CMA CGM hopes new mega-boxship bow design will be on the nose for economy

By Mike Wackett

A steel-cutting ceremony took place in China at the end of July on the hulls of the first two ships of CMA CGM’s order for nine 22,500 TEU LNG-powered ULCVs, featuring a potentially game-changing bow design. Alongside similar ULCVs being constructed for MSC in South Korea, these behemoths will be the largest containerships afloat, and the first to extend to 24 containers across the weather deck. (more…)

Master Mariners of Canada fully supports government’s icebreaker acquisition

The Company of Master Mariners of Canada is very much encouraged by the federal government’s decision to acquire additional icebreaking vessels to supplement Canada’s existing fleet of aging icebreakers.

The announcement to purchase and repurpose to Canadian requirements three icebreaking offshore supply vessels with towing capacity will greatly enhance reliability of the existing Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) fleet. Recent announcements propose the purchase of Tor Viking, Balder Viking and Vider Viking to be refitted at Davie Shipbuilding in Lévis, Quebec, with the first vessels to be operational for the 2018-2019 ice season in the Saint Lawrence, Saguenay and East Coast Newfoundland waters. (more…)

Shortage of ships for charter could force carriers to shelve new services

By Mike Wackett

An acute shortage in the availability of charter tonnage could force carriers to shelve their plans to launch new liner services this summer. And a big hike in daily hire rates for container ships that do become available, combined with spiralling fuel prices, will force a rethink on the economics of the planned new and enhanced ventures. In particular, the hitherto workhorses of new service links, the classic panamax ships of 4,000-5,300 TEUs are “virtually sold out” according to the latest report from Alphaliner. (more…)

Grimaldi’s Grande Halifax christened in Halifax

By Tom Peters

The massive, green decks of Grande Halifax were glistening on a cool May day in Halifax Harbour. It was a rare occasion in the Nova Scotia port as representatives of the marine industry and government gathered for the christening of the Grimaldi Group owned vessel. The christening of a commercial hasn’t occurred in Halifax in several years. (more…)

Davie pushing Ottawa on icebreakers

By Mark Cardwell

The Chairman of the Europe-based company that owns the Davie shipyard continues to publicly push and prod Ottawa to accept his company’s proposal to supply Canada with four leased icebreakers that are currently sitting idle in Florida.

“Winter is coming,” Alex Vicefield told Canadian Sailings from his home in Monaco in late October. “Canada is facing an acute icebreaker shortage that is putting at risk the wintertime business at ports on the St. Lawrence River. “We have provided Ottawa with a quick and affordable solution to the problem.  We could have at least one of these vessels on station within two weeks, with the others to follow soon after.  But we’re not hearing anything.”

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New Brunswick awards ferry contract to Groupe Océan

Groupe Océan is proud to announce that the government of New Brunswick awarded it a contract for the construction of a cable ferry. With a capacity of 15 cars and 100 passengers, this 25-metre ship will be added to the provincial fleet of ferries, and used on a high-volume run. She is expected to be launched next fall. The new vessel will be constructed at a cost of approximately $6.5 million.

This contract will strengthen the relaunch of the Naval Center in Bas Caraquet which was initiated in 2016/2017, and whose principal present activity is finalization of the construction of a floating drydock. Employment at the site has returned to pre-reorganization levels, and is expected to rise further. The Bas Caraquet facilities have increased Groupe Océan’s capabilities, and are helping to increase expertise in shipbuilding and ship repair in New Brunswick.

Jacques Tanguay, CEO of Groupe Océan said that “Since Groupe Océan established itself in Bas-Caraquet, we have worked to create high-quality jobs in the region and to develop the expertise capable of taking on contracts such as the one announced today. We are proud that this ferry will be built and used here in New Brunswick.”