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Eimskip increasing calls to Argentia

2017-09-26

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 Port of Argentia has welcomed the announcement on Sept. 20 by Jeff Simms, Managing Director of Eimskip Canada, that the company is making plans to add a new vessel to its Green Line and increase its Argentia calls to a weekly service later this fall. As well, the Port welcomed the additional announcement by Eimskip that it will be bringing a mobile harbour crane into service at the seaport in Placentia Bay on the southeastern portion of Newfoundland to support its expansion of container operations.

Eimskip connects Western Europe and Iceland with Argentia, Halifax and the Northeastern United States coast. Argentia is formerly the site of a U.S. naval base.

Board Chair Vivian Smith stated, "The introduction of this new harbour crane represents an important enhancement in the Port of Argentia's capabilities to service ocean going vessels and we applaud Eimskip for taking this initiative. This crane will improve port service capabilities for Eimskip and other port users in need of efficient heavy lift capacity in and out over our Fleet Dock".

In line with its strategic vision to become the premier heavy industrial seaport in Newfoundland & Labrador, the Port is working with its tenants, port users and other stakeholders to expand cargo handling and vessel service capacity at Argentia.  Port users and tenants are involved in marine transportation, manufacturing, information technology, offshore oil, mining and other sectors. (photo Port of Argentia)

 
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