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Stellar performance for  Port of Toronto

2018-02-16

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).

PortsToronto has reported that 2017 was the best year in more than a decade for the Port of Toronto, which handled 2,172,750 metric tons of cargo in 2017. The strong year in marine imports, along with a significant rise in cruise ship arrivals, confirms the Port's position as a vital part of Toronto's economic infrastructure.

In 2017, 201 ships visited the Port of Toronto, bringing sugar, road salt, cement and aggregate directly into the heart of the city. At more than 2.1 million tons, overall port tonnage was up more than 16 per cent in 2017, with cement cargo imports remaining strong for another year at more than 679,000 tons.

Stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels continued to increase ending the year at 176,105 tons, while salt imports increased by 50 per cent since 2016. Sugar imports were also strong with a nine per cent increase at more than 561,000 tons of raw sugar delivered via the port. Project cargo of 1,736 tonnes, which consisted of parts for a paper plant, was imported from Europe using three separate vessels.

In addition, the Port of Toronto's popularity as a cruise ship destination continued with 16 passenger cruise ships carrying more than 5,600 passengers visiting PortsToronto's Cruise Ship Terminal between May and October 2017. This represents a more than 120 per cent increase in cruise ship traffic since 2016.

 

"As well as keeping drivers safe by helping to keep the city supplied with salt for the roads, the Port of Toronto also ensures the delivery of the concrete used to support the city's booming construction industry, and the sugar used in the Toronto and area food and drink manufacturing industry. The goods delivered through Toronto's port have a significant impact on industry in the city, and increasingly the passengers arriving aboard passenger cruise ships are having a positive impact on our tourism industry," said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto.

"The Port of Toronto continues to provide Canadian and international businesses with a convenient, sustainable and cost-effective way to bring goods, and people, into the heart of the city."? ?In addition to its economic impact, increased imports through the port has a positive impact on the environment and traffic congestion given that 2.1 million tons of cargo delivered by ship took approximately 54,000, 40-ton trucks off Toronto's already congested roads and highways. (Photo PortsToronto)

 
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