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Tropical Shipping makes first
Halifax call on new service

2017-01-10

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).

Tropical Shipping has launched its service from Halifax, Nova Scotia after recently announcing a shift of its port operations from Saint John, New Brunswick.

On January 9, the Vega Omega was berthed at Halterm International Container Terminal, bringing improved import and export connectivity to customers in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At 148 metres length, the Vega Omega, a 1,118 TEU capacity geared-vessel, will handle more than 550 containers through Halifax in peak-season, including more than 200 refrigerated containers for export.

Tropical Shipping's VP Commercial & Trades, Tim Martin said the company is pleased to offer an enhanced Canadian service from Halifax. "We are committed to our Maritime customers and to fully maximizing our extensive Caribbean network. With our new vessels due to start service in June 2018, Tropical Shipping is working closely with Halterm, CN and the Port of Halifax to build on our specialized reefer trade, all the while enhancing our reputation for loyal customer service."

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Port of Montreal cargo soars
to 35.2 million tonnes

2017-01-05

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 Port of Montreal continued its upward momentum in 2016, with a strong increase of more than 10% sparking a new record for total cargo. It also came within 1% of matching its container record of nearly 1.5 million TEUs in 2015.

"According to preliminary statistics, the Port of Montreal handled 35.2 million tonnes of freight in 2016," said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority. Large increases in liquid bulk and grain shipments boosted total throughput.

Among the highlights of last year was the inauguration of the new Viau container terminal which is increasing the port's capacity by 600,000 TEUs to 2.1 million TEUs.

The second biggest Canadian port after Vancouver is a major player in the North Atlantic container trade, with its deep inland location on the St. Lawrence River well positioned for ocean carriers notably serving markets in Eastern Canada and the US Midwest via extensive intermodal connections.

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G3 building
grain export terminal
at Port of Vancouver

2016-12-28

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).

G3 Terminal Vancouver, an affiliate of G3 Global Holdings (G3), will build a state-of-the-art grain export terminal in North Vancouver, British Columbia, the first new grain terminal constructed at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s.

"Our Vancouver terminal is central to G3's vision of a coast-to-coast grain handling network that sets a new standard in efficiency," said Karl Gerrand, CEO G3. "We plan to transform the movement of grain through the west coast, providing Canadian farmers with competitive pricing and reliable delivery opportunities."

G3's Vancouver terminal will feature a rail loop track that will be capable of holding three 134-car trains, unique to grain exporting terminals in Canada. The terminal includes over 180,000 metric tonnes of storage and will be able to handle cereal grains, oilseeds, pulses and special crops, much of which will be supplied via a throughput agreement with G3 Canada Limited, the companies said.

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Ocean completes complex
operation on St. Lawrence

Océan complète une opération
d'envergure sur le Saint-Laurent

2016-12-14

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).

Ocean has contributed to the success of the towing operation of the offshore supply ship Cecon Excellence. Over the past few days, the teams of Ocean Naval and Industrial Repairs (NIR) worked hard to finalize the last preparations for the transfer of the Cecon Excellence hull onto the heavy lift, semi-submersible vessel Transshelf.

Four tugs from Océan Remorquage Québec were able to successfully complete the movement of the hull aboard the Transshelf at anchorage D, near the Île d'Orléans, in the waters of the Port of Québec.

NIR employees secured the hull aboard the Transshelf before its departure to a shipyard overseas.

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Davie first Canadian
shipyard to obtain
ISO 14001: 2015 certification

2016-12-07

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).

A few weeks after becoming the first shipyard in Canada to earn the ISO 9001:2015 certification, Davie Shipbuilding of Lévis, Québec has met the latest globally-recognized environmental standards. Davie Shipbuilding, the largest shipbuilder in Canada with its extensive production capacity, successfully implemented an environmental management system based on ISO 14001:2015, thereby promoting environmental stewardship at all levels.

Jared Newcombe, Chief Executive Officer noted : "Davie has a history of rising to the challenge. Regulatory requirements, public concerns, climate change and of course, Davie's forward thinking, which is an integral part of our DNA, have pushed us to take this additional step to show our know-how and dedication to the marine industry."

Developed along three main lines, such as compliance with environmental laws, continuous improvement and pollution prevention. Davie's environmental management system had to go through a full and comprehensive audit in order to obtain the coveted seal of excellence. The ISO 14001:2015 certification is issued by the International Organization of Standardization. (photo Davie)

 
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