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GCT Deltaport welcomes
largest box vessel
to call in Canada

2017-05-19

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).

GCT Canada has welcomed the largest container vessel to call the country at GCT Deltaport, located in the Port of Vancouver.

The Hapag-Lloyd 13,200 TEU Antwerpen Express, which arrived on May 8 at the terminal in Delta, B.C.,  has been deployed as part of THE Alliance's Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service. GCT Deltaport was the Antwerpen Express's first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo-Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).

The Hamburg class vessel is the first of a progressive ship upsizing for the service. Not only will this new fleet of vessels offer more slots for importers and exporters to grow in the market, but it will do so with an improved environmental footprint.

GCT Deltaport hosts the largest ships to call the Port of Vancouver. The facility recently completed major construction on its $280 million Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project that increases rail capacity by over 50% within the existing footprint, enabling even better handling of big ship surge volumes.

"Our dedicated PN3 shuttle service is a competitive East West product with short transit times," stated Wolfgang Schoch, Senior Vice President of Hapag-Lloyd (Canada). "Working together with our supply chain partners, through this facility our cargo reaches more than 20 destinations across Canada and the US Midwest."

Collaboration amongst CN, Canadian Pacific (CP), and GCT Canada has improved rail transit times.

"CP is proud of its relationship with GCT Canada and Hapag-Lloyd, and looks forward to unlocking future international intermodal growth as a result of the improvements at GCT Deltaport," said John Brooks, CP's Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. "CP's customers enjoy the fastest service from Vancouver to Minneapolis, Chicago and beyond and in close collaboration with our supply chain partners, we will continue to leverage our competitive advantage."

"CN's vast network connects the Canadian West Coast Gateway to the largest number of destinations across Canada and the United States and is big ship and big alliance ready," said JJ Ruest, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at CN. "We welcome THE Alliance's new import service to Vancouver. Our service level agreements with ports and partners across North America have created the fastest and most reliable supply chain from Asia to our customers' front doors. We provide truck and rail options to efficiently move freight from the port and GCT facilities to final destinations from Toronto to Detroit to Chicago to Memphis and beyond."

"GCT Deltaport is purpose-built to handle rail cargo seamlessly," said Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada. "With the terminal's process innovation, efficient equipment and design, beneficial cargo owners calling GCT Deltaport will experience the lowest rail dwells in the industry." (Photo Revered Cinema)

 
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