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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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Tropical Shipping makes first
Halifax call on new service

2017-01-10

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).

Tropical Shipping has launched its service from Halifax, Nova Scotia after recently announcing a shift of its port operations from Saint John, New Brunswick.

On January 9, the Vega Omega was berthed at Halterm International Container Terminal, bringing improved import and export connectivity to customers in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At 148 metres length, the Vega Omega, a 1,118 TEU capacity geared-vessel, will handle more than 550 containers through Halifax in peak-season, including more than 200 refrigerated containers for export.

Tropical Shipping's VP Commercial & Trades, Tim Martin said the company is pleased to offer an enhanced Canadian service from Halifax. "We are committed to our Maritime customers and to fully maximizing our extensive Caribbean network. With our new vessels due to start service in June 2018, Tropical Shipping is working closely with Halterm, CN and the Port of Halifax to build on our specialized reefer trade, all the while enhancing our reputation for loyal customer service."

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Port of Montreal cargo soars
to 35.2 million tonnes

2017-01-05

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).

The Port of Montreal continued its upward momentum in 2016, with a strong increase of more than 10% sparking a new record for total cargo. It also came within 1% of matching its container record of nearly 1.5 million TEUs in 2015.

"According to preliminary statistics, the Port of Montreal handled 35.2 million tonnes of freight in 2016," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority. Large increases in liquid bulk and grain shipments boosted total throughput.

Among the highlights of last year was the inauguration of the new Viau container terminal which is increasing the port's capacity by 600,000 TEUs to 2.1 million TEUs.

The second biggest Canadian port after Vancouver is a major player in the North Atlantic container trade, with its deep inland location on the St. Lawrence River well positioned for ocean carriers notably serving markets in Eastern Canada and the US Midwest via extensive intermodal connections.

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