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Port of Montreal cooperation accord with France's Haropa port complex

2017-09-08

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 and HAROPA have signed an international cooperation agreement on the occasion of the Sister Ports Conferences which took place in Paris, Rouen and Le Havre from September 4 to September 6.

The agreement falls within the context of the entry into force, on September 21 of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) aiming to develop and facilitate trade between the European Union and Canada.  Formed in 2012, HAROPA comprises the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris in the Seine valley axis and forms the fifth largest port complex in Europe, handling over 120 million tons of cargo annually.

The agreement was signed on September 6 at Le Havre City Hall, by Hervé Martel, HAROPA's President and Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). The objective is to strengthen and extend cooperation in the various technical, sales and research/innovation sectors of port business and develop the numerous synergies between both organizations.

 

The work will include thematic workshops in Montreal, Le Havre, Rouen or Paris, joint communications, sharing of market intelligence, drawing-up of joint research timetables, stage reports founded upon the exchange and working-out of exemplary practices.

"As the leading French port system, HAROPA is very pleased about this agreement with the MPA which is, to-date, our major trade partner in Canada and our 2nd largest partner on Eastern North America," Hervé Martel said.

"As per today, about 40% of the goods transiting the Port of Montreal come from or are shipped to Northern Europe, " noted Ms. Vachon. "The CETA between Canada and the European Union, which will come into force on September 21st of this year, will strengthen these trade ties and create a new favorable business environment conducive to growth of our trade and the structuring effects that will result from that in our respective economies. This memorandum of understanding between HAROPA and the MPA has been signed at a significant and historic time." (photo MPA)

 
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