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First ship calls at new
Montreal cruise terminal

2017-06-12

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 Montreal Port Authority (MPA) celebrated on June 10th the arrival of the MS Maasdam, the first ship to dock at the Port of Montreal's new cruise terminal. Alongside Verdun MNA Isabelle Melançon, representing the Government of Quebec, and Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre, MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon and VIP guests welcomed the cruise ship's captain and passengers.

"We are very proud to have successfully completed this important project that represents a milestone in the Port of Montreal's modern history. Now fully up and running, this new terminal bolsters the city's international positioning by offering an efficient, friendly and prestigious welcome to cruise passengers from all over the world, and all just in time to celebrate its 375th anniversary!" said Ms. Vachon,

The works related to revitalizing Alexandra Pier will be completed in September 2017. The project was made possible through the financial contribution of the Government of Quebec ($20 million) and the City of Montreal ($15 million). For its part, the Montreal Port Authority invested $43 million, bringing the total investment to $78 million.

"I am simply delighted to welcome this first ship to the Port of Montreal's new cruise terminal. The Alexandra Pier revitalization project enables us to heighten Montreal's appeal and welcoming capacity, which will help make the city and the province even more attractive as world-class destinations," said Isabelle Melançon, MNA for Verdun, on behalf of Quebec Tourism Minister Julie Boulet.

Alexandra Pier is an infrastructure that dates back more than a century. A full overhaul of the cruise terminal was necessary to upgrade operations. This new terminal makes it possible to better meet the needs of cruise ships and passengers when they arrive in Montreal. On September 10, the public will be invited to view the facilities on the pier at a grand opening. Then, in 2019, a signature tower will be inaugurated at the far end of the terminal. (photo MPA).

 
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