Algoma Conveyor

Algoma Conveyor


Algoma Conveyor on her maiden trip up the Great Lakes, May 21, 2019. Photo by Isaac Pennock


Build Information

Year Built: 2016-2019

Builder: Nantong Mindge Heavy Industry, Nantong City, China; Completed by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Ltd., Jingjiang City, China

Hull #MD 153

Registry: CAN 838791

IMO #9619268

Laid Down: Spring 2012

Launch Date: Summer 2017

Commissioned: April 18, 2019


The Algoma Conveyor was to be the first self-unloading Equinox class bulk carrier to be constructed for Algoma Central Corporation, but the shipyard went bankrupt partway through her construction. She is built to the maximum allowable dimensions for the Seaway.

The Equinox class ships are significantly more efficient than their fleetmates, and are equipped with exhaust scrubber systems that remove 97% of sulfur oxide emissions.

Her self-unloading equipment consists of a dual-hold belt leading to an aft loop belt system to a 262′ deck-mounted boom.


  • Aft structure rebuilt, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Ltd., Jingjiang City, China, 2018.
  • New self-unloading boom, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Ltd., Jingjiang City, China, 2018.

General Stats

Length Overall: 740′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 728’06”

Breadth: 78′

Depth: 48’02”

Loaded Draft: 31’02”

Capacity: 37,367 Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Stern-Mounted; 262′

Number of Cargo Holds: 5 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 3-4-3-4-3]

Number of Hatches: 17 [Dimensions: 51’11”x 22’4”]

Primary Operations: Ore, Coal, Stone, Grain, Salt Trades

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 1

Engineering Equipment



Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Sulzer, Winterthur, Switzerland

Engine Model: 7RTA48T-B

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 11,140 BHP



Algoma Conveyor – 2019-Present

Owner: Algoma Central Corp., St. Catharines, ON

Operator: Algoma Central Corp.

Flag: Canada

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON

Her Story

The Algoma Conveyor was to be the first Equinox class self-unloader constructed for Algoma Central Corporation. The Nantong Shipyard, where she was being built, went bankrupt and ceased operations when the Conveyor was only partially complete. Algoma Central acquired the hull at auction and had her taken to the Yangzijiang Shipyard where she was completed. The hull was reconditioned, her accommodations block finished, and her self-unloading system was rebuilt. She arrived for service in Canada on April 18, 2019, after a nearly 3 year construction process.

The Algoma Conveyor is engaged in the ore, coal, stone, grain, and salt trades on the Great Lakes and Seaway system.

Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on April 7, 2020



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