Friday, March 25, 2011

Newest tug for Groupe Océan

The newest tug for Groupe Océan of Quebec City is named Ocean Ross Gaudreault, and was registered yesterday. Registration usually precedes completion by some months.

The 402 gross ton tug is under construction at East Isle Shipyard in Georgetown, PE and is of the same design as several sisters delivered over the past few years. It is an ice rated 5,000 bhp azimuthing stern drive tug, with fire fighting and escort capabilities.

Following Groupe Océan's recent naming policy this tug honours another important figure in Quebec shipping. M. Ross Gaudreault was the CEO of the Port of Quebec, and retired on December 31, 2010.

Update: The tug arrived in Quebec City May 4 to begin trials and commissioning.

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