maritime Technology Foundation (NMT), Germany’s Center for Maritime Technologies (CMT), and Cetena, the Italian Ship Research Centre.

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SODES executive appointments

St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) has appointed Michel Tosini, Executive Vice-President of Federal Marine Terminals, as its Chairman of the Board. Mr. Tosini is a Transportation and Logistics graduate and holds a certificate in management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He spent 25 years with CP Ships Group where he headed various operations such as its in-house trucking company, inland, and marine operations as well as import and export customer service. He joined Federal Marine Terminals Inc. in October 2006. Mr. Tosini is also a Board member of Maritime Employers Association and Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA).

SODES’ Board of Directors appointed Mario Girard, President of Quebec Port Authority, as its Vice-President, while Michael Fratianni, CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, was appointed Treasurer, and Jean Grégoire, Associate at Langlois Kronström Desjardins was appointed Secretary. SODES thanks Pierre Préfontaine, its past Chairman of the Board, for his years of dedicated service.

Report on CargoM AGM

By Brian Dunn

After two years of operations, CargoM, the Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Metropolitan Montreal, is well established with a diverse membership which continues to grow, according to Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO, Montreal Port Authority and Chair of the Board of CargoM. “Hats off to a small but dedicated CargoM team of Mathieu Charbonneau, (Executive Director), Magali Amiel (Senior Project Manager), Karine Dudognon (Administrative Assistant) and Florian Chabin-Psyché (Project Manager),” she said at CargoM’s Annual Meeting on June 11.

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