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Federal Court dismisses Clipper Adventurer judgment appeal

2018-02-19

Leo Ryan

Editor, Maritime Magazine

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 Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an application by Adventurer Owner Ltd. appealing a Federal Court decision which held the cruise operator liable for damages resulting from the grounding of the MV Clipper Adventurer on August 27, 2010 on a shoal on the Coronation Gulf in Nunavut. "I have not been persuaded that the Federal Court made a reviewable error," stated on February 7, 2018 Justice J.A. Gauthier, who cited a number of reasons for the thumbs-down.

Instead of receiving the more than $13 million claimed for damages resulting from allegedly insufficient information, the Bahamas-based owner was ordered by the Federal Court on January 27, 2017 to pay the nearly $500,000 in environmental costs to the Canadian government.

"The Clipper Adventurer was the author of her own misfortune by recklessely proceeding at excessive speed in largely unknown waters," last year's court judgment declared. It also charged that the captain and crew had failed to pay attention to a 2007 Notice to Shipping about the shoal in question and other navigation warnings.

The Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Amundsen rescued the nearly 200 passengers and crew, evacuating them to Kugluktuk, 55 nautical miles away. Four tugs took two weeks to free the grounded vessel which was later taken to Poland for repairs.

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Stellar performance for  Port of Toronto

2018-02-16

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).

PortsToronto has reported that 2017 was the best year in more than a decade for the Port of Toronto, which handled 2,172,750 metric tons of cargo in 2017. The strong year in marine imports, along with a significant rise in cruise ship arrivals, confirms the Port's position as a vital part of Toronto's economic infrastructure.

In 2017, 201 ships visited the Port of Toronto, bringing sugar, road salt, cement and aggregate directly into the heart of the city. At more than 2.1 million tons, overall port tonnage was up more than 16 per cent in 2017, with cement cargo imports remaining strong for another year at more than 679,000 tons.

Stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels continued to increase ending the year at 176,105 tons, while salt imports increased by 50 per cent since 2016. Sugar imports were also strong with a nine per cent increase at more than 561,000 tons of raw sugar delivered via the port. Project cargo of 1,736 tonnes, which consisted of parts for a paper plant, was imported from Europe using three separate vessels.

In addition, the Port of Toronto's popularity as a cruise ship destination continued with 16 passenger cruise ships carrying more than 5,600 passengers visiting PortsToronto's Cruise Ship Terminal between May and October 2017. This represents a more than 120 per cent increase in cruise ship traffic since 2016.

 

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Port of Montreal signs cooperation accord with Mundra Port

2018-02-12

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 a trade mission to India between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Cooperation Agreement with Mundra Port, Gujarat State, north of Mumbai. This agreement aims to develop cooperation in marketing and business development while sharing information on marine operations and industry best practices.

Mundra Port is India's largest commercial port. A diversified port, it handles liquid and dry bulk and more than three million TEUs in annual container traffic. It is operated by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ).

Trade between India and the Port of Montreal is growing. From 2016 to 2017, the volume of goods to and from India rose by 40%. Freight transport is provided by international container shipping giants Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, OOCL and MSC, all longstanding partners of the Port of Montreal. A large part of this traffic transits through Mediterranean transshipment ports, mostly in Spain, Italy and Portugal. Asia accounts for 25% of the Port of Montreal's market and is by far the fastest growing segment. India alone accounts for 5%, yet was a virtually non-existent as a market just a few years ago.

The signing of the Cooperative Agreement was followed by a reception organized in honour of the Port of Montreal by the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, which also has a Cooperative Agreement with the MPA. The event brought together a hundred or so players in the transport industry. Among those present were: Christine St-Pierre, the Quebec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie; Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada, Mumbai; Dominic Marcotte, Consul and Director of the Quebec Government Office in Mumbai; Mr. Luc Arnouts, Antwerp Port Authority Director of International Relations; Capt. Sandeep Mehta, President of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, representatives of shipping lines providing services to Montreal, shippers, freight forwarders and representatives of the Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI).

 

 

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Port of Montreal files eco-impact assessment of Contrecoeur container project

2018-02-01

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).

At a technical briefing on February 1, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) presented its $650 million container terminal project at Contrecoeur, some 40 kms away on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River as the findings were released of an environmental impact assessment report. The latter had just been made public by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and will be the subject of public consultation organized by the CEAA, including information sessions from February 27 to March 1.

As the only container port in Québec and the largest port in Eastern Canada, the Port of Montreal is planning its future development to support growth to remain competitive with the large American ports that are investing about $9 billion in their infrastructures to notably handle larger containerships.

"This additional port space that will become the Contreoeur container terminal will make it possible to support the growth of this business segment and make the most of the economic and commercial opportunities arising from emerging markets, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Québec Maritime Strategy," said Daniel Dagenais, Vice-President, Operations and head of the project at the MPA.

 

 

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Maritime Magazine est en deuil

Maritime Magazine is in mourning

2018-01-29

Pierre Terrien

Éditeur, Maritime Magazine

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).

C'est la mort dans l'âme que je vous fais part du décès de Michel Veilleux, coéditeur de Maritime Magazine et sa publication soeur, L'Escale Nautique. C'est en 1984 que j'ai débuté ma collaboration avec Michel, collaboration qui nous unira pour les 34 prochaines années. Je tiens avant tout à offrir les condoléances de notre équipe au complet à sa conjointe Hélène ainsi qu'aux deux familles, mais aussi à chaque personne qui a côtoyé Michel, car ils sont tous en deuil. Brillant autodidacte d'une gentillesse et d'une générosité hors normes, son départ laisse un vide titanique qui sera difficile, voire impossible à combler. Il s'est éteint paisiblement à l'Hôtel-Dieu de Québec entouré de ses proches à la suite d'un cancer foudroyant et rare pour lequel la médecine n'a d'autre à offrir que des soins palliatifs. Malgré cela, Michel est demeuré positif et de bonne compagnie jusqu'à son dernier souffle conscient, une illustration supplémentaire de sa nature des plus engageantes. Repose en paix mon associé, mon ami. 

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