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Tropical Shipping makes first
Halifax call on new service

2017-01-10

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).

Tropical Shipping has launched its service from Halifax, Nova Scotia after recently announcing a shift of its port operations from Saint John, New Brunswick.

On January 9, the Vega Omega was berthed at Halterm International Container Terminal, bringing improved import and export connectivity to customers in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At 148 metres length, the Vega Omega, a 1,118 TEU capacity geared-vessel, will handle more than 550 containers through Halifax in peak-season, including more than 200 refrigerated containers for export.

Tropical Shipping's VP Commercial & Trades, Tim Martin said the company is pleased to offer an enhanced Canadian service from Halifax. "We are committed to our Maritime customers and to fully maximizing our extensive Caribbean network. With our new vessels due to start service in June 2018, Tropical Shipping is working closely with Halterm, CN and the Port of Halifax to build on our specialized reefer trade, all the while enhancing our reputation for loyal customer service."

Halterm maintains a basic workforce of more than 100 longshoremen. According to Kim Holtermand, Halterm's Chief Operating Officer, this ensures, "the terminal can meet both Tropical Shipping's performance needs in 2017 and plan for extended operations in 2018 through 2019 when Tropical will take delivery of larger capacity vessels."

The carrier further stands to gain by improved inland connectivity as a result of Halterm's on-dock CN rail operation direct to Montreal and Toronto, and the terminal's extensive short-sea shipping links. (Photo Steve Farmer)

 
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