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Canadian ports assess global trade opportunities

2017-09-15

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).

VANCOUVER - With the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the passing of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and significant investments in a national trade corridor fund, the importance of Canada's import and export markets has once again come to the fore, with Canadian ports at the centre of these new opportunities. 'Navigating a sustainable future' will be the theme of the 59th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, being staged in Vancouver September 18-20.

Canada's 18 Port Authorities are more than just key connection points on rapidly developing transport corridors - they shape and define the economic development and diversity of their cities and their regions.  They create good jobs, are the stable foundations of a thriving middle class and will be instrumental in all future trade deals.

"We welcome all our attendees to beautiful British Columbia this year," says Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.  "As a trading nation, Canadian Ports are on the front lines of all our trading opportunities and we must seize the moment to be a part of the future."

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New Direct Saint John-Boston Intermodal Service

2017-09-13

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).

A new business development initiative by DP World the terminal operator at Port Saint John and Pan Am Railways has led to the introduction of a direct intermodal service connecting Saint John and the Boston market. Port Saint John with connections to over 500 international destinations, provides a viable alternative to customers in the New England area as a result of this service development.

"Pan Am Railways is excited to announce our partnership with DP World and the Port of Saint John, to provide direct intermodal service from Saint John, NB to the Boston, MA market via the inland container terminal at Ayer, MA. We will provide value to importers and exporters via an alternate gateway into the large consumer markets around Boston and central New England that reduces congestion on the highways. As the vessel calls at the port increase we will be there to grow our service offerings and train capacity to match those needs." Michael P. Bostwick, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Pan Am Railways.

 

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Don Krusel retires from helm of Port of Prince Rupert

2017-09-13

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).

Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Don Krusel has announced his retirement from the Port after leading the organization for 25 years.

Mr. Krusel joined the organization in 1987 as its Chief Financial Officer, and has served as President and CEO since 1992. His retirement caps a remarkable career in which he led the Port through a transition from a small resource port to become a diversified gateway for North American trade, notably with Asia.

PRPA Chief Financial Officer Joe Rektor has assumed the role of interim President and CEO, effective Sept. 11. A search has begun for Mr. Krusel's replacement.

I am proud of the tremendous accomplishments and growth that have taken place at the port and community of Prince Rupert over the last decade. With the completion of the recent expansion project to make Fairview Container Terminal the second largest terminal in Canada, and the Port well positioned for another decade of exceptional growth, it is an appropriate moment to announce my retirement from the Port and pass the leadership to a new generation," said Mr. Krusel.

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Port of Montreal cooperation accord with France's Haropa port complex

2017-09-08

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 Montreal Port Authority and HAROPA have signed an international cooperation agreement on the occasion of the Sister Ports Conferences which took place in Paris, Rouen and Le Havre from September 4 to September 6.

The agreement falls within the context of the entry into force, on September 21 of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) aiming to develop and facilitate trade between the European Union and Canada.  Formed in 2012, HAROPA comprises the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris in the Seine valley axis and forms the fifth largest port complex in Europe, handling over 120 million tons of cargo annually.

The agreement was signed on September 6 at Le Havre City Hall, by Hervé Martel, HAROPA's President and Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). The objective is to strengthen and extend cooperation in the various technical, sales and research/innovation sectors of port business and develop the numerous synergies between both organizations.

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Logistec forms new entity at Port Everglades

2017-09-05

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).

Logistec USA Inc., a subsidiary of Montreal-based Logistec Corporation, has signed a definitive agreement with Coleary Transport Co., Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies have formed a new entity, Logistec Everglades LLC, to consolidate and expand their terminal operations and general cargo handling services at Port Everglades in Florida.

"This new partnership with Coleary will help us handle higher volumes of break-bulk in the strategic South Florida market," said Madeleine Paquin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Logistec. "This is Logistec's second expansion in Florida over the past six months and we are looking forward to widening our customer base in the U.S. Southeast and Gulf region."

"Our companies have been working closely together over the past three years. We make a great team and this agreement will allow us to grow our business in Port Everglades and deliver a wider range of specialized services to our clients," said William Coleman, President of Coleary.

Logistec has been operating in the United States for more than 20 years and handles bulk, break-bulk, and containers at various locations throughout Florida and the U.S. Gulf, including Port Everglades, Port Manatee, and Port Redwing (Port Tampa Bay). Coleary was established in 1992 and has been operating at Port Everglades since that time.

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