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Castaloop off and running
as new stevedoring firm

2017-06-22

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).

Castaloop, the first new stevedoring enterprise created in eastern Canada in several decades, is off and running.

"Focused on bulk and breakbulk cargo, Castaloop quickly found its niche in  the handling of wind energy components in Port Hawkesbury and then followed by several ongoing vessels at the Port of Bécancour," Castaloop President Philip O'Brien told Maritime Magazine.

Due to what he termed "a shortage of competition" in the Canadian Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Maritimes, Mr. O'Brien said  "a need to develop an alternative service"  constituted "the founding principle behind the launch of Castaloop."

The stevedoring operation based in Quebec City was established late in 2016 through a partnership between Somavrac and Groupe Bellemare, both headquartered in Trois-Rivières, mid-way between Montreal and Quebec City on the St. Lawrence River.

Late in May of this year, Castaloop successfully carried out the loading of wind energy components on the Hansa Heavy Lift vessel, the M/V HHL Rhine, at the Port of Bécancour. It was the first in a series under a four-vessel contract, and followed the conclusion of a long-term,  operating lease agreement with the Société du Parc Industriel et Portuaire de Bécancour.

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
mayors mobilize over Trump
climate/restoration policies

2017-06-15

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 their annual meeting and conference in Montreal, member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative passed a resolution urging Congress to revive funding of $300 million recently eliminated from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by the Trump administration. They also vowed to step up their efforts to address climate change despite President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

"This has been a very busy year," said outgoing Chair Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal. "The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of 2017, but we must continue the battle for 2018 and beyond. The presence of Asian carp has been confirmed in the St. Lawrence River, which underscores the importance of maintaining the GLRI and the measures put in place for controlling and preventing invading species. 48 million people depend on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for their drinking water."

In another of several resolutions, mayors of the Cities Initiative also asked the Canadian government to develop a more comprehensive strategy and framework for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence funding.

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First ship calls at new
Montreal cruise terminal

2017-06-12

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 Montreal Port Authority (MPA) celebrated on June 10th the arrival of the MS Maasdam, the first ship to dock at the Port of Montreal's new cruise terminal. Alongside Verdun MNA Isabelle Melançon, representing the Government of Quebec, and Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre, MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon and VIP guests welcomed the cruise ship's captain and passengers.

"We are very proud to have successfully completed this important project that represents a milestone in the Port of Montreal's modern history. Now fully up and running, this new terminal bolsters the city's international positioning by offering an efficient, friendly and prestigious welcome to cruise passengers from all over the world, and all just in time to celebrate its 375th anniversary!" said Ms. Vachon,

The works related to revitalizing Alexandra Pier will be completed in September 2017. The project was made possible through the financial contribution of the Government of Quebec ($20 million) and the City of Montreal ($15 million). For its part, the Montreal Port Authority invested $43 million, bringing the total investment to $78 million.

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