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Scott Bravener returns under Rand Logistics corporate restructuring

2018-06-22

 

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).

Rand Logistics Inc. has  announced the departure of Ed Levy as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the appointment of Aaron Degodny as Interim Co-President & COO with responsibility for Rand Logistics, Inc. and Grand River Navigation Company, and the return of Scott Bravener as Director of Rand and Interim Co-President & COO with responsibility for Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. In addition, Rand announced on June 19 the commencement of a comprehensive search process to appoint a new CEO of Rand.

"We would like to thank Ed Levy for his significant contribution to Rand over the past twelve years," said John Becker, Managing Partner at American Industrial Partners (Rand's majority shareholder).

"Rand is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region. The Company is well positioned to continue advancing on its growth trajectory," John Becker also commented. "We are extremely excited to partner with Aaron and Scott in this next phase of Rand's growth. We believe Aaron and Scott possess the right blend of transformative leadership ability, customer-centric commercial acumen, and knowledge of the Rand operations to make them uniquely qualified to lead Rand. Over the coming weeks, Aaron and Scott will be connecting with and visiting Rand's operations and customers."

 

 

Aaron Degodny has served the company as Chief Commercial Officer since February 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, with the majority of his career in the bulk commodities and industrial products sectors. Prior to joining Rand, Aaron was employed with Canadian National (CN) Railway for 20 years, where he served as Director of Sales for Bulk Commodities for the United States and Canada, one of the railroad's largest business segments.

Capt. Scott Bravener served as the President & CEO of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd and affiliated companies, a subsidiary of Rand Logistics, Inc., from 1994 until 2016. As co-founder and President of Lower Lakes Towing and affiliated companies, Scott Bravener spearheaded the growth of the Company from a single Canadian tug and barge vessel in 1994 to the largest binational shipping company operating on the Great Lakes. Capt. Bravener has worked in the Great Lakes shipping industry since 1982, serving in various capacities for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. and P & H Shipping prior to the formation of Lower Lakes. He previously served as Director of Lower Lakes and Rand Logistics Inc. from 2006 to 2015. Capt. Bravener is a certified Ships Master. (photo Leo Ryan)

 
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