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Fednav receives IBJ Environmental Protection award

2017-11-14

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).

Fednav Limited was presented with the IBJ Bulk Ship Operator Environmental Protection Award at a gala dinner organized by the International Bulk Journal and held on Nov. 13 at historical Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam. Montreal-based Fednav is the largest international dry bulk shipping group in Canada, operating a modern fleet of some 100 bulk carriers trading worldwide.

This award spotlights Fednav's excellence in environmental stewardship in the maritime trade, along with its leadership in the implementation of the highest industry operating standards which also include safety and efficiency.

Environmental protection is one of the cornerstones of Fednav's philosophy and a core company value. Enhanced sustainable strategies and initiatives are constantly assessed, revised, and upgraded. Partnerships with world-class shipyards and suppliers paired with feedback gained in the daily operating of its fleet enable the company to continuously improve the design and efficiency of new vessels. These two main factors also allow Fednav to deploy innovative engineering solutions and implement sophisticated cargo handling processes.

For several years, Fednav has committed to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by 1% per year (in grams per tonne/mile). "Over the last decade, we have nearly doubled our target. Fednav's new vessels emit 40% less GHG than the ships the company built 30 years ago," said a press release.

 
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