Essroc ship Stephen B Roman

McKeil Marine enters long-term agreement with Essroc

TORONTO – January 19, 2017 – McKeil Marine is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Essroc Canada, a part of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., to provide a cement vessel for the transportation of various cement products from Essroc’s production facility in Picton, Ontario to their terminals in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

"This an exciting milestone contract for McKeil,” said Steve Fletcher, President and Chief Executive Officer, McKeil. “We highly value our relationship with Essroc. We have worked collaboratively to generate the optimal marine solution.”

McKeil Marine will acquire and operate Essroc’s current vessel, the Stephen B. Roman, to provide cement transportation services during the 2017 season. To fulfill the long-term contract, McKeil will deliver a modern shallow draft vessel in early 2018.

The addition of the Stephen B. Roman to the McKeil fleet will provide many new opportunities for the marine logistics company.

“We will be looking to add about 30 new full time jobs in total between sailing and shore based positions,” said Fletcher.

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