Canadian arctic shipping firm Fednav’s new vessel MV Nunavik is in the midst of a historic journey as it becomes the first commercial vessel carrying a cargo of Arctic origins to make a full, unescorted transit of the Northwest Passage.
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Designated with Polar Class 4, the 2014-built MV Nunavik is the most powerful conventional (non-nuclear) icebreaking bulk carrier in the world and will sail year round from Deception Bay in Northern Quebec, transporting product from the Canadian Royalties mine, Fednav says. On it’s current voyage, Nunavik will deliver 23,000 tons of nickel concentrate from Nunavik’s Deception Bay to Bayuquan in northern China.
To make the voyage, the MV Nunavik will be supported by a shore-based team of ice navigation specialists from Fednav and its subsidiary, Enfotec. The vessel will receive regular ice charts including real-time satellite imagery via Enfotec’s proprietary onboard ice-navigation system, IcenavTM.
The route to China via the Northwest Passage is some 40 percent shorter than the traditional Panama Canal route, which is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,300 tonnes, Fednav says.
“Fednav is proud to have designed this remarkable ship and to plan the first independent commercial voyage through the Northwest Passage,” said Paul Pathy, President and co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “It is through the extraordinary capabilities of the Fednav team, the ship’s crew, and its world-leading technology that we can undertake this journey with confidence.”