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McKeil's Evans Spirit wins IBJ 2016 Ship of the Year award

2016-11-25

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'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).

 
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Canada's Capt. McCann appointed IMO Maritime Ambassador

2016-11-22

A new container terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal was formally inaugurated today, boosting the port's handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs as Canada's second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade. The Terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc., is part of Logistec's extensive network on the East Coast of North Americ.
Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority; Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Madeleine Paquin, President of Logistec and Chair of Termont Terminal;  Sokat Shaikh from MSC and other industry representatives.
"The new Viau terminal will have a considerable impact!" said Ms. Vachon. "Ultimately, it will increase the Port of Montréal's handling capacity by 2.1 million TEUs and generate significant benefits for the region, province and country as whole with annual spinoffs of $340 million and the creation of 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.
"The success of this project is the result of a significant collaboration between public and private organizations, including Termont Montréal Inc. and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. Moreover, the work was carried out with concern for communities and the environment."
The new terminal, together with the work done previously and the second phase of work to be completed in the years to come, will bring the total handling capacity in the Viau sector to 600 000 TEUs, and the Port of Montréal's overall handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs. Last year, Montreal's container cargo broke another record, rising 4% to nearly 1.5 million TEUs.
The construction of the new terminal is part of a broader port capacity optimization project covering three essential areas: the terminal's container-handling capacity, marine access and road access. The Port of Montréal must be active on all three fronts to establish the right balance between facilitating traffic and ensuring that activities continue to run smoothly.
The federal government is contributing a third of the eligible funding for all three project components to a maximum of $43.6 million under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Of this amount, up to $27.2 million is available to fund the new container terminal. The remainder of the funding will be attributed to the project's other two components.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that port infrastructure plays a key role in supporting economic growth,' said Minister Garneau. "In addition to making the Port of Montréal considerably more competitive, productive and effective, this project will also help to support economic growth for Canadians in the years to come." (Photos Sylvain Giguère/APM)

Master Mariners of Canada announced that Captain John McCann has been appointed as an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Ambassador. Captain McCann is the only Canadian representative in the IMO Ambassador Scheme, and joins approximately 40 other Ambassadors worldwide. He was nominated for this prestigious position by the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA).

"My hope is that, as an IMO Maritime Ambassador, Captain McCann will have the chance to tell young people how rewarding, satisfying and fulfilling the shipping world can be," says Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO.

An IMO Maritime Ambassador is a spokesperson for the maritime and seafaring professions. Ambassadors are encouraged to share their passion about the maritime world, particularly with young people who are starting out in their education, apprenticeships and career pathways. The goal of the program is to reach new target audiences and inspire a new generation of maritime experts and seafarers.

"My goal with the IMO Ambassador Scheme is to represent the Master Mariners of Canada, and use this appointment to raise our profile, meet the needs of our members in terms of meaningful professional development, and further our strategic objectives as an organization," says  Capt. McCann. "This is an avenue for us to encourage youth to take up a career at sea."

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New Montreal terminal
significantly boosts
container capacity

2016-11-18

A new container terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal was formally inaugurated today, boosting the port's handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs as Canada's second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade. The Terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc., is part of Logistec's extensive network on the East Coast of North Americ.
Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority; Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Madeleine Paquin, President of Logistec and Chair of Termont Terminal;  Sokat Shaikh from MSC and other industry representatives.
"The new Viau terminal will have a considerable impact!" said Ms. Vachon. "Ultimately, it will increase the Port of Montréal's handling capacity by 2.1 million TEUs and generate significant benefits for the region, province and country as whole with annual spinoffs of $340 million and the creation of 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.
"The success of this project is the result of a significant collaboration between public and private organizations, including Termont Montréal Inc. and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. Moreover, the work was carried out with concern for communities and the environment."
The new terminal, together with the work done previously and the second phase of work to be completed in the years to come, will bring the total handling capacity in the Viau sector to 600 000 TEUs, and the Port of Montréal's overall handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs. Last year, Montreal's container cargo broke another record, rising 4% to nearly 1.5 million TEUs.
The construction of the new terminal is part of a broader port capacity optimization project covering three essential areas: the terminal's container-handling capacity, marine access and road access. The Port of Montréal must be active on all three fronts to establish the right balance between facilitating traffic and ensuring that activities continue to run smoothly.
The federal government is contributing a third of the eligible funding for all three project components to a maximum of $43.6 million under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Of this amount, up to $27.2 million is available to fund the new container terminal. The remainder of the funding will be attributed to the project's other two components.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that port infrastructure plays a key role in supporting economic growth,' said Minister Garneau. "In addition to making the Port of Montréal considerably more competitive, productive and effective, this project will also help to support economic growth for Canadians in the years to come." (Photos Sylvain Giguère/APM)

A new container terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal was formally inaugurated today, boosting the port's handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs as Canada's second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade. The Terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc., is part of Logistec's extensive network on the East Coast of North Americ.

Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority; Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Madeleine Paquin, President of Logistec and Chair of Termont Terminal;  Sokat Shaikh from MSC and other industry representatives.

"The new Viau terminal will have a considerable impact!" said Ms. Vachon. "Ultimately, it will increase the Port of Montréal's handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs and generate significant benefits for the region, province and country as whole with annual spinoffs of $340 million and the creation of 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.

"The success of this project is the result of a significant collaboration between public and private organizations, including Termont Montréal Inc. and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. Moreover, the work was carried out with concern for communities and the environment."

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Bruce Burrows
appointed new CMC President

2016-11-15

Thboard of directors of the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) has announced the appointment of Bruce R. Burrows as President, effective December 1st, 2016.
Mr. Burrows joins the Chamber as the bi-national industry association enters a new chapter, having recently completed a merger with the Canadian Shipowners Association in September. He succeeds Stephen Brooks, who took a mid-career sabbatical in October after being at the CMC  helm for a decade. Raymond Johnston has served as Interim President prior to the new appointment.
Mr. Burrows brings almost 35 years of government relations, business development and consensus-building expertise to the position, with senior leadership roles in the commercial transportation and industry association sectors.

The board of directors of the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) has announced the appointment of Bruce R. Burrows as President, effective December 1st, 2016.

Mr. Burrows joins the Chamber as the bi-national industry association enters a new chapter, having recently completed a merger with the Canadian Shipowners Association in September. He succeeds Stephen Brooks, who took a mid-career sabbatical in October after being at the CMC  helm for a decade. Raymond Johnston has served as Interim President prior to the new appointment.

Mr. Burrows brings almost 35 years of government relations, business development and consensus-building expertise to the position, with senior leadership roles in the commercial transportation and industry association sectors.

"Bruce's considerable experience advocating on behalf of the transportation sector and his collaborative leadership style will be a significant asset to our newly merged association," said Wayne Smith, Chair of the CMC.  "An efficient regulatory climate is central to continued investment by industry in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and our coastal communities. Building strong relationships with North American government, business and community stakeholders will be paramount to achieving that goal."

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Iron ore exports fuel upswing on St. Lawrence Seaway

2016-11-14

A surge of North American iron ore exports to Japan and China is keeping the St. Lawrence Seaway bustling in the critical months before the shipping season winds down. Ships will deliver over a million metric tons of iron ore pellets for export via the inland waterway by late December.

The ore exports in combination with a steady flow of Canadian Prairie grain helped lift year-to-date Seaway cargo shipments (from March 21 to the end of October) to 25.8 million metric tons. That is 5% down from the same period last year, but marks an improvement from earlier in the season.
"After a slow start to the season, our entire fleet is now booked out until the end of the year," said Wayne Smith, Senior Vice-president of Commercial, Algoma Central Corporation. "We were able to move quickly to put more vessels into service to respond to the unexpected demand of iron ore exports. The shipping industry is also well-positioned to deal with the large volumes of Prairie grain expected to come through the waterway over the coming months."

North American mining companies are seizing on opportunities to export iron ore pellets to serve steel production demand in Japan and China," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "The Seaway is an important international trade conduit that provides efficient, cost effective transportation for industries like the mining sector."

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