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Grieg Star Shipping sells longtime ownership of Squamish Terminals

2018-05-15

 

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).

Western Stevedoring Company Limited and Grieg Star AS of Bergen, Norway have announced that Western Stevedoring has purchased 100 per cent of Squamish Terminals Ltd. from Grieg Star, owner of the breakbulk terminal for nearly a half century.

Established in 1972 at the north end of Howe Sound, 32 nautical miles north of the Port of Vancouver, Squamish Terminals handles mainly forest products, steel products and project cargo such as windmill parts and turbines. With 60 acres, two berths, three warehouses and an experienced team, the facility serves customers throughout North America and global markets.

Changes in management structure have followed since the transaction became effective May 10. Kim Stegeman moves from President of Squamish Terminals to VP Finance, Administration and Strategy at Western. Recently terminal superintendent at Western, Paul Morris has become Manager of Squamish Terminals, responsible for operations and customer service.

"This acquisition strengthens Western Stevedoring's continued commitment to the breakbulk sector in British Columbia's Gateway and expands the service options currently provided to our customers with greater capacity for the coordination of efficient service and consolidation of cargo," said Western Stevedoring's president, Brad Eshleman.

"The hard work and dedication of the organization over these years have impressed us more than once, " said Squamish Terminals Chair Rune Birkeland. We are proud of what has been achieved over these years, but now is the right time for the terminal to continue under new ownership. Western Stevedoring has the right focus and expertise to further strengthen the terminal, and we are confident it is in the right hands going forward."

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Seaspan partners with SeaWays in unique training program for tugboat captains

2018-05-16

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).

Seaspan Marine of North Vancouver announced that it has entered into a 5-year, multi-million dollar agreement with SeaWays Global, a UK-based provider of marine training and tugboat simulations. As part of this partnership, SeaWays will offer sophisticated, competency-based marine training and tugboat simulation in support of the Seaspan's ship escort, ship assist and towing services.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind, world-class training program to BC," said Bart Reynolds, President of Seaspan Marine. "This partnership demonstrates our long-term commitment to leadership and excellence in our safety and environmental performance, and we believe the program will set a new benchmark for everyone operating in our marine environment."

"We are very proud to be partnering with Seaspan to deliver this program right here in North Vancouver," adds Neil Sadler, Managing Partner of SeaWays Global. "Seaspan's commitment to providing high-quality training is going to be key to the continuous safe and effective operation of modern tugboats in BC's busy marine environment, and I have no doubt it will provide a significant competitive advantage."

Seaspan's investment commitment totals over $6M and includes the installation of a multiconsole tugboat simulator at the company's North Vancouver Pemberton Campus. In addition, the program will see the implementation of on-going simulator and live vessel training programs for its tug masters, who operate vessels in Vancouver Harbour, on the Fraser River and along the BC coast. (Photo Seaspan).

 
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Garneau launches roundtable discussions on port modernization

2018-05-09

 

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).

By Leo Ryan

 

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has chaired a first roundtable in Ottawa with Canadian port officials to discuss the port system and what Transport Canada can do to ensure this country is well positioned to innovate and compete for years to come.

"Ports are a critical part of Canada's transportation network and trade corridors," said Mr. Garneau on May 8 when meeting with top executives from the 18 Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) and Wendy Zatylny, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA). The 18 CPAs, including Vancouver, Montreal, Prince Rupert and Halifax handle more than 60% of Canada's commercial marine cargo.

"Collaboration with marine stakeholders and Canadians will help shape the future of Canada's port system, so that it continues to support sustainable and inclusive growth," Mr. Garneau said.

In the coming weeks, Transport Canada will host a series of roundtables and meetings with Indigenous peoples, provincial governments, municipalities, broader domestic and international marine stakeholders, and Canadians. The roundtables are the next step in a review of Canada Port Authorities that was announced in March.
Findings of the review are expected in 2019. The review will optimize the role of ports in the transportation system as strategic assets that support inclusive and sustainable growth and trade, Transport Canada stated.

Once viewed as an option, privatization of both seaports and airports is reportedly no longer being seriously considered at Transport Canada.
In a comment to Maritime Magazine in March, Ms. Zatylny declared: "In addition to greater funding and financial flexibility, CPAs are looking in a broader sense as they adapt to a changing global environment that includes such developments as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canada's free trade agreement with the European Union, blockchain data management and artificial intelligence."

 

 

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Ottawa invests $45.8m in Port of Montreal road infrastructure

2018-05-15

 

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 Montreal Port Authority has welcomed the Government of Canada's announcement of funding of $45.8 million in the road network adjacent to the Port of Montreal to facilitate the transport of Canadian goods to world markets. This investment is awarded under the National Trade Corridors Fund program.

"This announcement has a direct impact on the Port of Montreal and its many partners, and it is a mobilizing project that will make a contribute to improving the flow of freight transport by road in the city," said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon when the announcement was made on May 14 at the Port of Montreal's Grand Quay.

The past five years have been marked by sustained growth in the economy and international trade at the Port of Montreal, clearly reflected in an increase in traffic, especially goods moved by containers. Currently handling 1.5 million TEU annually, the port's box throughput is expected to attain 2.5 million TEU by 2030.

"To support this increase, it became imperative to keep improving the road network system near our facilities, in collaboration with our partners in the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal, so that goods can be more smoothly moved by truck, and that is exactly the goal of the project announced today," added Ms. Vachon.

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CSL and SMT forge global cement shipping joint venture

2018-05-09

 

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).

Cyprus-based SMT Shipping and Montreal's CSL Group announced on May 8 they have entered into an agreement for CSL to acquire a 50% stake in Eureka Shipping Ltd., SMT's pneumatic cement vessel business.

The new joint venture will allow Eureka and CSL to combine expertise, resources and innovative technologies to expand services to customers in the seaborne cement powder and fly ash transportation markets around the world. CSL's Australian cement shipping business is not included in the agreement.

"The joint venture represents an important step in CSL's strategy to increase its presence in the global construction material sector," said Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group. "We are confident that the synergies between CSL and the Eureka team, along with our common values and complementary skills will further strengthen our ability to provide significant value to our customers and an effective platform for growth."

The largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels in the world, the CSL Group operates throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia - delivering more than 70 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.

"SMT Shipping is honored to partner with CSL in Eureka," said Mark Voorham, CEO of SMT Shipping. "We feel the new joint venture will harness the strengths of both respected companies, which will work together seamlessly to serve our clients with the highest levels of service and professionalism."

 

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