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Halifax continues strong container growth
2018-04-19

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).

Positive momentum has continued for the Port of Halifax, with 11 consecutive quarters of containerized cargo growth for Canada's second biggest container port on the East Coast after Montreal. This has coincided with increased calls by larger container vessels with capacities above 10,000 TEU.

Container volume in Q1 2018 amounted to 134,367 TEU, up 2.8% from a year earlier. Last year, the Nova Scotia port handled a record 560,000 TEU, representing a 16% spike over 2016.

Non-containerized volume in the first quarter was 66,681 tonnes. And total cargo was up 5.6% at 1.2 million tonnes. (Photo HPA)

 
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