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Oceanex requalifies as one of
Canada's best managed companies

2017-03-20

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).

For the sixth consecutive year, St. John's-based Oceanex Inc. has been honoured with the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. Oceanex originally won in 2011 and has requalified in 2017 to maintain its status as a Best Managed Gold Requalified company.

The Best Managed program recognizes the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

"Best Managed companies deserve recognition for their entrepreneurial approach to excelling in an uncertain economic climate. They truly bring out the best in Canadian business leadership," said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada's Best Managed Companies program.

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New Seaway season opens
amidst cautious optimism

2017-03-20

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).

In  beautiful weather on the first day of spring, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 59th navigation season at its Montreal entrance with a mood of cautious optimism prevailing among Seaway officials, government and marine industry representatives.

Last year, the St. Lawrence Seaway saw its traffic decline by 3.4% to 35 million metric tons. But, there was a strong finishing burst in December, notably in overseas grain shipments.

Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, indicated he was "cautiously optimistic" of a better performance in 2017 thanks to a number of encouraging factors. The latter included large carryovers of grain from the 2016 harvest, signs of stronger economic trends in Canada and the United States (growth in the 2-3% range) as well as in Europe, and the potentially favorable impact on maritime transport of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement (expected to be implemented, in large part, by next fall).

In addition to stressing the fundamental role played by the Seaway in facilitating trade between Canada and the United States, Mr. Bowles stressed that thanks to the world's first hands-free-mooring system and other asset renewals, he was confident that "the Seaway is ready for the future."

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Trump sparks furor over
proposed 'gutting' of Great Lakes
restoration funding

2017-03-17

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).

The total 'gutting' of funding by the Trump Administration for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiiative (GLRI) in the proposed 2018 federal budget has sparked widespread shock amongst municipal officials in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence regions.

"Our members are appalled, given the success of and bipartisan support for the program," Maritime Magazine was told by David Ullrich, Executive Director of the Chicago-based Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a bi-national coalition of 128 mayors. GLRI has been integral over the last eight years in helping clean up toxic hotspots, better manage polluted storm water runoff, addressing invasive species, and protecting habitats and wildlife.

The elimination of GLRI is part of a larger effort by the Trump Administration to scale back Environmental Protection Agency funding by 31.4 percent, or approximately US$2.4 billion while eliminating more than 3,000 staff jobs. Biggest priority of the America First budget is a dramatic increase in military spending to strengthen safety for all Americans.

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
mayors mobilize over Trump
climate/restoration policies

2017-06-15

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).

At their annual meeting and conference in Montreal, member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative passed a resolution urging Congress to revive funding of $300 million recently eliminated from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by the Trump administration. They also vowed to step up their efforts to address climate change despite President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

"This has been a very busy year," said outgoing Chair Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal. "The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of 2017, but we must continue the battle for 2018 and beyond. The presence of Asian carp has been confirmed in the St. Lawrence River, which underscores the importance of maintaining the GLRI and the measures put in place for controlling and preventing invading species. 48 million people depend on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for their drinking water."

In another of several resolutions, mayors of the Cities Initiative also asked the Canadian government to develop a more comprehensive strategy and framework for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence funding.

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Castaloop off and running
as new stevedoring firm

2017-06-22

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).

Castaloop, the first new stevedoring enterprise created in eastern Canada in several decades, is off and running.

"Focused on bulk and breakbulk cargo, Castaloop quickly found its niche in  the handling of wind energy components in Port Hawkesbury and then followed by several ongoing vessels at the Port of Bécancour," Castaloop President Philip O'Brien told Maritime Magazine.

Due to what he termed "a shortage of competition" in the Canadian Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Maritimes, Mr. O'Brien said  "a need to develop an alternative service"  constituted "the founding principle behind the launch of Castaloop."

The stevedoring operation based in Quebec City was established late in 2016 through a partnership between Somavrac and Groupe Bellemare, both headquartered in Trois-Rivières, mid-way between Montreal and Quebec City on the St. Lawrence River.

Late in May of this year, Castaloop successfully carried out the loading of wind energy components on the Hansa Heavy Lift vessel, the M/V HHL Rhine, at the Port of Bécancour. It was the first in a series under a four-vessel contract, and followed the conclusion of a long-term,  operating lease agreement with the Société du Parc Industriel et Portuaire de Bécancour.

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