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US Northwest ports target mega-ships

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).

Seattle, WA - In a move aimed at countering rising competition from the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has moved a step closer to welcoming containership giants as it authorized Terminal 5 construction and lease agreements.

The April 2 deal, including future Phase II commitment, represents approximately US$500 million in private and public investment in the region's economy, according to NWSA.

In addition, an interlocal agreement was approved, allowing the Port of Seattle to use a portion of Terminal 46 for a cruise berth.

The modernization of Terminal 5 "will ensure robust and competitive marine cargo and maritime industrial activities in our harbor for the next 30 years, sustaining and creating family-wage jobs and economic opportunity for the region," said Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of the NWSA.

The ports have faced stiff competition for shipping routes, especially from Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The latter has topped the 1 million container mark, with a plan to do 1.8 million standard containers by 2022.

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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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The MSRC Provides Simulation Analysis for LNG Transits in the Saguenay River

Le CSEM réalise une analyse de simulation pour le transit des méthaniers dans la rivière Saguenay

2019-04-03

The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) is pleased to announce that it has played a key role for the Énergie Saguenay project, spearheaded by GNL Québec, for the construction of a natural gas liquefaction complex at Port Saguenay. The LNG complex will be installed on lands belonging to the Saguenay Port Authority, adjacent to the existing Grande-Anse port facilities.

The project includes liquefaction equipment, storage facilities, and marine shipping infrastructures, which is where the MSRC's simulator comes into play. The purpose of the simulation analysis, which was carried out at the request of GNL Québec and Bechtel, is twofold: to scrutinize the dock design and to assess the transit requirements of the Saguenay River. The study helped determine how planned vessel movements can be conducted with safe manoeuvring.

"Although such vessels have never previously transited the Saguenay," noted Paul Racicot, Director of the MSRC, "pilots from the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP) have many years of experience transiting large bulk carriers and cruise ships within the region and have a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic environmental phenomena and physical constraints which factor into the overall vessel manoeuvring equation."

"Simulation allows us to evaluate manoeuvres that will be carried out in this channel, specifically at the mouth of the Saguenay," commented Énergie Saguenay's Director of Environment Caroline Hardy. "This is extremely beneficial. Understanding the capabilities and abilities of LNG vessels in various current, tide and meteorological conditions were a key take-away from these simulations and makes our jobs safer and easier."

"The working environment and state-of-the-art simulators combined with the pilots' expertise were conducive to getting all the answers we were looking for," said Chris Thomas, Senior Maritime Coastal Engineer at Bechtel. Photo MSRC

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Desgagnés's fired up on LNG! A 5th Dual-Fuel / LNG Oil Tanker

Ça carbure au GNL chez Desgagnés! Un 5e pétrolier à bicarburation / GNL

2019-04-03

Québec City,- Desgagnés proudly and enthusiastically announces the acquisition of a 5th dual-fuel (diesel/LNG) oil/chemical tanker, the M/T Fure Vinga, soon to be renamed M/T Gaïa Desgagnés. Able to sail worldwide, it will primarily carry refined petroleum products on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence, the Arctic and the East coasts of Canada and the United States.

Recently built in April 2018, this 16,300-ton double-hull vessel, 150 meters long and 22.8 meters wide, holds an ice class 1A and can carry nearly 20,000 m³ of cargo in its tanks. It is also equipped with a bow thruster and a high-efficiency rudder, providing exemplary safety during maneuvers.

The Gaïa Desgagnés, 5th vessel using liquefied natural gas as fuel to be integrated in the Desgagnés fleet since 2017, joins the first 4 which were designed and built specifically for the company. It also is part of the company's major fleet renewal plan, started a few years ago, confirming its commitment to better serve its customers and demonstrating, in a tangible way, Desgagnés's vision and leadership in sustainable development.  In fact, these dual-fuel vessels allow the company to maintain its stride aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of its fleet to a level unparalleled in Canada.

 

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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.

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