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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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Port of Toronto generates $388 million in economic activity

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).

Marine cargo arriving and managed at the Port of Toronto generated $377.7 million in economic activity and 1,566 jobs in Ontario in 2017, according to a new report - Economic Impacts of the Port of Toronto - published by consulting firm Martin Associates.

These results are part of wider regional study released in July - Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes - that confirmed cargo shipments to ports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River waterway generated 181,000 jobs in Canada and CDN $26 billion in economic activity in Ontario and Quebec. The report, Economic Impacts of the Port of Toronto, isolates the economic impacts created by all cargo and vessel activity at the Port of Toronto and highlights the Port of Toronto's vital part in Ontario's transportation infrastructure and economic strength.

The analysis includes the economic impacts generated by marine cargo activity in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region, including Canadian and U.S. domestic commerce, bi-national commerce between the two countries, and international traffic moving between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and overseas destinations. The impacts are measured for the year 2017 and are presented in terms of total economic impacts at the bi-national regional level, the country level, and the provincial level.

"The Port of Toronto provides Canadian and international businesses with a convenient, sustainable and cost-effective way to bring goods, and people, into the heart of the city," said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. Economic Impacts of the Port of Toronto further confirms the Port's position as a vital component of Toronto's economic and transportation infrastructure." (photo PortsToronto)



 
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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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Transport Canada announces seven measures to protect Arctic waters

2018-08-27

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).

Canada's federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced a total investment of $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters and coastal communities as part of the Oceans Protection Plan.

For residents of Canada's Northern territories, marine transportation is an essential lifeline. Ships bring food and other important goods and represent critical jobs and employment, noted an August 27 Transport Canada press release datelined Cambridge Bay.

Last November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. This national strategy is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. The Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada's coasts and waterways.

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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.

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