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Scott Bravener succeeding Steve Fletcher at helm of McKeil Marine


2019-03-09

 

Canadian marine services provider McKeil Marine Limited, based in Burlington, Ontario announced that Steve Fletcher is retiring from his position as President and CEO and will be succeeded by veteran shipping executive Scott Bravener, effective March 18.

Steve  Fletcher joined McKeil Marine in 1999 and has been instrumental in the company's growth. Vice Chairman Blair McKeil emphasizes, "Steve has played a key role in setting the strategic direction for the business that has empowered McKeil to become a significant player in the Great Lakes transportation industry. We wouldn't be here today without him."

Blair McKeil is joined by the entire Board of Directors and shareholders of McKeil Marine to thank Steve for his years of hard work and dedicated service and wish him many happy years in his retirement.

Scott Bravener comes to McKeil after an impressive career of more than 30 years in the maritime industry, stated a company announcement. He was the founder of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., which started in 1994 and grew under Scott's leadership to own and operate, along with its U.S. affiliate Rand River Navigation Company, a fleet of 16 dry-bulk vessels. Scott  Bravener was most recently Co-president and Chief Operating Officer of Rand Logistics Inc., the parent company of these two companies. In 2013, he was selected as Great Lakes "Maritime Man of the Year" and inducted into the Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame.

"Scott recognizes McKeil's position as a leading, innovative marine services provider and shares our passion for the maritime transportation and projects business," added Blair McKeil. "We are confident that he and the McKeil Marine team will lead this company on to continued growth and success while retaining the family culture that makes us who we are. I'm excited about the future for all of us at McKeil."

 
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Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects partner up

L'Alliance Verte et la Society of Naval Architects forment un partenariat

2019-03-08

 

Québec City, QC, March 8, 2019- Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals in fostering greater environmental sustainability in the maritime sector.

The agreement, signed earlier this year, will serve as a framework to enhance technical cooperation between the two parties and encourage the exchange of information to raise awareness for both organizations and in program development towards environmental advancement.

Through this cooperation, Green Marine gains access to a greater pool of technical experts and delegates Dr. Eleanor Kirtley, Green Marine's West Coast Program Manager, as chair of SNAME's Technical and Research Environmental Committee. In exchange, SNAME becomes a Green Marine Association member. SNAME and Green Marine also agree to be partners in the marketing and branding of the two organizations.

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Algoma reports strong increase in consolidated revenue

2019-03-07

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).

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services based in St. Catharines, Ontario, today announced its results for the year ended December 31, 2018, highlighted by a 12 % increase in consolidated revenue to $508.2 million versus $453 million in 2017.

Revenue increased as a result of improved rates in the Domestic Dry-Bulk and Ocean Self-Unloaders segments and increased customer demand in the Product Tankers segment, Algoma said. Domestic dry bulk revenue totaled $297.6 million versus $278 million in 2017.

"Fiscal 2018 was an exciting year at Algoma," said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of the Company. "Despite some challenges, we achieved a number of things which will advance us towards the strategic goals we set in 2015. Our success and growth would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Algoma team and our loyal customers."

The company added three new Equinox Class vessels to operations in 2018, the Algoma Niagara, theAlgoma Sault and the Algoma Innovator. Additionally, the Algoma Buffalo and the Algoma Compass were acquired from American Steamship Company late in 2017; both vessels began operations at the start of the 2018 navigation season.

 

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Port of Toronto has another record-breaking year

Une autre année record pour le Port de Toronto

2019-03-07

 

The Port of Toronto moved approximately 2.2 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2018 which represents another strong year in marine imports and further confirms the Port's position as a vital part of Toronto's economic infrastructure.
In 2018, 178 ships visited the Port of Toronto, bringing sugar, road salt, cement, aggregate and steel directly into the heart of the city. Overall the port moved 2,179,795 metric tonnes of cargo in 2018, surpassing the record-breaking year the port experienced in 2017. Further, this is the third year in the last five years that the Port of Toronto has moved in excess of 2 million metric tonnes of cargo.

In 2018, the port received steel products including rebar, merchant bar, steel plate and coils totalling 69,281 metric tonnes, representing the highest level of steel product moved through the port in 20 years. In addition, the port recorded 14,391 metric tonnes in warehousing storage, the highest level recorded since 2011. Cement cargo imports remained strong for another year at more than 610,400 metric tonnes, and stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels continued to increase, ending the year at 189,133 metric tonnes. Salt and sugar imports at 735,948 and 560,625 metric tonnes respectively remained consistent with 2017 tonnages.

The port also welcomed 17 passenger cruise ships carrying approximately 6,000 passengers in 2018, highlighting the importance of the ever-growing Great Lakes cruise ship business and the role it plays in contributing to Toronto's booming tourism industry. The port is expecting this number to more than double this year with 35 cruise ships coming to Toronto in the summer and fall of 2019.

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Une nouvelle zone de protection marine à la pointe est de la Gaspésie

A new Marine Protected Area at the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula

2019-03-06

 

GASPÉ, QC, le 6 mars 2019 /CNW/ - La ministre du Revenu national et députée de Gaspésie--Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, l'honorable Diane Lebouthillier, au nom du ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne, l'honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, a annoncé aujourd'hui l'établissement de la zone de protection marine du Banc-des-Américains, qui offrira une protection à long terme de cette partie de nos océans.

Située au large des côtes de la Gaspésie, entre Cap-Gaspé et Cap-d'Espoir, cette zone de protection marine couvre une superficie d'environ 1 000 km², là où se rencontrent les courants de la baie de Gaspé et de la baie des Chaleurs. Ce carrefour biologique est très important pour de nombreuses espèces de poissons et de crustacés, dont certaines sont en voie de disparition, telles que les baleines, le loup tacheté et le loup à tête large.

L'établissement tant attendu de cette aire marine protégée fera du Banc-des-Américains le premier projet visé par l'Entente de collaboration Canada-Québec pour l'établissement d'un réseau d'aires marines protégées au Québec et dans l'estuaire et le golfe du Saint-Laurent. Les deux gouvernements travailleront ensemble en vue de protéger cet écosystème marin. La zone nouvellement protégée possédera un double statut, soit celui de réserve aquatique, selon la législation du Québec, et celui de zone de protection marine, en vertu de la Loi sur les océans.

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