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Canadian Navy

June 23, 2010 13:29 ET

Navy Welcomes Newest Honorary Naval Captain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - The Canadian Navy is proud to welcome Captain Sid Hynes as its newest Honorary Captain(Navy), as announced by Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander Maritime Command.

Captain Hynes is a prominent Canadian business executive and leader within the marine industry and community. He is a master mariner from Harbour Breton, Newfoundland and Labrador, who joined the merchant service as a steward at the age of 15 and who, at the age of 32, became President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canship Limited, which owned and managed a range of marine vessels operating worldwide.

Later, with new partners, that company became known as Canship Ugland; the largest vessel operator in Canada based on deadweight tonnage. Captain Hynes remained CEO until 2007, when he shifted focus to lead a consortium which successfully took ownership and control of Oceanex Inc., a deal valued at $200 million.

Today, Captain Hynes is Executive Chairman of Oceanex Inc. and is focusing his energies on making this company the most successful transportation provider in Eastern Canada. Oceanex owns and operates 3 Canadian flag ice-class container/RO-RO ships, a large fleet of terminal and inland transportation equipment, has more than 350 employees, and is responsible for 50% of all cargo moved into Newfoundland.

Captain Hynes is also Chair, Director and member of numerous boards and community groups. He has been named as one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEOs.

"Captain Hynes' engagement with the full range of maritime issues, and his commitment and contribution to the community are impressive," said Vice-Admiral McFadden. "He is a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces (CF) and the Navy in particular, and his credentials as a leader in the maritime industry make him the ideal individual to be affiliated with the office of Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott in Halifax."

"I view my appointment to Honorary Captain (Navy) as a privilege and I am indeed humbled by the honour," says Captain Hynes of the appointment. "As a Canadian business executive, I am proud that I have the opportunity to act as a liaison between the navy and the marine industry."

Honorary Naval Captains act as bridges between military and civilian communities, representing diverse areas of Canadian society from politics and business to journalism and the arts. They bring with them unique skills and connections that help to strengthen the navy's ties to Canadian communities and to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues.

Honorary Naval Captains are quite visible, attending significant naval, CF and public events and ceremonies in uniform across the country, building bridges between military and civilian communities.

They are appointed by the Minister of National Defence after receiving recommendations from the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commander Maritime Command. These appointments are generally for a period of three years, although extensions may be granted.

Contact Information

  • Navy Public Affairs Office, Ottawa