08/16/2012 11:06 EDT | Updated 10/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Bulk carrier Fednav adds six new vessels to its fleet for Great Lakes shipping

MONTREAL - Maritime bulk carrier Fednav Ltd. will add six new energy-efficient vessels to its fleet that will be built in Japan for carrying such cargo as grain, steel, sugar and iron ore.

Financial terms of the deal with Japan's Sumitomo Corp. and the Oshima shipyard weren't released.

Fednav said Thursday that the bulk carriers will reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent.

"The environment is one of our top priorities when we consider the design of a new vessel for the Great Lakes," president and CEO Paul Pathy said in a news release.

"It is very important to us and also to our customers that our vessels not only respect but exceed environmental regulations in Canada and worldwide."

Fednav said the environmentally advanced vessels will become the flagships of its fleet of more than 80 ships. The new vessels will carry cargo through the St. Lawrence Seaway to and from Great Lakes ports and around the world.