ST. JOHN'S, NL, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Representatives from Oceanex Inc.,
were in Flensburg, Germany last week for the cutting of first steel of
what will become the largest Canadian flag container/roll on roll off
(Con/Ro) ship. This twenty knot, ice-class vessel, to be named the Oceanex Connaigra, is custom designed for world-wide trade and will be 210 meters in
length with a deadweight carrying capacity of 19,500 metric tonnes.
According to Oceanex Executive Chairman, Captain Sid Hynes,
"construction of this unique ship represents an investment of more than
$100 million, demonstrating Oceanex's commitment to meeting the needs
of our customers throughout Eastern Canada and particularly the
province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Oceanex Connaigra has been designed to meet the company's anticipated growth for the next
Oceanex Connaigra is being built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG of
Germany, recognized for its high quality construction, for staying
within budget and delivering on time. Peter Sierk, President and CEO
for the Flensburger Shipyard states that "the vessel will be one of the
most modern, innovative, environmentally friendly and adaptable ConRo
ships in the world. Leading the industry, this 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 air emissions regulations. In fact, the vessel is
classed by DNV as a 'clean ship,' which confirms a higher environmental
standard, particularly with respect to air emissions."
The roro weather deck of the Oceanex Connaigra is designed for a conventional lift-on/lift-off container ship operation
and is able to accommodate all relevant sizes of containers, including
the Oceanex high cube 53' units - with a weather-deck load capacity of
11,000 metric tonnes of containers. Liftable ramps provide access to
all five roro decks which allow for the transportation of up to 95
tractor trailers and 500 automobiles. Notably, the ship is uniquely
designed with a 40' wide stern ramp to accommodate over dimensional
loads that can weigh several hundred tonnes, which Hynes states is
critically important to the construction and development projects
throughout Atlantic Canada. The addition of a side ramp and starboard
side door promotes more efficient and faster loading and unloading of
This state-of-the art vessel is equipped with leading edge technology,
such as the latest generation engines using a common rail fuel
management system to provide high efficiency and smokeless operations.
With the extreme weather conditions of the North Atlantic, three
passive anti-roll stability tanks and a gyro controlled active fin
stabilizer system have been added to ensure cargo safety and crew
comfort along with the highest quality European standard accommodation
for the ship's crew.
Delivery of the Oceanex Connaigra to the Newfoundland service is expected in the fall of 2013 at which
time it will join the current Oceanex fleet composed of the MV Cabot,
the Oceanex Sanderling, and the Oceanex Avalon.
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 1872 and the world's leading builders
of RoRo ships 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 - not only RoRo and
RoPax sectors, but also naval ships and offshore ships.
Image with caption: "Oceanex Connaigra. (CNW Group/OCEANEX INC.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121018_C8079_PHOTO_EN_19547.jpg
SOURCE: OCEANEX INC.
For further information:
Captain Sidney Hynes
Flensburger Shiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
+49 (461) 49 40 111