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Madeleine Paquin to receive
International Maritime Hall of Fame Award

2017-03-08

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).

Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec Corporation since 1996, will be one of five recipients of the Annual International Maritime Hall of Fame award founded in 1991 by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Ms. Paquin is the first Canadian marine industry executive to have been selected for the prestigious award. It will be handed out on May 10 in New York at the Association's annual dinner.

The award recognizes "maritime visionaries who through their excellence in their company, organization or services best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st century," the Association noted.

A publicly-traded company, Logistec offers specialized services, including cargo-handling in over 30 North American ports and terminals, marine transportation to the Canadian Arctic, and environmental services. Its revenue has more than doubled in the last two years.

The other four recipients will be Harley Franco, Chairman and CEO, Harley Maritime Services; Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and CEO of Navios Maritime Holdings; James McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association; and Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of Canadian National Railway. (Photo Logistec).

 
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