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CSL wins International Corporate Art Award

2017-11-30

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 CSL Group (CSL) has been honoured with a prestigious International Corporate Art Award for its engagement with urban artists in the creation of The Sea Keeper, a magnificent fresco painted on the Trillium Class bulk carrier CSL St-Laurent to celebrate Canada's 150th and Montreal's 375th anniversaries.

Selected among 80 companies representing 18 countries, CSL accepted the prize during an award ceremony held at Italy's Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Rome on November 22.

"This award is truly a point of pride for us as it recognizes the unique collaboration that produced such a beautiful and inspiring work of art," said Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group.

Based in Montreal, CSL is the largest owner and operator of self-unloading bulk carriers in the world.

"Promoting local artists in our tribute to the anniversaries of Canada and Montreal was central to our vision for this project from the start," said Mr. Martel. "What better way to celebrate our cultural diversity than to involve urban artists who create artistic landscapes on the walls of our cities. Why not bring art to life on our waterways and in our ports with a mural on a ship?"

 

The "Corporate Art Awards" were established in 2016 and are part of Italy's "Mecenati del XXI secolo" or "21st Century Patrons" program. They were developed by pptArt in collaboration with the LUISS Business School and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture to identify, recognize and promote excellence in corporate art patronage and collaboration at an international level.

According to Luca Desiata, Curator of the Corporate Art Awards, (pictured in photo with Communications Director Brigitte Hebert), CSL's project impressed the judges, "for the original involvement of street artists in a moment of national celebration, and for the perfect integration between the technical skills of a corporate team and the artistic creativity of the artists."

The Sea Keeper was conceived by Montreal artist Bryan Beyung and created with FONKi, Ankh One, and Benny Wilding of the A'shop art collective. Thanks to a close collaboration between the artists and CSL's technical team, the monumental mural was completed in the Port of Montreal within three weeks in early 2017.

 

 
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