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Lisa Kennan new Chair of Port Saint John

2019-04-04

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).

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors for Port Saint John (Saint John Port Authority), Lisa Keenan was elected to the position of Chair of the Board by her peers.  The term of Chair of the Board is two years with eligibility for re-election. Lisa Keenan has been a member of the Board of Directors at Port Saint John since 2015.

Lisa Keenan joins Donna Gates who has been Vice-Chair of the Board since February 2018.  Ms. Keenan's election makes Port Saint John the first Canada Port Authority with an all-female board leadership team.

Ms. Keenan has been practicing law in Saint John for more than 20 years, working primarily on criminal, administrative, family and real estate law. Ms. Keenan has served on several boards, including as past president and director of Saint John Non-Profit Housing Inc., president of the New Brunswick Red Cross, and member of the board of governors of the Canadian Red Cross.  Ms. Keenan is a recipient of the E. Neil McKelvey. Q.C Pro Bono and Volunteer Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association.

Port Saint John is Canada's third largest port by tonnage, Canada's fourth busiest cruise port, and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, and containers.

 
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