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McKeil Marine wins 2017 IBJ Customer Care Award

2017-11-23

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).

Canadian marine service provider McKeil Marine, based in Burlington, Ontario won the International Bulk Journal's 2017 Customer Care Award during the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands on November 13. Judges were looking for a company operating in the dry bulk sector that demonstrated how excellent customer care can achieve increased turnover, profitability or customer retention.

"Customer service, safety and continuous improvement are integral parts of our company culture," explains Steve Fletcher, President and CEO, McKeil Marine. "By taking the time to understand our customers' challenges, we create solutions that set us apart from our competitors. Recognition for this among our peers means a lot to us."

McKeil's diverse fleet allows the company to offer customized, end-to-end supply chain logistics, with niche vessels that can transport smaller cargo loads in a cost-effective way. This means customers can often hold less inventory, streamline their operations and reduce costly storage fees. McKeil was able to take home this year's award by demonstrating how customer care has enabled mutual success for both McKeil and its customers.

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New York equity firm acquires Rand Logistics

2017-11-22

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).

Rand Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes Region, announced that American Industrial Partners (AIP) has agreed to acquire the Company. AIP is a New York-based private equity firm with over $4.0 billion of assets under management that focuses on buying, improving and growing industrial businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

Through its subsidiaries (Lower Lakes Towing and Grand River Navigation), Jersey City-based Rand Logistics operates a fleet of three conventional bulk carriers and 12 self-unloading bulk carriers including three tug/barge units.

Under the terms of the agreement entered into between Lightship Capital LLC, an affiliate of AIP, and the Company, AIP has agreed to convert all of the Company's second lien debt into 100% of the new common equity of the reorganized Company (subject to dilution by shares to be issued under a management incentive plan). The transaction announced on Nov. 21 will materially de-lever the Company's balance sheet, eliminating approximately $90 million in outstanding debt and will also dramatically reduce annual interest expense.

As a result of the AIP transaction, which will be effectuated through a pre-packaged plan of reorganization, Rand will enjoy its strongest financial position in recent years. Rand's business will continue uninterrupted pending completion of the transaction, the terms of which provide for payment in the ordinary course of all Company vendors and other unsecured creditors.

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Container terminal opens at Port of Hamilton

2017-11-17

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).

A new container terminal has opened its doors in Hamilton. Based at the Port of  Hamilton's Pier 15, the Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) will play a key role  in the GTHA-Niagara logistics network, stated a press release.

HCT is a 3-acre depot offering temporary storage and redeployment of loaded or  empty containers for customers in southern Ontario. The terminal handles both  20- and 40-foot containers, with space for 300 twenty-foot equivalent units  (TEUs).

The new terminal will improve delivery times and help streamline truck traffic  within the GTHA, reducing the need to travel to Brampton or other depots to pick  up or drop off containers. This means less on-road time, improving efficiency and reducing truck movements on GTHA highways.

"This new facility is a game changer for customers throughout the western  Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions, who will save logistics time and money,"  said Amandeep Kaloti, President of Hamilton Container Terminal. "Truck drivers  will spend less time sitting in traffic, and this new asset will serve as a  relief valve on busy southern Ontario highways."

HCT has a natural location advantage, located on a high-capacity truck route,  with direct connection to the Toronto/Niagara-bound QEW, a primary corridor to  the U.S. border. The depot's location at the Port of Hamilton also provides  connectivity to rail and marine transportation services.

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Davie applauds Québec National assembly stance on shipbuilding strategy

2017-11-14

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).

Davie Shipbuilding has applauded the Members of the National Assembly of Québec, and Premier Couillard specifically, for passing a unanimously adopted motion on Nov. 8 calling on the Trudeau government to amend the faltering National Shipbuilding Strategy to include Québec and save 1200 middle-class shipbuilding jobs.

"The federal government is going to invest almost $100 billion dollars over the next 20 to 30 years on its fleet renewal.  Québec represents 50% of Canada's shipbuilding capacity and 23% of Canada's tax base yet it is receiving less than 1% of federal spending on shipbuilding," said Alex Vicefield, Chairman, Davie Shipyard. in a press release.  "Today, Québec is at risk of losing a significant number of middle-class jobs due to bureaucratic intransigence and roadblocks within a broken procurement system, despite the clear and obvious need for Canada to urgently renew the entirety of its fleet."

On its Facebook page, Davie reiterated its strong concern, declaring: "At the end of this month, just before Christmas, up to 800 jobs will be abolished in Québec unless the government acts and follows the recommendations and requests of the Senate, the Defence Committee of Parliament and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to build a second military support ship of the Resolve class."

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Fednav receives IBJ Environmental Protection award

2017-11-14

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).

Fednav Limited was presented with the IBJ Bulk Ship Operator Environmental Protection Award at a gala dinner organized by the International Bulk Journal and held on Nov. 13 at historical Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam. Montreal-based Fednav is the largest international dry bulk shipping group in Canada, operating a modern fleet of some 100 bulk carriers trading worldwide.

This award spotlights Fednav's excellence in environmental stewardship in the maritime trade, along with its leadership in the implementation of the highest industry operating standards which also include safety and efficiency.

Environmental protection is one of the cornerstones of Fednav's philosophy and a core company value. Enhanced sustainable strategies and initiatives are constantly assessed, revised, and upgraded. Partnerships with world-class shipyards and suppliers paired with feedback gained in the daily operating of its fleet enable the company to continuously improve the design and efficiency of new vessels. These two main factors also allow Fednav to deploy innovative engineering solutions and implement sophisticated cargo handling processes.

For several years, Fednav has committed to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by 1% per year (in grams per tonne/mile). "Over the last decade, we have nearly doubled our target. Fednav's new vessels emit 40% less GHG than the ships the company built 30 years ago," said a press release.

 
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