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Federal government announces
review of Canada's Pilotage Act

2017-06-02

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).

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, has announced a review of the Pilotage Act, one of five initiatives within the context of the Liberal government's Oceans Protection Plan.

In Toronto on May 31, Minister McKenna launched a review of the Pilotage Act -the legislative and regulatory framework enacted in 1972 that ensures experienced marine pilots navigate ships safely through select waters in Canada. The Review will be chaired by Marc Grégoire, who is a former Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard and former Assistant Deputy Minister of Safety and Security at Transport Canada. Under Mr. Grégoire's leadership, the Review will focus on topics such as tariffs, service delivery, governance, and dispute resolution.

Commenting on the announcement, Fulvio Fracassi, CEO of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority (one of Canada's four pilotage authorities), said he believed that the areas identified for review "will assist in developing recommendations to improve and modernize" the pilotage legislation.

"Marine pilotage in Canada has a success rate of over 99%, providing Canadians with the assurance that ships in their waters are travelling safely to and from their destinations," noted Minister McKenna. "Under the Ocean's Protection Plan, this Pilotage Act Review is a commitment to ensuring Canada has the modern legislation and regulations needed to inspire this confidence."

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Economic value of commercial
marine shipping in Canada
pegged at $30 billion

2017-05-31

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).

A new report, The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada, released by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), estimates the national economic value of commercial marine shipping at approximately $30 billion, significantly higher than traditional economic impact measurements. The CCA report is the first study of its kind to examine "value" as including cultural, environmental, and security dimensions in addition to economic measures.

"Traditional economic impact studies measure the direct and spinoff impacts of the industry but do not capture the overall value of marine shipping in facilitating international trade throughout the economy," said Dr. Mary R. Brooks, Chair of the Expert Panel and Professor Emerita at Dalhousie University. "When assessed from a broader social value perspective, the net overall value of marine shipping to Canada is positive and sizeable."

Historically, the economic impact of the Canadian commercial marine shipping industry has been measured by GDP, and in 2016 was estimated at $3 billion. However, conventional measurement of GDP fails to capture the role that marine shipping plays in enabling specialized production and efficient trade patterns.

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CSL captures Lloyd's List Ship Operator of Year award

2017-05-29

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).

The CSL Group was given the prestigious 2017 Ship Operator of the Year award at the Lloyd's List Americas gala dinner held in New York City. The award recognizes excellence in business development, safety, efficiency and reliability, and is open to ship operators in North, South and Central America.

"It is a great honour for CSL to be accepting this award, which is a tribute to the passion, dedication and innovative spirit of our outstanding ship and shore employees," said Louis Martel, President and CEO, The CSL Group.

"Every day we take great pride in delivering exceptional service to our customers in the most efficient, safe and sustainable way - and we constantly seek to get better. As we continue to modernize our fleet, we are bringing advanced technologies into our ship and shore operations that will elevate our business for years to come."

CSL's Vice-President of Government and Industry Affairs, Kirk Jones accepted the award on behalf of the Company. In a show of support to the future of the industry, he was joined at the CSL table by a group of cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy who are studying international maritime business.

This  is the  second time CSL has won a Lloyd's List ship operator award. In 2015, CSL was named the Inland/Coastal/Lakes Operator of the Year. (Photo CSL)

 
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GCT Deltaport welcomes
largest box vessel
to call in Canada

2017-05-19

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).

GCT Canada has welcomed the largest container vessel to call the country at GCT Deltaport, located in the Port of Vancouver.

The Hapag-Lloyd 13,200 TEU Antwerpen Express, which arrived on May 8 at the terminal in Delta, B.C.,  has been deployed as part of THE Alliance's Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service. GCT Deltaport was the Antwerpen Express's first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo-Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).

The Hamburg class vessel is the first of a progressive ship upsizing for the service. Not only will this new fleet of vessels offer more slots for importers and exporters to grow in the market, but it will do so with an improved environmental footprint.

GCT Deltaport hosts the largest ships to call the Port of Vancouver. The facility recently completed major construction on its $280 million Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project that increases rail capacity by over 50% within the existing footprint, enabling even better handling of big ship surge volumes.

"Our dedicated PN3 shuttle service is a competitive East West product with short transit times," stated Wolfgang Schoch, Senior Vice President of Hapag-Lloyd (Canada). "Working together with our supply chain partners, through this facility our cargo reaches more than 20 destinations across Canada and the US Midwest."

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LNG supply now available
at Port of Montreal

2017-05-19

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).

Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal announced that an LNG supply solution for marine fuel is now available at the Port of Montreal.

This follows the recent inauguration of M/T Damia Desgagnés, the first dual-fuel powered Canadian-flagged asphalt tanker built in a Turkish shipyard. She is the first of four tankers custom-built according to an original concept developed by Quebec City's Groupe Desgagnés.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, Sophie Brochu, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Sylvie Vachon, praised Groupe Desgagnés for its leadership and vision. By acquiring four vessels able to comply with the most stringent environmental standards, Groupe Desgagnés positions itself as a pioneer in its category for the development of LNG as a fuel for maritime transport in Québec and Canada. stated a press release on May 18.

Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal joined efforts in developing an LNG supply system that will be operated by a Gaz Métro subsidiary. This system will be available to all shipowners in Quebec, including the fleets passing through the Port of Montreal. In short, this is an important milestone for the entire maritime transport sector.

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