Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that on January 22 a contract of $6.2 million was awarded to Wärtsilä Canada Inc. for the design and supply of two new propulsion control systems to upgrade two Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) 1100 class vessels, namely Canadian Coast Guard ship (CCGS) Ann Harvey and CCGS Sir William Alexander.
The upgraded propulsion control systems will enhance the navigators’ control over how the vessels move through the water and are expected to significantly reduce the maintenance downtime of the vessels, allowing them to spend more time at sea.
The contract includes options for the design and supply of propulsion control systems for an additional four Coast Guard 1100 class vessels. If exercised, these options could increase the total contract value to approximately $18.9 million. Design work on the first two systems is scheduled to begin immediately and supply will be completed within the next two years.
Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA) is pleased to announce that Craig Olley, Director of Logistics for Teck Resources Limited’s coal group has been chosen as its 2015 Supply Chain Executive of the Year.
In a move that shook New Brunswick’s fragile economy, Potash Corporation said lack of demand from core markets in Brazil for potash fertilizer had forced it to cut expenses by shutting down its Picadilly, N.B. potash mine near Sussex (N.B.) for an indefinite period, resulting in the loss of 430 well-paying jobs. Potash Corporation will service Picadilly’s customers from its lower-cost operations in Saskatchewan.
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd announced the expansion of its refrigerated container fleet to respond to the demand for its innovative ZIMonitor service. Launched in early 2015, ZIMonitor allows customers to track, monitor and remotely control sensitive, high-value cargo stowed in refrigerated, or reefer, containers. Customers can opt to receive alerts regarding their shipment via text message or email, closely monitor their cargo’s status and intervene to prevent damages through ZIM’s 24/7 dedicated global response team.
Halifax Port Authority is now offering an enhanced web-tracking tool for importers and exporters moving containers through the port’s container terminals operated by Ceres-Halifax Inc. and Halterm Container Terminal Ltd. The existing site, Halifax Gets It There (www.HalifaxGetsItThere.com ), has been updated to include several new features designed to make it easier for importers and exporters to do business through the port of Halifax. The enhancements are the direct result of feedback from the market.