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Laurentian Pilotage Authority
restricts ship departures
from Montreal

2017-05-07

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).

The Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) in collaboration with the Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation determined late on May 5 that ships leaving berth between Montreal and Trois-Rivières with a draft of 10 metres or more shall be restricted to day departures between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This exceptional and temporary measure has been put in place due to exceptionally high water levels on the St. Lawrence River between Pointe-Citrouille and Montreal, the LPA said.

"In these exceptional circumstances and in view of the continuous pressures experienced by residents with the water floods, we are taking the measures necessary to ensure that maritime transport does not exacerbate the situation and that we can continue to ensure the safety of pilotage and navigation services" said Fulvio Fracassi, Chief Executive Officer of the LPA.

The mission of the LPA is to ensure the safety of navigation on the St. Lawrence River and the protection of citizens and shoreline properties. This measure will be reevaluated on a daily basis in collaboration with the Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation. The LPA will continue to monitor the situation on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada and the pilots corporations.

The action was taken in response to the Canadian Coast Guard's current notices to mariners concerning the safe speed of vessels.

 
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