Year Built: 2013
Builder: Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, Nantong City, China
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.
Length Overall: 740′
Length Between Perpendiculars: 728’06”
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
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.
Home Port: St. Catharines, ON
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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