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Eimskip launches weekly Halifax-Portland feeder service

2017-12-01

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).

Icelandic carrier Eimskip has announced a shortsea feeder shipping service between the Port of Halifax and Portland, Maine. This new service feature began on November 30 with the call of the Eimskip Selfoss at Halterm International Container Terminal at the Port of Halifax. To deliver a weekly service, Eimskip is deploying a third vessel on its Green Line rotation.

The Green Line Service offers weekly departure from European ports, weekly calls at Canadian ports and Portland, ME., excellent network connections with Southern Europe, Russia and the Baltics, FCL and LCL service, including dry and reefer containers and flat racks, project cargo, break bulk and oversized cargo.

"This new weekly offering will better serve our existing customer base and will create an avenue for future growth," said Jeff Simms, Managing Director, Eimskip Canada. "We are seeing increased volumes through operations at Portland, Maine, as well as Halifax and Newfoundland. The combined increase is making the change to weekly calls a reality."

 

 

Kim Holtermand, CEO & Managing Director at Halterm International Container Terminal notes: "We are delighted to be working with Eimskip, a long-term customer, on the development of its intra-regional and trans-Atlantic services.

"Earlier this year Halterm welcomed the first 10,000 TEU capacity container vessels to arrive in Halifax and the terminal is capable of handling the largest 14,000 TEU ships now regularly calling North America's East Coast. These vessels need a strong feeder and intermodal network and Halterm is proud to partner Eimskip in making one such opportunity available to and from the New England states," adds Mr.  Holtermand.

"We value all of the ocean carriers calling on Halifax. Eimskip has carved out a strong business in the refrigerated cargo sector, specifically focusing on the frozen seafood market between North Europe, Atlantic Canada, and the New England states," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. "The addition of a third vessel to Eimskip's Green Line will certainly be welcome news for Eimskip's existing customers and will create new global supply chain opportunities." (Photo Eimskip)

 

 
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