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Overall stable volume
at Port of Vancouver in 2016

2017-03-08

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 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority reported that overall volume at Canada's largest port decreased slightly to 136 million tonnes of cargo, down 1.8 per cent from 2015. Sectors experiencing declines were offset by others that hit new records, including the bulk grain sector.

"One of our biggest strengths has been, and continues to be, the port's ability to accommodate the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America," said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. "Since 2013, the Port of Vancouver has experienced its fourth consecutive year of traffic volumes over 135-million-tonnes, despite global economic downturns."

Last year was the Port of Vancouver's third consecutive year of record volumes in bulk grain and its fifth year of an upward trend. Bulk grain export volumes through the port increased 1.3 per cent from 2015, to reach 21.8 million metric tonnes in 2016. Strong global demand for Canadian agriculture was met with a bumper crop in Canada and increased exports of grain through the Port of Vancouver.

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CMC President sees
potential major opportunities
on infrastructure projects

2017-01-20

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).

Bruce Burrows, new President of the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce, sees opportunities for stakeholders in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence System if both the Canadian government and Trump administration in Washington deliver on planned substantial infrastructure investments.

Speaking in Toronto at an annual CMC luncheon during the Marine Club events, Mr. Burrows said the waterway was a vital engine of sustainable growth that has "enormous untapped potential that can be unleashed to create more marine traffic at lower cost.

"I am convinced that inland and coastal shipping in Canada and the U.S. has tremendous capacity to grow. And current economic and political conditions are conducive to seeing this goal realized."

South of the border, he said, the new Trump administration " is set to roll out a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending - if the President delivers on campaign promises. This means there could be a whole lot more cargo being shipped on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence, and our coasts to deliver these projects. Imagine the shipments of steel-making materials alone that would be needed. Investments in icebreaking resources, waterways, locks and portside infrastructure, and more efficient delivery of marine navigational services would unleash the full sustainable potential of shipping."

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McKeil Marine enters long-term
agreement with Essroc

2017-02-20

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).

McKeil Marine  announced  that it has entered into an agreement with Essroc Canada, part of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., to provide a cement vessel for the transportation of various cement products from Essroc's production facility in Picton, Ontario to their terminals in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

"This an exciting milestone contract for McKeil," said Steve Fletcher, President and Chief Executive Officer, McKeil.  "We highly value our relationship with Essroc.  We have worked collaboratively to generate the optimal marine solution."

McKeil Marine will acquire and operate Essroc's current vessel, the Stephen B. Roman, to provide cement transportation services during the 2017 St. Lawrence Seaway season.  To fulfill the long-term contract, McKeil will deliver a modern shallow draft vessel in early 2018.

The addition of the Stephen B. Roman to the McKeil fleet will provide many new opportunities for the marine logistics company.

"We will be looking to add about 30 new full time jobs in total between sailing and shore based positions," said Mr. Fletcher.

 
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McAsphalt renames tug after
one of founding partners

2017-02-21

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).

McAsphalt Marine Transportation Limited has announced the renaming of the tug Victorious to the Leo A. McArthur in memory of one of the two founding partners of the Miller-McAsphalt Group of Companies.

The Leo A. McArthur (ex Victorious) was built in 2009 at the Penglai Bohai shipyard in China. The Canadian flagged tug is 35.7m long with a beam of 13.5m and a depth of 8.0m. It is powered by two MaK 2500 H.P engines and is paired with the double hulled, OPA 90 compliant barge, the 'John J. Carrick'.

The Leo A. McArthur/John J. Carrick is ice-strengthened and fully integrated with an Articouple mechanical linkage system. The articulated tug/barge (ATB) combination was specifically engineered and built for the transportation of asphalt and other high temperature black oil products. The barge can load a total capacity of 70,000bbls while requiring less than 6.7 meters of draft making it one of the safest and most capable high heat ATB's in Canada.

Leo A. McArthur and John J. Carrick founded McAsphalt Industries Limited in 1970, purchased Miller Paving in 1977 and grew the Miller-McAsphalt Group into one of Canada's largest road construction and asphalt supply companies. John J. Carrick passed away in 2004 and Leo A. McArthur in 2016. Both were re-united at a re-naming dedication ceremony held in Windsor. (photo McAsphalt)

 
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Seaway cargo declines
three percent in 2016

2017-01-17

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).

After opening the 2016 season on March 21, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed on December 31, enjoying a navigation season of 286 days. This performance ties the record first established in 2008 and matched in 2013 for the longest navigation season. Total cargo fell by just over 3% to 35.1 million tonnes as a surge in grain traffic did not offset falling demand for coal and iron ore.

Grain movements posted a strong performance for a third consecutive season, contributing 11 million tonnes of the total and continuing to track well above the five-year average.

The Port of Thunder Bay, the principal point of entry for grain into the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System, reported a late-season surge in grain activity, as loadings in December trumped all previous December activity since 1995. Grain activity was also strong in the U.S. as the total volume originating from ports such as Duluth / Superior and Toledo increased by 21% during 2016.

"The Seaway System is able to respond to unpredictable surges in cargo movements from a broad number of sectors" noted Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC). "We take it all in stride" said Mr.  Bowles.

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