By Alex Binkley
Davie Inc. has rebounded from a low point in 2012 to a promising future that should include a role in Canadian commercial and government shipbuilding programs, says John Schmidt, the company’s Vice-President, Commercial. “Davie is perfectly positioned to meet the requirements of government and commercial shipowners,” he told the joint conference of the Canadian Shipowners Association and the Lake Carriers Association. “We are focused on the unallocated portions of National Ship Procurement Strategy and the after build in-service support work. However we could support existing programs by at least building parts or hulls of ships.”
Until recently, Captain John’s Restaurant was an iconic Toronto waterfront landmark visited by hundreds of thousands over the course of the last 40 years. The floating restaurant vessel, MS Jadran, built in 1957, had been moored in the harbour since 1975, having been used as a reception hall to host weddings and parties, with guests including many celebrities, in addition to operating as a restaurant. In more recent years, the business struggled and the owner fell behind in rent and property tax payments. Ultimately, the vessel was sold and Toronto Port Authority rescinded the lease. On May 28, she was towed to Port Colborne to be scrapped at Marine Recycling Corp.
BY R. Bruce Striegler
With the December UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, many countries are developing and implementing plans to transition towards low-carbon economies. None are more serious than Norway. At the beginning of this year, agreements were concluded between several Norwegian government departments and the nation’s shipping industry, designed to make the country’s fleet of coastal vessels the world’s most environmentally friendly.
By Brian Dunn
Construction of Termont Terminal’s new Viau container terminal at the Port of Montreal is well underway and has been in limited operation for about two months, according to Madeleine Paquin, Chair of Termont Terminal and Termont Montreal, which will operate the Viau site. Using two mobile harbour cranes, Viau is handling about 2,000 TEUs a week, added Julien Dubreuil, General Manager of Termont Montreal. They made the remarks following a tour of the site on a cruise ship on June 22.
BY MARC-ANDRÉ ROY
Three past federal ministers of transport – Hon. Messrs. David Collenette, Tony Valeri and Chuck Strahl – helped kick-off the Canadian Transportation Research Forum’s 50th annual conference with a retrospective look at the issues of their day, how they addressed them, and related lessons for Canadian transportation policy looking forward.