Oceanex takes delivery of new container ship

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Oceanex's new ship, Oceanex Connaigra, is expected to arrive in St. John’s next weekend. — Submitted photo

The largest Canadian flag container/roll-on, roll-off (Con/Ro) ship will set sail Saturday from Flensburg, Germany, destined for St. John’s.

Oceanex Inc. accepted delivery of the new vessel Friday, following a series of successful sea trials.

The Oceanex Connaigra is expected to arrive in St. John’s next weekend, where it will stay for a few days before sailing to Halifax to work on the Halifax service, while the Oceanex Sanderling completes a short stay in dry dock.

The new vessel will then move on to Montreal, where it will provide a fixed weekly service between the ports of Montreal and St. John’s.

“I am extremely proud to add this innovative, environmentally friendly vessel to our fleet,” Capt. Sid Hynes, executive chairman of Oceanex, said in a news release. “The Oceanex Connaigra has been custom designed to meet the many specific requirements of our trade and promises to provide optimum performance and reliability in the harsh weather conditions of east coast Canada.”

Hynes said he has been extremely pleased to have worked with Flensburger Shipyard (FSG), a world-leader in the construction of roll-on, roll-off ships and known for their ability to build ships on time and on budget. “FSG have lived up to their promise of building a state-of-the-art vessel, and I look forward to working with them again on future projects.”

FSG CEO Peter Sierk in Germany said the company is very proud to have been assigned to build this innovative vessel for Oceanex. “Such good results were only possible due to the excellent co-operation of all employees of Oceanex and Flensburger, and we are looking forward to building another ship for Oceanex in the future.”

The Oceanex Connaigra is designed to carry containers varying in size from 20 to 53 feet, as well as trucks, trailers, cars, and other cargo with a total of 13,700 square metres of available space and a deadweight of 19,300 tons. Other custom features include movable vehicle decks and a wide, reinforced side ramp to improve the versatility of the vessel.

Oceanex Inc., a privately owned Short Sea Shipping company, is a leading player in the east coast transportation industry providing services between Mexico, the United States,  mainland Canada and Newfoundland. Oceanex also provides land transportation to various points in Newfoundland from St. John’s daily.

Flensburg Shipbuilders, founded in 1872, is a leading builder of roll-on, roll-off ships in the world.

Geographic location: Flensburg, Germany, Montreal Canada Newfoundland Mexico United States

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