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Cargo tonnage surges on       St. Lawrence Seaway

2017-07-21

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).

Total cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 20 per cent this year as the marine highway supports business growth from key sectors of the North American economy.

According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to June 30 reached 12 million metric tons - two million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

"Seaway cargo shipments are a reflection of North American and global economic conditions in industries such as auto manufacturing, construction, mining and agriculture. Cargo volumes have improved in almost every category from iron ore and grain to road salt and construction materials compared to last spring," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"The St. Lawrence Seaway is a bellwether for the health of the overall U.S. and Canadian economies and reflects strong demand for raw materials to support the automotive, manufacturing and construction sectors," said Bruce Burrows, Chamber of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

Canadian grain totaled 2.4 million metric tons, up 14 per cent, with vessels shipping a large carry over of Prairie and Ontario grain products from the fall harvest to overseas markets.

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Davie unveils large naval ship built in Canada

2017-07-21

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).

Chantier Davie of Lévis, QC on the St. Lawrence River unveiled on July 20 the Asterix, the first large naval ship to be built in Canada in more than 20 years. The supply vessel is expected to enter into service with the Royal Canadian Navy by the end of this year.

Project Resolve, as the undertaking was described, consisted of converting a German containership, which arrived in Lévis in October 2015, into an Auxiliary Oiler Replenisment (AOR) ship to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy.

"The delivery of this ship will restore Canada's ability to form a naval task group," said Alex Vicefield, Chairman of Canada's biggest shipbuilder. "What a great way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary."

The Resolve-Class $660 million naval support ship will be the largest naval platform in service with the Royal Canadian Navy for the foreseeable future and will provide a wide range of functions from at-sea replenishment of fuels and cargo to aviation support, fleet medical support and humanitarian and disaster relief.

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Port Saint John adds   CMA-CGM to shipping services roster

2017-07-12

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).

Port Saint John has announced the addition of the 3rd largest container line in the world, CMA-CGM,  to its shipping services roster. The French carrier will offer a new container service at Port Saint John, providing weekly connection to global markets.

CMA-CGM is not only one of the world's leading container lines but also has developed innovative technology which places them as a leader in the movement of refrigerated goods by container.   The Port Saint John weekly call on CMA-CGM's Cagema service will begin the week of August 21st and will offer transhipment to world markets via their hub in Kingston, Jamaica.

"The addition of CMA-CGM to the services available to shippers and receivers in the region and beyond provides even more opportunity to access new markets with their products.  CMA-CGM's technical specialization with reefer containers is a vital addition to the existing offerings at Port Saint John" noted Jim Quinn, President & CEO of Port Saint John. Endit

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Agreement for Somavrac to operate Terminal 13 at  Port of Trois-Rivières

2017-07-05

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 Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) and Groupe Somavrac announced the signing of a long-term agreement to operate Terminal 13 at the Port of Trois-Rivières, the newest terminal on the St. Lawrence River. This terminal, with a surface area of 23,000 m2, as well as Pier 13, was restored in 2016 and has been in operation since January 2017.

The agreement  announced on July 3 allows Somavrac to expand its services. In addition to these two vessel berths, Terminal 13 provides an outdoor storage area accommodating a wide variety of products. The terminal provides effective rail and road links along with a network of pipelines connected to reservoirs located further north. It also offers access to two solid bulk facilities located nearby. It has become a comprehensive multimodal storage platform.

Marc Paquin, President of Groupe Somavrac, stressed that "Terminal 13 will enable Somavrac to better serve its customers. With its versatility and quality of maritime, road and rail access, it is well adapted to the complexity of our customers' supply chains. In addition to this infrastructure, Somavrac offers advanced equipment and expertise recognized throughout the logistics industry. This agreement consolidates a well-established business relationship with the Port of Trois-Rivières since our company was founded in 1963, and we are very proud of this."

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Halifax receives largest
containership to date

2017-06-30

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 Halifax has received its largest containerized cargo vessel call to date. The Zim Antwerp, 349 metres length, 45.6 metres beam and 10,062 TEU capacity, arrived at Halterm International Container Terminal at approximately noon on June 29. ZIM's network of global shipping services covers all major international trade routes and is complemented by an extensive array of regional shipping lines, connected by 10 major hubs.

"With three services calling on the Port of Halifax, Zim remains committed to serving Canada through the Halifax Atlantic Gateway," said Volker Kluge, President, Zim Canada. "We look forward to working with our partners to increase the flow of goods and cargo moving through Halifax," said Mr. Kluge.

"At Halterm we have invested and continue to invest in the equipment, people and services required to handle the larger ships that have followed the widening of the Panama Canal," said Kim Holtermand, Halterm's Chief Executive Officer.

"We have the capability and determination among a dedicated work force to meet the opportunity for growth that these vessels represent in serving eastern Canada and the arrival of the Zim Antwerp at Halterm plays to our strengths as a deep-water, big ship international container terminal," Mr. Holtermand added.

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