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Seaway poised to surpass last year's volume

2017-12-15

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).

With just two weeks left of the season, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are expected to finish ahead of 2016 after a year marked by economic recovery and new business wins.

According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to November 30 reached 33.6 million metric tons - up 8.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. Early this week, there was still a steady number of ocean-going and domestic ships travelling through the waterway to pick up or unload cargo. This is expected to continue for the balance of the season.

"We're definitely seeing some impressive cargo gains this year, underscoring the St. Lawrence Seaway's value as a vital trade gateway. For example, the Seaway is facilitating substantial export movements of iron ore in response to higher ore prices. We are also attracting new business to the waterway thanks to our marketing and incentive programs," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"An acceleration of Prairie and Ontario grain shipments, which is expected to continue right through December, also figures well into the outlook for a good finish to the 2017 navigation season," said Mr.  Bowles.

 

 

As of the end of November, the Seaway attracted $2.89 million in new business as a result of new business incentives - which includes cargo originating from or heading to new destinations. This included among others petcoke moving from various origins for domestic steelmaking as well as for export; new movements of potash via the Port of Thunder Bay instead of the West Coast and cement from McInnis Cement's new manufacturing plant in Québec to terminals at Ste-Catherine, Québec and the Port of Oshawa.

Year-to-date Seaway iron ore shipments reached 7.4 million metric tons, an increase of 34 per cent driven primarily by U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Asia. Dry bulk shipments (including products such as road salt, stone, gypsum and coke) topped 9 million, up 12 per cent. General cargo (which include steel, aluminum, project cargo) shipments via the Seaway totaled 3.2 million metric tons, up 28 per cent. (photo Paul Beesley)

 
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