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Hapag-Lloyd celebrates
125 years of presence in Montre
al

2017-05-16

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).

125 years ago, the steamship Cremon set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. The carrier's first ship to serve the Canadian market called at the Port of Montreal in March 1892. Hapag-Lloyd, today the world's fifth largest container carrier, celebrated this anniversary in Montreal on May 16 with the shipping company's customers and other partners.

"As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us," said Rolf Habben Jansen, the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. "But Canada has also become a hub of the global shipping industry."

"In 125 years, Hapag-Lloyd has shown its commitment to the Port of Montreal more than once - in particular by developing dedicated services between Europe, the Mediterranean and Montreal, and also choosing Montreal as the headquarters of its operations in Canada as a whole," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

At the end of the 19th century, Canada became so attractive in business terms that it made economic sense for the Hamburg-based shipping company to establish a regular liner service to it. Today, Hapag-Lloyd accounts for almost one-fifth of the total containerized cargo handled each year in Canadian ports, the carrier said in a press release. "With 14 liner services altogether (6 in Vancouver, 3 in Montreal and 5 in Halifax), Hapag-Lloyd connects the country - directly and dependably - with North Europe, the Mediterranean region, Asia and Oceania, as well as with Africa via transshipment in Tangier."

The steamship Cremon was still rather small 125 years ago, with a length of 90 meters and capacity of 2,132 gross registered tons. But, today, Hapag-Lloyd handles container transports with vessels of the Hamburg Express class, which stretch up to 366 meters long and boast capacities of up to 13,200 TEU. On May 5, the first ship of this class, the Antwerpen Express, moored in Vancouver for the first time. It is the largest container ship to ever call at a Canadian port.

In 2005, Hapag-Lloyd acquired the Canadian shipping company CP Ships, thereby becoming the market leader in Canada. In addition, via railway connections to Canadian ports, Hapag-Lloyd has been able to efficiently link important markets in the United States to its international liner network.

"We feel extremely tied to Canada for economic and historical reasons," said Wolfgang Schoch, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Canada. "Recently, with the start of the new THE Alliance and additional Hapag-Lloyd services, we have once again improved our range of services for customers in Canada."

Hapag-Lloyd has almost 200 employees in Canada, in the cities of Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. (Photo Montreal Port Authority).

 
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