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A THRIVING, INSPIRING COMPANY
WITH WIND IN OUR SAILS.
For over 45 years, our success has been based on our ability to innovate and continually move forward, as well as on the complementarity of our services.

“When I founded Aqua-Marine in 1972, I had a dream: to provide integrated marine services. The commitment, ingenuity and trust of the teams that supported me in this journey, along with our clients’ trust, have allowed us to become a leader in the marine industry.”

Gordon Bain

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Group

From 1972 to 2002

From 2003 to 2011

From 2012 to 2016

2017 - present

THE START OF A SUCCESS STORY

1972Gordon Bain founds his first business, Aqua-Marine, specializing in underwater work.

1987: Aqua-Marine becomes Ocean Construction Inc. by acquiring Québec Tugs Ltd.

1992: Start of operations for Océan Transport Maritime Inc.

1993: Acquisition of McAllister Towing and Salvage Inc. in Montréal

1994: Acquisition of Sorel Tug Boats Inc.

1997: Acquisition of the Isle-aux-Coudres shipyard, which is renamed Ocean Industries Inc.

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These years mark the beginning of a series of acquisitions that diversify activities (harbour towing, shipbuilding and ship repair):

2002: Acquisition of Trois-Rivières Remorqueurs Ltd.

Ocean Group quickly becomes one of the largest integrated marine services companies in Canada.    

RECOGNITION

1993: Member of the prestigious International Salvage Union (ISU) following the acquisition of McAllister Towing and Salvage.

Transitional years that lay the foundations of success and propel Ocean Group onto a new trajectory focused on development, innovation and export:

2004: Acquisition of Dragage St-Maurice (1989) Inc.

2005: Operational launch of Ocean Ontario Towing Inc. in Hamilton, Oshawa and Toronto

2005 – 2011: Fleet renewal plan

2005: OCEAN K. RUSBY (2005); OCEAN RAYMOND LEMAY and OCEAN HENRY BAIN (2007); OCEAN BERTRAND JEANSONNE and OCEAN GEORGIE BAIN (2009); OCEAN SERGE GENOIS (2010); OCEAN YVAN DESGAGNÉS and OCEAN ROSS GAUDREAULT (2011)

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2006: Inauguration of a hauling slip at Isle-aux-Coudres that can accommodate ships weighing up to 5,000 tons

2010: New workshop for naval and industrial repair measuring over 1,450 m2 at the Port of Québec, as well as a 350 m wharf

2010:

  • Creation of Océan Remorquage Côte-Nord Inc. in Sept-Îles
  • Océan Remorquage Montréal Inc. launches its new shuttle and store delivery services at Section 104 in the Port of Montréal.

RECOGNITION

2002: Ocean Group becomes the first Canadian company to join the ranks of the American Salvage Association (ASA).

The company transforms and grows while carving out a prime spot in the marine market, particularly thanks to its clients’ renewed trust.

2012: 40th anniversary – Ocean Group makes a substantial donation of $220,000 to the Centre mère-enfant du CHU

2013: A new place of business  Awarded a contract in Bull Arm Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, to help in the construction of the oil rig.

Our first international contracts

  • 2013 : Dredging of the Port of Dos Bocas, Mexico for Ocean Dredging DS and Ocean Dredging DM
  • 2014 : Maintenance dredging of two ports in the Dominican Republic for Ocean Dredging DS

New equipment acquisitions

  • 2012: Christening of the OCEAN TRAVERSE NORD
  • 2013: Christening of the OCEAN PIERRE JULIEN and the OCEAN TUNDRA, the most powerful harbour tug ever built in Eastern Canada
  • 2015: Construction of a floating dry dock with a capacity of nearly 7,000 tons launches the revitalization of the New Brunswick Naval Centre
  • 2016: Christening of the OCEAN TAÏGA

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RECOGNITION

2012: Jury’s “Coup de cœur” award at the Défi Employeurs Inspirants

2013: Océan Remorquage Sorel wins the Joseph-Simard award in the “Service Company” category

2014:

  • Ocean Industries wins the INNOVATOR award at the Charlevoix Reconnaît Gala
  • Ocean Dredging DS wins the AQTr’s International award

2015:

  • Ocean Navigation wins the Freight Transport award at the AQTr’s 8th Gala des grands prix d’excellence

2016:

  • Ocean Industries wins the Mobilisateur award at the Charlevoix reconnaît Gala
  • National winner of the Desjardins Growth Award

Driven by its successes, Ocean Group continues its international breakthrough and solidifies its foundations in Canada.

2017:

  • Acquisition of three tugs from Svitzer Canada
  • Awarded a contract to build a cable ferry for the New Brunswick provincial government

2018:

  • Significant development in Western Canada (dredging and marine equipment rental in Alberta)
  • Awarded new dredging contracts in the Caribbean
  • 10-year contract with the port of Kingston, Jamaica for the export of harbour towing services
  • Gordon Bain retires from the company’s day-to-day operations and nominates Jacques Tanguay as president and CEO. He continues to be chairman of the board of directors.

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RECOGNITION

2018:

  • Ocean Industries wins the AMBASSADOR award at the 2018 Charlevoix Reconnaît Gala – Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce
  • Ocean engineering teams win the Prix Reconnaissance for an innovative project during the Soirée reconnaissance of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Our management teams

Gordon Bain

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors

A passionate visionary and experienced businessman, Gordon Bain built Ocean Group into a jewel of Quebec entrepreneurship and a leader in the Canadian marine industry by surrounding himself with the best.

His involvement in and contribution to the Quebec marine industry led him to be named governor of the Musée maritime de Charlevoix and a member of the Cercle des grands bâtisseurs maritimes de Québec.

After 45 years, Mr. Bain retired from the day-to-day management of the company in 2017. He remains chairman of Ocean Group’s board of directors.

Jacques Tanguay

President and CEO

Jacques Tanguay has been President and CEO since 2017 and has been with Ocean Group for over 30 years. He became a co-owner in 1994.

Known for his drive, his extensive knowledge of marine industry services and his ability to rally around common objectives, Mr. Tanguay guides the company’s direction and strategic planning. He inspires its continued growth and actively participates in every development decision.

Mr. Tanguay has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Sherbrooke and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Vice Presidents

JEAN-PHILIPPE BRUNET

JEAN-PHILIPPE BRUNET

Executive Vice President – Corporate and Legal Affairs

YVES LAGACÉ

YVES LAGACÉ

Executive Vice President – Administration and Finance

RÉJEAN VERREAULT

RÉJEAN VERREAULT

Executive Vice President – Strategic Initiatives and Development

Directors

JEAN-FRANÇOIS DION

JEAN-FRANÇOIS DION

General Manager – Harbour Towing and Navigation

MANON LAVOIE

MANON LAVOIE

General Manager – Shipbuilding and Ship Repair

FRANÇOIS LESSARD

FRANÇOIS LESSARD

General Manager – Marine Works and Dredging

MISSION, VISION, VALUES

SERVING OUR CLIENTS

Ocean Group intends to maintain its status as a leader in integrated marine services on the St. Lawrence, ensure a presence throughout Canada and continue its development on the international scene.

WE ARE COMMITTED to providing eco-conscious, top-quality services to our clients and a stimulating, respectful and safe environment to our employees, while maintaining healthy profitability in order to support the investments required for our development.

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OUR VISION GUIDES OUR ACTIONS AND DECISIONS TOWARD A COMMON GOAL

Become a world-class organization and be a trusted partner for our clients

OUR MINDSET

  • Having the best industry practices
  • Being attentive to the needs of our clients and partners
  • Being agile, creative and innovative
  • Entering into win-win agreements
  • Working as a team, in synergy amongst ourselves and with our clients
  • Ensuring that we provide safe and eco-friendly services

EXCELLENCE

At sea and on land, Ocean recruits and develops the best talent in the industry. Our dedicated and committed professionals always strive to deliver outstanding results and exceed expectations.

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

In addition to staying abreast of new technologies, innovation means creating solutions tailored to your specific technical and financial needs.

SYNERGY AND TEAMWORK

Ocean has hundreds of state-of-the-art equipment pieces, but none of them can singlehandedly tow a ship or perform deep-water dredging without our professionals working in harmony and sharing pride in a job well done.

INTEGRITY AND RESPECT

Ever attentive to the quality of our relationships, integrity and respect are the cornerstones of our interactions, which aim to always be constructive and courteous amongst ourselves and with our clients,  partners, competitors and the community.

SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT

All accidents and incidents can be avoided, and business objectives must never be pursued to the detriment of safety and the environment. This principle allows us, among other things, to maintain a high performance level while protecting our team, our clients and the environment.

Our engagements

Community

OCEAN GROUP GETS INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

Our Approach

We take the well-being of our employees and communities to heart. As such, we participate in numerous programs and support causes that are important to us.

Our involvement helps not only children, but also the communities to which we belong. Check out the causes we are involved in!

Engagement Communautaire

Environmental

AT THE HEART OF OUR VALUES!

The environment is an integral part of our values and concerns. That is why we aim to carry out our activities while respecting our surroundings and always seeking out better sustainable practices that apply to our operations.

We are fully aware of our responsibility and we commit to this approach on a daily basis through the concrete and lasting actions we take to reduce our environmental footprint.

CONCRETE APPROACH AND ACTIONS

  • Green-marine.org certification

A voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry that helps to reduce its environmental footprint by taking concrete actions that go beyond legal requirements.

  • An internal environment committee to improve our day-to-day practices and make our approach and activities environmentally friendly, all based on employee involvement. Work at the source to reduce the quantity of our waste, including:
    • Elimination of single-use water bottles at our operating sites, avoiding the waste of approximately 52,000 bottles to date;
    • Selective recycling of plastic safety equipment;
    • Recycling computer equipment.

Health safety

A CONSTANT PRIORITY!

The safety of our employees and visitors is our priority. Our employees are our most valuable asset and we believe that no task or work should ever be pursued to the detriment of their health and safety. We are doing everything we can to provide our employees with a safe working environment and working conditions that respect their health.

This principle is a major focus for us. The rules and measures that we have developed are there to ensure their safety and that of our operations. Our employees must apply them diligently.

CONCRETE APPROACH AND ACTIONS

  • A training centre that allows our employees to receive the training they need to do their work safely.
  • A rigorous audit process that allows us to identify and control potential risks efficiently.
  • A reduction in the frequency of lost-time accidents by more than half for all of our operations since 2012, an average of 10% per year.
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