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Thunder Bay cargo up 7% over last year

2017-11-08

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 Port of Thunder Bay is on track to ship 9-million metric tonnes of cargo this season, a level achieved just three times in the past 20 years.  As of October 31 the port had handled 6.7 million tonnes of cargo, 11% ahead of the five-year average of 6.0 million tonnes year-to-date.

Cargo volumes are 7% ahead of last year despite October shipments being lighter than in 2016.  "October tends to be a volatile month in the port," says Tim Heney, the Port Authority's Chief Executive Officer, "Last year the port saw very strong grain shipments in October, and this year those shipments were closer to average."

Grain shipments are expected to increase in November; the current vessel line-up indicates above-average grain volumes transiting the port this month.

General cargo shipments are also picking up speed this month.  Deliveries of heavy equipment, electrical transformers and electrical generators are anticipated in the coming weeks.  A load of steel pipe was received earlier this week and will be transferred to Western Canada by rail. It was delivered by Fednav's MV Federal Barents (per photo).

This marked the first shipment of pipe handled in Thunder Bay in a generation; the pipe is a spin-off of a growing volume of steel products being imported to the Prairie Provinces through the Port of Thunder Bay since 2014. (photo TBPA)

 

 
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