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Algoma Central's Wayne Smith retiring

2017-06-28

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).

Wayne Smith has announced his decision to retire from his position of Senior Vice President Commercial of Algoma Central Corporation, effective August 1, 2017. This follows more than two decades as a key Canadian marine industry leader with the major shipping enterprise based in St. Catharines, Ontario.

"It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with so many experienced and capable people at Algoma and among our business partners over the past 22 years, ' Mr Smith said. " It has also been my pleasure to work collaboratively with many industry colleagues throughout this period to address challenging regulatory issues such as the removal of Canadian vessel import duty and the imposition of ballast water treatment rules. "

Mr. Smith joined Seaway Self-Unloaders, a partnership of Algoma as Vice President and General Manager on August 1, 1995.  He was later appointed Vice-President Marketing at SMT and on May 1, 2008 he was appointed Senior Vice President, Commercial at Algoma.

"As Senior VP Commercial, I have overseen all of Algoma's commercial shipping interests both domestically and internationally in dry-bulk, tankers and cement carriers," he recalled.

Mr. Smith also led the company's government relations activities, previously serving as Chair of the Canadian Shipowners Association ("CSA") over several years and currently as Chair of the Chamber of Marine Commerce ("CMC"), which merged with the CSA in 2016.

"Having successfully reached several important objectives over the past two years, including the expansion of our international self-unloader fleet, the development of NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers Limited and the merger of the CSA and the CMC, to name a few, I am very anxious to be able to spend more time with my wife Nancy and my family and of course have more time to pursue my other passion, sailing my boat Moxie III.," Mr. Smith said.

"I retire from Algoma with the comfort and knowledge that a strong and capable team remains to continue to propel Algoma forward.  In the future, I expect to continue to support important marine industry causes and pursue projects of personal interest."

 
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