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Record cargo year announced at Montreal Gold-Headed Cane ceremony

2018-01-03

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).

Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon awarded the famous Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Rakesh Kumar, an Indian national, Master of the Ottawa Express containership operated by Hapag-Lloyd which was the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2018.

At the same time, the MPA announced on January 3 another record year in total and container traffic. According to unaudited preliminary results, the Port handled close to 38 million metric tons in total 2017 traffic, representing an increase of nearly 7% from 2016 while container volume rose by 5.7% to 13.8 million tons. The cruise sector also ended 2017 with record results, welcoming 114,000 passengers and crew members - up 36% over 2016.

The Ottawa Express left the Port of Liverpool, England, on December 21. It crossed the Port of Montreal's limits on January 1, 2018 at 11:55 am.
"I want to congratulate Captain Rakesh Kumar and the entire crew of the Ottawa Express, who braved the ice and cold on the St. Lawrence River to make it safely to their destination. The arrival of Captain Kumar and his container ship is a great reminder at the start of this new year that container handling is part of the Port of Montreal's DNA and has been growing here for over 50 years," said Ms. Vachon.

The Gold-Headed Cane Ceremony, a tradition for 179 years, kicks off a new year of activity at the Port of Montreal. In the past, the first ship arrived at the Port in the early spring, after the break-up and thawing of ice on the St. Lawrence River. In present times, awarding the Gold-Headed Cane is a reminder that the Port of Montreal has been open year round since 1964.

 

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Deep Freeze smothers St. Lawrence River shipping

2018-01-02

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).

Leo Ryan, Editor

As dramatically illustrated by the accompanying photo taken by a veteran pilot, nightmarish conditions have prevailed for commercial shipping operations on the St. Lawrence River since a Deep Freeze hit virtually all of Canada more than a week ago. The worst of the icy grip has at least several more days to go, say weather forecasters.

Since 1962, winter navigation on the St. Lawrence, permitting ocean vessels to reach as far inland as the Port of Montreal, has represented a unique world transportation phenomenon - thanks notably to ice-breaking services, when requested, from the Canadian Coast Guard.

It remains to be seen whether the current extremely harsh weather conditions will provoke ice jams of the same dimension which paralyzed shipping and port operations for an extended period in 1981. Heating and other issues have reportedly affected some vessels in the waterway.

Certain areas, like the two bridges around Québec City and the Saguenay River, present major challenges in such circumstances.

On this occasion, Maritime Magazine would like to salute the courageous efforts of all the actors involved - from ship captains, pilots, tugboat operators and the Canadian Coast Guard (doing its best with limited resources) to crew members, stevedores and dockers battling bitter cold and heavy winds while, among other arduous tasks, attempting to break tons of ice frozen onto vessels.

On the St. Lawrence Seaway too, the prolonged Arctic cold mass has complicated commercial navigation, resulting in delays in closing locks for the last vessels passing through the system. Some locks, such as those for instance at Sainte-Catherine near Montreal, could not open on Dec. 31 to let six vessels through due to ice-buildup off the lock walls and gates. (Photo Louis Rhéaume).

 
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Desgagnés takes delivery of 2nd dual-fuel tanker

2017-12-21

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).

Québec City based Groupe Desgagnés announced it has taken delivery of the M/T Mia Desgagnés, whose construction was recently completed in Turkey. Representing an investment exceeding $50 million, the ship is a new-generation product tanker with state-of-the-art technology. Second in a series of four product carriers, it is custom-built according to an original concept developed by Desgagnés and ordered at the Besiktas shipyard located in Yalova near Istanbul.
"The addition of the Mia Desgagnés to the Desgagnés fleet - as for the addition of the Damia Desgagnés earlier this year - is the result of multiple innovations and tremendous work; it is the source of great pride" said Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés, who adds: « The Damia Desgagnés and Mia Desgagnés once again tangibly demonstrate the extent of Desgagnés's vision and leadership with regards to sustainable development as well as its commitment to its clientele in order to offer a first-class, safe and more environmentally-friendly marine transportation service for petroleum products."
The Mia Desgagnés, sixth in a series of ship acquisitions by Desgagnés in 2017, is a dual-fuel/LNG oil/product and chemical tanker. It's the first in Canada of this type and it's most notable characteristic is that it can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has undeniable advantages in terms of sustainable development by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, amongst others.
At the global level, the Mia Desgagnés is the first dual-fuel/LNG product/chemical tanker in service holding a Polar 7 ice class, confirming her capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters.

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Seaway poised to surpass last year's volume

2017-12-15

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).

With just two weeks left of the season, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are expected to finish ahead of 2016 after a year marked by economic recovery and new business wins.

According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to November 30 reached 33.6 million metric tons - up 8.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. Early this week, there was still a steady number of ocean-going and domestic ships travelling through the waterway to pick up or unload cargo. This is expected to continue for the balance of the season.

"We're definitely seeing some impressive cargo gains this year, underscoring the St. Lawrence Seaway's value as a vital trade gateway. For example, the Seaway is facilitating substantial export movements of iron ore in response to higher ore prices. We are also attracting new business to the waterway thanks to our marketing and incentive programs," said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

"An acceleration of Prairie and Ontario grain shipments, which is expected to continue right through December, also figures well into the outlook for a good finish to the 2017 navigation season," said Mr.  Bowles.

 

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Port of Québec proposes container terminal

2017-12-12

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).

The Québec Port Authority (QPA) on Dec. 12 announced its plan to build a container terminal at the site of the Beauport 2020 project, entailing a $400 million investment.This initiative, part of the Beauport 2020 expansion project, is the culmination of a lengthy process by the QPA to identify economic niches with the highest potential for the future Port's development. After multiple technical and commercial studies, the QPA has come to the conclusion that building a container terminal at the Beauport 2020 site is the best way to leverage this space. For the Québec City area and all along the St. Lawrence, this promising project could potentially create a new international economic hub geared toward logistics, distribution centers, and new businesses.

In a speech to the Québec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, port president and CEO Mario Girard stressed that the Port of Québec has all the strategic advantages needed to carry out this major project. With its water depth of 15 meters and full intermodality, Québec City has a distinctive advantage in the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes Trade Corridor.

Mr. Girard pointed out that the opening of the new 15-meter-deep Panama Canal in 2016 and the emergence of next-generation ships requiring deep-water ports is completely changing the landscape of commercial shipping. This new 15-meter standard makes it harder for the St. Lawrence, as it currently stands, to compete with American ports in the container market.

With its unique features, the Port of Québec has what it takes to build a container terminal that offers a competitive alternative in the St. Lawrence. The Port of Québec's proximity to the big St. Lawrence-Great Lakes market, with its over 110 million consumers, makes it the perfect location for a container terminal, stated a press release.

The ever-evolving dynamics of the global economy, emerging new markets, and shipping industry growth all illustrate just how important it is for Québec City to quickly adapt to the new landscape. Québec City must get on board and leverage its strategic geographic location on the shortest route between Europe and the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes region, which is home to over 40% of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

 

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