MONTREAL, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)
announced today it is exercising its option for the building of two new
self-unloading vessels, bringing to four the number of ships on order
in its major fleet-renewal program.
The Montreal-based Great Lakes-Seaway carrier has two self-unloading
Lakers currently under construction at Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin,
China, scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2012. The newly announced
vessels will enter service in the spring of 2013.
CSL has also indicated that it has options for four additional vessels
for delivery during the 2013 shipping season.
"This is a major investment in our company, in our customers and in
Canada," said Tom Brodeur, Vice-President of Marketing at CSL. "These
ships will introduce a new level of operational efficiency and
environmental performance to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Waterway,
while providing jobs for Canadian seafarers for the next 25 to 30
The 35,500-DWT self-unloaders will measure a Seaway maximum 225.6 by
23.8 metres, feature custom hull design for increased cargo lift, EPA
Tier II compliant main engines, automated cargo-handling equipment and
the latest environmental and safety systems.
CSL sister company CSL International (CSLI) also has three Panamax
vessels on order at Chengxi. All ships will share similar design and
technology, and collectively be known as Trillium Class vessels.
CSL and CSLI are divisions of The CSL Group of Montreal, the world's
largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. With offices in
Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Norway, Australia and Singapore, the Group
delivers more than 80 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in
the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.
Trillium Class is a trademark of The CSL Group. For more on the Trillium
Class vessels, please visit www.cslcan.ca/trillium.
SOURCE Griffintown Media
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