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Groupe Desgagnés Company of he Year in 2018 Lloyd's List Americas Awards

2018-05-30

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).

Groupe Desgagnés was selected as Company of the Year at a gala event in Houston, Texas celebrating outstanding contributions to the maritime industry at the Lloyd's List Americas Awards.

Based in Québec City on the St. Lawrence River, Groupe Desgagnés operates a fleet of 19  Canadian-flag vessels transporting general and bulk cargo.

The carrier recently drew international attention by launching the world's first polar class, dual fuel product/chemical tanker.

Louis-Marie Beaulieu, President and CEO, was presented with the award on May 24 by Helen Kelly, Executive Editor of Lloyd's list.

On this occasion, Ms. Kelly stated that the winners "reflect the effort and importance industry places on achieving excellence. We are intent on celebrating the best practices, and practitioners, in this industry which is the backbone of global trade."

Winners in other categories included  International Seaways, ports of Corpus Christie and Houston, Maersk Line, Norton Rose Fulbright, Holland America. A lifetime achievement award went to the late Dr. James Chao, Founder of the Foremost Group.

 
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Logistec adds Pate Stevedore to U.S. Gulf expansion

2018-05-25

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).

Logistec Corporation of Montreal has announced its continuing expansion in the U.S. Gulf with the acquisition of Pensacola Stevedore Company (Pate Stevedore). This follows the strategic purchase of Texas-based Gulf Stream Marine in March that was announced by Logistec President and CEO Madeleine Paquin.

Pate Stevedore provides professional cargo handling and distribution services at its Florida operations. With this new addition to the Logistec family, Logistec's network grows to 61 terminals in 37 ports across North America.

Under the stewardship of the Pate family, Pate Stevedore has for several decades worked throughout the U.S. Gulf from Panama City to Pascagoula and like most companies whose services have withstood the test of time, Pate Stevedore has experienced both growth and change and today it is a well-established cargo handling service provider based in Pensacola with terminals in Pensacola, Milton and Panama City, Florida.

Like Logistec, Pate Stevedore has a strong set of values and a dedicated team which continually strives to find innovative solutions for customers. Pate Stevedore will continue to operate under the same name for now, under the supervision of Matthew Pate who joins the Logistec family as General Manager.
The Logistec family is growing, now with over 2,400 people across its network, all with a common goal of going beyond for their customers. This acquisition represents Logistec's continued commitment to look for ways to exceed customers' expectations by coming together to share best-practices across its growing network.

 
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Maersk launching exclusive Montreal-Mediterranean service

2018-05-22

 

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).

Maersk Line announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic. Starting in July, the Mediterranean-Montreal Express service which will also call at Halifax upgrades Maersk's transatlantic coverage amidst robust trade flows and positive spin-offs from last fall's free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.

"The exclusive, fully Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain)," the carrier said. "Other Mediterranean markets will also be conveniently connected to the new service thanks to our integrated transhipment services in Algeciras and Valencia, with consistent products to/from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

The Maersk-operated service will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.

Jack Mahoney, President of Maersk Line Canada commented: "With one agreement in effect to fuel Canadian imports and exports in the Atlantic and another one in the works for the Pacific, this represents only favourable wind behind the expansion of our services in Canada and enable our customers to reach new markets in Europe and Asia."

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Grieg Star Shipping sells longtime ownership of Squamish Terminals

2018-05-15

 

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).

Western Stevedoring Company Limited and Grieg Star AS of Bergen, Norway have announced that Western Stevedoring has purchased 100 per cent of Squamish Terminals Ltd. from Grieg Star, owner of the breakbulk terminal for nearly a half century.

Established in 1972 at the north end of Howe Sound, 32 nautical miles north of the Port of Vancouver, Squamish Terminals handles mainly forest products, steel products and project cargo such as windmill parts and turbines. With 60 acres, two berths, three warehouses and an experienced team, the facility serves customers throughout North America and global markets.

Changes in management structure have followed since the transaction became effective May 10. Kim Stegeman moves from President of Squamish Terminals to VP Finance, Administration and Strategy at Western. Recently terminal superintendent at Western, Paul Morris has become Manager of Squamish Terminals, responsible for operations and customer service.

"This acquisition strengthens Western Stevedoring's continued commitment to the breakbulk sector in British Columbia's Gateway and expands the service options currently provided to our customers with greater capacity for the coordination of efficient service and consolidation of cargo," said Western Stevedoring's president, Brad Eshleman.

"The hard work and dedication of the organization over these years have impressed us more than once, " said Squamish Terminals Chair Rune Birkeland. We are proud of what has been achieved over these years, but now is the right time for the terminal to continue under new ownership. Western Stevedoring has the right focus and expertise to further strengthen the terminal, and we are confident it is in the right hands going forward."

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Ottawa invests $45.8m in Port of Montreal road infrastructure

2018-05-15

 

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 Montreal Port Authority has welcomed the Government of Canada's announcement of funding of $45.8 million in the road network adjacent to the Port of Montreal to facilitate the transport of Canadian goods to world markets. This investment is awarded under the National Trade Corridors Fund program.

"This announcement has a direct impact on the Port of Montreal and its many partners, and it is a mobilizing project that will make a contribute to improving the flow of freight transport by road in the city," said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon when the announcement was made on May 14 at the Port of Montreal's Grand Quay.

The past five years have been marked by sustained growth in the economy and international trade at the Port of Montreal, clearly reflected in an increase in traffic, especially goods moved by containers. Currently handling 1.5 million TEU annually, the port's box throughput is expected to attain 2.5 million TEU by 2030.

"To support this increase, it became imperative to keep improving the road network system near our facilities, in collaboration with our partners in the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal, so that goods can be more smoothly moved by truck, and that is exactly the goal of the project announced today," added Ms. Vachon.

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