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Seaway maintains strong cargo growth
2017-10-19

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Year-to-date St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments are 14 per cent ahead of 2016 volumes, as marine shipping continues to support the growth of the Canadian and U.S. economies.

According to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo  from March 20 to September 30 reached 24.3 million metric tons-3 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

"Our results point to the strength of the Canadian and U.S. economies. Export shipments of mined products such as iron ore and dry bulk via the Seaway have grown dramatically this year; while domestic demand for road salt and stone has also been much stronger in the Great Lakes region," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "The Great Lakes-Seaway shipping system is also attracting more high-value cargos such as steel, machinery and other goods that support the growth of our manufacturing and construction sectors."

Inland shipping's strong 2017 performance and its vital role in supporting Canadian economic growth was highlighted on October 17 as marine commerce executives and their customers meet with Canadian federal government representatives during Marine Day on Parliament Hill, hosted by the Chamber of Marine Commerce headed  by Bruce Burrows.

Seaway iron ore shipments soared at 5.9 million metric tons, an increase of 58 per cent driven primarily by U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Asia. Road salt shipments, including from Ontario mines in Goderich and Windsor, have surpassed 2.2 million metric tons, up 40 per cent over 2016. High-value general cargo (which include steel, aluminum, project cargo) shipments via the Seaway totaled 2.3 million metric tons, up 35 per cent.

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ICS hits out at Ottawa legislation impacting on international maritime trade

2017-10-18

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia's north coast). The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the world's national shipowners' associations and 80% of the world merchant fleet, has voiced deep concern about this proposed legislation which it says will interfere with international maritime trade.

"Such a draconian step could lead to serious concerns being raised by Canada's international trading partners" said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett.

For his part, Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Vancouver-based Chamber of Shipping, told Maritime Magazine: "We are concerned that this legislation establishes a precedent and also a 'two-tiered approach' to managing risk and the Canadian marine safety network."

The legislation, tabled in the Canadian parliament in May, is being reviewed by the Transportation Committee, beginning on 19 October.

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VIMC marks World Maritime Day

2017-09-29

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Celebrating World Maritime Day on September 28 with the theme "Connecting Ships, Ports and People," the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) hosted a broad array of expert speakers at the prestigious Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver. Much of the morning session focused on how environmental issues were managed at U.S. West Coast ports from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, VIMC Executive Director, announced that Vancouver this year achieved inclusion in the pre-eminent Menon Economics report on the Leading Maritime Capitals of World. The report notes that Vancouver "has the potential to build a position as the leading maritime city on the western side of the Americas."

An afternoon panel of local speakers discussed some of the challenges faced by the Vancouver maritime industry. Captain Philip McCarter from the Maritime Campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), said training pathways in Canada "pale in comparison to what is available in Europe. BCIT is embarking on a road to change this," he said, noting that Greece had many partnering agreements for training pathways with educational institutes in other countries. Other panelists, including labour and corporate leaders, suggested means to improve Vancouver's maritime competitive advantage.

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