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World's biggest containership made her maiden call at Wesports

2018-11-01

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).

The world's biggest container ship, OOCL United Kingdom, made her maiden call at Westports in Port Klang on her way to China.

The OOCL United Kingdom, with a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEUs, is one of the carrier's six 'G Class' vessels and they are currently the world's largest container ship.

The vessel berthed at Container Terminal 8, Westports new container wharf that was completed in 2017.

Westports has earmarked nine high-performance ship-to-shore cranes to handle OOCL United Kingdom's containers. The vessel's call at Westports is part of her sailing schedule under the Ocean Alliance eastbound service NEU1, which starts sailing from Rotterdam and ends at Xiamen.

Westports is one of the transhipment hub in this region for Ocean Alliance, and under Day 2 of its second year of operations, the terminal is now accommodating and handling the newest and largest Ultra-Large Container Vessels (ULCV).

Westports is one of the mega transhipment hubs and container terminal in South-East Asia that is equipped to accommodate the world's biggest container ship after having invested more than RM2 billion in recent years to expand its container terminal facilities and invest in the latest state-of-the-art terminal operating equipment.

 
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First fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada

2018-11-01

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).

Germany's Schottel Group has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully electric vessels to operate in Canada.

The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four Schottel Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. The main propulsion is provided by batteries with a diesel engine as backup to ensure mobility. The propulsion concept implies a power intake increase up to 650 kW due to an enhanced draught provided by the batteries. In accordance with their field of operation in the Lake Ontario/St Laurence River region of Ontario, the thrusters will fulfil the requirements of Ice Class 1A.

"There has been close co-operation with Schottel in this project that aimed at identifying highly efficient future innovations and green technologies for sustainable power solutions. We have relied on Schottel's international network and propulsion knowledge for decades which made this project a comprehensive solution for the customer", said Damen Shipyard's area manager Canada, Leo Postma.

The two new double-ended ferries will be operated by MTO, the ferry service of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Damen's full electrification concept for the ferries serving Kingston and Wolfe Island, Millhaven and Amherst Island will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7M kg of carbon dioxide per year.

The Amherst Island ferry is due to be delivered in 2020. With a length of 68 m and width of 25 m, it will accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars. The Wolfe Island ferry, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will have a length of 98 m and a width of 25 m for transporting up to 399 passengers and 75 cars. Both will operate at speeds up to 12 knots which equals the speed of conventional propulsion.

 
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First train rolls into Churchill since 2017

2018-11-01

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).

Visiting Churchill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Nov. 1 that rail service to the isolated northern Manitoba community will be back to normal by the end of the month. Residents had celebrated the arrival of the first train in more than a year on Wednesday evening, a day ahead of schedule, Canadian Press reported.

Flooding in the spring of 2017 damaged the tracks and severed the only land link to the town of 900 people.

The federal government provided $74 million to help fix the railroad and buy it, along with the town's port, from Denver-based Omnitrax.
"This is your victory," Mr. Trudeau said Thursday as he stood in the cold in front of several rail cars. "I know times have been incredibly tough but the resilience and determination you have shown has been inspiring."

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Lomonosov Prospect successfully completes a voyage along Northern Sea Route

2018-10-31

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).

On October 30, 2018, at 23:59 Moscow time, Lomonosov Prospect, Sovcomflot's large-capacity tanker using LNG fuel as its primary fuel, successfully completed a commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) to deliver a cargo of petroleum products from the Republic of Korea to Northern Europe.
The high-latitude voyage from Cape Dezhnevat Chukotka to Cape Zhelaniya of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago took the Arc4 vessel 7.8 days to complete, during which the tanker covered a distance of 2194 nautical miles.
During the voyage, the crew successfully tested the operation of the ship engines and controls of the fuel systems using LNG, as well as the operation of navigation equipment and machinery in ice conditions and sub-zero temperatures.
The successful voyage has confirmed the vessel's high manoeuvrability and icebreaking capabilities, as well as being a highly safe, environmentally friendly and efficient vessel.
The tanker travelled almost the entire NSR without any icebreaker escort, having covered some 950 nautical miles in ice conditions. It was escorted by Atomflot's nuclear-powered icebreaker Taimyr only when traversing the most navigationally and hydrographically challenging area of the Ayon ice massif in the East Siberian Sea

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Port of Montreal joins Maersk/IBM blockchain platform

2018-10-29

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).

Continuing its development strategy geared to innovation and the use of advanced technology, the Port of Montreal, IBM and A.P. Moller-Maersk announced that the Port is joining the TradeLens solution, jointly developed by Maersk and IBM to streamline freight shipping. Underpinned by blockchain technology, TradeLens aims to bring the shipping industry into the digital age through a secure interface exclusively dedicated to freight transport.

The Port of Montreal joins TradeLens alongside Canada Border and Services Agency (CBSA) as the two newest Canadian members of the global, blockchain-enabled shipping solution.

With 5 container terminals, the Port of Montreal is Eastern Canada's largest container port. The Port is unique in North America as a destination port where all container ships that arrive unload and reload one hundred percent of their contents. Visibility is paramount. Each vessel call implies a large number of shipping containers to coordinate with landside logistics such as railcar deliveries and truck services.

TradeLens will allow the Port to enhance its business intelligence for better resource planning based on inbound traffic with upstream visibility. The Port of Montreal is also unique in the fact it owns and operates its own railway within port territory. As a rail operator, the Montreal Port Authority highly values this upstream visibility to maintain high standards of fluidity and operational excellence.

"We applaud our partner Maersk for its vision and international leadership. We are convinced that joint work on a global scale is part of the key solutions to achieve a better flow of information and goods for the benefit of clients and partners. TradeLens is fully aligned with our objectives and business strategy centred on innovation and efficient shipping," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.

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