MONTREAL, Que. — Fednav has added six new “environmentally-advanced” vessels to its fleet. In partnership with Sumitomo Corporation and Oshima Shipyard, the vessels – to be built in Japan – are destined to become the flagships of Fednav’s fleet of over 80 ships, the company said.
The six ocean-going bulker vessels will carry cargo such as grain, steel, iron ore and sugar through the St. Lawrence Seaway to and from Great Lakes ports and around the world.
In addition to ports of call where the company operates terminals (Hamilton, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Burns Harbor), the vessels will also call into other ports on the Great Lakes such as Duluth/Superior, Thunder Bay, Detroit and Toledo.
Located near Nagasaki, Japan, Oshima Shipyard will build the 35,000-tonne bulk carriers, which are specially equipped for navigating in ice. As highly flexible vessels well suited to international trade, their size is adapted to the dimensions of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the company announced.
Fednav officials say the new vessels also represent a major step forward in terms of environmental improvements, consuming 20% less fuel and producing 20% less emissions than vessels built by Oshima Shipyard for Fednav 10 years ago. This will contribute significantly to Fednav’s objectives of reducing GHG emissions in its fleet on a continuous basis. All of the vessels will receive the CLEAN-DESIGN notation from the DNV classification society.
“The environment is one of our top priorities when we consider the design of a new vessel for the Great Lakes,” said Paul Pathy, Fednav president and Co-CEO, upon signing of the contract. “It is very important to us and also to our customers that our vessels not only respect but exceed environmental regulations in Canada and worldwide.”
The six additional vessels will be delivered between 2015 and 2016, as part of a series of 21 new ships added to Fednav’s fleet since Jan. 1.