Algoma Equinox

Algoma Equinox


Algoma Equinox on the St. Marys River, July 8, 2017. Photo by Roger LeLievre


Build Information

Year Built: 2013

Builder: Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, Nantong City, China

Hull #MD-149-GB-01

Registry: CAN 837491

IMO # 9613927

Laid Down: April 21, 2012

Launch Date: December 24, 2012

Commissioned: December 3, 2013


The Algoma Equinox was constructed by Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry as a gearless bulk carrier as part of Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal program. The Algoma Equinox is the lead ship of her class. 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.

General Stats

Length Overall: 740′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 728’06”

Breadth: 78′

Depth: 48’03”

Loaded Draft: 33′

Capacity: 39,064 Tons

Vessel Type: Gearless Bulk Carrier

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, Grain Trades

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 1

Engineering Equipment



Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Wartsila, Helsinki, Finland

Engine Model: 5RT-fled50-D

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 11,863 BHP



Algoma Equinox – 2014-Present

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

Operator: Algoma Central Corp.

Flag: Canadian

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON

Her Story

The Algoma Equinox was the first ship constructed for Algoma Central’s Equinox class fleet renewal program. The Equinox was constructed in China, being launched on December 24, 2012, and sailing for North America on October 1, 2013. She arrived at the St. Lawrence Seaway on December 3, 2013. She ran a few loads at the end of the 2013 season before laying up for the winter. During the winter, her extra deck strengthening for her ocean crossing was removed.

The Algoma Equinox was plagued with engine issues during the 2019 season and suffered a complete failure in June.

The Algoma Equinox is an active carrier in the ore and grain trades.

Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on April 2, 2020



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