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ZIM adds Prince Rupert for new port destination

2019-03-29

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).

Prince Rupert, BC, the Port of Prince Rupert, and DP World Prince Rupert announced a new weekly marine carrier service at the Fairview Container Terminal.

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) partnered with the 2M Alliance and has added Prince Rupert as one of their port destinations. With a global reach to over 100 countries, the new ZIM service made its inaugural call at the Port of Prince Rupert on March 27 with the arrival of ZIM containers on the Maersk Altair vessel.

"The Prince Rupert Port Authority is proud to welcome ZIM. The addition of ZIM to the Port of Prince Rupert further validates the Prince Rupert advantages of speed, reliability and reach. With CN's capacity improvements in western Canada and DP World's expansion of Fairview Container Terminal to accommodate 1.8M TEUs by 2022, the Port of Prince Rupert can continue to grow to meet the demand for trade through Canada's leading-edge gateway," said Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

In the decade since the Fairview Container Terminal began operations, its exclusive ship-to-rail service has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America, while earning a reputation for industry-leading dwell times and productivity. The ZIM service is part of the fourth weekly service for Prince Rupert, unlocking the ability for all intermodal shippers on or near CN's continental rail network to route freight through the Port of Prince Rupert.

 

"We are excited to welcome our long time customer ZIM, to Prince Rupert," said Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain Growth at CN. "It is through CN's approach of fostering strong collaboration with our customers and partners, and through our investments in our infrastructure to boost capacity & resiliency, that we are able to deliver to ZIM a service that offers the most efficient supply chain for their customers."

Prince Rupert is the closest major North American port to Asia with direct access to CN's Class 1 continental rail network. Since its conversion from a breakbulk handling operation, Fairview Container Terminal has anchored an efficient trade lane providing extensive reach into both central Canada and the US Midwest. With 500,000 TEUs of terminal capacity added by DP World in 2017 and plans for further expansion to a total of 1.8M TEUS of intermodal capacity by 2022, the Port of Prince Rupert is well positioned to continue its remarkable pace of growth.

"We are pleased to welcome ZIM to DP World Prince Rupert", said Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. "This highlights the growing demand for Fairview container terminal's reliable and cost-effective services.  Already recognized as the most efficient and fastest route from Asia to North American markets, DP World Prince Rupert's success is truly a testament to the strength and support amongst the supply chain and community partners."

"We are very glad to add Prince Rupert to our growing portfolio, as part of our renewed Asia-Pacific North West services, in addition to our other Pacific North West (PNW) gateways. Our strategic cooperation with the 2M Alliance allows us to offer our customers the premium solutions and the unique advantages the new Prince Rupert call can provide," said Nissim Yochai, ZIM EVP Pacific Trade. (photo PRPA)

 
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