Canada Steamship Lines

Canada Steamship Lines, a division of The CSL Group, is based in Montreal, Quebec with affiliate offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hamilton, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our 20 vessels operate under the Canadian flag and are fully crewed by Canadians.  Our highly competent team – both shipboard and ashore – provides shipping solutions to customers every day.

What We Do

Canada Steamship Lines operates the most modern self-unloaders, bulk carriers and transhippers on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and provides customers with innovative, high-capacity self-unloading and transhipment solutions.

The size and flexibility of our fleet guarantees a reliable, efficient and cost-competitive service to our customers. The cargo we transport includes iron ore, coal, ilmenite, salt, coke, slag, limestone, dolomite, wheat, corn, soybean, canola, gypsum and petcoke.

In December 2012, Canada Steamship Lines welcomed the MV Baie St. Paul in the Port of Montreal. She is the most technologically advanced ship to enter the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. The vessel received the International Bulk Journal’s 2012 Bulk Ship of the Year Award and was selected by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as a Significant Ship of 2012. Moreover, in 2012, Canada Steamship Lines and its Trillium Class were honoured by the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council with the prestigious St. Lawrence Award.

The Baie St. Paul is the first of four new Trillium Class self-unloaders that Canada Steamship Lines has introduced to its fleet as part of its newbuild program. These new Lakers feature state-of-the-art technology, setting new standards in operational and environmental performance, energy efficiency and reliability.

In addition to the four Trillium Class Lakers, Canada Steamship Lines is adding two new gearless bulkers. The cutting edge vessels will enter service in 2014.


Where We Operate

Throughout our long history, CSL has been a major player in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway region, moving cargo – and, in the past, people – from Thunder Bay to Halifax. We also service Canadian domestic coastal trades.