Captain Sid Hynes, the Executive Director of Oceanex Inc., said that the company will construct the largest Canadian flag container/roll on roll off (Con/Ro) ship in Flensburg, Germany.
Representatives from Oceanex Inc. were in Germany during the week of October 7 to 13 for the cutting of the first steel for the vessel that is expected to be delivered to Oceanex by the fall of 2013.
The “Oceanex Connaigra” will then join the current Oceanex fleet composed of the “MV Cabot”, the “Oceanex Sanderling” and the “Oceanex Avalon”
Captain Hynes said that the vessel’s name has a connection with the Connaigre Peninsula.
He said, “We asked our employees to submit possible names for the new ship and two came up with the name Connaigra.
‘The name was selected because of the excellent story the two employees wrote about their name choice.
“Great Harbour in Connaigre Bay was named by the French in the 1750s because it was a safe place to moor their boats during the winter.
“The ice, back in that time, used to flow down the south coast from the Gulf but didn’t make it into Connaiagre Bay. The French called the area a great and safe harbour, and we think that we have a great and safe ship for cargo in our new vessel.
“The selection committee determined the name, and I’m sure it wasn’t lost on them that I’m from Harbour Breton which is located on the Connaigre Peninsula.”
The “Oceanex Connaigra”
The “Oceanex Connaigra” is custom designed for a world-wide trade and will be 210 meters in length with a deadweight carrying capacity of 19,500 metric tonnes. The vessel will be one of the most modern, innovative, environmentally friendly and adaptable ConRo ships in the world.
The eco friendly vessel will be equipped with a dry scrubber exhaust gas cleaning system for main engines and diesel generators and thus exceed the requirements of the proposed restrictive in emissions regulations.
The vessel is classed by DNV as a ‘clean ship’, which confirms a higher environmental standard, particularly with respect to air emissions.
Captain Hynes said, “The construction of this vessel, in the $100 million area, is a big commitment of our part in moving Oceanex Inc. into the future. This vessel will compensate for the growth we see over her 30 plus years in service.
“The vessel will be used to transport container freight, cars, trucks and other materials from Montreal to St. John’s.”
Oceanex Inc., a privately owned Short Sea Shipping company, is a leading player in the east coast transportation industry. Oceanex provides full inter-modal transportation services between Mexico, the United States, and mainland Canada to the island of Newfoundland.
Oceanex further serves over land all points in Newfoundland from St. John’s daily.
Flensburg Shipbuilders, founded in 1972, is the world’s leading builder of RoRo ships and have built an outstanding reputation for their work.
The shipyard has delivered over 750- ships to date concentrating on specialized vessels and tailor-made developments in the RoRo and RoPax sectors and in naval and offshore ships.