Lawrence River News

19 Feb 2019

Captain Rhéaume Joins MSRC

Captain Louis Rhéaume (Photo: MSRC)

Captain Louis Rhéaume has joined the team at Maritime Simulation and Resource Center (MSRC).At MSRC Captain Rhéaume will supervise the implementation of maritime expertise projects and provide his professional and administrative experience to the pilots in training. Captain Rhéaume is a graduate of the Institute maritime du Québec and holder of a Master Foreign Going Certificate. He was a pilot on the St. Lawrence River in the Quebec-Escoumins sector from 1984 to 2018, President of the Lower St.

10 Feb 2019

Burns Harbor Extends Key Partnership

Image: Ports of Indiana

The Port of Indiana Burns-Harbor has extended its partnership with its longtime stevedore and marine terminal operating company, Federal Marine Terminals.A press note from the Ports of Indiana, a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, said that the deal will run through at least 2023."FMT has been a vital collaborator with the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor since 1999," said Port Director Ian Hirt, "and this consolidated operating agreement…

19 Oct 2018

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Ratify Contract

A St. Lawrence Seaway bulk vessel (SLSMC)

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has announced that its unionized employees, members of UNIFOR, ratified a three-year labor agreement covering the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, praised the negotiating teams for achieving another multi-year agreement, and said, “A fair labor settlement was reached earlier this month, enabling the St. Lawrence Seaway to continue providing uninterrupted service to the thousands of entities that depend upon marine transportation…

18 Sep 2018

Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact

(Photo: Eric Haun)

The Government of Canada is acting to preserve and restore marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. under the Oceans Protection Plan to look at methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.Transport Canada’s national cumulative effects assessment framework for marine shipping will identify regionally specific tools…

15 Aug 2018

Strong July Across Great Lakes Gets Seaway Tonnage

Photo:Chamber of Marine Commerce

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping continues to bounce back after a slow start. With strong tonnage numbers in July, particularly shipments of U.S. grain, liquid bulk and project cargo, the 2018 shipping season is right on par with the healthy statistics posted last year.Overall cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway between March 29 and July 31 totaled 16.5 million metric tons. Areas of strength included U.S. grain shipments totaling 888,000 metric tons, up 32 percent over last year. Liquid bulk shipments totaled 2.3 million metric tons, an increase of 25 percent.

26 Jul 2018

Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Boosted in June

Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce

United States grain exports via the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 32.1 percent this season compared to 2017. Construction materials were also heavily influential in the latest results with a nearly 38 percent increase in asphalt from the same time last year, as well as increases in cement and stone.“Summer is the season for construction projects and ships have been delivering materials for major building projects across the region,” says Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “U.S.

20 Jul 2018

Great Lakes Shipping Supports 237,000 Plus Jobs

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River, serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the U.S. and Canada. Photo provided by The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

The new study by the Department of Transportation Great Lakes - Saint Lawrence Seaway says that shipping  supports more than 237,000 jobs and billions in economic activity.A year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system to federal, state/provincial and local economies.The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported: 237…

04 Jan 2018

Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard to Hire 100

(Photo: The Great Lakes Group)

The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have announced plans to hire 100 employees before the end of January 2018 to support continued growth driven by client demand. The company said it is seeking candidates to fill a wide range of positions, including shipyard welders, shipfitters and more. “At The Towing Company, we’re looking for great people to join our team,” said Joe Starck, the company’s president. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, The Towing Company is the owner and operator of the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway.

18 Jul 2017

Canada Extends St. Lawrence Seaway Agreement

Canadian transport minister Marc Garneau announced a five-year extension to the Government of Canada’s agreement with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to manage, maintain and operate the Seaway. This extends the existing agreement until March 31, 2023, and will provide stability for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the marine shipping industry. A vital artery between the Great Lakes and the lower St. Lawrence River, the St. Lawrence Seaway connects the heartland of North America to the world as an important, competitive and sustainable transportation corridor. The St. Lawrence Seaway consists of 15 locks and connecting canals or channels extending from Montreal to Lake Erie. Within the Great Lakes and St.

06 Jul 2017

Simulation Training at MSRC

(Photo: MSRC)

In the world of maritime training, MSRC has carved a unique niche in the training of pilots. Founded in 2005, MSRC is a division of the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP). The MSRC is a purpose-built simulator with a fully instrumented DNV Class “A” configured bridge with 330° visuals that exceed the requirements of the 1995 STCW Convention. MSRC’s Full Mission Simulator (FMS) is one of the most advanced simulators of its type and is continually being upgraded. The Center is also equipped with three fully instrumented ship bridges, with a horizontal view of 240°.

10 Jan 2017

Two Turkish-built Tugs Delivered in Canada

Two newly built custom tugboats have been delivered to Canadian based SNC Lavalin to operate during the construction of Montreal's New Champlain Bridge on the Saint Lawrence River. The new vessels, one 13 meters long and the other 15 meters long, were built in Turkey by Besiktas Shipyard's workboats division and were completed according the regulations of Transport Canada as well as Bureau Veritas. The 15-meter Turbulent has a bollard pull of 17 tons with its Volvo Penta D16 main engines that each produces 750 hp at 1,900 rpm, and the 13-meter Intense has a bollard pull of 13 tons with its Volvo Penta D13 main engines that each produces 550 hp at 1,900 rpm.

14 Nov 2016

Robert Allan Designed Tug Delivered to Ocean Group

TundRA 3600 series icebreaking tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd

On October 28th, 2016 the Ocean Group Inc. of Quebec City, Canada took delivery of the 6000 kW ASD tug Ocean Taiga. This icebreaking escort tug joins her sister Ocean Tundra as some of the most powerful tugs in the Canadian registry, part of a new generation of extremely capable tugs, which will provide the highest degree of year-round escort towing capability to Canada’s East Coast and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Ocean Taiga is the latest addition and a sister tug of the previously…

11 Oct 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston, will continue on to New York City later in the week. Officials from Massport and Viking marked the occasion with a traditional plaque and key exchange on board Viking Star while docked at the Cruiseport. “As Cruiseport Boston continues this exciting period of growth, we are thrilled to welcome Viking Ocean Cruises and to offer their passengers the opportunity to explore Boston and the Commonwealth,” said Lisa Wieland, Massport’s Port Director.

13 Jul 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Still Strong in Canada

From left to right: Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd; Philippe Couillard, Premierminister von Quebec; Anthony J. Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd remains the market leader among liner shipping companies in Canada. In the past year, the shipping company saw its market share increase to over 18%. Hapag-Lloyd is the largest liner shipping company in terms of throughput volume at both the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Halifax. Hapag-Lloyd handles more containers in Montreal than in Los Angeles and Long Beach combined – the largest port complex in North America. Deepening the channel is an important topic at the Port of Montreal, as it is in Hamburg.

06 Jun 2016

Aderco Turns 35

Aderco RD Laboratory Courtesy Aderco

waterways. 2016 - With over 20 million metric tonnes of fuel treated annually, Aderco additives are trusted by Shipowners’ and Shipmanagers’ worldwide to reduce OPEX, safeguard machinery and maximise operational reliability. Aderco shares insights and industry learnings (fuel efficiency strategies, navigating SECA challenges) in a series of workshops at the Aderco Booth during Posidonia. Nyon, Switzerland 6th June 2016 – Aderco International SA, a leader in the research & development…

27 May 2016

Fednav (Belgium) N.V. Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Screenshot from FALLine video https://vimeo.com/165333562

Shortly after the inauguration of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, and the growth of grain exports that followed, bulk shipper Fednav realized that incoming steel products offered ideal repositioning from Belgium, and thus was launched regular service FALLine. Steel is also transported from Germany, the U.K. and other countries, but Antwerp remained the epicenter of the activity. Located in the Scheldt estuary, Antwerp is the breakbulk port of choice due to its central position, its connections to the Rhine and its experienced stevedores.

26 Apr 2016

Canada to Build 7 New Survey Vessels

Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Hunter Tootoo, announced that Kanter Marine Inc. of St. Thomas, Ontario is the winning bidder for the procurement of seven new survey vessels for the Canadian Hydrographic Service to support the seabed surveying and charting of Canada’s navigable waters. The $5.3 million investment will go toward customized hydrographic survey vessels that will be outfitted with permanent state-of-the-art multibeam sonar systems to help the Canadian Hydrographic Service continue to meet rigorous international standards for hydrographic surveys. Once built, the seven new vessels will be added to the existing survey vessel fleet located across Canada. The new vessels will be employed to collect data in the St.

13 Apr 2016

Antwerp, Montreal Ports Renew Cooperation

Renewal of agreement Photo Port of Antwerp

Yesterday during a joint trade mission in Montreal, the port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp, Belgium renewed their cooperative agreement. The first agreement, signed in March 2013, resulted in four trade missions to Montreal and Antwerp during which extensive business contacts were developed. These meetings also enabled productive exchanges of information on issues such as sustainable development, land use, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, global trends in the markets, and the development of port logistics zones.

24 Mar 2016

EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into the river by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area. The EPA has reviewed the state petition and found that there are adequate facilities around the St. Lawrence for boats to pump out their sewage, rather than dumping it in the water. “It’s astonishing that in 2016, boaters can dump raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River. Declaring this area of the St. Lawrence a “no discharge zone” would provide cleaner water for people who use this river,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

02 Mar 2016

Blazing a Path through Canada’s Icy Waters

The Valencia Express (2,298 TEU) on its way to Quebec. (Photo: Pascal Rheaume)

The Canadian city of Montreal numbers among North America’s most important hubs for maritime cargo. Hapag-Lloyd’s ships help keep the waterways ice-free in winter. Vessels sailing through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and along the Saint Lawrence River can get deep into the North American continent. The stretch leading to Montreal measures nearly 700 nautical miles and usually takes a container ship about 44 hours to complete. During the often harsh winters, ice, freezing sea spray and low temperatures severely test ships and their crews. Of course, icebreakers keep the waterways free year-round.

10 Feb 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Buys 2 Ships for S.America Trade

Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of two wide-beam 3,500-TEU ships from the Dutch shipping company NileDutch for an undisclosed purchase price. The two 2015-built containerships will initially be deployed in South America, and Hapag-Lloyd is also chartering two more identical ships from NileDutch’s same series, both of which will be deployed together with their sister ships. The wide-beam design of the hull means that the ships maintain a comparatively high slot capacity despite having a lower draught, thereby making them particularly well suited for ports with shallow water as for example some South American ports. “For Hapag-Lloyd, these state-of-the-art and highly efficient vessels represent an important enhancement of the fleet,” said Anthony J. Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd.

26 Jan 2016

MSC Monica Refloated

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Co

Panama-flagged container ship MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Quebec city, Canada on January 22, was refloated, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The 43,618 dwt container vessel was sailing from Montreal to St. Johns in Newfoundland. The Mediterranean Shippgng Co (MSC) company owned ship refloated on Saturday after deballasting 2,000 tons of water and with the assistance of three tugs of Ocean Group, came from Quebec. The Container ship is currently at the port of Quebec, where it will undergo several inspections.

24 Jan 2016

MSC Monica Aground on St. Lawrence River

Pic: Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Monica, Mediterranean Shipping Company container vessel, ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, between Bécancour and Levis. The box ship left Montreal and headed down the river, but suffered steering gear failure, which caused leaving the fairway and grounding in the sand-mud shallow. Media reports say that the ship hardly stuck and was not able to refloat by own power. The crew requested assistance from the local authorities, which started organizing of salvage operation. Efforts will be made to shift the vessel today. It is not disrupting traffic.

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