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Seaway tolls to Increase 1.0% in 2018
2018-01-22

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 St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced a toll rate increase of 1.0% for the 2018 navigation season. The New Business Incentive and the Gateway Incentive programs will continue for the 2018 navigation season and serve as examples of the SLSMC striving to keep costs down to encourage business development.

Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development for the SLSMC noted that, "over the past ten years, $36.3 million in new business has been generated as part of ongoing efforts to diversify our commodity base".  The incentive programs have been an integral component in attracting business into the Great Lakes/Seaway System.  "The recently introduced Gateway Incentive provides a stimulus for shippers to save by switching the movement of their cargo to the Great Lakes", explained Mr. Hodgson.

"We have consistently kept toll increases below CPI, while continuing to invest and reduce costs", said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC.  "This is critical to providing a reliable and competitive gateway for our customers, and we will continue to address these areas on an ongoing basis", he added.

The new revised tariff is now available on the Seaway website. Information on the revised tariff and the toll incentive programs can be found by clicking HERE.
The Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system supports over 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in annual economic activity.  The SLSMC remains dedicated to promoting economic and environmental benefits of marine transportation, attracting new cargoes to the Seaway, and leveraging technology to enhance the system's performance. (photo Paul Beesley).

 
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