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Nov 13

…when one doesn’t have to rebuild shipyards to make them (not that the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships are true icebreakers). Further to this post,

An Adult Approach in Canada to Vessel Procurement

more on the private sector in (real) action:

Canadian Firm Has World’s Largest Fleet of Ice-class Vessels – New Order Placed For Polar-Class 4 Bulk Carrier

It will eventually take more than a decade for the Canadian government to get its Polar-class icebreaker built and into the water.

But a Montreal company that ships nickel/copper overseas from Canada’s northern areas is having its own ice-breaking bulk carrier, a Polar Class 4 vessel, built very quickly it seems. It’s not the same obviously as the Coast Guard’s planned icebreaker but……. Fednav Limited announced on Oct. 30 that it had placed the order for the new ship. The ship will be ready in December 2013.

It was interesting to read about the extent of the company’s ice-breaking capabilities. Fednav already owns and operates two of the world’s most powerful ice-breaking commercial vessels, the MV Arctic and the MV Umiak I, the firm pointed out. Based in Montreal, the Fednav Group bills itself as the leading Canadian operator in the deep-sea bulk market, operates year-round in ice-covered waters, and has the world’s largest fleet of ice-class vessels.

Thomas Paterson, a Senior Vice-President of Fednav Limited, announced a couple of weeks ago that an order had been placed with Sumitomo Corporation and Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, Japan, for the design and construction of an ice-breaking bulk carrier with a design deadweight of 25,000 tonnes. The ship will be used for the transporting of the copper/nickel from the Nunavik Nickel Project.

The Polar Class 4 vessel will be built at Universal’s Tsu shipyard, and will be classed by Det Norske Veritas, according to the company…

By comparison, the CCG’s two current (and very old, the Terry Fox was actually built in 1983) heavy polar icebreakers are also Class 4. And at least the CCG’s new icebreaker, the John G. Diefenbaker, will benefit from some foreign help; from an earlier post:

now we read:

Korean experts to advise on Vancouver Shipyards redesign

A team of four engineers from the Korean shipyard giant STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Company Ltd. [its Canadian subsidiary has already been contracted to design the Canadian Coast Guard’s new icebreaker], is currently in North Vancouver to recommend the most efficient way to redesign Vancouver Shipyards.

Seaspan, the parent company of Vancouver Shipyards, recently signed a deal with STX for the Korean shipbuilders to recommend the best way to upgrade the local shipyard to get ready for work on the new $8-billion federal shipbuilding contract…

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