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Logistec and Port of Trois-Rivières strengthen partnership

2017-12-09

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 Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) announced on Dec. 8 that it has entered into an agreement with Logistec Stevedoring Inc. for the leasing and operation of its general cargo terminal. This agreement strengthens a long-standing business relationship between the Port of Trois-Rivières and one of the leading port terminal operators in North America.

Earlier this month, the TRPA completed the Dock 10 extension project. With a total cost of $14.8 million, this investment complements the work which began in 2010 at the general cargo terminal. This project included the redesign of outdoor storage areas 10 and 11 and the construction of warehouse 9, complementing the existing warehouses 10 and 11. This project was part of the implementation of the On Course for 2020 modernization plan, which required investments of $131.6 million, of which $49 million was funded by the TRPA, $22.2 million by the Government of Canada, $8.2 million by the Government of Quebec and $52.2 million by the private sector. This plan will be completed by the end of 2017, three years ahead of schedule.

As Ms. Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec, explained, "With this
agreement, Logistec reaffirms TroisRivières' importance in our network of terminals. We applaud the TRPA's efforts to equip the general cargo terminal with efficient infrastructure to meet market needs. We also thank the TRPA for their trust in Logistec by entering into this agreement."

 

 

For its part, the TRPA is enthusiastic about building on a business relationship which dates back 50 years with a partner whose reputation and professionalism are second to none.

Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO, stressed: " Today, we are making it very clear to all those involved in the general cargo transportation industry that, following unprecedented modernization on the St. Lawrence River, the Port of Trois-Rivières has become the destination of choice for the transportation of non-containerized goods." (photo TRPA).

 

 
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