Oceanex Inc. provides intermodal transportation services to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Executive Chairman, Captain Sid Hynes, along with his management team and almost 400 employees, is committed to keep Oceanex’s leading position as an intermodal carrier in Atlantic Canada.
Our pier-to-pier (between marine terminals) and door-to-door (from shipper’s warehouse to consignee’s facility) transportation services are renowned for their efficiency and on-time delivery. Clients from all sectors of the economy call upon our expertise and put their trust in us. We will handle any shipping mandate promptly.
To deliver quality transportation services throughout Eastern Canada in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, while promoting reliability and delivering value to our clients.
Oceanex, and predecessor companies, has been providing service to Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 100 years. The company originated in 1909 when a service to Corner Brook was started and was followed by calls at St. John’s in 1949.
Oceanex was formed in 1990 through the merger of Atlantic Container Express Inc. of Montréal and Atlantic Searoute Limited Partnership of Halifax. In 1991, a marine terminal operator in Newfoundland merged its operations into Oceanex, creating a major integrated transportation infrastructure provider in Atlantic Canada. Oceanex has grown significantly since 1991, having achieved a number of significant milestones over the years, all focused on providing a reliable service to our clients.
In 2001, Oceanex proudly opened a state of the art terminal building in St. John’s, bringing its entire operations staff into one facility. This included the maintenance, pier operations, trucking, safety, and administrative teams, which created positive synergies. Just a few years later in 2005, the Oceanex Avalon, a newly constructed container ship was added to the Oceanex fleet, reinforcing our commitment to on-time once weekly service from Montreal to St. John’s. Its speed and ice breaking capabilities have generated significant improvement to customer service levels. In 2006, Oceanex purchased a Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane to improve the efficiency of vessel loading and discharge. A second crane of this type was added in 2008.
In 2007, the company, which had been operating as an income trust, was privatized and the new ownership, led by Managing Partner, Captain Sid Hynes, is focused on building Oceanex to become the most successful transportation company in Eastern Canada. Since that time, Terminal II & Terminal III were opened in St. John‘s, greatly enhancing the dispatch of cargo from St. John’s throughout the province – this is equivalent to about 50% of all cargo brought to the island. Furthermore, the company expanded its service offering in 2009 when it began providing offshore crewing services to international drilling companies.
One of the most significant developments in recent years was the addition of the Oceanex Connaigra, which is the largest Canadian flagged ConRo ship in the country. One of the most environmentally friendly ships in the world, the Oceanex Connaigra was custom designed to provide a continuous, year round efficient service to the province operating on a fixed weekly schedule.
The management and staff of Oceanex are extremely proud to have been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2011 and of its recent 9001:2008 certification which was achieved in 2014.