One of Canada’s leading marine services providers, McKeil Marine Limited has acquired the Topaz, a modern IMO 2, ice class 1A chemical tanker. With this newest addition to its diversified fleet of tugs, barges, workboats and vessels, including bulkers, cement carriers, and tankers, McKeil expands its offering and is poised for additional growth.

McKeil Marine Acquires New Vessel with Indy Ties
Caption: Chemical tanker Topaz - Image courtesy of Serge Daoust

The Panamanian-flagged Topaz built in 2009, measures 137 metres by 20 metres, with a DWT of 13,965 metric tonnes. The vessel was acquired to service the needs of McKeil’s customer Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. (PCLI). Her journey originated in Singapore and continued to Malaysia where she loaded a cargo for delivery to the Mediterranean. She made a brief stop in France to load a feedstock cargo for PCLI and arrived in Canada just after Victoria Day to begin her Canadianization process. The Topaz was then officially renamed the Hinch Spirit in honour of IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe.

Petro-Canada Lubricants is an official team partner of IndyCar team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Arrow SPM), and driver team led by No. 5 James Hinchcliffe.

“The partnership with James Hinchcliffe and the team is built upon our collective focus; technology, innovation and safety are the cornerstones of what we do. Our research and development team works closely with Arrow SPM engineers to integrate products into operations to assist on and off the track,” explains Corinn Smith, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Petro-Canada Lubricants.

“The acquisition of the Hinch Spirit (Topaz) supports our commitment to growth and provides expanded opportunities to our crew while creating value for our investors, customers, suppliers and business partners”, states Captain Scott Bravener, President of McKeil Marine Limited.

The Hinch Spirit (Topaz) will trade throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and the Eastern Seaboard.

Source: McKeil Marine