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The MV Nunavik, a vessel touted by its owners as one of the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carriers in the world, set out Sept. 19 on a voyage from Deception Bay, Quebec to northeastern China — through the Northwest Passage.
Owned by the Montreal-based Fednav Ltd., the MV Nunavik carries 23,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate extracted from the Chinese-owned Nunavik Nickel Mine near Deception Bay, Fednav said in a news release.
The Nunavik Nickel Mine is operated by Canadian Royalties Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China-based Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co. Ltd.
On its 20-day voyage to the port of Bayuquan in northeast China, the vessel will sail for about 5,000 nautical miles, or 9,400 kilometres.
Fednav said that’s 40 per cent shorter than the normal Panama Canal route and that they’ll save more than 1,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
The 31,700-tonne MV Nunavik will become one of the first commercial vessels to make an unescorted voyage through the Northwest Passage with an Arctic cargo.
News story link: NunatsiaqOnline 2014-09-22: NEWS: MV Nunavik: from Quebec to China via the Northwest Passage