SEPT-ÎLES, QC, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)
is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first ever
loading of a Chinamax class dry bulk vessel in North America, performed
by the CSL's self-unloading vessel, the CSL Spirit. During this historic maritime transhipment operation in the Bay of
Sept-Îles, Québec, 302,264 metric tonnes of iron ore were loaded by the
CSL Spirit onto the CSB Years, one of the largest vessels in the world.
"We are very proud of the key role CSL has played in this
record-breaking achievement, and are grateful to the dedicated teams,
both on the ground and onboard the CSL Spirit and CSB Years, for carrying out this complex operation," stated Louis Martel,
President of Canada Steamship Lines. "This massive undertaking
highlights the flexibility, reliability and efficiency that can be
expected from CSL's transhipment services, and marks a significant
milestone for CSL and for shipping in Canada."
Equipped with a telescopic, center-mounted discharge boom, the
Panamax-sized CSL Spirit is well suited for the large-scale iron ore transhipment operation,
which was performed for Cliffs Natural Resources in December 2013.
"In our many years of working with CSL, Cliffs recognizes the company's
constant drive for innovation and solutions-based approaches to facing
challenges head on," remarked William Miller, Vice-President,
Transportation, Cliffs Natural Resources. "CSL's innovative spirit and
technical competence gave us the confidence that the operation would be
carried out efficiently, reliably, and most importantly, safely."
Once loaded, the CSB Year, owned by China Shipping Bulk Carrier Company, set sail for China where her iron ore cargo will
be delivered to Wuhan Iron and Steel Company (WISCO).
A pioneer in transhipment and cargo top-off operations around the globe,
CSL performs and oversees such operations in Canada, Australia,
Indonesia, the United States and Africa, handling more than thirty
million tonnes of cargo annually.
For more information or photos, visit www.cslships.com.
Canada Steamship Lines is a division of The CSL Group, the world's
largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in
Montreal with divisions based in the United States, the United Kingdom,
Norway, Singapore and Australia, CSL delivers more than 70 million
tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel,
energy and agri-food sectors.
SOURCE: The CSL Group Inc.
For further information:
Brigitte Hébert, Director, Communications