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Hapag-Lloyd celebrates
125 years of presence in Montre
al

2017-05-16

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).

125 years ago, the steamship Cremon set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. The carrier's first ship to serve the Canadian market called at the Port of Montreal in March 1892. Hapag-Lloyd, today the world's fifth largest container carrier, celebrated this anniversary in Montreal on May 16 with the shipping company's customers and other partners.

"As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us," said Rolf Habben Jansen, the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. "But Canada has also become a hub of the global shipping industry."

"In 125 years, Hapag-Lloyd has shown its commitment to the Port of Montreal more than once - in particular by developing dedicated services between Europe, the Mediterranean and Montreal, and also choosing Montreal as the headquarters of its operations in Canada as a whole," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

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Global declaration on ship safety

2017-05-09

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).

Global leaders in marine shipping signed a new declaration to protect the world's oceans and advance international ship safety at the Third Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control staged in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The conference, held May 2-4th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, brought together Ministers and Heads of Delegation from Canada, 27 European and 23 Asia-Pacific countries.

Port State Control is an international program for inspecting foreign ships entering local waters. Port State Control inspections ensure that these ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions.

The new Ministerial Declaration on Port State Control is a commitment by European and Pacific Rim countries to continue to eliminate substandard shipping practices that result in loss of life, damage to property and harm to marine environments. It will help create new global policies that advance this goal, putting pressure on administrations and owners of substandard ships to comply with international ship safety standards.

"Canada continues to play a lead role in promoting international safe shipping, hosting the Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control for the third time in almost 20 years," said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. "The Declarations signed at these conferences have made Port State Control one of the most effective international programs in place to ensure that ships are safe, crews are working in acceptable conditions, and our waters are protected from ship source pollution." (Photo VPA)

 
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Laurentian Pilotage Authority
restricts ship departures
from Montreal

2017-05-07

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 Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) in collaboration with the Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation determined late on May 5 that ships leaving berth between Montreal and Trois-Rivières with a draft of 10 metres or more shall be restricted to day departures between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This exceptional and temporary measure has been put in place due to exceptionally high water levels on the St. Lawrence River between Pointe-Citrouille and Montreal, the LPA said.

"In these exceptional circumstances and in view of the continuous pressures experienced by residents with the water floods, we are taking the measures necessary to ensure that maritime transport does not exacerbate the situation and that we can continue to ensure the safety of pilotage and navigation services" said Fulvio Fracassi, Chief Executive Officer of the LPA.

The mission of the LPA is to ensure the safety of navigation on the St. Lawrence River and the protection of citizens and shoreline properties. This measure will be reevaluated on a daily basis in collaboration with the Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation. The LPA will continue to monitor the situation on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada and the pilots corporations.

The action was taken in response to the Canadian Coast Guard's current notices to mariners concerning the safe speed of vessels.

 
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Corrigan named Executive VP Operations
of Logistec Stevedoring

2017-05-05

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 Corporation, a Montreal-based marine and environmental services provider, has announced the appointment of Rodney Corrigan as Executive Vice-President, Operations of Logistec Stevedoring Inc.

Mr. Corrigan joined Logistec six years ago as a Vice-President, Operations and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry during which he occupied senior management roles for various companies. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce and completed an Executive MBA at the John Molson School of Business.

"We are delighted that Rodney has accepted to take on these new responsibilities and will be leading our efforts towards operational excellence throughout our network of facilities. Rodney will also work closely with our commercial team to further develop cost-efficient and innovative solutions for our customers," said Ms. Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec Corporation.

"It is with a great level of pride and excitement that I have accepted the challenge of leading our cargo handling operations. I am humbled by the opportunity, but also very fortunate to work with an exceptional group of colleagues. Together, I have no doubt that we will be able to meet and exceed our clients' and the Company's expectations" said Mr. Corrigan.

Logistec offers bulk, breakbulk and container-cargo handling at some 30 ports and 40 terminals in eastern North America. It is also involved in the Arctic coastal trade and environmental services for industrial, municipal and governmental customers. (Photo Logistec).

 
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NovaAlgoma
Short-Sea Carriers launched

2017-04-19

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).

Algoma Central Corporation and Nova Marine Carriers SA  announced on April 19 they have created a new joint venture that will focus on short-sea dry-bulk shipping for global markets. This new joint venture, operating as NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers, or NASC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Algoma Central Corporation and Nova Marine Holdings Limited (Nova), the parent company of Nova Marine Carriers.

NASC was formed by Nova as an October 31, 2016 carve-out from the deep sea dry-bulk freight business operated by Nova Marine Carriers S.A. In accordance with its agreement with Algoma, Nova has transferred all short-sea commercial contracts to NASC and transferred its interest in NASC and its interests in any dry-bulk vessels of less than 15,000 dwt to a newly formed entity, NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Holding Limited (NASH).

"We are extremely pleased to be joining Nova in this promising new business venture which we expect will be immediately accretive to our earnings per share" said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma. "While the vessels we operate in our domestic fleet are considerably larger, our Great Lakes dry-bulk business is a short-sea business and we share many customers and operating principles with global short-sea markets."

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