ZIM partners with Avantida to offer street turn services in the U.S.

Avantida, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, announced that ZIM has partnered with it to offer street turn services in the United States through Avantida’s platform that facilitates services offered by ocean lines to transport and logistic companies for optimized container transport planning. ZIM is joining Maersk to offer this service to U.S. transporters. Maersk introduced the Avantida platform to the U.S. and Canada last month.

Avantida’s platform facilitates empty container triangulation, or the reuse of an import container for an export booking (street turn). The process offered by ZIM not only provides dispatchers and planners requesting street turns with an accurate, reliable response, it also reduces time, transport costs and CO2 emissions as truck miles are reduced. (more…)

Ocean Group acquires Techsol Marine

Ocean Group has acquired Techsol Marine, a Quebec-based specialist in electro-mechanical marine systems. Techsol designs, installs and commissions automation systems used to monitor and control machinery on ships operating on all kinds of ships around the world. Its installed base represents more than 400 vessels operating worldwide. The acquisition, which complements Ocean Group’s existing expertise, will allow Ocean Group to expand its operations in Canada and to continue its global expansion.

“We are pleased to contribute to the development of this company with a real know-how, while bringing back the ownership of the company in Quebec. We are convinced of the great potential of Techsol Marine and want to invest in growing its market share in Quebec, Canada and internationally”, said Jacques Tanguay, President and CEO of Ocean Group.

Techsol Marine designs, produces, installs and commissions integrated ship automation and control systems, electrical distribution systems, and integrated propulsion systems. Until its acquisition by Ocean Group, Techsol was owned by RH Marine B.V. of the Netherlands.

OPINION “We take this very seriously” must be among the most overused platitudes of government and corporate PR machines – how does it apply to GHG emissions?

By Theo van de Kletersteeg

With carbon taxes and concern over climate change once again in the limelight, I thought it might be opportune to update an article that was published in Canadian Sailings in November of 2017.

Scientists and green supporters have explained to us during the past decade or so that global temperature increases must be kept well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, if we wish to avoid the more egregious consequences of climate change. Accordingly, the 2015 Paris Agreement requires that signatories to the Agreement implement programmes to reduce national carbon emissions to levels that are thought to result in global temperatures to be kept in check, and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”, compared to the 0.9°C temperature rise that has taken place since 1870. (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…)

Algoma Central announces resignation of CEO and names replacement

Algoma Central Corporation announced that Ken Bloch Soerensen has resigned as President and CEO to spend more time with his family in Europe. Gregg A. Ruhl, the current COO, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Mr. Soerensen joined Algoma in April 2015 and was charged with redefining the strategic focus of the Company to include growth markets beyond North America. He led the development of the global short sea business and spearheaded the creation of the NovaAlgoma partnership. During his tenure, Algoma’s international business grew to represent nearly one half of the revenue streams in which the Company participates. (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…)