Seaway totals to date fall short of comparable 2018 results

August proved to be a strong month for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping led by grain exports, iron ore, road salt and construction materials. However, despite the busy August, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo tonnage from March 22 to August 31 totaled 20.9 million tonnes, down 3.5 per cent from last year.

“For the most part, Canadian grain volumes have been in line with 2018 and we expect that trend will continue in the fall as the new harvests come to market while iron ore exports should remain strong,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. “The Seaway is also attracting more international salt imports – cargo that in the past typically came through the Gulf Coast. This business has helped offset decreases in steel imports, which have been crimped by the imposition of tariffs”. (more…)

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…)

Ports Asset Transfer Program reduces number of Transport Canada-administrated marine facilities

By R. Bruce Striegler

As we reported in a June 2015 issue of Canadian Sailings, the mission of the federal government’s Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP) was to expedite the transfer of Transport Canada-administrated port facilities across the country to other federal departments, provincial governments, First Nations and local communities as well as individuals or private corporations. This national collection of marine facilities has been accumulated by Transport Canada over the decades, and includes ports, docks, breakwaters as well as upland and submerged real property. Federal ownership of some of these properties goes back to the time of Confederation. (more…)