Highlights: Canadian Forest Navigation (Canfornav)
The M/V Torrent of Cyprus registry, built in 2010 for the Canfornav Inc. fleet, arrived in Contrecoeur from Klaipeda on October 14, 2011 to discharge a part cargo of fertilizer. The M/V Torrent called the Port of Hamilton on her first visit to the Great Lakes to complete the discharge of fertilizer, arriving on October 19, 2011. After completing her discharge of fertilizer, the vessel then continued to Hamilton's P&H terminal to load soya beans destined for Rotterdam. “There is a lot of satisfaction in knowing that we play our part in helping Ontario farmers to increase their yield by bringing fertilizer right to their door step and then shipping their product back to foreign markets at a competitive rate. We are pleased to be part of this door to door cycle” says Knud Jensen, Director of Canfornav.
The M/V Torrent is one of 12 new bulk carriers of the same class and size built in the last three years for the Canfornav fleet suitable to trade the Great Lakes. Except for the Labrador, her sister ships, the Andean, Barnacle, Blacky, Brant, Chestnut, Maccoa, Mottler, Ruddy, Shoveler, Tufty, and Tundra have all visited the Great Lakes-Seaway System since the 2008 shipping season.
Canfornav is proud to support Ducks Unlimited (DUC) conservation efforts and in show of their support has named all their vessels after ducks. Canfornav donated $ 400,000 to Ducks Unlimited Canada, which is being used to conserve two key wetland areas along the St Lawrence Seaway. With support from Canfornav and Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program, DUC has purchased important land on Battures-aux-Loups-Marins, downstream from Quebec City, protecting highly diverse habitat. Canfornav's funds will also be used for the rehabilitation of DUC's wetland restoration project at Cooper Marsh near Cornwall Ontario. Mr. Michael Hagn, CEO of Canadian Forest Navigation saw this contribution as an ideal way to give something back to the St. Lawrence ecosystem that has buoyed his company’s operations over the years.Canfornav operates 28 ocean going vessels, ranging in size from 27000 dwt to 37000 dwt, out of their present fleet of 31 vessels, that are suitable to trade in the Great Lakes. In addition, Canfornav also has 9 new builds on order in China.
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