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November 2012



We are pleased to announce that starting with this edition of our e-newsletter, we will present a new monthly column, called ‘‘Concerted efforts for a skilled workforce’’. Written by Mélanie Leblanc, Assistant Director of Student Services and Coordinator of Internships at the Institut maritime du Québec, it will address issues related to the maritime industry’s up-and-coming workforce and its human resources in general. St. Lawrence Shipoperators also reminds you that the ‘’Shortsea Shipping, Current and Future 2013’’ call for papers is now open. This conference will be held on March 19-20, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal. If you wish to be a speaker, please see our website or contact us. Happy reading, Martin Fournier Executive Director

New member St. Lawrence Shipoperators is pleased to welcome a new associate member: NATIONAL public relations. NATIONAL public relations is the largest public relations consulting firm in Canada, with offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Saint John, New York and London. It offers a full range of communications services to companies, organizations and governments. NATIONAL’s areas of expertise include corporate communications, relations with investors, public affairs, employee commitment, consultations and public participation, communications related to marketing, technology and health, and digital communications. NATIONAL also offers medical communications services, public relations and clinical research support to a wide range of companies in the pharmaceutical industry and medical devices at an international level under the AXON Communications brand. NATIONAL is a subsidiary of the RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, which also owns Cohn & Wolfe | Canada, a communications firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. Internationally, NATIONAL is affiliated with Burson-Marsteller, which is part of the WPP group, the world’s largest communications firm. Join St. Lawrence Shipoperators:

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Concerted efforts for a skilled workforce Investing together in the maritime industry’s future In recent years, the Institut maritime du Quebec in Rimouski has been actively promoting maritime industry-related careers to meet the growing need for new workers. Without the marine community’s help, the results wouldn’t be the same. In fall 2012, 68 new students were admitted to the navigation program and 65 were admitted to marine engineering. A record for our school! Currently, more than 300 students are enrolled in these technical programs that lead to a Watchkeeping Mate Certificate of Competency and 4th Class Marine Engineer certification at the end of the training period. Surrounded by people who are passionate about their careers, this new generation of workers receives a high-quality education with cutting-edge technology. Now we need you, shipping companies, to welcome our Officer Cadets aboard your vessels for training periods at sea (over a year). This is a unique opportunity for you to help train your future officers. Student internship projections

The need for internships is growing. Many of our marine-industry partners are actively involved in training future workforce members by welcoming them aboard their ships. However, this IMQ-industry collaboration must increase to help our students acquire the experience they need to enter the labour market. Join us in investing in the future of the maritime industry! Feel free to contact me for further information and to learn about the benefits of partnership with our school. Mélanie Leblanc, Assistant Director, Student Services Coordinator, Internships Would you like to meet our students? Come to our internships fair to be held on January 29-30, 2013 at the Institut maritime 418-724-2822, ext. 4401 du Québec. More than 150 students will be on hand to meet

with maritime companies. For more information, contact Marie Gagnon at 418-724-2822, ext. 4400 or marie.gagnon@imq. To register, please complete the form. Join St. Lawrence Shipoperators:

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Our members in action François Leblanc appointed Executive Director of Reformar The Board of Directors of Reformar, which manages the research vessel Coriolis II, announced the appointment of François Leblanc as the corporation’s Executive Director. Mr. Leblanc, who took up his duties in August, has a degree in marine engineering from the Institut maritime du Québec, a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the École de technologie supérieure and over twenty years’ experience in the maritime industry. Photo: François Leblanc, Reformar’s Executive Director

Ocean donates $220 000 for children’s well-being Ocean donated $120 000 to the CHUQ’s Centre mère-enfant to help purchase a leading-edge ultrasonograph. ‘’Because young children faced with sickness and suffering deserve to hope for a better life, we decided to become involved in their well-being», announced Gordon Bain, President, and Jacques Tanguay, First Vice-President and General Manager of Ocean. An event held on November 15 helped raised another $100 000 in donations, from generous partners. It will be used to purchase five NAVA systems—highly specialized respirators— at a cost of $20,000 each. In total, $220 000 was donated to the Centre mère-enfant’s pediatric intensive care unit. Photo: Jacques Tanguay from Ocean, Louise Roy from CHUQ, Marc-André Dugas from CHUQ and Gordon Bain from Ocean Join St. Lawrence Shipoperators:

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Events Call for papers Shortsea Shipping, Current and Future - 2013 The call for papers for the ‘’Shortsea Shipping, Current and Future - 2013’’ conference, organized by St. Lawrence Shipoperators, is open. The conference, whose theme is Integrating Marine Transport into the Supply Chain, will address various aspects of shortsea shipping and transport logistics and will run March 19-20, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal. Interested speakers are invited to complete the online form. Shortsea shipping fits perfectly into the context of multimodal transportation development targeting greater environmental efficiency, less road congestion and lower maintenance costs. Domestic, US and European transport industry stakeholders believe that, while often little-known, SSS is nevertheless an interesting option for shippers. Researchers around the world agree that, in the coming years, the different transportation modes will have to work together to face the challenges that lie ahead. This conference offers an excellent opportunity to address this situation.

What: Shortsea Shipping, Current and Future - 2013 Theme: Integrating Marine Transport into the Supply Chain When: March 19-20, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency, Montreal Sample Conferences: • SSS development - solutions to obstacles and constraints • Favourable conditions and contexts • SSS development and promotion • Regulations • Support programs • Case studies Join St. Lawrence Shipoperators:

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Banquet 2013 Registrations are now open! St. Lawrence Shipoperators invites one and all to register for the 2013 banquet, by completing the form. This year, the event will be held on Friday, February 2013 at the Château Frontenac. Cocktails will be served as of 6 p.m. and the banquet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Château Frontenac ballroom. To ensure the event’s success and offer your company a visibility-enhancement opportunity, we invite you to participate as a sponsor. We have reserved a block of rooms at $179/night. To obtain this rate, guests must contact the hotel reservations centre (1-800-441-1414) and mention that they belong to the group ARMA0213. Reservations must be made before January 21, 2012 to get this preferential rate. Now a tradition, the SLS banquet is an excellent opportunity to meet with representatives from the maritime community in a friendly atmosphere. Many invite their employees and customers to thank them for their valuable collaboration. When: Friday, February 22, 2013 Where: Château Frontenac, 1 des Carrières St., Québec City, G1R 4P5 Information: Ariane Charette, Communications Officer, 418-6484378 ext. 102, Schedule: 6 p.m.: Cocktails 7 p.m.: Dinner Price: Members: $150 Non-members: $175

GreenTech 2013

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The Green Marine team is already busy organizing Green Tech 2013, its 6th annual conference on green technologies and innovation for marine transportation, to be held in Vancouver in May. Green Marine welcomes proposals for papers from marine transportation community members focussing on real-life experiences, case studies and/or leading edge research that show delegates how best practices, new technologies and insightful partnerships make a difference in the field. The deadline for proposals is

Green Marine invites its partners, participants and supporters to take part as exhibitors in the commercial fair that accompanies this key marine transportation community event. The conference targets all companies and organizations involved in improving the marine industry’s environmental performance, with a particular focus on Green Marine members. Please note that booths are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Join St. Lawrence Shipoperators:

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Bulk news New practical guide to make Collision Regulations accessible The Guide d’application des Règles et des principes: Règlement international de 1972 pour prévenir les abordages en mer (in French only), released this fall, is a source of practical information, a learning tool and an easy-to-use reference guide. The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea are part of the Canada Shipping Act under ‘’Collision Regulations.’’ They constitute an international communication code that allows safe interaction between vessels. All officers must know and comply with these rules, which apply to all ships but are written in somewhat dry language. This practical guide fills a gap in the specialized literature on the subject. Information on the guide: Authors: Arezki Belounis - André M. Benoît - Ernest Drolet Édition Wilson & Lafleur ISBN 978-2-896-89073-6 Regular price: $75.00 30% discount for St. Lawrence Shipoperators’ members ($52.50), if you order through the association

Voluntary speed reduction measures: monthly follow-up The results of the monthly follow-up on voluntary vessel speed reduction measures designed to protect St. Lawrence riverbank erosion from Sorel to Varennes show a significant decrease in non-compliant vessels in October. Note that this percentage decrease is partly due to a change in the calculation method. Until September, the number of non-compliant vessels was compared to the number of vessels that transited in the targeted areas. As of October, the non-compliant vessels have been compared to total transits, since the same ship can transit through the targeted areas several times. The following table presents the most recent results. St. Lawrence Shipoperators congratulates its members and encourages them to continue complying with these voluntary measures. The measures suggest a speed limit of 10 knots for vessels heading upstream and 14 knots for vessels heading downstream in four areas along the St. Lawrence Seaway: Sorel, Contrecoeur, Varennes and Verchères. Join St. Lawrence Shipoperators:

St. Lawrence Shipoperators Newsletter - November 2012  

November 2012 newsletter of the St. Lawrence Shipoperators

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