FMT | News clippings and press releases
December 02, 2016 | Web site: Port of Indiana
November 15, 2016 | Local news report: TMJ4
October 31, 2016 | Media clipping: BreakBulk
Pursuing Project Cargoes[Excerpt]
Michel Tosini, executive vice president of Federal Marine Terminals, which operates stevedoring facilities at Burns Harbor and 11 other North American ports, notes that the traditional cargo on the Great Lakes has been steel.
“For as long as the St. Lawrence Seaway has been open, steel has been the far dominant type of cargo carried. That commodity has fluctuated, especially in the last 10 or 15 years, dramatically from very high years of tonnage to very low years of tonnage. It was a conscious decision, not only from the steamship side and terminal side, to try to diversify our cargo — more so in the last 10 years. Rather than just the traditional steel cargoes, which are still there, we’ve really gone after other kinds of breakbulk and project cargoes — including a lot of wind energy components,” Tosini said.
At Burns Harbor, brewery equipment still comprises only a tiny share of general cargo — perhaps 1 percent — compared with much higher volumes of lumber and steel, grain, chemicals, fertilizers, and other major cargoes. But while brewing tanks are still a small niche at Burns Harbor, they deserve attention because of the fashionable nature of the product, and their potential for further growth.
Peacock said that craft brews seem to be “the thing,” much like wind energy equipment was a few years ago, “when so many wind farms were going up, and there weren’t enough ports to handle all the blades [and other related components]. Now, in the last two years, we’ve seen brewery” activity that mirrors that phenomenon in the world of alternative energy.
When all is said and done, the best thing about craft brews is their unique appeal as a product. “We are all beer enthusiasts,” concludes Robbins. At Triple R, “we take pride in what we do, and it is special to think that you get to help deliver a tank that brews one of your favorite styles of beer. We think of ourselves as almost an extension of the brewery, because not only do we want to deliver it; when one of their tanks is in our possession, we treat it like it’s our own.”
August 23, 2016 | Press Release: Fednav
Portage, IN, August 23, 2016 - Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, today welcomes to the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou, one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system—a first for the Great Lakes. This vessel protects the Lakes by treating its ballast water two times: by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic, and through filtration and a chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship.
The Federal Caribou is part of a series of 16 Handysize vessels, representing an investment by Fednav of more than $400 million and designed specifically for the Great Lakes. The company is the leading international operator in the Great Lakes, has one of the most modern fleets of bulk carriers in the world, the average age being under 10 years. Of particular interest is that the Federal Caribou and its sister-ships have box-shaped holds in order to facilitate the handling of general cargo.
In April 2015, Fednav announced the signing of an agreement with JFE Engineering Corporation for the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BallastAce) on board its new ocean-going lakers. The Federal Caribou is one of those ships, and its voyage to Burns Harbor highlights the fact that Fednav is the first shipping company in the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard system. JFE is now pursuing US Coast Guard certification, with expected approval in 2017.
Other outstanding environmental characteristics of these vessels include:
- 25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago
- A decrease of over 15% nitrogen oxide emissions
- A CLEAN notation from the DNV/GL classification society
At the ceremony on board the ship, Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited and Chairman of Federal Marine Terminals noted: "This vessel confirms that the protection of the Great Lakes is a priority for Fednav and demonstrates the confidence we have in the region’s future. These ships will allow us to offer our customers in Indiana and throughout the region an unparalleled service at a higher standard.”
“We commend and congratulate Fednav for its commitment to make these long-term investments that benefit so many on the Great Lakes,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “The company has always taken the Lake’s environment very seriously and being the first to outfit its newer ships with on-board ballast water treatment systems further validates just how committed it really is. We are proud to call Fednav a ‘true partner’ at our port on Lake Michigan and salute the company for their innovation and leadership in the maritime industry.”
Fednav Limited, established in 1944 is a privately owned international shipowning and operating company based in Montreal.
June 10, 2016 | By Edward French | Eastport Maine The Quoddy Tides
The first shipment of salt at the Port of Eastport was unloaded at a much faster rate than expected, and the much anticipated inaugural use of the $10 million bulk conveyor system, after an initial glitch, went off without a hitch. "We are beyond pleased, as was the customer," says Chris Gardner, executive director of the Eastport Port Authority. "That system ran after a minor glitch for a day and a half flawlessly."
Beginning on May 31, a total of 14,452 metric tons of salt was unloaded at Eastport from the Star Zeta, which had previously unloaded about 27,000 tons in Searsport. William Massow, vice president of operations for New England Salt Company, which imported the salt from Morocco, is hoping that another shipment will be made in the fall, with perhaps 25,000 coming to Eastport and 35,000 to 40,000 tons to Searsport. The salt unloaded at Eastport was tarped and is being stored at the bulk storage pad at the port until it is sold and distributed to be used on the roads in eastern and northern Maine.
"We wanted to start with a partial vessel and see how everything works out," says Massow. "There were a few glitches, but everything since has been smooth, which is expected."
It was anticipated that the operation could take 43 hours, and it ended up being finished in 34 hours. Al Day, general manager of Federal Marine Terminals (FMT), which operates the port terminal, says it was expected that the salt would be unloaded at the rate of 300 tons an hour, and the longshoremen ended up averaging 425 tons an hour, which surprised those who were watching the operation. "I'm proud we did such a good job. Everybody put their best foot forward here," says Day of the longshoremen and FMT staff. For a product that had not been handled previously in Eastport and for the first use of the conveyor system, Day says, "They more than beat our expectations, which we find they often do for us."
Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt, who watched the operation for two days, notes that the salt shipment is the first time that the conveyor system in which the state and the port authority invested has been used. The state invested $4.5 million, the federal government $2.5 million and the port authority the remainder of the funding. "It shows that the investment was the right thing to do," he says.
The commissioner says the state will continue to make investments in the port, noting the recent funding for the new port access road. Eastport is one of the three cargo ports in Maine to which the state has made a commitment. "It's important to make the investments so things like this can happen," the commissioner notes. With PotashCorp closing its Picadilly Mine near Sussex, New Brunswick, salt needs to be imported closer to where it will be used, he points out. Along with supplying salt in New Brunswick, the Picadilly Mine also provided salt for parts of eastern and northern Maine. With the closing of the mine, New England Salt has been receiving inquiries about supplying salt into New Brunswick, which could be imported through Eastport.
Bernhardt adds, "We hope to see in the near future biomass like wood chips" being exported through the port. "It will help the fiber industry in Maine, since we've lost some paper-making and biomass plants." Of the port's conveyor system, Bernhardt says, "We hope to be pushing the button more often."
Bernhardt considered the operation very successful, says Gardner. The port director notes that several days were spent fine-tuning the conveyor system beforehand and that it performed well. The belt tension on the shiploader ended up having to be adjusted, but that was fixed in 45 minutes and "the system ran flawlessly ever since."
The operation used both the conveyor system and trucks to increase the offload rate. "The faster we can do it, the better," notes Gardner. Federal Program Integrators, which is working on the new port access road, provided trucks at the beginning, and then local trucking firms were used. Gardner believes the offload rate was highly competitive and at times exceeded the rate at Searsport, which has offloaded salt from hundreds of ships, although there was an expected slowdown near the end of the Eastport operation. "We learned a lot on how we can maximize this further."
Noting that in its operations to offload salt Searsport uses trucks that have to drive a distance to the storage pile, Gardner says of Eastport's setup, "Having the bulk yard effectively right at the pier is a tremendous advantage." However, he adds, "We're not trying to take business from Searsport but to get more business for Maine. We're hoping that New England Salt can find advantages by importing it through Eastport." Gardner notes that employees at the Sprague terminal at Searsport were helpful with advice about the offloading process.
"There was a lot of angst about getting this turned on," Gardner says, referring to the conveyor system that was completed three years ago. "We thought it would be in 2015, but due to the market conditions on wood chips, it didn't happen." The salt shipment gave the port the chance to show that the system can work and is not only capable "but quite an asset to us."
Other potential customers who would use the conveyor system for exporting cargo were brought in to view the operation, and Gardner says they were pleased. "So much is to be brought out of this," he notes of salt operation. "We had a lot to prove to a lot of people. We made a lot of promises over the past two years, and we are going to make good on them."
The port director adds, "A big tip of the cap to the men and women of the longshoremen's association. At the end of the day someone has to turn it on and make it all work." While there was a steep learning curve, Gardner says, "Two or three hours into this and you would have swore we had done 100 ships. At the end of this if it wasn't for the people who work there, none of this would work."
May 31, 2016 | Green Marine
QUEBEC, QC--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - This morning Green Marine, a North American environmental certification program, unveiled its participants' environmental performance results for the year 2015 as part of the opening session of its GreenTech 2016 conference taking place at the Hilton Québec until tomorrow.
Green Marine's participants maintained an overall average of 3.2 on a 1-to-5 scale, with Level 1 indicating monitoring of regulations and Level 5 reflecting excellence and leadership. Green Marine participants are ship owners, port authorities, Seaway corporations, terminal owners and shipyard operators. To assure the program's rigour and transparency, participants must undergo an external verification every two years, and each participant's individual results are published annually. The voluntary environmental program has 12 performance indicators that address environmental issues such as air pollution emissions, greenhouse gases, aquatic invasive species, waste management and community impacts.
"Improving from an average of 2 in 2008 to 3.2 in 2015 is no small feat," says David Bolduc, Green Marine's executive director, explaining that the program has significantly augmented its criteria every year, as well as welcomed quite a number of new participants. "Ports and terminals, for instance, have a new performance indicator this year: waste management."
Performance levels are not the only thing on the rise. Green Marine's membership is also enjoying a strong upward curve! The environmental program has tripled the number of its participants since its inception in 2007. There are currently 103 participants compared to 34 when the program started nine years ago.
"This increase demonstrates that an increasing portion of the marine industry is committed to pursuing sustainable development through Green Marine," says Paul Gourdeau, who chairs Green Marine's Board of Directors and is the president of Federal Marine Terminals. Green Marine achieved a milestone in February by welcoming its 100th participant: Port Canaveral in Florida. "This continued expansion is proof that a voluntary certification program meets a need," notes Bolduc, "and that we are making progress in the mission that we have set to advance North America's marine industry environmental excellence."
The 2015 Performance Report, containing the individual results of all of the program's participants, is available at www.green-marine.org.
Green Marine overview
Green Marine overview
Founded in 2007, Green Marine is a North American environmental certification program. The program guides a voluntary effort by the maritime industry to surpass regulatory requirements. The Green Marine program's uniqueness stems from the support it receives from environmental and governmental organizations. The more than 50 supporters contribute to shaping and revising the program.
May 3, 2016 | Press release:FMT
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 3, 2016 – Federal Marine Terminals (FMT) announces $3.7M in investments to ensure that its terminal cargo handling facilities meet their promise to deliver higher standards in safety and efficiency, and by doing so, remain at the forefront of the industry.
These investments include $1.7M for a new crane, $1.3M in new forklifts, and $700K in other equipment and gear for 7 of its 12 terminals.
The new crane, a Kobelco CK2750G model, to be delivered this summer to the company’s terminal in the Port of Cleveland, will significantly improve production. It will feature a Tier 4 Final engine, the newest generation of motors for this type of equipment, and is expected to achieve 90% reduction of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions when compared with the Tier 3 engines.
The new forklifts acquired for FMT’s Burns Harbor, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Hamilton operations will also feature Tier 4 Final engines as well as urea-based Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) controllers, thereby achieving near-zero emissions. In addition, they will be equipped with Hyster wireless monitoring systems to ensure increased safety and efficiency. FMT aims to install the system on all forklifts owned by FMT throughout 2017–2018.
Other equipment on order for Burns Harbor, Cleveland, Eastport, Calvert, Milwaukee, and Lake Charles to improve safety and productivity include coil trays, street sweepers, side-by-side vehicles, skid steers, and rubber spray for forks and coil rams.
These $3.7M in investments will enable FMT to make strides in production while reducing emissions, thereby living up to its promise to customers to meet its commitment to respect community and environment.
FMT is also proud to announce the release of its corporate video and invites readers to view it at www.fmtcargo.com.
Michel Tosini, Executive Vice-President
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Issue 2, 2016 | Media clipping: International Bulk Journal
IBJ visited the port of Milwaukee, located on Lake Michigan, and discovered that the thriving bulk and general cargo port has a distinct logistical advantage
Port Director at the Port of Milwaukee Paul Vornholt recently told IBJ that the port had a great location advantage, "We can offer two major options for routing cargo; either through the St Lawrence/Great Lakes system or the Mississippi." Vornholt formally assumed the duties of Municipal Port Director last year. He had served as Acting Port Director for the past two-and-a-half years.
The Port of Milwaukee is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, about 75 miles north of Chicago. The Port is 1,021 nautical miles from Montreal and serves as a regional transportation and distribution centre with a primary market including the State of Wisconsin, northern and western Illinois and eastern Minnesota. The Port is also capable of cost effectively reaching Iowa, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana; and the western Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Also, as Vornholt highlights, the Port of Milwaukee is capable of serving river areas as far as the US Gulf by inland river barges. Transits cross lower Lake Michigan to the Illinois River and thence to the Mississippi River at St Louis to the US Gulf. Transit times by barge to the US Gulf average about 30 days in a combined tow, or approximately 10 days with a dedicated tow.
"The port averages around 2.5m tonnes annually," said Vornholt, "and coal has taken it to over 3m tonnes. We have some big names, such as Cargill, using the port and, as well as traditional bulk cargoes, Miller-Coors and various other brewers are headquartered in Milwaukee, we handle a diverse mix of general cargoes."
The Port of Milwaukee has devoted over 50 acres to dry bulk storage and handling facilities, including four storage domes totalling 50,000 tonnes of storage. Dry bulk handling services include storage and stock piling, direct transfer truck/rail/barge, vessel loading and unloading, packaging, palletising and processing. Kinder Morgan is the Port's bulk stevedore and handles a wide variety of dry bulk materials including salt, construction aggregates, coal, and fertilisers.
"We are doing well with project cargo at Federal Marine Terminals," said Vornholt, "Which is the Port 's general cargo stevedore and the steel they handle from Europe is very high grade." Other general cargoes handled at Milwaukee include forest products, bagged materials, heavy machinery, farm and construction machinery. The Port is well known for its heavy lift capability. Its stiff leg derrick is capable of lifting a total of 440,000 pounds at a 52ft radius. The port provides over 330,000ft2 of covered warehouse space for bulk, steel and general cargoes, including 30,000ft2 of heated space. All facilities are steel frame buildings with brick/aluminium exteriors. All general cargo piers are paved with concrete and asphalt and each is rail served. Total general cargo facility exceeds 20 acres, plus additional backup storage as needed.
"The port is investing in infrastructure including a $2.4m rail project", said Vornholt. The port is served by two railroads, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Both railroads provide direct pier delivery at all Port facilities as well as necessary switching services. The port owns and maintains 13.5 miles of rail track within the port, which connects main lines at the port property edge. "
Federal Interstate Highway System 1-94/794 leads directly into the port, assuring delay-free pickup and delivery of commodities by truck. There are exit/entrance ramps direct to Port service roads. Transits to/from the Interstate to major Port terminals take less than five minutes. Highway connections to cities within a 350-mile radius are accomplished within a few hours.
Regarding liquid bulk, the port has about 300,000 barrels of storage capacity with the capability of service by vessel, pipeline, rail and truck. Products handled include clean petroleum, heavy oils and lubes, asphalt and vegetable oils. Both US Oil and South Harbor (Tanco Terminals) are port tenants.
A full roster of distributive services can be provided at Milwaukee including but not limited to warehousing, sorting, re-cooping, de-canning, palletising and container stripping and stuffing.
April 22, 2016 | Media clipping: Port of Indianna
PORTAGE, Ind. – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened the 2016 international shipping season today with the arrival of the M.V. Lubie, a 623-foot bulk carrier from Europe. To commemorate the first ocean vessel of the year, the captain was presented with the Port of Indiana ‘Steel Stein.
“Our port handles lakers and river barges year-round, but the first ocean vessel is always energizing for businesses and our workforce at the port,” said Port Director Rick Heimann. “The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway provide a global connection for Indiana companies to ship goods to and from world markets. Having access to this international trade route is vitally important for the U.S. and Indiana economies as well as numerous transportation and logistics jobs.”
Owned and operated by the Polsteam Shipping Co., and built in 2011, the Bahamas-flagged Lubie picked up its steel cargo in Ijmuiden, Holland, and stopped in Cleveland before coming to the Port of Indiana. Dock workers will unload over 6,600 tons of steel at the port before Captain Jacek Kurpiel and his 21 Polish crew members continue to Milwaukee to discharge the ship’s remaining cargo. The Lubie will then go to Thunder Bay in Ontario to load grain for shipment to world markets.
Port Director Heimann presented Captain Kurpiel with the ‘Steel Stein,’ which commemorates Northwest Indiana’s identity as “The Steel capital of North America.” The Port of Indiana is recognized as one of the top steel ports in the country for inbound and outbound shipments of steel and metal-related products.
The steel was unloaded by port stevedore Federal Marine Terminals with local workers from the International Longshoremen’s Assoc. and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
“The significance of the first ship arriving at the port at the start of the new shipping season is threefold,” said Brian LaRue, general manager for Federal Marine Terminals/Burns Harbor. “It represents the positive economic impact on our community, it symbolizes the enduring role of the industry and it demonstrates the commitment and collaboration of all those involved in the shipping trade. Our staff and the local longshoremen workforce are both excited about the first ship of the season and what will hopefully be a strong 2016 shipping season.”
The St. Lawrence Seaway opened its locks to ocean vessels for the 58th international shipping season on March 21 after closing in late December. The Seaway closes for maintenance in the winter, but the Port of Indiana is open year-round handling cargoes by river barges, lake vessels, trains and trucks. The port handled 2.8 million tons of cargo in 2015, the second highest tonnage in over two decades. Following 2014’s all-time record volume, 2015 marked only the third time the port handled 2.8 million tons or more in the port’s 45-year history.
About the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor: The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened in 1970 and is operated by Ports of Indiana, a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. Information: portsofindiana.com.### Media contact: Rich Allen, 574.361.7597, email@example.com
March 14, 2016 | Media clipping: Great Lakes Seaway Review
Excerpt from: http://www.greatlakes-seawayreview.com/digital-dateline/#201603144
Source: Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
. . . The board also approved renewal of Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. (FMT) as a terminal operator for the 2016 shipping season. FMT will again lease warehouses A, 24, 26 and the maintenance shed. FMT handles primarily non-containerized steel shipments and various project cargoes.
“We are pleased to renew FMT for 2016 and plan to work aggressively with them to maximize their throughput despite ongoing headwinds in the steel and commodities markets,” Friedman said.
“ …our continued partnership with FMT sets the stage for growth and sustainability as we continue connecting Cleveland, the Great Lakes and the Midwest to the world,” said Chris Ronayne, Chair of the Port of Cleveland’s board of directors.”
Febuary 15, 2016 | Press Release: Port of Milwaukee
Port of Milwaukee Cargo Again Tops 2-Million Tons
2015 Was a Year of Changes at the Port
The Port of Milwaukee’s cargo numbers held their own in 2015. Milwaukee’s port again topped 2-million metric tons of cargo in a year when ports across the Great Lakes and around the world saw declines in volume. Milwaukee’s tonnage in 2015 totaled nearly 2.3-million tons, down approximately 3-hundred-thousand tons from the previous year.
Grain volume grew significantly last year, and cement tonnage moving through the Milwaukee Harbor also increased. Salt remained the top commodity handled at the Port of Milwaukee. 2015 steel volumes at the Port of Milwaukee ranked as one of the highest totals in the past decade, although down from near record levels in 2014.
“Cargo at the Port of Milwaukee is affected by world markets and local demand, and we certainly saw that last year,” Milwaukee Port Director Paul Vornholt said. “2016 begins with some uncertainty, but there is reason for optimism.”
The biggest change at the Port of Milwaukee last year was the decline in coal tonnage. With WE Energies conversion of the Valley Power Plant to natural gas, coal tonnages dropped by more than 80%.
Because Milwaukee handles a variety of cargoes, a big change in one commodity’s volume is often balanced by changes in other products.
The Port of Milwaukee is an economic entity of City government governed by the seven-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, a panel appointed by Mayor Tom Barrett and confirmed by the Common Council. It administers operations on the 467 acres that make up the Port. It promotes shipping and commerce throughout the region by providing access to domestic and international ships, rail, and over-the-road transportation. ###
February, 2016 | Port of Indiana
Quebec and Indiana partner on Great Lakes shipping initiative
Rick Heimann, Port Director
Portside, A Ports of Indiana Publication – 2016 Issue 1
PORTAGE, Ind. - The province of Quebec and the state of Indiana recently launched a new partnership to explore the development of increased maritime trade between the districts. Quebec is a key trading partner for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor because the province serves as a gateway between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
In September, Quebec's Minister of International Affairs and Indiana's Lieutenant Governor joined officials from the Ports of Indiana and Fednav Limited at the port to announce the new initiative.
"The province of Quebec and the state of Indiana are connected by more than just water," said Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, "We share strong manufacturing sectors, robust multimodal transportation systems, and a heavy reliance on Great Lakes shipping. As two of the leading maritime economies on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, Quebec and Indiana represent a large part of the business activity generated by shipping in this region. We hope this maritime partnership will lead to increased opportunities for collaboration between our economies."
Since the announcement, the Port of Indiana has logged two export shipments to Quebec terminals and hosted a 20-person trade mission from Quebec which included the province’s directors of North American markets and economic affairs, and leaders from several Quebec ports and logistics companies.
This new partnership followed the recent unveiling of the Quebec Maritime Strategy, which is an ambitious plan that seeks to generate more than 30,000 jobs and $9 billion in the province's maritime industry by 2030.
"Indiana is a significant economic partner of Quebec in the Midwest, especially with respect to maritime transportation," stated Christine St-Pierre, Quebec Minister of International Relations and Francophone, during her visit to the port, "This partnership with Indiana shows that the new Quebec Maritime Strategy already has a strong, positive impact in our relations with our largest trading partner, the United States. This bodes well for the future, as Quebec's exports to the Midwest have grown by .30 percent since 2010."
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor also shares a strong business partnership with the Quebec-based Fednav Limited, a leading Great Lakes shipping line, Fednav provides regular ocean service to the Port of Indiana and is the parent company for the port's general cargo terminal operator, Federal Marine Terminals.
Within the new initiative, Quebec and Indiana have identified short-sea shipping as a factor of regional economic development that would benefit from greater regional collaboration. Short-sea shipping is especially important because it facilitates the delivery of supplies along trade routes that have rail and highway capacity constraints and infrastructure challenges.
In Quebec, under the leadership of the Marine Industry Forum, the Quebec Short-Sea Shipping Round Table is fully engaged in the promotion and the development of short-sea shipping, acting as a hub of short-sea related information and expertise. Short-sea shipping currently accounts for 20 percent of shipping traffic in St. Lawrence River ports and its development is one of the key priorities of the Quebec Maritime Strategy.
Indiana currently handles nearly 30 million tons of cargo per year on short-sea shipping movements across the Great Lakes, predominantly consisting of iron ore for the steel mills located in Northwest Indiana.
December 16 20, 2 015| Media clipping: Port of Milwaukee News Advisory»
International cargo continued moving at a strong pace through the Port of Milwaukee in 2015, and Wednesday will bring the last ship arriving through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Milwaukee this year. The Federal Hunter is set to unload 3,500 tons of steel products – raw material used by local manufacturers. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will visit the Port Wednesday morning to talk about the successful shipping season and to highlight the role the Port plays to support local manufacturing and employment.
“The Port of Milwaukee is a City transportation asset that adds efficiency and value to our local economy,” Mayor Barrett said. “When local companies operate cost-effectively, they employ more workers, and, in turn, our community is stronger.” Since 1996, Federal Marine Terminals has served as the Port of Milwaukee’s general cargo stevedore, and this year will rank as the seventh highest overseas cargo volume during that tenure.
Forty-seven international ships called on the Port of Milwaukee in 2015. The Federal Hunter is the last ocean vessel of the season to arrive here. It will depart via the St. Lawrence Seaway before that route closes for the season on December 31st. The Port remains open through the winter as ships carry cargo such as salt, limestone and cement to and from other Great Lakes ports. Milwaukee will also host several ships that will spend the winter in the Port’s well-protected Inner Harbor.
November 12, 2015
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports were busy moving grain and project cargo in October, according to a press release from the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.
And despite the recent slowdown in the global steel market, cargo volumes moving through the Port of Cleveland continued to exceed 2014 numbers, said David Gutheil, vice president of Maritime & Logistics.
"Through October, we were running approximately 12 percent ahead of 2014 tonnage for international cargo. Much of this is due to new cargoes, such as steel pipe, handled by Federal Marine Terminals, and project cargoes, handled by both Federal Marine Terminals and C-Port Maritime.
"The Cleveland-Europe Express has far exceeded 2014 volumes. Although the strong dollar has weakened exports, our container volumes have increased by more than 400 percent compared with 2014, and overall tonnage is up by more than 300 percent compared with last year," he said in a written statement.
Spliethoff also recently announced a monthly service to India via Antwerp that will start in 2016, which will provide shippers with more options.
"In partnership with Spliethoff and C-Port Maritime, we are also working on plans to offer a weekly service between the Port of Cleveland and the Port of Antwerp beginning in 2016," Gutheil said.
Betty Sutton, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., said they anticipated the increase and they got it.
October traditionally signals the initial push to get cargo into and out of the Great Lakes Seaway System before the end of the navigation season. Increases were seen in the number of international ships arriving in the system loaded with project cargo for local manufacturers in Cleveland, Toledo, and Duluth. Those same ships left the Seaway System with shipments of grain and project cargo from Milwaukee, Duluth and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period April 2 to Oct. 31 were 27 million metric tons, down 9 percent over the same period in 2014. U.S. grain shipments were up by 32 percent in October over last year. The dry bulk category was up by 6 percent over 2014 with potash, stone, and gypsum in the positive column, at 32, 33, and 69 percent respectively. The general cargo category was down 10 percent. Iron ore and coal remained down in October by 12 and 37 percent respectively. The liquid bulk category posted a downturn of 10 percent.
November 5, 2015
By: Leo Ryan, American Journal of Transportation
FMT plays strong cargo-handling role in US and Canada Currently marking its 50th anniversary year, Federal Marine Terminals, widely known to the trade simply as FMT, is continuing to make its presence felt throughout an extensive network of stevedoring facilities at ports in the United States and Canada. Overall business remains robust in 2015, although somewhat below the banner year of 2014, which generated total cargo-handling throughput of 9.3 million tons. "If I compare tonnage in 2015 to the average of what we have seen in the past four or five years, we are still having a really good year," indicated Michel Tosini, FMT Executive Vice-President, in an interview with the American Journal of Transportation. A subsidiary of Montreal-based Fednav Limited, FMT was originally established to complement the freight operations of the Fednav Group. It soon began to function independently. From a small operation in Chicago, it has grown into a substantial enterprise handling cargoes in the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and along the East and Gulf Coasts. On the Great Lakes, FMT facilities are to be found in Burns Harbor, Cleveland, Hamilton (Ontario), Milwaukee and Thorold (Ontario). On the U.S. East Coast and Gulf, they are situated at Albany, Eastport, Lake Charles, Port Manatee and Tampa. The wide range of commodities handled includes steel (a major source of import business), general/project cargo, bagged cargoes, containers, gypsum, machinery, sugar, and wood pulp and forest products. "Steel remains a strong commodity in all of our terminals, especially in the Great Lakes," Tosini noted. While a sizable portion is destined for automobile manufacturing plants, Tosini also mentions tin plate very much used for household appliances. Otherwise, he's observed wind energy components recently being handled in Hamilton - "which could reflect a trend of future wind farms getting back in motion." Brisk bulk cargo activity involving sugar, clinker, fertilizer and other products is being felt at such terminals as Hamilton and Thorold on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Much of the steel – primarily sourced from ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel - is transported from Europe on Fednav's FALLine service between Northern Europe, the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes ports. FALLine and other carriers bring steel products into various ports, including Hamilton, Cleveland and Milwaukee but especially to Burns Harbor. For many carriers, seeking grain as backhaul cargo follows the steel-in shipments. But at Burns Harbor, Tosini reports that "tonnage in steel is down, especially on slabs. We still have some slab cargo received in Burns Harbor in 2014 that has still not made its way into the market. We had been expecting 200,000 tons of slabs in 2015, but that will not likely happen." Generally speaking on the Great Lakes, Tosini stresses: "Without doubt, diversification has helped us to navigate through some pretty tough years. We are not doing quite as well as the peak years, but certainly doing better than the dismal 2009-2010 years. Volumes are back up."
August 20, 2 015
Note: Some of the information in this nwi.com article is erroneous; Federal Marine Terminals is a subsidiary of Fednav Limited delivering customized cargo handling services and is recognized as an industry leader in marine terminal operations. Fednav Limited operates a modern fleet of close to 100 owned and chartered vessels, transporting bulk and breakbulk cargoes worldwide. For more information on Federal Marine Terminals, please contact Keith Flagg
PORTAGE | The company that stevedores the Port of Indiana Burns-Harbor is making an unprecedented investment of around $500 million that will nearly triple its fleet of cargo vessels in just five years.
Federal Marine Terminals, which serves 12 ports on the East Coast, Gulf Coast and Great Lakes, just marked its 50th year at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The company, a subsidiary of Canada-based Fednav Limited, owned 24 ships in 2011, but has grown its fleet to 47 ships today largely because of the changing economics of ship ownership, Vice President of Operations Keith Flagg said.
Each new ship costs around $35 million. Federal Marine Terminals plans to have 61 by 2018, which shows a long-term commitment to shipping on the Great Lakes, Flagg told the Ports of Indiana Commission at a meeting in Portage Thursday.
A vessel that was newly acquired by Federal Marine Terminals is now on a worldwide voyage spanning four continents that will bring English steel and mineral sands to Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor next month, Flagg said.
Federal Marine Terminals is investing $1.3 million into its operations at the deepwater port in Portage, which was its second busiest port after Lake Charles in Louisiana last year. The company purchased several new fork lifts that were made by Hoist Liftruck, which is currently relocating to East Chicago from Illinois. Last year, the stevedoring company unloaded 300,777 tons of foreign steel at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, a dramatic jump over 2013. Steel imports trail last year's pace, but are still expected to reach around 300,000 tons by year's end, Flagg said.
Man-hours worked at the port surged from about 80,000 in 2013 to around 130,000 last year, largely because of the surge in steel. They are expected to fall off to around 95,000 this year.
General cargo, which is industrial equipment such as transformers or brewery tanks, fell to 4,957 tons last year down from 15,548 tons the previous year, largely because of the end of the $4.2 billion Whiting Refinery modernization project. But it's projected to bounce back to around 11,404 tons this year.
Overall cargo at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is projected to fall short of last year's record volume, which was "phenomenal," Flagg said. The industry does face some challenges, such as that pilotage costs rose 20 percent last year and the need to burn low-sulfur gas on the Great Lakes adds $100,000 to each trip, Flagg said. Another issue has been that weak harvests can mean ships that bring steel to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor don't always get loaded up with grain on their way back, because grain costs rise too high to making shipping it overseas cost-effective.
"When there's no freight to load outbound, it's just ballast," he said. "It's a loss of revenue at a huge cost to us."
Green Marine reports steady environmental progress by its maritime industry participants (FMT mention)
May 29, 2015
Seattle, Friday, May 29, 2015 – Green Marine awarded their environmental performance certificates to more than 80 maritime companies yesterday during its GreenTech 2015 conference being held in Seattle, Washington.
"It's wonderful to welcome colleagues from across the continent to talk about further greening our business," says Linda Styrk, Managing Director, Maritime Division, Port of Seattle and a Green Marine Board member. "Green Marine's program helps organizations improve their environmental performance, and GreenTech is a great opportunity to learn from each other's experience."
The past year has been a banner one in terms of Green Marine's recognition. A total of 11 participating companies – including the sixth largest U.S. cruise port, a major container terminal operator in New York, New Jersey and Vancouver, B.C., and one of the largest ferry operators in the world – achieved Green Marine certification for the first time:
The North American environmental program currently has 89 participants, compared to 34 when the initiative was launched in 2007.
The overall average obtained for 2014 was 3.1, compared to the average Level 2 achieved when participants submitted reports for the first evaluation year of 2008. Companies evaluate their performance for 11 indicators on a scale of Level 1 to 5. Individual company results are subject to an independent verification and published annually.
Green Marine's positive results for 2014 clearly demonstrate that the ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards participating in the program continually strive to improve their environmental performance.
In fact, 57% of the participants advanced at least one level in one or more performance indicators in comparison to their evaluation a year earlier. This increase is even more significant among the ship owners: 65% of them attained a higher level for at least one of the performance indicators.
Air and Water Quality
"This continual improvement reflects the concrete actions taken by our participants," explained David Bolduc, Green Marine's Executive Director. "A full 88% of the ship owners achieved higher levels for at least one of the indicators related to air quality, and nearly three-quarters of the ports and terminals have a plan in place to prevent water and land pollution. All these measures go beyond regulatory compliance."
The 2014 results also demonstrate the program's effectiveness in driving the maritime industry towards environmental excellence year after year, according to Paul Gourdeau, President of Federal Marine Terminals. "Being a participant in the program makes a real difference in the long term, as evidenced by the 3.4 overall average of the longest participants compared to the global average of 3.1 for all the participants combined," he said.
A member of the Green Marine board since 2012, Mr. Gourdeau was elected as the new chair yesterday upon the departure of Greg Wight, who is retiring as President and CEO of the Algoma Central Corporation. In addition, Green Marine welcomes two new members to the board: Allister Paterson, the President of Canada Steamship Lines; and, Stephen Edwards, the President and CEO of GCT Global Container Terminals.
The 2014 performance report, which includes the individual results of all the certified participants, is available on the Green Marine website.
April 23, 2015
April 22, 2015
Federal Marine Terminals editorial: Outline
There's one word that best describes Federal Marine Terminals: Experience. FMT started as a small operation in Chicago in 1965 and in 50 years, has grown into a multi-terminal cargo-handling company with a sterling reputation in North America.
Back then, land at 95th Street on the Calumet River was purchased, an old coal dock was resurfaced, sheds were refurbished, forklifts and mobile cranes rented, and in no time, FMT Chicago was born. The company, a division of Fednav Limited headquartered in Montreal, has a sales office in Charlotte, and operates twelve facilities in the US and Canada in the Great Lakes and East and Gulf Coast areas, employing 65 management and administrative employees and 800 to 1200 longshore employees. FMT handles various commodities that include general cargo, dry bulk, various steel products, wind components, alloys, forest products, and project cargo.
Aside from its 50-year history, several other factors distinguish FMT and have facilitated its growth. Strategic locations of FMT terminals allow for its presence in ports where the Fednav suite—including its shipowning and chartering, liner, and logistic services—do business. FMT offers stevedoring and terminal handling for all types of dry cargo, employing specialized and efficient equipment and proprietary software for cargo and terminal management. A strong management team is supported by a well-trained and safety-oriented labour force that cares for the cargo in its custody. With solid values, award-winning environmental excellence recognition, and a focus on customers, employees, and the community, FMT has lived up to its high standards in reliable, safe, and efficient cargo handling for five decades.
The cornerstone of the company's operations is built on the establishment of long-term relationships with business partners and with its labor force. The guiding principles that have led to the success of FMT are tried and true: concentrating on niche markets, providing consistently excellent service, and maintaining strict safety norms and guidelines.
These enduring values are paying off. 2014 proved to be an outstanding year with over 9.3 million tonnes of cargo handled by FMT.
Other recent newsworthy mentions include an anniversary trio of celebrations in Cleveland last November for FMT (50 years), FALLine, the company's liner service (55 years), and Fednav (70 years). Additionally, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor recently recorded the highest shipments in its 44-year history where FMT is the port's terminal operator. Looking forward, FMT will continue to actively seek opportunities for growth, whether by increasing business in current locations or adding new ones, while falling back on its exemplary operating principles, remaining flexible and versatile, and ensuring that its work force stays current with safety and security procedures and technological improvements.
According to its chairman, Paul Pathy, FMT shows its commitment to servicing the ports in which each terminal operates, be it on the Atlantic coast or the heartland of America. "Each FMT terminal is an integral part of the services that the company offers. Together, delivering a higher standard is not only a promise, but the hallmark of the Fednav group of companies."
Although experience defines Federal Marine Terminals, its mission is to continuously look for new growth opportunities while improving procedures and services. By increasing its presence in North American ports and treating customers like business partners, FMT looks forward to the next 50 years of handling cargo.
April 21, 2015 | Port of Indiana
(see Troy Layton at 58 second mark)
March 10, 2015 | Youtube
April 10, 2015 | Media clipping: Green Marine Magazine
At Federal Marine Terminals (FMT), a goal has been set to reduce GHG emissions annually over the next 10 years. "We chose a realistic target knowing that once we made the initial effort of buying vehicles and equipment with cleaner-running engines, as well as introducing best practices such as a no-idling policy, it could be difficult to find other ways to make year-over-year improvements, "explains Marc Gagnon, director of Government Affairs and Regulatory Compliance at Fednav, FMT's parent company.
Nevertheless, FMT has earned its Level 5 ranking by not only meeting its target, but significantly exceeding it despite the challenges."Between 2011 and 2013, we achieved a 14% reduc¬tion in GHG," Gagnon reports. The higher reduction was accomplished by consistently looking for every possible way to decrease emissions.
"At some of our warmer locations, employees use electric golf carts to get from place to place because the carts don't emit any fumes," Gagnon says."We also use a diesel-powered school bus to transport groups of people rather than having individuals drive a car."Another key policy is to opt for Tier 4 engines when replacing aging vehicles, forklifts or other equipment, even though the highly efficient motor is more expensive.
January 20, 2015
January 14, 2015 | Media clipping: Port of Indiana»
PORTAGE, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2015) - The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970. Total tonnage was up 30 percent over 2013 driven by strong shipments of steel, grain and salt. "It was a terrific year thanks to our port companies, steelmakers and businesses that use our port," said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. "Federal Marine Terminals, the port's terminal operator, and its labor force did a tremendous job handling the significant cargo increases that arrived at the port by ship and barge. They extended their work hours and even worked weekends on a number of occasions to meet customer expectations." The port also had a 35-percent increase in ocean vessels over 2013 and nearly a 25-percent increase in river barges moving through the Illinois/Mississippi river system. "Steel going into the manufacturing sector was a key driver for the increase in port shipments," said Port Director Rick Heimann. "In 2013, the port handled its highest steel volume since 2006 and 2014's steel tonnage more than doubled the previous year's total. The port also handled over 500 barges in 2014 for the first time in several years." River barges provide a vital link for the port to over 20 states, 12,000 miles of rivers and ocean vessels in the Gulf of Mexico that provide year-round access to world markets when the St. Lawrence Seaway is closed for the winter. This port's strategic location at the intersection of two of the world's busiest waterways and all of the nation's Class I rail lines provides significant competitive advantages for multimodal companies who locate at the port. The port continues to serve as a preferred inland hub for large dimensional specialty cargoes, including beer tanks, wind turbines and fuel processing equipment. In 2014, 29 beer fermentation tanks, each with over 20,000-gallon capacity, were shipped from Germany through the port to Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Chicago-one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S. The port also received an 885,000-pound project cargo shipment via barge that contained a fuel processing unit being transported from Oklahoma to Ohio. The entire unit was off-loaded at the port's specialized Ro-Ro dock, which is used to roll-on and roll-off specially-designed trailers that are too large or cumbersome for cranes. Two port companies announced major expansions in 2014 as NLMK invested $8 million to expand its steel mini-mill operation and Carmeuse Lime & Stone pumped $11 million into its limestone processing facility. Maritime operations at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor generate $4.3 billion per year in economic activity and support 33,000 total jobs. About the Ports of Indiana - The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana's economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. For more information, visit www.portsofindiana.com. "