Proceedings of Shipping Federation Conference held in Montreal

Proceedings of Shipping Federation Conference held in Montreal

By Brian Dunn

As Laura Dawson, Director of the Wilson Centre’s Canada Institute, Washington, DC, sees it, a combination of U.S. unilateralism, a softening demand for Chinese exports and imports and the Brexit fiasco, has resulted in global instability. To make matters worse, President Donald Trump will probably get re-elected in 2020 as there’s no viable alternative.

“We feel Canadian trade representatives are doing a very good job (in the U.S.) and it’s a relationship to be managed, not cured. Our organization is non-partisan and we work with Canadian businesses to make sure Canada is not part of any collateral damage,” she said during the 18th annual conference of the Shipping Federation of Canada in Montreal on May 22. (more…)

Hunt Refrigeration finds new opportunities to continue its growth

Hunt Refrigeration finds new opportunities to continue its growth

By Brian Dunn

Alan Espey was 24 years old when he came to Montreal from Dublin to launch a new company with the intention of only staying for a year. That was back in 1985 and he’s still here.

The company he launched with co-founder James Spicer was Hunt Refrigeration Canada Inc. with CP Ships being its first customer. Mr. Spicer passed away in 2003 and Rob Nadeau, who joined the company in 1987, became a partner and part of the management team. Mr. Nadeau retired last year and Mr. Espey is semi-retired, but is overseeing the transition to the new management team of son Yanik Espey, wife Hélène Newberry and Eric Bédard. (more…)

Canada’s Infrastructure Bank signs MOU with Port of Montreal re Contrecœur development

Canada’s Infrastructure Bank signs MOU with Port of Montreal re Contrecœur development

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announces that it will work with Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to advance the project development of a new container terminal in Contrecœur, where the Port plans to expand its activities. The Memorandum of Understanding confirms that CIB and MPA will conduct due diligence on the proposed terminal, which will include planning and pre-procurement activities for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the terminal. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project. (more…)

Port of Halifax Board appoints new President and CEO

Port of Halifax Board appoints new President and CEO

Halifax Port Authority’s Board of Directors has appointed a new Port President and CEO: Captain Allan Gray will be concluding his tenure as Harbour Master and General Manager, Operations of Fremantle Ports in Perth, Australia, and join Halifax Port Authority as President and CEO in late November, 2019. “Captain Gray’s extensive experience in leading a large port with similar priorities and economic impact as our own, from container and bulk shipping to cruise and infrastructure expansion projects, will serve the growing Port of Halifax’s needs well,” says Board Chair Hector Jacques. “Our new CEO brings great depth and breadth of experience, and relationships in maritime transportation, shipping and cruise which will allow Port of Halifax to continue to play an important role in growing Canada’s international trade,” says Mr. Jacques. (more…)

Transforming our ports; transforming our economy

Transforming our ports; transforming our economy

By Wendy Zatylny

In her insightful book on global shipping, Ninety Percent of Everything, author Rose George talks about “sea blindness” – that for most of us, the sea has become “a distance to be flown over, a downward backdrop between takeoff and landing”.

But, in recent years I have seen signs that this is changing. As our ports evolve and grow, they are also reaching out to work with partners and neighbours in meaningful ways, to draw everyone into the conversation about how the transformation that our ports are experiencing is transforming Canada as well. (more…)

Port of Halifax’ Port Operations Centre has become the focal point around the creation of a digital port

Port of Halifax’ Port Operations Centre has become the focal point around the creation of a digital port

By Tom Peters

The Port of Halifax, through the Halifax Port Authority (HPA), is evolving in the digital world. It’s a process that has been ongoing for several years, says Lane Farguson, HPA’s Manager, Media Relations and Communications.

“We have been working on becoming a digital port for more than a few years,” he says. “When we started our initial infrastructure planning process quite a few years ago, we realized then that there was going to be a big shift, not just with the physical infrastructure but with our digital assets as well,” he said, and the HPA took steps at that time “to not only make an infrastructure plan but we also started looking at what steps to we needed to be taking to cover the same thing on the digital front. Over time we have done a lot of different things. We started small but they are all tied together,” he said. (more…)