The Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin, CSL Americas’ (formerly known as CSL International) first of three new Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels set sail today on her maiden voyage from Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China to Sechelt, British Columbia.
The new vessel will be deployed for service immediately upon arrival, loading her first aggregate cargo for discharge in the San Francisco area.
“The delivery of the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin represents an important milestone in the modernization of CSL’s fleet”, said Paul Cozza, President of CSL International. “Employing leading-edge technology, this new vessel and her sister ships will set new standards in operational and environmental performance, energy efficiency and reliability. For customers, this means a significant enhancement in CSL’s capability to meet their evolving needs.”
Commanded by Captain Vladyslav Tarasov and Chief Engineer Volodymyr Romanchenko, the Hon. Paul E. Martin will use a weather technology service to plan her route across the Pacific Ocean. She is expected to take 17 days to complete her first voyage. As part of CSL’s ambitious fleet renewal program, the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin will set the course for two additional Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels in 2013. The three new Panamax vessels will join the CSLI Pool along with two other ships of the same class and design being constructed for Torvald Klaveness of Norway under CSL supervision.
“We are very proud of our new vessel, which was developed thanks to the vision, dedication and hard work of our design and newbuild teams,” continued Mr. Cozza. “CSL’s passion for continual improvement extends to our commitment to providing our customers with value-added solutions that contribute to their success.”
Also departing from Chenxgi shipyard today is the Baie St. Paul, a new CSL Trillium Class self-unloading laker. The Baie St. Paul will be the first of four new Trillium Class self-unloading lakers and two new gearless bulkers to enter CSL’s Canada Steamship Lines fleet between 2012 and 2014.