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Longer gate hours mulled for Port of Montreal

2018-04-05

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).

In response to persistent congestion issues since early this year, a study into the cost of extending gate hours at the Port of Montreal will be presented to stakeholders on April 23. A pilot program will be implemented by early summer or perhaps earlier, according to a statement signed by CargoM, MSC, Montreal Gateway Terminals, Termont Montreal and the Quebec Trucking Association.The statement cited a number of "challenges that are impeding the flow of our logistics chain." The "most visible" challenges include "constant growth" in container freight volumes, traffic problems caused by infrastructure and repair work, and longer commuter rush hours reducing periods when port area truck traffic can flow freely.

In the past few months, trucks have experienced waits of up to several hours, and several trucking companies raised their rates $75 an hour for waiting times. Congestion has been substantially lower for railway movements, which account for approximately 45% of surface shipments.

Last year, Montreal's container cargo rose by 6.2% to 1.54 million TEUs. A strong surge continued in the first months of 2018. (photo MPA)



 
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