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Container terminal opens at Port of Hamilton

2017-11-17

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).

A new container terminal has opened its doors in Hamilton. Based at the Port of  Hamilton's Pier 15, the Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) will play a key role  in the GTHA-Niagara logistics network, stated a press release.

HCT is a 3-acre depot offering temporary storage and redeployment of loaded or  empty containers for customers in southern Ontario. The terminal handles both  20- and 40-foot containers, with space for 300 twenty-foot equivalent units  (TEUs).

The new terminal will improve delivery times and help streamline truck traffic  within the GTHA, reducing the need to travel to Brampton or other depots to pick  up or drop off containers. This means less on-road time, improving efficiency and reducing truck movements on GTHA highways.

"This new facility is a game changer for customers throughout the western  Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions, who will save logistics time and money,"  said Amandeep Kaloti, President of Hamilton Container Terminal. "Truck drivers  will spend less time sitting in traffic, and this new asset will serve as a  relief valve on busy southern Ontario highways."

HCT has a natural location advantage, located on a high-capacity truck route,  with direct connection to the Toronto/Niagara-bound QEW, a primary corridor to  the U.S. border. The depot's location at the Port of Hamilton also provides  connectivity to rail and marine transportation services.

 

The Hamilton Port Authority welcomes this addition to service offerings  available at the port. "The Hamilton Container Terminal introduces new capacity to the Port of Hamilton that will deliver value to the port's tenants and other  businesses with logistics needs," said HPA President & CEO Ian Hamilton. "The well-designed port location will ensure efficient customer transit time at the  terminal, and avoid queuing on area streets."

The establishment of a container repositioning depot in Hamilton responds to a  clear need in this busy and growing metropolitan area, and builds on Hamilton's  strengths as a goods movement hub. Future service expansions at HCT may include refrigerated container storage, genset replacement, and enhanced rail/marine  transportation connections. (Photo HPA)

 
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