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First ship calls at new Sept -Iles multi-user dock

2018-03-26

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).

A new era has been launched at the Port of Sept-Iles on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River with the arrival of the first large bulk carrier at the newly-built multi-user dock.  The M/V Magnus Oldendorff arrived on March 25 to load 190,000 metric tons of iron ore from the Bloom Lake mine of Québec Iron Ore Inc. for delivery to China's Port of Qingdao.

While the facility is now operational, official inauguration is slated for May. It is the only facility in North America able to accommodate Chinamax bulk carriers with capacities up to 400,000 tons. Port officials forecast a cargo throughput of more than 30 million tons in 2018 thanks to strong resurgence of global iron ore markets.

Pierre C. Gagnon, President and CEO of the Sept-Iles Port Authority, underlined the benefits for customers of the launching on March 26 of the new conveyor of the Société ferroviaire et portuaire du Pointe-Noire (SFPPN).

Carl Allard, the port's asset manager, indicated that the vessels calling in April and May will represent a "breaking-in" period for the  dock's equipment and cargo-handling systems. (Photo Port de Sept-Iles)


 
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