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Canadian Sailings  Newsletter - March 6, 2017
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Week of March 6, 2017
 
 
A wave of optimism with Seaway opening

When it comes to the prospects for a new navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes, Terence Bowles and Craig Middlebrook have to sound optimistic. This year might justify upbeat comments the President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the Deputy Administrator of Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation offer in separate interviews.

The Seaway will open March 20, followed five days later by the opening of the American Soo locks between Lakes Superior and Huron, and the 2017 navigation season on the Great Lakes will be fully under way.
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With rejuvenated rosters, shipping lines prepared for new Seaway season
With steadily growing rosters of modern vessels, Canadian shipping lines are hoping for a strong start to the 2017 season so their new assets can show their worth. Louis Martel, Executive Vice-President and Incoming CEO of the CSL Group, says tough times in the global maritime industry in recent years have his company clearly focused on ways to improve its bottom line.
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Old issues plague Seaway when future focus is needed
Higher pilotage costs and ballast treatment uncertainties are among the unresolved issues that could mar any hopes for a Seaway-Great Lakes revival. Last year the Conference of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers issued a blueprint for boosting shipping in the region while the review of the Canada Transportation Act also pointed to the need to encourage short sea shipping in Canada, including the Great Lakes.
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Trump’s Arctic: Making America Great in the region
Has America’s Arctic policy changed with the election of President Donald J. Trump?  His November 2016 election came as a surprise to political pundits and mainstream media. The previous Administration of Barack Obama made climate change a cornerstone of U.S. Arctic policy. Obama’s Arctic policy was the subject of articles in the March and November 2016 issues of Canadian Sailings. 
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Trudeau’s Arctic: Warming up to the region
Canada’s Liberal government was elected October 2015 and is now in the second year of its mandate. A picture is emerging of the Trudeau government policy in the Arctic. Canada and the United States entered into a Joint Policy Statement on the Arctic when Prime Minister Trudeau attended his first state visit to Washington while President Obama was still in office.
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The case of Clipper Adventurer: Between a rock and a hard place
On January 27 2017, Mr. Justice Shawn Harrington of the Federal Court handed down an interesting decision that examined potential liability of the government of Canada involving the grounding of adventure cruise vessel M/V Clipper Adventurer which ran aground on an “uncharted rock” in Coronation Gulf in the Canadian Arctic on August 27, 2010.
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NEAS to benefit from infrastructure spending and northern mining activities
NEAS Group President and CEO Suzanne Paquin is relieved that business in 2016 was better than it was in 2015, when ice and unfavorable wind conditions delayed the start of the Arctic shipping season by several weeks. “Things went quite a bit smoother than in 2015, although we had some (late) ice in Ungava Bay last year."
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Desgagnés’ Arctic business is thriving
It was another challenging season in the Far North for Desgagnés Transarctik, but not nearly as bad as in 2015 when Arctic shipping was plagued by unusual stationary ice and wind conditions that delayed the delivery of several shiploads of cargo. “This year was not as bad in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung, but there was lots of ice early in the season in Ungava Bay where we lost precious days."
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A mandatory Polar Code – How does it affect shipping?
The IMO’s mandatory International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) came into effect in January 2017.  How does the Polar Code make the playing field of Arctic Shipping different? The biggest difference is the mandatory nature of this new IMO instrument.  After a series of voluntary polar shipping guidelines that have existed since the 1990s, the Polar Code is the first mandatory IMO instrument focused on shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic.
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Quebec Port Terminals anticipates major growth in its Arctic operations
When Jack Watt took over as operations manager at the Quebec Port Terminals (QPT) terminal in Bécancour in 2008, the loading and unloading of ships bound for a fledgling open-pit gold mine in Canada’s Low Arctic was a small but promising part of the facility’s business.
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Eimskip sees major growth opportunities for its Halifax hub
Icelandic shipping line Eimskip is increasing its service through the Port of Halifax by nearly 60 per cent, says Jeff Simms, Managing Director, Eimskip Canada, Inc. Simms says Eimskip will increase its calls into Halifax from 21 to 35 annually. The increase has been generated by an increase in business through Portland, Me.
 
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OPINION: Is Canada facing its Pearl Harbour?

I came to Canada in 1967, a year of momentous importance to Canada which, at the time, celebrated its 100th Anniversary, and welcomed the world through Expo ’67. As a young immigrant from Holland, Canada seemed to be a dream come true. I found a well-paying job one day after arrival in Montreal, and the money I earned was sufficient to pay my rent, buy groceries, and enjoy wonderful evenings and weekends at Expo ’67. Life was good. Eager to learn about Canada, its system of government and its economy, things got even better as I learned that “Canada Inc” was well financed, with very low budget deficits, and negligible debt. Practically speaking, unemployment did not exist, and neither did inflation. In my first few years in Montreal, it was not uncommon for me to receive annual pay increases of 10 per cent or more which, because of stable income taxes and near-zero inflation, amounted to sizeable increases in spending power. Unfortunately, the good times did not last and by the early seventies it became evident that things were becoming more difficult.
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Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership converts gantry cranes from diesel to electric
Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT), an ISO14001 and Green Marine-certified marine container terminal operator, is the first Canadian container terminal operator to convert two rubber-tired gantry cranes from diesel to electric power. This retrofit will reduce MGT`s greenhouse gas emissions, noise and fuel consumption as well as improve operational efficiency.
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New kid on the block
It’s never easy being the new kid on the block or, in Philip O’Brien’s case, the newcomer on the docks. But, O’Brien wants to build Castaloop, his fledgling company, into a key player in the stevedoring business in ports on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic Canada. He has a contract to provide stevedoring services in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. and is in negotiations to serve three other terminals.
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Madeleine Paquin talks about future opportunities for Logistec
Logistec has enjoyed a proud history since the company was founded 65 years ago by Roger Paquin, father of current President and CEO Madeleine Paquin, including 47 consecutive profitable years since listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1969. Much of the company’s success can be attributed to management’s philosophy of embracing innovation, Ms. Paquin told a recent luncheon meeting of the Canadian Club of Montreal. “This approach has directly contributed to our growth over the years and enables us to have a positive long-term impact on the communities we serve. 
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Coal moves again from B.C. mines under new ownership
In 2011, U.S. coal giant Walter Energy paid $3.3-billion in cash and stock for Vancouver-based Western Coal Corp. According to analysts, the company thought it was creating a dominant North American metallurgical coal producer for years to come. The market was on fire, and the Canadian operations provided Walther with one of the best production growth profiles in the industry.
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EDC: Mexico on the brink?
It looks like trouble is on the way. Who would have known? For multiple reasons, Mexico has been something of a market darling, and I have said as much in the past. Canada’s relationship with Mexico has blossomed and grown in recent years as a key player in our move to more integrative trade, and as a result there is a lot of interest here in Mexico’s welfare: on speaking tours, I am invariably asked questions on Mexico, and my commentaries on the Mexican economy are close to the top of the ‘most popular’ list.
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Capacity crunch on box ships to Asia: Maersk first to stop taking bookings, as air freight awaits boost
On March 1, Maersk Line stopped booking export containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, according to market sources, while capacity is said to be extremely tight for other lines. Air freight could feel the benefit, if the capacity crunch continues, according to one forwarder.
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Ocean carriers warn of cargo diversions as port strikes loom
Maersk Line has warned shippers that some cargo will be re-routed or diverted to avoid strikes in Spanish ports. In response to the labour disputes in Spanish ports, the carrier will divert westbound services to avoid Algeciras. Members of the International Dockworkers Union will strike every other day between 6 and 25 March following the Spanish government’s decision to alter legislation and adhere to the EU Treaty’s freedom of establishment principle.
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AF-KLM blames cargo losses on low load factors and stiff competition
Air France-KLM announced yet another full-year loss in its cargo operations. However, there was a 1 per cent improvement on 2015, at €244 million. Its fourth-quarter results fell 5 per cent year-on-year to a loss of €28 million, following a loss of €23 million last year, despite improved market conditions at the end of last year, as volumes fell 5 per cent on 4 per cent less capacity.
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Seaspan Ferries Corporation announces arrival of second new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled vessel
Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) recently announced the arrival of Seaspan Reliant, the second of two new dual-fuel/hybrid (diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery) ferries to its fleet.
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Chamber of Marine Commerce appoints Vice President, Operations
Robert Turner has been appointed as Vice President, Operations of The Chamber of Marine Commerce, effective January 3, 2017.  
Mr. Turner has extensive experience both aboard ships and in federal government regulatory development and policy-making, which will be invaluable to his role managing the Chamber’s activities related to compliance with the many environmental, safety, human resource, and operational regulations and policies that govern all aspects of the marine transportation industry.
 
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Record profits in 2016, so now K+N is set to hit the acquisition trail
Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) saw a record profit performance in 2016, despite diminishing revenue and weak freight rates across air and sea. The Swiss forwarding group’s profits increased 6 per cent year-on-year to $715million, from $649 million in 2015, defying a $400 million, 1.2 per cent, drop in turnover to $19.7 billion, compared with $20.1 billion last year. This was largely the result of the cost of third-party services falling at a faster rate (4.8 per cent) than the drop in revenue, equating to a rise in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $67 million.
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