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VIMC marks World Maritime Day

2017-09-29

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).

Celebrating World Maritime Day on September 28 with the theme "Connecting Ships, Ports and People," the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) hosted a broad array of expert speakers at the prestigious Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver. Much of the morning session focused on how environmental issues were managed at U.S. West Coast ports from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, VIMC Executive Director, announced that Vancouver this year achieved inclusion in the pre-eminent Menon Economics report on the Leading Maritime Capitals of World. The report notes that Vancouver "has the potential to build a position as the leading maritime city on the western side of the Americas."

An afternoon panel of local speakers discussed some of the challenges faced by the Vancouver maritime industry. Captain Philip McCarter from the Maritime Campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), said training pathways in Canada "pale in comparison to what is available in Europe. BCIT is embarking on a road to change this," he said, noting that Greece had many partnering agreements for training pathways with educational institutes in other countries. Other panelists, including labour and corporate leaders, suggested means to improve Vancouver's maritime competitive advantage.

 

Photo, L to R, shows Jane McIvor, BC Shipping News; Capt. Philip Carter, Marine Campus BCIT; Terry Engler, President ILWU 400; Dr. Joost Schokkenbrock, Vancouver Maritime Museum; Haijun Yu, Vancouver ShipInvest and Management Ltd.; Chad Allen, Director, Shipping Federation of Canada; Christian Ott, Teekay Shipping.

 
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