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St. Lawrence Seaway opens 60th navigation season

2018-03-14

 

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 St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation marked the opening of the Seaway's 60th navigation season today (March 29), with the transit of the newly built Algoma Niagara through Lock 3 on the Welland Canal. Marine industry stakeholders were cautiously optimistic following the waterway's 9% volume growth in 2017 to more than 38 million metric tons (driven by solid iron ore movements) and improved economic trends globally as well as in Canada and the United States.

However, there was widespread concern that an escalating trade war initiated by U.S. President Trump could affect the flow of commodities and goods on the world's shipping routes. The steel and ore trades are vital for the Seaway. At least until May 1, President Trump has exempted Canada from heavy U.S. steel and aluminum import tariffs.

State-of-the-art ships such as the Algoma Niagara serve as a key part of the supply chain serving to bolster the competitiveness of North American industry. The Algoma Niagara is part of a multi-billion dollar fleet renewal program undertaken by shipowners who frequent the St. Lawrence Seaway, underlining the industry's strong degree of confidence in the future of the waterway. As the most energy efficient means of moving cargo with the lowest carbon footprint, these newly built ships play an important role in supporting both economic growth and enhanced trade in a highly sustainable manner.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), noted in his opening address that 2018 marked both the 60th navigation season for the waterway and the 20th anniversary of the SLSMC. Created in 1998 as a not-for-profit corporation, the SLSMC succeeded the former St. Lawrence Seaway Authority.

"We are very pleased to celebrate 20 years of progress" said Terence Bowles. "Since 1998, the SLSMC has worked collectively with its partners to reinforce the Seaway's competitiveness as a vital transportation artery. From being the first inland waterway in North America to implement AIS in 2003 which enables the precise monitoring of ship locations by satellite, to the recent completion of our Hands-Free Mooring system which was recognized by the OECD as a great example of innovation, the SLSMC has been at the forefront of progress within the marine industry. Our modernization program, including Hands-Free Mooring, brings about the greatest advancements in Seaway operations since its inception 60 years ago."

 

 

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First ship calls at new Sept -Iles multi-user dock

2018-03-26

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 era has been launched at the Port of Sept-Iles on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River with the arrival of the first large bulk carrier at the newly-built multi-user dock.  The M/V Magnus Oldendorff arrived on March 25 to load 190,000 metric tons of iron ore from the Bloom Lake mine of Québec Iron Ore Inc. for delivery to China's Port of Qingdao.

While the facility is now operational, official inauguration is slated for May. It is the only facility in North America able to accommodate Chinamax bulk carriers with capacities up to 400,000 tons. Port officials forecast a cargo throughput of more than 30 million tons in 2018 thanks to strong resurgence of global iron ore markets.

Pierre C. Gagnon, President and CEO of the Sept-Iles Port Authority, underlined the benefits for customers of the launching on March 26 of the new conveyor of the Société ferroviaire et portuaire du Pointe-Noire (SFPPN).

Carl Allard, the port's asset manager, indicated that the vessels calling in April and May will represent a "breaking-in" period for the  dock's equipment and cargo-handling systems. (Photo Port de Sept-Iles)


 
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Bientôt un brise-glace de croisière hybride

2018-03-15

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).

L'armateur de croisière Ponant a annoncé la construction d'un premier brise-glace de croisière hybride électrique, propulsé au gaz naturel liquéfié. Leader mondial de l'expédition de luxe en zones polaires et unique armateur français de navire de croisières, Ponant a confié la tâche de construire cette première unité à la filiale norvégienne du chantier italien Fincantieri. La livraison est prévue pour 2021. Avec ses 135 cabines et ses prestations luxueuses, ce navire innovant, certifié Clean Ship entrainera ses passagers vers des destinations polaires jusque-là inaccessibles: le pôle Nord géographique (90° Latitude Nord), la mer de Weddell, la mer de Ross ou encore l'île de Pierre 1er. Peut-être aurons-nous le plaisir de le voir sur le Saint-Laurent et le Saguenay en hiver? L'armateur est un habitué du système Saint-Laurent-Grands-Lacs.

 
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New branding reflects Logistec's expanding reach

2018-03-14

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).

Following a recent acquisition that markedly extends its terminal operations in the U.S. Gulf, Logistec Corporation has unveiled a new branding.

"To celebrate this evolution and to recognize Logistec's expanding reach, Logistec is excited to introduce a new branding that clearly reflects its sectors of expertise as denoted in the new coloured "O" - marine services and environmental services both linked by water," Logistec said. "This unique combination of services is brought to life by the dedication of the Paquin family, along with 2,300 people across North America, from the Arctic to the U.S. Gulf, and key industry partners, who together strive every day to go beyond for their customers.  The future is bright for the Logistec family."

As a result of the acquisition of Houston-based Gulf Stream Marine, Logistec's cargo-handling activities now encompass 58 terminals in 35 ports in eastern North America and the Gulf region.

"My father would be very proud of where we are today," said Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO since 1996.  Roger Paquin  founded the company in 1952 by concentrating on stevedoring and cargo-handling along the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

 
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Port of Vancouver shatters cargo record

2018-03-14

 

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).

Overall cargo volume through the Port of Vancouver in 2017 reached a record high of 142.1 million tonnes, up five per cent from 2016, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced. Sectors experiencing strong growth include containers and bulk grain, both of which hit new records in 2017.

"The record year for cargo movement and healthy growth across the port reflects the strength of the Canadian economy in 2017, as well as the Port of Vancouver's ability to accommodate the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America," said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Notably, overall container traffic (measured by TEUs or twenty-foot equivalent units) saw a significant increase of 11 per cent over 2016 to reach a record of 3.3 million TEUs, with loaded imports up by 11 per cent. Volumes were driven by a global upswing in economic activity, which boosted Canadian export sales and overall strength in the transpacific container market.

"Year over year we continue to see an increase in the global demand for Canadian products shipped in containers and Canadian demand for consumer and manufacturing goods from Asia," continued Silvester. "To meet future demand, we are taking steps to ensure the Port of Vancouver is ready to handle growing container volumes through Canada's West Coast. A number of investments in infrastructure are already underway in the port to build container capacity."

 

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