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BURLINGTON, Ontario – September 3, 2020 – One of Canada’s leading marine services provider, McKeil Marine Limited, is pleased to announce the purchase of the MV Juliana. Built in 2012, this shallow-draft, geared bulker becomes a valuable addition to McKeil’s diversified fleet of tugs/workboats, barges, bulkers, cement carriers and tankers. Equipped with four cargo holds, the MV Juliana measures 152 metres by 22 metres, with a deadweight of 16,737 metric tonnes. The MV Juliana is currently Maltese flagged and is in dry-dock in Europe, preparing for her delivery to Canada. Once her Canadianization and delivery are completed, McKeil’s latest acquisition will be renamed the Harvest Spirit.

The Harvest Spirit will service a valued client of McKeil who is striving to meet the strong market demand for Canadian grain, soybean and canola products. McKeil’s President, Scott Bravener, highlights, “Nationally, our grain markets continue to perform well. In fact, the demand for Canadian grain is booming, which is particularly encouraging news in these challenging times. Our grain exports are bolstering overall cargo shipment volumes in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and the Harvest Spirit will allow for McKeil’s continued growth in this robust domestic market.”


Established in 1956, McKeil Marine provides marine transportation and project services for a wide range of industry sectors. They have earned a strong reputation as a dynamic, innovative and trusted marine solutions provider for customers along the St. Lawrence Seaway, the East Coast and Canadian Arctic. Industry analysts consider the business to be an exemplary Canadian success story that has remained true to the vision of its founder, Evans McKeil: Maintaining a commitment to its people, its customers and the communities in which it operates.

For more information, contact:
Patrick Bourke, CFO & Commercial Lead
905-528-4141 x220,