Canadian Transport

Canadian Transport – Algoma Transport

1979-Present

Algoma Transport on the St. Marys River, May 23, 2012. Photo by Roger LeLievre

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1979

Builder: Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON

Hull #64

Registry: CAN. 348360

IMO #7711737

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: October 28, 1978

Commissioned: April 20, 1979

Construction

The Canadian Transport was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Upper Lakes Shipping of Toronto, Ontario. She was built to work under Upper Lakes’ coal-hauling contract for Ontario Hydro.

The Canadian Transport is the nearly identical sister ship to the Canadian Enterprise, the only difference between the two ships is that the Enterprise has a different stern design with a special tunnel configuration and large propeller to make her more efficient and cost-effective to operate.

The Canadian Transport was equipped with an aft-mounted loop-belt style self-unloading system with a large box hold design with a single belt running down the middle. A reclaiming machine was also installed inside the cargo hold.

In February 2011, Algoma Central Corporation purchased Upper Lakes Shipping and their fleet. The Canadian Transport was renamed Algoma Transport. The Algoma Transport continues to be an active member of the Algoma Central fleet, serving the ore, coal, and salt markets.

Her self-unloading equipment consists of a single hold belt leading to an aft loop-belt system to a 250′ deck-mounted boom.


General Stats

Length Overall: 730′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 724′

Breadth: 75’11”

Depth: 46’07”

Loaded Draft: 30’10”

Capacity: 33,678 Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Aft-Mounted; 249’04”

Number of Cargo Holds: 1 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 22]

Number of Hatches: 22 [Dimensions: 53’08”x20′]

Primary Operations: Ore, Coal, Salt Trades

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 2


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: M.A.N., Augsburg, Germany

Engine Model: 8L40/45

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 10,000 BHP


History

Lineage

Canadian Transport – 1979-1993

Owner: Upper Lakes Shipping, Toronto, ON

Operator: Upper Lakes Shipping

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Toronto, ON


Canadian Transport – 1993-2011

Owner: Upper Lakes Shipping, Toronto, ON

Operator: Seaway Marine Transport [Partnership between Upper Lakes Shipping and Algoma Central Corp.]

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Toronto, ON


Algoma Transport – 2011-Present

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

Operator: Algoma Central Corp.

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Toronto, ON


Her Story

The Canadian Transport was constructed in 1979 as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Upper Lakes Shipping. She was nearly an identical sister ship to the Canadian Enterprise, which entered service a few months later.

The Canadian Transport was floated from drydock at St. Catharines on October 28, 1978, and entered service on April 20, 1979. She would soon settle into her typical trade route, hauling coal from Ohio ports on Lake Erie for Ontario Hydro coal plants in Canada.

In 1993, management was taken over by Seaway Self-Unloaders, later Seaway Marine Transport, a partnership between Upper Lakes Shipping and Algoma Central Corporation to maximize efficiency and profits.

On June 21, 2001, the Canadian Transport suffered an engine room fire while unloading at Nanticoke, Ontario. The engine room was evacuated and the fire put out, and the ship was towed to Port Weller Dry Docks at St. Catharines, Ontario for repairs. She unloaded the remainder of her cargo into her fleetmate Canadian Progress while at the fit out dock at Port Weller Dry Docks. She returned to service a few weeks later after repairs were completed.

In February 2011, Algoma Central Corporation purchased Upper Lakes Shipping and their fleet. The Canadian Transport was renamed Algoma Transport. She continues to serve the iron ore, coal, stone, and salt trades.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on May 27, 2020


Gallery


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