Ocean's origins trace back to 1972 when current President and CEO Gordon Bain created Aqua-Marine, from which emerged the company we now know as Ocean.
Here are the main milestones in the company’s development :
Gordon Bain, Ocean’s current President and CEO, founds Aqua-Marine, a company specializing in underwater work.
Aqua-Marine becomes Ocean Construction Inc. and acquires Québec Tugs Ltd., which would eventually become Océan Remorquage Québec Inc.
Acquisition of a tug-and-barge tandem.
Beginning of operations of a new subsidiary: Océan Transport Maritime Inc., now known as Océan Navigation Inc.
Acquisition of McAllister Towing and Salvage (now Océan Remorquage Montréal Inc.).
Through this acquisition, Ocean becomes a member of the prestigious International Salvage Union (ISU).
Acquisition of Sorel Tug Boats Inc., which now operates as Océan Remorquage Sorel Inc.
Partnership with Les Chantiers AML Inc. located on Isle-aux-Coudres.
Buyout of the entire Isle-aux-Coudres shipyard, which is renamed Ocean Industries Inc.
Acquisition of Trois-Rivières Remorqueurs Ltd., later renamed Océan Remorquage Trois-Rivières Inc.
Ocean becomes the first Canadian company to join the ranks of the American Salvage Association (ASA).
Acquisition of Dragage St-Maurice (1989) Inc., later renamed Ocean Dredging DSM Inc.
June: Official launch of Ocean Ontario Towing Inc., a new harbour towing subsidiary operating in the ports of Hamilton, Oshawa and Toronto.
October: Christening of the Ocean K. Rusby, a new state-of-the-art tug equipped with Z-Drive propellers, the first in a line of eight tugs to join the Ocean fleet as part of a ship renewal plan.
November: Inauguration of a hauling slip that can accommodate ships weighing up to 5,000 tons, as well as a new dock, thus increasing the shipyard’s surface to more than 22,600 m2.
June: Christening of the Ocean Raymond Lemay at the Port of Montréal.
September: Christening of the Ocean Henry Bain at the Port of Québec, another sister ship of the Ocean K. Rusby and Ocean Raymond Lemay.
July: Christening of the Ocean Bertrand Jeansonne at the Port of Québec, fourth ship in the ultramodern tug line.
November: Christening of the Ocean Georgie Bain at the Port of Québec. Built at the Ocean Industries shipyard, it is the fifth tug of the fleet's renewal plan.
April: Creation of Océan Remorquage Côte-Nord Inc. Beginning of operations in the Port of Sept-Îles.
August: Inauguration of a new naval and industrial repair workshop at the Port of Québec. The new facilities have more than 1,450 m2 of interior space for the welding and machining of steel and aluminum and a 350 m wharf for topside repairs.
September: Océan Remorquage Montréal Inc. starts off its new boatmen services at Section 104 in the Port of Montreal.
November: Christening of the Ocean Serge Genois at the Port of Montréal, the sixth Z-Drive tug to join the Ocean fleet.
May: Christening of the Ocean Yvan Desgagnés at the Port of Sept-Îles.
June: Christening of the Ocean Ross Gaudreault at the Port of Québec. It is the eight and last ship of the fleet renewal plan initiated in 2005.
Ocean celebrates its 40th anniversary.
August: Christening of the Ocean Traverse Nord at the Port of Québec, a self-carrying trailing suction hopper dredge built in record time at the Ocean Industries shipyard and the first of its kind in Eastern Canada.
October: Ocean wins the prize Coup de cœur du jury au Défi Employeurs Inspirants presented by Emploi-Québec. The "Coup de coeur" is awarded when the jury finds that a company stands out in an exceptional way.
November: To mark its 40th anniversary, Ocean gets involved in the well-being of sick children by making a substantial donation of $ 220,000 to the Centre mère-enfant du CHUQ.
Beginning of construction of the TundRA 100, the most powerful tug ever to be built in Canada.
April: Blessing of the OCEAN PIERRE JULIEN at the Port of Montreal, the third tug of the Intrépide series built at the shipyard of Isle-aux-Coudres.
April: Océan Remorquage Sorel wins the Joseph-Simard award in the category "Service company". It is awarded to a company that stands out with its overall performance and entrepreneurial values.
March: Opening of a new place of business in the Bay of Bull Arm in Newfoundland and Labrador
October: Ocean Dredging DSM obtains its first international contract for the dredging of the Port of Dos Bocas, Mexico.
December: Blessing of the OCEAN TUNDRA, the most powerful harbor tug ever built in Eastern Canada.
January: Ocean Industries wins the INNOVATEUR award at the gala Charlevoix Reconnait.
May: Ocean Dredging DS obtains contracts in the Dominican Republic for the maintenance dredging of two ports and wins the AQTr’s International award.
August: Ocean becomes a leading partner for the relaunch of the Bas-Caraquet Naval Center.
May: The construction of a floating dry dock of nearly 7,000 tons in capacity begins the revitalization of the New Brunswick Naval Center.
June: Ocean Navigation wins the Freight Transport award at the 8th edition of the Gala des grands prix d’excellence from the AQTr.
September: Inauguration of the Café Océan, a dedicated space for the students of the Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ).
February: Ocean Industries wins the MOBILISATION award at the gala Charlevoix Reconnait.
August: Collaboration for the Grands Feux Loto-Québec with a launch platform stabilized by two tugs in the middle of the St. Lawrence.
October: Blessing of the OCEAN TAÏGA, the second TundRA series tug. The traditional blessing ceremony is held in the presence of the Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, at the Port of Québec.
November: National winner of the Prix Desjardins Croissance.
December: Océan Remorquage Côte-Nord consolidates its presence in the Northeastern region of Quebec with the resumption of port towing activities in Port-Cartier.
January: Océan Remorquage Côte-Nord begins a management contract for Cargill at its Baie-Comeau terminal.
May: Launch of the company's 45th anniversary celebrations.
Thanks to its acquisitions, strategic development and diversification, Ocean has become one of the main suppliers of integrated marine services in Canada and a leader in the Canadian marine industry. With its sights set firmly on the future, the company intends to continue growing while maintaining a strong focus on its core services. To do this, it is backed by its multidisciplinary team, which works in synergy to uphold the company’s commitment to excellence.