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Rand vessels receive AMVER awards

2019-06-03

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).

Jersey City, NJ -  Rand Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of bulk freight shipping and ship repair services throughout the Great Lakes region, announced that three of the Company's U.S. flagged vessels have been recognized by the United States Coast Guard for their commitment to safety and dedication to the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) System program for the 2018 Sailing Season.

The AMVER System, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Rand's M/V Calumet and M/V Manitowoc received the AMVER Certificate of Merit for the vessels' second year of participation with AMVER and Articulated Tug Barge Defiance/Ashtabula was honored for their fourth year. The three vessels will continue to fly the AMVER Pennant for their participation with AMVER.

"Rand Logistics is honored to have been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of the prestigious AMVER Award Program," stated Michael C. Farrell II, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) at Rand. The safety of our employees, customers, vendors and members of the communities in which we operate is our top priority and is one of our Rand Corporate Values."

Rand Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications Annemarie Dobler accepted the awards on behalf of the Captains and crewmembers of the M/V Calumet, M/V Manitowoc, and Articulated Tug Barge Defiance/Ashtabula at the AMVER Awards event on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2019 National Maritime Day celebration.

 

"Because of the efforts of mariners like our vessel Captains and crewmembers who play an active role in the AMVER Program, we can all enjoy the beauty of our Great Lakes and rivers knowing that assistance is available if ever it is needed," Mr. Farrell continued. "We look forward to continuing our involvement with AMVER during our current sailing season and beyond."

Photo Caption: United States Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz (right) and Director of AMVER Maritime Relations Benjamin M. Strong (left), present the AMVER Pennant to Rand Logistics' AVP of Corporate Communications Annemarie Dobler (center). (photo Rand Logistics)


 
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