Alaska ferry system ends service to Prince Rupert due to lack of security personnel at Canadian terminal

By R. Bruce Striegler

A critical transportation link between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan, Alaska, has been suspended over a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirement that Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) secure Canadian law enforcement presence to protect CBP personnel in Prince Rupert while inspection tasks are performed. The ferry system operated two sailings per week during summer months and once weekly in winter. In 2018 there were 5,700 passengers and 3,000 vehicles. The ferry terminal is unusual – a U.S.-funded project on land leased from a federal Port Authority in Canada. (more…)

Fednav celebrates its 75th anniversary

Fednav celebrates its 75th anniversary

By Brian Dunn

Considering how closely they are linked, it seems fitting that at the same time the St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th anniversary, Fednav is celebrating 75 years in business. The company was founded in Toronto by Ernest Pathy on Sept. 7, 1944, as Federal Commerce & Navigation Co. Ltd., Ship Owners, Operators & Agents. Two years later, it bought its first vessel, Federal Pioneer, and began trading. On Jan. 1, 1984, Federal Commerce and Navigation merged with Fednav to become Fednav Ltd. (more…)

Captain Lorincz combines seafaring with surfing giant waves

By William Hryb

Who said you can’t be an elite world surfer and a seasoned ship master.  Well, this is exactly what Capt. Tamas Lorincz of MV Industrial Swift carries as his moniker. Born in landlocked Hungary in 1978, the gangly six foot seven inch giant is a man who not only takes chances with dangerous surfs, he commands a state of the art multi-purpose bulk carrier.

Arriving late in the evening, from Duluth, Minnesota on Friday July 26th, the Hungarian captain, along with his pilot by his side, maneuvered the bright blue hulled 12,328-tonne vessel safely into her lay-by berth, Keefer Terminal, located in the middle of the port. Even though the crew had to quickly prepare the vessel for grain loading, they welcomed the opportunity to be close by to the hustle and bustle of Thunder Bay. (more…)

The Game of Shipping

The Game of Shipping

By Guy M. Tombs

“An old military adage has it that amateurs concern themselves with tactics, but professionals worry about logistics.” So says Richard Fidler in his excellent book Ghost Empire. Reading this recently cheered me, as I am in logistics. But I quickly had the less comfortable thought that clever tactics frequently overwhelm elaborately thought-out logistics. The game we are all in of course demands of us both knowledge and wit. (more…)

Vancouver port dispute with container terminal tenant over capacity expansion

Vancouver port dispute with container terminal tenant over capacity expansion

By R. Bruce Striegler

Volumes of containers handled at the port of Vancouver’s terminals have grown substantially through past decades, increasing at an average rate of ten percent annually since 1995. Projections of growth up to the year 2040 are now predicted at about 8.0 million TEUs (or 20-foot-equivalent units), and to give some perspective, in 2018 Vancouver handled 3.4 million TEU’s. The port is deeply engaged in capacity expansion, either directly or in cooperation with private terminal operators, and it points to projects already approved or somewhere in the approval pipeline, designed to reduce the potential capacity jams. Capacity improvements are at the heart of an unpleasant row which has developed between the Port Authority and one of its larger tenants, GCT Terminals Canada. (more…)

Paul Pathy on the ups and downs of business, and the frustration and loss to the economy of operating without sufficient icebreaker support

Paul Pathy on the ups and downs of business, and the frustration and loss to the economy of operating without sufficient icebreaker support

By Brian Dunn

As it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Fednav is showing its appreciation for the support it has received from the Montreal business community, by naming its two new Lakers Federal Montreal and Federal St. Laurent. It’s the first time Fednav has named a vessel after a city. Federal Montreal will be delivered at the end of August and Federal St. Laurent is expected to arrive at the end of June. The 35,000-tonne Lakers are being built by Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan with six holds, four cranes and onboard ballast water system. (more…)