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Master Mariners of Canada backs three icebreaker purchase

2018-07-09

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 Company of Master Mariners of Canada said it is very much encouraged by the decision of the federal government to immediately acquire additional icebreaking vessels to supplement the existing Coast Guard fleet of capable but seriously aging icebreakers. Recent announcements propose the purchase of the Tor Viking, Balder Viking and Vider Viking from Norway's Trans Viking shipping company. They are to be refitted at Davie Shipbuilding in Levis QC with the first vessels to be operational for the 2018 - 2019 ice season in the Saint Lawrence, Saguenay and East Coast Newfoundland waters.

"The announcement to purchase and repurpose to Canadian requirements three icebreaking offshore supply vessels with towing capacity will greatly enhance reliability of the existing Coast Guard fleet," the Master Mariners said.

These three 18 year old vessels present a short term solution to CCG's growing demand for icebreaking services for Canada's Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence, Saguenay and Eastern Canadian waters as well as the Canadian Arctic which has seen a significant increase in marine traffic in recent years.


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Ottawa pledges funding for Thunder Bay infrastructure upgrades

2018-07-04

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 federal government is investing $7.5 million into infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Thunder Bay's Keefer Terminal. The announcement was made on July 3 by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau at the Thunder Bay Port Authority office, along with local representatives Don Rusnak and Patty Hajdu.

The project involves adding tracks and laydown areas for cargo staging and transshipment to respond to increased demand, and building a 4,645 square metre multi-purpose heated facility to suit requirements of terminal users.

Once completed, this project will improve trade flow by easing capacity constraints and bottlenecks, and provide shippers with more options to meet their requirements. It will also increase the resilience of the transportation system to a changing climate and its adaptability to new technologies and future innovation.

Thunder Bay Port Authority CEO, Tim Heney, said the funding from the government will cover half of the $15 million multi-stage project that has been ongoing for the last 12 years. An additional $1 million is coming from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the remainder is covered by the port authority.

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Algoma joins St. Lawrence/East Coast whale conservation efforts

2018-07-05

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).

Algoma Central Corporation, the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Waterway, is adding the crews from 27 of its vessels to an expanding network of whale watchers. For the first time, the crews on Algoma's self-unloaders, bulkers, tankers and cement carriers will collect data about the whales they see on their journeys this summer.

"Algoma is committed to providing sustainable and environmentally responsible marine transportation," said Gregg Ruhl, Algoma's Chief Operating Officer. "Taking part in this conservation initiative and bringing the power of our fleet to gather more data and better understand the whereabouts of marine mammals will support research that can help minimize our environmental impact."

The data collection being led by the Marine Mammal Observation Network (MMON) and supported by Green Marine, now encompasses more than 50 vessels, along with observations made from shorelines and ferries in Matane, Godbout, Baie-Comeau, Rivière-du-Loup, Trois Pistoles and Les Escoumins and through an evolving collaboration with marine pilots.

Special training was provided to Algoma vessel Captains earlier this year and information materials provided to crews to raise awareness about the different marine mammals that could be encountered on their journeys and to acquire more knowledge about these animals. Many of Algoma's vessels operate in the Saint Lawrence Estuary, where they may come across beluga, harbour porpoise, minke, blue, fin, and humpback whales.

Several vessels also navigate in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Canadian and U.S. East Coast, where they could also come across dolphins, pilot whales, and North Atlantic right whales.

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CMC  appoints Paterson as new Chair  and six new Board Directors

2018-07-03

 

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).

The Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) announced the appointment of a new Chair and six new directors to the Board effective June 22, 2018. Allister Paterson, Chief Operating Officer, CSL Group, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding Wayne Smith, longtime senior executive with Algoma Central Corporation.

CMC President Bruce R. Burrows said: "We're delighted to have Allister on board as our new Chairman. Allister has a wealth of experience in leadership roles at Canadian ship operator companies and other global transportation businesses. His insight will be invaluable as the CMC continues to advocate for harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system's significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Coastal and Arctic regions."

Mr. Paterson joined CSL as President of Canada Steamship Lines in January 2015 and took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, CSL Group, in January 2017. He has over 20 years' experience in the transportation industry, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer of Finnair. Prior to joining Finnair, he was President and CEO of Seaway Marine Transport.

Six new Board members have also been appointed, including: Sujit Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer, Stelco Holdings Inc; Carsten Breden, Vice-President, Grain Merchandising, Richardson International; Jim Reznik, Director of Logistics - North America, St. Marys Cement -Votorantim Cimentos; Scott Bravener, Co-President & COO, Rand Logistics / Lower Lakes Towing; J. Wesley Newton, Senior Vice-President - Corporate Development and General Counsel, Algoma Central Corporation; William D. Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

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Fednav proposal on three ice-breakers for Canadian Coast Guard

2018-06-28

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).

Due to the drastic deterioration in recent years of the Canadian Coast Guard's icebreaker fleet, Montreal-based Fednav Ltd. proposed to the federal government to take charge of the construction of three icebreakers in a Norwegian shipyard that could be delivered in 24 months. In a televised interview carried on June 27 on the French-language Radio-Canada network, Fednav President Paul Pathy revealed the offer was made a year and half ago -  but no reply had yet been received.

Under the proposal, Fednav would finance the whole operation and assume the design and construction risks. While remaining owner of the vessels, Fednav would lease them to the CCG for 15 years. Cost of each icebreaker built at Norway's Havyard shipyard would be about $240 million.

"I am disappointed not to have received a reply," Mr. Pathy told Radio-Canada. "If I receive a call from the Prime Minister, I push on the button and in two years we have new and modern icebreakers."

During the interview, Mr. Pathy stressed the advantages of having the icebreakers built in Norway as opposed to Canada. In addition to being ready in 24 months, their costs would be two times cheaper than icebreakers built in a Canadian shipyard.

In the past few years, not only has there been a long delay in the start-up of construction of a planned polar icebreaker, the current aging working Coast Guard fleet has been beset by mounting mechanical problems that have impacted on commercial shipping and caused the cancellation of Arctic research voyages.

With a fleet of more than 100 vessels, Fednav is Canada's largest ocean-going dry bulk shipping company. It is the leading international carrier on the Great Lakes and biggest provider of shipping services to mining operations in the Canadian Arctic. (Photo is artist rendering of proposed icebreaker design)

 
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