Antwerp, 9 April 2015 – Fednav held a reception today onboard its new Supramax, Federal Crimson, at Leopolddok to celebrate the vessel's maiden voyage at the Port of Antwerp. On the same day its sister ship, Federal Cardinal, delivered from Shin Kurushima shipyard at Toyohashi, Japan.
Best known in Antwerp for its Federal Atlantic Lakes Line (FALLine) service from Europe to the Great Lakes, Fednav now has on order 19 newbuildings specially designed for St Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes trading, to be delivered between May 2015 and 2018. With the addition of these new ships to its existing fleet, Fednav will continue to be able to offer its customers a regular and reliable service from Europe to North America.
But the company’s activities are by no means confined to the St Lawrence Seaway. With the delivery of the Federal Cardinal, Fednav now operates a core fleet of 14 Supramax bulk carriers similar to the Federal Crimson, which fluctuates with market tonnage as and when needed. Yet to be delivered in the next 20 months are 3 more Supramax and 3 Ultramax units, all built in Japan.
“We are continuing to expand our fleet and operations in this market segment. A year from now we will have 10 ice-classed Supramax vessels in our fleet. With an average age of 3.1 years, our Supramax and Ultramax fleet will be one the most modern and fuel efficient.” said Etienne De Vel, Commercial Manager of European operations.
On the vessel’s maiden voyage, the Federal Crimson arrived at the Port of Antwerp with a cargo of 41,600 mt of zinc concentrates which it loaded at the Port of Karumba in Australia. Coincidentally, its sister ship, the Federal Cardinal delivered at Toyohashi, Japan, on the same day that the Federal Crimson arrived in Antwerp. Both ships were built by Shin Kurushima Shipyard and equipped with the most modern engine technology resulting in very low fuel consumption and much reduced air emissions.
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Fednav is an international ship-owning company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Its principal activities include the transport of bulk and general cargo worldwide. The company has offices in Antwerp, Barbados, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, London, Singapore, and Tokyo and regional offices in Canada and the United States. Fednav also has terminal, logistics, ice analysis, and shipping agency services and divisions. It employs 260 people and nearly 2000 crew members and stevedores.