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New Direct Saint John-Boston Intermodal Service

2017-09-13

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).

A new business development initiative by DP World the terminal operator at Port Saint John and Pan Am Railways has led to the introduction of a direct intermodal service connecting Saint John and the Boston market. Port Saint John with connections to over 500 international destinations, provides a viable alternative to customers in the New England area as a result of this service development.

"Pan Am Railways is excited to announce our partnership with DP World and the Port of Saint John, to provide direct intermodal service from Saint John, NB to the Boston, MA market via the inland container terminal at Ayer, MA. We will provide value to importers and exporters via an alternate gateway into the large consumer markets around Boston and central New England that reduces congestion on the highways. As the vessel calls at the port increase we will be there to grow our service offerings and train capacity to match those needs." Michael P. Bostwick, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Pan Am Railways.

 

 

"An integral part of DP World's strategy for Saint John has been to extend its market coverage through competitive intermodal connections in Canada and the US. The new Pan Am Railways service will now provide existing and new customers a viable gateway option in Saint John. We share the enthusiasm of our supply chain partners in another milestone for Port Saint John," said Curtis Doiron, General Manager, DP World Saint John.

"The Port is a transition point between marine services and inland transportation networks," said Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John. "The natural geographic advantage Port Saint John, being located close the US border, is now enhanced by this new Pan Am service into the New England marketplace. Importers and exporters seeking to move goods to and from major centres in the North East now have an option that will get them there faster and move over shorter inland distances."

 
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