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Fednav commissions new Arctic icebreaker

The ship will be used to export concentrates and supply a mine with equipment and fuel, year round


Fednav's Nunavik bulk carrier ice breaker will ply Arctic waters unescorted year round.

March 21, 2014
by MM&D Online Staff

MONTREAL, QC—Fednav has a new specialized icebreaker, the MV Nunavik, in Canada. Built at JMU’s Tsu Shipyard in Japan, the ship will be used to export concentrates produced at the Canadian Royalties-owned Nunavik Nickel mine at Deception Bay in northern Quebec. The vessel will also supply the mine with equipment and fuel, year round.

Rated Polar Class 4, the Nunavik is the most powerful bulk-carrying icebreaker in the world. It is similar in design to the Umiak I, the Fednav ship servicing Vale’s Voisey’s Bay operation in Northern Labrador. The Nunavik will sail unescorted in Arctic regions and will operate in the extreme winter conditions of the Canadian Arctic. It is capable of maintaining continuous progress of 3 knots in 1.5 m of ice.

The vessel was designed by Fednav and JMU, and will sail between Deception Bay and Northern Europe on a year-round basis. The engine produces 29,600hp, three times the power of a conventional bulk carrier of the same size. The Nunavik will be supported by Enfotec Technical Services, a Fednav subsidiary to provide up to date information on ice conditions as well as technical support to the inhouse IceNav navigation system.

The Nunavik is equipped with the latest environmental technologies, such as a Tier II engine that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 20 percent, and the first ballast treatment system installed on a Canadian-owned vessel.

“Fednav is particularly proud of the arrival of this new ship,” says Paul Pathy, president and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “It represents Fednav’s commitment to mining development in the Arctic, as well as our dedication to technological development and energy efficiency.”

In naming this new ship Nunavik, Fednav wanted to recognize the inhabitants and the region in which it will operate as well as its project partner, Nunavik Nickel.