Ocean Group has extended its services to the Canadian west coast after securing harbour towage and marine services contracts
This tug owner has operations in eastern Canada, Great Lakes and Alberta, but has not worked on the west coast until now.
Ocean has won several contracts in British Columbia including breakthrough contracts for harbour towage in the Port of Vancouver and dredging for a major construction project in Prince Rupert.
Ocean president and chief executive Jacques Tanguay said these contracts open business for the group on the west coast and more could be on the way. “We can now say that Ocean Group is present from coast to coast,” said Mr Tanguay.
“A great deal of development work has been carried out on the Canadian west coast. We are constantly monitoring business opportunities with a view to establishing our services there in a viable manner,” he added.
Ocean BC Towing Inc will provide harbour towing services in British Columbia after it gained a service contract from Cargill Limited. In preparation for these services, Ocean Group acquired two new 28-m tugs from Damen. These are being prepared in Vietnam ready to be mobilised to Canada.
These new tugs will be assisted by another tug in Ocean’s fleet, Ocean Stevns.
In addition, Ocean Dredging DM Inc secured the group’s most important mechanical dredging contract in its history. This workscope consists of marine dredging, subsea shoreline infilling, riprap and constructing artificial reefs for marine habitat compensation for Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance (CTNCA), which will construct a 5.4 km road in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
This will connect two facilities at the Port of Prince Rupert, Ridley Island and the container terminal on Kaien Island. There could be up to seven months of work including three months for dredging and three to four months for riprap.
Also in British Columbia, Ocean Marine Works Inc is renting around 40 container barges to various clients for wharf construction projects.