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Madeleine Paquin named IBJ Entrepreneur of the Year

2017-11-15

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).

Montreal-based Logistec Corporation, a marine and environmental services provider, is pleased to announce that Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 edition of the IBJ Awards in Amsterdam.

"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from IBJ. Success would not be possible without our customers and partners, and I take this opportunity to thank them for trusting us to understand their challenges and their needs, and develop new and unique solutions," said Ms. Paquin. "This award is also a great recognition of my team at Logistec, notably their dedication and their operational expertise."

The IBJ Awards honour achievements in the maritime bulk industry and were presented at the magazine's annual gala, attended by several hundred guests. The Entrepreneur of the Year category recognizes an individual who has successfully opened new markets, demonstrated resilience in overcoming obstacles, and achieved growth and sustained customer satisfaction.

"International Bulk Journal (IBJ) selected Madeleine Paquin for the significant and lasting contribution she has made to her industry, whilst simultaneously growing her own company, Logistec, organically and through acquisitions, to become a market leader," said Ray Girvan, Publisher of IBJ. "We believe that this is a fitting honour for a truly world-class professional, at a truly global event, who has already received a host of accolades in North America and who brings honour and respect to our industry as a whole."

 
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Thunder Bay cargo up 7% over last year

2017-11-08

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 Port of Thunder Bay is on track to ship 9-million metric tonnes of cargo this season, a level achieved just three times in the past 20 years.  As of October 31 the port had handled 6.7 million tonnes of cargo, 11% ahead of the five-year average of 6.0 million tonnes year-to-date.

Cargo volumes are 7% ahead of last year despite October shipments being lighter than in 2016.  "October tends to be a volatile month in the port," says Tim Heney, the Port Authority's Chief Executive Officer, "Last year the port saw very strong grain shipments in October, and this year those shipments were closer to average."

Grain shipments are expected to increase in November; the current vessel line-up indicates above-average grain volumes transiting the port this month.

General cargo shipments are also picking up speed this month.  Deliveries of heavy equipment, electrical transformers and electrical generators are anticipated in the coming weeks.  A load of steel pipe was received earlier this week and will be transferred to Western Canada by rail. It was delivered by Fednav's MV Federal Barents (per photo).

This marked the first shipment of pipe handled in Thunder Bay in a generation; the pipe is a spin-off of a growing volume of steel products being imported to the Prairie Provinces through the Port of Thunder Bay since 2014. (photo TBPA)

 

 
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Ontario awards ferry contract to European shipyard

2017-11-07

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 Government of Ontario and Dutch-based Damen Shipyards Group have signed a contract for the design, construction and delivery for two "road" ferries to operate in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes.  The contract is valued at C$61 million. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019-2020 from the group's Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania.

The ferries will be a 68-metre Damen Road Ferry 6819 and a 98-metre Damen Road Ferry 9819. Although one vessel is 30 metres longer than the other they will share many design features and equipment specifications. Both will also be hybrid-ready, enabling them to be fitted with batteries when required. Both vessels are being designed in-house by Damen and will be fully customised for the local infrastructure.

The ferries will be based in Kingston and Loyalist Township, Ontario, at the north-eastern end of Lake Ontario. The new ferries will be significantly larger than the existing vessels and will create more economic benefits - helping more people, vehicles and goods travel to and from the islands The new ferries are expected to make crossings faster for the one million passengers and 500,000 vehicles which travel annually between Wolfe Island and Kingston, and the 270,000 passengers and 130,000 vehicles which travel to and from Amherst Island each year.

Leo Postma, Damen Sales Manager, commented in early November after the signing ceremony:  "This new contract is a continuation of successful sales into Canada by Damen, and the two new ships will take the number of Damen ferries operating in the country up to eight, along with other Damen workboats. More are also currently under construction."

Representing Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, at the signing ceremony was Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands (per photo), who stated: "The increased level of service will facilitate a more efficient flow of goods, services and people, including an improved access to emergency services for residents when necessary." (Photo Ontario Ministry of Transportation)


 
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Expanded Panama Canal breaks annual cargo record
2017-11-01

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).

Following the close of its fiscal year, the Panama Canal Authority announced that the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY2017, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The sharp increase from the previous year was directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal.

The Panama Canal transited a total of 13,548 vessels during its FY2017 which closed on September 30, representing a 3.3 percent increase compared to totals the year before. Thanks to the larger Neopanamax vessels now able to transit the Expanded Canal, the growth in traffic translated into a 22.2 percent increase in total annual tonnage from FY16, and helped the Panama Canal surpass the already ambitious cargo projection of reaching 399 million PC/UMS.

"This year's success is a testament to the Expanded Canal's success," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. "These record figures reflect not only the industry's confidence in the Expanded Canal, but also illustrate the Panama Canal's continued ability to transform the global economy and revitalize the maritime industry."

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Baffinland Iron Mines ships record 4.1 million tonnes

2017-10-22

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).

At the conclusion of its 2017 open-water Arctic shipping program, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) announced it shipped approximately 4.1 million tonnes of iron ore from its Milne Inlet Port to markets in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

Fifty-six panamax vessels were deployed between August 2 and October 17, carrying an average of 72,600 tonnes of iron ore each. The 4.1 million tonnes shipped over 75 days marks the largest shipping program by volume ever executed in the Canadian High Arctic. This follows the 2.7 million tonnes shipped last year.

"Our record-setting performance was achieved through the hard work and dedication of our employees," says Brian Penney, president and chief executive officer of Baffinland. "I also want to thank all of our partners involved in making this program a success, including our shipping partners, ice management experts, the Canadian Coast Guard, and the continued support of the North Baffin communities, in particular Pond Inlet, and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association."

Montreal's Fednav Ltd. manages the on-site shipping and port operations.

World-leading health and safety control systems were deployed during the program and the company adhered to strict environmental standards and regulations. Baffinland also organized sophisticated environmental monitoring practices, combining scientific and traditional Inuit knowledge. No health and safety or environmental incidents occurred during the shipping program, the Oakville-based mining company said.

Baffinland Iron Mines is jointly owned by steel giant ArcelorMittal and Nunavut Iron Ore. The company has applied to increase annual shipments of the rich high-grade Mary River deposits from a current maximum of 4.2 million tonnes to 12 million tonnes.
(Photo Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation).

 
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