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McKeil Marine enters long-term
agreement with Essroc

2017-02-20

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).

McKeil Marine  announced  that it has entered into an agreement with Essroc Canada, part of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., to provide a cement vessel for the transportation of various cement products from Essroc's production facility in Picton, Ontario to their terminals in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

"This an exciting milestone contract for McKeil," said Steve Fletcher, President and Chief Executive Officer, McKeil.  "We highly value our relationship with Essroc.  We have worked collaboratively to generate the optimal marine solution."

McKeil Marine will acquire and operate Essroc's current vessel, the Stephen B. Roman, to provide cement transportation services during the 2017 St. Lawrence Seaway season.  To fulfill the long-term contract, McKeil will deliver a modern shallow draft vessel in early 2018.

The addition of the Stephen B. Roman to the McKeil fleet will provide many new opportunities for the marine logistics company.

"We will be looking to add about 30 new full time jobs in total between sailing and shore based positions," said Mr. Fletcher.

 
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