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Global declaration on ship safety

2017-05-09

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).

Global leaders in marine shipping signed a new declaration to protect the world's oceans and advance international ship safety at the Third Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control staged in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The conference, held May 2-4th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, brought together Ministers and Heads of Delegation from Canada, 27 European and 23 Asia-Pacific countries.

Port State Control is an international program for inspecting foreign ships entering local waters. Port State Control inspections ensure that these ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions.

The new Ministerial Declaration on Port State Control is a commitment by European and Pacific Rim countries to continue to eliminate substandard shipping practices that result in loss of life, damage to property and harm to marine environments. It will help create new global policies that advance this goal, putting pressure on administrations and owners of substandard ships to comply with international ship safety standards.

"Canada continues to play a lead role in promoting international safe shipping, hosting the Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control for the third time in almost 20 years," said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. "The Declarations signed at these conferences have made Port State Control one of the most effective international programs in place to ensure that ships are safe, crews are working in acceptable conditions, and our waters are protected from ship source pollution." (Photo VPA)

 
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