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ST. CATHARINES, ON, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Algoma Central Corporation ("Algoma" - www.algonet.com) is pleased to announce the arrival in Canada and the christening of
its second Equinox Class bulk cargo vessel, the Algoma Harvester. The christening took place at Pier 26 South in Hamilton Harbour
earlier today and was observed by an audience that included local
dignitaries and members of the marine industry.
Mrs. Kathy Baske, wife of Jim Baske, the President and CEO of
ArcelorMittal Dofasco imparted the traditional blessing. As is
customary for these ceremonies, a bottle of champagne was broken
against the bow of the ship, a banner revealing the ship's name was
unveiled, and Father David Mulholland of the Mission to Seafarers
offered prayers and other words of inspiration to the Canadian crew of
The Equinox Class represents the next generation of Great Lakes - St.
Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to
optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing
environmental impact. A 45% improvement in energy efficiency over
Algoma's current fleet average is expected, resulting from the use of a
modern Tier II compliant engine, increased cargo capacity, and an
improved hull form. In addition, a fully integrated IMO approved
exhaust gas scrubber will remove 97% of all sulphur oxides from
shipboard emissions. Algoma is the first company to use an IMO
approved integrated scrubber on a Great Lakes - St. Lawrence vessel
"We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the first
Equinox Class vessel, the Algoma Equinox, since she joined the Algoma fleet last November," said Greg Wight,
President and CEO of Algoma. "We are also very pleased to host the Algoma Harvester christening in Hamilton today with our major customer, ArcelorMittal
Dofasco. The Equinox Class bulkers have been designed to optimize
performance in the movement of iron ore for companies like
ArcelorMittal Dofasco and for the movement of grain products. We expect
the ship to move 1 million tonnes per year of these commodities," Mr.
"Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway marine transport is integral to our
business and fleet renewal is critical for a sustainable supply chain,"
said Jim Baske. "Sustainability is a core value for our company and a
main area of focus. The range of environmental improvements that we see
on this fleet aligns with our efforts to continuously improve our
productivity, efficiency and environmental footprint. It's a win-win
when one of our partners is able to achieve the kinds of improvements
that Algoma has with this new fleet, effectively reducing the
environmental impact of our supply chain, from raw material inputs to
shipping of finished products."
Algoma took delivery of the Algoma Harvester on May 13th and the vessel departed from the shipyard in China on May 18th. The Algoma Harvester picked up its first load of cargo at Port Cartier, Quebec on July 11th, following a 54 day voyage across the Pacific and through the Panama
Canal to get to Canada. The first cargo of iron ore, which has set a
new record size, will be delivered to ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton
immediately following the ceremony.
The Algoma Harvester joins its sister ship, the Algoma Equinox, as part of Algoma's 32-vessel Canadian flagged Great Lakes fleet.
Algoma is investing $300 million to construct six state of the art
Equinox class vessels with two additional Equinox Class vessels
currently under construction for CWB Inc. These CWB Inc. vessels will
be managed by Algoma as part of the fleet serving our customers in and
around the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Waterway.
The Algoma Harvester will serve primarily agricultural and iron and steel industry
customers, making regular voyages from lakehead ports on Lake Superior
such as Thunder Bay and Superior/Duluth to Port Cartier, Quebec City,
and Baie Comeau in the St. Lawrence. In between, this maximum
seaway-size bulker also visits other ports such as Contrecoeur,
Hamilton, Toledo, Chicago, and Milwaukee during the course of a
The Algoma Harvester is expected to depart from Hamilton for Thunder Bay on July 18th. The vessel is expected to make approximately 10 grain and iron ore
trips on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway over the balance of
About Algoma Central Corporation
Algoma Central Corporation owns and operates the largest Canadian flag
fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes -
St. Lawrence Waterway, including 18 self-unloading dry-bulk carriers,
seven gearless dry bulk carriers and seven product tankers. Algoma also
has interests in ocean dry-bulk and product tanker vessels operating in
international markets. Algoma provides ship management services for
other ship owners and owns a diversified ship repair and steel
fabricating facility active in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence regions
of Canada. In addition, Algoma owns and manages commercial real estate
properties in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines and Waterloo, Ontario.
Image with caption: "The Algoma Harvester arrived in Hamilton on Tuesday in preparation for Thursday's christening ceremony. (CNW Group/Algoma Central Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140717_C8024_PHOTO_EN_42163.jpg
SOURCE: Algoma Central Corporation
For further information:
Greg D. Wight, FCPA, FCA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wayne A. Smith
Senior Vice President, Commercial