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Port of Vancouver joins World Ports Climate Action Program

2018-09-21

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 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, has announced its participation in the World Ports Climate Action Program. In this new international initiative, the port authorities of Vancouver, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, and Barcelona will be joining forces and working together on a number of projects that address the issue of global warming.

The international collaboration was announced last week during the opening session of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on the following specific five actions:
- Increasing efficiency of supply chains using digital tools.
- Advancing common and ambitious public policy approaches on emission reductions within larger geographical areas.
- Accelerating development of in-port renewable power-to-ship solutions or other zero emission solutions.
- Accelerating the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems.
- Accelerating efforts to fully decarbonize cargo-handling facilities in our ports.
In addition to its participation in the World Ports Climate Action Program, as part of its approach to environmental stewardship and sustainability, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority leads a number of initiatives to protect the lands and waters within its jurisdiction. These include stringent environmental requirements for container drayage trucks, discounts on harbor dues for quieter ships, and various measures to measure the impact of shipping on at-risk whales. (photo VFPA)




 
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