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An unsuspected economic engine: Marine Protected Areas

2018-11-05
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).

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are set to cover more of the maritime space. Both the UN and the EU require that countries set aside sufficient areas of their seas for biodiversity conservation.

But is this yet another cost for people making a living from the sea? Quite the contrary. A brand-new Commission study finds that marine protected areas can generate unforeseen, but tangible economic benefits.

Even though scientific evidence is scarce, anecdotal evidence is abundant, including statements by blue businesses themselves. It all points to a profusion of new jobs and new business opportunities around MPAs.

Fisheries and tourism are indeed rich with such positive examples - and with success stories, in fact, which hinge on the very existence of the local protected area to begin with. But the study also found examples of business benefits for sectors like aquaculture, blue biotechnology and even passenger shipping. Not to mention, of course, the jobs generated by the MPA itself: for its daily management, for scientific monitoring and for consulting with engineering companies to restore coastal and marine habitats.

Through ten case studies, the new study reveals a wide spectrum of benefits for the local economic operators and communities, sometimes backed up by precise econometric data. What's more, it uncovers practical real-life 'tips and tricks' on how to enforce, how to fund and how to govern an MPA and really make it work for itself and for the community.

Funded by the European Commission, the new study on "Economic Benefits of Marine Protected Areas and Spatial Protection Measures", provides valuable lessons and ideas for anyone involved in MPAs and will undoubtedly raise awareness and acceptance of marine protected areas.

 
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Davie to share in Canadian naval $7 billion contract

2018-11-02

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).

The federal government has announced it plans to award contracts worth $7 billion to three shipyards for maintenance and repair work on 12 Royal Canadian Navy frigates. The award notices for work slated to begin in 2021 were extended to Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards and Davie Shipbuilding in Lévis, Québec.

The contracts are aimed at maintaining Canada's existing 12 Halifax-class frigates until the end of their operational life, estimated at another 20 years.

Irving and Davie are expected to handle the work on the seven vessels of the Atlantic fleet, while Seaspan is to work on the five ships assigned to the Pacific fleet.

"We recognize that Davie did a great job with the Asterix," Prime Minister Trudeau said in reference to the navy supply ship that Davie converted last year,

The Ottawa authorities had faced strong pressure from the Québec government to send more business to struggling Davie.

Davie had a workforce of 1,500 during the conversion of the Asterix, and sought in vain a contract to produce a second resupply vessel.

The contract share was welcomed at Davie where hundreds of workers had been laid off in the past year. But shipyard spokesman Frederik Boisvert noted that since the frigate work does not kick off until 2021, Davie still faces serious challenges. "It is going to be hard to maintain (workforce levels) because of the weak volume of contracts we have." Photo: Davie

 
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World's biggest containership made her maiden call at Wesports

2018-11-01

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).

The world's biggest container ship, OOCL United Kingdom, made her maiden call at Westports in Port Klang on her way to China.

The OOCL United Kingdom, with a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEUs, is one of the carrier's six 'G Class' vessels and they are currently the world's largest container ship.

The vessel berthed at Container Terminal 8, Westports new container wharf that was completed in 2017.

Westports has earmarked nine high-performance ship-to-shore cranes to handle OOCL United Kingdom's containers. The vessel's call at Westports is part of her sailing schedule under the Ocean Alliance eastbound service NEU1, which starts sailing from Rotterdam and ends at Xiamen.

Westports is one of the transhipment hub in this region for Ocean Alliance, and under Day 2 of its second year of operations, the terminal is now accommodating and handling the newest and largest Ultra-Large Container Vessels (ULCV).

Westports is one of the mega transhipment hubs and container terminal in South-East Asia that is equipped to accommodate the world's biggest container ship after having invested more than RM2 billion in recent years to expand its container terminal facilities and invest in the latest state-of-the-art terminal operating equipment.

 
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First fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada

2018-11-01

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).

Germany's Schottel Group has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully electric vessels to operate in Canada.

The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four Schottel Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. The main propulsion is provided by batteries with a diesel engine as backup to ensure mobility. The propulsion concept implies a power intake increase up to 650 kW due to an enhanced draught provided by the batteries. In accordance with their field of operation in the Lake Ontario/St Laurence River region of Ontario, the thrusters will fulfil the requirements of Ice Class 1A.

"There has been close co-operation with Schottel in this project that aimed at identifying highly efficient future innovations and green technologies for sustainable power solutions. We have relied on Schottel's international network and propulsion knowledge for decades which made this project a comprehensive solution for the customer", said Damen Shipyard's area manager Canada, Leo Postma.

The two new double-ended ferries will be operated by MTO, the ferry service of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Damen's full electrification concept for the ferries serving Kingston and Wolfe Island, Millhaven and Amherst Island will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7M kg of carbon dioxide per year.

The Amherst Island ferry is due to be delivered in 2020. With a length of 68 m and width of 25 m, it will accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars. The Wolfe Island ferry, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will have a length of 98 m and a width of 25 m for transporting up to 399 passengers and 75 cars. Both will operate at speeds up to 12 knots which equals the speed of conventional propulsion.

 
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First train rolls into Churchill since 2017

2018-11-01

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).

Visiting Churchill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Nov. 1 that rail service to the isolated northern Manitoba community will be back to normal by the end of the month. Residents had celebrated the arrival of the first train in more than a year on Wednesday evening, a day ahead of schedule, Canadian Press reported.

Flooding in the spring of 2017 damaged the tracks and severed the only land link to the town of 900 people.

The federal government provided $74 million to help fix the railroad and buy it, along with the town's port, from Denver-based Omnitrax.
"This is your victory," Mr. Trudeau said Thursday as he stood in the cold in front of several rail cars. "I know times have been incredibly tough but the resilience and determination you have shown has been inspiring."

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