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Groupe Desgagnés Company of he Year in 2018 Lloyd's List Americas Awards

2018-05-30

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).

Groupe Desgagnés was selected as Company of the Year at a gala event in Houston, Texas celebrating outstanding contributions to the maritime industry at the Lloyd's List Americas Awards.

Based in Québec City on the St. Lawrence River, Groupe Desgagnés operates a fleet of 19  Canadian-flag vessels transporting general and bulk cargo.

The carrier recently drew international attention by launching the world's first polar class, dual fuel product/chemical tanker.

Louis-Marie Beaulieu, President and CEO, was presented with the award on May 24 by Helen Kelly, Executive Editor of Lloyd's list.

On this occasion, Ms. Kelly stated that the winners "reflect the effort and importance industry places on achieving excellence. We are intent on celebrating the best practices, and practitioners, in this industry which is the backbone of global trade."

Winners in other categories included  International Seaways, ports of Corpus Christie and Houston, Maersk Line, Norton Rose Fulbright, Holland America. A lifetime achievement award went to the late Dr. James Chao, Founder of the Foremost Group.

 
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