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Seaspan partners with SeaWays in unique training program for tugboat captains

2018-05-16

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).

Seaspan Marine of North Vancouver announced that it has entered into a 5-year, multi-million dollar agreement with SeaWays Global, a UK-based provider of marine training and tugboat simulations. As part of this partnership, SeaWays will offer sophisticated, competency-based marine training and tugboat simulation in support of the Seaspan's ship escort, ship assist and towing services.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind, world-class training program to BC," said Bart Reynolds, President of Seaspan Marine. "This partnership demonstrates our long-term commitment to leadership and excellence in our safety and environmental performance, and we believe the program will set a new benchmark for everyone operating in our marine environment."

"We are very proud to be partnering with Seaspan to deliver this program right here in North Vancouver," adds Neil Sadler, Managing Partner of SeaWays Global. "Seaspan's commitment to providing high-quality training is going to be key to the continuous safe and effective operation of modern tugboats in BC's busy marine environment, and I have no doubt it will provide a significant competitive advantage."

Seaspan's investment commitment totals over $6M and includes the installation of a multiconsole tugboat simulator at the company's North Vancouver Pemberton Campus. In addition, the program will see the implementation of on-going simulator and live vessel training programs for its tug masters, who operate vessels in Vancouver Harbour, on the Fraser River and along the BC coast. (Photo Seaspan).

 
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