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Seaway maintains strong cargo growth
2017-10-19

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).

Year-to-date St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments are 14 per cent ahead of 2016 volumes, as marine shipping continues to support the growth of the Canadian and U.S. economies.

According to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo  from March 20 to September 30 reached 24.3 million metric tons-3 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

"Our results point to the strength of the Canadian and U.S. economies. Export shipments of mined products such as iron ore and dry bulk via the Seaway have grown dramatically this year; while domestic demand for road salt and stone has also been much stronger in the Great Lakes region," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "The Great Lakes-Seaway shipping system is also attracting more high-value cargos such as steel, machinery and other goods that support the growth of our manufacturing and construction sectors."

Inland shipping's strong 2017 performance and its vital role in supporting Canadian economic growth was highlighted on October 17 as marine commerce executives and their customers meet with Canadian federal government representatives during Marine Day on Parliament Hill, hosted by the Chamber of Marine Commerce headed  by Bruce Burrows.

Seaway iron ore shipments soared at 5.9 million metric tons, an increase of 58 per cent driven primarily by U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Asia. Road salt shipments, including from Ontario mines in Goderich and Windsor, have surpassed 2.2 million metric tons, up 40 per cent over 2016. High-value general cargo (which include steel, aluminum, project cargo) shipments via the Seaway totaled 2.3 million metric tons, up 35 per cent.

 

Aaron H. Degodny, Chief Commercial Officer, of Rand Logistics, Inc., which provides bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region, said: "Tonnage hauled in August and September was among the highest on record for Rand Logistics and our affiliate companies.  This was reflected in our 2017 Miracle Month Program which raised approximately $132,000 for children's charities in the Great Lakes Region which are selected by our customers.

Moving into the fall, we expect overall demand to remain firm and are seeing an increase in activity in grain as the harvest progresses in Canada and the United States. We recently reintroduced two of our Canadian flagged bulk carriers back into service to meet the needs of our grain customers."  (Photo CSL/Vincent Tremblay)

 
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