Fednav joins network of whale watchers

Fednav Limited has become the first international shipowner to join the whale-watching members of the Marine Mammal Observation Network (MMON).

Fednav is the world’s largest operator of Ice Class dry bulk carriers and Canada’s leading oceangoing dry bulk shipowning and chartering group. It operates a modern and efficient fleet of approximately 100 vessels, the majority of which it owns. The crews of two of the company’s domestic vessels sailing within the Arctic will participate in the whale-watching data collection project.

Training of these crews has started, with biologist and Green Marine Program Manager Véronique Nolet having already been aboard the Arctic to train the captain and team in observing and identifying marine mammals. She will soon train the team aboard the Umiak I. Already, these Arctic mariners have sent their first whale-watching data from the St. Lawrence Gulf and Estuary—north of Hopedale in Labrador and south of Resolution Island in the Arctic.

“Protecting the environment is a cornerstone of Fednav’s philosophy and a fundamental business value,” said Fednav’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Sustainable Development Marc Gagnon. “Therefore, it made sense to participate in this observation project that will make it possible to learn more about the movement of whales, with this knowledge definitively contributing to their conservation.”

Engaging the maritime industry in the collection of marine mammal data was initiated by MOMM in 2015 with Groupe Desgagnés and Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group. Green Marine then joined the project funded by the Government of Canada’s Species at Risk Habitat Stewardship Program to facilitate the networking with shipowners and to develop the appropriate training tools.

In just a few years, more than 1,800 data observations have been gathered by the network’s member vessels. The collected data is available to the public through the St. Lawrence Global Observatory here.

Maritime Editorial