Raymond Lemay, C.M., honoured as important figure in the maritime
MONTREAL, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Today Ocean Group christened a new
tugboat, the Océan Raymond Lemay, in honour of Mr. Raymond Lemay, C.M., one of
the most important figures in the Canadian maritime industry and a notable
personality in Quebec's business community. The ceremony was held at the Port
Built in Prince Edward Island by East Isle Shipyard, an Irving Group
subsidiary, the Ocean Raymond Lemay, is a state-of-the-art 5, 000 BHP tugboat
propelled by two Z-Drive type azimuthing propellers and boasts, among other
technical enhancements, a Class 1 firefighting (FI-FI) system and an Ice Class
1A hull, all the necessary elements to offer safe and efficient services
during the severe navigation conditions encountered in Quebec winters.
The inauguration ceremony began with a blessing by the Most Reverend
Anthony Mancini, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of
Montreal. It was followed by the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle
by Mrs. Thérèse Lemay, wife of Mr. Lemay and the ships' sponsor. Over
200 guests from across the maritime industry and the city's business community
took part in the ceremony.
Mr. Gordon Bain, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean
Group Inc. and Mr. Dominic J. Taddeo, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Montreal Port Authority (MPA), both paid homage to Mr. Lemay, a pillar of the
Canadian and Quebec maritime industry.
"The tugboat that we are christening today provides us with a competitive
advantage in the maritime industry in Quebec. It was quite natural that we
would name the ship after a man who has contributed so much to this industry
and who witnessed the creation of the harbour towing division of Ocean Group,"
stated Mr. Bain.
"Raymond Lemay was a tremendous influence to the development of the Port
of Montreal," emphasized Mr. Dominic J. Taddeo, President and CEO, MPA. "We
honour him today so that the maritime community can show its deep respect for
his contribution to the industry."
In 1973, Mr. Lemay joined Canada Steamship Lines as Vice President,
Institutional Services, and in 1980 was named President and COO, a position he
would hold until 1989. During this period, between 1981 and 1983, he was Vice
President of the Port of Montreal consultative committee of the National Ports
Council. In 1994, Mr. Lemay was named to the Board of Directors of the MPA
before assuming the chairmanship in 1996, a position he would hold until 2005.
The Ocean Raymond Lemay was delivered to Ocean Group on May 11, and it is
currently in service at the Port of Québec. Its home base will be decided in
the coming months.
About Ocean Group
Ocean Group is the Quebec leader in harbour towing operations. Its head
office is located in the Port of Québec and it operates harbour tugs in the
ports of Quebec, Montréal, Sorel-Tracy, Trois-Rivières, Hamilton, Oshawa and
Toronto. Ocean also has subsidiaries in the fields of transport, dredging,
underwater intervention, maritime equipment rental and naval repairs, as well
as a construction and naval repairs shipyard in Ile-aux-Coudres.
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For further information:
For further information: Régis Cauchon, Vice-President, Corporate and
Legal Affairs, Ocean Group Inc., (418) 694-1414; France Poulin, Director of
Communications, Montreal Port Authority, (514) 283-7050,