March 21, 2014

New icebreaker launched by Fednav

Fednav has announced the Canadian arrival of its latest, highly specialized icebreaker, the MV Nunavik. Built at Japan Marine United’s Tsu Shipyard, it has the first ballast treatment system installed on a Canadian-owned vessel.

The Nunavik will be used to export the concentrates produced at the Canadian Royalties’ 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. 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 three knots in 1.5 metres of ice. The Nunavik is equipped with the latest environmental technologies, such as a Tier II engine that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 20 per cent.

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