Chamber of Marine Commerce agenda for 2019

Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC)          President Bruce Burrows unveiled a 2019 wish list for legislative and policymakers designed to make Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping more competitive and build on the remarkable growth of the 2018 season. St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes increased almost 7 per cent in 2018, reaching 40.9 million metric tonnes for the first time since 2007.

“Despite an unpredictable business environment of tariff wars and trade negotiations, many of our Canadian and U.S. port members reported increased volumes in grain exports, road salt, construction materials and petroleum products underlining the importance of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway as a domestic and international trade gateway,” says Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.  “There is great opportunity in 2019 to build on this economic momentum and work with legislators and policymakers to make significant progress on shipping’s most enduring challenges.” (more…)

Chamber of Marine Commerce comments on new government measures to protect whales

Bruce Burrows, President to the Chamber of Marine Commerce, said: “We are pleased that the government has made some refinements to this year’s mitigation measures that will continue to protect the endangered right whales and at the same time increase the efficiency of deliveries of supplies to the surrounding communities that depend on marine transport. The changes will allow ships to travel without speed restrictions in two additional shipping areas, but only if surveillance continues to show that no whales are present.” (more…)

Opinion – We should insist that governments regain control over their finances

By Theo van de Kletersteeg

By now we all know that somewhere along the line, the Trudeau government decided to abandon its 2015 election campaign promise to balance the federal budget by the time voters go to the polls again in 2019. Instead, Liberals plan to continue their deficit spending and related borrowing, with Bill Morneau, our Finance Minister, saying that “Every responsible leader knows that a good plan has to be flexible enough to absorb the changes in circumstances because circumstances always change.” Really! With an economy that, to be sure, has its problems, but which nonetheless has produced ever-decreasing rates of unemployment and great corporate profits, the only “changes in circumstances” that I see are higher than anticipated revenues for the federal government and most provincial governments. So how could we go from a projected federal balanced budget to an $18.1 billion federal budget deficit that is now projected for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019? And why is it that deficits are now projected “forever”? (more…)

CMA CGM backs Agricool venture using recycled containers to enable urban agriculture

Founded in 2015 in Paris, Agricool aims to create urban farms in recycled containers. The junior company is in the process of testing several containers of hydroponically-grown produce. Its objective is to produce fruit and vegetables without pesticides, picked and sold on the same day.

In Paris, Agricool grows strawberries by saving 90 per cent of water and nutrients compared to conventional agricultural methods and uses renewable energy only. These strawberries contain an average of 20 per cent sugar and 30 per cent vitamin C, more than field-grown strawberries. In the Fall of 2018, CMA CGM Group provided its first concrete support to Agricool by offering technical and logistical support for the delivery and installation of a “cooltainer” in Dubai. (more…)

Halterm Container Terminal orders additional equipment to strengthen its Halifax capabilities

Halterm Container Terminal has announced it has acquired a ZPMC Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore container gantry crane and associated lifting equipment, together with container yard equipment, including two Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes and nine Terminal Tractors and Trailers, with an option to extend procurement to a further Ship-to-Shore crane in 2019.

The new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore crane, due to arrive June 2020, will offer enhanced outreach (24-wide) and height, capable of spanning the largest vessels being deployed on North America’s east coast and will be added to Halterm’s main berth alongside four existing Super Post-Panamax units and one Panamax unit. (more…)