Algoma Strongfield

Algoma Strongfield


Algoma Strongfield approaches the Burlington ship canal at Hamilton, Ontario. Photo by Isaac Pennock


Build Information

Year Built: 2015

Builder: Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, Nantong City, China

Hull #MD-152

Registry: CAN 838693

IMO # 9613953

Laid Down: Spring 2012

Launch Date: December 2014

Entered Service: June 1, 2017


The Algoma Strongfield was constructed by Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry as a gearless bulk carrier as part of Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal program. She was originally constructed for the Canadian Wheat Board to be operated by Algoma Central Corporation, being launched as the CWB Strongfield. She is the third vessel constructed of the Equinox class. When the Strongfield was nearing completion, the Nantong shipyard declared bankruptcy and ceased all operations. The almost-complete vessel was acquired by Algoma Central and completed by the Yangzijiang Shipyard. She departed China on April 3, 2017. 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: Sulzer, Winterthur, Switzerland

Engine Model: 7RTA48T-B

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP:11,140 BHP



CWB Strongfield – 2015-2017

Owner: Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry

Operator: Under Construction

Flag: —

Home Port: —

Algoma Strongfield – 2017-Present

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

Operator: Algoma Central Corp.

Flag: Canadian

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON

Her Story

The CWB Marquis was the third vessel of the Equinox class and the first of two vessels to be constructed for the Canadian Wheat Board. She was launched on July 8, 2014, and arrived in Canada on January 8, 2015. She entered service on April 2, 2015 at the start of the 2015 shipping season.

The Algoma Strongfield was the fourth vessel in the Equinox class, and was to be the second vessel constructed for the Canadian Wheat Board. She was launched as the CWB Strongfield. In 2015, the Nantong Shipyard went bankrupt and ceased all operations. After sitting at the shipyard for a year, she was purchased by Algoma Central at auction and taken to the Yangzijiang Shipyard for completion. She departed China on April 3, 2017, and arrived in Canada to load at Port Cartier on June 1, 2017.

The Algoma Strongfield is active in the seaway ore and grain trades.

Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on April 2, 2020


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