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Port of Halifax undergoing digital transformation

2018-09-20

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).

The Port of Halifax is taking steps to become one of the most digitized ports on the eastern seaboard.

The Port Operations Centre on the Port of Halifax website, www.portofhalifax.ca, has become a critical digital tool for the sharing of real-time information with customers and the larger community. Shippers and cargo owners can find up-to-the minute information on terminal gate metrics, weekly dwell time, predictive air gap, arrivals and departures, and special alerts.

The Port Operations Centre on the Port of Halifax website is this year's American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) winner in the IT Awards program in the Port Operation and Management Systems category. AAPA's Information Technology Awards program, which began in 2002, highlights port technology accomplishments in the areas of Port Operations and Management Systems and in Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation. Additional details on the award can be found here.

"We are focused on digital transformation," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. "With our partners, we are taking existing information that was once paper-based, digitizing it and then sharing that information broadly to drive efficiency."


 
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