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Logistec USA appointed
as new terminal operator
at Cleveland Bulk Terminal

2017-03-14

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).

Logistec USA Inc., a subsidiary of Montreal-based Logistec Corporation, has signed a 10-year agreement with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to operate the Cleveland Bulk Terminal as of April 2017.

"Cleveland Bulk Terminal will become a significant part of our network along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway," said Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec Corporation. "Logistec and the Port of Cleveland have similar values, and our customer-focused approach will be a key part of both the transition plan for our current clients and future business development projects."

"Logistec also shares the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority's commitment to environmental responsibility."

Cleveland Bulk Terminal handles dry bulk commodities, principally iron ore pellets destined for steel production on the Cuyahoga River Ship Channel and limestone destined for Ohio power plants. The 45-acre facility began operating in 1997 and is located on the outer harbor of the Port of Cleveland, west of the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The terminal is directly serviced by Norfolk Southern railroad.

"The Port of Cleveland is looking forward to working with Logistec to support our commercial goals, increase bulk volumes and diversify our cargo base. We were looking for an experienced partner whose primary business is cargo handling," said William D. Friedman, President and CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. "Logistec also has a strong financial record and a reputation within the industry for providing value-added services to bulk customers."

Logistec has been operating in the United States for more than 20 years and handles dry cargo at 10 ports and terminals along the East Coast. These activities include: containers, steel, steel scrap and project cargo in Port Manatee, Florida; steel, lumber and salt in New London, Connecticut; and various bulk products (notably biomass) in Brunswick, Georgia. Through its subsidiaries, Logistec also handles forest products in Baltimore, Maryland (BalTerm) and operates port logistics facilities adjacent to the Port of Virginia (CrossGlobe). (Photo Port of Cleveland)

 
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