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Madeleine Paquin inducted into
International Maritime Hall of Fame

2017-05-17

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 Corporation announced that Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of the Montreal-based marine and environmental services provider since 1996, was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at a gala event in New York last week. She is the first Canadian shipping executive to have won the award established in 1993 by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The award recognizes "maritime visionaries who through their excellence in their company, organization or services best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st century," states the Association.

"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from the maritime community in the United States. The credit for this goes to my team of talented and dedicated leaders. Together, we strategize and we are always looking for innovative ways to find solutions for our growing customer base," said Ms. Paquin. "Our success is a team effort and I will always have tremendous gratitude to the customers, partners, and colleagues that have helped Logistec achieve its success."

"Under Madeleine's management, Logistec has moved away from being 'just' a stevedore and labour broker to include a full range of modern cargo handling services. They are now a multinational industrial service provider in both the marine sector and the environmental sector," said Rudy Mack, President of Rudy Mack Associates, Inc. and member of Logistec's Board of Directors. "I am very honoured to say that Madeleine has not only survived the stormy seas in our industry for a long time, but has succeeded."

Logistec also congratulated this year's other inductees: Harley V. Franco, Chairman and CEO, Harley Marine Services; Angeliki N. Frangou, Chairman and CEO, Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.; James C. McKenna, President and CEO, Pacific Maritime Association; and Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice- president and Chief Marketing Officer, CN Canadian National Railway Company. (Photo Logistec).

 
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