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Don Krusel heading Port of Québec container terminal project

2018-08-28

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).

 

Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority (QPA), announced that Don Krusel has been appointed managing director of the Port of Québec's project to build a container terminal.

Mr. Krusel is a major figure in the North American port world. He was the president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority for 25 years. Under his leadership, the Port of Prince Rupert created a new container port gateway for North American trade with Asia, and as a consequence, transformed the Port of Prince Rupert from a small and regional forest and agricultural products facility into the fastest growing container port in North America.

Since opening in 2007, the container port in northern British Columbia has experienced annual compound growth of over 19% and today is the 3rd largest container terminal in Canada, handling over 900,000 TEUs per year. Direct employment has increased fivefold-from 300 when the container port opened in 2007 to nearly 1,500 in 2017.

Since retiring from the Port of Prince Rupert in September 2017, Mr. Krusel has worked as a consultant and was a member of QPA's expert panel on the creation of a deepwater container terminal. With this appointment, he will be fully engaged in managing the container terminal-a major expansion project for the Port of Québec.

"Bringing Don Krusel on board at this decisive phase in the project is a strategic move that will provide us with welcome highlevel leadership. His reputation in the industry, his indepth knowledge of port operations, and his commitment to the success of the container terminal are all major assets that will help us get Québec City's deepwater container terminal built," said Mr. Girard.

The Port of Québec has expansion plans in the Beauport sector that would see 17 hectares of graded land added to adjacent available lands, for an additional 610 meter wharf line with a depth of 16 meters. The Port of Québec would use the new land to build a new deepwater container terminal with initial capacity of 500,000TEU.

 
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