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VIMC plays key role in opening of CNCo Swire office in Vancouver

2018-08-16

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).

China Navigation Co (CNCo) opened its doors at a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 9 at their new offices in Vancouver.  CNCo is a leading provider of sustainable shipping solutions, based in Singapore and held directly by the parent company John Swire & Sons, headquartered in the U.K.  The company has three business divisions:  Swire Bulk (dry bulk shipping), Swire Shipping (multipurpose liner services) and Swire Bulk logistics (marine solution specialists).  The company owns and operates over 130 eco-friendly vessels.

The Province of British Columbia partnered with the federal government of Canada and the International Shipowners Alliance of Canada to invest in the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) to attract new investments, such as CNCo, which has chosen Vancouver to expand its global footprint into the North American market.

The VIMC has promoted Vancouver as the preferred global location for the international shipping market.  By marketing Canada's strategic location and business opportunities, the 3-year VIMC project has exceeded all its targets and has had an economic impact of over $18 million by attracting over 8 international companies and creating over 200 jobs. Renewed funding is being sought for the pilot program that expired earlier this year.

"Canada is known for its strong modern economy, universal healthcare system, stable political environment, world-leading banks, high caliber business support services, high-tech capacity as well as easy access to capital markets in North America.  We are thrilled to be welcoming CNCo to Vancouver and we are committed to continuing to assist them as they grow their operations in Vancouver," commented Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein,  VIMC Executive Director.

 

"We welcome The China Navigation Company to Vancouver and look forward to their continued success as they expand globally," said Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. The shipping industry provides nearly 12,000 people with good jobs up and down the B.C. coast."

"There has never been a better time to invest in Canada," said federal Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr. "The China Navigation Company's new Vancouver offices are yet another example of success in attracting international businesses to this country, recognizing unparalleled innovation and providing fresh capital."

"Over the years Vancouver has been a significant regional hub for North America's shipping activities, with its deep-rooted history in the forestry and mining sectors, along with its role as the main export point for Canada's vast grain and potash exports to Asia and the rest of the world," said Robert Heal, General Manager Commercial, Swire Bulk West Coast Americas. "Through the VIMC, we have learned of Canada's business advantages and globally competitive standards. With an office in Vancouver, CNCo is able to service our customers in both the liner and dry bulk sectors.  CNCo's Vancouver office will be focusing on four main sectors:  dry bulk handysize, supra/ultramax and parcelling as well as a bulk/break bulk container liner service from the west coast to Australia and New Zealand servicing our client base operating in the Americas."

"Through our global network, we connected with James Woodrow and his team in Singapore during Singapore Maritime Week 2016 and have since been working with them closely to inform their decision to set up an office in Canada, said VIMC Founding Chairman Graham Clarke. " We look forward to increasing the economies of scale by attracting more shipping companies, like CNCo Swire to Vancouver." (photo VIMC)

 
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