Desgagnés acquires fifth vessel in 2017
Desgagnés has proceeded with a fifth vessel acquisition since March 2017, the M/V Nordika Desgagnés, a multipurpose cargo ship built in 2010. With a length of 143 meters, she has a deadweight of 17,000 tons and a carrying capacity of nearly 20,000 cubic meters, excluding the main deck, at a draft of 9.70 meters. She is equipped with two cranes of 250 tons capacity each which can be combined to lift a total of 500 tons, has an additional 80-ton crane, holds an ice class equivalent to Lloyd’s 1A and can reach a speed of 15 knots.
“As for the previous acquisitions, the addition of the Nordika Desgagnés is part of an important fleet renewal and carrying capacity expansion program,” said Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés. “With the acquisition of the Damia Desgagnés last March, a brand-new asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker followed by four cargo ships—the Taïga Desgagnés, the Acadia Desgagnés, the Argentia Desgagnés and now the Nordika Desgagnés—Desgagnés has, in the current year alone, invested close to C$115 million in its program focused on expanding both its general cargo and liquid bulk transportation capacity.”
Like the Taïga Desgagnés, the Nordika Desgagnés can carry general cargo and dry bulk, both in Canada as well as internationally, according to contracts and shippers’ demands. With its carrying and heavy-lifting capacities, this vessel is fully adapted for project cargo transportation, i.e. heavy and/or oversized equipment and cargo for major projects.
The operation of such a vessel, in addition to the economic spin-offs and indirect jobs, generates over 30 direct jobs as well as several million dollars in annual economic spin-offs, with the majority of purchases made locally.
This last addition to the Desgagnés fleet bears the name Nordika Desgagnés, a salute to the Canadian Arctic, where she will sail proudly for several months each year in order to serve its communities and the mining industry.