Fednav introduces its latest Arctic ship: MV Nunavik
Nunavik will service the Canadian Royalties mine at Deception Bay
Named after the region it will serve, at least for the first part of its life, Fednav’s latest ice-class cargo ship, the MV Nunavik, will soon be on its way to Deception Bay to pick up mineral concentrates bound for markets in Europe.
The Nunavik is in Halifax at the moment, said Tim Keane, senior manager of Arctic operations and projects, but within a week, it will make its maiden voyage laden with supplies for the Canadian Royalties-owned Nunavik Nickel mine just east of Salluit on the Hudson Strait coastline of Nunavik.
A March 20 news release says MV Nunavik “is the most powerful bulk-carrying icebreaker in the world” and has a similar design to the Umiak I, the Montreal-based company’s ship which currently services the Voisey’s Bay operation in northern Labrador.
“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.”
The Nunavik is a Polar Class 4 vessel which means it will be capable of year-round operation in thick, first-year ice.
It also has the first ballast treatment system installed on a Canadian-owned ship, something which many scientists and researchers have recommended to prevent the spread of marine invasive species.
The Nunavik Nickel mine got a new start in November 2013 after struggling to get its operation up and running amidst a large debt and a takeover by the Chinese multinational, Jien Canada Mining Ltd.