Tadoussac

Tadoussac – CSL Tadoussac

1969-Present

CSL Tadoussac, May 25, 2019. Photo by Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1969

Builder: Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON

Hull #192

Registry: CAN 325750

IMO #6918716

Laid Down: June 24, 1968

Launch Date: May 29, 1969

Commissioned: October 2, 1969

Construction

The CSL Tadoussac was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Canada Steamship Lines. She was the last vessel built for CSL with a forward pilothouse and the first constructed with the self-unloading system mounted aft.

The Tadoussac was originally fitted with an inclined belt style self-unloading system with a three-belt cargo hold arrangement. She was rebuilt to have a single-belt cargo hold arrangement later on. Her self-unloading equipment now consists of a single hold belt leading to her original incline-belt system to a 250′ deck-mounted boom.

Modifications

  • Widened by 2’11” by Port Weller Dry Docks, Port Weller, ON, 2001.
  • Cargo hold rebuilt by Port Weller Dry Docks, Port Weller, ON, 2001.

General Stats

As Constructed

Length Overall: 730′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 718’02”

Breadth: 75′

Depth: 42′

Loaded Draft: 28’03”

Capacity: 29,700 Tons

Vessel Type: Incline-Belt Self-Unloader

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

Number of Cargo Holds: 5 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 4-5-5-5-4]

Number of Hatches: 23 – at 24′ centers [Dimensions: 54’x10’11”]

Primary Operations: Ore, Stone, Coal, Cement Clinker Trades

Propellers: 1

Rudders: 1

After widening by 3′, 2001

Length Overall: 730′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 718’02”

Breadth: 77’11”

Depth: 42′

Loaded Draft: 28’03”

Capacity: 30,051 Tons

Vessel Type: Incline-Belt Self-Unloader

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

Number of Cargo Holds: 5 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 4-5-5-5-4]

Number of Hatches: 23 – at 24′ centers [Dimensions: 54’x10’11”]

Primary Operations: Ore, Stone, Coal, Cement Clinker Trades

Propellers: 1

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Sulzer, Winterthur, Switzerland

Engine Model: 6RND76, 6-cylinder

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 9600 BHP


History

Lineage

Tadoussac – 1969-2001

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Collingwood, ON


CSL Tadoussac – 2001-Present

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Collingwood, ON


Her Story

The Tadoussac was constructed for Canada Steamship Lines in 1969. On May 29, 1969, Tadoussac launched 15 minutes prematurely, killing two yard workers and injuring 35 others. She entered service on October 2, 1969. The accident is speculated to be because of rotting supports. In 1972, she was the first upbound and downbound vessel to sail the Welland Canal. The Tadoussac‘s self-unloading boom collapsed on April 25, 1973.

In an ironic situation on November 10, 1990, the 15th anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Tadoussac lost power in a storm in the general area of Lake Superior that the Fitzgerald sank.

Canada Steamship Lines was awarded several major ore and cement-clinker hauling contracts in the earl 2000’s. As a result, the Tadoussac was sent to Port Weller Dry Docks at St. Catharines, Ontario, for a mid-life refit. At the shipyard, her side tanks were cut out and hull widened 1.5′ on each side. The self-unloading system was rebuilt, being reconstructed to feature a hopper cargo hold with a single conveyor belt. She had state-of-the-art dust-suppression systems installed as well. She was rechristened CSL Tadoussac on March 3, 2001, in a ceremony with the Canada Steamship Lines self-unloader CSL Laurentien, which was being rebuilt at the shipyard as well.

The CSL Tadoussac was floated from drydock on June 13, 2001, and returned to service on June 20. The Tadoussac‘s self-unloading boom collapsed once again on September 5, 2005. The CSL Tadoussac had the honor of opening the Welland Canal on March 20, 2007, the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the 4th Canal in 1932.

The CSL Tadoussac spent 2015-2017 laid up at Thunder Bay, Ontario. After a shipyard refit in early in 2018, she returned to service after Canada Steamship Lines was awarded a new ore-hauling contract.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on April 10, 2020


Gallery


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