Algoma Central Corporation has signed contracts with a Croatian shipyard for the construction of two new Equinox Class 650-foot (198-metre) self-unloading dry-bulk lake freighters. The two new Equinox Class ships will serve a range of customers with a particular focus on industry shippers of salt and aggregates. The first ship is expected to enter service early in 2017, with the second ship to follow later that year. The new vessels will include all of the advances inherent in the company’s proprietary Equinox Class design. This includes the installation of exhaust gas scrubbers, certified for use on the Equinox Class ships to remove at least 97% of all SOx emissions from the exhaust stream.