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CSL captures Lloyd's List Ship Operator of Year award

2017-05-29

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 CSL Group was given the prestigious 2017 Ship Operator of the Year award at the Lloyd's List Americas gala dinner held in New York City. The award recognizes excellence in business development, safety, efficiency and reliability, and is open to ship operators in North, South and Central America.

"It is a great honour for CSL to be accepting this award, which is a tribute to the passion, dedication and innovative spirit of our outstanding ship and shore employees," said Louis Martel, President and CEO, The CSL Group.

"Every day we take great pride in delivering exceptional service to our customers in the most efficient, safe and sustainable way - and we constantly seek to get better. As we continue to modernize our fleet, we are bringing advanced technologies into our ship and shore operations that will elevate our business for years to come."

CSL's Vice-President of Government and Industry Affairs, Kirk Jones accepted the award on behalf of the Company. In a show of support to the future of the industry, he was joined at the CSL table by a group of cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy who are studying international maritime business.

This  is the  second time CSL has won a Lloyd's List ship operator award. In 2015, CSL was named the Inland/Coastal/Lakes Operator of the Year. (Photo CSL)

 
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