Algoma Niagara

Algoma Niagara


Algoma Niagara on the Welland Canal, May 27, 2019. Photo by Isaac Pennock


Build Information

Year Built: 2017

Builder: Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Ltd., Jingjiang City, China

Hull #1242

Registry: CAN 840674

IMO #9619270

Laid Down: September 2016

Launch Date: February 16, 2017

Commissioned: November 1, 2017


The Algoma Niagara was the first self-unloading Equinox class bulk carrier to be constructed for Algoma Central Corporation. 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 264′ deck-mounted boom.

General Stats

Length Overall: 740′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 728’06”

Breadth: 78′

Depth: 48’02”

Loaded Draft: 31’05”

Capacity: 37,367 Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: 264′

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 Niagara – 2017-Present

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

Operator: Algoma Central Corp.

Flag: Canada

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON

Her Story

The Algoma Niagara was the first Equinox class self-unloading bulk carrier delivered to the Algoma Central Corporation. Her sister ship, Algoma Conveyor, was the first laid down, but construction was halted on her as the Nantong shipyard went bankrupt. Algoma switched construction contracts over to the Yangzijiang Shipyard in 2016, and the Niagara was the first ship delivered by them. Algoma Niagara was laid down in September 2016, and launched on February 16, 2017. After departing the shipyard in China, she set sail for Canada, passing through the Panama Canal and around the U.S. East Coast. She entered service on the Great Lakes November 1, 2017.

The Algoma Niagara 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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