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LNG supply now available
at Port of Montreal

2017-05-19

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).

Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal announced that an LNG supply solution for marine fuel is now available at the Port of Montreal.

This follows the recent inauguration of M/T Damia Desgagnés, the first dual-fuel powered Canadian-flagged asphalt tanker built in a Turkish shipyard. She is the first of four tankers custom-built according to an original concept developed by Quebec City's Groupe Desgagnés.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, Sophie Brochu, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Sylvie Vachon, praised Groupe Desgagnés for its leadership and vision. By acquiring four vessels able to comply with the most stringent environmental standards, Groupe Desgagnés positions itself as a pioneer in its category for the development of LNG as a fuel for maritime transport in Québec and Canada. stated a press release on May 18.

Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal joined efforts in developing an LNG supply system that will be operated by a Gaz Métro subsidiary. This system will be available to all shipowners in Quebec, including the fleets passing through the Port of Montreal. In short, this is an important milestone for the entire maritime transport sector.

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GCT Deltaport welcomes
largest box vessel
to call in Canada

2017-05-19

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).

GCT Canada has welcomed the largest container vessel to call the country at GCT Deltaport, located in the Port of Vancouver.

The Hapag-Lloyd 13,200 TEU Antwerpen Express, which arrived on May 8 at the terminal in Delta, B.C.,  has been deployed as part of THE Alliance's Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service. GCT Deltaport was the Antwerpen Express's first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo-Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).

The Hamburg class vessel is the first of a progressive ship upsizing for the service. Not only will this new fleet of vessels offer more slots for importers and exporters to grow in the market, but it will do so with an improved environmental footprint.

GCT Deltaport hosts the largest ships to call the Port of Vancouver. The facility recently completed major construction on its $280 million Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project that increases rail capacity by over 50% within the existing footprint, enabling even better handling of big ship surge volumes.

"Our dedicated PN3 shuttle service is a competitive East West product with short transit times," stated Wolfgang Schoch, Senior Vice President of Hapag-Lloyd (Canada). "Working together with our supply chain partners, through this facility our cargo reaches more than 20 destinations across Canada and the US Midwest."

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Chamber of Shipping of B.C. assails
Ottawa moratorium on crude oil shipments

2017-05-17

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 Canadian government's decision to implement a moratorium on crude oil shipments to and from ports in northern British Columbia "sends a dangerous economic signal while not addressing risk appropriately," according to the Vancouver-based Chamber of Shipping headed by Robert Lewis-Manning.

The Chamber was reacting to the mid-May announcement of the introduction of C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act in Parliament. Penalty provisions could attain $5 million.

The legislation will prohibit tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo for stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine facilities in northern British Columbia. It is aimed at providing a high level of protection for the coastlines around Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.

The proposed moratorium area extends from the Canada-U.S. border in the north down to the point on the mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island. However ships carrying under 12,500 tonnes of crude or persistent oil will continue to be allowed in the moratorium area to ensure that northern communities will not be deprived of critical shipments of heating oils and other products.

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