Port of Trois-Rivières: On Course for 2030 – Generating growth through innovation and collaboration

Port of Trois-Rivières: On Course for 2030 – Generating growth through innovation and collaboration

Record traffic

One year after the unveiling of the On Course for 2030 development plan, Port of Trois-Rivières has already implemented several initiatives that will lead it to its goal of “Being an innovative urban port, generating growth, at the heart of a competitive supply chain.”

The first months of 2019 were marked by the announcement of a record year for 2018. A total of 3.9 million metric tons (MMT) of goods were handled, an increase of 47 per cent over 2017 and a new record surpassing the 3.7 MMT achieved in 2014. The Port’s facilities, modernized as part of the On Course for 2030 development plan, delivered their full potential in 2018, thus contributing to the achievement of this cargo handling record. (more…)

Port of Trois-Rivières: Dynamic port – dynamic community

Port of Trois-Rivières: Dynamic port – dynamic community

In 2018, after a decade of modernization projects, Port of Trois-Rivières commissioned an independent research firm to conduct a public survey in Trois-Rivières. This was a first for the Port which aimed to assess the citizens’ views and better understand their perception of the port facilities, and their vision for its future. (more…)

LNG: the fuel of the future for container ships, or a ‘disastrous’ option?

LNG: the fuel of the future for container ships, or a ‘disastrous’ option?

By Mike Wackett

By the end of next year, 20-25 per cent of the global containership fleet will be fitted with scrubbers, enabling those vessels to consume lower-cost heavy fuel oil (HFO) blends, predicts Alphaliner. Moreover, it expects 2M alliance partners Maersk and MSC to have their combined 62-strong 18,000-23,000 TEU ULCV fleet to be equipped with scrubbers by 2021.

After 1 January, it will be illegal for ships to bunker fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 per cent, unless they are fitted with exhaust gas cleaning ‘scrubber’ systems. The consultant said that, at 15 October, the number of containerships already fitted with scrubbers was 142, “with a long line being retrofitted or waiting to enter yards”. (more…)

MSC the latest carrier pledging to avoid the Northern Sea Route

By Gavin van Marle

MSC has joined a growing list of container carriers ruling out operating vessels in the Arctic, due to thinning sea ice round the North Pole. This is despite the fact that these conditions have made the Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia increasingly viable for the lines. The Geneva-headquartered carrier said it would focus on “improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes”, as it had become “convinced that the 21 million containers moved each year for its customers can be transported around the world without passing through this Arctic corridor”. Chief Executive Diego Aponte explained: ““As a responsible company, with a longstanding nautical heritage and passion for the sea, MSC finds the disappearance of Arctic ice profoundly disturbing. Every drop in the oceans is precious and our industry should focus its efforts on limiting environmental emissions and protecting the marine environment.” (more…)

Panama Canal use by box ships slows only slightly, but trade wars continue to threaten

By Mike Wackett

The number of container ships transiting the Panama Canal during its fiscal year ending 30 September declined slightly, by 1.1 per cent to 2,575. But, there could be further reductions after ocean carriers announced a number of blanked sailings in the coming weeks on their Asia-US east coast all-water schedules ahead of the slack season. Dry bulk ships were the biggest users of the waterway, 2,657 vessels, also down 1.1 per cent; chemical tankers, at 2,035, were down just 0.4 per cent; and LPG carriers with 1,087 transits, were up 6.9 per cent. (more…)