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En souvenir du capitaine Éloi Perron

Hubert Desgagnés

Maritime Magazine

2018-03-09

 

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).

Ce capitaine du fleuve était un grand gaillard un rien timide. N'ayant pas eu la chance de recevoir toute l'éducation requise, il écrivait peu et savait compter juste ce qu'il fallait pour calculer la valeur de la cargaison qu'il transportait.  Mais Éloi Perron cachait cette timidité derrière ses talents de conteur.  Orphelin de père, il a d'abord aidé sa mère à ramasser ce que la terre de l'Isle-aux-Coudres voulait bien donner. Puis, tout comme ses frères,  il est devenu marin un peu par obligation, parce qu'une ile, c'est une île.  A 13 ans, il s'est embarqué comme cuisinier sur la petite goélette de son beau-père Théodore Desgagnés, et avec ses frères, ils allaient porter à Québec les patates durement ramassées pour revenir avec les commandes de tout un chacun, les bras fatigués par les 3600 coups de pompe à l'heure afin d'évacuer le fleuve qui tentait obstinément d'envahir la cale.

Puis, Éloi est devenu un peu plus marin  en s'associant avec  ses frères. Ensemble, ils ont gagné  leur pari de faire construire une première goélette qu'ils ont baptisé  T.B.E. en l'honneur de leur beau-père Théodore, l'aîné Benoit et le second garçon, Éloi.  Au fil des ans, Éloi a obtenu son brevet de capitaine et la petite compagnie Desgagnés & Perron a acheté le MONT ST-LOUIS. Travaillant sans relâche sur le bateau durant la saison de navigation, et dans son atelier durant l'hiver qui figeait tout, Eloi a compris les éléments essentiels pour faire fructifier les sommes requises afin de se faire bâtir un beau bateau.  Ce bateau, qui deviendrait le M.P.ÉMÉLIE, est arrivé sur le tard, la dernière goélette construite sur l'Ile, une des dernières dans Charlevoix.  Déjà, on ne trouvait plus les arbres requis pour sa construction.  Il la souhaitait avec un fond rond, elle n'aurait qu'un fond plat.  Tant pis!

 

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LOGISTEC announces strategic purchase of Gulf Stream Marine

2018-03-02

 

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 provider of marine and environmental services,  announced on March 1 the expansion of its North American network of terminals through the strategic acquisition of Gulf Stream Marine. The transaction will allow LOGISTEC to establish a stronghold in the U.S. Gulf, strengthen its position in a high-growth market in the United States, provide access to an experienced talent pool, facilitate knowledge transfer between the two organizations, and generate immediate positive benefits to shareholders, a press release stated. Valued at US$65.7 million, the acquisition means that Logistec's cargo-handling network will now encompass 58 terminals in 35 ports.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Gulf Stream Marine is a leader in cargo handling, stevedoring and terminal operations in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. For the year ended October 31, 2017, the ultimate parent company of Gulf Stream Marine, GSM Maritime Holdings, LLC ("GSM"), generated revenue of US$68.7 million (approximately CA$87.7 million) and an adjusted EBITDA of US$8.2 million (approximately CA$10.5 million).

 

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ACPA reiterates port financial flexibility demands

2018-03-01

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).

Responding to the federal government's 2018 budget this week, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) stressed that Canada's ports need greater financial flexibility to fund vital infrastructure projects.

The budget builds on existing important investments in trade-enabling, green infrastructure, and superclusters, but there is still a gap to be filled through increased funding and financial flexibility for CPAs, said ACPA President Wendy Zatylny. "To take these investments in infrastructure and innovation in the right direction, the government needs to give CPAs the financial flexibility they require to fund the projects ready to go now, and speed up funding from existing government commitments to infrastructure funding."

While CPAs have a clear mandate, their lending limits are not sufficient for them to develop into leading ports of the future.  The National Transportation Corridors Fund was oversubscribed this year in the amount of $3 B, for a fund of $200 million in 2017/2018.

The ports association said it was pleased to see the government continue its pledge to support trade, innovation and the environment in Budget 2018.  Canadian ports are innovators, efficiently, safely and cleanly moving cargo and creating knowledge-intensive and technologically sophisticated jobs within the global supply chain.  One of the oldest industries, ports and marine transportation are adopting some of the newest technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence.

 
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Océan se mérite le prix Reconnaissance avec son Catatug

Ocean's innovative Catatug project wins award

2018-02-25

Les équipes d'ingénierie d'OCÉAN ont remporté le prix Reconnaissance d'un projet innovateur lors de la Soirée reconnaissance de l'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. L'événement s'est tenu jeudi 15 février au Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.

Ce prix vient récompenser l'ingéniosité des équipes d'Océan pour leur travail dans le cadre du projet Catatug, un remorqueur qui combine les caractéristiques d'un remorqueur traditionnel et d'un catamaran, ce qui lui procure à la fois puissance, légèreté et performance.

Construit en aluminium et mesurant 16,6 mètres de long et 9,46 mètres de large, il a une capacité de charge de 15 tonnes et 1430 chevaux-vapeur.

Il est un fleuron de la flotte Océan, construit en 2016 et maintenant en service pour man?uvrer et mobiliser des barges de construction sur le site du nouveau pont Champlain. (photo Océan)

 

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2018 St. Lawrence Seaway season opens March 29

2018-02-21

 

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).

Following an extended season and early opening last year, the bi-national St. Lawrence Seaway's 2018 season will kick off at 0800 hours on March 29 at both the Welland Canal and Montreal/Lake Ontario sections, a Notice of Navigation announced. The 2017 season began early on March 20 but closed on January 11, rather than late December, as a result of a sustained blast of Arctic air from the last days of December into January.

The waterway which allows ocean vessels to penetrate deep into the industrial heartland of North America recorded a 9% increase in traffic in 2017 to more than 38 million metric tons, with a rebound in iron ore tonnage leading the way.

Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed. Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canals Opening of the Sault Ste. Marie Locks (U.S.A.) is currently scheduled for March 25, 2018. Please note the Notice to Navigation Interests released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for further information.

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