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Port of Montreal signs cooperation accord with Mundra Port

2018-02-12

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).

On a trade mission to India between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Cooperation Agreement with Mundra Port, Gujarat State, north of Mumbai. This agreement aims to develop cooperation in marketing and business development while sharing information on marine operations and industry best practices.

Mundra Port is India's largest commercial port. A diversified port, it handles liquid and dry bulk and more than three million TEUs in annual container traffic. It is operated by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ).

Trade between India and the Port of Montreal is growing. From 2016 to 2017, the volume of goods to and from India rose by 40%. Freight transport is provided by international container shipping giants Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, OOCL and MSC, all longstanding partners of the Port of Montreal. A large part of this traffic transits through Mediterranean transshipment ports, mostly in Spain, Italy and Portugal. Asia accounts for 25% of the Port of Montreal's market and is by far the fastest growing segment. India alone accounts for 5%, yet was a virtually non-existent as a market just a few years ago.

The signing of the Cooperative Agreement was followed by a reception organized in honour of the Port of Montreal by the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, which also has a Cooperative Agreement with the MPA. The event brought together a hundred or so players in the transport industry. Among those present were: Christine St-Pierre, the Quebec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie; Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada, Mumbai; Dominic Marcotte, Consul and Director of the Quebec Government Office in Mumbai; Mr. Luc Arnouts, Antwerp Port Authority Director of International Relations; Capt. Sandeep Mehta, President of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, representatives of shipping lines providing services to Montreal, shippers, freight forwarders and representatives of the Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI).

 

 

The MPA delegation is composed of Tony Boemi and Rosetta Iacono, respectively Vice-President and Director, Containers, Growth and Development at the MPA, along with Jeremy Masters, Representative of the MPA in Asia, and representatives of CN and CP, the two railway partners of the MPA.

Stated Mr. Boemi: "Asia, and especially India, is an emerging market with enormous potential. It and the Port of Montreal are already solidly connected thanks to container services. This Cooperative Agreement with Mundra Port strengthens our presence in India and showcases the Port of Montreal's advantages as a strategic gateway of choice for goods destined for the North American market."

Québec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie Christine St-Pierre declared:  "The Port of Montreal is a leading economic driver for Québec prosperity. Under the Maritime Strategy, we have everything to gain from supporting its international outreach projects and I look forward to signing the Cooperative Agreement with the Port of Mundra, India's largest commercial port. Québec, through the logistics chain of its metropolis, is expanding its presence in this already huge Asian market with such strong growth potential. For more than ten years, the Québec Government Office in Mumbai has been supporting Québec companies and institutions in the Indian market."

 

 
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