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Madeleine Paquin inducted into
International Maritime Hall of Fame

2017-05-17

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 announced that Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of the Montreal-based marine and environmental services provider since 1996, was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at a gala event in New York last week. She is the first Canadian shipping executive to have won the award established in 1993 by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The award recognizes "maritime visionaries who through their excellence in their company, organization or services best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st century," states the Association.

"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from the maritime community in the United States. The credit for this goes to my team of talented and dedicated leaders. Together, we strategize and we are always looking for innovative ways to find solutions for our growing customer base," said Ms. Paquin. "Our success is a team effort and I will always have tremendous gratitude to the customers, partners, and colleagues that have helped Logistec achieve its success."

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Chamber of Shipping of B.C. assails
Ottawa moratorium on crude oil shipments

2017-05-17

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 Canadian government's decision to implement a moratorium on crude oil shipments to and from ports in northern British Columbia "sends a dangerous economic signal while not addressing risk appropriately," according to the Vancouver-based Chamber of Shipping headed by Robert Lewis-Manning.

The Chamber was reacting to the mid-May announcement of the introduction of C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act in Parliament. Penalty provisions could attain $5 million.

The legislation will prohibit tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo for stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine facilities in northern British Columbia. It is aimed at providing a high level of protection for the coastlines around Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.

The proposed moratorium area extends from the Canada-U.S. border in the north down to the point on the mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island. However ships carrying under 12,500 tonnes of crude or persistent oil will continue to be allowed in the moratorium area to ensure that northern communities will not be deprived of critical shipments of heating oils and other products.

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Hapag-Lloyd celebrates
125 years of presence in Montre
al

2017-05-16

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).

125 years ago, the steamship Cremon set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. The carrier's first ship to serve the Canadian market called at the Port of Montreal in March 1892. Hapag-Lloyd, today the world's fifth largest container carrier, celebrated this anniversary in Montreal on May 16 with the shipping company's customers and other partners.

"As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us," said Rolf Habben Jansen, the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. "But Canada has also become a hub of the global shipping industry."

"In 125 years, Hapag-Lloyd has shown its commitment to the Port of Montreal more than once - in particular by developing dedicated services between Europe, the Mediterranean and Montreal, and also choosing Montreal as the headquarters of its operations in Canada as a whole," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

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Global declaration on ship safety

2017-05-09

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).

Global leaders in marine shipping signed a new declaration to protect the world's oceans and advance international ship safety at the Third Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control staged in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The conference, held May 2-4th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, brought together Ministers and Heads of Delegation from Canada, 27 European and 23 Asia-Pacific countries.

Port State Control is an international program for inspecting foreign ships entering local waters. Port State Control inspections ensure that these ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions.

The new Ministerial Declaration on Port State Control is a commitment by European and Pacific Rim countries to continue to eliminate substandard shipping practices that result in loss of life, damage to property and harm to marine environments. It will help create new global policies that advance this goal, putting pressure on administrations and owners of substandard ships to comply with international ship safety standards.

"Canada continues to play a lead role in promoting international safe shipping, hosting the Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control for the third time in almost 20 years," said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. "The Declarations signed at these conferences have made Port State Control one of the most effective international programs in place to ensure that ships are safe, crews are working in acceptable conditions, and our waters are protected from ship source pollution." (Photo VPA)

 
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Laurentian Pilotage Authority
restricts ship departures
from Montreal

2017-05-07

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 Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) in collaboration with the Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation determined late on May 5 that ships leaving berth between Montreal and Trois-Rivières with a draft of 10 metres or more shall be restricted to day departures between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This exceptional and temporary measure has been put in place due to exceptionally high water levels on the St. Lawrence River between Pointe-Citrouille and Montreal, the LPA said.

"In these exceptional circumstances and in view of the continuous pressures experienced by residents with the water floods, we are taking the measures necessary to ensure that maritime transport does not exacerbate the situation and that we can continue to ensure the safety of pilotage and navigation services" said Fulvio Fracassi, Chief Executive Officer of the LPA.

The mission of the LPA is to ensure the safety of navigation on the St. Lawrence River and the protection of citizens and shoreline properties. This measure will be reevaluated on a daily basis in collaboration with the Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation. The LPA will continue to monitor the situation on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada and the pilots corporations.

The action was taken in response to the Canadian Coast Guard's current notices to mariners concerning the safe speed of vessels.

 
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