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CMC President sees
potential major opportunities
on infrastructure projects

2017-01-20

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).

Bruce Burrows, new President of the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce, sees opportunities for stakeholders in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence System if both the Canadian government and Trump administration in Washington deliver on planned substantial infrastructure investments.

Speaking in Toronto at an annual CMC luncheon during the Marine Club events, Mr. Burrows said the waterway was a vital engine of sustainable growth that has "enormous untapped potential that can be unleashed to create more marine traffic at lower cost.

"I am convinced that inland and coastal shipping in Canada and the U.S. has tremendous capacity to grow. And current economic and political conditions are conducive to seeing this goal realized."

South of the border, he said, the new Trump administration " is set to roll out a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending - if the President delivers on campaign promises. This means there could be a whole lot more cargo being shipped on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence, and our coasts to deliver these projects. Imagine the shipments of steel-making materials alone that would be needed. Investments in icebreaking resources, waterways, locks and portside infrastructure, and more efficient delivery of marine navigational services would unleash the full sustainable potential of shipping."

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Seaway cargo declines
three percent in 2016

2017-01-17

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).

After opening the 2016 season on March 21, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed on December 31, enjoying a navigation season of 286 days. This performance ties the record first established in 2008 and matched in 2013 for the longest navigation season. Total cargo fell by just over 3% to 35.1 million tonnes as a surge in grain traffic did not offset falling demand for coal and iron ore.

Grain movements posted a strong performance for a third consecutive season, contributing 11 million tonnes of the total and continuing to track well above the five-year average.

The Port of Thunder Bay, the principal point of entry for grain into the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System, reported a late-season surge in grain activity, as loadings in December trumped all previous December activity since 1995. Grain activity was also strong in the U.S. as the total volume originating from ports such as Duluth / Superior and Toledo increased by 21% during 2016.

"The Seaway System is able to respond to unpredictable surges in cargo movements from a broad number of sectors" noted Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC). "We take it all in stride" said Mr.  Bowles.

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Tropical Shipping makes first
Halifax call on new service

2017-01-10

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).

Tropical Shipping has launched its service from Halifax, Nova Scotia after recently announcing a shift of its port operations from Saint John, New Brunswick.

On January 9, the Vega Omega was berthed at Halterm International Container Terminal, bringing improved import and export connectivity to customers in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At 148 metres length, the Vega Omega, a 1,118 TEU capacity geared-vessel, will handle more than 550 containers through Halifax in peak-season, including more than 200 refrigerated containers for export.

Tropical Shipping's VP Commercial & Trades, Tim Martin said the company is pleased to offer an enhanced Canadian service from Halifax. "We are committed to our Maritime customers and to fully maximizing our extensive Caribbean network. With our new vessels due to start service in June 2018, Tropical Shipping is working closely with Halterm, CN and the Port of Halifax to build on our specialized reefer trade, all the while enhancing our reputation for loyal customer service."

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