McKeil steadily increasing its market share of niche transportation activities in eastern Canada

McKeil steadily increasing its market share of niche transportation activities in eastern Canada

By Brian Dunn

McKeil Marine of Burlington, ON, has been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2018 by Deloitte Canada’s leading business awards program, which recognizes excellence in privately-owned Canadian companies.

For over 60 years (celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016), McKeil has been providing marine transportation and project services for bulk and project shipments throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, East Coast and Arctic. It recently moved its head office to Burlington from Hamilton and has sales offices in Montreal, Rothesay, NB, and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. (more…)

MSC expects continuing strong demand for frozen and refrigerated Canadian farm products

MSC expects continuing strong demand for frozen and refrigerated Canadian farm products

Vice By Brian Dunn

For the past two decades, MSC has offered reefer services to and from Canada. These services are growing, as they are elsewhere around the globe. On the export side, Canada’s overall containerized export reefer traffic was up eight per cent last year, while dry cargo business was up six per cent, according to Darren Edwardson, Vice-President Commercial Export. Average annual growth in Canada’s containerized reefer traffic has been around five per cent over the past couple of years. (more…)

Report on 12th Arctic Shipping Summit, Montreal, February 21-22

By Brian Dunn

The University of Manitoba is building the largest sea-ice research institute in the world in Churchill to detect the effects of oil spills in Arctic waters. The facility, called the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) & Network on Oil Spills in Ice-Covered Arctic Waters, is being headed by Feiyue Wang, Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environment Chemistry, University of Manitoba.

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So how does one tap into new export markets?

By Brian Dunn

With an opportunity to tap the European market under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), coupled with the uncertain future of NAFTA, more and more Canadian companies are looking for export markets outside North America. But how does one get into those markets?

“It takes good partners and a unique product, but the key is your employees and suppliers,” according to Martin Plante, General Director, Citadelle, Quebec’s largest cooperative of sugar maple growers and maple syrup producers. Mr. Plante made the remarks during a Food, Beverage and Logistics Conference at the Port of Montreal Building on Nov. 29. The conference was organized by MNP, a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm, in conjunction with Port of Montreal, Montreal Gateway Terminals, La Coop Fédérée, the largest agri-food cooperative in Quebec and Agri-Food Export Group.

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Report on BLG Maritime Law seminar of December 1

By Brian Dunn

According to the Coasting Trade Act of 1992, only Canadian-flagged vessels (or duty-paid vessels) may carry goods or passengers or conduct commercial activities between two Canadian ports. The exception is if a foreign vessel obtains a coasting trade (cabotage) licence for a specific job that a Canadian vessel cannot perform or is unavailable to perform.

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GT Group: from humble beginnings to Montreal’s largest privately owned terminal

GT Group: from humble beginnings to Montreal’s largest privately owned terminal

By Brian Dunn

Montreal terminal operator GT Group is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as the company reflects on its humble beginnings. In 1965, company founder Giuseppe Terrigno (hence GT Group) arrived in Canada as a welder. Four years later, someone approached him who needed a container repaired. At the time, Terrigno was building trailers. He tried to convince his boss that there might be a new business opportunity, but his boss wasn’t interested, although he said Mr. Terrigno could do the job in his free time. He put a welding machine in the back of his car and repaired his first container.

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