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Oceanex requalifies as one of
Canada's best managed companies

2017-03-20

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).

For the sixth consecutive year, St. John's-based Oceanex Inc. has been honoured with the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. Oceanex originally won in 2011 and has requalified in 2017 to maintain its status as a Best Managed Gold Requalified company.

The Best Managed program recognizes the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

"Best Managed companies deserve recognition for their entrepreneurial approach to excelling in an uncertain economic climate. They truly bring out the best in Canadian business leadership," said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada's Best Managed Companies program.

Oceanex is one of the most successful intermodal transportation companies in Eastern Canada, the carrier stated. It is committed to operating to the highest standard while offering a cost effective, quality service to customers. This is supported by a progressive management style that encourages a culture of safety, quality, and continuous improvement throughout the organization.

"Oceanex employees are indeed very proud to requalify as a Gold Standard Member and one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for the 6th consecutive year", states Captain Sid Hynes, Executive Chairman at Oceanex. "Our people take great pride in the efficient, reliable service they consistently provide. This award is certainly a result of their efforts."

Oceanex offers a complete range of shipping and trucking services to Newfoundland and Labrador from anywhere in North America. This includes weekly sailings to Newfoundland from Montreal and Halifax. The latest vessel, the Oceanex Connaigra, is the largest Canadian-flagged ConRo ship in Canada. (Photo Stéphan Poulin).

 
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