The CSL St-Laurent – the second of two new Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers built for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) – was delivered on November 26, and began her maiden voyage on December 13th. The bulk carrier departed from the Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island in China, en route to Canada for operation throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
CSL St-Laurent marks the successful completion of CSL’s audacious new-build program, which began with the delivery in December 2012 of the award-winning Trillium Class self-unloading laker Baie St. Paul. Three other Trillium Class self-unloading lakers have since been introduced to the Great Lakes fleet: the Baie Comeau, Thunder Bay and Whitefish Bay. Two bulk carriers – the CSL St-Laurent and CSL Welland – will both commence operating at the start of the 2015 Seaway season.
The Trillium Class new-build program also oversaw the delivery of three Panamax self-unloaders for CSL Americas and named the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin, CSL Tecumseh and CSL Tacoma.