Umiak I

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Umiak I is a purpose-built ice-strengthened bulk carrier constructed for the Voisey's Bay Nickel Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vale Inco, to transport ore from the Voisey's Bay Mine.[1][2]

According to an article in the April 2006 issue of The Gossan an internal publication of the Voisey's Bay Nickel Company, the Umiak had completed her sea trials in Japan, and her delivery was expected in May 2006. “Umiak is the Inuktitut name for a supply boat or sometimes called a woman’s boat, and is a fitting name for a vessel carrying concentrate from Voisey’s Bay”

The Umiak makes twelve trips per year, transporting a total of 360,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate, worth $1.5 billion CAD.[2]

Fednav, the firm that operates the Umiak, already operated a similar ice-strengthened bulk carrier, the MV Arctic, which shares the load with the Umiak.[3] On October 31, 2012, Fednav announced it had ordered a third vessel, similar to the Umiak.

length 188 meters
beam 29 meters
depth 15.70 meters
power 29,540 horsepower
propulsion MAN B&W Diesel 7S70ME-C
speed 13.5 knots
ice penetration 1.5 meters of ice at 3 knots
ice class DNV ICE-15

30,000 tons of concentrate
152 containers as deck cargo


  1. Umiak I, The Gossan: A Voisey's Bay Nickel Company Publication, issue 10, April 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The World's Strongest: Umiak I". Det Norske Veritas. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  3. "Fednav, Canadian Royalties ink deal for Nunavik Nickel mine icebreaker: The icebreaker will carry nickel and copper to Europe" (in English). Nunavik: Nunatsiaq News. 2012-10-31. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. "Concentrate from Nunavik Nickel project will be shipped to Europe on an icebreaker similar to the Umiak I, an ice-strengthened bulk carrier constructed for the Voisey's Bay Nickel Company."