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Bientôt un brise-glace de croisière hybride

2018-03-15

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).

L'armateur de croisière Ponant a annoncé la construction d'un premier brise-glace de croisière hybride électrique, propulsé au gaz naturel liquéfié. Leader mondial de l'expédition de luxe en zones polaires et unique armateur français de navire de croisières, Ponant a confié la tâche de construire cette première unité à la filiale norvégienne du chantier italien Fincantieri. La livraison est prévue pour 2021. Avec ses 135 cabines et ses prestations luxueuses, ce navire innovant, certifié Clean Ship entrainera ses passagers vers des destinations polaires jusque-là inaccessibles: le pôle Nord géographique (90° Latitude Nord), la mer de Weddell, la mer de Ross ou encore l'île de Pierre 1er. Peut-être aurons-nous le plaisir de le voir sur le Saint-Laurent et le Saguenay en hiver? L'armateur est un habitué du système Saint-Laurent-Grands-Lacs.

 
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