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CSL's Ferbec largest vessel of its type on Canadian market

2017-08-25

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).

Earlier this year, Canada Steamship Lines welcomed M.V. Ferbec, a 49,502 DWT conventional geared bulk carrier equipped with four cranes and grabs, which is now fully operational in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The vessel, which previously operated in CSL's Australian fleet as CSL Melbourne, is the largest vessel of its type in the Canadian domestic shipping market.

Upon arrival in Québec City on May 13, 2017, the vessel underwent modifications to adapt to its new operating environment. Ferbec is now operating under Canadian flag in the Havre St-Pierre to Sorel corridor for long time-customer Rio Tinto.

"It is by design and with great pride that we revived the name Ferbec for this vessel," said Louis Martel, President and CEO of the Montreal-based CSL Group.

"Like the original Ferbec - a 56,000 DWT ocean bulk carrier - the new Ferbec is plying the same trades along the same Saint Lawrence routes, evoking fond memories for coastal communities who used to see the old ship go by. Unfortunately, just like her predecessor, the new Ferbec will never be seen on the Great Lakes. Built as an ocean-going vessel, her hull is too wide for the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway."

 

The arrival of Ferbec in the Canadian fleet is part of CSL's fleet optimization and capacity management program, which has seen the introduction of six new state-of-the art Trillium Class vessels to the Canadian fleet and the retirement of older, less efficient ships, including most recently the 33,197 DWT self-unloading vessel, Pineglen.

Pineglen was sold "as-is where-is" to a vessel broker who is towing the renamed vessel to a ship recycling yard in Turkey in full compliance with international rules and regulations, and according to CSL's own rigorous vessel recycling policy.

The CSL Group is the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Its divisions operating throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia deliver cargo for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors. (photo Dylan Page)

 
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