CSL was awarded the 2016 Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) gala dinner held in London, England on November 21, 2016.

“I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of CSL’s ship and shore employees who every day help us deliver exceptional service to our customers and motivate us to always aim higher,” said Rod Jones, President and CEO of The CSL Group. “New ideas and new technologies are propelling us forward and the IBJ award is a great validation that we are heading in the right direction, that is, the future of shipping.”

Presented to the year’s most outstanding operator of dry bulk vessels, the award recognizes recent achievements in safety, efficiency and environmental protection, as well as contributions to world trade. IBJ judges selected CSL for the company’s overall achievements and made notable mention of CSL’s industry leading sustainability efforts. “CSL’s environmentally responsible approach, research collaborations and comprehensive reporting impressed our judges and highlight the progressive approach taken by CSL to improve business sustainability and elevate industry standards,” said Jon Culshaw, host of the IBJ gala dinner.

Every year, the IBJ Awards salute excellence and achievements by individuals and organizations involved in the worldwide maritime bulk industry.

Evans Spirit named 2016 Ship of the Year by International Bulk Journal

McKeil Marine’s Evans Spirit won 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 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, 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 the 2016 Ship of the Year award competing with two other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland, and one shipyard, namely Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands. 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, Evans Spirit was selected the winner.