Baie Comeau {2}

Baie Comeau {2}


Baie Comeau on the St. Clair River, September 22, 2013. Photo by Isaac Pennock


Build Information

Year Built: 2013

Builder: Chengxi Shipyard, Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China

Hull #CX9304

Registry: CAN. 837075

IMO #9639892

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: September 21, 2012

Commissioned: September 2, 2013


The Baie Comeau was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Canada Steamship Lines. She is built to the maximum allowable dimensions for the Seaway. 

The Baie Comeau was the fourth of CSL’s Trillium Class ships to be constructed, being the final of four self-unloading sisters. The Trillium class ships featured highly automated systems and greater fuel efficiency and capacity than their other CSL fleetmates. Her sisters Baie St. Paul {2}, Thunder Bay {3}, and Whitefish Bay {2} entered service the year before, and the gearless Trillium vessels CSL Welland and CSL St-Laurent entered service in 2015.

Her self-unloading equipment consists of a dual hold belt leading to an aft loop-belt system to a 260′ deck-mounted boom.


  • Upgraded to Nova Scotia Class Certification, Verreault Shipyard, Les Mechins, Quebec, 2020.

General Stats

Length Overall: 739’10”

Length Between Perpendiculars: 730’04”

Breadth: 77’11”

Depth: 48’05”

Loaded Draft: 29’06”

Capacity: 37,690 Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Aft-Mounted; 259’02”

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

Number of Hatches: 25 [Dimensions: 57’04”x11’07”]

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

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 1

Engineering Equipment



Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: M.A.N B&W, Augsburg, Germany

Engine Model: 6S50ME-B9

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 11,729 BHP



Baie Comeau – 2013-Present

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Montreal, QC

Her Story

The Baie Comeau was constructed in 2013 as the fourth member of the Trillium Class ship for Canada Steamship Lines. The Baie Comeau was the fourth of 6 Trillium class ships constructed and the final of four self-unloading Trillium class ships. She was launched on September 21, 2012, being christened in a joint ceremony with her sister Whitefish Bay on November 16, 2012. She was completed on June 20, 2013, departing China for Canada 10 days later. She arrived at Montreal on August 25, 2013 where final preparations upon her entering of service were completed, and she sailed up the St. Lawrence Seaway on September 2, 2013, to unload her cargo of ballast stone at Windsor, Ontario.

The Baie Comeau was upgraded to Nova Scotia class certification in February of 2020 while receiving a routine drydocking and inspection. Additional hull strengthening was fitted while in drydock.

The Baie Comeau continues to be an active member of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet, hauling ore, coal, stone, grain, and salt across ports on the Great Lakes and Canadian east coast.

Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on June 10, 2020



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