Baie St. Paul {2}

Baie St. Paul {2}


Baie St. Paul on the St. Marys River, June 17, 2019. Photo by Roger LeLievre


Build Information

Year Built: 2012

Builder: Chengxi Shipyard, Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China

Hull #CX9301

Registry: CAN. 836647

IMO #9601027

Laid Down: March 30, 2011

Launch Date: December 24, 2011

Commissioned: December 15, 2012


The Baie St. Paul 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 St. Paul was the first of CSL’s Trillium Class ships to be constructed, being the first 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 Thunder Bay {3}, Whitefish Bay {2}, and Baie Comeau {2} entered service the following year, 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, 2019.

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 St. Paul – 2012-Present

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Montreal, QC

Her Story

The Baie St. Paul was constructed in 2012 as the first member of the Trillium Class ship for Canada Steamship Lines. The Baie St. Paul was the first of 6 Trillium class ships constructed and the first of four self-unloading Trillium class ships. Her keel was laid on March 30, 2011, being launched on December 24 later that year. She was completed on September 27, 2012, and departed China for Canada on October 5. She arrived at Montreal on December 1, where final preparations upon her entering of service were completed, and she sailed up the St. Lawrence Seaway on December 15, 2012, to unload her cargo of ballast stone at Windsor, Ontario.

Upon her entering of service, the Baie St. Paul received numerous awards, including International Bulk Journal’s 2012 Ship of the Year and Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ Significant Ship of 2012.

The Baie St. Paul was upgraded to Nova Scotia class certification in the summer of 2019 while receiving a routine drydocking and inspection. Additional hull strengthening was fitted while in drydock.

The Baie St. Paul 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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